In 2017 the Thirty-First General Synod of the United Church of Christ passed a Resolution that

“calls upon all the judicatory and educational settings of the denomination to include the study of cultural diversity/sensitivity and institutional racism in clergy preparation and continuing education, and as a requirement for maintaining standing for all persons engaged in authorized ministry within and on behalf of the United Church of Christ.”  (GS-31 Resolution #10)

In support and compliance with this General Synod Resolution, the New York Conference has developed a Culturally Responsive Ministry Training (CRMT) program for all authorized ministers.  The entire diversity curriculum will consist of 3 distinct cultural training modules, with a different module offered every two years.  The first module, “Culture & Race” will be offered beginning in April 2022.  Subsequent modules, “Culture & Sexuality/Gender” and “Culture & Disabilities” will be offered in 2024 and 2026 and all will continue a rotating basis thereafter.   Each Association Committee on Ministry in the New York Conference has now adopted this training program as a mandatory** requirement for all authorized ministers.

Each 6-hour CRMT session will be conducted online via Zoom and registration will be $55 per authorized minister.  A variety of training dates and times will be available and registration for upcoming 2022 sessions will begin in April.  Watch the weekly Happenings and the conference website for upcoming registration links and information.  Should you have questions about this new training requirement, please contact your association Committee on Ministry. 

**(Metro Assoc clergy:  Module 1 will fulfill your Anti-Racism training requirement)**