New York Conference UCC

UCC (Post 1957) History & Polity – Non-NY Conference Participant for Credit

This is the registration for non-New York Conference participants, who wish to take this course for credit.

If you have any trouble registering, contact Leigh McCaffrey at




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


Registration Deadline: March 24, 2017




This 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.




Distance 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


2. 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.




4. 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


6. The ability to articulate a theological understanding of authorized ministry, and to relate it to the practice of ministry.



12. 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.






4/5/2017 12:00 AM - 7/14/2017 11:59 PM
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Leigh McCaffrey
(407) 271-3452