For Strangely Warmed Hearts: UMC History and Polity

March 21, 2013

The Theological Education for Leadership (TEL) program at Pacific School of Religion is offering "For Strangely Warmed Hearts: UMC History and Polity," a week-long online course with the Rev. Karen Oliveto, Pastor at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco. 

This online course will explore the heritage and current structure of The United Methodist Church. Students will explore the forces that shaped the denomination and significant historical figures who promoted "personal piety and social holiness." The course will utilize The Book of Discipline as well as case studies to understand constitutional issues, the local church, ministry, superintending, and connectionalism. At the conclusion of the course, the student will: - Be knowledgeable of the organization and structure of The United Methodist Church - Be able to articulate a critical understanding of the historical forces that shaped The United Methodist Church - Have a working knowledge of the current Book of Discipline and church governance - Be able to articulate the role and commitments of ordained and lay leadership with the UMC.
Cost: $200 general public; $120 TEL Certificate students and PSR students.
  • Opening live seminar: Tuesday, May 7th, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. PDT
  • Closing live seminar: Tuesday, May 14th, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. PDT
The live seminars put students face to face with each other and the instructor via Adobe Connect, where they will have live conversation and interaction. In the days in between the live seminars, students will complete self-paced, online assignments.
For more information, contact, the Rev. Ann Jefferson, Coordinator of the TEL Program, at  (510) 849-8284 or