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  • A Prayer For the Tree of Life
    By Lynn M. Acquafondata The tree of life stood tall on a quiet, shaded road until the bullets began to fly Bullets ripped apart our family and friends, known and unknown spraying Read more
  • Clergy Continuing Education Online
    Congregation and Family Systems Study Groups Pastors, priests, rabbis and ministers, you are invited participate in an innovative online learning group that brings clergy together from across faith traditions and around Read more
  • Effective Leadership Workshops-Grief, Anxiety, Communication/Conflict Resolution
    Effective Leadership Workshops Days are an opportunity for clergy and lay leaders of any faith to learn, reflect and share across religious divides as we enhance skills and strengthen leadership Read more
  • The Meeting of Truth and Love
    "Speaking the truth is so very hard because it is a risk, it takes time, and it takes love. It is so very important because sharing our truths, on all Read more
  • What’s in a name? Introducing Congremap
    Meet Congremap: Congregational Systems Consulting. The new name, Congremap, sums up the mission better than the previous name. Congogram was intended to connect to a family systems tool called a Read more
  • Clergy Study Fridays 2017-2018
    “Family Systems Patterns at Home and Church”withRev. Dr. Lynn M. Acquafondata, LMHC9:30-2:30 With 45 min. lunch break 1010 East Ave next to Asbury First United Methodist Church (red brick building), Rochester, NY   Sept. Read more
  • Connecting to Power in Healing Ways: What Native American Youth Can Teach Us
    Connection is a key component of power. But not all connection, nor all power is equal. We can build positive connections in our own lives and help others gain access to Read more
  • Clergy Study Fridays in Rochester
    Clergy Study Fridays are an opportunity for ordained clergy of any faith to learn, reflect and share with professionals who face similar joys and challenges. When we set aside time Read more
  • When Social Media Interferes with Spiritual Values
    The use of social media by churches and congregations can increase outreach and connection with a wide audience. However it can also lead to some spiritual missteps that damage religious Read more
  • Conflict Resolution Basics in Three Steps
    Conflict is a part of all relationships though we often think of it as disagreements or differences of opinion. Conflict doesn’t have to be divisive, but instead it can provide Read more
  • The Season of Returning
    Summer is over. We return to routines. We leave our separate homes, drive from a variety of neighborhoods towards the same place to share common values, to seek community. And yet Read more
  • Systems Class For Working Professionals
    All in a System:  The Power of Congregation, Family and Community Join clergy, lay-leaders, community organizers and counselors in a unique learning experience this Spring at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School Read more
  • Grounding Self and Congregation In the Midst of Turmoil
    Aren’t congregations supposed to be peaceful havens amidst the turmoil of life? At their best congregations take the conflicts and struggles from the world and transform them in healing and productive Read more
  • How to Think in Systems: It’s All in the Questions
    What if, when you felt irritated or angry with someone, you stopped yourself from asking the question, “What’s wrong with them?” Instead you strove to ask this question. “What’s going Read more
  • Companion and Companioning Prayer…
    This prayer is a response prayer to go with the “Furious Prayer for the Church….” by Brian Doyle, novelist, essayist, and poet.  Furious Prayer for the Church I Love and Have Always Read more
  • Like an Oak: Clergy and Caregiver Boundaries
    Be like an oak tree when reaching out to help people in need. Have strong roots, a solid and clearly defined trunk, and branches that reach out but don’t get Read more

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