Current Courses

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall Brochure CoverTo view our Fall 2018 Course Brochure, click here.

View our October 5-6 Retreat Weekend Come & See Poster here.

Registration for Fall Courses and the October 5-6 & December 14-15, Retreat Weekends are now open!

Our Fall Retreat Weekend will focus on Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s call for all Episcopalians to follow The Way of Love.  You can view the schedule for the weekend here.

To register for any course or for the Retreat Weekend, click here. The Way of Love Retreat is part of our Orientation weekend, so register for “Orientation.”  For instructions on how to register, click here.

Special Course Offerings as Continuing Education for All

Introduction to Eradicating Racism
This course is available at no cost as a five-week module.

Instructors:  Kevin Barron and Marion Schwartz
Using the framework of the Episcopal Church’s “Becoming a Beloved Community” this introductory course on antiracism will lead participants through five pillars rooted in helping us to live out our Baptismal Covenant; Learning to Live the Beloved Community: the Good News of Liberation for Individuals and Society; Serving Christ in All Persons; Learning the Truth About the Church and Race; Telling the Truth to Ourselves; and the Construction of Racial Identity. Course resources will be used that address systemic racism, identity, and justice.  Participants will be asked to examine these concepts through the lens of scripture.

Online Video Classtime: Sundays 2:00 – 5:00 pm but also available as a parish-based course.

Becoming the Beloved Community
This course is available at no cost as a 10-week online course.

Instructors:  Kevin Barron and 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 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.

(This course fulfills the canonical requirements for those seeking ordination but is not limited only to those seeking ordination.)

Online Video Classtime: Weekly on Tuesdays from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

 

Conversations in Celtic Spirituality
A Five-Week Module

Instructor:   The Rev. Dr. Mark Scheneman
This course is developed for small groups in parish life.  This course requires a group facilitator.  As your guide in this pilgrimage, questions will be posted and power points will be provided to offer ways to go deeper into our text. Our course will feature one chapter of the book each week, but you might want to get started with reading and review the chapters each week as we take them in order. Esther decal’s, “Every Earthly Blessing- Recovering the Celtic Tradition” published by Morehouse Publishing is easily accessible.  We will have the opportunity to close this five-week module with a Celtic Eucharist.

Cost: $100 for a small group of 2 or more persons; $50 for individuals

Online Video Classtime: TBD

 

New Testament Greek in Five Weeks
A Five-Week Module

Instructor:   Dr. Deirdre Good
Learn the language of the New Testament including the Greek alphabet, basic syntax, and tools to help you study further including digital resources, dictionaries, and Bible software.

Cost: $100 for a small group of 2 or more persons; $50 for individuals

Online Video Classtime: Weekly on Mondays from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

 

Sharing the Lectionary
A 10-week online study with others preparing to teach and preach using the lectionary (no homework requirements)

Instructor:  Dr. Deirdre Good
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.

Cost: $100 for a small group of 2 or more persons; $50 for individuals

Online Video Classtime: Weekly on Mondays from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

 

Ways to Pray: Spiritual Practices for Parish Life I
A Five Week Module

Instructor:  Deacon Marsha Roscoe
This 5-week online course invites participants to explore in community one’s faith journey, noticing where we’ve been, where we are now, and where God is inviting us into, so  we can grow in and bear witness to God’s Way of Love. Drawing from the deep roots of our Christian tradition, this course explores how the spiritual practices of Tum, Learn and Pray shape our lives to follow Jesus.

Cost: $100 for a small group of 2 or more persons; $50 for individuals

Online Video Classtime: Weekly on Tuesdays from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm – October 7th through November 10th.

 

Ways to Share Our Story and Follow Jesus
A Five Week Module

Instructor:  Deacon Marsha Roscoe
As a stand-alone course, or as part of our new parish life lay evangelist certiEcate program, this 5-week introductory online module helps students explore how, with God’s help, we recognize and live into our belovedness as children of God, engage daily prayer practices, and articulate our own story of experiencing God’s love for us for the sake of the Jesus Movement to change the world.

