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Join us as we affirm the call of God and ordain Colleen Birchett as a minister in the Church of Jesus Christ!
“Ordination is the rite whereby the United Church of Christ through an association, in cooperation with the person and a local church of the United Church of Christ, recognizes and authorizes that member whom God has called to ordained ministry, and sets that person apart by prayer and the laying on of hands. By this rite ordained ministerial standing is conferred and authorization given to perform the duties and exercise the prerogatives of ordained ministry in the United Church of Christ.” – UCC Book of Worship
Dr. Colleen Birchett serves at The Riverside Church in New York as a Minister of Curriculum Development. She also serves on the rostrum of facilitators and preachers for Open Bible Study and “Fresh Start” Worship Services, and is a co-convenors of the Riverside Book Club. She serves on the Adult Christian Education Committee and on the Anti-Racism Task Force, is a member of the Riverside Church African Fellowship and a co-administrator of its Facebook page.
She is employed with New York City College of Technology where she teaches Writing and Literature. She has served as contributing editor for Inteen and Young Adult Today, and columnist for Trumpet Magazine. Her other publications include: Africans Who Shaped Our Faith (with Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright), God’s Power to Help Hurting People, When Black Men Stand Up for God, along with Open Educational Resources: Writing and Social Justice and Home Away From Home. She also co-authored a study guide for Michelle Alexander’s Book, The New Jim Crow. She has a Ph.D. in Instructional Design and a M.S. in Journalism from the University of Michigan and an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary.