Imagine a place where you can study, grow, reflect, examine, and experience where faith intersects with tradition, culture, and the world as we know it. This place is real and it’s closer than you think. This place is Education for Ministry (EfM).
EfM is an extension course in theology sponsored by the School of Theology at the University of the South (an Episcopal seminary) in Sewanee, Tennessee. Available globally through interested parishes like St. George’s, EfM consists of four parts, focusing sequentially on the Old Testament, New Testament, church history, and theology.
Through discussion, reflection, and study, participants delve into the deeper issues of faith and examine how scripture, theology, and modern-day culture can weave together a rich tapestry of personal conviction, hope, and healing.
Being ready to challenge closely held belief structures is an integral part of the EfM journey. Further, participants are encouraged to move beyond their comfort zones and embrace art, music, philosophy, modern mystics, and more to express their theological journey.
The next EfM session will begin in September 2018. For the Fall, we will offer two groups from 5:30 – 8 p.m. on Mondays (all years) and Tuesdays (year 4). Please contact Wendy Gayle, Casey Hu, Laurel Loch, or Carol Lawson to sign up.
Still not sure? Here’s what current participants at St. George’s have to say about EfM:
“EfM breathes for the world a universal breath of compassion!” –Stephen B.
“I completed my 4th year and graduated in June 2015. But it wasn’t long before I realized that it meant so much to be a part of this group that I simply could not give it up. And I have signed up for a sixth year. Cannot imagine my life without it.” –Carol L.
“EFM is a pilgrimage of many dimensions—intellectual, emotional, and above all, spiritual. Among our fellow pilgrims we experience the Body of Christ. In their company, we move into deeper relationship with our rich Christian tradition and we learn to attend to the small, still voice of the Source of all.” –Katie G.
“EfM has been for me the small community I needed in which to explore my faith. I have been challenged and enriched by the scholarly aspect of EfM. But more meaningful to me has been the conversation, injected with seriousness and a lot of humor, that has allowed me to stretch and grow as a person of faith. The exchange of theological and cultural beliefs and the questioning and working toward a personal position is great spiritual and intellectual exercise!” —Casey H.
“This has been the place for me to ask questions of myself and challenge what I believe and why. Additionally, the study has given me the chance to reflect and wonder without the pressure of conforming. My faith is richer because of EfM.” —Laurel L.
“EfM really turned out to be not what I had expected. I expected to join in discussion of the Bible and teachings of the church, but in turn found out much about myself, made lasting friendships, and grew spiritually.” —Pat D.