Tuesday, 13 April 2010

EUU/ICUU Rites of Passage Workshop

How to Create and Lead Rites of Passage – Training for Lay Leaders

In Unitarian and UU communities around the world, people are in need of appropriate and meaningful ceremonies to mark major life transitions such as marriage, death, and dedication of children, as well as other less common transitions. Sometimes we have a trained minister to lead us in the rituals and ceremonies, sometimes lay leaders may wish to lead or are called to serve.

Using materials and experience from the Lay Chaplaincy program of the Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC), EUU, in partnership with ICUU, is pleased to offer a 1-day chaplaincy training for lay leaders and ministers from ICUU member groups. The training will immediately follow the ICUU Theological Symposium, and take place at Rolduc Conference Center, on Saturday, July 17, 2010, from 9 am - 4 p.m. Participants will be asked to prepare for the training by reading materials sent to them ahead of time. The training will include theological reflections on rituals, practical advice for officiating, and practice sessions.

This training is open to all members of ICUU affiliated organizations. You do not have to attend the symposium to attend this workshop.

Presenters will include the Rev. Brian Kiely, a chaplaincy trainer for the CUC (and ICUU president), and Rev. Jill McAllister, ICUU Program Coordinator.

Cost per participant: 50 Euros, includes reading materials (electronic), lunch and refreshments

Registration is now open for the Saturday training. If you want to attend this training, please send an email to Chris Heinrichs at pcheinrichs@googlemail.com. We will collect the 50 Euros at the door. Sending an email to Chris will sign you up for the workshop.

You will receive reading material for preparation in advance of the course. This will be sent electronically

Note: It might be possible for a small number of participants to stay overnight on Friday and/or Saturday. To check if there are any rooms left and to reserve a room, please contact Rolduc directly at www.rolduc.com. Please do not make any travel plans based on staying overnight at Rolduc unless and until you have booked accommodation using the website’s online facility.

Chris Heinrichs and Tina Huesing

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