Lifelong Learning


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All forums are for clergy. They will be held at

St. Thomas UCC – 6490 Linglestown Road – Harrisburg, PA 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Light refreshments will be served.

Boundary Training

2020 Schedule

  • Politics and the Pulpit in an Election Year (2 hours)

    Join with your colleagues on Wednesday, September 16th at 1pm or 6pm for a discussion on the church and politics. This was a popular boundary training discussion in February and Rev. Carrie Call will be offering it again. We will gather on zoom for a timely discussion on this critical issue in the church. In the two hour session, we will cover several areas: first, a review of legal issues around political speech in the church; second, how to mitigate political divisions within congregations; and finally, we will examine case studies involving preaching and politics. Your personal experiences and reflections will be welcome in the discussions. Please come and add your voice to what is sure to be a rich conversation!

    Register for the 1pm-3pm Zoom session here

    Register for the 6pm-8pm Zoom session here

  • For Retired and Supply Pastors (2 hours)

    Join with your colleagues on Tuesday, October 20th at 10am or 6pm for a discussion on supply and retired clergy boundaries. Rev. Sally Dries will join Rev. Nora Foust for leadership of this session.

    Register for the 10am-12pm Zoom session here

    Register for the 6pm-8pm Zoom session here

  • Boundaries in Seasons of Crisis (2 hours)

    Join with your colleagues on Tuesday, November 17th at 10am or 6pm for discussion of a variety of topics including: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Self-Care and Allyship in an Activist Age. Rev. Nora Foust will lead this discussion.

    Register for the 10am-12pm Zoom session here

    Register for the 6pm-9pm Zoom session here

  • The Center for Progressive Renewal

    (Register) offers 6 units of boundary training on-line.

**All clergy must accumulate 6 distinct hours every 3 years!**

Child Abuse History Clearances:

The state of Pennsylvania requires that volunteers and employees undergo background checks. Here are the three background checks they require:

  • Department of Human Services Child Abuse History Clearance
  • Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Records Check
  • Federal Criminal History Record Information (CHRI)

Morsels of Excellence

This is our first VLOG series and we hope it will be meaningful for you! These Morsels are intended to enhance and inform ministry in your local church. Each month (by the 15th), we will post a short video and discussion questions for your leadership team to engage each month.

We urge you to take the time to view these videos as a group. All are 5 minutes or less and are designed to begin a conversation and a learning journey to enhance your ministry.

After viewing the videos, please spend 5 minutes or so with one or two of the discussion questions that follow. Engage the questions for growth. Each video will include a scripture passage, read it and read it again. Ask questions. Grow spiritually.

Your ministry will be enhanced.

There is a feedback form included with the discussion questions each month and we would love to hear from you! How did these morsels feed your soul and nourish your ministry?

Evaluation for Morsels

November Morsels
Morsels November Discussion

October Morsels: Constitution & Bylaws
Morsels October Discussion

September Morsels: Constitution & Bylaws
Morsels September Discussion

August Morsels: Narrative Budget
Morsels August Discussion

July Morsels: Church Conflict
Discussion Questions

June Morsels: General Synod
General Synod Web Site

May Morsels – Hospitality
May Discussion Questions

April Morsels – Your Church’s Mission and Vision
April Discussion Questions

Rules of the Road

FEBRUARY: Social Media

JANUARY: A Sure Foundation: resources for the relationships between pastors and congregations