DLM Learning CirclesThe six learning circles are offered in a circular rotation each March/April and October/November over the course of three years. Each circle is 10 days long. New students join the rotation as they enter the program.  DLM identity is an overarching theme that is addressed in each learning circle.

Living Diversity in Community (Oct. 22 to Nov. 2, 2018)

  • Pluralism/multi-faith understandings
  • Inter-cultural and ecumenical understandings
  • Justice in theological understandings (Understandings of charity & justice-making)
  • Social issues (eg. Gender, racism, sexuality, etc.)
  • Right relations & reconciliation
  • Advocacy & Solidarity

Caring for Community (March 11-22, 2019)

  • Ecology and stewardship
  • Pastoral care
  • Pastoral Occasions & Contexts (eg. Birth, marriage, funerals; nursing homes, prisons, hospitals)
  • Ethics
  • Boundaries in ministry

The Community’s Story (Oct. 28 to Nov. 8, 2019)

  • Biblical story – how we tell story; exegesis of text & context
  • Proclamation (including preaching & evangelism)
  • UCC history and theology
  • Worship
  • Sacraments

 The Learning Community (March/April 2020)

  • Educational Design & Facilitation
  • Lifelong learning (includes life/faith stage development and learning styles)
  • Study Programs (Children’s ministry, Youth ministry, Adult ministry, confirmation)
  • Theology of Learning in Community

 Organizing Community (October 2020)

  • Governance & polity in the church
  • Congregational models (development and re-development)
  • Administration (including time management)
  • Context and social analysis of community (eg. Outreach, evangelism)
  • Working in team
  • Belonging to Larger/wider Community (eg. Ministerials, relationships in wider community)

Leading in Community (March/April 2021)

  • Leadership models
  • Modeling effective leadership in various ministries
  • Transformative leadership
  • Missional Leadership (including evangelism & outreach)
  • Prophetic leadership
  • Conflict resolution