Being Present and Effective When Someone Dies (Metropolitan Community Churches)


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This webinar (open to all but specifically relevant to chaplains, pastors, and any church leaders offering pastoral care) will provide information about the dying process, space for reflection and conversation, and practical tools for communicating with the bereaved.

Specifically, this webinar will assist participants in:

  • Comfortably discussing death and the dying process with peers, family members, and non-clinicians.
  • Explaining the death and dying process to persons that are emotionally attached to the dying person, with verbiage that is appropriate to their ability to listen, understand, and accept.
  • Having increased awareness of one’s personal context and the capability of correctly investigating the context of others, to better communicate important information.
  • Helping better support families before, during, and after a person dies.

The webinar is being presented by Rev. Tim Hamilton and will qualify for CEUs for clergy.
This webinar is appropriate for local churches as a part of their congregational care team training. Groups are welcome to participate together, from a central location or from their individual computers.

To register, please email Marina Laws

 

Presenter Bio:

Rev. Tim Hamilton has been a Hospice Chaplain since 2000, when he was with AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Currently, he is a Hospice Chaplain and Grief Counselor for Kaiser Permanente Foundation. During his ten-years with Kaiser, Tim has increased accessibility to the Los Angeles Bereavement Groups, which are now open to the public and tim-hamiltonwelcoming of the LGBTQI communities. This part of his ministry is important to him, as bringing people together in times of suffering is an excellent opportunity to narrow divisions and draw comfort from all people.

Rev. Tim responds to all hospice calls, including crisis visits and death pronouncements. Expanding the understanding of the death process, how it fits under the spiritual umbrella, and integrates into the clinical team, is a key ministry for Rev. Tim.

Rev. Tim was ordained into MCC in 2008, graduated from The Pacific School of Religion, is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, and Certified Grief Counselor. He has completed internships at St. Luke’s (San Francisco) and Children’s Hospital (Los Angeles). Tim has attended End-Of-Life Doula workshops, complicated grief courses, and taught Understanding Spiritual Aspects of End-of-Life to clinicians and laity.

ONA and the Bible (United Church of Christ)


“Open and Affirming (ONA) is the United Church of Christ’s (UCC) designation for congregations, campus ministries, and other bodies in the UCC which make a public covenant of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.”

UCC ONA and the Bible online webinar

Source: United Church of Christ

ONA WEBINAR – ONA AND THE BIBLE

Just seven verses in the Bible are sometimes an obstacle for congregations on their journey towards an Open and Affirming covenant. But there are more than 31,000 verses in the Bible! What does the Bible teach about our relationships with God and each other? And how should you respond when members of your church have questions about the seven verses often used to condemn same-sex relationships?

If more than one participant is sharing one computer (or watching one screen), you can register as a group and save!
1-3 participants: $30
4-6 participants: $60
7+ participants: $90

 

Learn more – and register for – this online ONA webinar

 


Disclaimer: Sacred Space Online Learning (SSOL) seeks to provide individuals with information about religious, spiritual, or faith-based online resources from a variety of sources. Sacred Space Online Learning does NOT claim ownership over this online course or online offering. Sacred Space Online Learning is also NOT responsible for the accuracy of the materials, the content, the way they are advertised or taught, or the costs associated with this online course or offering. The views and opinions expressed in this online course or offering are those of the creators and/or the persons appearing in the online class or offering. They do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of SSOL, the OFLD, or MCC. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the creator(s) of the given online course or online offering.

Sex, Bodies, Spirit (Metropolitan Community Churches)


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Over the past year, MCC has witnessed a renewal regarding the intersection of sexuality and spirituality. First, they enjoyed the online symposium in fall 2015, followed by monthly discussions, and then they experienced a stimulating workshop at the MCC General Conference 2016.

They are now delighted to announce an ongoing informational and discussion series that will advance this topic among clergy and churches from any denomination.   All are invited to attend!

This is also opportunity for MCC clergy to fulfill the continuing education requirement for annual licensure.

