On-Demand Webinars (pre-recorded)
Registration & Payment Required for most of these offerings

When you register for the following pre-recorded webinars or events, you will be sent a link and password to view the video.  This information is intended only for the person registering to view these events and should not be shared.  In order to receive CEU credit for these webinars, we must have a record of your registration.  Unless otherwise noted, each webinar will count for 1 CEU unit.  Click the registration link for more information as fees vary.

Advent Reflection Series: These Are the Days
A series of four webinars facilitated by Rev. Dr. BK Hipsher

Advent 2015Runtime: 45 minutes – 1 hour each

Our 2015 reflection series for Advent featured conversations and interactions with scholars, activists, and interfaith leaders. Designed to uncover personal and interpersonal dimensions of the themes for Advent (These are the Days), each session featured a presentation by our guests, followed by group discussion by those in attendance.  Participation in these webinars was/is FREE.  Click below to view each recording.

Advent 1: Restoring Hope w/ Rev. Dr. Joan Martin
This session will explore Christian ethics of mass incarceration and violence that threatens to rob us of the message of hope that Advent brings. We will explore how we as people of faith can deal with our own feelings and lead others to a restored sense of hope in this Advent and Christmas season.  Click here to view now.

Advent 2: Rebuilding Peace w/ Rabbi Devon Lerner
The second week of Advent explores ways of building and rebuilding peace in the world through individual interfaith dialogue. Rabbi Lerner will share some thoughts on the Jewish Festival of Lights, Hanukkah. We will explore how the holidays in the Christian and Jewish calendar do and do not inform each other and how this understanding can be personally enriching for us. Click here to view now.

Advent 3: Reawakening Joy w/ Rev. DeWayne Davis
Advent is a time of waiting and preparing for new birth. In week three we will talk about reawakening joy in the midst of the business of the season. As we pass the midpoint of Advent we’ll explore how reconnecting with partners, friends, and family can be a blessing of joy for us.  Click here to view now.

Advent 4: Revitalizing Love w/ Rev. Dr. Carter Heyward
Coming to the end of Advent is exciting, exhausting, and often filled with mixed emotions. This final week of our series will deal with the concept of love and how it manifests in personal and public life.  Click here to view now.

Becoming an Effective Public Speaker:
A series of three webinars presented by Dr. Joani Bedore

BedoreRuntime: 1 hour each

Join professional public speaker and communications professor Dr. Joani Bedore for a series of three webinars to increase your effectiveness in public speaking. These three webinars are designed for multiple audiences, including:

  • Participants in MCC’s L.E.A.D. Program.
    Those who complete all three webinars will fulfill the public speaking requirement for the LEAD program.
  • Preachers who want to hone their skills in the basic fundamentals of public speaking, including effectively analyzing and connecting with their audience (congregational or community context)
  • Any lay person who wants to become more involved and effective in a local congregation, moving their communications ability to the next level as they take on more congregational leadership.

Webinar 1: Developing the Presentation and Using Supporting Materials  (REGISTER NOW!)

Webinar 2: Practicing the Presentation and Lowering Anxiety (REGISTER NOW!)

Webinar 3: Developing the Presentation and Mingling Afterwards (REGISTER NOW!)

Becoming Conflict Wise

Pressley SutherlandRuntime: 1 hour and 9 minutes

“Serious Conflict is the Number One Predictor of Congregational Decline” [Hartford Institute for Religion Research] but it doesn’t have to be this way. The more we are able to understand the dynamics of conflict and frustration and our options for responding, the more confident communities and leaders can become in transforming conflict healthily.

Rev. Pressley Sutherland will be introducing tried and tested industry level resources and assessment tools to assist in overcoming helplessness and the downward spiral of negativity, that many congregations experience when conflicts surface.

