UCC Summer Polity Class
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 to Friday, June 8, 2018

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Camp Calumet
Freedom, NH

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Jonathan New

The 26th Annual New England Summer Institute, 2018
United Church of Christ History, Theology, and Polity

Sponsored by the six New England Conferences of the United Church of Christ.

Week 1: May 29-June 1, 9 AM-3 PM
Week 2: June 4-8, 9 AM-3 PM
There is NO SUBSTITUTE for learning about the UCC in direct, face-to-face conversation with others—and in beautiful, spirit-filled surroundings!

You are encouraged to enroll in the Summer Institute if you are:

  • a seminarian or seminary graduate seeking ordination
  • a clergyperson seeking (or considering) ministerial standing in the UCC through privilege of call
  • a clergyperson seeking dual standing while serving in a federated or union setting, or a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor anticipating ministry in a UCC congregation
  • a person who has been encouraged to attend the Institute by your Church and Ministry Committee as part of a path to ordination, or for other reasons 
  • a person who wants to refresh your knowledge about today’s UCC


  • Rev. Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Nordbeck, Moses Brown Professor of Ecclesiastical History, emerita, Andover Newton Theological School
  • Rev. Dr. Jonathan New, Associate Conference Minister, Massachusetts Conference, UCC; former adjunct faculty, Andover Newton Theological School

Location and Accommodations

Camp Calumet, in Freedom, NH, is located on beautiful Lake Ossipee, and is one of the region’s oldest and most attractive conference and camping facilities. (Its sponsor, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America [New England Synod], is an ecumenical partner with the UCC through the 1997 Lutheran-Reformed Formula of Agreement.) We will be meeting in the main building, which includes a spacious dining room and has internet access. Recreational facilities (swimming, canoeing and kayaking, hiking) are available, and excellent shopping opportunities are a short drive away for those who wish to bring family along for vacation, or spend a leisurely weekend between sessions.

Cost for ten days’ meals and housing in the Conference Center, excluding weekends, is roughly $700 per person. Weekend fees vary, for those who wish to remain on the campus. Commuting is possible, for those nearby. All students must contact Camp Calumet to make their own reservations. For information and to reserve your space, contact the registrar at 603-539-3223, or by email at reservations@calumet.org.
*******Deadline for housing reservations is Friday, May 25******
Register for the Institute as a non-credit certificate student. You will be required to participate in every class and to complete assignments, papers, and exams. Final work is due August 1. Students successfully completing all work will receive a certificate of completion, verifying to Church and Ministry Committees that they have fulfilled all requirements for UCC Polity. Registration cost is $525.

Some students presently enrolled in seminary may desire academic credit for this course. Please contact the dean or registrar of your school if you want credit. This course was formerly offered by Andover Newton Theological School, and it meets all relevant seminary requirements. However, arrangement for credit must be made individually by seminarians and their schools.
Please make registration fee checks payable to Elizabeth C. Nordbeck (and note “for polity course”) and send with registration form to: Summer Polity Institute, c/o Dr. E.C. Nordbeck, 332 North Main Street, Wolfeboro, NH 03894.
Deadline for course registration is May 18.
Please be aware that the course may be cancelled if there is insufficient registration

Download course syllabus here.

For additional information and/or details about the course, contact Dr. Nordbeck at 603-569-1280; or Dr. New at 508-875-5233, ext. 231. You may also email us: enordbeck@earthlink.net , or newj@macucc.org.
(Please print legibly, and send with registration fee to Summer Polity Institute, c/o Dr. E.C. Nordbeck, 332 North Main Street, Wolfeboro, NH 03894)
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Remember: if you are seeking academic credit you must contact your own dean. We are happy to discuss such arrangements with school officials and with you.