Prayer Book II: The Pastoral Offices

Online: April 22 – June 10, 2019
In Person: May 4, 2019 at the Episcopal House of Prayer, Collegeville

All baptized Christians are baptized for the ministry of worship and service in Christ’s Church and in the world.  In the Episcopal Church, that ministry takes many shapes, including the call to ordained ministry as bishop, priest or deacon.  This seven week on-line course will focus on issues of discernment, vocation, spiritual formation, community-building and the sacramental life for people who feel called to (or are currently engaged in) lay, diaconal or priestly leadership.  Lay leaders in ECMN faith communities are especially encouraged to apply.  Format is participatory and experiential, responsive to each student’s community context, with emphasis on peer learning through weekly on-line posts reflecting on shared readings and the student’s own experiences of church leadership

Instructor: Jason Fout, Associate Professor of Anglican Theology at Bexley+Seabury.

Required Readings:

  • Book of Common Prayer
  • Book of Occasional Services 
  • Changes: Prayers and Services Honoring Rites of Passage (Church Publishing, 2007)
  • Enriching Our Worship 5: Liturgies and Prayers Related to Childbearing, Childbirth, and Loss (Church Publishing, 2009).
  • Gatta, Julia and Martin L. Smith, Go in Peace: The Art of Hearing Confessions (Morehouse, 2012).
  • Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, “I Will Bless You and You Will Be A Blessing”: Resources for the Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant in a Same-Sex Relationship. Liturgical Resources 1 (Church Publishing, 2012).
  • Additional short readings posted to Moodle.

Cost: $300 | Check back here for registration.


One previous participate said:

Jason was very creative in his teaching methods…. I especially appreciated the lesson where he had us write a letter to an undertaker in response to reading his piece about why “the dead do not care.” Jason provided us with experiences that made us dig deeper, look more closely at the rubrics, and become thoughtfully intentional about what we do and why we do it….I really appreciated this class, and learned tons!