Communities of Learning

Learning Together, Building Community

Communities of Learning

Communities of Learning (CoL) is an innovative summer orientation program, unique to Union Presbyterian Seminary, that shows new students just how much we care about making their seminary experience a successful one!

CoL is designed to help new students transition into seminary by better preparing them to engage UPSem’s academic curriculum and its processes of spiritual and vocational formation.  The program offers new students an opportunity to participate in online theological study and discussion in a supportive, small-group setting—a ‘community of learning’ comprised of not only other new students but faculty advisors and alumni mentors as well–during the summer prior to beginning their degree program.

Click on the video above to hear what students, faculty, and alums who have participated in CoL have to say about the benefits of the program! 

Flexible Online Engagement

The CoL Program includes students from all three UPSem learning platforms—the Richmond campus, the Charlotte campus, and the Hybrid Program.  And, because these community discussions take place online, students can participate on their own schedules and from wherever they happen to be during the summer, as long as they have internet access.

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The program also includes an optional weekend event on the Richmond campus where students, faculty advisors, and alumni mentors gather for a time of study, worship, fun, and fellowship—in person, for a change!


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Community Building

CoL’s strong emphasis on community-building seeks to instill in participants a sense of connectedness to one another and a deeper appreciation for differing perspectives and the value of collaborative learning—qualities that will serve students well not only in their theological studies but also in their future ministry.


Join us!

To learn more about the program, please contact:
Sandy Irby, Director
Communities of Learning Program
804-278-4272 /  sirby@upsem.edu

Communities of Learning