The System Theory Training will be offered in an online format on Tuesdays, January 26, February 2, and 9, 2021, 12:00 – 1:30pm EST. This training will be led by Connie Goodbread, 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 $125. The registration deadline is January 12, 2021.
The System Theory Training is an online learning experience comprised of three 1.5-hour webinars with reading and other assignments for each session. Full participation includes:
- Online attendance at three 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 offinal evaluation within a week of the ending of the training.
Goals of the Training
Connie Goodbread, the Co-Lead in the Southern Region of the UUA, hasstudied Healthy Congregations development and conflict identification and transformation with Rev. Dr. Peter Steinke, and is recognized for her original work on System Theory with a UU lens. In this series on System Theory, participants will
- Examine human beings as emotional, intellectual, and physical beings. Everything that human beings create, discover, destroy and build is born out of our humanity.
- Explore and clarify what is means to be a Unitarian Universalist.
- Discuss the human qualities that help and hinder the growth of beloved community.
The overarching lens of System Theory will ground the experience and aid religious educators, and other religious professionals, to apply these learnings to their own professional context.
The webinar platform is Zoom, which you can download fromZoom. In order to register and access module materials, participants must have or create a UUA profile name. OnUUA.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.