We are bringing the Education for Ministry (EfM) program to The Church of the Holy Faith in the fall of 2020. EfM is a program of the University of the South, better known as Sewanee, and has a 50 year history of involving lay people in learning about their personal faith and understanding. This is not a program for people thinking they wish to become ordained, rather it is a program for the lay parishioners wanting to discover and learn about the development and evolvement of their faith. It is not Bible Study either, even though both the Old and New Testaments are used to explore a better understanding of faith and spirituality. While the program is a four-year program that results in a certificate from Sewanee, it is an annual commitment to continue.
Steven Berkshire will be leading the group at Holy Faith. Steve has been involved in the EfM program since 2004 and is certified mentor for the program. He facilitates the group in its exploration and learning rather than teaches as one might expect in a classroom. He will be hosting informational sessions via ZOOM in May to explain the program and answer questions.
As a four-year program, each year explores a different aspect of our faith and spirituality. The first year explores the Old Testament using a textbook and discussion format. The second year explores the New Testament, also using a textbook. In the third year we explore the history of Christianity. And during the fourth year we explore our personal understanding of our faith. A major aspect of EfM is learning how to theologically reflect on issues facing us as Episcopalians and Christians. If there are participants from more than one year, we still meet together as one group. There are several opportunities for inter-year discussions. We meet weekly for about two-hours from September to the end of May at the Church.
If interested please let Donna at the Parish Office know or contact Steve Berkshire at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 505.557.6576.
The tentative dates for the ZOOM sessions are Wednesday, May 13 at 4:00 pm, Thursday, May 14 at 11:00 am, Tuesday, May 19 at 6:00 pm, or Wednesday, May 27 at 7:00 pm. The ZOOM session should not last more than one-hour depending on questions people have. Please let us know which session would be best for you.
Detailed information on EfM can also be found at http://efm.sewanee.edu/about-efm/about-efm.