Rueben Job Institute

Events

Intersection - Standing at the Edge of the Mississippi: Reflections on a Different Paradigm for Theological Education

Event date:
03-21-2012
Event End Date:
09-21-2013
Cut off date:
09-21-2013
Capacity:
Unlimited
Individual Price:
$300.00

Dr. Cheryl Anderson

Standing at the Edge of the Mississippi:
Reflections on a Different Paradigm for Theological Education

Recorded on March 21, 2012

Dr. Anderson’s lecture will propose helping students to develop their own socio-historical narratives as a connecting thread that weaves together their seminary coursework.

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The Art of Mediation

Event date:
01-07-2013
Event End Date:
02-16-2013
Cut off date:
01-10-2013
Capacity:
30
Individual Price:
$300.00
Location:
Online
  • 6-week on-line course
  • January 7 to February 16, 2013
  • 2 CEU’s
  • $300.00
  • 3-4 hours of on-site and on-line participation required per week

Course Description: Conflict is a natural process which rises through the dance of interpersonal faith formation within community. Conflict can be a creative process of moving communities into new vision and ministry or conflict can become a disabling event, when persons choose sides splitting the community or congregation into fractions. Through techniques in spiritual direction and spiritual formation, participants of The Art of Mediation will explore how conflict can be a creative expression of the holy and a transforming catalyst for new ministry and healing of relationship.

This practical application class will have two components:

  1. At-home learning with on-site ministry partners and/or community working with real life situations which create conflict and discovering creative ways to resolve the conflict and hear the other through spiritual direction and simulation experiences.
  2. Weekly on-line participation.

Content: the three areas covered in this class:

  1. The Art of Community looking at diversity and finding common ground for formation of community.
  2. The Dance of Dialogue where participants will experience listening and storytelling skills while naming models of mediation useful within congregations.
  3. Next Steps: Footprints Forming New Possibilities: Connecting Community. Leading the community into new possibility, by stepping into a SMART plan as each participant outlines footprints to form new possibility in ministry.

Desired Outcome: Participants will have a hands-on experience learning transferable techniques in visioning, mediation and conflict resolution within the congregation.

Requirements for class participation:Required readings are listed below. Questions you have from these readings may be posted on-line for wisdom sharing from the class participants.

Margaret Guenther, Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction, (Cowley Publications, Boston, Massachusetts, 1992)

Uploaded article on Mediation from The Mediator Handbook: A Training Guide to Mediation Techniques and Skills, Written by Roberta S. Mitchell and Scot E. Dewhirst, co-Directors, Center for Dispute Resolution, Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio, 1990.

Reverend Dr. Brenda Buckwell is a nationally known retreat leader, teacher, and adjunct faculty at United Theological Seminary where she has taught the United Methodist Spiritual Formation Certification classes. With 25 years of congregational pastoral leadership, Brenda has extensive experience in practical application of spiritual direction and conflict resolution. As consultant for individuals, local congregations, districts and conference, Brenda weaves together spiritual direction (Mercy Center) and mediation training (Capital Law School), encouraging congregations to healthy communication and vision for vital renewing ministry. Brenda is the Co-founder of The Fellowship of United Methodist Spiritual Directors and Retreat Leaders kindling Hearts on Fire. After serving as chair of Hearts on Fire for over 10 years, Brenda now serves as Director of Learning and Formation for this national affiliate organization of the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church.

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HENRI NOUWEN: Journey to Perfection through Imperfection

Event date:
07-01-2013
Event End Date:
08-10-2013
Cut off date:
07-01-2013
Capacity:
16
Individual Price:
$300.00
Location:
Online

A Six-Week Online Course
July 1-August 10, 2013
2 CEU’s
$300.00
3-4 hours at home study and on-line each week 

Course Description

This course focuses on the spiritual journey of Henri Nouwen, highlighting his integrated approach and his counterintuitive brand of spirituality. First of all, it is a synthesis of Nouwen’s holistic approach to Christian formation—one that integrates spirituality inwardly with psychology, outwardly with ministry, and upwardly with theology in a seamless fashion. Secondly, it is an exploration of Nouwen’s spirituality of imperfection which he embodied throughout his lived experience—where the journey toward perfection is through the realities of imperfection.

Learning Outcomes

It is hoped that by the end of the course the participant will (1) be able to acquire a balanced and integrated understanding of the inward, outward, and upward nature of the spiritual journey and appropriate its reality within one’s own experience; (2) be able to grasp in both theological and practical ways a spirituality of imperfection that Nouwen himself exemplified.

