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Formation

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SFM logoSchool for Ministry

The School for Ministry (SFM) is the diocesan school for anyone interested in learning more about subjects such as: Hebrew Scriptures, Christian Scriptures, Church History, Church Mission in Society, Ethics, Homiletics, Theology, Christian Spirituality, Pastoral Care, etc.  To learn more about this school, click over to the School for Ministry page.

cursillo logoCursillo

Cursillo (pronounced ker-see-yo) is a plan for living a Christian life. A Spanish term, the proper name is Cursillo de Cristiandad, which means, “a short course of Christianity.” Cursillo begins with a three-day weekend gathering of clergy and laity seeking to strengthen their lives of faith through worship, prayer, music, study and fellowship. Small reunion groups provide support following the weekend. Cursillo is an active movement in our diocese. To learn more, visit San Diego Episcopal Cursillo’s web site.

EfM logoEducation for Ministry

Every Christian receives the call to Christian ministry at baptism. Education for Ministry (EFM) provides the basics of a theological education in order to develop knowledge and confidence about the ministry we all share. EFM is a program of the School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Completion of the program takes four years, during which participants study the Bible, church history and 20th century theology.  Participants commit one year at a time to meet weekly in seminar groups led by a trained mentor. Participants can expect to do two to four hours of homework per week outside of the seminar. For more information about EFM, please contact the Rev. Canon Allisyn Thomas, 619-481-5451. To access EFM’s website, including prospectus and sample lesson texts: please go to EFM’s home page.

Forma

Forma is an association and dynamic community of Christian educators, formation professionals, and their institutional partners that celebrates and upholds the diverse ministries of Christian formation across the Episcopal Church.  Visit their website

Society of Saint John the Evangelist

SSJE is a community of men who live in the ancient monastic traditions of prayer and community life, and engage with contemporary culture. They seek to know and share an authentic experience of God’s love and mercy. They live a common life shaped by worship, prayer, and a Rule of Life.  Visit their website

Bible Study

Bible Gateway: Old and New Testament in hundreds of translations and in multiple languages.

Synthesis CE:  A weekly, Episcopal, lectionary-based, user-friendly bible study guide that is appropriate for parish groups of any kind. Available by subscription.

Prayer/Meditation/Spiritual Development

Contemplative Outreach: Information about the practice of Centering Prayer; instruction in method; weekly articles; references to related resources; calendar of Centering Prayer retreats, courses and events listed by geographic region

Forward Movement:  Daily meditations from Forward Day by Day; Anglican Cycle of Prayer; on line bookstore for Anglican/Episcopal publications: pamphlets, booklets, books – some resources available in Spanish

Publications/Audio/Visual Media Resources

Alliance for Christian Media:  Tapes, DVDs, CDs on topics related to the Episcopal Church, the Bible, theology, Anglicanism etc.

Forward Movement: Anglican/Episcopal books, booklets, pamphlets – some resources available in Spanish

Worship/Liturgy

Books of Common Prayer: Features the Books of Common Prayer used in the USA, Churches of England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Canada

Daily Office: Morning and Evening Prayer including lessons, psalms, prayers and music for each day

Hymnals On Line: Features the texts of hymns included in 44 different hymnals

The Lectionary Page:  Features the Trial Revised Common Lectionary displayed in calendar form for the liturgical year

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: This calendar runs from Advent 2018 through Advent 2019.