Clergy Webinar-Session 1
Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 10:00 AM

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A series of four webinars led by Susan Beaumont, based on her book "How to Lead When You Don't Know Where You Are Going".

Session I: September 24 - 10:00 am
     Negotiating a Liminal Season
          Liminality refers to the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs during transition, when a person or group of people is in between something that has ended and something else that is not yet ready to begin. During this session, we introduce liminality and explore the challenges and opportunities facing organizations in liminal space. We will explore this pandemic season as a liminal season requiring a unique leadership stance and a different body of leadership work.

Session II: October 1 - 10:00 am
     Engaging the Soulfulness of the Institution
          The soul is the authentic and truest self of the organization, the source of its divine calling and character, and the protector of institutional integrity. In liminal seasons we rely upon the soul of the institution to guide our leadership choices and our learning. This session explores spiritual shifts and practices that will help leaders connect with the soul of the institutions they lead.

Session III: October 8 - 10:00 am
     Moving from Decision Making to Discernment
          Most congregations rely on rational decision making to guide their leadership choices. Liminal seasons invite us to shift out of rational decision-making mode and into a discerning mindset. Discernment is an attentiveness to God that, over time, develops into a shared sense of God's intention for us and our community now. During this session, we will explore the challenge of working with discernment in communal settings during times of high anxiety and uncertainty.

Session IV: October 15 - 10:00 am
     Coaxing Order out of Chaos
          Eventually, the disorientation we are experiencing will find resolution. The process by which this happens is known as emergence. Reorientation will occur; it is the natural order of things for coherence to emerge out of chaos. Emergence is naturally leaderless activity. Leaders cannot manage the process on behalf of the organization, but leaders can nurture a climate of disruption, innovation, learning and risk-taking, supporting the emergence of new order as it appears. In this final session of the four-part series, we will focus on inviting meaning making, finding new purpose, and fostering innovation.

All clergy will receive the link to the Zoom webinar each week. Please watch for your email from The sessions are being recorded and the link to the replay will be sent the first of the following week along with the reminder and Zoom link for that week’s webinar. For more information please contact Nancy Slade by email at