Christian Formation in the Anglican Way: Catechism Through Liturgy
This course explores the standard 1662 Anglican Catechism within the context of the Book of Common Prayer service of Holy Communion. The presupposition of the course is that Anglican spirituality is essentially liturgical, and therefore formation in Christian faith and practice takes place through a lifelong engagement in the Church’s liturgy, her corporate worship. The principle lex orandi, lex credendi – the law of prayer is the law of belief – informs the overall approach of the course. The structure and movement of the Holy Communion service provides the basic framework in which we will delve into the different sections of the Catechism at appropriate points (who we are as members of Christ – the Baptismal Covenant; the divine commandments we should obey – the Ten Commandments; what we believe – the Apostles’ Creed; the means by which we receive God’s grace – the Sacraments; and how we pray – the Lord’s Prayer).
The Church Catechism will be taught so as to train up the child, in the hope that he or she will have a sense of being firmly anchored in the life and teachings of Christ and his Church. The aim of the course is that students “may so learn Christ as to be found in him.” By engaging this manual of Christian instruction through the Eucharistic liturgy, students will learn to participate in the Church’s central act of worship with a deeper knowledge and love. Students will gain not only a knowledge of the Catechism and the Eucharist as these are classically presented in Anglicanism, but also an appreciation of how their theological principles, founded upon the Scriptures, are meant to form—and reform—the Christian soul unto his or her life’s end.
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Father Benjamin Lee is an ordained priest in the Anglican Church of Canada. He currently serves as the Rector of the Parish of Trinity, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a church which embraces the evangelical heritage of classical Anglicanism in the Book of Common Prayer tradition. He holds an Honours B.A. in Biblical Studies and Theology from Providence University College in Otterburne, Manitoba, and a B.A. and M.A. in Classics from Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has lectured and tutored at the university level in Latin, classical mythology, ancient history, and theology. He has given papers at the Atlantic Theological Conference, the Canadian Association of Classics Conference, the Meeting of the Atlantic Classical Association, and the Atlantic Medieval Association Conference, some of which are published. Besides his ministry of the Word from the pulpit, his research and teaching interests include classical Anglicanism; Greek and Latin patristic thought and scriptural exegesis; Late Antique and early Medieval cosmology, anthropology, theology, and asceticism. He also works on a vegetable farm, and enjoys cooking, the outdoors, and making music ith his family. He and his wife are raising their three young children, and they live in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Webcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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