This course is intended to be an introduction to the polity and governance of The Episcopal Church, emphasizing both historical development and current issues and concerns. By the end of the course, each student will have an overview of the development ecclesiology of The Episcopal Church and an understanding of the Constitution and Canons. Demonstrated competency in the Constitution and Canons is one of the canonical requirements for those seeking ordination as deacon or priest in The Episcopal Church. We will also look at major issues coming before the General Convention of The Episcopal Church in the summer of 2018.

April 9 - May 28, 2018

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Tom Ferguson

Dr. Ferguson received his PhD in the History of Christianity from the Graduate Theological Union in 2002. He has taught online courses for CALL since they started having online courses, and has taught adjunct in Anglican Studies and Church History at the Episcopal Theological School at Claremont, Union Theological Seminary in New York, and Wartburg School of Theology in Dubuque, Iowa. He served for several years as Academic Dean at at Bexley Seabury Seminary Federation, one of the seminaries of the Episcopal Church, where he taught Episcopal/Anglican history and theology. From 2001-2011 he served first as Assistant Ecumenical Officer and then as Ecumenical Officer for the Presiding Bishop. As his alter ego, Crusty Old Dean, he blogs at crustyoldean.blogspot.com, and while his alter ego often has some very specific thoughts and ideas, this course is focused on the history, and development of the Constitution and Canons, and issues facing the 2018 General Convention, without commentary.