Workshop Details


B 2: CANCELLED DUE TO SICKNESS-Has Your Marriage Been Building a Useful Society?—Miriam Gruber

Take the opportunity to look back on your marriage. You may find, as I have, that the Lord works in mysterious wayts to bring about a positive impact in the world around you. In my own marriage I often felt we were less than a stellar couple. We were never exactly pillars of our society, or an example of what a heavenly marriage would look like.

In fact much of my life has looked crazy as if we were winging it every step of the way. We were doing what had to be done as the needs presented themselves.

Now after 40 years I can look back and see just how amazing our journey together has been.  How the Lord took two people and used them to give solace, shelter, and strength to a host of people in need.

My workshop will be an opportunity to investigate  how the Lord has in the past and will continue to in the future use you as a couple, to perform His works.

My objective is to bring a sense of wonder at your marriage.  To discover how even when you feel your marriage is rather mundane, it actually has the potential and probability of creating a powerful society uniquely equipped to serve others.

Miriam and Mark Gruber were married in 1977. Four children 11 grandchildren and 3 dogs. They live in North Carolina. 


B 3: Positive Co-parenting—Sasha Silverman and Glen Henderson

Parenting while separated or divorced has challenges, as well as golden opportunities for compassion and growth. In this workshop, Glen and Sasha will share their process of learning to peacefully co-parent, and will highlight specific strategies that have helped them and their children regain a sense of stability and harmony within their new family system. Workshop will be open to questions and discussion regarding the participants' particular situations. Specific issues may involve dealing with resentments, thinking that you have un-cooperative spouse, tug-of-war with finances or time with the child, differences in values, handling new relationships, extended family issues, managing holidays, joint activities, and more.  Our goal is for you to leave the workshop feeling better equipped to create a more peaceful, kind, and courageous co-parenting dynamic.

Sasha Silverman has a B.A. in psychology from Gettysburg College. She taught English in both Ghana and Japan, and has taught English to immigrants in the U.S. at CSC Institute. She served as head of the Support Center at Academy of the New Church High School, and now writes copy for Bryn Athyn College and curriculum for New Church Journey. She recently became a certified mediator, and is currently pursuing a MEd in counseling from Temple University. She enjoys playing drums, painting, skateboarding, eating peppermint, and taking evening walks with her kids. 

Glen Henderson has a B.A. in history, English and Military Science from Bucknell University. He taught in the history and art department at the Academy of the New Church Secondary Schools and was a counselor at the Tools 4 Life camp for eight years. He served as a captain in the US Army as an Information Operations Officer in Bosnia and is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. Glen currently manages his own contracting company, Henderson Custom Painting. He enjoys his children, occasional community theater, comedy appearances as Mullet Man of The Zubaz Brothers, tending to his home and garden and gradually learning piano.



B 4: Dealing with Trauma—Tom Rose

This presentation will focus on the invasive nature of trauma or crisis in our lives - what it is, how to work through it, and how to help others cope with it. Generally, we don’t understand our own response to trauma. We may think we’re overreacting or that we’re “going crazy” or that nobody can possibly understand what we’re going through. The truth is that there are measured and studied effects of trauma. For the most part victims of trauma are experiencing normal reactions to an abnormal event. A word of caution: Talking about trauma can trigger past trauma. A subject like this is, by nature, somewhat graphic. So, take care of yourselves, and still I encourage you to come and hopefully gain some new perspective on this topic!

Tom Rose served for 24 years as a New Church minister in the General Church of the New Jerusalem. In 2012 he was put on total disability due to a congenital blood condition called thrombophilia. Treatment went well enough that he came off of disability in 2016 and is now the Associate Pastor of the Lord’s New Church on Huntingdon Road in Bryn Athyn, PA. Tom has worked in graphic art and design, as a production manager at Burroughs Corporation, and was a sergeant in the US Air Force. He has done volunteer first-responder service as a firefighter, EMT and ambulance captain, county crisis response team member, NYC Ground Zero crisis counselor and fire, ambulance and police chaplain. He has served as an American Legion Post Chaplain and is currently a Certified Crisis Chaplain with the National Center for Crisis Management. He and Annette are happily married and will celebrate their 38th anniversary this summer.


B 5: Recovery and Marriage—Rob Nash

Addictions of all sorts are all around us today. It has been a significant issue in my family of origin and in my life. I will share some of my story as it relates to my marriage, and what I do today. We will have a discussion of how addiction has affected your life and the things we do about it. Please join us! 

Rob Nash is most famous for being related to Mrs. Nash, the 7th grade girls teacher at BACS. They have two children and are grateful they haven’t been arrested (the children, not the adults). Rob continues to stumble through life one day at a time, grateful for God’s grace.


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

This is a repeat of the workshop given in slot A6.