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Saturday Series

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. Those training to be licensed lay preachers will need this or a comparable course in the Bible. Topics include:

Introduction to Biblical Studies
The Pentateuch
Deuteronomy and the Deuteronomistic History
Prophets; The Restoration
Psalms and Wisdom Literature
Hellenistic and Roman Periods
The Gospel of Mark
The Gospels of Matthew and Luke/Acts
The Gospel of John
Paul and Pauline

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, 2018-2019 Spring Semester:

English Reformation Download the study guide with required readings
English Church Development
Christianity in the Modern World
The American Episcopal Church
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.

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. Topics include:

Christology, Trinity, and Ethics
Theology: Systematic and Moral
Creation, Anthropology, and Election
Sin and Liberation
Holy Spirit, Salvation, and Virtue
Ecclesiology and Politics
Sacraments, Sex, and Marriage
Eschatology and Violence
Trinity, Economy, and Ecology
Saintly Lives

Registration: You may register for the whole series by September 1 or for individual class sessions up to ten days in advance.

Times: Sessions are normally held on Saturdays from 9:00am – 3:30pm. You are welcome to join us for Morning Prayer which begins between 8:15 and 8:30am 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. Due to increasing costs, course fee for 2019-2020 year will be $60 for each session, $500 for the series.

CEUs: 20 for entire series; 2 for each session (one CEU is 3 contact hours)

Course Schedule

2018-2019 Academic Year

Spring Semester
Feb 16, 2019
Mar 23, 2019
Apr 27, 2019
May 18, 2019
Jun 15, 2019

2019-2020 Academic Year

Fall Semester
Sept 14, 2019
Oct 12, 2019
Nov 16, 2019
Dec 14, 2019
Jan 18, 2020

Spring Semester
Feb 15, 2020
Mar 14, 2020
Apr 18, 2020
May 16, 2020
Jun 13, 2020