Journeying Together Colleague Conversations

September 25, 2020

"Experience does not give us easy passage through the middle space…through struggle.  Experience only grants us a little grace that whispers this is a part of the process.  Stay the course…Experience doesn’t even give us a little spark of light in this mess, it only gives us a little bit of faith that we can navigate it TOGETHER. Most of the time when we are in complete darkness, we wave our arms around to reach out to grab someone who can walk with us to get our bearings, to give us perspective, to hold onto.  It’s at that time. The middle is messy, but it’s also where the magic happens.  If we believe in ourselves if we reach out together, and if we lean into that grace that says ‘we can get through this’.”         --Brene Brown in "Unlocking Us" podcast
Join a small group of colleagues (6 or 7 total) in an ongoing, facilitated colleague conversation to share and grieve, find balance, learn, and grow. Lean in and get messy, human, honest (or not) and experience the grace of navigating the journey of ministry together, at this time.
For: WNC Clergy and Ministry Professionals
Format: Four One-Hour Colleague Conversations by Zoom
Cost: $0.  Full participation is expected

Two groups, choose one:

Clergy only
Facilitated by Rev. Eddie Ingram, MDiv MSW, LCSW, and trained spiritual director
Rev. Ingram, a WNC elder, served churches in Western North Carolina for 16 years and became a certified spiritual director.  Since 2012, Eddie has been a pastoral psychotherapist with the Sanctuary Counseling Group, working in Gastonia. Eddie has counseled many clergy in the conference and provides spiritual direction in the youth ministry cohort program.
Meets Tuesdays October 13, November 10, December 8, and January 12 from 10:00 -11:00 a.m.
Clergy and/or Ministry Professionals
Facilitated by Dr. Robyn Lowery, PhD, LCMHCA Psychotherapist, and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
Dr. Lowery has over 15 years of counseling-related experience serving a variety of populations including mood disorders, substance abuse, trauma, and maternal mental health.  In addition, she has held various academic roles within counselor education programs where she investigated factors associated with multicultural training. She is currently teaching part-time for an online institution, while also providing counseling and therapy services at Sanctuary Counseling Group in Charlotte, NC. 
Meets November 13, December 11, January 8, and February 12 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

"For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”         --Matthew 18:20

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