The Saturday Series
The Saturday Series offers lay and clergy members of the diocese a wonderful opportunity to take part in serious academic study through our new Academy for Vocational Leadership. The Academy is specifically for the training of deacons and total ministry support teams, but we are opening up the academic classes to all interested people. Lectures are offered by members of the faculty of the Seminary of the Southwest via video and discussions are led by our local mentors from the Dioceses of Michigan and Eastern Michigan.
The Saturday Series now offers three great choices:
Year One is the Year of the Bible which offers a survey of the Hebrew Scriptures and New Testament. It is led by the Rev. Dr. Valerie Fargo of the Diocese of Eastern Michigan. This class is recommended for all those who are current and potential lay preachers or Bible study leaders as well as anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge of Scripture. Beginning in 2015 those training to be licensed lay preachers will need this or a comparable course in the Bible. Read more about and register for the Year of the Bible here.
Year Two is an introduction to Church History. It is led by the Rev. Richard Hamlin of the Diocese of Michigan. This class is recommended for all those who wish to deepen their understanding of the development of Christianity. There is a special focus on the history of the Church of England, Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church. Read more about and register for Church History here.
Year Three is an introduction to Theology and Ethics. It is led by the Rev. Canon Jonathan Sams of the Diocese of Michigan. This class is recommended for all those who wish to go further in their studies and deepen their understanding of the church’s perspective on theology and ethics. Read more about and register for Theology and Ethics here. Read more about and register for Theology and Ethics here.
Registration: You may register for the whole series by September 1 or for individual class sessions ten days in advance.
Times: Sessions are normally held on Saturdays from 9:00 – 3:30. You are welcome to join us for Morning Prayer which begins between 8:15 and 8:30 am depending on the weekend.
Location: All sessions will be held at Colombiere Retreat Center, 9075 Big Lake Rd, Clarkston.
Course fee: $400 for entire series (a savings of $100!) $50 for each session. Lunch is included. Scholarships are available.
CEU’s: 20 for entire series; 2 for each session
2018-2019 Class Schedule
Sep 8, 2018 The Early Church Download the study guide with required readings
Oct 6, 2018 The Imperial Church
Nov 3, 2018 The Medieval Church
Dec 1, 2018 Pre-Reformation Christainity in England
Jan 19, 2019 Continental Reformation
Feb 16, 2019 English Reformation
Mar 23, 2019 English Church Development
Apr 27, 2019 Christianity in the Modern World
May 18, 2019 The American Episcopal Church
Jun 15, 2019 The Church and Contemporary Society
Book List — Required readings will be taken from the following books:
- Holmes, David. L. A Brief History of the Episcopal Church, Trinity Press International, 1993.
- MacCulloch , Diarmaid. Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, Penguin 2010.
- MacCulloch, Diarmaid. The Later Reformation in England 1547-1603, Palgrave Macmillian 2001.
- Moorman, J.R.H. A History of the Church in England, Adams and Charles Black 1958.
- Platten, Stephen ed. Anglicanism and the Western Christian Tradition: Continuity, Change and the Communion, Canterbury Press 2003.