Cost: $100 for a small group of 2 or more persons; $50 for individuals

Online Video Classtime: Weekly on Tuesdays from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm – November 11th through December 15th.

 

Discernment Modules
Meeting God’s Call in Sacrament and Story – Module III

Instructor: The Rev. Kate Harrigan
This is a 5-6 week online module that begins October 4th and 5th and is designed to deepen our understanding of how God calls us through our Baptism. (Discernment modules may be taken in any order.)

Cost: $25

Online Video Classtime: Weekly on Sundays from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

 

Full Ten-Week Course Offerings
Church History I
Open to all who are interested in the history of the Christian Church

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Mark Scheneman
This course focuses on eight “Crossroad Moments” in church history: Conversion of Constantine, Patrick’s Mission to Ireland, Benedict establishes Monastic Order, Martin Luther Posts the 95 Theses, Cranmer’s Book of Common Prayer, Establishment of the Episcopal Church, The Second Vatican Council

Cost: $300 for credit; $150 for audit

Online Video Classtime: Weekly on Thursdays from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

 

The Deacon’s Path
Open to all who are interested in the discerning a call to the diaconate as well as those in vocational process.

Instructor: Deacon Jane Miron and Deacon Hank Marrow
This course, which can be taken as a discernment course and/or course for those who are experiencing a call to the ministry of a deacon. The course serves as an introduction to diaconal ministry. In it, you will find an exploration of  the essence of being a deacon, the call to diaconal ministry, the characteristics/traits necessary to the role of a deacon.

Cost: $300 for credit; $150 for audit

Online Video Classtime: Weekly on Sundays from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

 

Homiletics
For all lay preachers, and a requirement those in the vocational process for ordination
Instructor:  The Rev. Dr. David Zwifka
How do you proclaim so that others may believe?  Deepen your exegetical practices, strengthen your preaching, challenge yourself to reflect on your practice of preaching.  This course is for lay preachers as well as those in the vocational process for ordination.

Cost: $300 for credit; $150 for audit

Online Video Classtime: TBD

 

Introduction to Hebrew Scriptures
Open to all interested in learning more about Hebrew Scriptures

Instructor:  The Rev. Dr. David Zwifka
The first part of this course deals with those background issues necessary for a proper understanding of the sacred texts, including inspiration, inerrancy, canonicity, biblical history, how the reader is to interpret biblical texts.  The second part of the course applies these concepts to a study of the Pentateuch, concentrating on Genesis, Exodus, and Deuteronomy.

Cost: $300 for credit; $150 for audit

Online Video Classtime: Weekly on Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

 

Liturgical Theology
Deepens our understanding of the theology of the Eucharist.  

Instructor:  The Rev. Shawn Strout
Using Kevin Irwin’s book, “Context and Text”, as our main guide, we will build a practical methodology for liturgical theology, focusing primarily on the Eucharist.  Students will construct their own liturgical theology using their parish as the context.

Cost: $300 for credit; $150 for audit

Online Video Classtime: Weekly on Mondays from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

 

Prayer Book Studies I
For all in the vocational process but also for those in confirmation or reception process in their parishes.
Instructor:  The Rev. Shawn Strout
This course will provide students with an overview of the history of the liturgy in the western church, Anglican Tradition, with an emphasis on the liturgical theology of the Book of Common Prayer, Baptism and Eucharist along with the Daily Office.  Reading, reflection, class discussion will help students articulate the Episcopal Church’s theology of Baptism and Eucharist and have a better understanding of the shape of the daily office.

Cost: $300 for credit; $150 for audit

Online Video Classtime: Weekly on Mondays from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

 

Theology I
Open to all who are interested in learning about Christian theology.

Instructor:  Dr. Joshua Davis
”And 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 explore topics including the nature of God, Christology, Pneumatology, and Trinitarian theology. We will use multiple media including readings, YouTube videos, and live online discussions.

Cost: $300 for credit; $150 for audit

Online Video Classtime: Weekly on Tuesdays from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm