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Advanced Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process (Part 1 of 3)

October 15, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - October 17, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Advanced Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process

Lombard Mennonite Peace Center will host its Advanced Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process over this coming fall, winter, and spring.

The Advanced Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process is designed to enhance the ability of participants to function as self-differentiated leaders within their own ministry setting. It will provide a safe forum for processing challenging situations in one’s ministry, while also facilitating reflection on a way of thinking about the human condition which has implications for all aspects of life.

Since the publication of Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue by Dr. Edwin Friedman, pastors and other clergy have recognized the importance of understanding Bowen family systems theory as it relates to congregational systems.

Dr. Murray Bowen understood families as emotional systems impacted by two key factors: the level of anxiety within the system and the level of differentiation of family members. As a student of Bowen, Dr. Edwin Friedman saw the relevance of Bowen’s ideas for religious congregations and their leaders.

With today’s rising level of anxiety in society and its resulting impact on families, there is little doubt that such anxiety will impact the church with increasing intensity in the years ahead. The resulting elevation of pressures within congregations and the increasing demands which that places on clergy make it imperative that leaders step back occasionally from the fray to assess their own capacity for managing themselves in a calmer, more differentiated way.

The Advanced Clergy Clinic meets three times each year for three successive days each time for a total of nine days.
Advanced Clergy Clinic meets:
October 15-17, 2018
February 4-6, 2019
April 8-10, 2019

Mondays:  10/15, 2/4, 4/8
1:00 p.m. Introductory input followed by Guest Presenter
5:30 p.m. Supper (provided on site)
6:30 p.m. Guest Presenter
8:00 p.m. Adjournment

Tuesdays:  10/16, 2/5, 4/9
9:00 a.m. Input: Bowen Family Systems Theory
12:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:30 p.m. Family of Origin Groups
5:00 p.m. Adjournment

Wednesdays:  10/17, 2/6, 4/10
9:00 a.m. Input: Emotional Process and Congregational Systems
12:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:15 p.m. Congregational Case Study Groups
4:30 p.m. Conclusion

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
350 E Madison Street Lombard, Illinois
Lombard is in the western suburbs of Chicago, approximately 30-45 minutes by car from both O’Hare and Midway airports.

Tuition for the series is $1100 for registrations received prior to September 10, 2018, and $1300 if received after this date. Cancellation Policy: All refunds subject to approval. Please contact LMPC at 630-627-0507.



October 15, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
October 17, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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