There are two new courses being offered in the Winter Semester of the 2012-13 academic year.
The first new course is WYP2701HS - Politics, Planning and Parishes: Making the Most of Church Facilities, running on Mondays from 2pm to 4pm in the Winter semester.
Urban congregations exist within a community where all land uses are coordinated through official plans to ensure the future provision for all land uses, infrastructure and services for the community. Urban parish leadership must know how to engage both these documents and the political processes that shape the urban form and are the context for all urban ministry. This course will examine and explain the political, physical and social context of an urban parish church ministry and the processes and polity of their urban community. (Full course description is available on the Wycliffe College website.)
This course will be taught by Principal George Sumner, with input from the Rev. Steve Shaw, who is the Priest-in-Charge at St. George’s Toronto. Rev. Shaw has extensive experience in urban planning, having worked in the Planning Department of the City of Toronto and with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority. WYP2701HS -Politics, Planning and Parishes would also be excellent continuing education for church leaders in the GTA who are interested in maximizing the use of their church facilities.
The second new course offered is WYP3456HS -Teaching as Formation in the Life of the Church, running on Mondays from 11am to 1pm in the Winter semester.
This course will explore a broad understanding of teaching in the church which not only incorporates a wide variety of methods and practices but grapples with the relationship between knowledge and character formation. We will engage with the place and role of continuing education (catechesis) primarily for adults in the context of the life, witness and mission of the local church community. This discussion will be framed within the context of what it means to be human and how God’s self- revelation shapes and forms us in the church.
Students interested in taking either of these courses should register on ROSI. Alumni and others interested in taking these courses for credit or audit should contact the Admissions office at 416-946-3547.