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The Maine School of Ministry

The Maine School of Ministry announces the following two course offerings for Fall, 2014:

Biblical Studies: Exploring the Texts of Faith

This course is an introduction to the nature of sacred texts and how certain texts become “living texts” for individuals and communities. Using “texts of faith,” we will reflect on the human experience of the sacred as expressed by writers from distant and particular historical and cultural contexts. We will consider the enduring power of their literature because of its relationship to identity, memory, intimacy, perception, and imagination – all portals to the experience of the sacred.

Course Schedule: Class will meet on one Saturday a month from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Maine Conference, UCC Conference Center, 1 Weston Court, Suite 104, Augusta, ME. Class Dates:

September 27
October 25
November 22
January 10, 2015

Instructor: Pam Shellberg

Pam is a native Midwesterner, having been born and raised in Chicago, but living most of her adult life in Wisconsin. She was an elementary and special education teacher for nearly 20 years, during which time she earned a Masters degree in Educational Psychology. She then attended Marquette University where she earned degrees in Theology and Religious Studies. She moved to Bangor, Maine in 2009 where she taught the New Testament courses at Bangor Theological Seminary until its permanent closing in June 2013. She currently is the "scholar-in-residence" at The BTS Center, where she is working on program development and curriculum writing in service of its mission to provide theological educational resources to clergy and lay people.

Arts, Theology and Spirituality

This introductory course about the arts in ministry will show you how the arts can be a used to express and explore faith, connect with God, and do theology. You will learn how to integrate the arts in worship, preaching, faith formation, and other aspects of ministry through:
  1. Study of artists who are theologians and theologians who are artists
  2. Doing visual exegesis and becoming visually conscious
  3. Learning how art can inform your theology and spirituality
  4. Practical application in the church in worship, pastoral care, retreats, Bible Study, Christian Education
Course Schedule:
Class will meet on one Saturday a month from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Maine Conference, UCC Conference Center, 1 Weston Court, Suite 104, Augusta, ME.
Class Dates:

September 13
October 11
November 8
December 13

Instructor: Rev. Dr. Alice Anderman

Rev. Anderman just retired from Winthrop Congregational Church United Church of Christ in Winthrop, Maine after 38 years of ministry in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Maine. Her interest in arts and theology and spirituality was rekindled on her sabbatical where she focused on theology, spirituality and the arts. Alice has led spirituality and arts programs at the Colby Art Museum where she is a docent and in communities and churches. She taught Arts and Ministry at Bangor Theological Seminary. Alice graduated from Millersville University with a BS in Art Education and received her Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In her spare time she enjoys wheel thrown pottery. Alice is married to the Rev. Dr. David Anderman, Scholar in Residence at First Congregational Church United Church of Christ in Waterville.

Course Registration

Those interested in enrolling in one or both of these courses are invited to register through the Maine Conference web site www.maineucc.org,

Biblical Studies: Exploring the Texts of Faith
Arts, Theology and Spirituality

or by contacting Beth Campbell at the Conference office:

Phone (in Maine): 1.800.244.0937
Phone (outside of Maine): 207.622.3100
Email: conference@maineucc.org

Tuition: $240.00 per course ($60.00 per class)

Both courses are offered as part of a Certificate in Christian Studies and Leadership Program currently in development by MESOM. All offerings of MESOM are open to all who have an interest in theological studies, and spiritual growth and development.

The Maine School of Ministry (MESOM) is a program of the Maine Conference, United Church of Christ, offered through the Commission on Spiritual Life. MESOM’s purpose is three-fold:

  • To respond to the spiritual needs of individuals and today’s church by offering opportunities for spiritual growth and transformation
  • To provide education and training for congregational leadership and ministry as requested or required by Association Committees of Ministry, and individual congregations.
  • To respond to the educational needs of churches in Maine in new times and new settings

For more information about the Maine School of Ministry, contact:

Rev. Deborah M. Jenks
Chair, MESOM Committee
djenks168@roadrunner.com
207-974-6275

Rev. Rick Cowles
Interim Conference Minister
rcowles@maineucc.org
Phone (in Maine): 1.800.244.0937
Phone (outside of Maine): 207.622.3100