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NYSOM Courses

New York School of Ministry
Schedule of Courses 2017

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 Marjorie Purnine, New York School of Ministry Dean, mpurnine@uccny.org or 315-446-3073 x16.

Participants can participate in our webconferenced courses from their home computers. 

SPRING 2017

20-Hour Courses

NEW ONLINE REGISTRATION SYSTEM, PLEASE NOTE THE NEW REGISTRATION OPTIONS   (scroll down) 

Webconferenced Courses:

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

Cost per 20-hour course:

NY Conference Participants: For Credit $250; Audit $175; Repeat Course Audit $100

Non-New York Conference Participants: For Credit $275; Audit $200; plus the Distance Learning Support fee

Distance Learning Support fee:  $69 per 20-hour course or $133 per semester

Distance Learning requires technological support. For webconferenced courses, Participants who are not part of the New York Conference are more than welcome. The NY Conference provides that support for its participants; we ask other UCC Conferences and participating denominations to provide that support for their participants (if such church support is unavailable, the distance learning support fee is the responsibiliy of the participant).

Payments: A non-refundable deposit of $25 must be received to process your registration.  The balance of the course fee and Distance Learning Support Fee (for Non-NY Conference participants) is due to the NY Conference by the second meeting of the class.

 

AMERICAN CHURCH HISTORY

Rev. Steven Johnson, Ph.D., instructor

Wednesday evenings, 6:30-9 pm: January 18 & 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22; March 8 & 15

Registration Deadline: January 10, 2017

 

This course, required for the Christian Leadership Program, offers an overview of the development of Christian churches in the United States with an emphasis on ideas and events that have shaped the United Church of Christ.

 

This course addresses these Marks of Faithful and Effective Authorized Ministers of the UCC

UCC Identity for Ministry

9. The ability to articulate diverse histories that comprise the United Church of Christ, to situate them in the broader evolution of faith traditions and to relate them to the theology, polity, and practices of the Member’s local church, association, and conference.

General Knowledge and Skills

3. The ability to comprehend the impact of historical change upon the thoughts, feelings, and actions of individuals and societies.

Knowledge and Skills Specific to Authorized Ministry

3. A deepening familiarity with the global history of the Christian churches through the ages and across cultures, including the newest Christian populations, and an understanding of the evolution of Christian communities in the United States.

7. The ability to analyze, evaluate, and integrate the biblical, historical, theological, and pastoral disciplines and practices in ways that contribute to fruitful and faithful Christian ministry.

12. The ability to appreciate, practice, and pass on traditions of faith while interpreting them in light of the context of a diverse and changing world.

 

Registration Links

For those outside of the NY Conference:

    Non-NY Conference Participant for Credit, click here.

    Non-NY Conference Participant for Audit, click here.

For members of the NY Conference:

    NY Conference Participant for Credit, click here.

    NY Conference Participant for Audit, click here.

    NY Conference Participant for Repeat Audit, click here.

 Click here for syllabus.

 

UCC POLITY

(American Church History is a pre-requisite for this course)

Rev. Steven Johnson, Ph.D., instructor

Wednesday evenings, 6:30-9 pm: April 5, 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Registration opens: February 15, 2017

Registration Deadline: March 24, 2017

 

This course, required for the Christian Leadership Program, surveys the historical and current documents that illuminate the breadth of theology that informs the United Church of Christ. It provides an overview of the history of the UCC since 1957 and examines the covenantal structure of the church, the responsibilities and accountability of authorized ministers, worship, and vocation in the UCC.

 

This course addresses these Marks of Faithful and Effective Authorized Ministers of the UCC

UCC Identity for Ministry

2. A passion for the oneness of the body of Christ as expressed through commitment to ecumenism, justice, and the full embrace of all persons in the radical hospitality of God.

4. An understanding of the concept of covenant and how it informs the nature, purpose, and polity of the United Church of Christ.

10. The ability to explain and work within the current polity of the UCC and its denominational structure, and to describe the covenantal relationships among the General Synod, national setting, conferences, associations, and local congregations of the UCC.

11. The ability to share key elements of the UCC’s statement of faith, constitution with its preamble, and bylaws regarding the governance, mission, and theologies of the UCC and their implications for the life of the church.

12. The ability to articulate the UCC’s commitment to being a united and uniting, multiracial and multicultural, open and affirming, accessible to all and just peace church.

Knowledge and Skills Specific to Authorized Ministry

6. The ability to articulate a theological understanding of authorized ministry, and to relate it to the practice of ministry.

12. The ability to appreciate, practice, and pass on traditions of faith while interpreting them in light of the context of a diverse and changing world. 

