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Continuing Education

This resource is intended primarily for the clergy and lay professionals of the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee, and its development will be an ongoing process. Items have been culled from a variety of sources, including the The Episcopal Church web site. Please send additions and corrections to


The Alban Institute is a nonprofit, nondenominational membership organization that focuses on strengthening local congregations and their leaders.

Auburn Seminary in New York City sponsors programs about complex issues in religious traditions and contemporary life and encourages thoughtful conversation across divisive boundaries of faith, race, class and gender.

The Center for Lifetime Theological Education at Virginia Theological Seminary offers courses and seminars for clergy and lay leaders set both on the campus in Alexandria, Va., and at other centers around the country.

The Center of Continuing Education on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey, presents clergy and laity with opportunities to participate in theological inquiry to increase their effectiveness for ministry. Events are scheduled in a variety of formats, from one day to one week.

The Episcopal Church Calendar, produced by Episcopal Life, is a searchable index of conferences, lectures, short courses and seminars.

Faith and Wisdom is a cooperative project of seven North American denominations that compiles events and programs offered throughout the world. Search by keyword, audience, date, agency, denomination, learning methods or topic, individually or in combination,

Kanuga Conferences, sponsored by the dioceses of Province IV, offers a variety of continuing education opportunities for clergy and laity throughout the year.

The School of Theology at University of the South, Sewanee, offers a series of continuing education programs. Clergy and laity who participate also teach current seminarians out of their own experiences in active ministry.

Trinity Institute at Trinity, Wall Street, in New York City is a sponsor of national teleconferences, consultations and regional seminars.

St. George’s House, Windsor Castle, England, offers in-service courses for clergy as part of its founding vision.


From the Commission on Ministry

Please note that church canons require continuing education for priests and an annual reporting of that education (III.9.1). As the designated group responsible for such matters, the Commission on Ministry asks that each priest plan to discuss the past year’s continuing education during his or her annual meeting with the bishop. The COM also would appreciate a list, brief summary and evaluation of continuing education to help us keep track of what is working and be able to pass that information along.


From the Diocesan Transitions Officer – Policy and Application Form

The diocese has adopted a Continuing Education Policy to guide vestries and clergy regarding continuing education.

Did you also know that the diocese has some limited continuing education funds set aside for which clergy can apply? The Goldie Mayfield Memorial Fund for Continuing Education was established in 1993 to assist clergy with their continuing education needs. The income is currently being reinvested but some may be used at the discretion of the bishop. An application form may be downloaded.


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