Current Courses

Spring 2019 Courses

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SSFM New Vocational Courses Spring 2019.

Dynamic Liturgies

Designing Dynamic Liturgies

FACULTY: Mrs. Ellen Johnston and Rev. Shawn Strout
COST: $300 for credit and $100 for audit
DATES: Weekly Zoom Meeting Times:  Tuesdays at 7:00 PM

This course will explore principles and best practices for designing dynamic liturgies. The full breadth of the Book of Common Prayer, Enriching Our Worship, The Hymnal 1982, Lift Every Voice and Sing II, Wonder, Love, and Praise, and other liturgical and musical supplements will be discussed. The topics covered include the liturgical year, the Daily Office, the Eucharist, Baptism, Lent and Holy Week services, and special services. Special attention will be paid to smaller-resourced parishes.

The Gospel of John

The Gospel of John

FACULTY: Canon Dr. Deirdre Good
COST: $300 for credit and $100 for audit
DATES: Weekly Zoom Meeting Times: Mondays at 8:00 PM

This online course is a critical introduction to and exegetical study of the Gospel of John. Attention is given to the literary character, narrative techniques, and theology of the fourth gospel. Ideally, participants will have studied the Synoptic Gospels before taking this course. All are welcome.

Message of Mission

The Message of Mission

FACULTY: Deacon Marsha Roscoe
COST: $300 for credit and $100 for audit
DATES: Weekly Zoom Meeting Times:  Mondays at 6:00 PM

The apostolic witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ is at the heart of the church’s mission. The church has the critically important task of communicating the message of Jesus Christ to the world. Reflecting on scripture and God’s call for us, we use the Book of Acts as a model for contemporary ministry in the communities in which God has planted us.

Becoming the Beloved

Becoming the Beloved Community

FACULTY: Mr. Kevin Barron and Dr. Marion Schwartz
COST:  FREE
DATES: Weekly Zoom Meeting Times: Sundays at 2:00 PM

Using the framework of the Episcopal Church’s “Becoming a Beloved Community” this course on antiracism will lead participants through four pillars rooted in the Baptismal Covenant; Telling the Truth about the Church and Race; Proclaiming the Dream of Beloved Community; Practicing the Way of Love; and Repairing the Breach in Society and Institutions. Among other resources addressing systemic racism, privilege, and justice, the principal texts for the course are The Sin of White Supremacy: Christianity, Racism, and Religious Diversity in America by Jeannine Fletcher and Yet With A Steady Beat: The African American Struggle for Recognition in the Episcopal Church. The course is designed to provide future and current leaders of the church with the knowledge and background to combat the sin of racism, particularly focusing on dismantling systemic racism within and outside of the institution of the Church.

Homelitics

Sharing the Lectionary

FACULTY: Canon Dr. Deirdre Good
COST: $50 (This is a non-credit course for personal enrichment.)
DATES: Weekly Zoom Meeting Times:  Mondays at 5:00 PM

This course is an opportunity for an online discussion for our Sunday lectionary lessons. Inspirational posts serve to engage the learner in the inter-relationship of all the lessons, the collect and especially the gospel lesson. This is a great course for anyone who is teaching, preaching, or want to learn about the lessons the week before they are experienced in the liturgy.

Intro to New Testament

Introduction to the New Testament

FACULTY: Canon Dr. Deirdre Good
COST: $300 for credit and $100 for audit
DATES: Weekly Zoom Meeting Times:  Tuesdays at 5:00 PM

Designed to lead you to read the New Testament itself, New Testament Survey provides essential historical and cultural background information and carefully examines the content of each book in the New Testament.

History of the Episcopal Church

History of the Episcopal Church

FACULTY: The Rev. Dr. Mark Schenemann
COST: $300 for credit and $100 for audit
DATES: Weekly Zoom Meeting Times:  Mondays at 7:00 PM

This is a course in the basic history of the Episcopal Church. We will begin with a consideration of the planting of colonial Anglican churches and the struggle for stability and identity, especially in the wake of the American Revolution. Each week, in a linear sequence, we will read from Richard Prichard’s “A History of the Episcopal Church”, (Morehouse, 1991) which will be used as the principle text. The course will conclude with a decade of renewal (1980-90) and some reflection on directions and developments, which continue to shape our church of the present.

(This course is part of the Certificate in Anglican Studies with Lancaster Theological Seminary. If you are an LTS student, please register for this course through LTS and not through SSFM.)

Ethics

Ethics in the Anglican Tradition

FACULTY: Dr. Joshua Davis
COST: $300 for credit and $100 for audit
DATES: Weekly Zoom Meeting Times:  Tuesdays at 8:00 PM

This course will explore ethics in the Anglican Tradition.

This course explores the nature of the Christian moral life in relation to specific topics, such as care for the environment, wealth and poverty, bioethics, etc.. We will apply the major theories of classical and contemporary philosophical ethics and their different understandings of moral psychology and action to these questions and  pay special attention to the ways moral reasoning and action relate to the central doctrines of Christian theology, and to the sacramental transformation of human community most of all.

(This course is part of the Certificate in Anglican Studies with Lancaster Theological Seminary. If you are an LTS student, please register for this course through LTS and not through SSFM.)

Theology II

Theology II

FACULTY: Dr. Joshua Davis
COST: $300 for credit and $100 for audit
DATES: Weekly Zoom Meeting Times:  Thursdays at 8:00 PM

This course is the second part of the foundational course in Christian theology. This second half of the course is focused on Anglican ecclesiology on particular. Starting from the consideration of the nature of Church, we explore what it means to know the Triune God in the mission and through our ministry the sacraments, the completion of God’s work of redemption. We will discuss throughout the course what it means for an ordained person to be a theologian, one who is charged with teaching, as well as pastoring and administering the sacraments, as well as what it means for a deacon to be proclaim the gospel is service to the world. We focus on the importance of theology in our life together, and discuss ways that you can encourage theological reflection in your ministries.

Homelitics

Homiletics I

FACULTY: The Rev. Dr. David Zwifka
COST: $300 for credit and $100 for audit
DATES: Weekly Zoom Meeting Times:  Tuesdays at 6:00 PM

This course is designed to enable the student to construct a sermon/homily rooted in the exegesis of assigned biblical passages. In addition, students will gain experience explaining and applying biblical passages and delivering a biblical sermon/homily. A year of scriptural studies that includes an exposition of exegetical methods is a pre-requisite for this course. Discussions and exercises cover a stage-by-stage explanation of how preachers may think as they prepare to preach. The aim of the course is to help students understand what is required to preach effectively and to practice what they understand. Opportunities to preach and have their efforts recorded on video for playback and critique by the instructor is an essential element of this course.

A patristic view of the Sacraments

A Patristic View of the Sacraments

FACULTY: Rev. Shawn Strout
COST: $300 for credit and $100 for audit
DATES: Weekly Zoom Meeting Times:  Mondays at 8:00 PM

This course will consider the works of the early Church Mothers and Fathers and their contributions to sacramental theology. The works to be explored will range from the second to the fourth centuries. Relevant contemporary issues in sacramental theology will also be explored.

Canon Law

Canon Law

FACULTY: The Rev. Dr. David Zwifka
COST: $50

This course will provide an overview of the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church.