On January 2, 2018, students from around the world can register for a fully-online Inquirers’ class in the Episcopal tradition to begin February 11, 2018. Sacramentum is an experience of sacred community exploring Jesus and his teachings. Sacramentum will be a fully online, live course taught in real time, designed to help students go deeper into the mystery of Christ through the lens of the Episcopal tradition. This weekly, 7-session course (Sundays, February 11-March 25, 7-8:30 p.m. EST) is designed for those who want to know more about Jesus, including long-time believers seeking to deepen their faith, as well as those preparing for baptism, confirmation, reception into the Episcopal Church, and reaffirmation of baptismal vows.
Referencing her work on the ecumenical Confirmation Project, Associate Dean of Lifelong Learning and Director of Center for the Ministry of Teaching, Dr. Lisa Kimball shares that the Sacramentum course will allow “for a deepening of faith and guided exploration while supporting participants to integrate spiritual practices into their everyday lives.” Instructors include Bishop Ian Douglas (Diocese of Connecticut), Lisa Kimball (Virginia Theological Seminary), Scott Gunn (Forward Movement) and others. “It’s an amazing cadre of talented teachers,” said Chris Yaw, Founder of ChurchNext, “Students are in for a holy and blessed experience of community and learning.” VTS Digital Missioner, Sarah Stonesifer, will be one of the facilitators, guiding the weekly classes and gathering the community of learners online. Each class is 90 min, includes preparation and homework, and is designed for those for whom traditional courses of this kind are not available or who desire an immersive experience of learning with a diverse class of students. Students may register individually or as part of a group. The course seeks to work in partnership with church leaders looking for a substantial preparation experience for their students. Sacramentum partners and advisors include the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary, Forward Movement, and FORMA. Find out more about what Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary does to support formation, Christian education, and exploration: www.vts.edu. ChurchNext creates learning experiences that shape disciples. Learn more at churchnext.tv.