Mixed Emotions: Life, Leadership, Longings and Lunacy

Date(s) - October 9, 2013
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Carey Centre

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Date:  Wednesday October 9, 2013
Time: 9:00-3:00
Location: Carey Centre, UBC Vancouver
Cost: $79/person includes lunch on-site and seminar materials

The Bible is an emotional book. The church in its worship and fellowship is an emotional community.  Relationships have a highly emotive content. Teachers and leaders understand that emotions are the power in effective (and ineffective) communication.  Parenting is about encouraging the right expression of emotions and helping children learn to limit emotions that wound.  Marriage has more to do with emotions than almost anything else.

The focus of this workshop is on the “Mixed Emotions” of leadership.  Emotions are inherent in our call to vocational service, in our churchly and family stresses and joys, in our complicated transitions from “churchplace”or workplace, in our familial struggles whether at home or with our spiritual elders.

In this seminar we learn from a taxonomy of emotions that include joy or love, hurt or depression, anger and frustration, loneliness and lust.  These are not foreign to us but sometimes we feel much more than we understand.  The point of our day together is to increase knowledge and wisdom so we know what to do with these pulses and pushes that can so easily become addictions and compulsions.

Family Systems Theory will serve as our psychological framework and participants may wish to pre-read from Ronald Richardson (e.g. “Polarization and the Healthier Church”) or Peter Steinke (“Healthy Congregations: A Systems Approach”).

Please register early so that you will have time to complete a few confidential assessments prior to participating.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Paddy Ducklow ~ ” I teach the warm, human, vulnerable and resilient (but still academic) stuff at Carey Theological College- the courses that relate to a theology of persons, power, hope, emotion, relationship, Jesus and the practical implications of the very real incarnation and the difference this makes.  I love the moment of personal interaction when cognitive lights turn on and old beliefs explode. Sometimes this happens to participants and often it happens to me. Things that give me life: Seawall-walking, coffee conversations that go deep quickly, Eric Clapton played really loud through a good system, Rogers Chocolates before breakfast…”

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