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Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process, Group A 2019-2020 (Part 1 of 3)

October 28, 2019 @ 8:30 am - October 30, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process (Group A)

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

The 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 Clergy Clinic meets three times each year for three successive days each time for a total of nine days.
Group A meets:
October 28-30, 2019
February 17-19, 2020
April 27-29, 2020

Monday:  10/28, 2/17, 4/27
1:00 p.m. Faculty Input
5:30 p.m. Supper (provided on site)
6:30 p.m. Faculty Input
8:00 p.m. Adjournment

Tuesdays:  10/29, 2/18, 4/28
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:  10/30, 2/19, 4/29
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

Exact site yet to be determined
Lombard Mennonite Peace Center is in the western suburbs of Chicago, approximately 30-45 minutes by car from both O’Hare and Midway airports.

Tuition is $975 for the entire series for registrations received prior to September 16, 2019. The fee is $1,175 for registrations received after that date. Cancellations are subject to a non-refundable administration fee of $100, if we receive notification prior to September 30, 2019, or half the registration fee if notified prior to October 7, 2019.  After that date there will be no refunds or credit for missed sessions, since family of origin group leaders will have already been hired.  For further information please contact LMPC at 630-627-0507 or Admin@LMPeaceCenter.org.


October 28, 2019 @ 8:30 am
October 30, 2019 @ 4:00 pm