Take the next step into racial reconciliation by building bridges across culture and race.

This course builds on the work of listening and storytelling from the 2016 Convention of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. Meaningful steps toward dismantling racism start with understanding our own cultural lens and learning to listen deeply in relationship with others.

This course trains you to build your ability to recognize and reconstruct your own cultural and racial bias.  Through the Intercultural Development Inventory assessment, learning plan and one-on-one coaching,  you’ll gain increased awareness, understanding, and skills in navigating race and culture.

The course incorporates materials and mixed methodology for living effectively in cultural and racially diverse settings.  The School for Formation offers this course through a partnership with Webb and Carroll Consultants. Richard Webb and Carrie Carroll offer this course out of their expertise and experience in helping Christian organizations improve cultural and racial competencies. 

Book list

  • The Racial Healing Handbook by Anneliese A. Singh
  • Living Into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism In America, Catherine Meeks, ed.

Save these dates and times for Zoom meetings: Wednesday evenings, 6:30 - 8pm CT, February 16, March 3, 16 and 30, 2022

Instructors: Richard Webb M.Ed. and Carrie Carroll M.A.


Dates: February 14 - April 4, 2022
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This course is: For Everyone
Registration Opens: December 15, 2021
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What kinds of contemplative and communal prayer (i.e., discipleship) form us as practitioners of the way of Jesus, rooted in the presence of God?  How do we order our days so that we are connected to God in times of strength and in times of struggle?  The many ways of defining spirituality have a common theme of lived experience, or in Alister McGrath’s words, “spirituality is the outworking in real life of a person’s religious faith—what a person does with what they believe.”

In this seven-week course, you’ll try on ancient and modern ways of praying alone and in community, with silence and with sound, with stillness and with movement.  This course will integrate historical and experiential approaches to understanding different ways of praying within the Christian tradition.  Together, we will explore apophatic and cataphatic understandings of prayer, the role of the head and heart in prayer, our image of God, practical approaches to discernment, and a life-long orientation to spiritual growth through spiritual direction and faith development.  Course content will include weekly on-line lectures and on-line discussion forum to exchange thoughts, experiences, ideas, and to pose questions. You’ll keep a regular journal to reflect on how you are meeting God in these practices.  As a final project, you’ll create a rule of life – a set of practices and commitments for the journey ahead. 

Join Christine Luna Munger, Director of the Episcopal House of Prayer, for this deep dive into Christian spirituality.

Readings:

  • The Way of a Pilgrim (Anonymous – a classic of Orthodox spirituality)
  • Practical Mysticism by Evelyn Underhill
  • Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life by Marjorie Thompson
  • The Way of Discernment by Elizabeth Lieber
  • Additional articles
Save these dates and times for Zoom meetings: Monday evenings, 7:00-8:30pm CT, February 14 and 28, March 14 and 28, 2022

Instructor: Christine Luna Munger, Director, Episcopal House of Prayer


Dates: February 14, 2022 - April 4, 2022
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This course is: For Everyone
Registration Opens: November 17, 2021
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All good liturgy is deeply theological and deeply pastoral. This course focuses on liturgy at life’s seams and disruptions, including confirmation, marriage, childbirth, praying with the sick, confession, burial, and times of crisis, looking at both pastoral and theological aspects of these liturgies. Alongside this, we will spend time looking at liturgical space, and becoming familiar with the prayer book. This seven week online course will focus on constructing and leading these services wisely and well. The course is open to anyone – lay, ordained, or discerning/training for orders. The course will take place entirely online, and will include elements where we are together at the same time online (via Zoom) and times when each person works individually. Prepare to come away feeling more familiar with these services and confident in leading them and being with people during these crucial times in life!

Save these dates and times for Zoom meetings:
 Tuesday evenings, 7:00-8:30 pm CT, February 15, March 1. and 29, 2022

Readings:

  • Gatta, Julia, Life in Christ: Practicing Christian Spirituality (Church Publishing, 2010).
  • Mitchell, Leonel L., Pastoral and Occasional Liturgies: A Ceremonial Guide (Cowley: 1998)
  • Available in hard copy or for free online:
    • Book of Common Prayer, 1979
    • Book of Occasional Services, 2018
    • Enriching Our Worship 2: Ministry with the Sick or Dying; Burial of a Child (Church Publishing, 2000).
    • Enriching Our Worship 3: Burial Rites for Adults, together with a Rite for the Burial of a Child (Church Publishing, 2006).
    • Enriching Our Worship 5: Liturgies and Prayers Related to Childbearing, Childbirth, and Loss (Church Publishing, 2009).
    • Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, “I Will Bless You and You Will Be A Blessing”: Resources for the Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant in a Same-Sex Relationship. Liturgical Resources 1 (Church Publishing, 2012).
  • Recommended (not required) resources:
    • Changes: Prayers and Services Honoring Rites of Passage, (Church Publishing, 2007)
    • Olsen, Derek. Inwardly Digest: The Prayer Book as Guide to A Spiritual Life (Forward Movement, 2016)
    • Gatta, Julia, and Martin Smith Go in Peace: The Art of Hearing Confessions (Morehouse, 2012).

The syllabus for the class is available here!

