Would you like to go on a virtual Pilgrimage?
Please join us in the library for an informational meeting after both services on Sunday, Nov. 21.
The Education for Ministry Program, fondly known as EfM, has been likened to a pilgrimage. Like Canterbury Pilgrims, members share stories and learn from one another as we deepen our understanding of the riches of the Christian tradition. The group draws on scripture and the wisdom of those who have gone before us to support one another in our personal journeys with God.
Although this program was developed by the School of Theology at the University of the South (Sewanee) nearly 50 years ago, it is definitely not an academic course. Instead, every EfM session is a mixture of prayer, study, reflection, and fellowship. Following fellowship and a short worship session or meditation, there is time for each member to process what he or she has discovered in that week’s reading assignment (in scripture, theology, or church history), and then to engage in a “TR” or theological reflection. No theological background is necessary, and the program is open to all adults of any denomination. Although EfM is a 4-year program, each participant enrolls for just one year at a time.
Theological Reflection is at the heart of EfM . It’s a way of turning a thought or concern over in the group’s collective mind, delving deeper and deeper into its ramifications. The discussion can spring from a personal experience, a piece of scripture, a poem, a book, or even a comic strip. Toward the end of the reflection, the group comes to a consensus about implications for future action, and sometimes builds a group prayer about the reflection. In Theological Reflection people learn to come together and exchange views with others with respect for all and become adept at using a powerful and practical tool for spiritual discernment.
The EfM group here at St. Paul’s invites anyone who might be interested to join us in the library after either service on Sunday Nov. 21 for an information session about our upcoming 2022 program year. For the past 18 months, the group has been meeting virtually by Zoom and will continue doing so when we resume in early January. In the meantime if you have questions, please reach out to either Spencer Weig (email@example.com) or Margaret Haughey (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also get more details at the EfM website: https://efm.sewanee.edu/
We look forward to answering your questions about EfM at this informational program.