2016 Annual Conference Journal

October 13th - December 31st, 2017

$30 - $150

Order your 2016 Annual Conference Journal Now!

A limited number of 2016 Annual Conference Journals are available. Order yours today for $30 each. You can pay on-line or send a check by postal mail to EPA UMC, Attention Ms. Gloria Knoeller, PO Box 820, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0820. What's in the Journal? Contact information for Conference staff; Camp and Retreat Centers; Districts; and United Methodist Church boards, agencies and resources. Also clergy appointments; committee assignments; and service records. Plus, all about the 2016 Annual Conference; conference statistics for 2015; historical highlights; and conference policies and procedures for clergy, staff, and others.

Questions?? Please contact Gloria Knoeller at gknoeller@epaumc.org

Changing Racism: Continuing the Conversation

June 24th, 2017

$15

Date: June 24, 2017

Time: 9:00 am -3:30 pm

Location: Grove UMC, 490 West Boot Road, West Chester PA 19380

Registration Fee: $15

Registration Deadline is June 12, 2017

Lunch is provided

Delve ever more deeply into the history, dynamics and ramifications of racism in the USA.

Learn and practice behaviors and strategies for dismantling the damaging effects of racism and seeking equity.

This workshop is open to all who have completed the Changing Racism Workshops or the Healing the Wounds of Racism Workshops at any time.

Training by EPA Conference Commission on Religious & Race

For questions contact Rev. Susan Worrell at rev.s.worrell@gmail.com & Rev. Alicia Julia-Stanley at rev87mom@gmail.com

Basic Sexual Ethics (July 15, 2017)

July 15th, 2017

$35

Participants pay $35 to participate in this class. The fee includes light breakfast, lunch, and materials. Presenters are Rev. Jose “Ricky” Ayala and a female presenter to be named.

July 15, 2017, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Conshohocken UMC, 20 W. Sixth Ave., Conshohocken, PA

Level 1 (Basic) Sexual Ethics Workshops provide the essential, ethical and legal dimensions of appropriate healthy boundaries for those serving in ministerial roles. The primary purpose of this workshop is to educate participants on how to incorporate such healthy boundaries into their professional and personal behavior.

The Level 1 (Basic) Workshop is mandatory for all persons seeking certification as candidates in ministry, candidates for ministerial roles and for all other individuals beginning ministerial roles within the Eastern PA Conference. Peninsula-Delaware’s comparable course may be substituted. Lancaster Theological Seminary and Evangelical Seminary Boundary Training classes are also now approved as BSE courses. Learn more on the Ordained Ministry page.

The Level 1 (Basic) may be taken as a “refresher” workshop (instead of, or in addition to, an Advanced Level Workshop) – in fulfillment of the quadrennium continuing education requirement – by all serving in a ministerial role who have previously completed a Level 1 course.

Advanced Sexual Ethics: "Click, Connect, and Love: The Impact of Social Media on Clergy, Congregations and Families"

July 29th, 2017

$35

Advanced Sexual Ethics Workshop

July 29, 2017 9:30 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

New Life UMC

2600 Bond Avenue Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania 19026

"Click, Connect, and Love: The Impact of Social Media on Clergy, Congregations and Families"

Texting, ghosting, twitter, snapchat and Instagram. Social media is now an unavoidable and overarching aspect of our life together. Whether we're waiting in line, crossing the street, riding the train or trying to get work done, the pull of social media is always with us.

As church leaders it's hard for us to keep up with the changing landscape of all the ways people are connecting online. We also lag behind in establishing ethical practices for social media use for ourselves and our congregations.

At the same time, announcing events, having conversations with friends and relatives separated by time and distance, finding support for life's challenges and issues and being able to feel understood and heard by a community are also part of our online lives.

About Our Presenters:

Kristine Seitz M.Ed, MSW, LSW, specializes in the impact of social media both clinically and in her research. Her interactive style and breadth and depth of experience and know-how adds to her engaging presentation style.

Ms. Seitz is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Widener University in Human Sexuality Studies where her research and experience involves all aspects of technology and relationships; communication, online dating, positive impacts, revenge pornography, sexting, and use in affairs. She has several practice locations in South Jersey including the Council for Relationships in Voorhees.

Wanda Sevey, MDiv, LMFT, is an ordained clergy member of the United Church of Christ. After serving congregations for 20 years she is now a full time licensed Couple and Family Therapist with Council for Relationships and is a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. She is the Director of the Clergy Training Track in the Postgraduate Training Program, helping clergy sharpen their skills in counseling with the option of getting on the track toward state licensure in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. She also teaches ethics in the Thomas Jefferson Couple and Family Therapy Masters Program.

The cost is $35 which includes a light breakfast, lunch, and materials. Registration is limited to 50 persons. .5 ceu's will be awarded.

Active clergy who are members of and serving within the EPA Conference are expected to acquire four CEU's within each quadrennium, including at least .5 ceu for sexual ethics.