New e-learning opportunities support wholeness in virtual spaces

July 31, 2020

To respond to physical distancing guidelines while upholding our commitment to providing opportunities that support wholeness, the Board of Pensions has created new e-learning offerings and reimagined in-person conferences and seminars as virtual experiences.

These new offerings foster wholeness in four key areas — spiritual, health, financial, and vocational — and are available through Board University for active and retired members of the Benefits Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); their spouses and surviving spouses; and seminarians — all at no cost.

New e-learning series

Two new e-learning series are now available on our benefits portal, Benefits Connect, through Board University’s e-learning content library:

Leaving Well: Navigating Transitions in Ministry and Work series, for members who are discerning a vocational transition at any stage of their career, explores topics such as laying the foundation for understanding change and transition, engaging the discernment process, leaving well, and beginning anew.

As you navigate through the learning path, you may complete the Leaving Well course that is most appropriate for your current situation — Leaving Well: Church or Church-related Work or Leaving Well: Congregational Ministry.

THRIVE E-Learning series redesigns our in-person THRIVE retirement planning seminar as an online experience. For members within 10 years of retirement and their spouses or surviving spouses, THRIVE — short for Thinking Retirement: Identity, Vocation, and Economics ¬— addresses retirement preparation holistically.

Integrating recorded instructor-led content and interactive exercises, this series covers topics such as financial planning and retirement healthcare options as part of a larger exploration of identity, health, and vocation in retirement.

The Leaving Well series is immediately available once you log in to Benefits Connect. For those interested in the THRIVE series, you may request access to it through Benefits Connect. Learn more about these and other e-learning offerings and how to access them.

Introducing Well-Being Respite

With the popular Well-Being Retreat conference canceled for 2020, development began on a wholeness program that would allow members to take time to pause, learn, reframe, and connect in a virtual space. As a result, Board University introduces Well-Being Respite, a unique online opportunity for members to step away from their daily routines and come to the well for spiritual renewal, mental stimulation, thoughtful conversation, and meaningful engagement with colleagues in life and ministry while contemplating God's movement in our individual and collective experiences.

Each of the Well-Being Respite’s four monthly offerings focuses on a different dimension of wholeness and how the current landscape shapes our understanding and application of it.

Respites will be held on Wednesdays, August 19, September 16, October 21, and November 18, from 1-4 p.m. ET, and are open to all Benefits Plan members and spouses and surviving spouses. Each respite features a primary presenter and is comprised of worship, an engaging workshop, panel discussion, and break-out conversation with other participants.

Read more about the Well-Being Respite and register for the August 19 respite.

Upcoming webinars

Board University also offers webinars throughout the year as another opportunity for virtual learning. These one-hour webinars cover topics in one of the four dimensions of wholeness and are designed for pastors, church workers, and employees of PC(USA)-affiliated employers who participate in the Benefits Plan — at no cost to you. You may attend live webinars as well as access recordings of previous webinars through Benefits Connect in Board University's e-learning content library.

The following webinars are currently scheduled for the remainder of the year. Registration is now open for the August 27 webinar, Exploring Medicare and Post-Retirement Medical Options.

  • Putting Together the Puzzle: Exploring Medicare and Post-Retirement Medical Options, Thursday, August 27, 2020
  • Just Compensation: Closing the Gender Gap, Thursday, September 24, 2020
  • The Power of Story: Using Story as the Basis for Aging Well, Tuesday, October 13, 2020
  • College Funding, Tuesday, October 27, 2020
  • Having the Talk with Your Parents: Addressing Changes to Health and Care Needs, Tuesday, November 10, 2020

View our webinar offerings and register for the August 27 webinar.

More lifelong learning opportunities

The Board will continue to explore virtual spaces for education as we respond to our current health crisis. Learn more about Board University.