New York School of Ministry
                 Summer Update
July 2016           
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Contact Us
NY Conference UCC
5575 Thompson Road
DeWitt, NY 13214
For program information:
Rev. Marjorie Purnine
Dean of NYSOM
315-446-3073 x16
For help registering
Patti Rodrigues
315-446-3073 x15

Important Dates
NYSOM Information Nights
August 9 and 24: 7-8pm.
Email mpurnine@uccny.org if you'd like to join a session.
Introduction to Christian Theology
Webconferenced course:
Wednesdays: September 7, 14,  21, 28; October 5, 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16; 7-9pm.   Registrations deadline is August 24. 
Family Systems and Pastoral Leadership
Webconferenced course: Saturdays: September 10; October 1, 29; 9:30-4:45 (with 1/2 hr. lunch break). Registration deadline is August  26.
Word & Sacrament Practicum Session 
The Winter Practical Issues in Ministry Practicum Session will be webconferenced on Sat,  Nov 5, from 10am-3pm.
Liturgy and Worship
Webconferenced course: Saturdays: November 12; December 10; January 7, 28; 9:00-2:30 (with 1/2 hr. lunch break). Registration deadline is October 28. 
Fall Learning Event 2016:  November 18-19,  at Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua. Registration opens in September.

From the Dean's Desk

I hope that you are finding time this summer to enjoy the beauty of creation, to explore a good book, and to play. Please take a moment to check out our offerings for the fall.
With blessings,

Fall Course Offerings

We've got a new database, which means that, if you've registered for courses before, things will look a little different this time. When you click here to register for the courses below, it will take you to the NYSOM Courses page at uccny.org, where you will select one of the registration options (NY Conference participant or Non-NY Conference participant; and credit or audit) for each course you wish to join.


Introduction to Christian Theology
This course introduces participants to the primary topics of Christian Theology: Christology, the Doctrine of the Trinity, and the Purpose of the Church.
Instructor: Rev. Steven D. Johnson, Ph.D.
Dates: September 7, 14, 21, 28; October 5, 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16; Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm
Registration Deadline: August 24
Family Systems and Pastoral Leadership
This course focuses on how Family Systems Theory helps pastors be as healthy as they can be in ministry and how they can use their personal process of "differentiation" to maximize their leadership capacities/
Instructor: Rev. Wayne Gustafson, D.Min.
Dates: September 10; October 1, 29;
Saturdays from 9:30am - 4:45pm (with 1/2 hour lunch break)
Registration Deadline: August 26
Liturgy and Worship
This course surveys the history of Christian liturgy, examines the theology of worship and the sacraments, and offers practical instruction to enable participants to make informed choices when planning liturgies. One quarter of the course is devoted to preaching.
Instructor: Rev. Marjorie Purnine, Ph. D.
Dates: November 12; December 10; January 7 & 28;    Saturdays: 9am-2:30pm    (with 1/2 hour lunch break)
Registration Deadline: October 28

Cost per 20-hour course: 
NY Conference Participants: For Credit $250;  Audit $175; Repeat Course Audit $100
Non-New York Conference Participants: For Credit $275; Audit $200 (plus the Distance Learning Support fee of  $69 per 20-hour course or $133 per semester).
For more information or to register, go to www.uccny.org/nysom-courses
Fall Learning Event in Canandaigua: November 18-19
Rev. J. Mark Lawson, Ph.D., will lead "Discerning the Body: What We Need to Know about our Churches to Lead Them Effectively through Change," at Notre Dame Retreat House, on Friday, Nov 18, through Saturday, Nov 19. This program fulfills 6 hours toward the continuing education requirement for authorized ministers. Click here for a pdf to share. Registration will open in September. Save the dates!
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, August 9 or on Wednesday, August 24, between 7-8pm, from your home computer for a webconferenced information session.  She'll walk you through connecting to our new platform, Zoom, 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 2016 Certificate Program Information. Click here for an application for the Christian Studies or the Christian Leadership Programs. For participants enrolled in a certificate program and pastors who might be interested in supervising, click here for Supervised Ministry Information.


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