The School for Ministry (SFM) is a theological training program for anyone interested in learning more about Hebrew Scriptures, Christian Scriptures, church history and theology, liturgics, Christian spirituality, pastoral care, global Anglicanism and more. It is open to all adult learners: people considering ordained ministry, as well as people interested in deepening their knowledge and understanding of these topics.
The spirit of the School for Ministry is to nurture a community of safe inquiry in spiritual curiosity. As Phillip said to Nathanael in John’s Gospel, “Come and see!”
Auditing a course is welcomed and encouraged, as is visiting for one class to see how you like it.
|8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.||Preaching|
|10:15 a.m. – 12:15 a.m.||Church and Witness IV: Contemporary Theology|
|1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.||Church, Mission, and Society|
|6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.||Hebrew Scripture II|
Key dates are listed below. Please note that classes will meet in person twice in the semester (sessions 1 and 11). All other classes will meet on Zoom. We expect to continue this practice of online learning combined with occasional in-person times in hopes that we will facilitate optimal participation and build friendships in Christ as well as trust as a community of learning and spiritual growth.
The full academic calendar for the Spring 2022 Semester is here.
|January 20||Orientation on Zoom for all Students, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.|
|January 22||First Saturday Classes (IN PERSON AT Episcopal Church Center)|
|January 24||First Monday Class (IN PERSON AT Episcopal Church Center)|
|March 5-7||Mid-semester Break (NO CLASSES)|
|April 23-25||Classes (IN PERSON AT Episcopal Church Center)|
|May 9||Deadline for submission of all graded work|
|May 23||Deadline for final grades and faculty evaluations|
|May 26||Faculty Meeting|
If you have inquiries of a non-academic nature, including course enrollment, fees and admission policies, please contact Alyson Terry, email@example.com or 619-481-5455.
Paige Blair, M.Div.
This class is an opportunity to learn the craft of preaching, through practice and participation. We will explore ways of finding one’s “preaching voice,” and the opportunities and challenges of prophetic and pastoral preaching. Students will prepare sermons based on the Sunday lectionary as well as Pastoral Offices (marriage, burial), The courses will enhance students’ preaching awareness by listening to and evaluating a diverse community of preachers. In addition, students will preach in traditional settings, say, at a pulpit, as well as within the virtual worship environment. This course is a requirement for Diocesan License in preaching.
Church and Witness IV: Contemporary Theology
Orlando Epsin, Ph.D.
This course will cover mainstream Christian theology from 1945 (the end of World War II) through today. It will discuss several developments and streams in contemporary theology, by placing them in their respective cultural, societal and historical birthing contexts. Contemporary theology is no longer coextensive with the so-called “First World.” We will underline that theology is never “finished;” rather, it is an ongoing search for understanding, arising from its many diverse (and diversifying) cultural, societal and historical contexts, and from the many and varied social issues and crises that each Christian generation must confront in order to make sense of their faith, their world(s) and their mission to transform the latter.
Church, Mission, and Society
Church, Mission & Society will explore the practical applications of an Episcopal missiology; an understanding of how God’s mission to those beyond the walls of the Church is applied within the Anglican tradition. Participants will study the theology of mission and participate in exercises that explore its application.
Hebrew Scripture II
David Moseley, Ph.D.
This class is the second part of a two-part course that forms an introductory survey of the many writings compiled into the Hebrew Bible. In this second class we will continue to explore the discipline of academic Biblical Studies, building on the material covered in Hebrew Bible 1 – specifically, the literature of the Major and Minor Prophets as well as the miscellaneous Poetic, Wisdom and Inspirational texts in the Hebrew Scriptures referred to as the “Writings” in Judaism. The literature found in the Hebrew Bible was composed and edited over the course of more than a millennium before the birth of Jesus. Students will be exposed to the literary genres, forms and motifs that comprise these writings. The texts will be placed in the historical, cultural, sociological and religious world of their audience. Students will learn a variety of techniques, which are helpful in the analysis of Biblical texts: these include analysis of form and structure, as well as genre, historical and redaction criticism. Students will be encouraged to put knowledge to use as they apply Biblical interpretation to theological construction and pastoral practice.
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