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Greetings Penn Central Clergy!


We have an exciting season of continuing education opportunities planned! Please join as you are able. The Small Church Workshops and Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry courses are open to all church members. Please spread the word to those you think might be interested. More information is available upon request. ALL Registration links are at the bottom and required for most of the spring events.


Ministerial Excellence Forums

There are monthly MEFs specific Tuesdays that will be offered at both 10am and 6pm via zoom. (Some morning sessions may become in-person later in the spring, depending on virus status).


January: Dr. Dan Jurman will start us off January 25th with church related aspects of Trauma Informed PA. Dan is the former director of Community Action Partnership in Lancaster County and serves as the Executive Director at Governor's Office of Advocacy and Reform. He is a graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary. (Qualifies as Boundary Training)


February: Our own Conference Minister, Rev. Dr. Carrie Call will lead our February 15th session on God and the Problem of Evil in Today’s World. How has the theological world talked about and made sense of evil in the world? Join us for a lively theological discussion.


March: On March 15th Nora will discuss Covenant Keeping in the World Today in a 6pm only session. (Qualifies as Boundary Training)


April: Our Facilitator for Clergy Care will present his article Planning for Developing Effective Self-Care and talk about the importance of ongoing self-care in this particular season of ministry on April 26th. (Qualifies as Boundary Training)


May: The Spring sessions will conclude on May 17th with Rev. Richard Jorgenson of the Lower Susquehanna Synod ELCA as he discusses his recent book Becoming a Hybrid Church.


Boundary Training

There will be a Boundary Training session led by Nora on Monday, March 1st at 10am and 6pm via zoom. This session will focus on Boundary Considerations in an Online World.


Theological Roundtables

The Theology Roundtables with Rev. Dr. Carrie Call will return this Spring with 4 sessions on the Kingdom of God. This group is limited to the first 20 registrants and begins on Thursday, February 24th at 3pm. We will gather for 90 minutes each week ending on March 17th. This group meets via zoom.


Institution and Association Chaplain Gathering

An event for Institutional and Association Chaplains will be held March 15th at St. Thomas UCC. Beginning with brunch at 9:30am, this workshop will explore lessons learned from the pandemic for providing pastoral care when conditions do not allow for clergy to be present with congregants. it is also a time to thank institutional chaplains for their efforts during the pandemic. This session will conclude with a brief worship and communion. We will conclude by noon. For more information contact Rev. Rick Luciotti. RSVP to Paul Keller.


Small Church Vitality Workshop

Rev. Dr. Marisa Laviola is planning Small Church Vitality Workshops that will be offered on 4 Saturdays across the conference. These workshops are for any church that self-identifies as “small.” The focus of the workshops is to celebrate the small church as a sacred part of the future of God’s church, including validating lay leadership to supplement parttime pastorate and identifying the mission of each church as beacons of light to their greater community. Each church is asked to bring pastor plus at least two laity and be prepared to share joys and trials with other churches present. These workshops will take place March 12th for the York and Harrisburg Associations, April 30th for Lancaster and Lebanon, May 14th for Central and Northern, and May 21st for Gettysburg and Mercersburg. Contact Marisa for more information.


Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry (PAM)

The Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry at Lancaster Theological Seminary is offering several courses this term. More information on all the courses PAM offers can be found on their website at https://www.lancasterseminary.edu/programs/pennsylvania-academy-of-ministry/. These courses are $325 and open to anyone.


-         Spiritual and Personal Development 1 taught by Rev. Dr. Carrie Call will be on Tuesday evenings from May 24th-June 28th on zoom at 7pm.


-         Fundraising Fundamentals with Cheryl DeMarco, Esq. starts on Feb. 22nd.


We hope to see you and church members from across the conference as we all continue to grow and learn together in service to God’s Church.


Hoping to see you all sometime this spring, on screens or in-person.




Registration Links in Chronological Order:

Jan 25 10am MEF with Dr. Dan Jurman

Jan 25 6pm MEF with Dr. Dan Jurman

Feb 15 10am MEF with Rev. Dr. Carrie Call

Feb 15 6pm MEF with Rev. Dr. Carrie Call

Feb 22 Fundraising Fundamentals through PAM @ LTS with Cheryl DeMarco, Esq. (multiple sessions)

Feb 24 3pm Theology Roundtable Kingdom of God (4 sessions)

Mar 1 10am Boundary Training with Rev. Nora Foust

Mar 1 6pm Boundary Training with Rev. Nora Foust

Mar 12 Small Church Workshop with Rev. Dr. Marisa Laviola (Y/H)

Mar 15 6pm MEF with Rev. Nora Foust

Apr 26 10am MEF with Rev. Rick Luciotti

Apr 26 6pm MEF with Rev. Rick Luciotti

April 30 Small Church Workshop with Rev. Dr. Marisa Laviola (La/Le)

May 14 Small Church Workshop with Rev. Dr. Marisa Laviola (C/N)

May 17 10am MEF with Rev. Richard Jorgenson

May 17 6pm MEF with Rev. Richard Jorgenson

May 21 Small Church Workshop with Rev. Dr. Marisa Laviola (G/M)

May 24 Spiritual and Personal Development through PAM @ LTS with Rev. Dr. Carrie Call (multiple sessions)

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