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St. Paul I: Christian Thinking

October 9, 2017 at 8:00 am - October 13, 2017 at 1:00 pm





With Reverends Patrick Kennedy and Jonah Evans

The reality of Christ Jesus is available to transform our thinking itself. St. Paul exemplifies this. Because of his spiritual encounter with the Resurrected One on the road to Damascus, Christ began to think in St. Paul. Paul’s thinking capacity became the vessel for Christ to think in him. Thus Paul could proclaim, ‘I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I that live, but Christ living in me…”

This also is one of the highest aims of our Act of Consecration as we pray “Thus thinks in us Christ’s suffering and death, His resurrection, His revelation.” During this open course, we will explore how our thinking can become a vessel for Christ to think in us. We will also explore Christ thoughts themselves, the rays of light that shine forth from a thinking that has been penetrated by a relationship with the living Christ which Paul shows us in his letters.

Monday to Friday: Each day begins at the church (15 Margetts Rd, Spring Valley) at 8:00 am with the Act of Consecration of Man with the exception of Wednesday which begins with a lecture at 8:00 a.m. at the seminary (7 Carmen Court, Spring Valley).    The Thursday service is celebrated in German.

An organic, vegetarian breakfast is provided at 9:00 (until 9:45) followed by morning lectures with two short breaks; the lunch break is at 1:00, followed by the afternoon program later in the day.   Please note participation in the service and sharing breakfast is optional.

Please see below for information regarding arranging your accommodation, meals, transportation and other aspects of your visit.


You may register and pay on-line by clicking the link above  (if registering under a name different from that of your payment, please include this as a note or in an email).   You may also register and pay with a credit card over the phone or, register by email info@christiancommunityseminary.org or, by calling (845) 356-0972.  You may make your payment by check, payable to the Seminary of The Christian Community and mail this to 7 Carmen Court, Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977.


Holder House and The Fellowship offer guest rooms, located within walking distance of the seminary and church or, a three minute drive by car.   You may walk on the roadside or you may prefer to walk through fields and forests; if so, you may wish to bring appropriate foot wear.  Seminarians are available to guide you the first time you use the trails.  Please  see the map at the bottom of this page (a copy will be made available on the first day of the open course along with other guest information).  Guests may wish to arrange ride sharing.

Accommodation at Holder House includes use of one of four kitchens where you may prepare meals. Everything with the exception of food items is provided.  You may arrange for linens, etc. with your reservation.  Please visit the Holder House web site for further information and to book your reservation request on-line.  Rooms are available on a first come, first served basis.  It is suggested to book early to avoid disappointment.  You may contact Holder House directly via the Three Fold web site www.threefold.org.  Please note that cell phone and internet reception may be sporadic at Holder House and in the general area.   Check-in is at 4:00 and check-out is at 11:00.  Your room key will not be available earlier.  Please be aware that there are fewer staff members available at Holder House during weekends.

Rooms may also be arranged with home owners in the area.  To arrange to rent a room in a private home,  Click here to download the Home Stay list.  If you have a car, you may wish to consider a local hotel.  For a list of hotels convenient to the Threefold campus, please click here.


Your visit for the open course includes an organic, vegetarian, breakfast at 9:00 a.m. at the seminary, Monday through to Friday.

If you are staying at Holder House, you will have the use of a shared kitchen with plates, pots and pans, etc., provided.  There is a local co-op within walking distance of Holder House where you may wish to purchase groceries which includes an organic and bio-dynamic selection as well as some prepared foods.  Other grocery stores are within an approximate five-minute drive.

The co-op also offers self-serve, organic, lunch and dinner which you may take-out or, there is some outdoor seating available.

A café is located next to Holder House which is generally open serving breakfast, snack and lunch, Monday to Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm.  The days and hours of operation are subject to change; please check their web site available at www.threefold.org.

The Hand and Hoe, located a short walk from Holder House, is open for lunch only and only on Fridays,  with indoor and some patio seating.

The Fellowship, located a short distance from Holder House, offers lunch for their residents.  You may call in advance to request a meal for you which you may eat in their lunch room.

Coffee shops and restaurants are located on Chestnut Ridge Rd., a short walk from Holder House.


Directions to the Threefold campus by car and public transit are detailed in this document

Community resident Christiane Landowne provides pre-arranged car service to and from airports and other destinations. Contact her at 845-642-2074 or clandowne@optonline.net.  Airport transportation may be arranged, through Christiane, with local drivers who charge $60.00, each way, to and from Newark airport – considerably less than a taxi.  The cost may be shared with other passengers.  The cost to other airports may be more expensive given longer driving times and tolls.

Daily rides to the church and seminary might be arranged with other guests or perhaps with seminary students who may have a car.

Bus transportation is available to New York City and other destinations.  Note: Weekend schedules vary from week day schedules.

Walking from Holder House through the fields and forests is a pleasant way to make your way to the seminary and church.   A trail map will be provided (see the link at the bottom of this page); you may join seminary students who usually use the trails.  Please bring appropriate outdoor footwear for inclement weather and indoor footwear for your comfort.

Things to do:

Chestnut ridge is located approximately 30 miles north of New York City which offers many sites and events.

Many local events and performances are posted on the Three Fold Web site www.threefold.org.

Library and Books:

Open course guests may have the use of the seminary library during the week of the open course during the day, from  Monday to Friday, with the exception of 1:00 to 2:30, each day, which it is a quiet period at the seminary.  Please avoid visiting or calling during this period unless you have an appointment.

The church has a selection of books for sale which also serves as a fundraising opportunity for the congregation.  Copies of Bastiaan Baan’s books are available for purchase at the seminary.   The proceeds of these book sales provides funds for the operation of the seminary.

Meadowlark books and gift shop is located on Chestnut Ridge Rd.


The following are some of the shops within walking distance of Holder House:

Cafes, apothecary, ATM, bank, convenience store, grocery store, restaurant, book store and gift shops.

Evening Lectures:

When evening lectures are part of an open course, they are included in the open course fee.  For those interested in attending only evening lectures, the suggested donation is $15.00 per evening.   You may wish to contract the Spring Valley congregation regarding dates and themes of their lecture series which is by donation.  Lectures are generally on a Tuesday evening at 7:30 pm.


A map of the Threefold community can be found here.

Click the link below for a google map of the area including the location of the seminary at 7 Carmen Court and the church at 15 Margetts Rd.


Click below for trails to the church and the seminary (it will be helpful to be accompanied the first time walking the trail to avoid becoming lost).






October 9, 2017 at 8:00 am
October 13, 2017 at 1:00 pm