March 23 – May 18, 2020
In this course we will explore the history of the Reformation that swept England in the 16th Century and of the Episcopal Church that emerged in North America among the English colonists and their neighbors. However, since neither the English Reformation nor the Episcopal Church developed in a vacuum, we will also take time to set the English Reformation in context among other reform movements and the Episcopal Church among the other immigrant churches of the Reformation that came to North America. Featured readings will also introduce the fascinating historical figures that made this history happen.
Instructor: Dr. Bradley Peterson
Brad Peterson, PhD, teaches history of Christianity and theology at the Episcopal School for Deacons in Berkeley, California. His doctoral degree is from the Graduate Theological Union, where his research focused on continuing monastic life among Protestants in 16th Century Europe. He holds a master of arts in Christian education. He also serves on the commission on ministry of the Diocese of California and on the board of directors of the Association for Episcopal Deacons.