Continuing Education

Are you looking to enhance your skills in ministry? Interested in fulfilling denominational continuing education requirements? Consider these courses:

MTSO offers a number of intensive courses over short time frames. These classes are available for credit or audit.

To apply to take a course for credit, visit our page for occasional and guest students. Contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-333-6876 with questions.

To audit a course without receiving credit, you may complete our auditing application. Contact the Office of Academic Affairs at or 740-362-3482 for questions about auditing.


PT530 Congregations and Communities as Partners in Ministry with the Poor (with Rev. John Edgar and Dr. Katelin Hansen).

Course meets July 8-14 at the Church for All People in Columbus (except Saturday at MTSO in G-142.)
Effective ministry with the poor is asset based and the most valuable asset is the people themselves. This class will examine best practices used by congregations and community groups for launching and growing ministries with the poor that are asset based and sustainable. Attention will be given to effective congregationally based worship, disciple making, direct services, and community development initiatives. The study of community partnerships will explore strategies for identifying community based assets (including anchor institutions), developing healthy partnerships, and principles of social entrepreneurship. [No prerequisite. 3 credit hours.]

PT606 A Deeper Shade of Green: Black Eco-Theology and Ethics (with Dr. Christopher Carter).

Course meets July 23-27 at MTSO.
This course will begin with an exploration of environmental justice, paying particular attention to environmental injustice on black and brown bodies. It then moves to interpret black and womanist theologies and ethical discourse in light of eco-injustice, and ends with our collective discernment on how people of faith might address these global issues.

DS682 Unitarian Universalist Special Topics: Religious Education (with Rev. Katie Covey).

Course meets August 3-5 at MTSO with required online work prior to and proceeding the course.
This course will focus on special topics in Unitarian Universalist identity as well as topics of Unitarian Universalist expertise of interest to a wider ecumenical population. These courses may include but are not limited to UU History, UU Polity, Religious Humanism, Poststructuralist and Post Christian theologies, Animal Ministries, Faith Formation and Religious Education in Multi-Religious Contexts. Topic and credits will vary by term. Course may be repeated as topics change. Learn more about the Unitarian Universalist House of Studies here. [No prerequisite. 1.5 credit hours.]