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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

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

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Community Listening as Evangelism

FACULTY: Deacon Marsha Roscoe & Pastor Richard Jorgensen
COST: $75.00
DATES: Mondays at 7:00 PM beginning March 30

This five-week course helps students develop skills for focused listening and explores how to assess needs and possibilities for mission.  Students will be equipped to map their immediate mission field and to identify individuals and organizations with whom they might be in relationship.  Students reclaim the classic understanding of a parish being intimately connected with the community. This course is pass/fail.

Holy Places: Liturgy in Space and Time

FACULTY: The Rev. Thomas Joyner
COST: $75.00
DATES: Asynchronous online course with direct access to the instructor

In this class, we walk by video through several common liturgical spaces (all located in the Diocese of Alabama) and show how each has something theological to say for our liturgy. The class meets for six sessions and its organized around our “Liturgical Centers”: font, pulpit, altar, Presider’s chair, choir space, and congregational space. This class is an asynchronous, online course, with direct access to the instructor.

Reading the Gospel of Matthew, Year A

FACULTY: Dr. Deirdre Good
COST: $75.00
DATES: Tuesdays at 6:00 PM beginning March 24

An exploration of the Gospel of Matthew, this five-week learning opportunity is designed for discovering mission exploration, deepening the spiritual life of your community, and for those who preach and teach.

Interested in learning opportunities for individuals or small groups in your parish?

Check out our Shaped by Faith education and learning offered at no cost to you. 

Becoming the Beloved Community

FACULTY: Kevin Barron & Kathleen Schwartz
COST: FREE
DATES: Sundays at 5:00 p.m. beginning June 7

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. 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.

Deacon’s Path

FACULTY: Jane Miron & Hank Morrow
COST: : $300 for credit $100 to audit
DATES: TBA

This course is designed for those thinking and wondering about the ministry of deacon and for those in the certificate program for the diaconate. Includes understanding the role of the deacon in the “Jesus Movement.”

The Gospel of John

FACULTY: Deirdre Good
COST: : $300 for credit $100 to audit
DATES: TBA

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.

History of the Episcopal Church

FACULTY: Mark Scheneman
COST: : $300 for credit $100 to audit
DATES: TBA

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. 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.

Joining the Jesus Movement

FACULTY: Kate Harrigan
COST: : $75 per individual or $150 for a parish team of 2 or more / FREE for SBF congregations
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.