Forming the Beloved Community: Guiding Ideal, Living Images and Actual Practice
April 27 - May 1
Seminary Extension Course, Open to the Public
With Rev. Paul Newton, Rev. Patrick Kennedy and Anna Silber
Through presentations, conversation, and artistic experiences we will explore the theme of the ‘beloved community.’ This reality, which longs to find expression among human beings and which touches every human heart, will be the center of our focus for the week. Together we will seek for the ideal of Philadelphia, work with living images in the Gospels and beyond, and explore helpful practices. Our starting point is that which was initiated by Christ among the disciples in the Upper Room, which then rays out into wider circles of life, leading us into the future.
Suggested Donation: $300.00 – $200.00 US
Monday to Friday: Each day begins at the church (15 Margetts Rd, Chestnut Ridge, NY) at 8:30 am with the Act of Consecration of Man with the exception of Wednesday which begins with a lecture at 8:30 a.m. (location to be confirmed). All morning classes will take place at Brookside located next to Holder House (see the link to the community map at the bottom of this page).
Breakfast is included with your registration and will be provided at the Threefold Cafe followed by morning lectures with a break before lunch, which is generally at 1:00, followed by a longer break and afternoon program. Please note breakfast and participation in the service are optional. Snacks may be purchased or you are welcome to bring snacks with you.
Please see information regarding accommodation, meals, transportation and other aspects of your visit below.
You may register and pay on-line by clicking the payment button above (if registering under a name different from that of your payment, please include this as a note or by email). You may register by email email@example.com or by calling (845) 356-0972 to leave a message (this goes directly to voice mail). You may make your payment by check, payable to the Seminary of The Christian Community in North America and mail this to 15 Margetts Rd. Chestnut Ridge, NY 10952 or you may arrange to make your payment when you arrive.
Holder House and The Fellowship offer guest rooms, located within walking distance of the church or less than five minutes by car. You may walk on the roadside or prefer to walk through fields and forests; if so, you may wish to bring appropriate foot wear. 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 share rides.
Accommodation at Holder House includes use of a shared kitchen where you may prepare meals. 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 Threefold web site. Rooms may also be arranged with home owners in the area. Scroll down the page for Home Stay information. If you have a car, you may wish to consider a local hotel; this information is also available on the above website (please click here) Note that cell phone and internet reception may be sporadic at Holder House and in the general area. Note: Check-in is at 4:00; check-out is at 11:00 (you may wish to confirm this information with Holder House). Your room key will not be available earlier. There are fewer staff members available at Holder House on weekends.
Breakfast is 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 at the Threefold Cafe, Monday through to Friday and is included with your open course contribution.
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 or prepared foods. Other grocery stores are within an approximately 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.
The Threefold 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).
The Hand and Hoe, located a short walk from Holder House, is open for lunch on Fridays only 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 they prepare an additional 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.
Airport transportation may be arranged with local drivers who charge $60.00 or, more (depending upon traffic) each way to and from Newark Airport, considerably less than a taxi. The cost may be shared with other passengers. Drives to other airports are more expensive given longer drive times and tolls. Please ask for contact information for local drivers and we’ll be pleased to forward this to you.
Bus transportation is available to New York City and other destinations. Note: Weekend schedules vary from weekday schedules.
Walking from Holder House through the fields and forests is a pleasant way to make your way to the seminary and church. 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. Click “getting here” for more information.
Many local events and performances are posted on the Three Fold Web site.
The church has a selection of books for sale which also serves as a fundraising opportunity for the congregation.
The following are examples of shops within walking distance of Holder House: cafes, ATM, bank, convenience store, grocery store, restaurants.
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.
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 church at 15 Margetts Rd.
Click below for trails to the church and the seminary.