PATHWAYS is Now a 501(c)(3) Organization!

by Rochelle Lofstrand, Acting Executive Director

The PATHWAYS Theological Education Board is excited to announce that we have recently been awarded 501(c)(3) status! We are excited that we are now a non-profit organization dedicated to Progressive Christianity! Over the next two months, we will be rolling out some new courses, a new website, and new certificate programs starting in August 2019. Visit us at or email us at

Courses Starting in May 2019

L1.5 Spiritual Care of Self and Others (May 1-Jun 11)

This course is an opportunity for participants to explore their understanding of self as members of a Christian community and to develop skills to teach and support others about specific aspects of the Christian tradition that support self-care. ($295)

L2.4 New Testament Hermeneutics (May 1 – June 11)

In this course, participants will explore the New Testament using historical critical methods and other tools of Biblical interpretation. Participants will learn the interpretive tool of sanctified imagination and apply Biblical insight to 21st-century issues. ($295)

L2.6/L2.7 UCC History & Polity (May 1 – July 23)

The purpose of this course is to explore the history, polity, theologies, and practices of the United Church of Christ and its predecessor denominations. 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. ($595)

**New Course** ESC 11: The Opioid Crisis – A Christian Perspective (May 8 – June 4)

The Opioid Crisis has hit epic proportions across the United States.  Over 75,000 deaths per year are attributed to drug misuse. And the effects to the family is devastating. It is clear that secular society is unable to combat the crisis alone as the numbers have been steadily rising. It is time for the Christian and faith-based communities to actively engage. This course will look at the reasons for the crisis, evaluate what secular society is doing, and examine how churches can become active participants for the benefit of their congregations and communities. ($99, $129 with CEUs)