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Marilyn Johns, D. Min.
Director of Program Development
The Leadership Institute
Union Presbyterian Seminary
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Union Named Seminary that Changes the World
The recognition by The Center for Faith and Service reflects the ongoing work the school is doing to prepare future faith leaders.

Sweet potatoes, BBQ Church, Convocation kick off fall term
We welcomed new and returning students to the Richmond campus for the fall term with a Service Day on a farm to benefit low-income Richmond communities.

Start with Good News: Rediscovering the Why of Evangelism
This three-day conference hosted by the seminary will help re-educate ourselves on how to talk about the gospel and why it matters in the world, a fitting topic in our changing church.

Faculty Speaking Engagements & Events
Keep up to date with our faculty appearances in your area!

Sing a New Song
It has been almost three years since "Glory to God" was published. How has your congregation incorporated the new hymnal and new hymns?

Union in the News & Blogosphere

Union Presbyterian Seminary student finds her fit at Charlotte extension
Presbyterian Mission Agency

President Blount on what it means to be Christian in the 21st century NextChurch
NextChurch

Tumult: Looking to God in times of injustice
The Presbyterian Outlook

New pastor, alumna at North Suffolk church
Suffolk News-Herald

Alumna named church consultant in Charlotte, NC
Presbyterian Outlook

PSCE graduate chronicles mission trip to Sierra Leone
Moravian Church in North America

Alumna seeks recommendations on children’s books for faith formation
The Mustard Seed Journal


Open for business
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PATHWAYS REGISTRATION FOR 2018/19 IS NOW OPEN!

The Leadership Institute at Union Presbyterian Seminary is excited to announce that registration for classes in our online Pathways to Learning and Leadership program is now available.
Who are these classes for? Everyone!

  • Church members who want to learn in more depth about the Bible and increase their ability to teach and even preach
  • Those who are called to ministry as a Commissioned Ruling Elder and need the educational component
  • Church professionals who want to brush up or enhance the education you have already received, and learn some new things
  • Others who want to enjoy stimulating, excellent instruction from seminary professors and church professionals and interact with others who want the same thing

And the best part is, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home! Classes are taught online, either on Tuesday or Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m. Eastern Time for five weeks per class. In addition, there are reading and homework assignments to be done on your own schedule for each of the classes. The cost of the classes is only $100 per five-week session. Take as many of the classes as you like – there are no prerequisites, and you only have to purchase one book per class. While these classes don’t earn college or seminary credit, you do receive a certificate for participating, and of course all of that learning! Go to our website, www.upsem.edu/pathways and check out the classes and the schedule. A link to register for classes is also on that site. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to send me an email or give me a call. Hope to see you online!
Marilyn Johns, D.Min., Director of Program Development,
800-229-2990 X 383,
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2018 Fall – Online Opportunities & Course Offerings. Click the event titles for more info or to register.

Pathways to Learning and LeadershipCourses – All online. Dates: September 6 - November 20, 2018 (check schedule below for specific course dates). Location: Wherever you and your computer go (internet connection required). Led by: Various faculty members and friends of Union Presbyterian Seminary. Cost: $ 100 for each five-week course. Note: These courses offer an excellent, affordable way to learn from and engage with theological and biblical scholars from the comfort of home (or wherever your computer may be), while interacting with fellow participants as well. All courses are online and are tailor-made for church members, pastors, educators, those preparing to become Commissioned Pastors, and anyone else who is interested in learning more. Here's the fall line-up:

  • September 6 - October 4: Worship and Sacraments – led by Dr. Rebecca Davis, Associate Professor of Christian Education (Thursdays)
  • September 11 - October 9: Biblical Interpretation - led by Dr. Carson Brisson, Associate Professor of Bible and Biblical Languages (Tuesdays)
  • October 18 - November 15: Polity and Administration - led by Rev. Carson Rhyne, General Presbyter/Stated Clerk, Presbytery of the James (Thursdays)
  • October 23 - November 20: Reformed Theology/Church History - led by Dr. Paul Galbreath, Professor of Theology (Tuesdays)
  • NEW, Self-directed study now available: New Testament Survey - led by Dr. John Carroll, Professor of New Testament (all web-based and paced by you)

UNION PRESBYTERIAN SEMINARY’S LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE. Here's an overview of Upcoming Continuing Education Events offered through the Leadership Institute of Union Presbyterian Seminary throughout this fall. We hope you can join us for one or more of these exciting opportunities, whether on campus or online. The Leadership Institute is committed to equipping and inspiring church and ministry leaders. Our desire is to foster the continuing, ongoing process of leadership development for pastors, educators, and lay leaders alike. We invite you to explore how we may partner together to strengthen our witness and service to the church in the world. We believe, here, you will find community and challenge in an active and engaging learning environment.

