May 16th, 2008
|11:08 am - Easing on down the Path of Study in ADF|
Over the past weekend at Desert Magic, I was fortunate to sit around and banter about a variety of things with some great minds within ADF. And, because you all know me, no one will be surprised that we spoke about the current state of ADF's study programs.
Now that we have people working on Second Circle Clergy Training Program courses (and by Wellspring there will be at least one more person, with several more shortly after that), it's becoming more pressing to make sure that the courses are ready to go.
The CTP Outline shows how many classes need to be approved for Second Circle: four out of 12 are listed as "unwritten," though that word doesn't really indicate the fact of the matter.
There are completed requirement sets undergoing fine-tuning before presentation for three of those four, meaning that, really, only one class is still outstanding in the second circle of the CTP.
When Kirk and I sat down to revisit the Liturgist Guild Study Program last Sunday (and others joined us, notably Ceisiwr Serith, whose input was/is invaluable when it comes to liturgy), we hammered out five new courses, three of which should transfer directly into the Third Circle of the CTP as well (should the Clergy Council wish to go that route). We're also revisiting the structure of the original LGSP, which had a few issues. Fortunately, it won't affect current students at all.
It looks like only one course is left for the LGSP second Circle, and druidkirk is working hard on that one. We may have a lot of stuff done for our students by Summerland.
I'm excited to see where we can take this program, and where other programs will go as well.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: excited
Current Music: "Lucky Stars", -JB
I know I've mentioned this before but there is one requirement I would like to see added to the first circle CTP. A review of local low/no-cost people services. I think that if we are not providing counseling training to our Clergy, although I disagree with this decision, then we should at bare minimum insist that our Clergy people are aware of what services are available in their area. It could be called "Human Services Awareness" or something like that.
I would gladly write the exit standards for it.
I could also help with the ethics course. I've had 4 courses in ethics (2 in psychology, 1 in military, and 1 in ministry) and feel pretty comfortable with the topic.
I was thinking that one day I might finally do something useful with my religious studies degrees (when I complete them, that is) and write "Druid´s Handbook of Interfaith Dialogue and More". I think that would be great. I have a growing urge to share all the stuff I´m studying. There´s so much we Pagans could use from general modern theology, psychology of religion, pastoral counseling...