Course Format

The six weeks will be divided into two major focal themes: the first three will tackle the nature of our integrated journey and the last three will deal with the reality of our imperfect journey. The learning structure will constitute three things: text readings, threaded interaction, and blog posting.

Course Requirements

To get the most out of the course, students are expected to commit themselves to the following threefold learning structure by participating actively in each of them:
Reading:

Each week there will be assigned readings from the two required texts:

  1. Henri Nouwen, Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life (Image Books, 1975).
  2. Wil Hernandez, Henri Nouwen: A Spirituality of Imperfection (Paulist Press, 2006).

Threaded Interaction:

Every Tuesday, each student will respond to a prompted discussion question (DQ) on the topic of the week. The rest of the time until Friday, everyone is free to interact with each other’s responses through brief postings (2-3 each week). Depending upon the size of the class, we may set up small groupings of 4-5 participants per group.

Blog Posting:

Every Friday, each student will share to everyone their learning highlight of the week via a short blog post, summarizing the insights they have processed through their readings and interactions.

Refer to the Course Syllabus and Weekly Charted Schedule for more details.

Course Facilitator

Wil Hernandez, Ph.D., Obl. O.S.B., is a trained counselor, certified spiritual director, retreat leader, and the author of a trilogy on Henri Nouwen. A passionate promoter of his enduring spiritual legacy, Wil has been teaching courses focusing on Nouwen’s spirituality in several Catholic and Protestant seminaries and universities across the U.S. and abroad for the past eight years now. He has also taught at the Upper Room-sponsored Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation and has been a frequent workshop presenter at its annual SoulFeast Conference. A Benedictine Oblate of Saint Andrew’s Abbey in Valyermo, CA, Wil conducts numerous retreats all year round everywhere he is invited. His website is www.nouwenlegacy.com.

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Advent Retreat

Event date:
12-01-2013
Event End Date:
12-30-2013
Cut off date:
12-01-2013
Capacity:
20
Individual Price:
$150.00
Location:
Online

The Fellowship of United Methodist Spiritual Directors and Retreat Leaders
which kindles Hearts on Fire
co-sponsors

Advent Retreat

Wooing Whispers: Longing Hearts in Preparation for Jesus’ Birth

Instructor: Rev. Dr. Brenda Buckwell

For four weeks, as the event of Jesus’ birth dawns in the midst of humanity, this on-line advent retreat provides opportunities for hearing, seeing and entering into the wooing love song of God as God speaks new life to the soul. Through the arts and ancient prayer practices participants will have the opportunity to experience the birthing of Jesus as a way of opening to God’s surprises in the midst of everyday life. Whether you are just beginning a relationship with God or have walked lovingly with Jesus for many years, this on-line retreat will allow possibilities for new life to dawn within you.


Beginning December 1, 2013, the first Sunday of Advent, participants will be able to access the gifts of this class as souls lean into the promise of the coming of Jesus. Through weekly presentation of creative arts and prayer experiences participants will journey through expectation and anticipation to discover and receive the gifts of Immanuel. Working at your own pace, retreatants will have opportunity to create and post to the class site: reflections, poetry, art creations, along with discussion comments and prayers.

Each week the retreatants will receive and creatively respond to:

     1 creative arts presentation (icon gazing, music, guided meditation and Visio Lectio)

     5 weekly emails for reflection and journaling consideration

    Response will be posted by scanning pictures, poems and written reflections as retreatants share their advent spiritual journey with retreat companions in this                    class journey.

Consider: Where in the barren and lifeless times of your life could God’s wooing whisper ignite the flaming love of your heart this advent season and you prepare for the new birth of Jesus in 2013?

 

For assessment of 1 CEUs the successful student:

1. Will breathe deeply of God through daily times of mediation and prayer. 10% of completion

2. Will post four insights and learnings from this retreat each week. These posts could be Mandalas, written reflections, poems and prayers written as response to the creative arts presentation and /or the 5 weekly emails for journaling. 60% of completion

3. Will print the participants list of this retreat and pray daily (5 times) during each week for other retreatants. One (1) of these prayers may be posted in fulfillment of the #2 assignment. 10% of completion.

4. During the final week of the retreat, participants will write a brief summary of your spiritual journey through this advent season in relation to this retreat experience. 20 % of completion

Please note, the class size is limited to the first twenty (20) participants. Please register early to save your place!!

