2015 Conference

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Editor note: Special thanks to Ed Sciulli of Christ Church Grove Farm for the audio recordings below and his invaluable contributions in support of the conference.

8:00–8:30 am
Registration & Breakfast

8:30–8:45 am
• Sally Wiggin, WTAE-TV News

Opening Prayer
• The Rev. Barry Mariana, Christ Church at Grove Farm

• The Rev. Canon Dr. Jay Geisler, Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh

8:45–9:30 am
Keynote SpeakerReid Carpenter, President Emeritus, PLF
Welcome & Reid Carpenter

9:30–9:45 am
Break (Visit Display Tables)

9:45–11:00 am
Session One (Five Tracks)

A1. Addiction 101
Learn the basics of addiction and recovery including the Christian roots of 12 Step Programs.
• The Rev. Canon Dr. Jay Geisler, Chair, The Oasis Recovery Center & CLEAR
• The Rev. Sean & Kate Norris, South Side Anglican Church
Addiction 101

B1. Bullying
In the light of recent events in Pittsburgh, how can churches be involved in preventing bullying?
• The Rev. Wayne Gillespie, Christ’s Lutheran Church, Murrysville

C1. Sustaining Marriages
Learn how to help couples grow and strengthen their marriages.
• Shane Austin, Program Director at TWOgether Pittsburgh
Sustaining Marriages

D1. Human Trafficking
More and more young girls are being lured into human trafficking. Could this be happening to people in the Pittsburgh community? What can the church do?
• Denise Holtz, Special Agent, FBI Civil Rights Division, Pittsburgh
• Sr. Mary Joel Campbell, O.P., Dominican Sisters of Peace
Human Trafficking

E1. Safe Church Policies
It is important to go beyond windows and doors and background checks. Learn how changes in mandating reporting can affect church volunteers.
• Michele Snyder, MDiv, LCSW, Ex. Director, Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute
• The Rev. Carl Baughman, Ex. Director, Samaritan Counseling Center
Safe Church Policies

11:00–11:15 am
Break (Visit Display Tables)

11:15–12:30 pm
Session Two (Five Tracks)

A2. Christian 12 Step Panel
Learn how churches are taking an active role in addressing addiction and recovery through 12 Step Programs.
• The Rev. John Syes, Northway Christian Community
• Jim Hanna, Substance Abuse Ministries, Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh
• The Rev. Chuck Hamby, Chaplain, Cornerstone TV & Born Free Recovery
• Tom Law, The James Club
Christian 12 Step Panel

B2. How to Welcome, Include and Catechize Children with Autism – A Parish Based Approach
Children and teens with autism and other developmental disabilities can be successfully included and catechized in any church. A Teen Faith Mentor program will be reviewed along with a curriculum designed for children.
• Lawrence R. Sutton, Ph.D., Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church
Children with Autism

C2. Recovery from Affairs
Learn how to help individuals recover from marital affairs whether they are emotional or sexual in nature.
• Martha C. Selleck, MSW, LCSW, Samaritan Counseling Center
Recovery from Affairs

D2. Outreach to Police
The police are the first responders to crisis, accidents and shootings. How can we help support their valuable work in the community?
• The Rev. Dr. John Welch, Dean of Students, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary & Chaplain, City of Pittsburgh Police
Outreach to Police

E2. Conflict in Congregational Life
Explore the roots and effects of conflict in congregations and reflect on leadership skills to handle conflict more effectively.
• The Rev. Dr. Leanna K. Fuller, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Conflict in Congregational Life

12:30–1:30 pm
LUNCH (Visit Display Tables)

1:30–1:40 pm
Presentation of the Dave Else Award

Introduction of Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay
PGH Police Chief Cameron McLay

1:45–3:00 pm
Session Three (Five Tracks)

A3. Love Addiction
We are to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves. What happens when we “love” others in a manner that is detrimental to ourselves? What is the difference between “love addiction” and healthy love relationships?
• The Rev. Bob Ruefle, PC (USA) Teaching Elder, Cheswick Presbyterian Church

B3. Children and Grief: What the Children have taught us
Learn about experiences and expressions of grief in children who have had a family member die and learn ways to support them.
• Andrea Lurier, Ph.D. Highmark Caring Place
Children and Grief

C3. Panel on Caring for the Elderly
How can we help the elderly to live with dignity and grace in the midst of diminishing physical and mental health? What resources are available for them and their caregivers?
• Emily E. Anderson, LSW, CFI Care Coach, Familylinks
• The Rev. Debra A. Flint, Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute
• Jean L. Kolbe, LCSW, Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute & Private Practice
• Karen Schaeffer, Senior Care Consultant, Age & Dignity, LLC
Caring for the Elderly Panel

D3. Support and Advocacy in the Workplace
Is the church called to advocate for people in the workplace?
• Fr. Jack O’Malley ,Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh & AFL/CIO Chaplain
• The Rev. Kempton Dunn Baldridge, Chaplain, Seamen’s Church Institute
• The Rev. Howard Gillette, Disaster Preparation, Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh
Workplace Support and Advocacy

E3. Spiritual Concerns of College Students
Learn about the spiritual concerns of young college students in our region.
• Clifford E. Cartwright, Director of Recruiting & Internships, Coalition for Christian Outreach, Christ Church at Grove Farm
• The Rev. Brian Bennett, Campus Pastor, Lutheran University Center, Oakland
Fr. Dan Walsh, Director Campus Ministries, Duquesne University
Spiritual Concerns College Students

Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC), Social Work (SW), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT), Continuing Education for Clergy
Nurses can submit Social Work Credits