Canterbury UMC
Friday, April 18, 2014

Canterbury Academy for Christian Studies

Academy Courses

If you have yearned for an opportunity to delve deeper into Biblical and theological study, the Academy is for you!  Academy courses are designed on the model of the Disciple and the Christian Believer series, where participants commit to read course materials, including original source materials, and engage in weekly discussion.  These courses will be more “academic” than other Adult Learning courses, and participants may be asked to make presentations to the class and engage in other activities that will enhance the learning experience.  Sessions will be taught by clergy staff, members of the
Birmingham Southern and Samford faculties, and visiting scholars and theologians.  The Academy will offer one course each “semester” and one in the summer.  Click here to register online for an Academy Course, or contact Ellen Thomas at 874-1533 or Oliver Clark at 868-6580.  




In the Footsteps of St. Francis/Evil and the Justice of God
Time: Sundays, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Begins:  January 12      Extent 10 weeks
Location: M227 Aldersgate
Coordinator:  Oliver Clark
The Winter/Spring Canterbury Academy for Christian Studies will include a five Sunday evening study walking in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi, as interpreted by Father Richard Rohr, a Franciscan friar from New Mexico where he directs the Center for Action and Contemplation. Richard Rohr is Catholic, but his theology is very ecumenical, and in many aspects, very Wesleyan. . He stresses the importance of doing theology and understanding the essence of life through Scripture, Tradition, and Experience , with an emphasis on Experience. However, he says all are to be interpreted in a Reasonable way. Rohr is the author of over 20 books and has been a popular teacher and preacher around the world. The primary textbook s will be Yes, And …; and Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self. Dr. Oliver Clark, director of the Canterbury Academy, will provide leadership for the sessions focusing on Rohr. Oliver has read widely in Rohr’s work, and participated in a Rohr Spiritual Growth Workshop out in New Mexico. A probable feature of the class will be an overnight Silent Retreat held at either Camp Sumatanga, or the Benedictine monastery in Cullman in early May.
Interspersed between sessions on Rohr will be a five session study of N.T. Wright’s book, Evil and the Justice of God. You may be familiar with him as Tom Wright, and his Everyone Bible Series that many of us have used in Bible Studies. Wright looks at the eternal problem of evil in a world created by a good God, from a sound Biblical perspective. Dr. Scott McGinnis, a professor at Samford University, who has his PhD in Religion from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will lead these sessions. Similarities and differences between Rohr’s position on this issue, and Wright’s will be discussed.
There is no tuition for the class; however, contributions to support the work of the Academy are always welcomed.
Click here to register online or call Ellen Thomas at 874-1533 or Oliver Clark at 868-6580 for more information.