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"Story Telling as Spiritual Exploration: with Rev. Dr. Michael Williams"

This workshop will guide participants in the process of discovering their story, assembling their story, and telling their story in a relevant way in the ministry setting in which they serve.

The Rev. Dr. Michael Williams was educated at Vanderbilt University, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and earned a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Michael has served churches in the Tennessee Conference and taught courses for Garrett Seminary, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Candler School of Theology, and the Doctor of Ministry programs of Drew and Wesley Theological Seminaries. He is the author of numerous articles, stories, poems, plays and books and serves as General Editor of The Storyteller's Companion to the Bible series from Abingdon Press.

Michael is a frequent guest speaker and workshop leader at regional, national, and international events. He has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival and has taught at the National Institutes of Storytelling. While a student at Northwestern, a collection of his poems won an American Academy of Poets prize.

The two programs will be held at Villa Maria del Mar in Santa Cruz, CA February 6-9, 2017 and at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, Lake Junaluska, NC on October 9-12, 2017.


The Registration Process

  1. Continuing Education Program Announcements will be sent from UMEA via e-mail three months prior to each event. Due to decreased financial resources a registration fee of $35 will be imposed on program participation.
    1. First priority is given to active endorsed constituents. Apart from the $35 registration fee, UMEA will cover program costs (room and board) for active UMEA Endorsed constituents and spouses. Transportation expenses are covered by the participants.
    2. If space is available, invitations are extended to UMEA approved constituents (i.e., Volunteer Police, Fire, Civil Air Patrol, etc.). UMEA will cover ½ program costs (room and board) for UMEA Approved constituents and spouses. Transportation expenses are covered by the participants. The $35 registration fee is waived.
    3. Retired UMEA endorsed and approved constituents will receive an invitation to an event based upon space availability. Retired UMEA constituents will cover all costs related to their participation in program. The $35 registration fee is waived.
  2. Contact UMEA at or for a registration form to fill out and return by email. UMEA’s receipt of the registration by the response deadline secures placement for the event and you will receive an email with the agenda for the event once accepted. In situations where the event is full, a waiting list is created based upon order of registration receipt.
  3. UMEA will notify each registrant of their program standing, and forward any additional information which may be required in preparation for the event.
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