Mercer Diaconal Formation Program
REFLECTION ON THE FIRST MODULE IN OUR SERIES.
This exercise provides an opportunity for you to reflect on our work together so far, including the readings and in-class discussion. Try to see the preparation of the following two pages as an opportunity to link your understanding of Christianity’s first five centuries to your ministry today. FIRST PAGE You are serving as a deacon in a Long Island Episcopal social service agency that is part of large interfaith network. The staff and volunteers come from a number of faith traditions. You have been asked to provide some in-service education on the nature of the Episcopal Church. The executive director has told you that there is particular interest in “early Christianity” and its effect on and relevance to the teachings of the Episcopal Church. She has asked you to make a one-hour presentation to a group of about fifty staff and volunteers on the topic “Connecting Christianity’s first five centuries to today’s Episcopal Church.” She has asked for a one-page outline; your outline should follow the following structure: 1. Brief paragraph (three or four sentences) summarizing your presentation; 2. Four main points about the topic you feel will help your audience understand the connection of issues and conflicts in early Christianity (the first five centuries) to those of the contemporary Episcopal Church; 3. Points to cover in an interactive discussion with the group about the similarities and differences between your current ministry and the work of ordained leaders in the early church; 4. Approach: how will you speak about this topic? What supporting materials will you use: handouts, audio visual aids (e.g. Power Point)? How will you engage the group in conversation and reflection? 5. What sources, readings, other class materials will you use to research your topic? These can come from assignments in this class or from other classes or educational experiences; 6. Be...