Your Instructor: Rev. Dr. Toni Hawkins
Hi, I’m Toni Hawkins, the instructor for this course. I am so glad you have chosen to take this online UCC Polity Course based on the Marks of Faithful and Effective Authorized Ministers.
My short story is, I am a local pastor of a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregation and an Associate Conference Minister for Leadership Formation and Discernment in the Indiana Kentucky Conference of the United Church of Christ.
I am a resource support staff person for the states of Indiana and Kentucky in the areas of ministry authorization and oversight, new church starts, and congregational vitality. I provide support and resources to committees on ministry (COMs), members in discernment (MIDs) and ecumenical partners seeking ministerial partnership, privilege of call, or dual standing in the UCC.
In addition, I am an adjunct professor for a few seminaries and a facilitator of communities of practice/clergy peer groups. I facilitate courses and provide coaching in the areas of anti-racism, anti-bias, and racial trauma, ethics and professional boundaries, anti-racism and pro-reconciliation, interim/transitional ministry, process improvements, clergy self-care, and grief and loss courses, just to list a few.
I want you to know that I look forward to journeying with you, as together, we learn more about the United Church of Christ.