IMN 90 Minute Webinars

All webinars sessions will be presented on the Zoom video conferencing format, for 90 minutes (some webinars may require two 90 minutes sessions) .  Participants will register for each session separately.  Once registration is complete, webinar information will be sent to you by email.  

Webinar information, including but not limited to, date, times, topic or presenter are subject to change.

June 21, 2022 - CIRCLES OF TRUST: TRANSITIONING MINISTRY OUTREACH, PERSONAL SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

CIRCLES OF TRUST:
TRANSITIONING MINISTRY OUTREACH, PERSONAL SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

June 21, 2022

1:00 to 2:30 pm Eastern

Presenter: Barbara Coeyman

“Circles of Trust” is a small group ministry which explores the inner teacher in each of us and builds compassionate relationships with others. Through personal reflection, deep listening, open and honest questions, and clearness committees, we build trust in our authentic selves and in one another. “Circles of Trust” draws from the spiritual writing of Quaker Parker Palmer.

This webinar will be an introduction to some of the practices in the “Circle of Trust” method, to include explanation of the Touchstones, the covenant on which this program is built; habits of deep listening; and discernment of a reading or poetry which invites exploration of the theme of “transitioning.” This practice which expands habit of compassionate communication offers helpful resources for the toolbox of interim ministry and also builds interpersonal connections among participants in the Circle. For more about the “Circles of Trust” practice, see Parker Palmer, A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward An Undivided Life.

Rev. Dr. Barbara Coeyman is an Accredited Interim Minister in the Unitarian Universalist Association. She is also a credentialed Facilitator with the Center for Courage and Renewal (CCR), the sponsoring institution of “Circles of Trust.” A member of IMN for the past decades, she has led several workshops during annual IMN conferences. She is completing a two-year interim at the UU Church of Muncie Indiana, her eighth transitioning ministry position. For more on CCR, see www.couragerenewal.org.

July 19, 2022 - THE DYNAMICS OF POLARIZATION

THE DYNAMICS OF POLARIZATION
Presenter: Rev. Cynthia Vermillion 

JULY 19, 2022
1:30 to 4:00  pm Eastern

This event will be three hours in total length. The first session will theory and the second half will be practice. 

Theory – 1:00 to 2:30 PM Eastern

Our culture is experiencing more and more polarization, deepening our sense of isolation and causing rifts in our society and our spiritual communities.  In this 1.5-hour workshop, we will explore the dynamics of polarization, and how it forms and discuss methods of staying present and engaged when we find ourselves in polarizing conversations.

Practice – 2:30 to 4:00 PM Eastern

Following after the theory-based webinar on The Dynamics of Polarization, Rev. Cynthia will conduct a 1.5-hour session on skill building.  In this session we will use break-out groups to practice techniques and build capacity for navigating polarized situations with grace and love.

Rev. Cynthia Vermillion creates spaces for individuals and communities to discover, and unleash their full potential. An ordained Unity minister of 25 years, Cynthia served as the Director of Member Services for Unity Worldwide Ministries for 5 years.  Prior to this, she served as the Regional Consultant and Regional Representative for Canada for 10 years.  In these roles, Cynthia had the privilege of supporting, coaching and consulting with ministries throughout the US and Canada.  Cynthia also served on the UWM’s Ethics Review Team for 10 years including 2 years as Chair of the team.  With her husband, Rev. Don Foster, Cynthia served ministries in Chantilly, VA and Hamilton, ON.  She is the 2016 recipient of Unity Worldwide Ministries’ Myrtle Fillmore Award and Unity Canada’s 2017 Northern Lights Award.

Cynthia has a keen awareness of organizational systems and a passion for creating organizational health, vitality and sustainability.  She has completed IMN’s training and is currently serving as an intentional interim at Unity Spiritual Center of Springfield, MO

Cynthia has a passion for learning and is a skilled teacher and coach.  In her role as Director of Member Services she was involved in training and supporting the UWM certified consultants, developed a number of E-Learning Courses, taught the Interpersonal Skills intensive for Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute’s ministerial students, and was a presenter at the Interim Ministry Network’s 2020 virtual conference.

Cynthia’s first career was as a ballet dancer.  The metaphors of dance and movement continue to inspire Cynthia on the spiritual journey, she views as an ongoing dance of discovery and growth.

August 16, 2022 - BEYOND WISHFUL THINKING: LEADING CONGREGATIONS WITH UNSUSTAINABLE FUTURES

Beyond Wishful Thinking: Leading Congregations with Unsustainable Futures
Presenter: Rev. Diane Kenaston 

August 16, 2022
1:30 to 2:00  pm Eastern

Interim ministers can find themselves leading congregations with a reality gap: the congregation is not facing reality for the present and/or the future. Congregations in denial about the current state of their congregation can have identity issues.  What they see in themselves fails to match today’s reality. This occurs, for example, when a clergyperson enters a congregation and realizes they can’t afford to be staffed at their current level. When congregations do face their current reality, they can still have a reality gap as they think about their future. Struggling congregations can suffer from “wishful thinking” where they pin their hopes on a magical “turn-around” future. These congregations in numerical decline create unrealistic expectations for their next pastor. Others approach the future more realistically but they feel hopeless and don’t know what to do next. The congregation waffles between “positive thinking” (wishfulness) and “negative thinking” (hopelessness) – and in either case, they don’t feel they have any agency over their future. This webinar will make the case that perpetuating wishful thinking is a betrayal of the theological claim of hope.

