PATHWAYS Announces Summer 2018 Courses

PATHWAYS Theological Education, Inc. is an online institute for accessible and affordable education. It provides Continuing Education for Authorized Ministers, Leadership Development for Local Churches, and an Alternative Path to authorization for MIDs and COMs.

PATHWAYS core curriculum includes more than thirty asynchronous, online courses offered on a scheduled basis. Other courses are developed to meet specific areas of interest.

PATHWAYS is available to work with your local church, COM, or area of ministry to create opportunities for on-going theological education. Course facilitators hold graduate degrees and experience in the fields in which they teach. Facilitators are also trained to lead courses in an online setting.

To register or to learn more about PATHWAYS, visit or email our registrar, the Rev. Valerie Coe Lowder at [email protected].

Upcoming Courses

L1.8 Pluralism and Religion in North America (May 9 to June 19, 2018)

In this course, the focus is pluralism of religious belief in America today. No longer are the “religions of the world” practiced in another part of the world. Instead, different religions are practiced in our communities and neighborhoods. Recognizing this shift, we’ll explore some major aspects of the pluralistic beliefs commonly encountered today.

Facilitator: Julius Jessup-Peterson, M. Div., LCSW has experience working with individuals who hold a variety of both traditional and non-traditional beliefs. Presently, he works as a psychotherapist with Roots Seeds & Branches LLC; previously, he was with Care and Counseling of GA.

UCC History, Polity, and Theology (May 30 to Aug. 14, 2018)

The purpose of this course is to explore the history, polity, theologies, and practices of the United Church of Christ and its predecessor denominations. The course will include an exploration of denominational identity, hidden histories within the denomination, case studies around current issues of polity and structure, current ecumenical conversations, emerging trends within the United Church of Christ, and more. Successful completion of this course will fulfill the history and polity requirement for authorized ministry in the United Church of Christ in many associations and conferences.

Facilitator: The Rev. Anita L. Bradshaw, Ph.D. is a consultant, theologian, pastor, trainer, and teacher working with congregations, judicatories, denominations, and non-profits. She is currently Designated Term Associate Conference Minister with the Minnesota Conference, UCC.

L1.10 Leadership within Communities (July 4 to Aug. 14, 2018)

Local communities experience empowerment and vitality through a shared vision. This course utilizes the principles of Community Organizing to instruct and empower leaders to mobilize the resources for outreach, healing and justice in their local communities. Learners will gain tools in part by using Systems thinking. They will increase their skills in order to help community members utilize their particular gifts to respond with mercy in challenging situations. Facilitator: TBA