The Seminary of the Christian Community in North America
The training toward priesthood is a three-year program. Two years of course work is followed in the third year by internships in congregations, hospitals or other social institutions, here or abroad. The final semester prepares candidates for ordination. Acceptance into each semester is based on conversation and evaluation of the student together with the seminary leadership. There is no grading system, but after each semester both the student and the seminary leadership decide whether the student should continue with the training. Study at the seminary is no guarantee of acceptance into the ordination semester.
The first year can be taken as a Foundation year, an introduction into Anthroposophy and the task and work of The Christian Community, Movement for Religious Renewal. Students with a variety of educational, career and spiritual backgrounds are welcome. Some acquaintance with The Christian Community or Anthroposophy is expected. In most cases, applicants over the age of 28 are expected to have a college degree or vocational training.
Enrolling at the seminary does not require years of life experience or advanced maturity. Studies may lead young people through ordination into the calling of priesthood or may help them on their way to another important task in life. The vocation of the priest expresses in a concentrated way what is the innate potential of every human being. Therefore, anyone can benefit from studying at the seminary for however brief a time.
Fall Semester: $3,900 (13 weeks) The training begins with the fall semester which runs from mid-September to mid-December.
Winter/Spring Semester: $5,400 (18 weeks), runs from the end of January to the end of May.
Tuition, room and weekday breakfasts are included. Fees must be paid in full at the beginning of the semester, unless arrangements to pay in monthly installments are made in advance. Scholarship funds are limited, especially in the first two semesters. Saturdays are left open for some part-time work. Students live together in a dorm situation. We will assist foreign applicants in obtaining a visa from the American General Consulate in their country. U.S. citizens should have a valid passport.
Please send us your name, date of birth, gender, address, telephone and/or e-mail address, along with a curriculum vitae and a biographical essay of approximately 1000 words describing your education, life experience and connection with The Christian Community.
SEND APPLICATIONS AND INQUIRIES TO:
Seminary of The Christian Community
Attn: Rev. Bastiaan Baan
7 Carmen Court
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977