 

 

 

 

FALL 2016

20-Hour Courses

 

INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY

This course, which is a requirement for the Christian Leadership Program, introduces participants to the primary themes of Christian Theology.  Participants write papers or sermons that address the topics of Christology, the Doctrine of the Trinity, and the Purpose of the Church.

Marks of Faithful and Effective Authorized Ministers

 Personal and Professional Formation for Ministry

2. A sense of theological identity and authority, while being responsive to the opinions and values of others, including those whom the Member will serve.

 Knowledge and Skills Specific to Authorized Ministry

4. A deepening familiarity with contemporary theological ways of thinking and with the rich and varied theological heritages, creeds, liturgies, and spiritual practices of the Christian churches.

Instructor: Rev. Steven D. Johnson, Ph.D.

Wednesday evenings: September 7, 14, 21, 28; October 5, 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16 (7-9pm)

 

FAMILY SYSTEMS AND PASTORAL LEADERSHIP

This course focuses on how Family Systems Theory helps pastors be a healthy as they can be in ministry and how they can use their personal process of "differentiation" to maximize their leadership capacities in congregations.

Marks of Faithful and Effective Authorized Ministers

 Personal and Professional Formation for Ministry

1. A healthy sense of self as shaped by God, community, and personal experience.

3. A healthy awareness of strengths, weaknesses and limits, and assumption of responsibility for one's body, mind and spirit.

7. The ability to affirm the identities of others, including others very unlike oneself.

8. The ability to engage in self-reflection and to seek and use feedback from others appropriately.

 General Knowledge and Skills:

1. The ability to understand and appreciate a variety of perspectives of life.

2. The ability to understand the profound differences that physical, psychological, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, class, cultural, religious, racial, and ethnic factors make in the ways that human beings experience the world.

6. The ability to apply basic concepts of psychology to the understanding of oneself, others, and human interactions.

Knowledge and Skills Specific to Authorized Ministry

18. To read the contexts of a community's ministry and creatively lead that community through change or conflict.

Instructor: Rev. Wayne Gustafson, D.Min

Saturdays: September 10; October 1, 29 (9:30-4:45pm; with 1/2 hour lunch break)

 

LITURGY AND WORSHIP

This course, which is a requirement for the Christian Leadership Program, surveys the history of Christian liturgy, examines the theology of worship and the sacraments, and offers practical instruction to enable participants to make informed choices when planning liturgies.  One quarter of the course is devoted to preaching.

UCC Marks of Faithful and Effective Authorized Ministers Nurtured in this Course:

 Personal and Professional Formation for Ministry

 8. The ability to engage in self-reflection and to seek and use feedback from others.

 Knowledge and Skills Specific to Authorized Ministry

 8. The ability to understand the nature, use, and misuse of power and authority, and to exercise them appropriately and effectively in authorized ministry.

11. The ability to celebrate the unique features of local faith communities while encouraging them to be receptive to perspectives from the broader church and world.

12. The ability to appreciate, practice, and pass on traditions of faith while interpreting them in light of the context of a diverse and changing world.

13. The ability to adapt the practices of ministry to the unique social, cultural, environmental and ecclesiastical aspects of particular settings.

15. The ability to preach the good news, lead worship and participate in the sacraments in a manner faithful to the broader Christian heritage and appropriate to the characteristics of specific culture and setting. 

Instructor: Rev. Marjorie Purnine, Ph.D.

Saturdays: November 12; December 10; January 7, 28 (9:00-2:30pm; with 1/2 hour lunch break)

Click here for syllabus 

 

SPRING 2016

ADVANCED TOPICS IN PASTORAL CARE AND COUNSELING

This course addresses many of the clincial issues providers of pastoral care face.  It offers an integrated pastoral and behavioral sciences approach to some of the more challenging situations faced by helping professionals.  The course will be grounded in useful theories of human growth, development, and healing and will use both psychological and theological language and images to describe and develop the context, problems and interventions appropriate to the work.  The course will consist of lectures, discussion, practice exercises, and consultation on actual pastoral and counseling situations brought by the instructor and participants.

Instructor: Rev. Wayne E. Gustafson, D.Min.

Saturdays:  February 6, March 12, April 9 (9:30am-4:45pm with 1/2 hour lunch break)

 

CONGREGATIONAL LIFE

This course explores the various dynamics at work in the life of a local church, toward the end of gaining insight into how to nurture a healthy and productive faith community.

Instructor:  Rev. J. Mark Lawson, Ph.D.

