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Director: The Rev. Dr. Catherine Dafoe Hall
Welcome to our EfM newsletter. Keep reading for stories and ideas and news about EfM Canada!
EfM online has a graduate
One EfM online student was a transfer from another group. The Rev. Sean Beahen moved from Vancouver to Manitoba and entered his fourth year in the newly formed online group. In so doing Sean became our first graduate. Congratulations Sean!
EfM online is supported by software from the University of the South, a program known as Blackboard. Students are able to post responses to the chapters on a private (to the group) discussion board and discuss their various points of view. TR and discussions of Common Lessons takes place simultaneously in an online forum where people can chat through text and see images on a whiteboard.
A Mentor training has taken place but another will be held (online, of course). Mentors are needed. If you are an experienced mentor with good computer skills, a good computer, and a high speed internet connection you could be included. Write to email@example.com to inquire further.
Students are welcome for September start-up. Students need to have a general comfort with using computers, and have a high speed internet connection. Some tech support is available. See the website for further information. www.efmcanada.ca
EfM at General Synod
Education for Ministry was at General Synod. Trainer Patricia Bays was present at our display to welcome people and offer information about EfM to General Synod delegates. Patricia is an educator and an author and has served EfM as a trainer since 1994. We hosted a reception and handed out our new prospectus and some swag. Perhaps you could ask your Diocesan members to tell you what they saw and experienced of EfM at General Synod
There are new columns for and about EfM participants in this newsletter. We aim to support and encourage folk as much as possible. Your input is welcome firstname.lastname@example.org
Especially for Coordinators
EfM coordinators are those wonderful people who plan and organize mentor trainings and promote EfM in the diocese.
Texts for Coordinators
Until recently coordinators have received a complete set of five texts for display and promotional purposes. In order to keep costs down we plan to reduce that number. New coordinators will receive a CLSM and a Year 1 text for display purposes. There are also sample lessons which will be available on the website for those prospective students. Please let us know if there are any problems that arise as a result of this change.
A new prospectus is at the printers now and will be available soon. You can order copies for your diocese from the EfM office. We are discontinuing the brochure. Please give us feedback and let us know if these promotional materials are working for you and tell us what else you would like.
We have a new display banner. It stands on its own base and opens like a roller shade, or a projection screen. It is lightweight and easily transported. You can see it online at EfM Display and order it from the EfM office for an event in your diocese.
Mentors are trained and accredited folk who lead EfM groups.
EfM online training does NOT substitute for regular mentor training, in order to take training as an online mentor you must have completed a basic and two in-service events and be recommended by a trainer. We welcome inquiries at the office if you are interested in training as an EfM online mentor. If a mentor qualifies for formation training and wishes to experience EfM online please write to the Director to inquire. (In those rare circumstances where a mentor has both a regular group and an online group training requirements will be negotiated with the Director).
Recently there was a tuition increase in the United States. This will not affect us here in Canada. EfM Canada operates on a license that allows us to set our own tuition rates and as of the budget for 2011 we are not planning any increases. If there is financial hardship for a student in your group don`t forget to tell them about the bursary and help them to apply.
Life after EfMGraduate Marion Bebbington shares her story of EfM.
When EFM was offered at our church four years ago I was excited to take the course. I had heard so much about EFM but did not know the content or extent of the course. This is just something short that I wrote to our group after completing the last two chapters in year four:
In my last autobiography I shared how I didn’t understand how EFM prepares me, or anyone else, to do God’s work. Now, after reading the last two chapters I can better understand my struggles and frustrations over the past 4 years. Year 1 was the hardest; a spiritual crisis actually. I cried a lot because I didn’t want to hear or accept the ideas being put forward. My spiritual foundation was eroding under my feet and it was painful. I was ready to leave the course but decided to stick it out. That first year there were many times Clive (my husband who was also in the course) and I would sit at our dining room table discussing the issues I was struggling with.
I now realize that I have been serving God since I gave my life to Him 30 years ago, and I have always wanted to serve Him. I know that Jesus Christ has always been there as He promises, and never leaves us. He has been gracious to me in healing so much hurt and pain in my life, and was the “solid rock” that kept our marriage going when it would have been so much easier to walk apart. He has led me to the doors that were opened for me; He has picked me up when I fell short, and was always there even when I turned away from Him. His arms were, and are, patiently and lovingly waiting for me when I’m ready to go back to Him. I have learned a lot about my/our Christian past over the last 4 years and it has been a journey for which I’m thankful…and grateful that I took it with each one of you. You are special in your own way and that is what makes our group unique.
Where am I now? I stand very firm in whom, and in what, I believe. I am looking forward to starting a new ministry that reaches out to people who struggle with their past hurts of abortion and infant loss. I want to let people know that there is a God who loves them and wants to heal their past.” I offer a big thank you to Rev. Pat Martin, and to Sheldon and Rosann Carr our Mentors, for their understanding, encouragement, sharing, love and most of all for the patience they showed us over the past 4 years.
Please consider sharing your experience of `life after EfM`.
EfM Tote Bags
At last EfM has a tote bag for all those heavy books and other necessities. It is available from the EfM office for a mere $20.00 including shipping. You can see a photo on the EfM website at Merchandise. Watch for poetry magnets coming soon.
Graduates – May, 2010
Nova Scotia & P E I
Newly accredited mentors
Diocese of Montreal
Diocese of Calgary
Diocese of Rupert’s Land
Diocese of Kootenay
Diocese of New Westminster
PLANNED TRAINING EVENTS
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Last updated: July 5th, 2010