"The Halifax-based Atlantic School of Theology (AST) has a two-year program for persons who want a basic introduction to biblical and theological studies and who do not want to take credit courses of programs. Students who wish to be admitted to the Adult Education Certificate Program in Theological Studies must begin in January or September. They must complete these four components in order to graduate: Introduction to Christian Theology, Introduction to Hebrew Scriptures, Introduction to Christian Scriptures, as well as History, Theology and Spirituality of Ministry".
"'The value of distance education cannot be underestimated so long as it's done effectively and well, and it's pedagogically sound', says Rev. Robert Derrenbacker, president of Thorneloe University in Sudbury, Ont. Thorneloe, founded by the synod of the Anglican diocese of Algoma, is a church-related university in the Laurentian University Federation. A majority of the 60 students in the School of Theology at Thorneloe are involved in the distance education program". "David Macdonald, the university's distance education co-ordinator, said many of the students are aiming at ordained ministry or leadership roles in the church. 'We don't usually get students right out of high school into the bachelor of theology program', he said. 'Almost all of the students are adult learners who either have other degrees or other life experience that they link to that'."
"A new small group program developed by Canon Dawn Davis, faith formation co-ordinator for the diocese of Niagara, aims to help lay leaders deepen their faith and become more confident spiritual leaders. The program called Revive, is being released through Forward Movement, a ministry of The Episcopal Church (TEC) in the United States. Davis first conceived of the program in 2008, while serving as rector at Trinity Church Aurora in the diocese of Toronto" (p. 12). "Revive is designed to be used by a small group of up to 12 lay leaders and a facilitator. It is divided into three sections or modules: communicating with God, engaging in Scripture, and vocation and call. Each module contains six sessions. In the first module, participants are introduced to different prayer practices, including creative practices like praying with music or doodle prayer" (p. 12). "The second module delves into the Bible" (p. 12). "The third module explores topics like spiritual gifts and spiritual discernment" (p. 12). "Davis says Revive is designed specifically for lay leaders who serve in the church ... but may feel they are neglecting their own spiritual growth" (p. 13). "As of January 2019, all course materials for the Revive program can be purchased and downloaded through revive.forwardmovement.org. Materials include a facilitator's guide, participants' guides and an 8-10 minute video for each session, shot by Toronto filmmaker Alex Josselyn. A sample of the program is also available to download. The course is $299 USD, but is available for $100 USD through March 2019" (p. 13).
That the Departments of Religious Education and Information and Stewardship be asked to investigate the possibility of establishing one planning agency for lay training and adult education. CARRIED in both Houses.
That NEC request the Program Committee, in collaboration with other appropriate bodies, to encourage dioceses to develop or join in existing programs to educate non-native peoples in all aspects of the residential schools issues. CARRIED 34-11-94