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Education for [Lay] Ministry

The opportunity to sign up for Education for Ministry (EfM) for September 2019 to May 2020 is open now. We meet Wednesday nights at St. John’s, starting at 6:30 with dinner and ending promptly at 9:30 p.m. This is a seminar program, meaning that each person contributes their thoughts, experience, and ideas. It is also adult education without tests or papers for which continuing education credits are available.

Ask anyone who has participated how much it has meant to them! On May 26, we presented certificates to two people who have completed 4 years: Denise Galbo from St. John’s and Kathleen Patterson of Christ Church, Georgetown.

Theological Reflection is the hallmark of EfM. People who participate in EfM encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into conversation with their experiences of the world as they learn, worship, and engage in theological reflection together. The goal is to learn to think theologically. We examine our own beliefs and our relationship to our culture and the tradition of our Christian faith.

In addition to theological reflection, what do we do? We read scripture and books: the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament); the New Testament; church history; and books on theology, ethics, and interfaith encounters. Participants are given weekly assignments to do with the help of resource guides. Then, we meet weekly in a small group that allows us to share our insights and discoveries as we are comfortable. We deepen our friendships along with our sense of how to live faithfully.

EfM is designed for lay people. Participants, who register for one year at a time, do not have to attend the parish. The books and guides are provided at cost through The School of Theology of the University of the South. Because the diocese and St. John’s support the program, the fees are reduced to $375/year and scholarships are available depending on how many sign up. Applications are on the bulletin board next to the single door to the lounge. Please contact Barbara Ordway (ordwaybp[AT], Julia Andrews (juliaandrews[AT] for details.