Current Courses

2019-2020
Vocational and Continuing Education Course Calendar

Winter Term

Nov 1st  2019 – Feb 22, 2020
Winter break December 15 – January 9

  • Theology I, D, P
  • Church History I, P
  • Introduction to OT, D, P
  • Anglican Prayer Book Studies, AS, D, P
  • Anglican Liturgical Theology, AS, P
  • Theology Elective, P
  • Homiletics I, D, P
  • Deacon’s Path, D

Spring Term

Feb 21 – May 2, 2020

  • Ethics I, D, P
  • The Message of Mission, D, P
  • Intro to NT, D, P
  • Church History II, AS, D, P
  • Theology II, P
  • Anglican Ethics,  AS. Elective P

D =  Deacon’s course
P = Priest course
AS = Anglican Studies course

For instructions on how to register for our courses, click here.

Theology

Theology I

FACULTY: Dr. Joshua Davis
COST: $300 for credit and $100 for audit
DATES: TBA

Open to all who are interested in learning about Christian theology. Required for the Schools of the Diaconate and Priesthood

“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.

Church History

Church History I

FACULTY: The Rev. Dr. Mark Scheneman
COST: $300 for credit and $100 for audit
DATES: Monday evenings at 7:00 PM starting 11/4/19

Open to all who are interested in learning about Christian theology—Required for the Schools of the Diaconate and Priesthood

Over the course of two residential retreats, eight lectures, and associated assignments and tutorials students will:

  1. Encounter eight crossroad moments in Christian History which reflect epic developments in the evolution of the faith community.
  2. Understand the context of each crossroad, tracing aspects of the political, cultural, economic, and ecclesiastical forces which shaped that important
  3. Identify the key issues, people, and outcomes of each crossroad
  4. Reflect on the dynamic direction which each crossroad represents in the evolution of Christianity and the Anglican Community.
  5. Learn to apply these historical crossroad moments to the contemporary life, worship, witness, and the mission of the
Deacon Cross

Deacon’s Path

FACULTY: The Venerable Jane Miron, The Rev. Hank Morrow
COST: $300 for credit and $100 for audit
DATES: TBA

Open to all who are interested in learning about the ministry of Serving —Required for the Schools of the Diaconate

This course can be taken as a discernment course and/or course for those who are experiencing a call to the ministry of a deacon and serves as an introduction to diaconal ministry. Students will explore the essence of being a deacon, the call to diaconal ministry, and the characteristics/traits necessary to the role of a deacon.

Old Testament

Introduction to Old Testament

FACULTY: The Rev. Dr. David Zwifka
COST: $150 for credit
DATES: Wednesdays @ 6:00 PM beginning 11/6/19

Open to all who are interested in learning about Christian theology—Required for the Schools of the Diaconate and Priesthood 

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

Anglican Prayer

Anglican Prayer Book Studies

FACULTY: The Rev. Shawn Strout
COST: $300 for credit and $100 for audit
DATES: Monday evenings at 7 PM starting 11/4/19.

Open to all who are interested in learning about the Book of Common Prayer —Required for the Schools of the Diaconate and Priesthood

This 10-week course will provide students with an overview of the history of liturgy in the western church and the Anglican Tradition with emphases on the liturgical theology of the Book of Common Prayer, Baptism and Eucharist along with the Daily Office.

Anglican Practical Theology

Anglican Liturgical Theology

FACULTY: The Rev. Shawn Strout
COST: $300 for credit and $100 for audit
DATES: Monday evenings at 8:00 PM starting 11/4/19

Open to all who are interested in learning about liturgical theology—Required for the Schools of the Diaconate and Priesthood

In this ten-week course, we will discuss the nature of liturgical theology as a source of theology for the church. Liturgical scholars have coined the term lex orandi, lex credendi to describe how the liturgy functions as a source of theology.  Some liturgical scholars consider liturgical theology to be “primary theology.”  We will consider the implications of this assertion as well.

Intro to New Testament

Homiletics

FACULTY: The Rev. Dr. David Zwifka
COST: $300 for credit and $100 for audit
DATES: Wednesdays @ 7:00 PM beginning 11/6/19

Open to all who are interested in learning about liturgical theology—Required for the Schools of the Diaconate and Priesthood

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. Preach it Boldly, The Joy of the Gospel, an advanced course for clergy only; Homiletics as a spiritual discipline for effective preaching. 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.

Mosque

Exploring Islam: Theology and Spiritual Practice

FACULTY: Salih Sayilgan
COST: $300 for credit and $100 for audit
DATES: Wednesdays at 8:00 PM starting 11/6/19

This course aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to Islam, its history, beliefs, and practices in America. While the first part introduces the traditional narrative of Muhammad’s life and context, the second part concentrates on the Qur’an and its role in the lives of Muslims. In the last part, we will study various aspects of the tradition including theology, law, rituals, Sufism, diversity, as well as jihad and women in Islam.

Exam

GOE Prep

FACULTY: The Rev. Dr. David Zwifka
COST: $150 for credit
DATES: Nov 1 – Dec 15 2019 (5 weeks)

This course is to assist students in preparing for the General Ordination Exam.

Parish Life Erradicating Racism

An Introduction to Eradicating Racism

FACULTY: Kevin Baron
COST: TBA
DATES: TBA

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.

Joining the Jesus Movement

Joining the Jesus Movement

FACULTY: Kate Harrigan
COST: TBA
DATES: TBA

This five-week course module centers on Presiding Bishop Michael Curry calling us to join the Jesus Movement in a loving, liberating and life-giving Way. It is designed to address the ways in which we understand our call to participate in God’s mission in the world and how that call may be implemented in lay ministry or in ordained ministry.

Small Parish

Transforming Life and Faith in the Smaller Parish

FACULTY: Kate Harrigan
COST: TBA
DATES: TBA

Transforming Life and Faith in the Smaller Parish is designed for lay leadership, such as vestries, ministry leadership and clergy who are serving or will serve the smaller parish. The focus is on Pastoral Care and Parish Life and ways to proclaim the Good News of God in Christ. This includes how the congregation provides means of connection and communication, how the successful smaller church vestry is organized and operates faithfully, and how lay ministry is formed, encouraged and strengthened.

Celtic Spirituality

Conversations in Celtic Spirituality

FACULTY: Mark Scheneman
COST: $75.00 per person
DATES: TBA

This parish-based program is designed for 5-6 sessions, led by a local convener and mentored by the Rev. Mark Scheneman. Fr. Mark will arrange to visit with the group for its initial meeting and give a presentation overview of Celtic Spirituality and the program.