Type of event: Training
The Dimensions of Faith Development Training will be offered in an online format on Wednesdays, October 28, November 4, 11, and 18, 11:30 – 1:00pm EST. This training will be led by Natalie Briscoe, religious educator and Co-Lead of the Southern Region’s Congregational Life Staff Team, and Nancy Combs-Morgan, religious educator and Congregational Life Consultant in the Mid-America Region. Registration is limited to 15 participants and the fee is $175. The registration deadline is October 14.
The Dimensions of Faith Development Training is an online learning experience comprised of four 1.5-hour webinars with reading and other assignments for each session. Credit will be offered for full participation in the module. Full participation includes:
- Online attendance at four 1.5-hour sessions
- Reading and reflection to prepare for each session
- Responses to Reflection Questions on the Discussion Forum after each session.
- Completion of final group project.
- Submission of final 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.
The webinar platform is Zoom, which you can download from Zoom. In order to register and access module materials, participants must have or create a UUA profile name. On UUA.org, click on “create account” at the top right and follow instructions on the page. If you have already participated in an online module, use the profile name you have already created. You must have a UUA.org username and provide it during your registration for the module. This allows the module facilitators to add you to the group so you can begin the preparation required before the first session.