- The Rev. Kenda Creasy Dean, one of the nation's premier spiritual innovators, was the featured guest in Oct. 2023. See the story, Next Level calls for Innovation and Curiosity.
- The Rev. Jacqui Lewis, author of Fierce Love, spoke with Bishop Easterling at the May 2023 event. See the Story, Power of fierce love can transform the world.
- Rev. Todd Bolsinger, bestselling author of Canoeing the Mountains, was the inaugural guest at the first Next Level session in October 2022. See the story.
Next Level Speaker Series
Next Level is a series of presentations and dialogue with compelling authors twice a year to take our leadership to the next level.
Join us on March 7, 2024:
Bishop LaTrelle Easterling joins in conversation with the Dr. Deborah Haskins, to discuss trauma-informed leading for wholistic wellness, during Next Level on March 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Westphalia UMC, in Upper Marlboro, MD.
The theme of the day's conversation will be "The Body and Community Keeps the Score!! Leveling Up (Not Down) and Leading Trauma Informed and Responsive Personal, Congregational, and Community Well-being."
How do we thrive, lead, and serve to the next level when experiencing individual and collective trauma? How do we level up -- not down -- by attending to our personal well-being especially during storms plaguing our community and The United Methodist Church? This session will challenge us to dig deep authentically as we apply a Trauma Informed and Responsive Model to ourselves, families, congregation, and community. Come prepared to level up with our focus on wellbeing for self, family, congregations, and communities.
Deborah G. Haskins, Ph.D., LCPC, ACS, MAC, ICGC II, CGCSO, BACC, CGT, is the owner and Chief Clinical Consultant of MOSAIC Consulting and Counseling Services, LLC. A United Methodist leader, she is also a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University in the field of brain sciences and psychology.