COME TO CAMPUS. Click the campus event titles for more info or to register.

Church Business Administration Seminars (Charlotte): Dates: Thursdays, September 13, 2018 - May 23, 2019 (check schedule for specific course dates.; Location: Union Presbyterian Seminary -- Charlotte campus. Led by: a variety of seasoned professionals & experienced practitioners in church business administration.Cost: Dependent upon number of seminars selected. Note: Open to anyone and will meet the core course requirements for certification through The Church Network (TCN). Individuals can register for one, some, or all seminars offered per semester or year.

The Carl Howie Center Event (Richmond): “It’s Showtime! Art, Organizing, and Building Community One Musical at a Time:” The Carl Howie Center for Science, Art, and Theology sponsors presentations through which church leaders and community members recognize and engage the insights and implications of the interplay of science, art, and theology for theological expression and the practice of ministry. Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018. Schedule Overview: Complimentary Lunch, Afternoon Seminar & Conversation, Evening Workshop. Location: Union Presbyterian Seminary -- Richmond campus. Led by: Burns Stanfield, Pastor, Fourth Presbyterian, South Boston, VA. Cost: FREE, and open to the public, including a complimentary lunch (registration required for lunch only)

Visions of Strategic Planning - Navigating the Way from Mission to Impact (Charlotte): Dates: October 23 - 24, 2018. Location: Union Presbyterian Seminary -- Charlotte campus. Led by: Dr. Ken McFayden, Academic Dean of the Richmond campus and Professor of Ministry and Leadership Development. Cost: $195, includes lunch on both days (if register by September 17, cost is $150). Note: This workshop is open to anyone and does qualify for 1.3 CEUs for those seeking certification as a church administrator through The Church Network (TCN).

Interim/Transitional Ministry Education (Richmond): Dates: November 12 - 16, 2018. Location: Union Presbyterian Seminary -- Richmond campus. Led by: a team of knowledgeable professionals in transitional leadership practices and theory. Cost: $395, includes lunch on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Note: This class is limited to 30 registrants and typically reaches capacity, so register early!

ONLINE COURSES: Click the course titles for more info or to register.

Christian Educator Certification Course -- Hybrid course style. Course: Religious Education Theory and Practice. Dates: September 4 - October 3, 2018 (at home and online), with October 1 - 3, 2018, scheduled for on campus learning in Richmond. Location: On campus portion at Union Presbyterian Seminary -- Richmond campus. Led by: Dr. Cindy Kissel-Ito, Associate Professor of Christian Education and Director of the Master of Arts in Christian Education Program at Union Presbyterian Seminary. Cost: $295, for both at home and on-campus learning. Note: This hybrid course meets the requirements for Christian Educator certification in the PC(USA), but is open to anyone who would like to learn more. Additional courses will be held in early 2019.

Online Courses: Pathways to Learning and Leadership. Dates: September 6 - November 20, 2018 (check schedule below for specific course dates). Location: Wherever you and your computer go (internet connection required). Led by: Various faculty members and friends of Union Presbyterian Seminary. Cost: $ 100 for each five-week course. Note: These courses offer an excellent, affordable way to learn from and engage with theological and biblical scholars from the comfort of home (or wherever your computer may be), while interacting with fellow participants as well.

All courses are online and are tailor-made for church members, pastors, educators, those preparing to become Commissioned Ruling Elders/Commissioned Pastors, and anyone else who is interested in learning more. Here's the fall line-up:

·        September 6 - October 4: Worship and Sacraments – led by Dr. Rebecca Davis, Associate Professor of Christian Education (Thursdays)

·        September 11 - October 9: Biblical Interpretation – led by Dr. Carson Brisson, Associate Professor of Bible and Biblical Languages (Tuesdays)

·        October 18 - November 15: Polity and Administration – led by Rev. Carson Rhyne, General Presbyter/Stated Clerk, Presbytery of the James (Thursdays)

·        October 23 - November 20: Reformed Theology/Church History – led by Dr. Paul Galbreath, Professor of Theology (Tuesdays)

NEW, Self-directed study now available: New Testament Survey – led by Dr. John Carroll, Professor of New Testament (all web-based and paced by you).

For more info about these and other programs of the Leadership Institute, visit our website www.upsem.edu/leadership-institute. If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact the Leadership Institute or phone 804-278-4383 or 800-229-2990 X 383.