Uncover the Meaning, Creativity and Spirituality in Your Life
Retreats and Evening Programs for Spiritual Growth
It’s not easy to make time to recall that each of us is a human being, not a “human doing”. Kim Langley’s interactive spiritual programs and retreats create some nourishing space in your spiritual life. From practical tips for parents who want to raise good kids with values and find effective ways to share their cherished beliefs, to retreat days that deepen the walk with God, these sessions are inclusive in nature, and sensitivity and respect are always offered. Kim’s own roots are in the Episcopal and Catholic churches. She taught Introduction to the Bible and Women in Scripture for 15 years at a Lutheran University (Capitol University), and she is presently enrolled in a Spiritual Director’s certification program (the Haden Institute) in Niagara Falls, Canada with priests, ministers and spiritual companions from many denominations.
Based on the topic, and your group’s needs, your experience may include:
- Sharing and stories
- Guided imagery
- Visual meditation
- Silence and self-reflection
- Nature walks
- Music and art
Kim offers the topics below, as well as talks for the parents of First Communion, First Penance and Confirmation candidates. These can be structured as 1 to 2 hour evening sessions, half-day mini-retreats or full-day retreats.
Programs for Women
Keeping Green with Hildegard of Bingen“Hildegard was brand new to me. Why did she not come along sooner! I plan to use her writings in prayer and meditation. Absolutely loved Kim’s presentation style. Like sitting at the kitchen table with a friend — a wise friend.”
– Melody Rice, Preschool Director
Your Life Quilt: Spiritual Growth for Women“This topic provided a wonderful vehicle for individual introspection while reminding us of the common threads that unite the souls of women. A successful event indeed given the positive energy shared and comments received.”
– Barbara Saifman, Co-Chair, Women’s Fellowship
Spiritual Programs for Everyday Life
The Spirituality and Science of Optimism“Kim did an excellent job of presenting her information and ideas. I learned a lot and was encouraged for my future in optimism.”
Spirituality and Creativity“I absolutely loved this class. I learned how to ‘change the lens’ in my observance of my world and work. I can change my self-talk to improve my confidence.”
Stress Management for the Spiritually Awake“I thought the workshop promoted very healthy coping mechanisms to deal with stress and difficult situations.”
Seasonal and Poetry Based Programs
You don’t have to be a poetry lover to appreciate these programs! Absolutely no experience with poetry is necessary, and you will not be asked to write poetry. Join us for poems like Praying by Mary Oliver.
Stress-Less Holidays“Kim is delightful and comprehensive in her presentation. She has lots of books to share and ideas of how to ‘do’ holidays without stress.”
Finding the Sacred in Poetry“I must tell you that I deeply enjoyed the experience with our ‘Sacred in Poetry’ workshop. I have seen many others in our church since the workshop and we all came away inspired. Thank you for your passion and desire to share!”
Presentations on Spirituality Available from Bill Miller
Helping Communities of Faith to Rebuild and Renew
Ministry is the art of animating gifts, calling forth passions, and equipping people to share their talents. Margaret Vogel, M.Ed offers a variety of coaching workshops for ministry leaders, volunteers and parish staff members.
Customized training modules are available based upon your areas of interest. Training themes include:
- Person of the Minister –self-care and life balance
- Program Management –needs assessment, planning, delivery, and evaluation
- Roles of the Coordinator –coach, facilitator, helper, instructor
- Ministry Teams –group dynamics, conflict negotiation, rewards, and volunteer management
- Tasks of Leadership –visioning, delegating and mentoring
- Strengths-based Leadership -leadership developed based on Gallup’s Strengths-Finder assessment and Church engagement tools
- Creating Successful Community Dialogues (CSCD) -basics of running small and large group faith sharing as well as best practices for convening staff, parish council and other community meetings
- Where are all the Young People? -needs assessment analysis for youth and young adult ministry
Margaret is an interactive and reflective Youth and Young Adult Retreat Leader and Keynote Presenter. She enjoys working with ministry leaders to craft content that speaks to particular strengths, challenges, and questions of each community. Frequently requested presentation themes include:
Encountering Holy Wisdom – Gather for a day of retreat, faith-sharing and soul-journeying in the company of other women. Discover Lady Wisdom, a key figure in the Bible, with a powerful presence that is available to each of us abundantly (James 1:5). Lady Wisdom is a trusted friend who calms us in the busyness of life and reminds us that we are beloved daughters of a merciful God in every season of life. Participants will explore Scripture, experience contemplative prayer and have the opportunity to share in small groups about wisdom gained through life’s transitions. This retreat is most enjoyable as an intergenerational gathering of women.
Young Adult Ministry Topics for Men and Women in their 20’s and 30’s:
More Than Words – Leadership presentations to equip men and women in their 20’s and 30’s for positions of leadership inside and outside of the Church. Emphasis is placed on successful communication strategies, diversity, vocation discernment, and decision-making practices.
Lost? – Presentations on common transitions faced during young adulthood. Emphasis is placed on emotional intelligence, relationships, and prayer practices that support growth in times of change.
Walking with Clay Feet – Presentations on forgiveness and humility. Emphasis is placed on making amends, honest self-appraisals, and letting go.
Youth Ministry Topics
Confirmation Retreats and Presentations – topics and themes are created in collaboration with youth ministry leaders and peer retreat teams when available.
Discipleship & Service – Presentations on peace and justice issues rooted in Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching.
Contact Margaret directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 440-506-8343.