The new Diocesan EfM coordinator, Julia Simpson,will be sending periodic news items about where you can locate an EfM group and where EfM mentors can register for training plus any other EfM news as it comes up.
Education for Ministry is a “distance-learning program for adult Christian formation through theological education and reflection offered by the Beecken Center of the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee.”
“EfM provides a four-year curriculum that develops a theologically informed, reflective and articulate laity who are prepared to listen for and respond to God’s will. EfM helps lay persons discover and exercise their varied gifts for ministry in the places where they live and work.”
“EfM invites participants into small, mentored groups that provide the framework for understanding life and shaping actions as Christian faith is deepened. EfM groups meet in both local settings and online. The program does not evaluate or recommend individuals for ordination.” (quotes are from the EfM prospectus, 2015).
Our diocese has several ongoing EfM groups which meet at Christ Church in Lake Oswego; St Bartholomew’s in Beaverton and St. Paul’s in Salem. Ann Fontaine leads an EfM Online group. Betty Richard is ready to start a group at St. Lukes by the Sea in Waldport and St. Stephens in Newport if 6 interested people can be found.
Also, there are EfM groups in Eastern Oregon: Dale Hilding has a Monday evening group in Pendleton at the Church of the Redeemer and Janet Stevens has a group at Trinity in Bend.
Here are some contacts for more information:
Ann Fontaine in Cannon Beach, EfM Online , firstname.lastname@example.org
Mikel McClain and Anne Madden at St. Bartholemew’s in Beaverton, Monday evenings beginning in January and a new group starting in September 2016. email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Janet Roth and Mikel McClain will mentor the September group, <email@example.com>.
Betty Richard, St. Luke’s by the Sea, Waldport, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Forner, Pam Justus and Laurel Langenwalter meet at St. Paul’s in Salem on Sundays at 12:30pm during the school year. <email@example.com>
Marsha Jett has an EfM group at St. Paul’s in Oregon city which meets on Thursdays 6:45-9:15pm during the school year. firstname.lastname@example.org
Julia Simpson has a group at Christ Church in Lake Oswego which meets on Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm during the school year. email@example.com
If any other groups meet at other locations, please let me know. Meanwhile, if you are interested in joining a group, please contact one of the mentors listed above.
A mentor training is scheduled for September 22-24, 2016 at Christ Church in Lake Oswego. Please let me know if you are interested in becoming an EfM mentor and I will add you to the list for training information. And contact me if you have any other questions about EfM. The EfM website can be found at <efm.sewanee.edu>. Also, we will have a table at the Diocesan Convention in November!