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This theological workshop helps United Methodists participating in the ordination process prepare for their ordination papers and board interviews. Participants gather at Duke Divinity School to discuss traditional Disciplinary questions for ordination, meet with annual conference officials, and share thoughts about the ordination process.  This residential time is supplemented with online video presentations by distinguished faculty and practitioners who address these themes.

UM Full Study Leave
Participants are invited to combine this seminar with our popular Study Leave program and enroll in UM Full Study Leave. This opportunity will offer the seminar experience plus additional days in residence with access to Duke Divinity resources to begin the writing process.

Seminar Overview & Format

This seminar is a theological workshop designed to help United Methodists participating in the ordination process prepare for their ordination papers and board interviews. It is a hybrid learning experience featuring a two-day residential event supplemented with online presentations.

Additional Opportunity: UM Full Study Leave
Participants are invited to combine this seminar with our popular Study Leave program and enroll in UM Full Study Leave Sept. 14-20. This opportunity will offer the seminar experience plus additional days in residence with access to Duke Divinity resources to begin the writing process. The program cost for UM Full Study Leave includes the cost of the UM Full Connection Seminar. Detailed information on the Study Leave opportunity, including costs, accommodations, and meals can be found on the Study Leave page.

The seminar features:

  • Interactive plenary sessions
    Plenary sessions will address the themes of the disciplinary questions and provide time for questions and discussion.
  • Opportunities to hear from conference representatives regarding the ordination process 
  • Opportunities for worship and community-building
  • Online access to video presentations
    Following the event, participants will have access to online presentations.  These presentations, offered by distinguished faculty and practitioners, each address the disciplinary questions and can help candidates begin to write their papers and formulate their thoughts about ordination.
  • Additional support for developing papers (UM Full Study Leave only, Sept. 14-20)
    Participants who choose to enroll in UM Full Study Leave can begin to write their papers and can receive informal review and critique of drafts of their papers.

Video Presentation Topics

Distinguished faculty and practitioners will offer video-based presentations on topics that address the traditional disciplinary questions for ordination. These videos will be available to participants for viewing following the seminar.

Topic Lecturer
The Lordship of Christ and the Holy Spirit Edgardo Colόn-Emeric, Assistant Professor of Christian Theology
God, Divine Grace, and Humanity L. Gregory Jones, Senior Strategist for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School and Professor of Theology
Doctrine of Salvation Randy Maddox, William Kellon Quick Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies
Worship and Sacraments Lester Ruth, Research Professor of Christian Worship
Kingdom of God, Resurrection, Eternal Life Geoffrey Wainwright, Robert Earl Cushman Professor of Christian Theology
Mission of the Church Laceye Warner, Associate Professor of the Practice of Evangelism and Methodist Studies

Cost & Accommodations

Provisional members of all United Methodist conferences are invited to participate in the United Methodist Full Connection Seminar.  Participants from North Carolina are eligible to attend at a reduced rate due to the generous sponsorship of The Duke Endowment and The Parish Ministry Fund.

UM Full Connection Seminar Fees

Seminar Registration Fee $100  
Seminar Reduced Rate for Provisional Members in North Carolina
 
$60

UM Full Study Leave Fees

The program cost for UM Full Study Leave includes registration for the UM Full Connection Seminar, accommodations for an extended stay of six nights, a meal stipend, and additional amenities and resources.

UM Full Study Leave Registration Fee

$1000

UM Full Study Leave NC Resident Registration Fee 

$950

UM Full  Study Leave Reduced Rate
Certain individuals are eligible for a scholarship to attend Study Leave at reduced rates. Am I eligible? (pdf) 

$350

Accommodations

UM Full Seminar Only
While accommodations are not included in the seminar registration fee, we have negotiated a special rate ($87 plus tax, one king or two queen beds) at the Hilton Durham for seminar participants visiting from outside the Durham area. If you would like to reserve a room for Monday, Sept. 14, you will receive instructions on how to register with the special rate in our confirmation email.  You are also welcome to make your own lodging arrangements elsewhere.

UM Full Study Leave
Six nights of accommodations (Sept. 14-20) at the Homewood Suites in Durham are included in the program cost. Additional nights are available, should you wish to extend your stay.

Meals

UM Full Seminar Only
Included in the seminar registration fee are refreshment breaks on Monday, as well as breakfast and lunch on Tuesday.

UM Full Study Leave
Study Leave participants will receive an orientation dinner on Monday, as well as refreshment breaks on Monday and a breakfast and lunch on Tuesday. Each participant will also receive a $50 stipend on a DukeCard to use for meals during the program.