2021 VIRTUAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE

NOVEMBER 1-5, 2021

Has your life and ministry been upended?

Is the dynamic nature of community, culture, and religion here to stay?

Join us as we reimagine our transitional toolbox.  You will experience how your skills shape what it means to be a faith-based community now.

Bring your resilience, curiosity, humor, playfulness, courage, perseverance, and mindfulness as we explore relevant theories and practices.

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MEET THE PLENARY SPEAKERS!

REV. DR. CHARLES EDUARDOS

REV. DR. CHARLES EDUARDOS

The Reverend Charles Eduardos, C.Ht., All Saints Lutheran Church, Olmsted Falls, OH

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Charles Eduardos has forty years of experience in ministry. He is also an Executive/Corporate Coach who sees his job is to guide you on the path of success. He specializes in helping people identify and achieve their personal goals by gaining victory over the issues that are causing them distress, anxiety, and stress. He serves on the Board of Cleveland Clinic’s CPT program and is chaplain for the Olmsted Township Police Department and is a Certified Hypnotherapist and Certified NLP Practitioner.

Monday, November 1, 2021
2:15 – 4:30 PM

Entering into the Unknown. What needs to emerge? For you? For the congregation? This is a time, unlike any before, where we must let go and let come in. We must see with fresh eyes and must imagine again and again what can be.

REV. DR. TOD BOLSINGER

REV. DR. TOD BOLSINGER

Rev. Tod Bolsinger, Executive Director, DePree Center Church Leader Institute and Associate Professor of Leadership Formation at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Tod is the author of five books, including his latest, Tempered Resilience: How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change. He has served as a pastor for 27 years and speaks, consults and coaches corporate, non-profit, educational, and church organizations in transformational leadership. He was the founder of the Fuller Leadership Platform, an innovative approach to online formation and leadership development and served as a Vice President of Fuller Seminary for six years.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
1:30 to 4:30 PM

How can you develop the resilience for facing the inevitable congregational resistance that comes in times of change? How can you create the conditions for forming greater congregational resilience for the next season of ministry?

REV. DR. JANET GEAR

REV. DR. JANET GEAR

Janet Gear is an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada and served as an Assistant Professor I Practical Theology and Director of Formation for Vancouver School of Theology.

Janet is on the Advisory Council for Pacific Jubilee and currently preaches, teaches, and leads retreats in British Columbia. Her primary focus of consultation with congregations and their leaders is in the area of theological diversity in congregational life. In 2018, she was made a McGeachy Senior Scholar, United Church of Canada, for her Theological Banquet work.

Thursday, November 4, 2021
3:00 to 5:30 PM

These times have stirred up an unparalleled search for meaning, hope, purpose and opportunities to make a difference in a threatened world. How do our congregations become places to wrestle with and respond to this moment? How does the church offer itself in these times? The Theological Banquet provides a lens and language to identify and name unspoken beliefs from the ground up and aid congregations to gain a renewed sense of the purpose while offering possibilities to work together across differences respectfully and effectively. Build capacity for faith-first leadership in theologically diverse congregations.

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. is a theologian, pastor, and civic leader.  Raised in LaGrange, Georgia, Rev. Moss received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Morehouse College. He received his Master of Divinity Degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center and the Doctor of Ministry Degree from United Theological Seminary. He was called to ministry at the age of 17. Reverend Moss has consulted with presidents, been honored for his work in civil rights, and has delivered the Word of the Gospel all across the globe. He was named to the White House Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnership panel by President Barack Obama in 2009, where he served a one-year term. This panel is a newly established 25-member White House Advisory Council that works to form partnerships between government at all levels and non-profit organizations, both secular and faith-based, to more effectively serve Americans in need.

He is recognized and revered for his dedication to all humankind. Reverend Moss has an impressive career in the ministry. He formerly served as co-pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta and worked closely with the Senior Pastor, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. Rev. Moss enjoyed a close and personal relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and has continued his important work fighting the ills of our society. Active in many causes, he unceasingly pursues equal opportunity for all in making a more just society, including Ohio’s families and children.

Thursday, November 4, 2021
6:00 to 7:00 PM

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE STARTS!

