Friday, April 5 | 1:00 – 6:00 pm
Saturday, April 6 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Meigs Ross
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Conflict plays an inevitable part in all ministry contexts and is created when there are divergent points of view that have not yet been integrated. People have their own relationship and history with conflict, some positive, some negative. This course assumes that conflicting points of view and emotions, contain excellent information and, when worked with in a healthy way, can be essential to the development of a healthy ministry. The course will focus on understanding conflict from a systems point of view. Students will explore how to find the strengths in working with divergent points of view. They will also learn how to work with conflict so that there can be growth and development in individuals, in groups and in congregations and organizations. The course will teach students how to use functional subgrouping, a core method of Systems-Centered Theory (SCT®), to improve communication, work constructively with conflict and create sustainable change. There will be ample time given to experientially work with functional subgrouping and practice leadership of this method. After completing the course students will be able to use functional subgrouping as a method for integrating differences on a personal level, as a group leader and in ministry context.
Rev. A. Meigs Ross ’83 is an Episcopal priest, a psychotherapist in private practice, and a CPE supervisor. She is a licensed Systems-Centered Practitioner with SCTRI and a clergy coach working with individuals and groups. Rev. Ross currently serves as the director of the Certificate Program in Spirituality and Social Work at New York University.
Previously, Rev. Ross served as the Manager of Pastoral Care and Education at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell, the Director of Clinical Pastoral Education at the HealthCare Chaplaincy in New York, and the Director of Pastoral Care and Education at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. Rev. Ross received a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary and an MSW from New York University.