Dimensions of Faith Development Training at Ferry Beach

Event format: On-site

Date & time:

  • Saturday, July 6, 2024, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT

Type of event: Training

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The Dimensions of Faith Development Training will be offered in-person at Ferry Beach July 6-12, 2024. This training will be led by Natalie Briscoe, religious educator and Lead of the Southern Region’s Congregational Life Staff Team, and Lillian Drab-Braddick, religious educator, Congregational Life Consultant in the Southern Region, and LeaderLab Co-Dean. Find registration details at RE Week at Ferry Beach!

Training Requirements

The Dimensions of Faith Development Training is a learning experience with reading and other assignments for each session. Credit will be offered for full participation in the training. Full participation includes:

  • Full attendance and participation at the in-person sessions
  • Reading and reflection to prepare for each session 
  • Completion of final group project
  • Submission offinal evaluation within a week of the ending of the training.

Goals of the Training

Natalie Briscoe has authored groundbreaking work for a new look at the Dimensions of Faith Development, as the field of Human Development has evolved past the traditional theories of the 1960s and 1970s, which are problematically rooted in colonial, patriarchal, and racist systems. In this series, religious educators and other leaders will explore the idea of a counter-cultural narrative of Faith Development which knits together all of these areas of the congregation into a holistic view of multicultural transformation.

Participants will

  • gain a view of Faith Development that is central to the congregation's work and weaves together all of the primary ministries of a religious body;
  • develop a method for dismantling white supremacy culture within their congregation and in the world through the content and method of Lifespan Faith Development within their congregations;
  • envision a model for "What's Next" in our work of dismantling white supremacy culture that leaves participants feeling empowered to move forward with the work;
  • and take away a collection of stories that both forms a multicultural narrative for our faith journey and communicates our UU values.

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