Rev. Dr. Robin Gorsline and Malachi Grennell are the authors of an exciting blog about sex, bodies, and spirit (sexbodiessspirit.net), and they are bringing their passion and expertise to a monthly gathering on Adobe Connect that will address issues of sex and spirit, in order to further advance this concern and educate all of us around the ongoing need for our churches.

The group will meet on the third Thursday of each month from 3:00 to 4:00 PM Eastern Time (generally 7:00 – 8:00 pm UTC), and will qualify for continuing education credits for MCC clergy (.5 units per session).

This is open to all people, whether clergy or lay. This opportunity is offered free of charge.

 


View past sessions on-demand:

August 2016: The Roots of Sex Negativity in Western Christianity (part 1)

September 2016:  The Roots of Sex Negativity in Western Christianity (part 2)

October 2016:  The Roots of Sex Negativity in Western Christianity (part 3)

January 2017: Sacred, Not Secret (Part 3): Beyond the Norm (Kink/BDSM)

February 2017:  Sacred, Not Secret (Part 4): Non-Monogamy


 

Clergy Tax Law Short-Course (Clergy Financial Resources)


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Source: Clergy Financial Resources

This webinar is an audio and Internet training webinar on selected topics that features an in-depth discussion designed specifically to meet the tax and financial needs of today’s churches and clergy

The webinar is designed for church staff and clergy who are interested in recognizing new ways to minimize their own tax liability, in addition to, gaining a better understanding of the current tax laws that affect churches and clergy today.

The webinar will be led by a clergy tax professional and will last between 45 to 60 minutes based on the level of discussion during the session and will cover the following topics:

• What’s new?
• Income vs benefits
• Deduction vs Exclusions
• Employed vs self-employed
• Social security tax
• Opting out of social security
• Allowance vs reimbursement
• Building your salary package
• Taxable income
• Housing Equity Plans
• Reimbursement plans
• Housing/parsonage allowance
• Tax record keeping
• Professional expenses
• Ways to reduce your overall tax liability

Learn more about this religious online webinar on taxes from Clergy Financial Resources


Disclaimer: Sacred Space Online Learning (SSOL) seeks to provide individuals with information about religious, spiritual, or faith-based online resources from a variety of sources. Sacred Space Online Learning does NOT claim ownership over this online course or online offering. Sacred Space Online Learning is also NOT responsible for the accuracy of the materials, the content, the way they are advertised or taught, or the costs associated with this online course or offering. The views and opinions expressed in this online course or offering are those of the creators and/or the persons appearing in the online class or offering. They do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of SSOL, the OFLD, or MCC. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the creator(s) of the given online course or online offering.

Principles of Compensation Planning for Clergy (Clergy Financial Resources)


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Source: Clergy Financial Resources

This webinar is an audio and Internet training webinar on selected topics that features an in-depth discussion designed specifically to meet the tax and financial needs of today’s churches and clergy

The webinar is designed for church staff and clergy who are interested in recognizing new ways to minimize their own tax liability, in addition to, gaining a better understanding of the current tax laws that affect churches and clergy today.

The webinar will be led by a clergy tax professional and will last between 45 to 60 minutes based on the level of discussion during the session and will cover the following topics:

• How to build your salary package
• Auto Expenses
• Housing/Manse/Parsonage
• Professional Expenses
• Allowance vs. Reimbursement
• Ways to reduce your overall tax liability

Learn more about this religious online webinar on taxes from Clergy Financial Resources


Disclaimer: Sacred Space Online Learning (SSOL) seeks to provide individuals with information about religious, spiritual, or faith-based online resources from a variety of sources. Sacred Space Online Learning does NOT claim ownership over this online course or online offering. Sacred Space Online Learning is also NOT responsible for the accuracy of the materials, the content, the way they are advertised or taught, or the costs associated with this online course or offering. The views and opinions expressed in this online course or offering are those of the creators and/or the persons appearing in the online class or offering. They do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of SSOL, the OFLD, or MCC. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the creator(s) of the given online course or online offering.