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2021

1:30 PM – Opening

2:15 PM – Plenary  with Rev. Dr. Charles Eduardos
STAYING OPEN TO THE JOURNEY

5:00 PM – Meet and Greet

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2021

9:30 – Early Start Club

11:00 – Spiritual Centering

11:20 – Concurrent Workshops:

  • TRAUMA-INFORMED TRANSITIONAL MINISTRY
    Speaker: Rev. Shannon Michael Pater
  • HOW MATTHEW 18 CAN CHANGE NORMS AND LIVES
    Speaker: Rev. John Beck
  • FLOW: ALONE AND TOGETHER
    Speakers: Rev. Arlen Vernava and Mark L. Vincent
  • THRIVING IN MINISTRY
    Speaker: Rev. BETH KENNETT

12:30 – Open Zoom Room

1:30 – Plenary with Dr. Tod Bolsinger
FORMING RESILIENCE FOR TRANSITIONAL MINISTRY

4:20 – Concurrent Workshops:

  • ENGAGING CONFLICT WITH CURIOSITY
    Speaker: Rev. Dr. Terasa Cooley
  • YOU DON’T JUST CHECK OFF THE BOX:  The Transitional Work Of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, And Anti-Oppression
    Speakers: Rev. Keith Kron and Rev. Patrice Curtis
  • COVID: CONFLICT, RESISTANCE AND OPPORTUNITY
    Speaker: Rev. Dr. Robert McFarlane

6:00 – Fun and Games

8:00 – Snack Bar Conversation

Schedule times are on EASTERN TIME ZONE
Events and times are subject to change without notice. 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2021

9:30 – Early Start Club

11:00 – Spiritual Centering

11:20 – Concurrent Workshops:

  • CLEANING THE POND:
    SOCIAL INTERVENTIONS TO ADDRESS TRAUMA
    Speaker: Rev. Dr. Diana Gurley
  • MEDIATION SKILLS FOR DISRUPTIVE CONVERSATIONS
    Speakers: Rev. Joanne Burns and Rev. Candace Henry
  • BRICK AND MORTALS
    Speakers: Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper
  • Open Discussion/Conversation 1: EXITING AND EVALUATING THE SYSTEM
    Leader: Rev. Keith Copeland

12:30 – Open Zoom Room

1:30 – Plenary with A Peer Learning Panel/Discussion
Speakers: Revs. Eleanor Scarlett, Holly MillerShank, Shannon Mang & Katrina Palan

4:30 – Denominational Meetings

6:00 – Fun and Games

8:00 – Snack Bar Conversation

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2021

9:30 – Early Start Club

11:00 – Spiritual Centering

11:20 – Concurrent Workshops

  • THE ENTERING/EXITING BACKPACK –A FIELDWORK GROUP VIDEO PANEL EXPERIENCE
    Speakers: Rev. William Thomas – Amy Lythgoe (Episcopal), Doug Amend (DOC), Mary Owens (ELCA), and Wendy Bell (UUA)
  • PARADIGM SHIFTS IN TRANSITION
    Speaker: Rev. John R. Throop
  • CARING FOR THE GREIVERS
    Speaker: Rev. Michelle Collins
  • Open Discussion/Conversation 2: ENTERING THE SYSTEM
    Leader: Rev. Lynn Carmen Bodden

12:30 – Open Zoom Room

1:30 – IMN Annual Membership Meeting

3:00 – Plenary with Rev. Dr.  Janet Gear
HOSTING THE THELOGICAL BANQUET

6:00 – A Conversation with Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr.

8:00 – Snack Bar Conversation

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2021

9:30 – Early Start Club

11:20 – Concurrent Workshops:

  • BRAVE CHURCH: HOW YOU CAN HAVE TOUGH CONVERSATIONS WITH YOUR CONGREGATION
    Speaker: Rev. Elizabeth Hagan
  • LOOKING IN, BUT FEEL LIKE I DON’T FIT IN
    Speaker: Rev. Katrina Palan
  • INTERIM MINISTRY FROM ACROSS THE POND
    Speaker: Rev. Helen Gheorghiu Gould
  • Open Discussion/Conversation 3: FOCUSING AND ASSUMING RESPONSIBILITY
    Leader: Rev. Arlen Vernava

12:30 – Open Zoom Room

1:20 – Plenary Conference WRAP –  with Rev. Jenny Stephens

2:40 – Conference Close and Spiritual Centering

 

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