Engage with Board of Pensions educators from the comfort of your office, home, or favorite coffee shop to learn about topics important to your well-being through Board University. Our live webinars cover a topic in one of four areas of wholeness — spiritual, health, financial, or vocational well-being.
Board University webinars are for pastors, church workers, and employees of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)-affiliated employers who participate in the Benefits Plan of the PC(USA) — at no cost to you.
Webinars last one hour and require a computer, internet access, and computer speakers or a telephone. Webinar attendees are awarded 50 Call to Health points.
Thursday, September 24, 2020, 2–3 p.m. ET
The Church lives out its identity as a just and caring community when it compensates ministers fairly. But what is fair? What are the contextual realities that impact compensation? What are the societal and ecclesiastical realities related to gender equity? Data in Living by the Gospel show a clear distinction continues to exist between average salaries for men and women across all pastoral positions and congregation sizes.
Join Rev. Lori Neff LaRue to review current compensation realities and specific financial considerations for women, and explore how female ministers can negotiate compensation packages and advocate more effectively for themselves and others. Lori also will discuss the roles Committees on Ministry (COMs), presbytery executives, and Pastor Nominating Committees (PNCs) can play in covenanting terms of call — with an eye toward making the Church a more just and equitable community in which to respond to God’s call — and how Living by the Gospel, along with other denominational resources, can be utilized to equip individuals and decision-making bodies.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 2-3 p.m. ET
Storytelling is at the center of culture. Story shapes culture. However, with the rise of technological culture, people are increasingly isolated, and story has become a commodity for consumption. Join the Reverend Douglas Edwards to explore the power of story in shaping and informing our lives, especially as we age; review the history of storytelling as well as how story is shaping 21st century culture; and discuss the sacred practices of confession and listening, and learn the outcomes of these sacred practices in creating and nourishing community.
The Reverend Douglas Edwards is a licensed marriage, family, and child psychotherapist in private practice who specializes in spirituality, aging, family dynamics, and attention disorders. Rev. Edwards is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) who has worked in the field of aging at all levels of the Church since 1981. For over 15 years, he worked with churches, schools, and nonprofits as Director of Church Outreach for one of the largest nonprofit retirement housing organizations in the country. He organized the first certificate program on spirituality and aging, a course for professionals working with older people. Rev. Edwards has a master’s in marriage and family therapy and a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Registration for the following webinars will be available on this page four to six weeks in advance of the webinar date:
College Funding, Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Having the Talk with Your Parents: Addressing Changes to Health and Care Needs, Tuesday, November 10, 2020
The following webinars are hosted by Fidelity Investments, administrator of the Retirement Savings Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Retirement Savings Plan participants receive email invitations to register for these webinars from Fidelity. Members enrolled in the Medical Plan also can register through the Call to Health website.
Identify and Prioritize Your Savings Goals, Tuesday, October 6, 2020
The following webinar recordings are available as standalone courses in Board University's e-learning content library, which you can access by logging into Benefits Connect. Upcoming webinars to be held live this year will later be available as recordings.