Some say that the Adult Catechumenate is the best kept secret within the Episcopal and Lutheran churches. Two resolutions from the 1988 General Convention encouraged the Catechumenate to be the normative way to initiate adults for baptism, confirmation, and reception in the Episcopal Church. Rooted in the experience of the early Christian Church, we will explore the Catechumenate formation process, gain a pastoral sense of its liturgical rites, and begin to apply this knowledge to our pastoral settings. A hybrid learning model will be used - calling for some work before and after our time together.
There is one Jesus of Nazareth, but four authoritative witnesses to his life and mission. In this course, we are going to study the New Testament gospels in their biblical, historical, and narrative contexts. We are going to develop an appreciation for both their collective and distinctive witness to Jesus Christ and to the life of discipleship. How does their witness inform our understanding of who Jesus was then and who Jesus is now? And how does this knowledge shape our understanding of who we are as his witnesses and activate us and empower us for ministry in his name?
This course addresses the basic principles of sacramental theology from a classical Anglican standpoint and the historical development of the Book of Common Prayer as a response to those principles. Beginning with the fundamental categories of time, space, and incarnation, this course provides a biblical and theological base for the further study and practice of the liturgical worship in the Episcopal tradition.
Social Ministry II
This course will apply concepts learned in Social Ministry I to the participant’s particular local context. Students will develop ministry partnerships within their own local community and will learn basic community organizing principles such as asset mapping. This course will use, in part, the Called to Transformation model of Asset Based Community Development developed by the Episcopal Church and Episcopal Relief & Development.
BKSM welcomes you to take courses with us for personal enrichment or continuing education. Classes are richer with occasional students around the table. We encourage you to experience this remarkable, uplifting community of learning, worship and fellowship for yourself!
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