The Voyagers, a group of clergy and congregational leaders, has been gathering twice a year since 1999 to explore Bowen Family Systems Theory and its application to congregations and leadership by Rabbi Edwin Friedman.
Learning Bowen theory is a life-long effort that requires more than just reading the literature and going to a couple conferences. To continue learning Bowen theory, members of the Voyagers come together to:
• Explore theory and practice through presentations by well-known and respected Bowen theory scholars as well as members of the Voyagers;
• Work on the process of differentiation of self through family of origin groups, and contact with peers;
• Engage in theological reflection through case studies, written works, and theological presentations; and
• Work on pastoral practice through case studies and networking with other pastoral leaders.