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New York School of Ministry
Schedule of Courses 2015

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, bookkeeper@uccny.org 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. 

SPRING 2016

20-Hour Courses

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS OPEN (scroll down) 

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 (if such church support is unavailable, the distance learning support fee is the responsibiliy of the student).

 

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)

Registration Deadline: January 22, 2016

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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)

Registration Deadline:  April 8, 2016

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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)

Registration Deadline:  January 8, 2016

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

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FALL 2015

FROM RESURRECTION TO REFORMATION: THE HISTORY OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH (1-1650)

This course will present an introduction to Church History from the time of first responses to the resurrection of Jesus through the impact of the great reforms of Luther and Calvin.  It will focus on important institutions and ideas and the people who shaped them.  It will explore the continuing relevance of the history of the church for the way people think about the church and conduct themselves as the Body of Christ.

Instructor: Rev. Steven Johnson, Ph.D.

Saturdays: September 12, October 3, November 7 & 21, December 5 (9am-1pm)

OLD TESTAMENT I

During this course we will: 1) study critically many of the documents of the Old Testament (e.g., Genesis through Esther) paying particular attention to their historical context; 2) examine the relevance of the Old Testament for the Christian church; and 3) discuss the role/use of the Old Testment in (our) faith development.

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

Sundays: September 27, October 4, 18 & 25, November 1, 8 & 15 (6:30-8:30pm)

Wednesdays: September 30, October 7 & 21, November 4, 11 & 18 (7-8pm)

Spring 2015

New Testament II

We will seek to gain an understanding of the epistolary material of the New Testament by answering the following questions: What factors led to the creation of our Christian New Testament?  What do the New Testament epistles teach us about the development of early Christianity?  How do these epistles function as "scripture" in our own time?

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

Saturdays: January 24 & 31, February 21 & 28 (9:00am-2:30pm with 1/2 hour lunch break)

Foundations and Practice of Pastoral Counseling

This 20 contact hour course addresses the basics of counseling in a variety of situations where there is a pastoral element in the professional relationship: from the parish setting, where counseling may happen even in the chance encounter over refreshments after worship, to the professional counselors office, where it may be the structured and focused deep healing of pastoral psychotherapy.  Utilizing theoretical and practical perspectives, the course encourages participants to develop a clearly articulated picture of the strengths and limitations of one's pastoral and professional role, skills, and setting.

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

Saturdays: March 28, April 18, May 16 (9:30-4:45 with 1/2 hour lunch break)

 

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