The Church as a Family System 2.0: Race, Politics and Pandemic

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The Church as a Family System 2.0: Race, Politics and Pandemic

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This event is brought to you by Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary

Choosing a solid framework for understanding group dynamics increases our capacity for leading well. Using Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST) as our framework, we will begin this workshop by exploring the emotional forces at work in our faith communities as they relate to race, politics and the pandemic. We then will focus on how BFST can empower lay and ordained persons tasked with leading their communities during these anxious times.

Prerequisite: Attendance at prior Church as a Family System workshop and/or familiarity with Bowen Family Systems Theory.

This one-day workshop is offered online by The Rev. Dr. Allison St. Louis, a clinical psychologist, spiritual director, Episcopal priest, and adjunct professor. Dr. St. Louis served on the VTS faculty from 2010-2019. She currently serves as an affiliate faculty member teaching Family Systems, and is the founder of the Center for Healing and Hope in Hellam, PA ( A licensed psychologist (VA and PA) and trained spiritual director, Dr. St. Louis provides pastoral psychotherapy, spiritual direction, retreats and workshops to lay and ordained leaders as well as to members of the wider community. Dr. St. Louis holds Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science, and Bachelor of Science degrees in Clinical Psychology from Howard University as well as a Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary.

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Apr 24 2021


9:00 am - 3:00 pm