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Harpers Ferry Ministerial Study Group 2020

 "Preaching from Life!"

Tuesday, November 10th from 9am-5pm plus evening informal break-out group of your choosing.


Worship to Open the Day with Rev. Aisha Ansano

Reverend Aisha Ansano is called to serve as a prophetic and pastoral presence to those seeking spiritual community and connection.  She recently chaired the Search Committee for the Church of the Larger Fellowship and is an affiliated community minister at First Parish in Malden, MA.

Workshop with Regi Carpenter

The Stories Within

"The shortest distance between two people is a story"

Our workshop will focus on the powerful, memorable and effective ways personal stories allow preachers to connect to themselves, their congregations, communities and something greater than themselves. Participants will experience the art and craft of personal storytelling from how to take an experience and turn it into a story, effective means of telling a story, universality of a story message, and finally how to listen to yourself and the wisdom of the stories within you. The day will include listening, sharing, and reflective writing.

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Regi Carpenter has been using the power of stories to motivate, inspire, energize and focus individuals in corporate, academic and non-profit settings for more than twenty years. She teaches at Ithaca College and is the founder of Stories with Spirit, bringing songs and stories of hope to grieving children and their families.  She lives in Upstate New York.



Stories for All Ages to close the day

with Erica Shadowsong

(gather anyone in your household  to join us after the workshop!)

Erica Shadowsong serves the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh as its Lifespan Religious Education Director. Active in DRUUM, CUUPS and LREDA, Erica captivates her audiences with amazing stories from worlds of myth, legend and magic. 


After the Dinner Break: 

Informal Breakout Rooms of Participants’ Choosing 

tech support 

by Montana Monardes

Montana Monardes is an actor and videographer in Washington DC. This summer he transformed the annual UUMAC (Unitarian Universalist Mid-Atlantic Community) into an entirely virtual experience. From your registration to the final moments of our storytelling retreat his expertise is in play.

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Harpers Ferry Ministerial Study Group 2020 Planning Committee: 

Pamela Wat (Wilmington, DE) and Diane Teichert (retired), Co-Chairs

Charlotte Lehmann (Manassas, VA), Treasurer

Valerie Wills (retired), Secretary

Aileen Fitzke (Sterling, VA), Registrar


Questions? Contact Diane at (781) 676-0097 or



9:00 - Gathering in Gallery View with video and sound on


9:15 - Welcome and Overview of the Day


9:30 - Worship with Rev. Aisha Ansano. 


10:15 - Introductions in random small breakout groups 


10:45 - 11:00 -  Bio Break/snacks


11:00 - 12:30 - Regi Carpenter Storytelling Workshop Part One


12:30 - 2:30 - Open Time for lunch, free time, and to prepare a brief personal story to tell in Part Two.


2:30 - 5:00 - Regi Carpenter Storytelling Workshop Part Two 


5:00 - Bio Break/snacks


5:15 - 5:45 - Stories for All Ages with Erica Shadowsong


5:45 - 7:00 -  Dinner Time


7:00 - 8:30 - Informal Break-out Groups of participants’ choosing


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