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A film based Dialogue Series on Race and Faith by Virginia Theological Seminary

Are you interested in reading, watching, and learning about the history of race and racism in America and the impact it has on our world today – and engaging in meaningful conversation about change? Join this online cohort and explore a rich curriculum focused on Indigenous, Black, Latino and Asian Pacific Americans as their histories intersect with European American history. For each session we will gather online for conversation to help us peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day—all while grounded in our call to faith, hope, and love. This Sacred Ground curriculum has been especially designed to help white people engage in conversation about the history of race in America.

Welcome to Jane Herbst, Our New Librarian!

Jane Herbst - Librarian


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All Safe Church dates for spring and summer sessions are cancelled until further notice.

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Bobbing in the Ocean
Date posted: Tue, May 26th, 2020

Bobbing in the Ocean

At one of our recent weekly Mercer team meetings, as we were sharing experiences in balancing work at home with domestic responsibilities, Aissa said "I feel like I'm bobbing in the ocean." What an apt metaphor for those of us for whom the structure in our lives has become unglued. The patterns, the progressions, the processes of our office lives are now experienced from a distance. Things have become unpredictable. We surge towards the shore, get close, and then are swept back out to sea. When can we go back to work? Will work be the same when we do go back? What if we resume a more stable pattern of physical proximity in the fall, there's a new wave, and we are forced to return to quarantine?

At Mercer this all translates into conversations we are beginning to have about what shape our programs will take as we move through the phases of "reopening." In September will we return to the pattern of evening and weekend courses and programs offered in the Mercer Building? Or will Zoom be our constant companion? Will we operate in a hybrid, with students and teachers meeting periodically in safely distanced spaces supplemented or supported by more flexibly scheduled online classes? Options, options; shifting scenarios: we are presented with new opportunities accompanied by daunting challenges.

Know this: the Mercer School of Theology will remain in operation through the pandemic crisis. We will continue to offer a full academic program focused on preparing ordinands for the vocational diaconate. We will continue to offer access by interested lay people to courses from our academic program as well as shorter courses offered seasonally and as needed. But for us to continue our mission in a changed context, we need to constantly hear from you. What do you like about us? What could we do better? What's missing? What might make your church life more meaningful in this time of disruption? Email us. Tell us!!

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There are four options:

1. Click on Programs & Events Tab at top of this page. Scroll through the headings to find events of interest. The online system should send a confirmation to your email address.

2. Click on the cover of the new Course Book pictured on the upper right hand corner of this page. Then find your event and click on the link Register Here.Follow instructions for online registration. The online system should send a confirmation to your email address.

3. Find your event by date on the Google calendar located on the left side of this page. Click on the event and click on the Register tab located at the end of the description. Follow the instructions to register online. The online system should send a confirmation to your email address.

4. Register by telephone or email, contact the Mercer Office at 516 248-4800 Ext 140. or merceroffice@dioceseli.org.

2019-20 Fall Program Catalog
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