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NYSOM Courses

New York School of Ministry
Schedule of Courses 2013-2014

When registration information is available for a class, it will be available on this page. If you have questions about registration for a course, please contact Patti Rodrigues, New York School of Ministry Registrar, or 315-446-3073 x15.

Our face to face courses meet at The Amistad Center, 5575 Thompson Road, DeWitt, NY 13214. Students can participate in our webconferenced courses from their home computers. 

Fall 2014

20-Hour Courses


Webconferenced Courses:

No face to face meetings required. Students are expected to have webcams(which can be purchased for under $30 at stores like Target)

Cost per 20-hour course: NY Conference Students: $250;  Audit: $175; Repeat Course Audit: $100

Students outside the New York Conference: $275; Audit: $200 (plus the Distance Learning Support fee)

Distance Learning Support fee:  $69 per 20-hour course or $133 per semester (2 courses). Distance Learning requires technological support. For Webconferenced Courses, Students outside the New York Conference are welcome. The NY Conference provides that support for its students; we ask other UCC Conferences and participating denominations to provide that support for their students.

Introduction to Christian Ethics

Most people think their faith should have some impact on how they behave. Ethics is the study of the way people think about moral behavior: What rules should we follow? What kind of people should we be? Join us for a consideration of the way Christians think about these things.

Instructor: Rev. Steve Johnson, Ph.D.

Saturdays: Sept 6, 20, 27, Nov 1, Dec 6 (9am-1 pm)

To view syllabus, click here

New Testament I

We will seek to gain an understanding of the narrative material of the New Testament by answering the following questions:  What do “scripture” and “canon” mean? What was the historical context in which each gospel was written? What do we know about the historical context of Jesus’ ministry? How do the four gospels inform our Christian understanding of Jesus?

Instructor: Rev. Mark Lawson, Ph.D.

Saturdays: Oct 25, Nov 15 & 22, Dec 13, Jan 10 (9:30am-2pm-with 1/2 hour lunch break)

To view syllabus, click here

Registration Deadline: October 9

To Register, click here

Winter 2014 

 In an effort to support life-long learning in the NY Conference, the New York School of Ministry offers occasional courses to meet the needs of lay people and authorized ministers.

8-Hour Webconferenced Course

"Death is Not the Enemy"

Instructor: Rev. Dr. Martha Jacobs

Tuesday evenings - November 11 & 25; December 2 & 9 from 7-9pm

Cost: $100 (NY Conference Students)

$100 plus $30 Distance Learning Support Fee (Students outside of the NY Conference)

To view syllabus, click here

For more information or to register, click here

Registration deadline extended to November 7

 Questions: Contact Marjorie Purnine at or 315-446-3073x16

5575 Thompson Rd. • DeWitt, NY 13214 • 315-446-3073 • Fax: 315-446-3076 •