Church Payroll Reporting for 2016 (Clergy Financial Resources)


The Conference is an audio and Internet training webinar on selected topics that features an in-depth discussion designed specifically to meet the tax and financial needs of today’s churches and clergy

The Conference is designed for church staff and clergy who are interested in recognizing new ways to minimize their own tax liability, in addition to, gaining a better understanding of the current tax laws that affect churches and clergy today.

Each conference will be led by a clergy tax professional and will last between 45 to 60 minutes based on the level of discussion during the session.

 

What You Will Learn:

• Church Payroll Requirements
• Clergy W2 Forms
• Taxable and Nontaxable Income for Clergy
• Employee vs Self-Employed
• 941 Reporting

Learn more about this religious online webinar on taxes from Clergy Financial Resources


Disclaimer: Sacred Space Online Learning (SSOL) seeks to provide individuals with information about religious, spiritual, or faith-based online resources from a variety of sources. Sacred Space Online Learning does NOT claim ownership over this online course or online offering. Sacred Space Online Learning is also NOT responsible for the accuracy of the materials, the content, the way they are advertised or taught, or the costs associated with this online course or offering. The views and opinions expressed in this online course or offering are those of the creators and/or the persons appearing in the online class or offering. They do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of SSOL, the OFLD, or MCC. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the creator(s) of the given online course or online offering.

Optimize Your Housing Allowance (Clergy Financial Resources)


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Source: Clergy Financial Resources

The Conference is an Internet training webinar on selected topics that features an in-depth discussion designed specifically to meet the tax and financial needs of today’s churches and clergy The Conference is designed for church staff and clergy who are interested in recognizing new ways to minimize their own tax liability, in addition to, gaining a better understanding of the current tax laws that affect churches and clergy today. Each conference will be led by a clergy tax professional and will last between 45 to 60 minutes based on the level of discussion during the session. The conference focus will discuss the opportunities to optimize your housing allowance and minimize your tax liability.

This webinar is perfect for Clergy, Youth Pastors, Associate Pastors, Seminarians, Church Employees, and Lay Leaders.

Learn more about this religious online webinar on taxes from Clergy Financial Resources


Disclaimer: Sacred Space Online Learning (SSOL) seeks to provide individuals with information about religious, spiritual, or faith-based online resources from a variety of sources. Sacred Space Online Learning does NOT claim ownership over this online course or online offering. Sacred Space Online Learning is also NOT responsible for the accuracy of the materials, the content, the way they are advertised or taught, or the costs associated with this online course or offering. The views and opinions expressed in this online course or offering are those of the creators and/or the persons appearing in the online class or offering. They do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of SSOL, the OFLD, or MCC. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the creator(s) of the given online course or online offering.

How to Prepare 2016 Clergy W-2 Forms (Clergy Financial Resources)


The Conference is designed for church staff and clergy who are interested in recognizing new ways to minimize their own tax liability, in addition to, gaining a better understanding of the current tax laws that affect churches and clergy today.

Each conference will be led by a clergy tax professional and will last between 45 to 60 minutes based on the level of discussion during the session.

The conference focus will discuss the reporting requirements for church payroll.

What you will learn:

• Understanding clergy compensation
• Completing a clergy W2 form
• Taxable Income
• Deduction vs. Exclusion
• Employed vs. Self-Employed
• Compensation Incentives
• Love Gifts
• Lily Grants
• How to avoid clergy W2 errors
• How to correct them

Learn more about this religious online webinar on taxes from Clergy Financial Resources


Disclaimer: Sacred Space Online Learning (SSOL) seeks to provide individuals with information about religious, spiritual, or faith-based online resources from a variety of sources. Sacred Space Online Learning does NOT claim ownership over this online course or online offering. Sacred Space Online Learning is also NOT responsible for the accuracy of the materials, the content, the way they are advertised or taught, or the costs associated with this online course or offering. The views and opinions expressed in this online course or offering are those of the creators and/or the persons appearing in the online class or offering. They do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of SSOL, the OFLD, or MCC. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the creator(s) of the given online course or online offering.

