This registration is for those who have completed American Church History from the New York Conference and who wish to take the course for credit.
If you have any trouble registering, contact Leigh McCaffrey
UCC (Post 1957) History & Polity (American Church
History is a pre-requisite for this course)
Rev. Steven Johnson, Ph.D., instructor
Wednesday evenings, 6:30-9 pm: April 5,
19, 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Deadline: March 24, 2017
course, required for the Christian Leadership Program, surveys the historical
and current documents that illuminate the breadth of theology that informs the
United Church of Christ. It provides an overview of the history of the UCC
since 1957 and examines the covenantal structure of the church, the
responsibilities and accountability of authorized ministers, worship, and
vocation in the UCC.
NY Conference Participants:
$250; Audit: $175; Repeat Course Audit: $100
Non-New York Conference
Participants: $275; Audit: $200 (plus the Distance Learning Support fee). Distance
Learning Support fee: $69 per 20-hour course or $133 per semester.
Learning requires technological support. For webconferenced courses,
participants outside the New York Conference are welcome. The NY Conference provides
that support for its participants through OCWM; we ask other UCC Conferences
and participating denominations to provide that support for their participants
(if such church support is unavailable, the distance learning support fee is
the responsibility of the participant).
Note: In NYSOM’s Christian
Leadership Program, the essential elements of a UCC History, Theology, and
Polity class (as defined by the Polity Teachers Network) are spread across
various courses: American Church History, UCC Polity, Intro to Christian
Theology, and Liturgy & Worship. American Church History is the
pre-requisite for our UCC Polity course. There is no pre-requisite for American
Church History (and, for those not in a certificate program, no expectation
that UCC Polity will be taken). We advise those who need only a UCC
History, Theology, and Polity course for authorization to take Rev. David
Gaewski’s UCC History, Theology, and Polity (offered Saturdays in January and
June, via webconferencing) or an equivalent, free-standing course. Those who
would like to be placed on Rev. Gaewski’s waiting list should contact him at
This course addresses these Marks of Faithful and
Effective Authorized Ministers of the UCC
UCC Identity for Ministry
A passion for the oneness of the body of Christ as expressed through commitment
to ecumenism, justice, and the full embrace of all persons in the radical
hospitality of God.
An understanding of the concept of covenant and how it informs the nature,
purpose, and polity of the United Church of Christ.
10. The ability to explain and work within the
current polity of the UCC and its denominational structure, and to describe the
covenantal relationships among the General Synod, national setting, conferences,
associations, and local congregations of the UCC.
11. The ability to share key elements of the UCC’s
statement of faith, constitution with its preamble, and bylaws regarding the
governance, mission, and theologies of the UCC and their implications for the
life of the church.
12. The ability to articulate the UCC’s commitment
to being a united and uniting, multiracial and multicultural, open and
affirming, accessible to all and just peace church.
Knowledge and Skills Specific to Authorized Ministry
The ability to articulate a theological understanding of authorized ministry,
and to relate it to the practice of ministry.
The ability to appreciate, practice, and pass on traditions of faith while
interpreting them in light of the context of a diverse and changing world.