2020 Fall Gathering: October 20 – 22. Virtual!

Pandemic or not, just as life continues, so will the Voyagers. In fact, gathering to think about family of origin, anxiety, congregations and systems may be more important now than ever.

There are two foci for presentations for this meeting. One will be on thinking about Bowen Theory, the family projection process and how it applies in society. Part of the impetus of this meeting is Walter Smith’s conversation on racism and the family projection process, at the Vermont Center for the Study of the Family. The second focus is on “Returning to Church during (or after) a Pandemic”. A suggested subtitle is “I had a headache before the pandemic – and it came back!”

Although our exact plans are not complete, the outline of our meeting is as follows:

Tuesday, October 20

  • 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
    • Check-In
    • Presentation #1 (with breaks, of course!).
  • If there is interest, we may add another session from 7:00 – 8:30 to do more work with the BFS in Christian Ministry book.

Wednesday, October 21

  • 9:00 – noon
    • Presentation #2;
    • Case Studies (with breaks)
  • 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    • Family of Origin Groups
  • 7:00 – 8:30
    • Discussion of one or more chapters of Bowen Family Systems Theory in Christian Ministry. Chapter(s) will be identified closer to the date.

Thursday, October 22

  • 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
    • Looking Ahead
  • 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
    • Systems Thinking and Sundays Sermons
    • Adjourn

Because we have folks in three time zones, we’ll stick with central time for our schedule.

Cost for this event is $200. With your registration, you will receive a copy of the book, Bowen Family Systems Theory in Christian Ministry, edited by Jenny Brown and Lauren Errington. (Thanks to a grant from Thrivent and Mary Homan!). To register, click here.