As we approach the Sesquicentennial anniversary of our diocese, we are looking forward to an exciting academic year as we introduce new programs and events while continuing to support our regularly scheduled offerings and trainings. As we have no new postulants for holy orders entering our academic program this year, we will be spending some time reviewing and refining our existing curriculum for local formation of clergy to more closely align our education and training with the changing shape of theological education in our diocese and in the church at large. We will present rich new refresher and continuing education programs for our clergy and laity as well as complete the final phase of academic preparation for three diaconal candidates in time for their ordination in January 2018.
In addition, in partnership with the Cathedral of the Incarnation, Mercer School presents "A Year with the Saint John's Bible." Deemed "one of the extraordinary undertakings of our time" by Smithsonian magazine. Visit saintjohnsbible.org for the history of this magnificent work. Gospels & Acts, the sixth volume of the Saint John's Bible, will also be on display at the Cathedral in Garden City. Seminars will be co-sponsored by the Mercer School as we share the volume through Bible study and theological exploration.
The Mercer School also sponsors two important educational opportunities which have been operating in our diocese for some time. Education for Ministry (EfM) and Diocesan Church Development Institute (DCDI) are multi-year learning programs where clergy and laity work together with mentors to develop new solutions for the work of the church. These are described more fully in the Program Catalog sent to parishes in early September.
The training events listed in this catalog are only a few of the programs we hope to schedule across the diocese. Safe Church, Racism Awareness and lay leadership workshops are being planned for additional locations outside of the Diocesan Center in Garden City. We urge you to visit www.mercerschool.org and the Diocese website www.dioceseli.org often for information as these plans are completed. We hope to see you at Mercer and look forward to a great year!