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Saturday Series for Lay Leaders

The Saturday Series includes the academic portion of the Academy for Vocational Leadership and is open to all interested students. Subjects include Holy Scripture, Church History, and Theology and Ethics. Lectures are offered via video by professors from the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, TX. Discussions are facilitated by local mentors from the participating dioceses. You may attend individual sessions or an entire series.

For the 2019-2020 academic year, the following classes will be offered:

 

The Year of the Bible

The Year of the Bible is a survey course which covers the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament thematically. This series offers a great foundation for anyone who wants to learn more about Holy Scripture and is also required for those seeking to become licensed lay preachers.

Sept 14:   Introduction to Biblical Studies – Register on/before 9/4
Oct 12:    The Pentateuch – Register on/before 10/2
Nov 16:   Deuteronomic History – Register on/before 11/6
Dec 7:    Prophetic Literature – Register on/before 12/4
Jan 18:     Psalms and Wisdom Literature – Register on/before 1/8
Feb 15:    Hellenistic and Roman Periods – Register on/before 2/5
Mar 14:   Gospel of Mark – Register on/before 3/4
Apr 18:    Gospels of Matthew and Luke/Acts – Register on/before 4/8
May 16:   Gospel of John/The Apostle Paul – Register on/before 5/6
June 6:   Paul and Pauline Literature – Register on/before 6/3

Cost:  $60 for each session or the entire series for $600. This price does not include lunch, but is available for $9 per meal.

 

Theology & Ethics

Theology and Ethics is a survey course which gives a broad overview of the church’s teaching. This series offers a strong foundation for those who wish to learn more about the Church and its core beliefs and teachings and deepen their understanding of the church’s perspective on faith and life.

Sept 14:   Christology, Trinity and Ethics: Register on/before 9/4
Oct 12:    Theology: Systematic and Moral: Register on/before 10/2
Nov 16:   Creation, Anthropology, and Election: Register on/ before 11/6
Dec 7:   Sin and Liberation: Register on/before 12/4
Jan 18:    Holy Spirit, Salvation, and Virtue: Register on/before 1/8
Feb 15:    Ecclesiology and Politics: Register on/before 2/5
Mar 14:   Sacraments, Sex, and Marriage: Register on/before 3/4
Apr 18:    Eschatology and Violence: Register on/before 4/8
May 16:   Trinity, Economy, and Ecology: Register on/before 5/6
June 6:   Saintly Lives: Register on/before 6/3

Cost:  $60 for each session or the entire series for $600. This price does not include lunch, but is available for $9 per meal.

 

Homiletics

Those seeking licensure for preaching are required to take the Year of the Bible and Homiletics sequentially over two years or together in one year. For more information about licensing, click here. 

Sept 14:   Session 1
Oct 12:   Session 2
Nov 16:  Session 3
Dec 7:  Session 4
Jan 18:   Session 5
Feb 15:   Session 6

Cost: Entire series for $200. This price does not include dinner, but is available for $11 per meal.

Registration Details

Registration: Register for a series by September 4th. Register for individual class sessions at least 10 days in advance.

Times:  Bible and Ethics take place on Saturdays from 9:30 – 3:30pm. Homiletics takes place from 7-9pm.

Location:  All sessions will be held at Colombiere Retreat Center, 9075 Big Lake Rd, Clarkston.

Click here to complete your registration.

For any questions or for additional information, please contact the Rev. Dr. Valerie Fargo, Director of the Coppage-Gordon School for Ministry at the diocese (989-752-6020) or at home  (989-708-7460).