The Gene L. Bennett Program for Life Long Learning

About Life Long Learning

The Divinity School’s Continuing Education programs offer opportunities for high quality, purposeful, enjoyable and innovative lifelong learning. Participants may seek personal or professional enrichment. They may also earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs). One CEU is granted for each 10 hours of participation in a qualifying Continuing Education program. CEUs are billed separately from any Continuing Education course tuition or event cost. The rate is $20 per whole CEU and $10 per half CEU.

At the heart of the Continuing Education program are long-established lectureships associated with CRCDS’ multiple histories, including the Stuber, the J.C. Wynn, the Ayer, the Martin Luther King Jr., the Bartlett Preaching Conference, the Howard Thurman Conference, the Mordecai Wyatt Johnson Institute, and the Helen Barrett Montgomery Conference. These lectureships offer opportunities for students and persons from the Rochester area and across the nation to engage speakers who are at the forefront of contemporary theological and biblical scholarship.

The Divinity School’s Calendar of Events is published annually and is available throughout the year. . Most lectures are free and open to the public, although courses and some seminars require tuition or a registration fee.

Partnership with the local churches for ministry education includes offering some continuing education events in Rochester area churches. Increasing attention to clusters of alumni and friends in various geographical regions as well as to distance learning opportunities, seek to make off-campus events more available to a wider audience. Educational technologies are being explored to enhance Continuing Education programs.

Life Long Learning programming includes:

  • Workshops, seminars, conferences and certificate programs for church professionals and volunteers, providing CEUs where appropriate.
  • Theological lectures, symposia and seminars led by divinity school faculty and by invited scholars on issues and topics important to all people of faith.
  • Interfaith theological dialogues and interfaith education in partnership with the many interfaith organizations and commissions.
  • Professional ethics workshops, seminars or conferences.
  • Study and pilgrimage opportunities to places of religious significance.
  • Programming for alumni at various regions around the country.