NOTICE CHANGE OF DATES

Saturdays: April 30, May 14 & 21, June 4 (9am-2:30pm with 1/2 hour lunch break)

 

OLD TESTAMENT II

During this course we will: study critically many of the documents of the Old Testament (Psalms, Wisdom literature, prophets Jeremiah through Malachi) paying particular attention to their historical context; examine the relevance of the Old Testament for the Christian church; and dicuss the role/use of the Old Testament in (our) faith development. 

Instructor: Rev. David Cleaver-Bartholomew, Ph.D.

Sundays: January 24 & 31, February 7, 21 & 28, March 6 & 13 (7pm-9pm)

Wednesdays:  January 27, February 3 & 17, March 2, 9 & 16 (7pm-8pm)

This course is open only to students who have completed this fall's Old Testament I.

 

 

Rev. Steven Johnson, Ph.D., instructor

Wednesday evenings, 6:30-9 pm: January 18 & 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22; March 8 & 15

Registration opens: December 14, 2017

 Registration Deadline: January 10, 2017

 

This course, required for the Christian Leadership Program, offers an overview of the development of Christian churches in the United States with an emphasis on ideas and events that have shaped the United Church of Christ.

 

This course addresses these Marks of Faithful and Effective Authorized Ministers of the UCC

UCC Identity for Ministry

9. The ability to articulate diverse histories that comprise the United Church of Christ, to situate them in the broader evolution of faith traditions and to relate them to the theology, polity, and practices of the Member’s local church, association, and conference.

 

General Knowledge and Skills

3. The ability to comprehend the impact of historical change upon the thoughts, feelings, and actions of individuals and societies.

 

Knowledge and Skills Specific to Authorized Ministry

3. A deepening familiarity with the global history of the Christian churches through the ages and                 across cultures, including the newest Christian populations, and an understanding of the evolution of Christian communities in the United States.

 

7. The ability to analyze, evaluate, and integrate the biblical, historical, theological, and pastoral disciplines and practices in ways that contribute to fruitful and faithful Christian ministry.

 

12. The ability to appreciate, practice, and pass on traditions of faith while interpreting them in light of the context of a diverse and changing world.

 

Registration Links

For those outside of the NY Conference:

Non-NY Conference Participant for Credit

https://arena.nyucc.org/default.aspx?portal=4&page=3352&occurrenceid=37&profileId=342

Non-NY Conference Participant for Audit

https://arena.nyucc.org/default.aspx?portal=4&page=3352&occurrenceid=36&profileId=343

 

For members of the NY Conference:

NY Conference Participant for Credit

https://arena.nyucc.org/default.aspx?portal=4&page=3352&occurrenceid=35&profileId=339

NY Conference Participant for Audit

https://arena.nyucc.org/default.aspx?portal=4&page=3352&occurrenceid=38&profileId=340

NY Conference Participant for Repeat Audit

https://arena.nyucc.org/default.aspx?portal=4&page=3352&occurrenceid=39&profileId=341

 

UCC Polity (American Church History is a pre-requisite for this course)

Rev. Steven Johnson, Ph.D., instructor

Wednesday evenings, 6:30-9 pm: April 5, 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Registration opens: February 15, 2017

Registration Deadline: March 24, 2017

 

This course, required for the Christian Leadership Program, surveys the historical and current documents that illuminate the breadth of theology that informs the United Church of Christ. It provides an overview of the history of the UCC since 1957 and examines the covenantal structure of the church, the responsibilities and accountability of authorized ministers, worship, and vocation in the UCC.

 

This course addresses these Marks of Faithful and Effective Authorized Ministers of the UCC

UCC Identity for Ministry

2. A passion for the oneness of the body of Christ as expressed through commitment to ecumenism, justice, and the full embrace of all persons in the radical hospitality of God.

 

4. An understanding of the concept of covenant and how it informs the nature, purpose, and polity of the United Church of Christ.

 

10. The ability to explain and work within the current polity of the UCC and its denominational structure, and to describe the covenantal relationships among the General Synod, national setting, conferences, associations, and local congregations of the UCC.

 

11. The ability to share key elements of the UCC’s statement of faith, constitution with its preamble, and bylaws regarding the governance, mission, and theologies of the UCC and their implications for the life of the church.

 

12. The ability to articulate the UCC’s commitment to being a united and uniting, multiracial and multicultural, open and affirming, accessible to all and just peace church.

 

Knowledge and Skills Specific to Authorized Ministry

6. The ability to articulate a theological understanding of authorized ministry, and to relate it to the practice of ministry.

 

12. The ability to appreciate, practice, and pass on traditions of faith while interpreting them in light of the context of a diverse and changing world. 

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