Getting Along: Just in Time for the Holidays

With the holiday season comes stress: at work, at home, at church. And when stress happens, we’re more succeptible to mismanaging everyday conflicts and anxiety. 

The timing could not be better for a new Adult Religious Education offering each Sunday morning. Getting Along: Putting the Healthy Congregation Tenets to Work–Everywhere is designed to help you understand how anxiety, stress and conflict affect your emotional systems.

But what’s an emotional system? It’s a group of people who are connected emotionally. The idea comes from systems theory, which considers the relationships between people in a group, organization or family. When one part of the system is out of whack — because of stress or anxiety or conflict — everyone else feels the effects. This is the basis of the Healthy Congregations program, a series of workshops attended by 15 First Unitarian Church of Baltimore members in the spring. But systems theory can apply to any group of people, not just a church.

Five workshops (held in the Enoch Pratt Parish Hall) will help participants understand how systems work. We’ll also explore our roles in systems and what we actually have control over. 


Week 1: What is Systems Thinking? (Sunday, November 22, 9:30 a.m.)

Get a handle on the language of systems thinking and learn what an unhealthy system looks and feels like.

Week 2: What Do I Have to Do With It? (Sunday, December 6, 9:30 a.m.)

Identify your role, as well as how you are most likely to act when faced with stress, anxiety or conflict.

Week 3: Applying the Self to the System (Sunday, December 13, 9:30 a.m.)

Learn the art of self-differentiation — which can be practiced, but never perfected!

Week 4: Characteristics of a Healthy System (Sunday, December 20, 9:30 a.m.)

Find out what to look for, when systems are working well

Week 5: When Anxiety Strikes (Date TBD, either January 3 or 10, 9:30 a.m.)

Anxiety is normal and should be expected — this week, you figure out what to do about it.

Laura Laing and other Healthy Congregations participants will lead the informational workshops, which will feature small group discussions and handouts. 

Please Note: This is not the Healthy Congregations workshop, which is offered through the Joseph Priestly District. However, the content has been distilled from these workshops and other resources.

So whether you want a happier holiday meal with your family, better relationships with your coworkers or to brush up on your healthy leadership skills, this is the workshop for you! Please join us. 

Contact Laura Laing with questions or comments. 

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