The mission of the Academy is to develop a community of seekers, workers, learners and listeners eager to carry out the Gospel in word and action. It does so primarily through rigorous, semester-long course work integrated with in-depth practical experience, providing lay and ordained leaders with the theological education and spiritual formation to serve the ever-changing and challenging 21st-Century church.
The Academy for Formation and Mission provides a quality, affordable, diocesan formation opportunity for priests, deacons and lay leaders. The Academy’s course work, practical experience, and community life prepares students for traditional and pioneer ministries.
Fall Term – Academy for Formation and Mission
Fall 2014 Academy Courses Offered
- Adapting to Modern Times: The Church in Modern History, Friday evening, 7-9 [$150] The Rev. Dr. Corbet Clark (and invited guests) will lead lively discussions of the major themes that have affected the church in the modern/postmodern age, including Expansion and World Mission – Cultural Adaptation and Ecumenism; Interaction with Rationalism and Science; Revivalism and Renewal Movements; the Rise of Fundamentalism; Engagement with Modern Society: Justice, Peace, the Environment; and Encounter with Other Religions.
- Introduction to Historical Theology I, Saturday morning, 8:30-11:30 [$200] Beginning with the Early Church and continuing through the challenges leading up to the Reformation, Dr. Shawn Keough expertly engages students on the key theological movements of The Church.
- Introduction to the New Testament I, Saturday morning, 8:30-11:30 [$200] Examining the Gospels and Acts of the Apostles is the focus of this class led by the Rev. Dn. Brad Toebben.
- Prayer Book Liturgics, Saturday afternoon, 2-5 [$200] The Rev. Dr. Jon Goman offers insightful discussion of the major rites of the Book of Common Prayer, looking at both historical origins and contemporary usage.
- Field-Ed seminar, Saturday afternoon, 1-1:50 [$50] A closed seminar for students engaged in field education at congregations or agencies. The focus is on Theological Reflection and Building Skillsets. The Rev. Dn. Maureen Hagen leads the class.
- Ministerial Identity discussions, Friday afternoon 5-6
Time for discussion for those who want to gain a deeper appreciation into their order of ministry.
Academy Dates: 19/20 September, 3/4 October, 17/18 October, 24/25 October, 7/8 November, 21/22 November, 12/13 December
Classes are open to anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of our faith and church. Our students have included people interested in one subject, people pursuing a license, those in discernment, postulant and candidates for Holy Orders, and clergy desiring continuing education.
Classes meet at St. Francis in Wilsonville, immediately to the east of Exit 282 on I-5.