Instructor: Jason Fout, Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Anglican Theology at Bexley+Seabury

Dates: February 14 - April 4, 2022
Link to Syllabus:

Link coming soon

This course is: For Everyone
Registration Opens: November 17, 2021
Registration Link:

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Designed for those who already have a little or a lot of preaching experience, this course invites you into a learning community, focusing on on specific dynamic in the experience of preaching that rotates each year.

Preaching Lab, 2022:

Baptisms, Weddings, and Funerals: How to Preach Meaningful Pastoral Sermons

By the end of the course students will be able to apply best practices so that their pastoral sermons are personal, on point, and grounded in liturgy and Scripture.

Each pastoral sermon (baptism, wedding, and funeral) will be the focus for two weeks, the first week to ground it in its theological, liturgical, and Scripture context, and the second to prepare the outline for a homily.

All students, whether taking the course for credit or as continuing education, are expected to offer a final project of one, 5-7 minute homily on the pastoral occasion of their choice.

The course will include reading, written chat discussion, student video assignments, and live Zoom sessions.

Prerequisite: For those who have successfully completed an introductory homiletics course, either in the School for Formation or elsewhere.

Readings:

  • Schlafer, David. What Makes This Day Different? Preaching Grace on Special Occasions. Cowley Press (Cambridge, MA, 1998).
  • Brosend, William. The Homiletical Question: An Introduction to Liturgical Preaching. Cascade Books (Eugene, OR, 2017).

Save these dates and times for Zoom sessions: 7 - 8pm, on the following dates: 

Orientation: Feb. 8th, 7PM
Tuesday, Feb. 15
Tuesday, Feb. 22
Monday, Feb. 28
Tuesday, March 8
Tuesday, March 15
Tuesday, March 22
Tuesday, March 29

Instructor:  The Rev’d Lisa Cressman, D. MIn., Backstory Preaching

Dates: February 14 - April 4, 2022
Link to Syllabus:

Preaching Lab 2022

This course is: For people who meet prerequisites listed above
Registration Opens: November 17, 2021
Registration Link:

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  • What do you say to a young woman and her parents when they come to you for counseling about an unplanned pregnancy?
  • Are there theological resources that either prohibit or support euthanasia?
  • What does the Christian tradition say about war?
  • What does the command to “love the neighbor” look like in a diverse and pluralistic society?
  • What is the role of the church in local, national, or global politics?

The SFF’s course in ‘Practical Christian Ethics’ opens up these questions and more.  Instructor James Foster will introduce you to ethical theories, and help participants consider models of responsibility and obligation according to the Christian theological tradition.

This formation experience will engage the tradition of Christian theological reflection on human action. We will explore Christian ideals of conduct, character, and community, with particular attention to their practical significance.  We will focus on the life of the church as well as the role of religion in public life. We will give special attention to the ways that Christian beliefs and practices interact with systemic social and ecological problems, particularly racism, sexism, heterosexism, and classism. This course is an invitation to cultivate an ethical style.

Save these dates and times for Zoom meetings: Monday evenings, 7:00-8:30pm CT, April 25, May 9, May, 23 and June 6, 2022

Readings: 

Instructor: James Foster, Associate Professor, University of Sioux Falls


Dates: April 18 - June 6, 2022
Link to Syllabus:


This course is: For Everyone
Registration Opens: November 17, 2021
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The rhythms of the church year guide us annually through the great stories and themes of the Christian faith. But why do Episcopalians follow a liturgical calendar? Where did the idea come from, and how has it changed through the centuries? How do the liturgies in our Book of Common Prayer express the important themes of faith, and how can they be part of the church’s missional, outward focus? This course will offer an in-depth study of the rhythms and themes of the church year, with particular attention to the liturgies of Holy Week.

Outcomes

  • Familiarity with (and ability to talk about) the liturgical year and lectionary cycles
  • Ability to plan and participate in the liturgies of Holy Week, with attention to each faith community’s size and context, and with understanding of theology underlying liturgical choices
  • Understanding liturgy, particularly during Holy Week, as both an expression of the faith of the church and also an opportunity for missional engagement with the community

Required Readings for 2022:

  • J. Neil Alexander, Celebrating Liturgical Time: Days, Weeks, Seasons. (New York: Church Publishing. 2014.)
  • Leonel Mitchell, Planning the Church Year. (Philadelphia: Morehouse. 1991.)
  • Leonel Mitchell, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, and the Great Fifty Days: A Ceremonial Guide. (Boston: Cowley Publications. 1996.)
  • John H. Westerhoff, III. A Pilgrim People: Learning Through the Church Year. (New York: Church Publishing. 2005.)
  • Available in hard copy or for free online:
    • The Book of Common Prayer (1979)
    • The Book of Occasional Services (2018)
  • Students may also want to have access to:
    • The Hymnal 1982
    • Lift Every Voice and Sing II
    • Voices Found
    • Wonder, Love, and Praise
    • El Himnario
    • My Heart Sings Out
    • Enriching Our Music 1 & 2

A copy of the syllabus is available here.

Save these dates and times for Zoom meetings: Tuesday evenings, 7:00-8:30 pm CT, May 3, 17 and 31, 2022

Instructor: Jason Fout, Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Anglican Theology at Bexley+Seabury.

Dates: April 18 - June 6, 2022
Link to Syllabus:


This course is: For Everyone
Registration Opens: November 17, 2021
Registration Link:

REGISTER HERE