Pathways Online Courses at Union Presbyterian Seminary

Fall 2019

Registration is open for Fall 2019 online courses in UPSem’s Pathways to Learning and Leadership program. The courses are open to all, including those desiring to become Commissioned Ruling Elders as well as church and community members who want to further their education and discipleship. Each course meets online weekly for five weeks, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Hymnals Available

Westminster Church in Charlottesville has 350 copies of the Presbyterian Hymnal (1990) available. Contact Kate Brinkley, 434-293-3133 or, for more information.


Train to Be a Refugee Accompanier

October 11-14

Presbyterian Peace Fellowship (PPF) invites you to help communities under threat in Colombia and on the U.S./Mexico border by serving as an international accompanier. Volunteering as an accompanier gives safety, encouragement, and support to displaced people and asylum seekers. Training is available October 11-14 in Montreat, North Carolina.


Healing Service

October 12

Blue Ridge Church invites you to a contemplative healing service on an outdoor labyrinth on October 12. The event will include prayer, live harp and flute music, and time to walk the labyrinth.


Weaving Generations Together ​for Faith Formation

October 14-16

The Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators invites you to a conference on intergenerational ministry October 14-16. Examine the needs of today’s society to understand how they impact church membership. Learn how to ​model intergenerational ministry through teaching sessions with program leader Renda Brinson. The retreat will be held at St. Francis Springs Prayer Center just across the Virginia state line in Stoneville, North Carolina.

Space Matters

October 15

Tabor Presbyterian Church in Crozet hosts Rev. Dr. Brian K. Blount, president and New Testament professor at Union Presbyterian Seminary, for dinner and a presentation on October 15. Hear how understanding our context might help us to understand and consider the context of others, so that we might better engage and love our neighbors. Dinner begins at 6:30 and the presentation at 7:15. Free will offering will be taken for dinner. RSVP requested by October 7. RSVP to Rev. Kelly-Ann Rayle at 434-327-7330 or



October 16

Scottsville Church hosts flute and cello duo Terra Voce on October 16 at 7:00 p.m. A $10 donation at the door is appreciated with proceeds benefiting the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Light refreshments will be served after.


Women at the Wellsprings

Deadline: November 1

Twenty women pastoral leaders will be accepted into a program to explore ways in which contemplative monastic tradition can be of value for women in ministry today. Women at the Wellsprings will draw from the rich wellsprings of the monastic tradition to help participants discover a rhythm of prayer and develop spiritual practices for sustaining and thriving in ministry.

Ash Grove Women's Retreat

November 8-9

Registration is open for the Ash Grove Women's Retreat, an event of Ashland Presbyterian Church. This year's facilitator is Leslie Sheil, a Quaker and VCU professor of poetry. Her topic is "Turnings" and she will be using the lens of poetry to help participants understand their spiritual journeys. Additionally, Louisa Presbyterian Church pastor Sandi Goehring will introduce the Beguines. This event is open to all women and those wanting to explore the feminine spirit within. It's an overnight at Richmond Hill Retreat center (Church Hill in Richmond) on November 8-9. Student rate and/or scholarships are available if needed.

Celebrate Orthodox Christmas in Bethlehem

December 29- January 7, 2020

Join members of Bon Air Presbyterian Church on a 12-day pilgrimage in the Holy Lands from December 29 to January 7, 2020.

Watch the scriptures come to life as you pray in the Garden of Gethsemane, walk through the winding streets of old Jerusalem, travel to Nazareth and Capernaum, sail the waters of the Sea of Galilee. Experience modern religious traditions as we worship with local Christians on Epiphany and Orthodox Christmas and bring in Shabbat with local Jews. Learn about the modern history of this land and meet people and organizations engaged in the work of peacemaking.

The land cost is $2,765 (double occupancy) and air fare is about $1,500, bringing the trip total to $4,265 per person . For single travelers, add $520. This cost is inclusive of all meals, taxes, and gratuities. Additional expenses not covered may include optional souvenirs, snacks, and extra drinks.

For more information, please contact Pastor Janet Winslow.