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10/6/2014 to 10/9/2014
When: October 6-9, 2014
Where: Sunrise Ranch
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Sunrise Ranch is handling registration for both the program ($40) and lodging.  To register, click on the following link or copy and paste it in your browser:

Space is tight, so we encourage you to sign up to stay with as many others as you feel comfortable (e.g., consider triples and dorms).

Scholarship funds are available. They are as follows-
On Request- Any member may request a scholarship of up to $100 for any reason and without justification or explanation.
Travel Expenses- A member may request a scholarship of up to $100 if they have greater than average travel expenses to attend a retreat. Documentation of travel costs is expected to be provided with the request to the treasurer.
Low/No Professional Expenses- A member may request a scholarship of up to $100 if they have no or limited professional expense budgets available to them. This includes candidate members who may still be students, retired members, and individuals serving congregations where their compensation package does not include a professional expense account or one with very limited available funds.
The process for requesting a scholarship to attend a retreat is to file a specific request with the Treasurer, Eric Banner,, indicating the amount you are requesting. It's not a super formal thing, just say basically what you're asking for with an amount and reason why.
If you request and receive a scholarship for the retreat, you'll need to register and pay with a credit card for the purpose of getting you into Sunrise's system. Then Eric will issue a check to you by mail.

 2:00-4:00    Informal welcome and check into rooms
 4:00-5:00    Introduction and Sunrise Ranch Orientation
 5:00-6:00     Social Hour
 6:00-7:00     Dinner
 7:00-9:00     Welcome, Introductions, Opening Worship

  7:00-7:30      Spiritual Practice
 7:30-8:00       Breakfast
 8:45-9:15       Worship
 9:15 -10:30     Enneagram Types, Session 1, with Rev. Dr. Holly Heuer
10:30-10:45    Snack in the Dining Room
10:45-Noon    Enneagram Types, Session 1 (con’t)
 Noon-1:00      Lunch
 1:00-3:00       Enneagram Types, Session 2
 3:00-3:30       Snack in the Dining Room
 3:30-4:30       Enneagram Types, Session 2 (con’t)
 4:30-6:00       Social Hour
 6:00-7:00      Dinner
 7:00-8:30      Enneagram Types, Session 3
 8:30-9:00      Worship

7:00- 7:30       Spiritual Practice
7:30-8:00         Breakfast
8:45-9:15        Worship
9:15-10:30      Mentoring Excellence in Our Ministry, Jann Halloran and Kirk Loadman-     Copeland
10:30-10:45    Snack in the Dining Room
10:45-Noon    Mentoring Excellence
12:00-1:00      Lunch
1:00- 3:00       Mentoring Excellence
3:00-3:30        Break/Snack in the Dining Room
3:30-4:30        Mentoring Excellence
4:30-6:00        Social Hour
6:00-7:00        Dinner
7:00-8:30        Odyssey by Marc Salkin
8:30-9:00        Worship

 7:00-7:30       Spiritual Practice
 7:30-8:00       Breakfast
 8:00-9:00       Move out of rooms
 9:00-11:00     Business Meeting
11:00-11:30    Closing Worship and Debrief Retreat

Who am I?  Why do I do the things I do?  Why is it that people don’t see the world the way I see it? Why are some people so easy going and others so intense?  Why are some people so emotional and others so detached?   If you have ever felt mystified by your own impulses or the behavior of others, you are not alone.  The Enneagram is a multidimensional system for understanding human personality.  It is a profound tool for personal growth.  But it is also a helpful way to identify our innate strengths, understand our biases, in order to become truly great leaders.
 On Tuesday of the retreat, Holly will introduce each of the nine Enneagram types in depth, giving examples of clergy of each type, and the particular leadership qualities inherent in each type.  The goal is to understand and accept ourselves at a very deep level, appreciating the developmental stretches we can take to accelerate both personal and professional growth.   Throughout the day there will be plenary teaching sessions, small group exploration around the basic issues of conflict, self-image and coping with fear, as well as time for personal reflection.
As with all things, the more you know, the more valuable the experience will be.  If you do not know your Enneagram type, it would be helpful to take one or more of the available online tests at or  (There are 2 free tests at the Enneagram Institute and 1 longer $10 one.  There is a $10 test at Enneagram in the Narrative Tradition. The book, Discovering Your Personality Type by Riso and Hudson, costs around $10 and has the longer test in it.)
The retreat leader, Rev. Dr. Holly Heuer, is a retired Presbyterian pastor, serving as solo pastor for almost 35 years.  She is adjunct professor at Iliff School of Theology and a certified Enneagram Instructor with the Enneagram Institute.  As she writes:
“The Enneagram has opened up a powerful process of inner awakening in me and I am dedicated to supporting others in their process of transformation and liberation.  It has renewed my life-long search to find the intersection between spirituality,

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