Adult Faith Formation
The Diocesan School for Ministry & Theology (DSOMAT) offers opportunities for theological education and ministry training for lay and ordained leaders in the Diocese of Olympia. The School is completing a time of discernment about new formats for learning, including regional gatherings, online resources, distance learning, and intensive workshops – in order to connect with diverse populations all across the diocese. More details, about offerings, will continue to develope through 2013.
Continuing Education for Clergy
Steadfast Hope, The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace
March 8, 2013
Steadfast Hope: The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace is a 48-page booklet and companion DVD which explores the origins of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, offers a glimpse of the current situation, and presents an inspiring view of the activities of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian peacemakers.
Since the conflict in the Holy Land is a complex and sensitive topic, you are invited you to learn more about Steadfast Hope at an information session on Friday, March 8th, 3:00-4:30pm at D-House or via videoconferencing sites. Please go to Steadfast Hope for more information.
Licensed Ministry Trainings
Confirmed adult communicants in good standing may be licensed by the Bishop for specialized ministries. The Diocesan School organizes trainings for several of these ministries:
Eucharistic Ministers: Conducted by parish clergy; resources available upon request Eucharistic Visitors & Worship Leaders: One or two day workshops conducted regionally by DSOMAT trainers. Current training events can be found in What's Happening. Email Shannon Jergenson to request a training. Preachers, Evangelists, Catechists: Special year-long courses or individualized study.
Education for Ministry
Education for Ministry (EfM) is a theological education program for the laity of the church, presented by the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.
The entire program covers four years and includes study of the Bible, church history, theology and ethics. However, participants only commit to one year at a time, meeting weekly during a nine-month cycle. Small groups are facilitated by mentors who receive 18 hours of training in leading groups and assisting people in expressing their point of view. Over the years a bond of closeness is formed, as well as a learning community. The Diocesan contract that we renew each year enables training for mentors, and a reduced tuition cost to students. To learn more or join a group, contact EFM Coordinator Sue Tait.
A new initiative of the Diocesan School, Faith Nexus will offer an annual set of educational programs around a theme, coordinating large events, parish-based opportunities, online resources, and distance learning.
More Continuing Education for Clergy
The Resurgent Church Project prepares and empowers seasoned clergy to rethink what “everybody knows” about leading Episcopal congregations today. Seminary formation has responsibly prepared priests to take the helm of a modern church. However that church is rapidly encountering post-modern winds and waters, and its progress has stalled. Participants work on a creative project in their local context and meet regionally with clergy colleagues over five, bi-monthly sessions for theological reflection and mutual support. Two Continuing Education Units (20 hours) are awarded by the Diocesan School for full participation.