The Way of Jesus: How the Life, Ministry, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Make Christian Community and Affect Christian Practice

Online with the Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership (CALL): September 14 – November 2, 2020

Videoconferences: This course does not include videoconferences.

Many people in the Episcopal Church today are talking about a ‘Jesus Movement’—including the Presiding Bishop. What might that look like?

Well-intentioned Christians sometimes use their knowledge about Jesus as a substitute for knowing Jesus. Episcopalians and the likewise liturgically-minded can extend this substitution to liturgy. We know how to do liturgy the “right” way and we may know our liturgical roots, but we may not be allowing our liturgical and spiritual practices to do what they were designed to do: participate in the Divine life. As we journey through the church year, how many of those we serve are aware of the connection of Jesus’ earthly ministry and the rituals we perform? This course seeks to break down the divide between knowing about Jesus or liturgy and knowing Jesus or liturgy, by studying basic Christological concepts through the lens of Christian History and contemporary practice. Students will be invited to make connections between their personal and corporate spiritual practices and aspects of Jesus’ earthly ministry: saying why what they are doing matters and showing how that mattering is therefore manifest in their lives.

Required materials:
Dozier, Verna. The Dream of God: A Call to Return. New York, NY: Seabury Books, 2006.
McLaren, Brian. A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions that are Transforming the Faith. New York, NY: HarperOne, 2010.

Instructor: The Rev. Robert Leopold

The Rev. Dr. Robert K. Leopold has served in many, varied contexts. At a resource-sized parish with an endowment he was integral in building one of the largest young adult groups in the Episcopal Church. In the gritty south side neighborhoods of Chattanooga, he and a team started Southside Abbey: a non-traditional church in the Episcopal tradition. He has served internationally in the Anglican Church of Canada, in Ottawa’s Chinatown. In addition, he has taught classes at Sewanee’s School of Theology on missional ministry and the changing Church. As a Fellow with Episcopal Church Foundation, he has travelled around the Episcopal Church and Anglican Church of Canada in search of missional expressions, serving as coach, cheerleader, storyteller, and convener. He currently lives in Vermont, where he serves as interim rector while he finishes a Master’s Degree in Storytelling.