Sulam Leadership for Strategic Planners – SERIES (United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism)


Sulam for Strategic Planners Webinar Topics
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1. Forming a Strategic Planning Committee- Defining Scope of Planning
This session will address the recruitment of a steering committee (SC), including the skills and characteristics necessary for success. It describes the composition of the team between experienced current leaders and new and emerging leaders. It defines the scope of planning, establishes a time line of planning and the commitments of planners.

2. Situation and SWOT Analysis
This session focuses on preparing leaders to identify their community’s critical issues and needs. Leaders will be guided to create a planning SSP “FACT Book” that holds important data about membership, demographics, dues levels, school enrollment, etc. Leaders will learn how to use the SSP Committee Interview Worksheets to interview key committees that will be the focus of planning. With these two sets of data, leaders will be taught how to create an initial SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Challenges) of their current situation. We call this first effort SWOT 1.0 because this document will evolve as planners learn more.

3. Congregational Data Gathering – Surveys & Focus Groups
This session provides an overview of survey strategies. Participants will be introduced to the SSP Congregational Survey template that includes information on members’ demographics as well as their attitudes and beliefs about the synagogue. We will discuss how surveys can involve the whole kehilla (congregation), signaling that the congregation is going through a period of deep reflection. With this in mind, this session will explore the potential of conducting focus groups to go deeper. We will learn how task forces can invite the congregation to probe into critical issues that have been identified such as religious services, the religious school, financial giving, etc.

4. Mission and Vision Statements
This session will explore how a mission and vision statement can become a sacred text that calls for continual commentary and engagement. The focus of SSP is on the vision statement because it provides a picture of the community planners seek to create. Planners will learn how a vision statement can be a source of inspiration and provide strategic direction to the SC and the task forces. We will provide a guide for the SSP Mission and Vision Team made up of the rabbi, staff and lay leaders to create “vision 1.0” in “bullet draft” form.

5. Review of Survey Results and Themes
This session discusses how the SSP Data Gathering Team will organize the data from the SSP Fact Book, the congregational surveys and focus groups. We will show how the Data Gathering Team will prepare an Executive Summary of the survey and help the SC debrief the findings. This session explores the vital work of task forces. We will discuss how to honor both the work of volunteers and staff on ongoing committees and task forces.

6. Strategic Direction for Task Forces
This session shows how the SC provides direction to task forces and coordinates their efforts. In addition, task force recruitment, the role of volunteers and staff and the scope and complexity of different task force assignments will be addressed. We will look at task force data gathering (focus groups, etc.). We will review the task force job description and their report template.

7. Priority Setting-Recommendations
This session covers the criteria for reviewing task force recommendations and prioritizing them. Planners learn how to understand the relative impact of recommendations to increase revenue (fees, members, donors) or reduce costs (cutting costs, finding partners, being more efficient). Planners will also learn how to conduct the priority setting workshop which places all recommendations on a central document and reviews the time frame of recommendations, their cost, potential impact and complexity.

8. Report Adoption and Implementation
This session prepares planners to give a final report and board presentation. It discusses the responsibility of the board to make assignments and provide a charge to committees and staff for implementation. Planners will be prepared to share findings and to inspire support and ongoing engagement in initiatives throughout the community.

To see the list of SSP Pilot “Action Community”, click here.
To learn more about Sulam for Strategic Planning, please contact your Kehilla Relationship Manager, call 212-533-7800 or email us at kehilla@uscj.org.
For more information about any Sulam Leadership offerings, please contact your Kehilla Relationship Manager, call 212-533-7800 or email us at kehilla@uscj.org.

Learn more about this webinars on the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism website


Disclaimer: Sacred Space Online Learning (SSOL) seeks to provide individuals with information about religious, spiritual, or faith-based online resources from a variety of sources. Sacred Space Online Learning does NOT claim ownership over this online course or online offering. Sacred Space Online Learning is also NOT responsible for the accuracy of the materials, the content, the way they are advertised or taught, or the costs associated with this online course or offering. The views and opinions expressed in this online course or offering are those of the creators and/or the persons appearing in the online class or offering. They do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of SSOL, the OFLD, or MCC. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the creator(s) of the given online course or online offering.