acad_logo_redThe 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.

Academy for Formation and Mission Winter Term 2015

The Academy’s Winter term starts early January. Seven weeks, biweekly. Courses in Liturgical Leadership, Ethics in the Anglican Tradition, and Theology.

Winter 2015 Academy Courses Offered

Liturgical Leadership, Friday evening, 7-9 [$150]

What makes this day different? We will explore liturgies relating to pastoral offices (baptism, marriage, services for the sick and dying, burial, confirmation, ordination) and liturgical occasions (Advent, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Feast Days). Students will design and execute liturgies, as part of teams. The Rev. Patti Hale leads the class.

Ethics in the Anglican Tradition, Saturday morning, 8:30-11:30 [$200]

This course will introduce participants to ethics as a practical discipline that helps to guide our individual and collective lives and decisions in ways that are consistent with our faith. The class will be taught as a seminar, emphasizing critical reflection and dialogue. The Rev. Jan C. Heller, PhD, System Director of Ethics for PeaceHealth in Vancouver, WA, is the course instructor.

Introduction to Historical Theology II, Saturday afternoon, 2-5 [$200]

In the context of the worshiping life of the Church, Dr. Shawn Keough explores the development of doctrine and theology from the Reformation to the present age.

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 [no charge]

Time for discussion for those who want to gain a deeper appreciation into their order of ministry.

Academy Dates: 9/10 January, 23/24 January, 6/7 February, 20/21 February, 6/7 March, 20/21 March, 10/11 April.

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.

Deadline for registration: December 15, 2014

AFM Course Offerings – Winter 2015

AFM Academy Application Winter 2015