Current Courses

Spring 2018 Courses

Registration for all Spring 2018 courses is now closed.

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Discernment Modules

Meeting God’s Call: Module IV with Rev. Kate Harrigan

Meeting Gods’ Call in Sacrament and Story II: Discernment through the Sacrament of Eucharist

This module encourages participants to engage in their call through the depth of the sacrament of the Eucharist. It is open to ALL, and is currently open for enrollment. It begins with Spring Orientation I. There is no prerequisite for this course.

Cost: $25

Special Course Offerings as Continuing Education for Clergy and Lay Preachers

Greek for Preaching and Teaching II with Dr. Deirdre Good

(Prerequisite: Greek for Preaching and Teaching I or permission of the instructor) This is a course reading the gospels of Mark and John in conjunction with the lectionary readings. We will focus on syntax (parts of speech and forms), morphology (internal structure of words), theological issues, and semantic meanings. We will use traditional and online resources including the Greek New Testament, dictionaries, and Bible software.

Cost: $50

Conversations in Celtic Spirituality with Rev. Dr. Mark Scheneman

This course is a five-week course specially designed for small groups in parishes. This course will undertake a pilgrimage into traditional and contemporary Celtic Spirituality. We will examine the rich and deep traditions of the Celtic Christian movement with particular attention to the dynamics and rhythms of connectedness, presence, and engagement in a spirituality we can claim as our own in this 21st century.

Cost: $150 for individual registration; $100 for small group leader and $25 for each additional member with faculty; $150 for a small group in the parish using only content and no faculty.

Lenten Study of Becoming the Beloved Community

This 5-week Lenten study course will reflect upon how racism has distorted our relationship with God and each other and how we can begin to eradicate this sin.  We will discern what racism has wrought within our churches, how race matters, and how we strive to serve Christ in all persons.  We will only truly become the Beloved Community when we free ourselves from the bondage of racism and seek the liberation of all as Christ commands.   Over 5 weeks we will discuss:  A Theology of Liberation; The Truth About the Church and Race; Telling the Truth to Ourselves; The Construction of Racial Identity (Race Matters); and Serving Christ in All Persons.

Cost: $150 for individual registration; $100 for small group leader and $25 for each additional member with faculty; $150 for a small group in the parish using only content and no faculty.

Canon Law with Rev. Dr. Kara Slade

This course will provide an overview of canon law in the Episcopal Church as a preparation for ordination.

Cost: $150


Full Ten Week Course Offerings

Cost for all courses (except Sharing the Lectionary): $300 for individual registration; $300 for small group leader and $50 for each additional member with faculty; $150 for a small group in the parish using only content and no faculty.

Becoming the Beloved Community with Mr. Kevin Barron and Mrs. Marion Schwartz

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 Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism by Drew G.I. Hart, and Becoming an Anti-Racist Church: Journeying toward Wholeness by Joseph Barndt. 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.

Church History II with Rev. Dr. Mark Scheneman

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 Robert 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.

Deacons in Action with the Venerable Jane Miron and Rev. Hank Morrow

This course consists of a five-week hybrid online module that prepares the students to engage in two semesters of field placement. he Second Five weeks consist of Discussion forum for practicing Theological Reflection and Social Analysis to determine the Field Placement mission choice.The First Five weeks connect the academic discipline of theology with the identity of the diaconate ministry. The Second Five weeks consist of Discussion forum for practicing Theological Reflection and Social Analysis to determine the Field Placement mission choice. The student will be expected to develop a mission opportunity using theology as a way to analyze and structure mission and ministry either in a congregation, institution, convocation, or regional area.

Ethics II with Rev. Dr. Kara Slade

At its best, the discipline of Christian ethics is nothing less than the adventure of discipleship, and I’m glad to join each of you this semester as we embark on it together. While this course draws on the work of a number of Anglican scholars, it is also intentionally ecumenical, bringing other voices to the table as well. Over the next 10 weeks, we will explore a range of topics that address how Christians can think and live morally – in our own lives and in our common life together: in families, in communities, in our nation, and in creation.

Hebrew Testament Survey Course with Rev. Dr. David Zwifka

Learn more about Covenant, and the journey of the ancient people of God. This course examines the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) as an expression of the religious life and thought of ancient Israel and a foundational document of Western civilization.

Preaching in Challenging Times with Rev. Shawn Strout

(Prerequisite: Homiletics I or permission of instructor)
This course is both for the student preacher and the experienced preacher. Preachers are called to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ no matter the circumstances. How do we proclaim this Good News in challenging times? In this course, we will discuss three types of challenging sermons: liturgical, pastoral, and prophetic sermons. Students will preach three times, videotaping themselves and the class will discuss the sermons via Zoom. Therefore, access to a digital recorder and a webcam/microphone will be required.

Sharing the Lectionary with Dr. Deirdre Good

This is a course sharing and proclaiming the lectionary for Epiphany, Lent, and Easter 2018. We will pay particular attention to the Gospels of Mark and John and also discuss readings for the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (Feb 2), Feast of St Joseph (March 19), the Annunciation (April 9), and for Holy Week (March 25-April 1).

Cost: $50

Synoptics I with Dr. Deirdre Good

There are four gospels in the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. While John is distinctive, Matthew, Mark, and Luke can be studied alongside one another because of overlapping content. Thus, they are identified as the Synoptic Gospels from Greek words connoting “seen with” or “seen together.” In this course, we will cover all of Mark’s Gospel studying it alone and attending to parallel passages such as the parable of the Sower/Seeds/Soils in Matthew, Mark, and Luke.

Theology II with Rev. Shawn Strout

(Prerequisite: Theology I or permission of instructor)
“If someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.” Systematic theology is the theological discipline that seeks to give an answer for the hope that lies within us. In this course, we will continue our exploration of systematic theology. We will pick up with discussions on the topics of Creation, the Fall, Redemption, Sacraments, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology.