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Diocese of Fredericton


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Kingdom Ethics - Learning Session: June 16, 2018 at Threshold Ministries (105 Mountain View Drive, Saint John, NB)
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Registration Deadline: 27 April 2018
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Overview

This course introduces the student to various ethical systems and applies these systems to their personal and professional lives and practice. The personal and professional application should come from the same ethical life. Kingdom Ethics will  also be introduced, and at the unique view it has to apply on various cultural issues and challenges that we all face today.

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The Programme

Those preparing for ordination to the (vocational) diaconate require a minimum of 6 units

Those preparing for ordination to priesthood via distance education programs require a minimum of 10 units

Units will be offered as instructors and resources are available during three identified annual “semesters” of study:

Month 1 - Reading of required texts as set by the instructor(s)

Month 2 - One or two day-long learning days with a proposed schedule:

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Lecture/instruction
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Group discussion/interaction/integration 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lecture/instruction
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Group discussion/interaction/integration
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Community time
3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Celebration of the Holy Eucharist

(One session mid October/mid February/mid May OR two sessions one early and one late in October/February/May)

Month 3 - Participant preparation of a written submission of not less than 1000 words
(Due without exception on the final day of the semester)

Required of Participants

1. Registration application for each programme unit prior to its beginning (September/January/April). Registration deadlines and unit descriptions will be made available.

2. Completion of required reading prior to the day-long session(s).

3. Attendance at the day-long unit session(s) as scheduled by the instructor.

4. Completion of the written submission due without exception on the final day of the semester.

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Required of Instructors

1. a) Set required reading assignment. These should be provided (digitally if possible) for participants by the 1st day of the semester or information on obtaining them given at least one month in advance. Supplementary reading can/should also be recommended.     b) Provide at least two options describing the topic for the written submission to be included in the unit description (a third option of a topic proposed by the participant and approved by the instructor).

2. a) Determine if there will be one or two day-long sessions required
     b) Set the dates, locations and arrangements for space, lunch etc ....

3. The location will need to make a celebration of Eucharist possible at the end of the day. Make necessary arrangements for that event including programme participants in the planning and execution as much as possible.

4. Finalize details of the Unit (reading assignment, submission topics, location) to be shared with participants via the “Unit Description” before its beginning (1st day of Month One). Adjustments to the Unit Description should be discussed and negotiated with the Diocesan Archdeacon.

5. Provide instruction/lectures followed by direction for sessions of group discussion/integration of the material under consideration. Opportunities for discussion and integration are very important and should not be overlooked in favour of extended instruction/lecture time.

6. Require participants to identify the choice of submission topic or approve topics by the end of the (last) day-long learning event. Remind participants of the deadline for submissions.

7. Expectations regarding the required submission should be shared during the day-long session. The format may be a customary “paper” or other such submission acceptable to the instructor. Receive written submissions by the final day of the semester. Review the submissions and grant an ‘acceptable’ or ‘unacceptable’ designation providing evaluative comments to the author. Copies of the submission may be required for those seeking institutional credit. When evaluation is complete, forward comments on all unit submissions to the Bishop for recording of programme credit.

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Programme Unit List

Expectations and Goals

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

1. Identify the ethical systems used to make ethical decisions.

2. Understand the link and importance of ethical systems and how they are applied to all the areas of life, practice, research and ministry.

3. Apply ethics to a real-world situation demonstrating various positions and convincingly argue a particular position. Demonstrating knowledge and correct application to the ethic challenge or dilemma.

Required Pre-Course Assignments:

You will be required to have the following completed for day one of class:

  1. Read the textbook completing a three to five-page summary of key impressions and key thesis of the authors. You will present your thoughts and impressions of the text as you apply it to your context for to the class.
  2. Bring several (3-4) ethical dilemmas that you encounter in culture and parish life. These are situations that present to you something that is a challenge in knowing what the correct ‘ethical’ response would be.

Required in Class

Willing participation and demonstration of your reading. Apply an ethical framework to your ethical dilemmas.

Required Text:

Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context, 2nd Edition. David P. Gushee,‎ Glen H. Stassen. Eerdmans Pub Co; 2 edition (June 28, 2017)

Additional optional text:

Choosing the Good: Christian Ethics in a Complex World. Dennis P. Hollinger,

Baker Academic; (September 1, 2002)

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Unit Descriptions

Kingdom Ethics - April - June 2018
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Counselling - September - November 2017
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Preaching - January - March 2017
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Local Church History - January - March 2016
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Ministry of Deacons - September - November 2015
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Church Law - September - November 2014
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Pastoral Offices - April - June 2014
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The Christian Year - January - March 2014
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Leadership in Ministry - September - November 2013
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Spirituality and Prayer - April - June 2013
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Anglican Church Polity - January to March 2013
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Ministries with Youth - September to November 2012
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Preaching: Preparation and Practice - January - March 2012
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Sacramental Theology - September 2011 - February 2012
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Liturgical Studies - April - June 2011
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Local Church History - January - March 2011
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Financial Support

There is no "registration fee" for units of the Programme at this time. Participants are encouraged to seek financial support for incurred expenses (travel and materials) from their parishes or continuing education funds where appropriate.

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Formation Programme

Information for Participants
Information for Instructors
Written submissions and projects
The Syllabus (programme unit list)

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