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The Enneagram

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The Enneagram is an ancient system of 9 distinct and interrelated ways of viewing and experiencing the world. It's pronounced any-a-gram. Some bump against the word, but it’s simple. In Greek 'Ennea' means 9 and 'gram' means figure. It is known as 9 ways of seeing the world - 9 ways of being in the world – 9 ways of responding to the world.

It can be thought of as a personality typing tool, however, it is much more than that. It focuses on motivations rather than behaviors, which is a unique piece of the Enneagram.

It can be used for understanding others, improving relationships, building teams and spiritual growth. It can help us to find a deeper and more authentic relationship with God.

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Like other typologies, it describes different character types. There are 9 core numbers and they all contain an inner dynamic within that aims at growth. It provides insight into habitual ways. It answers the questions: why do we do the things that we do? Why do I keep responding the same way over and over again?

This awareness of our patterns can bring choice and freedom in how we react. We don’t have to respond to things by habit, we can choose to react in a healthier way once we know our unhealthy habits.

There are a variety of ways to find out more and implement the Enneagram in your community.

MIUMC Offerings

Introduction to the
Enneagram Workshop

Laura Witkowski and/or another Enneagram workshop leader is available to lead an Enneagram Introduction for your congregation and/or team.
Contact Laura to schedule.

The Enneagram Journey

In this 12-part curriculum, participants will explore the Enneagram, a powerful tool for learning more about ourselves - why we do the things we do (and don't do), how we can become more aware of the workings of our personalities, and how we can grow and seek transformation for greater balance and wholeness. New Course forming in 2022. Click to find out more.

Connection Group

This regular connection group is for anyone on the Enneagram journey and is interested in connecting with others about learnings and experiences with the Enneagram. Contact Laura if you're interested.

Articles / Blogs

Antiracism and the Enneagram - Caleb Keller,

The Enneagram is not just for white people - Micky Scott Bey Jones, David F. Potter,

Enneagram Series: Soul Child - Michael Shahan,