Education for Ministry offered in nine locations around Maine

by the Rev. Rosalee Glass, Diocesan EfM coordinator
Deacon at St. Thomas’, Camden

Imagine a setting where you could continue your life-long learning, a setting where you could discuss faith issues you might not feel comfortable discussing elsewhere. Education for Ministry (EfM) is such a setting; it’s a learning experience meant for all of us who care about growing in faith and service to God. We are fortunate that it is offered in nine locations around our Diocese (see the information below).

The Program is a comprehensive and well-organized study of Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, and Theology. Though it’s a four-year program, students need sign up for only one year at a time. Each year of the course is taken in order, but it’s fine to take a year(s) off and return to the Program later.

EfM is a rich and enjoyable experience because the learning and reflection take place in a small group seminar of between 6 and 12 participants, guided by a trained EfM mentor. Participants not only gain their own new insights and inspiration, but also share in the insights and inspiration of others. Groups generally meet once a week to share worship and insights about their lessons and to reflect theologically, connecting scripture, culture, life experience and beliefs. The EfM group becomes a small Christian community of faith, supporting each other’s journeys and understandings of how God is calling us to act in the world. Other than the ability to read one lesson each week, there are no pre-requisites for EfM.

Here’s how some current students have described EfM: 

“An oasis in the week when I get to listen to the stillness of God.”

“Opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of our faith traditions, while simultaneously exploring ways to put my faith into practice in the real world, and all in the company and fellowship of a wonderfully diverse group of committed Christians.”

“A logical approach to understanding the origin and growth of Christianity.”

“I have gained new insights into the Old Testament, and discovered that the
loving, forgiving God that I have always thought of can be found there.”

EfM groups take a break during the summer. They will start again in September, so it’s a good time to consider enrolling for the fall. Current EfM church locations and mentors to contact are:

Trinity, Portland; mentor- Jim Lannon,
St. Peter’s, Bridgton; mentor- Margaret Reimer,
Grace Church, Bath; mentor- Carol Huntington,
(new) St. Matthew’s, Hallowell; mentor- Patricia Buck-Welton,
St. John Baptist, Thomaston; mentor- Emily Rotch,
St. Peter’s, Rockland; mentor- Jim Bowditch,
St. Thomas’, Camden; mentor- Rosalee Glass,
St. Francis, Blue Hill; mentor- John Faulkner,
St. John’s, Bangor; mentor- Patricia Sprague,

For more information, contact Episcopal Diocese of Maine EfM Coordinator Rosalee Glass,

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