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MP Retreat “Emotional Intelligence” with Jenny Stephens

October 27, 2021 - October 28, 2021

“Emotional Intelligence” with Jenny Stephens

Luke 24: 30-32 (Inclusive Language Bible)
After sitting down with them to eat, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, then broke the bread and began to distribute it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized Jesus, who immediately vanished from their sight.
They said to one another,
“Weren’t our hearts burning inside us as this one talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?”

‘Being an emotionally intelligent leader’ retreat, will invite reflection and conversation in order for eyes to be opened, that we might recognize ourselves and others more clearly. What if the two on the way to Emmaus, had realized in the moment that their hearts were burning inside them? What shifts in our relationships, if we grow our self-awareness and are able to manage ourselves better?
The retreat includes learning about the competencies which contribute to the four quadrants of emotional intelligence – self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management, the challenge of the amygdala hijack and how that connects to responses to micro-aggressions, and reflection on your practice of ministry through these anxious times.

A self-assessment tool is available upon registration.

Jenny Stephens will be leading this event and Erin Todd will ground us in body work throughout our time together.

About Jenny Stephens:
Besides her work at the General Council Office as the Office of Vocation Coordinator and Team Lead, Jenny is a trainer with The Center for Emotional Intelligence and Human Relations Skills ( The EQ-HR Center was established to bring training in emotional intelligence and human relations skills to faith leaders. An early adopter of the activities of the EQ-HR Center, Jenny has served on the Board and is currently secretary of the Program, Staffing and Coaching Team. She is convinced that growing our emotional intelligence as faith leaders enhances our ability to engage healthy pastoral relationships and to serve God’s mission through the church more effectively. Jenny currently serves as the President of the Interim Ministry Network where the emphasis on being a ‘self-differentiated leader’ dovetails well with the EQ-HR work.

About Erin Todd:
Hi! I’m Erin. And here’s a bit about me. 
I have been an ordained United Church minister for sixteen years; (though I have been working in ministry in various capacities for about twenty-five years). 
Born and raised in Sudbury, I have been back in my hometown and happily engaged in ministry at Grace United Church for the past twelve years, following ministry gigs in Whitby, Stouffville, Toronto and Wawa. 
I love being a minister. 
I also am a Can Fit Pro certified Personal Fitness Trainer, with a passion for what I like to call “whole person wellness”: an approach to health and fitness which is multifaceted, affirming and celebratory, and which helps people of all ages, abilities and fitness levels to access and enjoy physical fitness in a supportive community setting. 
With this philosophy in mind, couple of years ago I launched a programme called Soul Strong, which folks seem to be enjoying. 
You can read more about that on my website:
I am an enthusiastic long-distance runner, cyclist, swimmer and kayaker, who has dabbled in marathons and triathlons and such. 
Mostly I just love moving my body and helping people discover and move their bodies too! 

Please click on the button below to register for the event and you will be sent a Self Assessment Tool via email.  

Hope to see you there!

Rob Smith


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October 27, 2021
October 28, 2021
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