-As part of our comprehensive curriculum, PATHWAYS currently offers a selection of courses in four Certificate areas: Foundational Theology, Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, and Preaching. Our certificates consist of courses that will help you develop ministerial career competency in a specific subject. An additional certificate area, Environmental Justice is offered for ministry and advocacy at all levels. See our Calendar page for course offering dates.
CERTIFICATE OF FOUNDATIONAL THEOLOGY
Required for the certificate are three courses:
- Making Sense of Theology
- Understanding the Bible as a Progressive Christian
- The Living Heart of Progressive Christian Theology
Participants elect to take five other courses which may include:
- The Variety of Beliefs within Christianity Today
- Spiritual Care of Self and Others
- The Art of Worship
- Pluralism and Religion in North America
- Ethics and the Life of Meaning
- Faith Formation and Spiritual Practices for Children, Youth, and Adults
- The Stories of Christian Saints and Sinners
BIBLICAL STUDIES CERTIFICATE
- Old Testament Hermeneutics
- New Testament Hermeneutics
- Approved Elective Course with Bible Study Project
THEOLOGICAL STUDIES CERTIFICATE
- Ecological Theology
- Contextual Theology
- Practicing Our Faith in the Public Square
- Theology of Gender and Sexuality
- Approved Contemporary Theological Perspectives Project
- The Art of Worship
- The Art of Preaching
- Contemporary Homiletics
- Special Occasion Worship and Preaching
- Approved Elective Course with Sermon Writing
SUPERVISED MINISTRY CERTIFICATE
- Introduction to Supervised Ministry
- Supervised Ministry I: Entering a New Place of Ministry
- Supervised Ministry II: Leadership in the Midst of Change
- Supervised Ministry III: The Practice of Worship Leadership
- Supervised Ministry IV: Faith Formation in the parish
- Supervised Ministry V: The Transformative Context of Pastoral Care
- Supervised Ministry VI: Leaving a Place of Ministry
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE PROGRAM
Christians are called to care for “creation," which in the secular world and in most other faith traditions is termed the environment. Environmentalism is a movement that transcends religion, race, and national boundaries because, as the saying goes, “There is no Planet B.” If we are going to survive as a species collectively human beings must find ways to work together to stop the degradation of and to begin to heal the environment everywhere in our neighborhoods, our provinces, our countries and the world.
The United Church of Christ (UCC) has been at the forefront of this work since 1975, when a resolution titled “A Perspective on Christian Life Style & Ecology” passed at General Synod 10. This resolution mandated a study of the impact congregations and church members had on their local environment; the report was presented and accepted at General Synod 11 in 1977. This awareness within the denomination led to a natural partnership of congregations, national UCC staff including the Rev. Benjamin Chavis, and the NAACP when residents of the majority Black-county sought relief from the impending designation of a landfill site in the county as a dumping site for toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The term “Environmental Justice” was first used in reference to this activism in Warren County, North Carolina, which began in the late 1970s and continued up to and past the day the first load of toxic waste arrived in 1982. A “lie-in” over the first six days the dump was in operation resulted in 523 arrests. The protests brought national attention to what became known as “environmental racism.”
Level 1 Certificate, 6 Courses:
The Level 1 Certificate is designed to provide those who complete it with basic knowledge and understanding of “the big picture” we face. Using theology, biblical literature, and church history as the anchors, Level 1 courses will explore the language of environmentalism both within and outside the Christian tradition; the stories of the Christian faith that speak to the importance of creation; and the ways that the Church has been harmful and helpful in caring for creation throughout history. Level 1 will introduce the story of inequalities across race, ethnicity, and nations in the ways that the environment is treated as well as ways communities of faith can and have responded to environmental injustices.
- Environmental Literacy in God’s Creation
- Eco-Theology: Centering Creation in God’s Love
- Biomes and Landforms in Scripture
- Going Green
- TERRA NULLIUS:The Doctrine of Discovery and the Subjugation of Creation
- NOSTRA TERRA:The Church’s Role in Restoration and Reclamation of Creation
Level 2 Certificate (Applied): Courses in development
Level 3 Certificate (Synthesizing): Courses in development
CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CEUs)
Continuing education is vital for any professional today. To help clergy and chaplains stay current in their areas of practice, PATHWAYS Theological Education offers continuing education courses that are online in an asynchronous format. The PATHWAYS format enables course participants to access the classes based on their own schedule at an affordable price.
- Explorer Courses can be taken for CEUs at an additional cost and an additional paper of 400 – 500 words.
- Foundational courses (Level 1) can be taken for CEUs at an additional cost and an additional paper of 500 – 750 words (for 2 CEUs) or 1200 – 1300 words (4 CEUs).
- Applied courses (Level 2) can be taken for CEUs at an additional cost and a reflection of 1000 – 1250 words ( 4 CEUs).
- Synthesizing courses (Level 3) can be taken for CEUs at an additional cost and a reflection of 1250 – 1500 words ( 4 CEUs).