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Register Now for Fall 2013 Lay Education Courses

The Ewart Centre for Lay Education is offering two courses this fall for those pursuing their Certificate in Christian Faith and Life.

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Elective Course – Oct. 15 – Nov. 19, 2013

Location: Online

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Andrew Irvine

Details: This course will examine what it means to go beyond tolerance to love. Religious studies professor Douglas John Hall (retired) of McGill reminds us that Jesus did not teach us to ‘tolerate our neighbours’ but rather ‘to love our neighbours’. It’s the assertion of this course that religious diversity is not a problem but rather an opportunity for spiritual growth. The course will examine the changing religious scene in our communities, promote an understanding of other faiths and develop possible ways of communication that fosters community harmony and spiritual growth.

Instructor: Andrew is adjunct Faculty, the Director of the Centre for Clergy Care and Congregational Health and spends 60 per cent of his time seconded to the Toronto School as the Director of Doctor of Ministry Program. His interests are in issues of leadership and Pastoral Ministry, the well-being (wholeness) of Clergy, congregational studies and small church Ministry. Andrew and his wife Suzanne are part of the Caledonia Presbyterian Church. His areas of teaching are Intro to The Practice of Ministry, Theological Field Education and Human Growth and Spiritual Journey.


Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12: 2)

Elective Course – Nov. 4 – Dec. 9, 2013

Location: Online

Instructor: Stephen Allen

Details: As a follower of Jesus, Paul’s message to the community at Rome must have been a challenging one as he urged his brothers and sisters in Christ not to be shaped by the dominant culture, but by Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. Paul’s message has a counter-cultural edge to it. What does this mean for us today?

This course will explore the following issues:

  • Reformed theology and justice
  • Climate change & global warming: Who wins – who loses?
  • Growing Inequality in Canada: Why should we care?
  • Restoring Right Relations with Indigenous people:  What does this mean for Canada?