This online video class will provide a general introduction to the function of canonical law in the Episcopal Church, including the historical roots and scope of law in the church as well as the larger legal context of the church institution. The lectures will include a review of Title IV the Canons of the Episcopal Church dealing with the procedures for clergy discipline and is intended to satisfy the requirement of Canon III.8.5(h)(3) for individuals seeking ordination to the Priesthood.

After registering, students will receive an email containing links to a video series. After viewing the videos, students may complete a short quiz to receive a certificate of completion for the course.

Materials recommended: Constitution and Canons, 2012 edition available in print from Church Publishing or on line on The Episcopal Church website. 

The Rev. Roderick McAulay (M. Div. CDSP ’99) is a retired priest in the Diocese of Northern California, having served as Rector at St. Stephen’s, Sebastopol. He has chaired the Diocesan Commission on Ministry and has served as the Presiding Judge of the Eccesiastical Court for his Diocese and as a member of the four-diocese Disciplinary Board in northern California. Prior to studying for the priesthood he practiced law for twenty-seven years and is a graduate of Stanford Law School.

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