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Service to the Community Module, Context of Worship

The module will begin with an educational retreat at the Guest house of the Broumov monastery. The monastery was restored in 2015 and the facilities were adapted in order to serve as an educational and conference center. The area of the monastery is a precious example of cultural heritage from the Baroque era and it was build in accordance with plans of architects Kryštof Dientzenhofer and K. I. Dientzenhofer.
 
Dates:
21 – 25 of March, 2018. Study program for ordained ministry candidates begins on Wednesday 21st, 16:00 and the program for lay members and general public begins in Thursday evening; lectures and other activities will take place from Friday morning to Sunday noon.


Foreign teachers :
Derek McAuley,
Chief Officer of General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches
Rev. Dana Lightsey,
High Plains Church, Colorado, USA
Rev. John Midgley,
former President of General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches

SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY - SCHEDULE

Friday, March 23

Congregation and outreach to the public

09:00–09:45             Multicultural congregation / reality of postmodern times, ethical problems of the public and our contribution to their solving

09:55–10:40            Multicultural congregation / intergenerational and multicultural programs, the need of meaning and purpose in service

10:50–11:35            Multicultural congregation / specifics of Czech culture: closeness x openness

13:00–13:45             Public representation / what "represent" means, private life x public role

13:55–14:25             Public representation / personal boundaries

14:45–15:15            Public role / styles of communication, differences between lay and ministerial leadership

15:30–16:30            Public role / working with text, techniques of speech (workshop)

 

Saturday, March 24

Programs and working with membership

09:00–09:45              Unitarian worship / meaning of unique worship style, openness of UU worship

09:55–10:40              Unitarian worship / tradition x habits, dynamics of change, active change in a congregation

10:50–11:20              Unitarian worship / symbols, how to work with them creatively (workshop)

11:40–12:10             Programs in a congregation as a service to members and public (lectures, workshops, etc)

12:20–12:50              Programs in a congregation as a service to members and public (workshop)

14:15–14:45              Pastoral care / meaning of pastoral care in a congregation

14:55–15:40              Pastoral care / types of interaction, tools for pastoral work

15:50–16:35              Pastoral care / how to create an atmosphere of trust (workshop)

 

Sunday, March 25

Support service to congregations

10:00–10:30              Service to congregations /role of global or international organization

10:35–11:05              Service to congregations /role of regional and national organization (UK)

11:10–11:40              Service to congregations /role of regional and national organization (USA)

11:50–12:35              Service to congregations /role of regional and national organization (Czech Republic)

12:45-13:30              Service to congregations /role of regional and national organization (discussion)


CONTEXT OF WORSHIP - SCHEDULE

 

Wednesday, March 21

Unitarian community and worship

15:30–16:00     Meaning and purpose of community / gathering in postmodern times, notion of "conscience of society"

16:10–16:40     Meaning and purpose of community / foundations of Unitarian community and unifying elements (personal growth, justice, social issues, ritual, unifying liturgical elements)

16:50–17:20     Meaning and purpose of community / unifying elements in practice (workshop)

 

17:40–18:10     Meaning and purpose of community / general and historical overview + different styles of worship around the world (lecture + video resources

                                        

Thursday, March 22

Spiritual gatherings, ceremonies

09:00–09:45     Meaning and purpose of community / ministerial role, what a minister does, authenticity, not giving up one's self (discussion)

09:55–10:40     Worship and how to lead it / what creates worship (main and supplemental parts), what is needed for preparing it

11:00–11:45     Worship and how to lead it / stability x variability of liturgy, intimacy x public dimension of space and moment

11:55–12:40     Worship and how to lead it / attributes of a minister (dress code, looks, behavior, styles of approaches to others, etc.)

14:00–15:00     Unitarian ceremonies / basic typology including basic scheme of leading each

15:10–15:40     Unitarian ceremonies / ritual and ceremony, bylaws and habits (discussion)

 

16:00–17:00     Special rights of NSČU / their legal dimension and practice