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Theological Education

    Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom: Enlighten by your Holy Spirit those who teach and those who learn, that, rejoicing in the knowledge of your truth, they may worship and serve you from generation to generation; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.              -- The Book of Common Prayer

    The Context

    To be baptized is to be in Christ and to share a common life of faith, a Christ-like life intended to be radically different from that of the world.  It is a life of service and servanthood.  It is a life of action for justice, peace and reconciliation.  It is more than a momentary experience; it is the beginning of a life-long process of growth in Christ.  

    Theology seeks to express the content of faith in the clearest and most coherent language available.  The theologian speaks out of the community of faith, participates in that community and reflects upon it.

    The goal of education is learning and learning occurs in many ways, under many circumstances, and in a host of varied contexts.  From one point of view, learning is contiguous with living, certainly with growth.  Teaching is arranging environments and being present to others in ways that assist their learning.

    The main mission of theological education is to better equip laity and clergy for faithful and effective leadership in the service of Jesus Christ.  Theological education takes place throughout the church.  It is closely linked to spiritual formation.                              

    The process of Christian education can be outlined as follows:

    q       Examine our lives - focus attention on some particular practice or experience so that it can be named

    q       Engage the church's faith - consider the faith of the church contained in scripture and tradition and engage that faith afresh

    q       Renew and reform our faith - reflect upon our lives in light of faith so as to gain insight

    q       Live our faith - act upon these insights out of new convictions and with new practices                              

    The above material from:

    • Called to Teach and Learn: A Catechetical Guide to the Episcopal Church
    • Principles of Christian Theology, John Macquarrie
    • A guide to the Seminaries of the Episcopal Church


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