By Rosemary Hagan
Grace parishioner Helen Hankins graduated in May of this year from Education for Ministry (EFM), a four year lay theological education program offered at Grace Church. In addition to Helen’s participation, Julia Hogan, Catherine Turnbull, Katherine Will, Greg Hagan, and Ellen Schrader completed their second year, and Nancy Johnson completed her third year. The late Bill Hankins completed his second year in 2014. Bill will be greatly missed this next year. One of the beautiful pieces of EFM is that in any given year there can be participants from each of the four years in the group. Cross discussion and finding connections between readings deepens the learning for all participants.
EFM is a unique certificate program of experiential theological education for laity under the direction of The School of Theology of The University of the South. Since its founding in 1975, this international program has assisted more than 30,000 students in discovering how to respond to the call of Christian service. EFM helps students encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into conversation with their experiences of the world as they study, worship, and engage in theological reflection together. An EFM group of six to 12 students with a trained mentor meet weekly for two and a half to three hours over the course of a nine-month academic year. The Grace Church class meets on Monday evenings at 6:30 pm. The class will begin in September. Registration and payment for the 2015 year is open until August 8th. Enrollment packets are available in the church office.
Contact Rosemary Hagan at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 231-946-3065 for more information.