Course Offerings

Fees: Workshop fees will range from $20-50. Academic courses will be $250 each. Enrollment in the seminary, which includes all workshops and academic courses as well as the other three streams of the program, will be $1500 annually.

A series of workshops will be offered through the year at a nominal fee. These will be outreach, an opportunity for students to teach, and for academic enrichment of established Temple clergy and active members. If there is interest, some will be developed into full courses.

Preference for courses will be given to students enrolled in the seminary program and upgrading Wiccan clergy, rather than interested members of the public, although the enrollment numbers will be topped up with members of the public.

Developing Liturgy (Workshop): We begin by getting an idea of what ritual is and what its purposes are. Then potential sources of inspiration, and specific liturgical pieces from the various Pagan religions of our ancestors. All Paganisms are not variations on Wicca. We will deal with the process of developing lore and writing ritual, with a focus on process and vision, on divine inspiration and experience, and on research and technique.

Developing a Concept of Wiccan Ministry (Workshop): Ministering to a broad Pagan community is difficult because we disagree with one another on theology, ritual, and authority. A spiritually grounded and caring engagement with other people is available to every person. This engagement is stronger and easier to continue if a person is a member of a religious group that supports their values and ministry. So building groups and building ministry expectations and support into them is a key task.

“Connecting With Your Matron and Patron Deities” (Workshop): Who is out there and interested in working with you? Why are They interested in you? What must you do to attract Their attention and build a relationship with Them?  Consumerist would-be Wiccans who believe that they deserve the attention of the Gods, own the Gods, do not owe service and respect to Them, who simply do not know to Whom they are speaking, will not like this workshop.  The point is to become the strongest possible partners with the Gods toward our joint projects, more deeply developed spirituality and service.

Preference for courses will be given to students enrolled in the seminary program and upgrading Wiccan clergy, rather than interested members of the public, although the enrollment numbers will be topped up with members of the public.

Ritual 101: Introduction to Ritual Theory. This will be a reading course working through a key text, with one chapter discussed a week.  Some supplemental reading will be assigned and participation in discussion will be required. Students will be given a series of exercises to perform privately and be required to write short reports on their performance and experience of them.

Theology 101: Introduction to Philosophy of Religion. This will be a reading course working through a general textbook with the reading and discussion of roughly one chapter every two weeks. Some supplemental reading will be assigned and participation in discussion will be required. Students will be required to write a paper of some substance dealing with a theological problem or issue in modern Wicca, approved by the instructor.

Theology 201: An introduction to Theological Reasoning: This will be a reading and discussion course using a case study approach. Several texts will introduce various approaches to theological reasoning and cases will be presented by students, applying techniques and ideas from the readings.

These courses will both begin in January and will be carried out with meetings by Skype. They will be limited to confirmed maximum enrollments of six students with a minimum of three. Local students will be encouraged to participate in in-person discussions as well.

 OC Required 101: Conflict Resolution. This is a reading and discussion course on handling conflict inside your Temples, between clergy and congregants, and between Temples. After observing a number of conflicts that have boiled over and caused considerable damage to the larger Pagan communities, I have little tolerance for conflict resolution models that assume that all parties to a conflict are equally culpable. We will discuss case studies presented by the instructor and by students and apply theoretical and practical ideas from our readings and personal experiences on how to contain conflict.

One upper level course will be offered, also by distance education. Preference will be given to students enrolled in the seminary program rather than interested members of the public.

Ritual 601: Graduate Seminar on Ritual Theory. This will be a reading and discussion seminar at an advanced level. This challenging seminar will involve reading one book every two weeks (14 books in total) and discussing it, writing three short book reviews and an original paper on some aspect of ritual applying these theoretical models to some real-world problem or idea. Participation in discussion is required.  There are no pre-requisites but it is highly recommended that students have a background in ritual and some background in theory. Some post-secondary education would also be helpful.

The course will be limited to confirmed maximum enrollments of six students with a minimum of two. This course will begin in September 2017.

Directed reading and discussion courses will be offered subject to student demand and faculty interest on history, ecclesiology, practical theology, polytheology, ritual composition and performance, mythologies, group practice, leadership skills, basic book-keeping, use of sacred texts, and mead-making, among other topics. Most of these courses will be available to members of the general public as well.  They will range in length from workshops to weekend or weeklong intensives including follow-up writing, to full-term courses.

Courses centring on practical skills such as recruiting and training volunteers, setting up religious education programs, budgeting, organizing and running religious retreats, dealing organizationally with conflict, and others will be offered as support to the Outer Court stream and as upgrades to clergy already engaged in leadership roles.

Course Offerings: Personal work

This option will be open to full-time students that commit to bi-weekly meetings with a mentor. It is available by mutual interview and agreement between mentor and student and these arrangements must be approved by the Dean.  We will begin in the Edmonton area but will be open to mentoring relationships with mentors personally vetted and approved by the Dean in other areas as well.

Course Offerings: Ministry Training

This option will be open to students who can commit to ongoing regular involvement in clergy training through one of our partner congregations. Preference will be given to students that live in the Edmonton area but supervisory arrangements in other areas, backed up by supervision from our Dean or other faculty, could be worked out as well.

Course Offerings: Temple Planting

At the end of the first year of attendance, students will be evaluated. Those who do not wish to continue into the Temple planting stream and have successfully competed the first three streams of work will be awarded a certificate as Temple Clergy. Those who wish to continue into the fourth stream will be assessed for the required human skills and capacities, connection to the community they wish to serve, and will have a further year of training focused on Temple planting skills.

The option of proceeding into the fourth stream will be available to Temple Clergy graduates for five years after graduation.

It is our intention to offer all four streams of clergy training as soon as possible and we are prepared to undertake the first three at present for a few students. Our expectation is that by 2018 we will have a mixture of residential and non-residential students and that by 2021 we will be a residential seminary offering distance education courses but requiring periods of residence for our certification.

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