Church Pension Group Webinar Series

Understanding the Clergy Housing Allowance

Thursday, December 9
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM ET

Join fellow active clergy at this webinar for a refresher on the housing allowance benefit, to learn about any changes to the tax code, and to get answers to questions you may have. Learn what you (and your vestry) may need to know for next year’s taxes.

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Maximize Social Security in Your Retirement Strategy

Learn about strategies for claiming your Social Security benefit and where it will fit with other income sources to build your retirement paycheck. In this webinar, presented by Fidelity Investments, we’ll explore lesser known strategies, such as waiting to claim your benefit, spousal and survivor benefits, and how working after your full retirement age could affect your monthly check.

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A Guided Walkthrough of New Clergy Compensation Data

Looking to fill an opening or apply for one? How does the compensation compare to similar positions throughout the Church? Join this discussion about the latest Clergy Compensation Report. For the first time, compensation is displayed using race, sexuality, gender identity, and sexual orientation data. Q&A with the team that collects, analyzes, and reports on clergy compensation.

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Learn the Basics of When and How to Claim Social Security

Your monthly Social Security check can be a cornerstone of your retirement budget, so get the most out of your benefit by understanding your options. Join this discussion, presented by Fidelity Investments, and get answers to such common questions as, When am I eligible to take Social Security? How is my benefit calculated? Can I take Social Security and continue working? You’ll also learn the impact of spousal benefits and taxes on your social security claim.

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The Church Pension Fund Clergy Pension Plan – Deacons Webinar

Didn’t think you could get pension benefits? Think again. Changes to The Church Pension Fund’s Clergy Pension Plan and related plans have made it easier than ever for eligible deacons to participate. Episcopal institutions that pay regularly scheduled compensation, even as low as $25 per month, may open the door to employee benefits, including:

  • A clergy pension benefit
  • Resettlement benefit
  • Life insurance and other death benefits

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Don't Be Deceived

Criminals never miss a chance to exploit a crisis, and the COVID-19 pandemic has given them plenty of openings. Older adults—including family members, neighbors, and parishioners—can be especially at risk.

You will hear from a fraud prevention specialist

  • why COVID-19 scams are growing
  • steps for keeping yourself safe
  • where to turn if you’re defrauded

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Psychological First Aid

Psychological distress often follows a crisis. You may need support for yourself, your family, and your community. Join us for a special webinar to learn how Psychological First Aid, a World Health Organization-endorsed approach to post-crisis mental distress, may help increase our capacity to cope. Anyone can practice these strategies.

Hear a clinical psychologist share

  • ways to identify warning signs of distress
  • a perspective on why post-stress reactions are normal
  • how Psychological First Aid may help

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Grounding Practice Using Five Senses:

  • search for five things they can see
  • search for four things they can touch
  • search for three things they can hear
  • search for two things they can smell
  • search for one thing they can taste

Clergy Financial Literacy Study Results Webinar

We recently collaborated with George Washington University to better understand how clerics are handling their finances and their financial wellness versus other working professionals. More than 1,000 clergy participated in the survey. Now we’re sharing the results. Be prepared for a few surprises.

You will discover:

  • where clergy do well—or fall short
  • whether clerics feel prepared for retirement
  • how saving and debt behaviors measure up
  • where gender gaps persist

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Resilience in the Face of Disaster

The impact of a natural disaster is devastating. How did you respond at the time of the crisis and in the weeks following the disaster? How are you feeling today?

This webinar on Resilience and Disaster Relief was originally created for the Diocese of Texas, West Texas, and the Virgin Islands to address the psychological impact that followed after the hurricanes. The topic and webinar content can be applied in similar situations of disaster and trauma. Here you will explore the psychological impact of disaster and promising avenues for restoring well-being. Clinical psychologist Jody Horstman leads the 45-minute presentation, focusing on resilience and managing the stress associated with crisis. With extensive training and experience in disaster relief, Jody speaks to the needs of both survivors and responders, and points to strategies for resilience and self-care in times of crisis and when handling the stressors of everyday life.

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