Co-sponsored by the Seminary of The Christian Community

Special Weekend Events
With Paul K. Chappell

Open to all; donations accepted.  Partial attendance possible.

The Light that can be Won from the Darkness

Friday, July 28 at 7:30 pm
A talk by Paul K. Chappell, author of ‘The Cosmic Ocean’ & ‘The Art of Waging Peace’
All the great stories of the hero’s journey include a moment where the dragon must be faced, the labyrinth entered where the minotaur waits, etc.  Paul will share how we can enter these ‘places’ with courage, knowing the gifts of wisdom, humility and compassion that can be found within them.

Healing the Tangles of Trauma

Saturday, July 29th 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
A morning workshop Paul K. Chappell
Having experienced severe childhood trauma himself, Paul shares the thoughts and way of understanding our humanity that led him to experience true healing.

The Spiritual Sun of Our Humanity

Sunday, July 30th at 11:30 am

A talk by Patrick Kennedy and Paul K. Chappell
In this talk we will seek to understand who Christ is in light of our becoming true human beings.
All events held at the Christian Community in Chestnut Ridge
15 Margetts Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY  10952
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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