Ministers who suspect that closure, merger, or other major changes could be in their congregation’s future must hold up a mirror to the congregation, help them to face reality, and move from wishful thinking to the hope grounded in their sacred stories. They will need to equip congregations with the spiritual practices that will sustain them through massive upheaval. Some interim ministers will be laying the groundwork for the next settled pastor to lead changes like closing, merging, restarting, or relocating. Other interim ministers, however, may need to lead an intentional discernment process and guide the congregation through dissolution. There is a continuum of possible responses. Regardless of where they find themselves on this continuum, interim ministers who enter these conversations must expand the concept of “healthy farewell” from the exit of one clergyperson to facilitating healthy farewells for an entire congregation and its institutional identity.

Rev. Diane Kenaston (she/her) is a United Methodist elder with ten years of experience pastoring churches in West Virginia and Missouri in the United States. She is now a clergy coach based out of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and a founding member of the Good Friday Collaborative, a ministry supporting congregational leaders whose churches are faithfully concluding existing ministry.

Diane led the merger process of legacy University United Methodist Church into the new Grace United Methodist Church, St. Louis. She has also facilitated the sale of two parsonages and a charge realignment. Diane is currently working on a devotional book for Christians whose churches are merging, closing, relocating, restarting, or discerning their next steps. She has previously been published in the books We Pray With Her, Speaking Truth, and Holy Contradictions: What’s Next for the People Called United Methodist.
Diane’s fieldwork project for the Interim Ministry Network focused on helping congregations to end well. She is passionate about cultivating communities of justice and peace. Her ministry is grounded in family systems theory and asset-based community development. She currently serves on the board for Young Clergy Women International. Diane and her clergy spouse have one very energetic three-year-old child. Contact Diane through her website at www.dianekenaston.com

September 20, 2022 - LOVE DRENCHED ACCOUNTABILITY

LOVE DRENCHED ACCOUNTABILITY
Presenter: Rev. Cynthia Vermillion 

September 20, 2022
1:30 to 4:00  pm Eastern

This event will be three hours in total length. The first session will theory and the second half will be practice. 

 

Theory – 1:00 to 2:30 PM Eastern

Accountability can be a challenging concept.  It is not unusual for spiritual communities to avoid accountability in an effort to be kind or loving, which creates another set of challenges.  At other times, people hold “accountability” conversations that are unclear, unhelpful and sometimes harsh and blaming.  This 1.5-hour webinar explores the nature of accountability, and how to infuse accountability conversations with deep love and respect.

Practice – 2:30 to 4:00 PM Eastern

Following after the theory-based webinar on Love Drenched Accountability, Rev. Cynthia will conduct a 1.5-hour session on skill building.  In this session we will use break-out groups to practice techniques and build capacity for marrying love and accountability.

Rev. Cynthia Vermillion creates spaces for individuals and communities to discover, and unleash their full potential. An ordained Unity minister of 25 years, Cynthia served as the Director of Member Services for Unity Worldwide Ministries for 5 years.  Prior to this, she served as the Regional Consultant and Regional Representative for Canada for 10 years.  In these roles, Cynthia had the privilege of supporting, coaching and consulting with ministries throughout the US and Canada.  Cynthia also served on the UWM’s Ethics Review Team for 10 years including 2 years as Chair of the team.  With her husband, Rev. Don Foster, Cynthia served ministries in Chantilly, VA and Hamilton, ON.  She is the 2016 recipient of Unity Worldwide Ministries’ Myrtle Fillmore Award and Unity Canada’s 2017 Northern Lights Award.

Cynthia has a keen awareness of organizational systems and a passion for creating organizational health, vitality and sustainability.  She has completed IMN’s training and is currently serving as an intentional interim at Unity Spiritual Center of Springfield, MO

Cynthia has a passion for learning and is a skilled teacher and coach.  In her role as Director of Member Services she was involved in training and supporting the UWM certified consultants, developed a number of E-Learning Courses, taught the Interpersonal Skills intensive for Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute’s ministerial students, and was a presenter at the Interim Ministry Network’s 2020 virtual conference.

Cynthia’s first career was as a ballet dancer.  The metaphors of dance and movement continue to inspire Cynthia on the spiritual journey, she views as an ongoing dance of discovery and growth.

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July 19, 2022 - THE DYNAMICS OF POLARIZATION (3hr)
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August 16, 2022 - BEYOND WISHFUL THINKING
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September 20, 2022 - LOVE DRENCHED (3hr)
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