Richard Dancey

December 28, 1945 – February 14, 2017

Ordained March 2, 1980

Rev. Richard Dancey crossed the threshold,  at 4:30 a.m. on February 14, 2017, at his home in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Richard Dancey with Oliver Steinrueck and Gisela Wielki, was appointed by the leadership of the Christian Community to be one of the original Seminary Directors at its founding in North America, in Chicago on December 8, 2004 and continued in this role until July 3, 2012.  This founding deed, and the forces he poured into the seminary’s becoming and thriving, lives on in current and former seminary guests and students as well as those ordained as priests in the Movement for Religious Renewal.  His powerful devotion to the gospel and the renewal of religion through the renewed presence of Christ in our time will continue to stream in support of our work here and at all the altars where His transforming Presence continues to work and live.

In gratitude to you, dear Richard, for all you gave us. We offer our deep and sincere condolences to his family.

Seminary Directors Patrick Kennedy and Bastiaan Baan

For details regarding services and vigil please contact Rev. Carol Kelly




2017 International Whitsun Conference of The Christian Community, “Playing with Fire”, June 2 – 6, 2017,  in The Netherlands, for details visit Whitsun Conference 2017: Home

The Seminary of the Christian Community in North America offers a complete priest-training program.

The first year of the study gives students who are interested in becoming priests the opportunity to get to know the Christian Community; it is also open to those who are not considering entering the priesthood. Study-topics include the Old and New Testaments and the Greek language; the nature of the seven sacraments; anthroposophy and its theory of knowledge; and the arts, including eurythmy and speech-formation. To supplement these ongoing classes, guest-teachers give weeklong courses on related subjects.

In the second year of training, the focus is directed more specifically to topics and skills that are needed for the vocation of a priest, such as theology, including Christology; religious instruction; composing sermons; and the organizational structure of the Christian Community

During the third year, students take up a practicum in a congregation. The final half-year of the priest training consists of preparation for ordination. The question of the ordination of each candidate is ultimately decided by the Circle of Seven, the group of priests responsible for the worldwide administration of the Christian Community.

Open Courses

In addition to providing training for the vocation of priest, the Seminary offers Orientation Courses and Open Courses. The programs include the daily celebration of the Act of Consecration of Man, some shared meals, Gospel Study, workshops, and lectures.

Opportunities for Young Adults

The Christian Community in North American sponsors travel costs and registration fee for Open Courses for young people who want to get to know the Seminary. To apply for financial support, please write to: Rev Oliver Steinrueck,

More Information

For information and to apply for Open Courses and information about the priest training, please review the website and contact us at