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Becoming Conflict Wise Hand Out

 

Best Practices for Effective Boards

Runtime: 1 hour 15 minutes

This is a recorded presentation of the Board of Directors training webinar presented by Rev. Elder Arlene Ackerman.  Participants will explore four key areas that effective Boards do well, and that all Boards can learn to do.  Learn more about the specific roles of the Board of Directors and Pastor, and understand how Boards get sabotaged from remaining focused on what is important.  Finally, understand the importance of numbers.  REGISTER NOW.

MARIE ALFORD-HARKEYBeyond Binaries: Including the B in LGBTQ

Runtime: 45 minutes

Are our faith communities welcoming to the ‘B’s’ in the LGBTQ acronym? Do our clergy and lay leaders understand bisexual identity? Does bisexuality mean that a person is equally attracted to only men and women?

In this webinar, participants will learn how to make their congregations welcoming and safe for bisexual people. Topics include:

  • One definition of bisexuality (hint: it’s not binary)
  • New models of sexual orientation
  • Debunking common myths and stereotypes about bisexual people, and learn about
  • Research and data about bisexuality
  • Bisexually-friendly interpretations of scripture
  • Concrete steps to make your faith community more welcoming to bisexual people

This webinar, presented by Marie Alford-Harkey, is sponsored by the Religious Institute, the Office of Emerging Ministries of Metropolitan Community Churches, and the Office of Health and Wholeness Ministry of the United Church of Christ.

This on-demand webinar is FREE. Click here to view now.

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Building and Working with Worship Teams

Runtime: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Presenter: Dr. Marcia McFee (Worship Design Studios)

Description: Worship is the work of many people. If those involved in worship can come together as a team to plan and implement, and engage in the creative process together, open to the Spirit, the worship experience provides a way for the congregation to intentionally enter into the presence of God. This webinar will help participants learn who and how to include in worship planning and how to bring the diverse gifts of each team member together to facilitate deeply soulful worship. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Conflict: A Good Thing!

Runtime: 55 minutes

This pre-recorded webinar includes a presentation by Rev. Elder Arlene Ackerman in which she explores different types of conflict, the importance of conflict, and strategies for managing conflict in the local church.  REGISTER NOW!

 

SafeSanctuaries

Runtime: 1 hour, 9 minutes

MCC is a radically inclusive church with a commitment to creating safe spaces (sanctuaries) where all can worship, grow, and serve. We are a movement that believes in transformation, and we also know that this is very hard work that takes intentional and sustained effort. One issue that many (i.e. most, if not all) of our congregations will face is the question of how to include registered sex offenders who wish to become involved in MCC.  This pre-recorded webinar includes presentation and discussion from Rev. Dan Koeshall, Senior Pastor of MCC San Diego; Rev. Judith Maynard, Senior Pastor of MCC Albuquerque; Kaki Johnson, Director of Children’s Ministries at MCC San Diego; and Jude Litzenberger, Attorney and MCC Network Leader.  This on-demand webinar is FREE.  Click here to view now.

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Creative Worship Planning

Runtime: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Presenter: Dr. Marcia McFee (Worship Design Studios)

Description: For those who have been planning worship for years and want some new perspective and insight, as well as those who may be newer to worship planning looking for how to start, this webinar is designed to be both inspirational and practical. This webinar will help participants learn to plan worship to bring the congregation into a experience of the Divine that is meaningful, memorable, and transforming. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Developing Your Leadership Styles

Runtime: 1 hour, 5 minutes (plus additional time for journaling on reflection questions)

This pre-recorded webinar includes a presentation from Rev. Elder Don Eastman, who is known throughout MCC as the consummate Leadership Excellence guru. Leadership style refers to a leader’s patterns of behavior as a leader and manager. In this webinar Don will present foundations for understanding leadership styles and introduce a clinical paradigm for understanding leadership styles. Participants will be invited to consider how leadership styles of pastors impact and involve lay leaders. A significant portion of the webinar will present participants with opportunities to explore ways to develop their own leadership styles.  REGISTER NOW!

