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Twenty-Four Hour Learning Events


JUNE 7-8, 2018


COST: $75.00

(Includes Thursday dinner, Friday breakfast & lunch and all Institute Materials.  Please make your own lodging reservations)


For the first time, the New York Conference is offering a Pre-Annual Meeting Continuing Education Course for Lay People. The course will be held on June 7, 2018 beginning at 10 am. All participants who complete this course will receive one Learning Event credit from the New York School of Ministry (NYSOM).


Why Paul Matters:  The Creative Genius of the Apostle to the Gentiles – Presented by Rev. Dr. J. Mark Lawson

Because Paul’s letters have been canonized as Scripture, his words have traditionally been given authority equal to the teachings of Christ. On the other hand, since the mid-20th century, Paul has frequently been accused of distorting the original teaching of Christ and laying the groundwork for Christian anti-Semitism, sexism, racism, and homophobia. Contending that the Apostle has been misunderstood and misappropriated by both critics and admirers, Dr. Lawson will place Paul in his religious, cultural, and political context and help participants appreciate how his developing theology ensured that the “Way” begun by Jesus would grow into a world religion. 

(Lay participants are also invited to join the authorized ministers on Friday morning (June 8) for conversation with keynote speaker Rev. Emily Heath.)

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Previous Offerings

“It made me think and reflect and wrestle”

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Self-Care for Leaders                                                        

 IMG 3765Rev. Wayne Gustafson, who teaches our pastoral care and counseling courses, offer a program on Self-Care for Leaders.  The event provides 6 hours of continuing education for authorized ministers, but you don’t need to be a minister to come. All church leaders are welcome.
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Be the Church: Mission Planning for Vitality and Impact

This learning event equipped leaders around the fourth factor most conducive to a congregation’s vitality—the ability to lead and encourage ministries of evangelism, service, stewardship and social transformation. Using the statements in the popular UCC Resources “Be the Church” banner as a framework, participants were introduced to a process of discernment, planning, and assessment to help congregations live more fully into their mission and purpose in concrete, measurable ways.

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2017 NYSOM Spring Learning Event
"From Management to Leadership: How Leadership Styles Motivate and Empower Vital Ministry"Marsha Henderson 3.2
Rev. Dr. Marsha Williams March 17 - March 18, 2017 
“This was the most engaging time I’ve experienced in NYSOM – expand it!”
 “Greatly expanded my understanding of leadership”
 “Excellent topic – outstanding presenter – Marsha is fantastic!”

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2016 NYSOM Fall Learning Event
"Discerning the Body: What We Need to Know About Our Churches to Lead Them Effectively through Change"
 Rev. Dr. Mark Lawson November 18 - 19, 2016
“One of the most dynamic and engaging NYSOM programs I have attended.”
“This needs to be taught in all seminary field-ed programs.”
“Mark’s presentation was very enlightening! Valuable stuff.”
“I always think I’m too busy to take the time for these retreats…and am always thankful I did when it’s over…so necessary both personally and professionally."

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2016 NYSOM Spring Learning Event
"Seeing in the Dark: Framing and Testing a Vision in Community"
Rev. Beth DuBois April 15 - April 16, 2016
“Great fellowship — developed some friendships & embraced some new visions/ideas to take back to my church.”
“It was informative and inspiring.”
“A host of ideas from fields beyond theology/religion. New approach to me.”



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