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Please read the EFM Newsletter from Sewanee on their website: Newsletter EFM Sewanee
Congratulations to all our graduates, and to all our mentors and students at what is, for most of the EfM community, the end of another year. Here in the EfM Canada office we have just finished reading the Group Status Reports. This year they reflect an extra amount of enthusiasm for the program, which is in turn a tribute to everyone involved.
As you all head for a well-deserved summer break, don’t forget to pass on your enthusiasm to as many people as you can, and make sure that registrations for 2009-2010 are sent in to the office by July 15th, so Sheila can order the materials in good time.
EfM Canada Graduates May, 2009
With our congratulations and prayers for your ongoing ministries in church and society
Group Status Report Highlights
As I think you know by now, I read every Group Status Report, every Graduate Evaluation, and every Departure Survey. Some of them are critical of the program, but what encourages me is the growing enthusiasm for EfM, and particularly for the way in which Theological Reflection bridges the gap between theory and practice, and results in ‘working theologians’ who have discovered how to relate their faith to everyday life.
There are, of course, legitimate criticisms of the texts which, despite periodic revisions, are somewhat dated. But you also know that major revisions are on the way, and Sewanee listens to both your affirmations and your suggestions for improvement. The latest GSR's indicate a growing appreciation for Theological Reflection and its transformative possibilities (though there are still some groups which struggle with it). There is huge appreciation for mentors who facilitate real conversation, for our trainers who encourage mentors to discover and use their gifts of leadership, and for the care you show for one another. EfM is, I believe, a key instrument for the future growth of the church.
To all of you who dedicate your time and interest to developing formed and committed lay leadership for the church of today and tomorrow, I say thank you and God bless. You are a wonderful group of people!
Blessings to you all.
Please continue to keep in your prayers Norman Knowles, as he deals with his cancer treatments. We also note in the Group Status Reports that a number of groups are dealing with members’ sickness or death. We pray for all these people, even if we do not know them all by name.
Sewanee, the University of the South is looking for a Director for the Education for Ministry Program, School of Theology Programs Center
Education for Ministry, an adult Christian education program with 8,000 active participants each year, is seeking a Director. EfM is an integral part of the School of Theology of Sewanee: The University of the South, serving lay members of the Episcopal Church and other denominations. The new Director will be an experienced and passionate leader in the church’s educational mission, have a deep and active theological education, be collaborative and visionary in leadership, an enthusiastic missionary and prudent overseer, a person of prayer and deep Christian faith.
She or he will have had personal contact with the EfM program and understand its character and mission. The Director leads and oversees every aspect of EfM, including planning, development, revision of materials, promotion, and administration. He or she will implement EfM’s forthcoming strategic plan, supervising the EfM staff at Sewanee, overseeing an annual budget of more than $3,000,000, fostering the national and international network of volunteer mentors, trainers, and coordinators, and cultivating new ways to extend EfM’s mission through technology and into new markets.
Depending on qualifications, the Director may have faculty status and teach at the School of Theology. The Director will report to the Dean of the School of Theology. The University of the South comprises a leading liberal arts college in addition to the School of Theology, a major seminary of the Episcopal Church. As an institution of the Episcopal Church, Sewanee welcomes individuals of all backgrounds. The University occupies 13,000 acres on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau.
Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The position’s start date is flexible, but should not be after October 1, 2009. The position will remain open until filled, but only applications received by June 15, 2009, will be assured full consideration. Eligibility for employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background screening. Those interested should send a letter of application, full curriculum vitae, and at least three letters of reference to:
Submission via e-mail is preferred: firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of the South is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.
Please pray for all applicants and the people responsible for choosing the new director.
EfM NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!
EfM Canada Website
Many of you have asked where you can find additional resources for individual and group study. We recommend that you visit the EfM CANADA website, which is always being updated by one of our Trainers, Chris Ross. In addition to general information, you will find useful links, pages about and for mentors, coordinators and trainers, forms you can download, upcoming events (including training events), tips for students, contact information, and supplemental books and internet resources. You can find it at www.efmcanada.ca
Don't forget the Supplementary Reading list compiled by our Trainer, Patricia Bays and others. Click on the following link: Supplementary Reading List
PLANNED TRAINING EVENTS
Please click on the link to see the training events for EFM-Canada Training Events
An archived copy of the Spring 2009 Newsletter can be found by clicking HERE
An archived copy of the Autumn 2008 Newsletter can be found by clicking HERE
An archived copy of the Pentecost 2008 Newsletter can be found by clicking HERE
An archived copy of the Lent-Easter 2008 Newsletter can be found by clicking HERE
An archived copy of the September 2007 Newsletter can be found by clicking HERE
An archived copy of the Easter- Pentecost 2007 Newsletter can be found by clicking HERE
An archived copy of the Winter 2007 Newsletter can be found by clicking HERE
An archived copy of the September 2006 Newsletter can be found by clicking HERE
An archived copy of the May 2006 Newsletter can be found by clicking HERE
An archived copy of the January 2006 Newsletter can be found by clicking HERE
EFM-Canada operates across Canada as a program of the Diocese of Kootenay, under licence from the Faculty of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. The Bishop of Kootenay is the Right Reverend John Privett. The Director of EFM-Canada is the Reverend Canon Peter Davison. The Executive Coordinator of the program is Mrs. Sheila Mulgrew. Please feel free to contact us with comments, suggestions or enquiries:
WebSite design and implementation thanks to Chris Ross, EFM trainer
Last updated: June 10, 2009