- ALL retreat participants, whether or not you want to receive academic credit, must complete the Registration Form by August 14, 2015 to allow us to prepare for you. Registration is limited to 35 students. SKSM students have first priority.
Course Credit is optional. To receive 1.5 units of course credit:
- Fill out the PIN Request Form to receive the registration PIN number for the Circle of Trust Retreat.
- You must register a 2nd time by August 14 to receive credit:
- Entering SKSM students: As you are not yet matriculated, please register as a “Special Student” here: http://www.sksm.edu/academics/how-to-register-for-a-starr-king-school-course/#summer
- Continuing SKSM degree students: enroll in the course through GTU Colleague Web Advisor.
- Required reading: A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life by Parker J. Palmer. ISBN 978-0-4704-5376-6
- Required Paper: After the retreat, write and submit a 2-3 page reflection paper, emailed to Rev. Lindi Ramsden, firstname.lastname@example.org by September 10, 2015.
- Grading/Evaluation: This course is being offered on a Credit/No Credit basis (grade recorded in the GTU system as P/F)
Learning Objectives: Students will learn principles and practices utilized by the Center for Courage and Renewal through which to:
- explore the intersection of one’s inner life and emerging role as a religious leader in a changing world
- build more trustworthy and compassionate relationships
- ask honest, open questions
- listen deeply to others and to the voice of the sacred within
- embrace paradox in the face of the challenges and complexities of religious leadership
- join “soul” and “role” by leading from a place of wholeness, and
- discern one’s call in times of personal, professional and organizational change.
Learning Format: A two day retreat, using large and small group dialogues, evocative texts and questions, silence, solitude, journaling and stories from our own lives.
Nancy Edmundson has been working as a Facilitator through Parker J Palmer’s Center for Courage & Renewal® since 2012, with a focus on clergy and faith communities. She served as the Director of Administration for the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara for 10 years, and consulted with congregations in a leadership development since 1991, and currently serves on the UUA Pacific Western Region Ministerial Transition Team. In 2012 she was honored with the Distinguished Service award to the Pacific South West District of the UUA. Nancy has worked as a physical therapist, in community organizing for alternative education, and has been instrumental in the development of an interfaith countywide Warming Center program for unsheltered homeless in Santa Barbara County, California. She serves on several non-profit boards, including PFLAG SB.
Rev. Alicia Roxanne Forde serves with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) as the Professional Development Director, Ministries and Faith Development. Rev. Forde embodies a commitment to growth and learning and as such, places a high priority on “formation as a life-long vocational practice” in her ministry. She frequently partners with the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association and various UUA staff members in the areas of Health and Wellness, Mentoring, Intercultural Competence, Leadership Development, and Retirement.
A significant portion of her recent work has been focused on working with clergy whose congregations include a history of sexual misconduct. Through this work, she has developed a profound appreciation for ministerial authority, self-care, boundaries, and the crucial importance of collegial connections in establishing sustainable and healthy ministries.
Her previous role with the UUA brought her in contact with congregations seeking to deepen their multicultural ministries. She has led numerous workshops on anti-racism/anti-oppression/multiculturalism, with Unitarian Universalist congregations across the country. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Rev. Forde identifies as a queer, cis-gender woman of the global majority. She currently lives in Longmont, Colorado.
Attendance & Participation: Attendance and active participation is required for all sessions of the retreat. Please do not text, email, or surf the Internet for personal reasons during the retreat. There will be adequate breaks to check in on-line. If you are waiting for an important call (e.g. as a chaplain or family emergency), please notify the instructors and sit where it is not disruptive to take the call.
For further information: contact Rev. Lindi Ramsden, email@example.com