Alison Longstaff 495 Beechwood Drive, Unit 1 Waterloo, ON N2T 1H8 519-880-0180
*I am open to requests. I can be brief, but prefer 20-30 minute talks---longer for workshops. Most times are flexible. Rates are flexible. I speak freely from notes, interacting with the audience.
1. WORKSHOP or LECTURE: Building a Sense of Community Within a Congregation
A feeling of connection and belonging is a key ingredient in a healthy, functioning congregation. What can we do to build community and affection among congregants? In the workshop we turn the theory into practice.
2. WORKSHOP or LECTURE: Conflict in the Church---How do we handle our disagreements?
Did you know that there are several institutes devoted solely to resolution of conflict within churches? A struggling church can hire a church conflict specialist to get them back on track. How come conflict in churches is so prevalent? What can we learn from these specialists that might help us deal with our disagreements and struggles?
3. WORKSHOP or LECTURE: Intimacy with God
How would you describe your relationship with God? Intimate? Distant? Reverential? Close?
Have you ever had an epiphany, or moment of deeply felt intimacy with the Lord? Have you felt abandoned or forgotten? Have you felt cursed? In this lecture, (which can include a guided meditation) I explore the ways we can experience God in our lives, why we sometimes feel abandoned, and what we can do to find a greater intimacy with our Creator.
4. WORKSHOP or LECTURE: The Importance of Music in Worship
Opinions abound about what music belongs in our worship services and what does not. Changes in the liturgy tend to be highly controversial. We hold our opinions close to our hearts and our feelings run deeply. In this talk I discuss how music affects our spirit and contributes to worship. I discuss why change in our worship music is so difficult, and how we can be gentler with each other in the struggle. Did you know that there is an whole institute dedicated to the study of worship styles and healing conflict within congregations? (Can include activities that build compassion and unity in a struggling congregation.)
5. WORKSHOP or LECTURE: "The Artist's Way" or "Finding the Creativity Within"
If God is our Creator, and we are created in His image, then we are all creative. How does your creativity manifest itself? In my experience, when one is absorbed in a creative project, joy, timelessness and enthusiasm are a common by-product. Creative expression can be a way to experience God in our lives. (Can include a workshop period for guided creative expression.)
6. WORKSHOP or LECTURE: Masks
What are the Masks we wear? What faces or identities do we hide behind? What masks have been given to us, and which do we put on by choice? This talk asks us to explore our "masks" and become more conscious about the choices we make in our lives. It is compassionate, humourous, and revealing. (Lecture Requires Projection Equipment and Screen) (Workshop requires some art supplies.)
EducationAssociate In Arts 1980 -82 Academy of the New Church College Bryn Athyn, Pa. USA
Graduated with honours. Ran and directed a women's choir. Received an "A" in Public Speaking.
Majored in Psychology and Religion, graduating Cum Laude. Ran and directed a women’s choir, putting on a concert in June, 1983.