Directed Study with Rev. Dr. Robert Shore-Goss

Self-paced in consultation with instructor

Engage in a deeper exploration of From Sin to Amazing Grace: Discovering the Queer Christ by Rev. Dr. Patrick Cheng with Rev. Dr. Robert Shore-Goss. Participants will read the book, watch two of Dr. Goss’ recorded lectures/discussions, and complete a writing assignment in which they take one of the sins Patrick delineates and write a sermon from a grace perspective, modeling a movement away from a crime-based sin/grace model to a Christ-centered model of sin and grace.  REGISTER NOW.

Ken MartinGender: The Cornerstone of Human Sexuality

Runtime: 1 hour

Gender remains one of the most confusing and misunderstood areas of human sexuality and personhood. In this presentation, we explore what constitutes biological gender, gender role and gender identity. We will look at the extraordinary diversity that exists in aspects of gender previously assumed to be categorical and immutable. We will show how and why confusion about these different aspects of gender continue and how ignorance about them results in unnecessary suffering and violence. Finally, we will show the importance of keeping discussions about gender and sexual orientation separate and distinct. Join Rev. Elder Ken Martin for this engaging presentation.  REGISTER NOW.

Good Moves: Entering Well, Leaving Well

Runtime: 1 hour 20 minutes

This On-Demand Webinar is a pre-recorded conversation with Rev. Phillip Washburn about Clergy Self-Management in Transition from a Systems Perspective. Rev. Washburn presents some of the insights contained in his soon to be published book about ways in which clergy can enter and leave congregations in healthy ways. He also discusses the importance of self-differentiated leadership for pastors, more generally.  Included in this webinar are the answers to the Q&A session that followed the interview.  REGISTER NOW.

 

A Hidden Wholeness: Living an Undivided Life as a Spiritual Leader

Runtime 34 minutes; includes time for individual exercises.  Total time required: approximately 1 hour 20 minutes.

This workshop, presented by Rev. Dr. Mona West, is based on Parker Palmer’s book A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life. Participants will learn the ways in which the journey from childhood to adulthood often results in leading a life that is disconnected from our true self or soul. The path to living an undivided life as a leader will be explored through questions and journal exercises which invite participants to consider taking up spiritual practices and creating a circles of trust that will allow them to connect more deeply to soul in their roles as leaders.   REGISTER NOW

 

Ken MartinHomosexuality and the Bible

Runtime: 1 hour and 5 minutes

“Rev. Elder Ken Martin’s presentation on ‘Homosexuality and the Bible’ is absolutely the best you will ever see. The scholarship is remarkable. The presentation is entertaining. You will learn everything you need to know to answer your own questions and those of your family and friends. His six conclusions are the best summary of this complex subject I have ever heard. It was Ken’s teaching and preaching that gave me the courage to come out, confront my friends in the Christian right and move from a closet of fear and shame to being an out-loud activist.” (Rev. Mel White)  REGISTER NOW

KharmaAmos2015MCC Supervising Clergy Training

Runtime: 1 hour, 30 minutes

This training, facilitated by Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos, is required for all of those who wish to serve as a supervisor for MCC Interns as they prepare for ordained ministry. Join us as we overview the process of preparing for ordination in MCC, and the nuts & bolts of effective supervision. This will include a segment on supervising interns from a distance. This training in suitable for all clergy who have not yet been trained or served as supervisors, as well as anyone who wants a refresher.  This webinar is FREE. Click here to view now.

 

Mentoring: Methods of Making Leadership Reproduction a Higher Priority

Runtime: 1 hour

Drawn from biblical as well as contemporary and classic Christian models, this workshop will introduce mentoring in a vital and motivating manner, making a case for intentional engagement in the local church.  Workshop leaders will also provide practical tools, techniques and instructions for practicing these concepts in a “ready to take home, try, and share at your local church” manner.

