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Cherry Hill Seminary Leadership Institute – March 22-24

Trinity United Methodist Church, March 22-24, 2012

Presenters:  Christine H. Kraemer, Ph.D., and Holli S. Emore, CFRE
Location:  Interfaith Chapel of Trinity United Methodist Church, 4001 Speedway, Austin, Texas.
Cost: $150, Includes conference registration.  Meals on your own, many nearby restaurants, some walking distance. REGISTER HERE.  Print a flyer for Austin conference

You’ve studied your tradition, led circles, and volunteered at events. Now you are ready for the next stage of your growth. Gather with other local Pagan leaders and experienced facilitators to share experiences and encounter tools and techniques that help to nourish Pagan community.  How can Pagan groups make a place for themselves in interfaith situations where Pagans are unknown or little-understood? What ethical issues arise from teaching religious and magical material in a classroom environment versus in an intimate working group? How do leaders manage multiple role relationships in a close-knit community? What structures are needed to train new Pagan leaders for a group before volunteer burnout sets in? We will explore these questions and much more in this workshop in advanced leadership skills. The journey of transformation starts on Thursday evening, covering these key leadership topics:

  • Personal Boundaries and Ethical Pagan Leadership
  • Effective Leadership and Group Dynamics
  • Passing On Our Traditions – Our Work As Teachers
  • Building the New Pagan Community
  • Our Place in the World of Interfaith

This will be a combination of group discussion, teaching, participatory exercises, and ritual, led by faculty who exemplify the excellence of Cherry Hill Seminary.

Attendees will participate in the Sunday morning “Earthbound” service at renowned Trinity United Methodist church, a creation spirituality and fully welcoming congregation.

“Transforming Our World” earns conference credit towards CHS certificates. Master’s students will receive an announcement about the opportunity to complete additional online coursework to earn intensive credit.

Transforming Instructors:

Christine Hoff Kraemer, Ph.D., holds her Ph.D. in Religious and Theological Studies from Boston University. She has published a variety of academic articles on religion, literature, and media and recently co-edited an essay collection entitled Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books and Graphic Novels with colleague A. David Lewis. In addition to a book project on Pagan theology and touch, Christine is actively researching the teaching of Pagan traditions. Her first short article on the topic, “The Teacher Will Appear” (co-authored with Sierra Black) is scheduled to appear in Witches and Pagans in Winter 2011. She is an initiate of the Anderson Faery tradition and has taught workshops and led rituals in the Reclaiming tradition under her Craft name, Helix. Finally, Christine is a native Austinite and looks forward to seeing some familiar faces! Visit Christine online.

Holli S. Emore, CFRE, is Executive Director of Cherry Hill Seminary, but she is also President of Emore Development Resources consulting firm for nonprofits. A native of North Carolina, Holli is twice a past president of the Central Carolina Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in Columbia, SC, where she has lived since 1986. As a former senior consultant for Holliman Associates, Inc., of Harrisburg, PA, she provided capital campaign services throughout the country. Emore also provides fund development consulting forTidwell & Associates, Inc., of Columbia, SC, and Health Dimensions Group of Minneapolis, MN. An Ambassador for the Parliament of the World’s Religions, and a steering committee member of the Interfaith Partners of South Carolina, Holli is committed to building interfaith relationships, both locally and globally. Holli is a volunteer with the HOPE Chaplaincy of the S.C. HIV/AIDS Council. She often teaches public groups about the rapidly-growing NeoPagan religions, has served as a regional resource for law enforcement, victim services, criminal justice classes and others since 2004, and is a resource person for the Lady Liberty League. Holli is the founder of Osireion, as well as thePagan Round Table, both in South Carolina.

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