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“Shame-Less Lives, Grace-Full Congregations.”

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September 25, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

| $35

West Lawn UMC

Rev. Dr. Karen A. McClintock

Rev. Dr. Karen A. McClintock is a psychologist, author and congregational consultant. She is a clergy member of the California/Nevada Annual Conference where she served as parish pastor for nearly two decades. Her new book, Shame-Less Lives, Grace-full Congregations (Alban) sheds light on patterns of shame which limit congregational joy and health. Healthy Disclosure in Congregations (Alban) explores professional ethics, communication boundaries, secrets in congregations, and sexual abuse prevention.

Having served five parishes, Karen presents lectures and case studies with a sense of humor and compassion. She knows the dangers inherent in the complex relationships clergy find themselves in. Having overcome shame in her own life and work, she leads others toward graceful lives and leadership.

She has also authored; Preventing Sexual Abuse in Congregations (Alban) and Sexual Shame: An Urgent Call to Healing (Fortress Press). She has been an adjunct professor at Northwest House of Theological Studies, Pacific School of Religion, and Southern Oregon University. She engages in conversations about sexuality that are life affirming, while creating safety and healing. More information is available at www.healthycongregation.com

“Shame-less Lives, Grace-full Congregations” Workshop

Our workshop will contain segments from each of these books which are available ahead of time through Alban Publishing. This will be a thought provoking and stress relieving workshop.

By the end of the day participants will have learned to reduce negative communication patterns (gossip, rumors, triangulation, secrets, and anonymous email) in congregations. They will also learn ways to identify and eliminate shame in their own daily leadership and within congregational systems.

The fee for the workshop is $35 per person and includes continental breakfast starting at 8:30 AM, lunch, and course materials. This workshop will satisfy the quadrennial requirement of sexual ethics. A 0.5 CEU certificate will be issued at the completion of the workshop.

Advanced Level Electives in Sexual Ethics are designed not only to complete the required quadrennial continuing education expectations, but to engage persons in ministerial roles in ongoing accountable dialogue on appropriate healthy boundaries in ministerial practice.  The emphasis on these courses is not just on “data input,” but on praxis (applying what we know, integrating what we learn into our professional and personal behavior).  Only one 0.5 CEU credited workshop in sexual ethics is required every four years, but all workshops are open to all persons for their benefit.  (Additional CEU credit can be obtained and applied toward our professionally required 4.0 CEUs per quadrennium, by taking these additional courses.)


September 25, 2015
9:00 am - 3:30 pm


West Lawn UMC
15 Woodside Ave.
West Lawn, PA 19609
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