Covering a wide array of leadership training materials, Elizabeth “Liz” M. Bisordi and Rev. Dr. Sherry Kennedy will present relevant highlights from John C. Maxwell’s book, Developing the Leaders Around You; J. Oswald Sanders’ classic work on Spiritual Leadership, chapter 20, “The Reproduction of Leaders”; articles from Building Church Leaders – “Mentoring that Matters” by Fred Smith and “Mentoring that Makes a Difference” by Earl Palmer.  This will also re-visit workshop/training materials developed by Rev. Tony Freeman presented at 2001 UFMCC General Conference & World Jubilee, entitled “The Art of Mentoring & Coaching: Leaders Developing Leaders.”  REGISTER NOW!

DavieReligion in Modern Europe

Runtime: 1 hour

Grace Davie, Professor Emeritus from Exeter University, provides an overview and reflective analysis of the current religious landscape in Modern Europe. This on-demand video is FREE.  Click here to view now.

 

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Seven Steps to Successful Stewardship

Runtime: 22 minutes

During this FREE webinar, you will:
* Gain insights on how you can help to create a culture of generosity in your congregation.
* Learn how to develop a highly effective annual stewardship program for your church.
* Discover a wealth of resources to support your stewardship efforts throughout the year.
* Connect with other church leaders with perspectives on the ministry of stewardship.
This webinar is designed for Pastors, Board members, and Stewardship Teams.

About Our Webinar Facilitator
Rev. Elder Don Eastman has long been one of MCC’s leading advocates of healthy church growth and excellence in ministry. From his many years as a successful pastor, non-profit organization executive, and MCC denominational leader, he brings a wide range of experience and expertise. As an Elder, Rev. Eastman served as both the Treasurer and Vice Moderator of the MCC denomination.

This on-demand video is FREE.  Click here to view now

Ken MartinSexuality and Spirituality: Keeping Body and Soul Together

Runtime: 1 hour

There is a historic disconnect in Christianity between sexuality and spirituality. In this presentation we explore how and why this happened. We will ask and attempt to answer the questions: from where did the sex-negative ideas, feelings and beliefs come that have shaped so much of Christianity’s belief and teaching for the past 2,000 years? Was this God’s intention? Is this really what the Bible teaches? Is Jesus responsible for this? Has it always been this way? Who decides these things and if we wanted to change them how might we go about it?  Join Rev. Elder Ken Martin to explore these and other questions.  REGISTER NOW!

 

Miller HoffmanTrans 101:  Trans Communities: Introduction & Application, Part 1

Runtime: 1 hour, 7 minutes

This 2-part Webinar Series is intended for congregations and individuals who would like to better understand and welcome the Trans*, Gender Non-Conforming, and Gender Expansive Communities; who would like to minister more effectively to the Trans* communities; and who would like to build and nurture a Trans* Ministry. The presentations will include Introductory information, including vocabulary and etiquette. Even those who are familiar and well versed will receive a good refresher and resources to share and work with your local communities. We will also explore ways to apply what you have learned, and some of the best means to inreach and outreach to the Trans* communities. Presenters: Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman and Rev. Emma Lee Chattin.  This on-demand video is FREE.  Click here to view now.

Emma ChattinTrans 102: Trans Communities: Introduction & Application, Part 2

Runtime:  51 minutes

The second in this two part webinar series includes a continuation of the Trans 101 Introduction and moves on to explore ways to apply what you have learned, and some of the best means to inreach and outreach to the Trans* communities. Presenters: Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman and Rev. Emma Lee Chattin.  This on-demand video is FREE. Click here to view now.

 

 MichaelDiazVolunteer Management: Raising Leaders in the Local Church

Runtime: 1 hour, 4 minutes

How does a church empower its congregants to take ownership of ministry? Does leadership play a role in every volunteer position? Do volunteers simply perform tasks or do they make ministry happen? Looking through the lens of leadership development, this 60 minute webinar will discuss strategies for the recruitment and management of volunteers in the local church.  REGISTER NOW!

