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The New Priesthood; Priest training and ordination in the era of the free human self.

March 25, 2019 at 8:30 am - March 29, 2019 at 1:00 pm

With Rev. Vicke von Behr,  from the world-wide leadership in Berlin (Erzoberlenker), and Revs. Bastiaan Baan, Jonah Evans and Patrick Kennedy

Andy Goldsworthy.snow sculpture.Dec 1987



Registration for the open course does not include registration to attend the Sacrament of Ordination taking place March 29th, 30th and 31st.   Please see the home page for details and to register to attend one of the Ordinations while seats are available.

Accommodations:  A few places are still available in local homes.  Please email info@christiancommunityseminary.org for more information. 

Suggested reading for those who are interested:  Seven Sacraments in the Christian Community by Evelyn Francis Capel & Tom Ravetz, the chapter: ’The Ordination of Priests”.

Returning Open Course guests will note the rise in the suggested donation amount.  We hope this will help raise awareness of the true costs of the seminary and express how valued these weeks are.  Out of town guests who have extra costs for travel and housing should especially feel welcome to donate a lower amount, if that would make a difference in attending.  Prospective students and college-aged guests may contact our office to inquire about further financial support

Open Course Suggested Contribution: $300.00 per person.  If a $300.00 per person contribution  would prevent your participation you may consider contributing a lesser amount of $250.00. or $200.00.

Monday to Friday: Each day begins at the church (15 Margetts Rd, Spring Valley) 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. at the church.  Thursday’s service is celebrated in German. All morning classes will take place at the church (see the map link at the bottom of this page).  Breakfast is provided from 9:30 until 10:15  each day, with the exception of Friday, followed by morning lectures with a brief break before lunch, at 1:00, followed by a longer break and the afternoon program.  Please note breakfast and participation in the service are optional.  Friday, breakfast will be at 9:00 in order for those attending the 10:30 ordination to arrive at the church by 10:00.

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


Please email info@christiancommunityseminary.org to register.  As there are only a few spaces left, these seats will be reserved in the order the registrations are received.   If email is inconvenient you may call the seminary at (845) 356-0972 and leave a voice mail message.  Messages are checked twice per day.   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 or by using the Pay Pal button on  the Donation page of the seminary web site.

Pre-Order Lunch at the Threefold Cafe:

Open Course participants who are interested in pre-ordering lunch, which is not included in the course fee, may click here for details and to place orders (you may wish to select “Lunch Buffet Plan, Week 3; March 25 – 29, $32.00).   Anyone choosing not to pre-order lunch may pay for lunch at the regular, that is, non-discounted price on a daily basis.  See “meals”, below, for additional suggestions.


Holder House will open its 2019 guest registration on December 14th.  The Fellowship also offers 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 prefer to walk through fields and forests; if so, you may wish to bring appropriate foot wear.  Seminarians are available to guide you.  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 Three Fold web site, please click here.   Please 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.  Your room key will not be available earlier.  There are fewer staff members available at Holder House, on 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.


Breakfast is provided 9:30 a.m. to 10:15, Monday through to Thursday.  FRIDAY: BREAKFAST IS AT 9:00

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 in the Main House, 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 http://www.threefold.org.

The Hand and Hoe, located a short walk from Holder House, is open for lunch 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 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.


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

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.  The 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.

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 and 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:

The seminary 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 Threefold web site www.threefold.org.

Library and Books:

The church has a selection of books for sale which also serves as a fundraising opportunity for the congregation.

Books also are available for purchase, at the church, which benefit the seminary including six titles by Bastiaan Baan.

Meadow Lark Store has relocated to the Hand and Hoe and is open Friday afternoons 12:00 to 5:00.  Open Course guests will receive a 20% discount with the coupon distributed to guests (some items are excluded).

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

Cafes, apothecary, ATM, bank, convenience store, grocery store, restaurants and co-op.

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.


A map of the Threefold community can be found here. Note the new location of Meadlow Lark at the Hand and Hoe.

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.


Please do not walk across the public school property located on Margetts Rd. during the day.

Click below for trails to the church and the seminary.



March 25, 2019 at 8:30 am
March 29, 2019 at 1:00 pm