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UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES ON CAMPUS ~ Click on the Event titles to learn more:

Preaching the Old Testament: Engaging the Whole Canon for a Changing Church February 17-19, 2020 - Richmond campus. This is an excellent opportunity to get a jump start on sermon preparation for Lent. Come join a community of learners led by faculty members, Dr. Samuel Adams and Dr. Richard Voelz. Together, the group will explore the challenges and opportunities of preaching the Old Testament for a changing church. And as the Lenten season will soon follow this workshop, a dive into the Revised Common Lectionary’s Old Testament texts will occur for this day and time in the church’s life.

Pastoral Care & Mental Healthcare Workshop March 3-4, 2020 - Richmond Campus. This workshop is designed to be extremely practical, and participants will leave with resources and responses related to pastoral care and mental healthcare and illness. Case studies and resources will be shared as well, including time for questions and answers with Dr. Schweitzer, who has tremendous experience and knowledge in the field.

Playology Workshop March 14, 2020 - Richmond campus. Playology is chock-full of interactive training and practical resources to integrate recreation and play into your ministry context. Participiants choose two workshop choices, led by experienced leaders and practitioners from the annual Arts, Recreation, and Worship Conference (ARW). Click here to download the event flyer. REGISTER for PLAYOLOGY

Dawe Lecture March 16, 2020 - Richmond campus. Save the date for the 2020 Dawe Lecture, when Dr. Roger Gench will present his lecture titled, Cruciform Mindfulness. The lecture, free and open to the public, will take place in Watts Chapel, with reception to follow.

UPCOMING ONLINE COURSES: Our Pathways online series is led by faculty of Union Presbyterian Seminary.
Full Schedule for remaining 2019-2020 online courses: Two upcoming courses begin in January: The Christian Life - Pathways online course led by Dr. Cindy Kissel-Ito, Associate Professor of Christian Education Tuesdays, January 7 - February 4, 2020 (5 Online Class Meetings).

Pastoral Care - Pathways online course led by Dr. Carol Schweitzer, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care Emerita, Thursdays, January 9 - February 6, 2020 (5 Online Class Meetings).
REGISTER for Pathways Online Courses. Pathways Online Courses are open to all and are designedto enhance the knowledge and discipleship of church and community members and help with the education of those desiring to become Commissioned Ruling Elders in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

UPCOMING CHRISTIAN EDUCATOR CERTIFICATION HYBRID COURSES: As part of PC(USA) requirements to become a Certified Christian Educator Full schedule for remaining 2019-2020 hybrid courses Hybrid courses blend both online and face-to-face learning opportunities Three courses are offered annually, with one upcoming in February: Biblical Interpretation - Hybrid course led by Dr. Carson Brisson, Associate Professor of Bible & Biblical Languages February 24 - March 26, 2020 (with on campus portion March 24 - 26)

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. For more information about these and other programs of the Leadership Institute, please visit our