We are called to be the Church; to celebrate God’s presence, to live with respect in Creation, to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil, to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope…. (The New Creed, The United Church of Canada)
An Active Faith: A Certificate in Church and Community is Emmanuel College's new Continuing Education Certificate program. Consisting of 5 courses overall with two offered in 2012-13, participants can take one course only or sign up for all five and receive the Certificate in Church and Community. Each course involves 12 hours. The Certificate in Church and Community program is open to all persons – lay or ordered - seeking to grow in their discipleship – personal and collective.Anticipated outcomes
Information on all courses is found below. Anne Simmonds' (Through Personal Discipleship - What is an Active Faith) and Kofi Hope's (In Social and Political Engagements) courses are offered in 2013.
The Courses Explore the Intersections of Faith and World
Course 1: An Active Faith…. Glenys Huws and Harry Oussoren
Understanding motivations; exploring biblical, historical, theological, contextual roots; valuing partnerships; identifying resources – these are themes to be developed in this direction-setting course.
“It is not the Church of God that has a mission in the world, but the God of mission who has a Church in the world.” (Tim Dearborn)
Course 2: In Faith-Based Communities . . . Allan Reeve
Christians gather in faith communities to express their discipleship collectively in social ministries. Congregations are the principal type, but a rich variety of focused communities such as diverse chaplaincies, outreach ministries, special needs ministries, larger church bodies, etc. share in the mission.
Course 3: In Arts, Culture, and Education . . . Richard Choe
The interface between faith and culture is rich and complex. Good News is expressed by diverse means available within the culture. Appreciating the transformative power of creative expression is a vital dimension of robust social engagement.
Course 4: In Social and Political Engagements . . . Kofi Hope
Analyzing the complex webs of social life and “speaking truth to power” is, for Christians, rooted in the prophetic tradition and the ministry of Jesus. Making Good News real in the environment (all of creation) and in political, social, and economic spheres is crucial when people of faith trust in the sovereignty of God.
Course 5: Through Personal Discipleship . . . Anne Simmonds
Personal involvement is foundational to collective engagement. By personal commitments and practices, individuals contribute a rich array of gifts to enhance the collective engagement of their faith community.