Considering Power, Relationship and the Art of Becoming
As Adults Mutually Influence One Another
This four-session course proposes that constructive work grounded in process theology can provide support during the adventure of the launching young adults. Together we will explore an understanding of God that can aid those who are navigating this challenging time.
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The challenges of launching young adults are intense. The intensity can often be anxiety-filled and equally adrenaline-infused. Our awareness is on high alert and our responsiveness can be overly anxious. Families and young adults can worry they are caught up in what has been termed "failure to launch" as they approach the next stage of life together. This course proposes that constructive work grounded in process theology can support us during the adventure of the launch. This four-session course will revisit the traditional characteristics of God. The hope is that the assessment of our concepts of God can support adults who are launching young adults.
“Peace demands solutions, but we never reach living solutions; we only work toward them. A fixed solution is, by definition, a dead solution. The trouble with peace is that it tends to punish mistakes instead of rewarding brilliance.” —The Children of Dune, 345
Session 1: Time Out and Time In: Expectations and Power: In this session, we’ll use the childhood disciplinary tool of “time out” to think about ways of relating throughout the launch. Timing in and out of our efforts can greatly assist our relationships and allow for assessment and retooling of a restorative power.
Session 2: Do You See What I See?: Perception and Creativity: This session will provide theological substantiation for the “framing” that can be most helpful in launching. Examining creativity in process thought can allow the launch to expand from our focus on our young adult to the adventure of what it means to be a human being. Creativity here will be informed by Family Systems thinking.
Session 3, Questions and Discovery: Essentials of Becoming: This session is merely a reminder session of the reality of process itself. This will feel and is very much common sense. There will be a celebration here for participants of all they have known and accurate hunches along the way. Much like anything that we attend to, a loving attention to process and possibility is essential for the launching relationship.
Session 4, Checking Self: Fallacies that Need Follow Up: This final session will revisit the concept of launch. We’ll look again at the human condition, power, becoming and mortality. Some of our best decisions are pursued with these concepts in mind. Ample time will be given for conversation and discussion in each section and particularly in this last session.
About the Instructor
Rev. Dr. Leslie King is the Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Waco. She received her BA from Kansas University (’91) and her Masters of Divinity from McCormick Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Chicago (‘94). In 2010 she completed her Doctor of Ministry at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City Missouri with an emphasis in Spirituality and Organizational Change. She began her service to First Presbyterian Church of Waco in 2012. Process Theology has been a passion since 2007 when she began her Doctor of Ministry.
Since September 2020, she is a yoga instructor (RYT 200) with Spirit Bear Yoga and (RYT 500) with My Vinaysa Practice. She's a member of Yoga Alliance. She enjoys leading yoga flows for the youth and adults of the church. Her particular interest is in Yin and Restorative yoga as it relates to spiritual well-being. Piano competency is slowly emerging and music is a source of joy.
She has been married to DJ King since November of 1996 and together they enjoy watching their three young adult children, Cody, Katie and Claire make their way in the world. With a menagerie of stray animals, the Kings are glad to call Waco home.
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