October 2019  
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Education for Ministry (EfM)
EfM Mentor: The Rev. Nancy Streufert

As baptized Christians, we are all called to ministry. Education for Ministry (EfM) is a four year distance seminar certificate program from The University of the South's School of Theology (Sewanee, TN) especially designed to help lay ministers discern their ministries. The program is four years (commitment is year to year) and results in graduation and Holy Eucharist at Trinity Cathedral with the Bishop in June of the fourth year with others around the diocese and a lovely certificate. The small group formation and the journey through the program, however, is what is important, not the piece of paper at the end. EfM is a life-changing experience, with amazing potential to transform Christian disciples in a diverse and trusting community.

Website: http://efm.sewanee.edu/

There are 36 sessions over the school year and the enrollment fee is currently $375 per year, which includes all materials. Commitment is one group meeting a week for 2.5 hours and time to read the assignments (a couple hours or so), which cover the Old and New Testaments in the first and second years respectively, Church History the third year, and Theology, Ethics, and Interfaith Encounter in the fourth year. Participants rotate providing opening/closing worship. Ending in Compline from the Book of Common Prayer is always a great way to close. No tests or papers to write! Two Saturday retreats with Eucharist for worship and silent reflection are held during the busy seasons of Advent and Lent.

The current group, Semper Virens EfM, is composed of 9 disciples including Mother Nancy as mentor and meets weekly on Thursdays from 6 to 8:30 pm at St. Alban's.


Week Date (Thurs) Worship/Snacks UNIT
1 19-Sep   Introduction
2 26-Sep   UNIT ONE: Spiritual Autobiography and Listening
3 3-Oct   Spiritual Autobios:
4 10-Oct   Spiritual Autobios:
5 17-Oct   Spiritual Autobios:
6 24-Oct    
7 31-Oct   UNIT TWO: Theological Reflection as a Life Skill
8 6-Nov **Wednesday** Diocesan Convention begins Nov 7
9 14-Nov    
10 21-Nov    
No Seminar 28-Nov Thanksgiving Day  
11 5-Dec   Symphony Rehearsal (Cindy/Nancy)
12 12-Dec    
13 19-Dec    
No Seminar 26-Dec Christmas Break  
No Seminar 2-Jan Christmas Break  
16 23-Jan   UNIT THREE: Developing a Sustaining Spirituality
17-18 30-Jan    
19 6-Feb    
20 13-Feb    
21 20-Feb    
22 27-Feb   UNIT FOUR: Integrating Belief/Behavior/Doctrine
23 5-Mar    
24 12-Mar    
25 19-Mar    
26 26-Mar    
27 2-Apr    
No Seminar 9-Apr Holy Week  
28 16-Apr   2ND INTERLUDE:
29 23-Apr   2ND INTERLUDE:
30 30-Apr   UNIT FIVE: Vocation
31 7-May    
32 14-May    
33 21-May   (Ascension Day)
34 28-May   Symphony Rehearsal (Cindy/Nancy)
35 4-Jun    
36 11-Jun All Celebrate!
Adv Retreat (opt.) Dec 7 or 14 ?? 10 am - 2:30 pm Anne Pierson Home, 500 Falk Lane, Freshwater
Lent Retreat (opt.) Mar 7 or 14 ?? 9 am - 2:30 pm Anne Pierson Home, 500 Falk Lane, Freshwater