In preparation for this Advent retreat: Wooing Whispers please read:

• Jim Forest, Praying with Icons, Orbis Books, Maryknoll, New York, 2006 ISBN # 1-57075-112-9


OR • Henri Nouwen, Behold The Beauty of the Lord: Praying with Icons, Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame, IN. ISBN # 0-87793-356-1

AND • Thomas Merton, The Wisdom of the Desert, Boston: Shambhala, 1960. ISBN # 1-59030-039-4

• Wayne Simsic, Praying with John of the Cross, Winona, MN: St. Mary’s Press, 1993. ISBN # 0-932085-91-1

• Teresa Blythe & Daniel Wolpert, Meeting God in Virtual Reality, Nashville: Abingdon Press 2004. ISBN # 0-687-04381-6

Reverend Dr. Brenda Buckwell is a nationally known retreat leader, teacher, and adjunct faculty at United Theological Seminary where she has taught the United Methodist Spiritual Formation Certification classes. As spiritual formation consultant for individuals, local congregations, districts and conference, Brenda weaves together spiritual direction and ancient prayer practices opening space for God's presence to be experience and shared within community. With 25 years of congregational pastoral leadership, Brenda has extensive experience in practical application of spiritual direction, conflict resolution and corporate prayerful practices, which lead congregations to healthy communication and vision for vital renewing ministry. Brenda is the Co-founder of The Fellowship of United Methodist Spiritual Directors and Retreat Leaders which kindles Hearts on Fire. After serving as chair of Hearts on Fire for over 10 years, Brenda now serves as Director of Learning and Formation for this national affiliate organization of the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church.

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Help! Integrating Spiritual Formation into the Congregation

Event date:
08-04-2014
Event End Date:
09-12-2014
Cut off date:
08-01-2014
Capacity:
16
Individual Price:
$300.00
Location:
Online

Help! Integrating Spiritual Formation into the Congregation
August 4 - September 12, 2014
Rev. Dr. Brenda Buckwell, Oblate
Six week On-line Course
2 CEU’s

Spiritual direction is a valuable tool for anchoring the discipline of holy listening and faith formation within the congregation.  This discipline of Spiritual Formation is not relegated to a side program of the congregation or placed in a silo as a separate educational or small group ministry. This formative process is the foundation of all aspects of a congregation.  This six-week online class will assist clergy and lay leadership in building a foundation of spiritual formation in all facets of local church ministry. From the nuts and bolts of board meetings and budgets, accessing the congregational culture, to spirit-led worship, leadership training and formation; this class will provide “hands on” application for integrating spiritual formation into the congregation’s mission and vision. 

Why is this so important in the 21st century church?  Consider: What is the central point and focus of the body of Christ? Is it possible the laser sharp focus of faith has slipped into spiritual lethargy since the apostolic age? Could the integration of Spiritual Direction/ Formation intentionally into the body of Christ recreate a laser sharp focus? For a greater understanding of how the church has been transforming over the past hundreds of years check out: Hugh Halter and Matt Smay, The Tangible Kingdom: Creating Incranational Community – the Posture and Practice of Ancient Church Now, San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishing, 2008. ISBN #978-0-470-18897-2

Required Text:

  • Thomas Edward Frank, The Soul of the Congregation: An Invitation to Congregational Reflection, Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2000. ISBN #0-687-08717-1
  • Jane E. Vennard, A Praying Congregation: The Art of Teaching Spiritual Practice, Herndon, Virginia: The Alban Institute, 2005. ISBN #1-56699-313-X

Instructor: Rev. Dr. Brenda Buckwell, Oblate

Brenda’s deep passion for spiritual formation within the church is highlighted by companioning others in the exploration and discovery of God’s presence in community. An ordained elder within the United Methodist tradition, Brenda has trained as a spiritual director and supervisor of spiritual directors at Mercy Center in Burlingame, California. (www.mercy-center.org)  and has received the United Methodist Certification in Spiritual Formation.  Currently Brenda is training to become a member of the International Coaching Federation, where she is learning to be a Spiritual Coach for individuals and congregations. Brenda has served as the Minister of Spiritual Formation of a 3000 member church.  She is spiritual director for lay and clergy, a national retreat leader, co-founder and current Director of Learning and Formation for The National Fellowship of United Methodist Spiritual Directors and Retreat Leaders, which kindles Hearts on Fire (www.fumsdrl.org).Anchoring her rhythm of daily prayer, Brenda is an Oblate in the Benedictine Methodist Monastery, St. Brigid of Kildare. (www.kildaremonastery.com)

 With her online teaching certification, Brenda has taught spiritual direction and supervision of spiritual directors as a guest instructor at United Theological Seminary (UTS) along with other classes applying spiritual direction as a transformational foundation for a new awakening within the 21st century church. (www.ruebenjobinstitute.org).  

In addition to spiritual direction and retreat leadership, two of Brenda’s favorite spiritual disciplines are swimming and ballroom dancing.

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students from a wide range of faith traditions.