Union Theological Seminary Academics


Lifelong Learning at Union - Fall 2014

Ministry, Leadership and Power
Instructor: Cari Jackson
No Fee
Friday 9/12 from 1pm-5pm and Saturday 9/13 from 9am -5pm 

This course explores the ethical, social, and spiritual implications of power dynamics within congregational ministry. The course presents various sociological theories of power to examine how power is commonly practiced in Christian churches across gender, race and class, as shaped by theological understandings of the role of called/ordained ministers. Using case studies of power dynamics in various contexts, the course highlights common power tensions in churches and offers practical leadership strategies to foster progressive, collaborative ministry that effectively engages all ministers in both pulpits and pews. 

Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson is the founding director of Center of Spiritual Light, which supports individuals and organizations in re-envisioning and reinventing, by integrating love and power. As a scholar of social ethics and theology, she examines how the intersections of religion, economics, and politics influence how individuals and groups understand themselves and how they relate with others. An ordained United Church of Christ minister (UCC), Dr. Cari has served as pastor of congregations in three different Christian denominations. She holds a PhD in Christian Social Ethics, MDiv, JD, and BA in Psychology and Sociology. Register Now!>>

The 90 Second Sermon Workshop: Visual, Shareable Inspiration for Social Media
Instructors: Rich Hong and Kellie Anderson-Picallo
No Fee
Friday 10/31 from 1pm-5pm and Saturday 11/1 from 9am-5pm 

In an age of ‘Nones’ and ‘Spiritual but not Religious’, what’s a media-savvy pastor to do? This workshop will teach you how to create a compelling digital deliverable - and why you need to be able to preach in ninety seconds, how to build it and social media strategies to push it out. Connect your voice with your community, the unchurched and those who just couldn’t get there on Sunday. All participants will leave workshop with at least one of their own 90 Second Sermon digital deliverables.  Please plan to arrive with one big idea and one Scripture text.  

The Rev. Richard Hong is the pastor of First Presbyterian Church. Rich received the Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in NYC, and did his undergraduate work at Princeton University, receiving a bachelor's degree in chemistry. Rich serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Bergen County and sits on the Alumni Council of Union Theological Seminary. The Rev. Kellie Anderson-Picallo is Parish Associate at First Presbyterian Church. Kellie is a media professional who consults and produces projects with Odyssey Networks, Covenant Network and Auburn Media. She joined FPC after several years at Auburn Theological Seminary, where she was the Director of Auburn Media and coordinator of the Auburn Media Training program. A native of Miami, FL, a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in NYC, the University of Florida, and a lifelong Presbyterian, Kellie now lives in NYC with her husband and their two children. Register Now!>>

Save The Dates for these upcoming courses: More info coming soon!

A Survey of the Same Gender Loving/LGBT Community of NYC: Know Your People and Grow Your Ministry/Outreach 
Instructors: LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent
$25 Fee
Friday 11/14, 1pm-5pm and Saturday 11/15, 9am – 5pm

Fundraising and Non-profit Management – Part I
Instructors: Doug Wingo and Mieke Vandersall
$50 Fee
Friday 12/5 from 1pm-5pm and Saturday 12/6 from 9am – 5pm

The fall section of this class will explore basic fundraising strategies, the non-profit sector, the creation of a board of directors, IRS requirements, organizational structures, non-profit management, budgeting and organizational growth and development issues. We will do so through theological reflection, case studies and dream projects. Students will be encouraged to bring their ideas and passions for out-of-the-box ministry and together we will explore next steps.

Doug Wingo brings over 30 years of experience in raising money for a wide variety of organizations and an understanding of fundraising as a form advocacy, a tool for creating community and social and cultural change. His fundraising work grows out of his experience as a painter and a writer, with BA in Fine Art from the College of William and Mary and a Master in Theology Studies from the Harvard Divinity School. Mieke Vandersall is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA) with over 15 years of extensive experience in the progressive religious non-profit world, where she has worked as an executive director, fundraiser, community organizer, pastor, church planter and preacher. Mieke knows the particular exhilaration and stress of working for long-term structural change and of beginning and sustaining programs, and she brings this knowledge to coaching, training and cheerleading her clients. A graduate of Union Theological Seminary and The College of Wooster, at Wingo, Inc. she primarily serves religious nonprofits and congregations. Registration opening soon.

And don’t forget…

Got Sermon? Advent/Christmas Lectionary Study Series 
Thursdays: 10/30, 11/6, 13, 20, and 12/4, 8-9:30am - More information forthcoming.

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