Washington Theological Union Sponsors Workshop Series

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WASHINGTON — Issues facing the Church today, along with helping leaders manage their parishes, are the subjects of two lecture series sponsored byWashington Theological Union.

The Nourishment for Ministry Lecture Series, which began Sept. 29 and runs through March, was created to enrich ordained and lay ministers on key theological and pastoral issues. It explores Internet addiction, marital conflicts, spiritual accompaniment and liturgical developments. 

The next installment in the series is Oct. 20, and features Lawrence LeNoir, Ph.D., discussing “Can My Spouse Just Listen? Learning How To Manage Conflicts, Solve Problems, and Get Along.” The lecture begins at noon with the Eucharist, followed by a brown-bag lunch, presentation and discussion. 

Seating for the free series is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, contact Judy Allison or visit the WTU website.

Other topics in the Nourishment Series include:
· Nov. 17, “Does Dan Brown Get the Last Word on the Templars?,” with Fr. Leopold Glueckert, O.Carm.
· Jan. 26, “Paul: Missionary in Asia Minor and Greece,” with Fr. Joseph Wimmer, OSM
· Feb. 23, “Pastoral Care and Internet Addicion,” with Edward Andrews, LPC
· March 23, “Spiritual Accompaniment of the Seriously Ill,” with Sr. Patricia A. Parachini, SNJM

Helping church leaders manage the business of running a church is the goal of WTU’s Parish Management Workshop Series.

“Maximizing Money — Budgeting for Church” takes place Nov. 13, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and explores how to create and execute a budget. Fr. Michael Castrilli, OSFS, is the presenter. Earlier in his career, he was a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton and worked with the U.S. Department of Justice. The cost of the workshop is $40.

The Parish Management Workshop resumes on Jan. 8 with “Improved Decision Making — Cost Benefit Analysis for Church.” There is a $5 discount for taking both workshops.

For more information, contact Sr. Katherine Kandefer, 202-541-5222.