Classes & Workshops

Classes Without Quizzes

Classes without Quizzes offers seminarians, clergy, and laity the opportunity to explore vital topics that provide relevant and practical information to assist them in their ministries. Workshops will take place on Friday mornings from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., and refreshments will be provided.

Cost:  $20 per workshop, $50 for any 3 seminars, or $100 for all six seminars. Drew seminarians may attend at not cost, but prior registration is required.
Continuing Education Units:  One CEU is available for the completion of all three Fridays (additional cost of $35); two CEUs are available for completing all six (additional cost of $70).
Location: Seminary Hall, Room 210

Schedule of Presentations for Fall 2014 – Spring 2015:

September 26, 2014
“Cultural Competence and Sensitivity: A Lifelong Learning Engagement”
– Dr. Elias Ortega-Aponte, Assistant Professor of Afro-Latina/o Religions and Cultural Studies
Description of September 26, 2014 Seminar

October 24, 2014
“Dealing with Parishioners (& their Families) Struggling with Mental Illness, Addictions, or Both”
Rev. Dr. Charles McNeil, Retired UM Clergy, Psychotherapist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Adjunct Professor, Drew Theological School
Description of October 24, 2014 Seminar

November 21, 2014
“Beyond Bulletins and Powerpoints: Art and Worship in a Visual Culture”
– Eric Valosin, M.F.A., Multimedia Artist: Coordinator of Fine Art Initiatives, Gravity, Inc.; Fine Arts Instructor, The Collective Art Tank, Asbury Park, NJ
Description of November 21, 2014 Seminar

February 27, 2015
“A Coach Approach to Ministry”
- Dr. Anne Yardley, Certified Life Coac, Retired Associate Academic Dean, Drew Theological School
Sarah Diamant, Administrative Librarian for Special Collections at Jewish Theological Seminary in NYC

Description of February 27, 2015 Seminar

March 20, 2015
“Choosing Happiness: Practicing Positive Psychology in the Church”
– Rev. Dr. Charles McNeil, Retired UM Clergy, Psychotheraphist, Licensed Marriage and FAmily Therapist, and Adjunct Professor

Description for March 20, 2014 Seminar

April 24, 2015
“Intentional Intergenerational Ministry”
– Sherri Shumate, Adjunct Instructor of Christian Education
Description of April 25, 2014 Seminar


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Seminary Saturdays

The Seminary Saturdays program at Drew offers churches and individuals the opportunity to gain perspectives beyond the local church. Each Saturday morning session will offer one workshop on a spiritual topic and one on a theological topic. The seminars run from 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon with a continental breakfast from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Cost:  $30 per seminar, $75 for any three workshops, or $150 for all six. Drew seminarians may attend at no cost, but prior registration is required.
Continuing Education Units: One CEU is available for the completion of any three Saturdays (additional cost of $35). Two CEUs are available for completion of all six Saturdays (additional cost $70).
Location: Seminary Hall, Rooms 101 & 109

Questions?: Contact Amy Jones at or 973-408-3084.

Schedule of Presentations for Fall 2014 – Spring 2015 :
(choose one per date)

October 4, 2014 Theological: “Bullet and the Bible”
Dr. Kenneth Ngwa, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible
Spirituality: “Health, Healing & Wholeness: Spirit Included”
Sherri Shumate, Adjunct Instructor of Christian Education 
Program Descriptions
November 8,
Theological: “James and Justice: An Epistle of Straw, an Intercepted Letter, or a Call to Action”
Rev. Dr. K. Jason Coker, Pastor, Wilton Baptist Church, Wilton, CT
Spirituality: “Age of Empathy”
Shelley Dennis, Ph.D. Candidate
Program Descriptions
January 31,
Theological: “Proclamation Beyond the Pulpit”
Dr. Gerald Liu, Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Worship Arts
Spirituality: “Liberation Spirituality: Henri Nouwen and Gustavo Gutierrez Perspectives”
Michael Christensen, International Director, Shalom Initiative, and Pastor of Epworth UMC, Berkeley CAProgram Descriptions
Program Description
February 7,
Theological:  “Ethics of Divorce: Rethinking Shame in Ecclesial Responses to Divorce”
Natalie Williams, PhD Candidate, Religion and Society, Drew Theological School
Spirituality: “Discover your Spiritual Type”
Pastor Fran Thiessen, PCUSA-Pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Norwood, Spiritual Director at Union Theological Seminary, NYC
Program Descriptions
March 7,
Theological: “Unlocking the Treasures of the Old Testament Apocrypha”
Rev. Robert Corin Morris, S.T.B., D.D., , Founder of Interweave, Summit, NJ
Spirituality: “Relationships: Practicing the Christian Virtues of Kindness & Humility”
Rev. Gina Jacobs, Interim/Assoc. Regional Pastor for ABC-NJ, Interim Pastor, St. Paul Baptist Church, Atlantic Highlands, NJ; Assoc. Regional Pastor for Women in Ministry, american Baptist Churches of NJ; Chair, Developmental Education, Nyack College
Program Descriptions
April 11,
Theological:  “Living in Solidarity with the Poor: Theologies of Downward Mobility
Dr. Chris Boesel, Associate Professor of Christian Theology 
Spirituality: “Soaking Prayer Ministry
Rev. Dr. Stafford Miller, Pastor, St. John’s UMC, Mt. Zion-Wesley UMC
Program Descriptions


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