Solidarity LogoWhat Does Solidarity Look Like?

Runtime: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Background: The context for justice work is often very messy and complicated. People experience oppression based on many things-race, gender, sexuality, nationality, language, religion, ability, appearance, age, relationship/familial status, etc. We know that justice work is most effective when done in solidarity with one another, but it is hard to know how to best accomplish this. It is particularly difficult for people of privilege to work for justice with those who are experiencing oppression based on characteristics they do not share. For example: How can white people work against racism and race-based violence with people of color in ways that are truly healthy, mutual, and constructive?  How can cis-gendered people most effectively speak and act against anti-trans oppression with trans* and gender non-conforming people? These conversations are difficult conversations to have because this is hard work.

This kick-off event will include a foundational presentation about privilege, power, and oppression and a discussion about the ways in which all of us experience privilege and marginalization in various contexts. This conversation will continue …

This webinar is FREE.  Click here to view now!

Who Are We Really? Re-Engaging Sex & Spirit (a virtual symposium)

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This first-ever online conference on Sexuality & Spirituality engaged participants from MCC and our ecumenical/interfaith partners interested in the bold and holy integration of sexuality and spirituality.  The common theme uniting presenters in this conference was a desire to engage this topic, a heart for the marginalized among us, and the willingness to be honest, edgy, and vulnerable in our dialogue. Recordings are available of the academic paper and panel presentations. Register for ALL of the conference videos by clicking here ($100 USD total).  Or, you can register for only those sessions you wish to view by clicking the links below ($20 USD each).

Opening Panel: Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going?

Presenters: Rev. Elder Troy Perry, Rev. Elder Jim Mitulski, Rev. Elder Diane Fisher, Rev. Dr. Ngeo Boon Lin, Rev. Beulah Durrheim

Runtime: 1 hour 24 minutes

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Panel Presentation: Integrating Sexuality & Spirituality as a Paradigm for Wholeness/Wellness/Authenticity

Presenters: Marie Alford-Harkey, Dr. Xochitl Alvizo, Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, Rev. Dr. Joseph Goh, Rabbi Dr. Jay Michaelson

Runtime: 1 hour

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Panel Presentation: Healing Queer Bodies and the Body of Christ

Presenters: Dr. Susannah Cornwall, Rev. Dr. Robin Gorsline, Rev. Jakob Hero, Rev. Miller Hoffman, Dr. David Williams

Runtime: 1 hour

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Paper Presentations: Deconstructing Heteronormativity

Papers include:

  • “Queering the Trinity: Who’s Your Daddy?” by Rev. Daniel Borysewicz
  • “Masculinity in a Frock on a Rock” by Rev. Dr. Karl Hand
  • “Shoulder to Shoulder: Links Between Discrimination, LGBTQ-Based Social Support, and Psychosocial Adjustment among LGBT Youth” by Dr. Siân E. Jones

Runtime: 1 hour 13 minutes

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Paper Presentations: The Margins of Our Movement – Trans*, Intersex, Gender Queer, Poly*

Papers include:

  • “B-T-P: Engaging an Intersectional Frontier” by Rev. Rachelle Brown
  • “A New Trans* Theology of Indecency” by Denise Burke
  • “God as the Holy Polyamorous One” by Rev. Dr. Edgard Francisco Danielsen-Morales

Runtime: 1 hour, 25 minutes

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Paper Presentations: Toward a Theology of the Full Body and Every Body

Papers Include:

  • “Touch Me and See Me: Embodying the Erotic” by Rev. Joe Cobb
  • “Wounding the Soul and Scarring the Body: A Theological and Pastoral Response to Self-Harming Behaviours” by Rev. Kate Rowley Harford
  • “The Disabled Body: Part of the Body Part of Wholeness” by Theresa Inés Soto

Runtime: 1 hour

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OR … REGISTER FOR ALL 6 of the VIDEO RECORDINGS FROM THIS CONFERENCE