New York School of Ministry
                 Fall Update
October 2015 
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Contact Us
NY Conference UCC
5575 Thompson Road
DeWitt, NY 13214
For NYSOM information
315-446-3073 x16
Rev. Marjorie Purnine
For help registering
315-446-3073 x15
Patti Rodrigues

Important Dates
Word & Sacrament Fall Practicum Session 
The Fall Practical Issues in Ministry PracticumSession will be Saturday, Oct 3, from 10-3 at the Amistad Center in DeWitt 
Church History
Webconferenced course: Saturdays: September 12, October 3, November 7 & 21, December 5 (9am-1pm) 
Old Testament I
Web-conferenced course:
Sundays: Sept 27,
Oct 4, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8 & 15 (6:30-8:30pm)
Wednesdays: Sept 30,
Oct 7, 21 & 28, Nov 4 & 11 (7-8pm)
NYSOM Information Night
October 13: 7-8pm.
Email mpurnine@uccny.org if you'd like to join the session.
Fall Retreat:  A Sacred Conversation on Race
November 13-14 (dinner through dinner) at Christ the King Retreat Center, Syracuse
Registration deadline is Oct 29. To register, click here.
Word & Sacrament Winter Practicum Session 
The Winter Practical Issues in Ministry Practicum Session will be webconferenced on  Saturday, Jan 23, from 10-3.

From the Dean's Desk

I am really excited to be able to offer this fall's learning event. This year, in the Conference, sacred conversations on race have been happening: at the Conference Board meeting in April and at the Annual Meeting in June. I've heard from a variety of folks that they want to be having these conversations in their own congregations, but they aren't sure how to begin.  Dominique Chantell Atchison and Tim Meyer have been planning a learning event for us, which will allow us to participate in sacred conversation and receive training on how to lead such conversations in our churches --  small or large, multi-racial or not, urban or rural or suburban. As Dominique has reminded me, "everybody has a race," and there's much to talk about.
I do hope that you'll spread the word about this important learning event and think about joining us.
With blessings,

Fall Learning Event: "A Sacred Conversation on Race"

Join us at Christ the King Retreat Center in Syracuse on November 13-14 (Friday dinner through Saturday dinner) for a Sacred Conversation on Race.
Rev. Dominique Chantell Atchison and Rev. Tim Meyer will lead us in
exploring the notions of race, racism and racial justice on a personal, interpersonal, cultural and institutional level. 
Sessions: Introductions/Telling Our Stories
 Racialized Images in Scripture and Society
 Movie and Discussion: "White People"
 How to Lead Your Own Sacred Conversation on Race
Everyone is welcome. These are important conversations to be having in our congregations, whatever their size or racial makeup. Come. Bring a team from your church. Be in conversation. Go home with the resources and the skills to begin such conversations in your congregation.
Event Cost: Overnight: $115; Commuters: $55
This program fulfills 7 hours towards Associations' continuing education requirements for authorized ministers.
Click here, for more information and to register.
Click here, for a pdf flyer to share.
NYSOM Information Nights

Does one of our courses look interesting?  Are you wondering about whether a certificate program is for you?  Are you unclear as to just what webconferencing is or uncertain about whether your computer can do it?  Join Marjorie on Tuesday, October 13, between 7-8pm, from your home computer for a webconferenced information session.  She'll walk you through connecting to webex, if you need help, and answer questions about educational offerings.  If you're interested, contact Marjorie at mpurnine@uccny.org.  She'll send you an invitation to the session.

Helpful Documents at a Click

The Marks for Faithful and Effective Authorized Ministers are useful for those preparing for authorized ministry (MIDs) and for licensed, commissioned, and ordained folks who need a tool to do self-assessment. Click here for the Marks in list form. Click here for the Marks in grid form. 


If you're a pastor, noticing a member of your congregation with gifts for ministry, if you're just beginning to discern a call to authorized ministry, or if you're just wondering about our programs, click here to see The New York School of Ministry 2014 Certificate Program Information(we don't have a 2015 update out just yet). Click here for an application for the Christian Studies or the Christian Leadership Programs. For students enrolled in a certificate program and pastors who might be interested in supervising a student, click here for Supervised Ministry Information.


If you want to understand the authorization process, click here for Section 2 of the Manual on Ministry