Workshop Details


A 4: Budgeting for a Happier Marriage—Diana Mergen

Did you know that money is the 2ndleading cause of divorce in the US, according to Once you and your spouse agree to the same budget, your marriage won’t feel the stress of money any longer. You might even find a few extra dollars to go on weekly date-nights! Budgeting is often misunderstood and overcomplicated. It should be simple! Join me for an introduction to a proven plan that’s helped many people like you take control of their money – and their lives. Learn simple techniques to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to make-a-plan for your money that fits your life.

Before becoming a Financial Peace University Coordinator, Diana Mergen was an Assistant Vice President for Bank of America. She worked her way up from teller to banking center manager, and then to operations consultant for 100 banking centers. Diana understands the emotional connection we all face when it comes to finances. It is her lifetime passion to coach people around taking control of their money so they can feel free to do the things that bring them the most you.


A 5: Happily Ever....(But Not Together)—Lydia Barrett

 A guide to thriving during and after divorce. This is a questions-based session to explore parenting, partnerships, responsibilities, and creating a new life after divorce. Regardless of your present state of affairs, you will find new possibilities in this discourse and create a baseline structure to move forward with. Bring your questions for the best results! A question box will be provided for those who want privacy. Open to individuals or couples who are divorcing or divorced. Up to 16 participants.


A 6: Help! My Ego Just Got Triggered! Now What?—Ray and Star Silverman

This workshop is repeated in Slot B6.

What do you do when your ego gets triggered? Do you snap back? Sulk? Roll your eyes? Say, “Whatever”? Get Defensive? Walk out of the room? Argue? Stuff it? More importantly, what would you like to do when your ego gets triggered, and how do you get there? Come find out. In this workshop we will explore the nature of the ego (proprium) with a focus on everyday experiences—those moments when your ego gets “pricked” or “triggered,” even in the best relationships. Using New Church teachings, cutting-edge neuroscience, and the shared experiences of participants, we will offer practical advice based on how to rise above the hooks and triggers of the ego so that your relationship can remain open to the steady flow of God’s love in each moment of your life.This workshop is repeated in Slot B6.This workshop is repeated in Slot B6.

Ray and Star Silverman live in Meadowbrook, PA. They have seven children and ten grandchildren. Ray has pastored congregations in Pittsburgh and Atlanta. Since 1998 he has been teaching religion at Bryn Athyn College. Two of his most popular courses are “Religion and Marriage” and “Exploring Romantic Relationships.” He has a PhD from the University of Michigan, an MAT from Wesleyan University and an MDiv from the Bryn Athyn College Theological School. Star, who often teaches with Ray, has an MA in education from the University of Denver.


B ----------------- Workshops for Session B (1:15-2:45) -----------------


B 1: Marriage. Intimacy and Children (Part 2)—Michael and Gwenda Cowley

For this workshop we will offer an actual sharing group related to the topic of marriage and raising kids. It will allow give and take to share the trials and triumphs and perhaps get some support. Participants can attend either Part 1 (Workshop A1) or Part 2 or both.

Michael and Gwenda Cowley have been married for thirty five years and have six children and seven grandchildren.