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Continuing your education

Huron’s Faculty of Theology offers the MA (Theology) for students interested in pursuing a graduate Master’s degree with an emphasis on the integration of theological vision and the theological disciplines. You may also be interested in the Faculty of Theology’s undergraduate formational and academic degrees (MDiv and MTS), as well as a wide variety of continuing education, non-credit, and diploma offerings, such as the Licentiate in Theology.

Licentiate in Theology (LTh) Diploma
Lectures & Non-Credit Courses & DLM
University-Level Theology Courses

Deepen your knowledge of faith with each course your complete in this pre-degree diploma program. Courses in the LTh program are also available individually to lay people and clergy, outside the LTh stream.

By entering into agreements with other theological educational institutions, Huron has ensured that students across Canada, and across denominational traditions, will have a full range of course options. This is a pre-degree diploma program intended for those who take seriously a call to Ministry while recognizing that “Ministry” is manifested in many diverse yet equal ways.  For example, the LTh may be:

  • for your personal development,
  • to deepen your knowledge for discipleship, or
  • for those contemplating Ordained Ministry, or
  • for those preparing for Diaconal Ministry, or
  • for those already engaged in Ministry who are seeking to complement their education.

Course Requirements:

A total of 16 courses, with an overall average of 65%, will be needed for successful completion of the LTh. The courses will usually run for 6 weeks at 2-3 contact hours per week; however, on-line and intensive courses will also be offered.

Of the 16 courses, you will need to complete: 

  • 2 in the core area of Theological Studies
  • 2 in the core area of Sacred Texts
  • 2 in the core area of History of Religion
  • 10 Electives

Admission Requirement:   Applicants must hold a secondary school graduation diploma or equivalent.

How Can My Parish Host a One-Day Course?  See here.

UPCOMING COURSES 2022:

Your choice:  You choose whether you just want to audit the first class meeting, whether you want to audit all three meeting dates, or whether you’ll take for credit toward the LTh.

Certificate in Parish Administration and Leadership

March 5th, 2022 (10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. hosted via Zoom)
Parish Administration 101 with The Ven. Tanya Phibbs
This course explores all the nuts and bolts of congregational administration, especially designed for ministry leaders including Parish Wardens, Counsellors, Treasurers and Administrators.

April 2nd, 2022 (10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. hosted via Zoom)
Congregational Growth and Evangelism with The Rev. Dr. Grayhame Bowcott
Explore the relationships between congregational vitality, membership growth and the Christian Gospel in a course designed upon research studying numerically growing Anglican congregations in Southwestern Ontario. An ideal course for church leaders desiring to see their communities foster new relationships, explore new missional ministries or even revitalize the existing community with a focus on discipleship.

May 7th, 2022 (10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. hosted via Zoom)
Spiritual Leadership and Formation with The Rev. Dr. Dawn Davis
This course seeks to empower Church lay leaders to understand their work and ministry in the context of spiritual leadership. Students will reflect on their own spiritual life journeys, will explore a toolkit of prayer practices and will begin to self-identify their ministries with the wider spiritual care of their congregations.

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The Practice of Pastoral Care: Equipping Congregational Leaders with The Rev. Fr. Matt Koovisk

Begins on March 8th, 2022 (Tuesday nights from 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ET)

Pastoral care is, at its heart, about relationship with others, and is not about just having the “book knowledge” to care for others. It requires you to integrate it into your own Christian life. In other words, you must interact with others to provide pastoral care. This course will introduce participants to the theological foundations of pastoral care in relationship to the roles of lay leaders, deacons and priests within the Church. It will explore the tools of active listening, praying with others, personal spiritual practices and self awareness in the role of care practitioners for the purpose of equipping congregational leaders in their ministry.

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Saying Grace: Preaching and Proclamation in Worship with The Right Rev. Dr. Todd Townshend 

Begins on April 19th, 2022 (Tuesday nights from 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ET)

The course will explore the practice of preaching in the context of Christian worship as a primary medium for “the Gospel” – the saving activity of God in the world. We’ll dig into questions such as: What kind of God speaks and acts through ritual speech and action? What kind of opportunity is still present in the communal hearing of a word? How can our preparation for preaching be attuned to this “liturgy of the Word” so that it will propel us into the joyful mission of Christ in the world? Together we’ll consider how the skills and habits we bring through biblical interpretation, theological intervention, and liturgical innovation help shape the message we proclaim.

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I Wasn’t Trained for This! Making Administration a Part of Your Ministry

Begins on May 16th, 2022 (Monday-Thursday 6:30-9:30 pm ET)

This immersive, degree credit course will help build confidence and competence in organizational leadership and administrative management. Drawing upon business literature, church consulting techniques, and postcolonial approaches to ministry theory, deepen and grow as a leader. 

The Rev. Dr. Soren M. Hessler is an United Methodist minister with a PhD in practical theology with a concentration in leadership and administration from Boston University School of Theology. Bursaries are available.

For more information contact Sandra Rice at srice@huron.uwo.ca

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Our Anglican Family Tree: Ecumenism and The Anglican Communion with The Most Rev. Dr. Linda Nicholls

Begins on May 26th, 2022 (Thursday nights from 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ET)

Ever wondered how the Anglican Church of Canada relates to other
Christian traditions and to other Anglicans around the world?

Over six sessions we will explore the development and structure of the Anglican Communion and its commitment to ecumenism noting the particular history of ecumenical relationships in Canada. Students will examine key documents in the development of the Communion and ecumenical relationships, current relationships; and future development, including tensions and challenges!

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Registration rates are $325 for full credit and $150 to audit.

For questions or to register, please contact Dr. Grayhame Bowcott at grayhame.bowcott@huron.uwo.ca or call: (519) 438-7224 Ext. 832

Holy Cross Lecture
Orr Lecture
Jain Lecture
Designated Lay Ministers Courses (UCC)

19th Annual Holy Cross Lecture
September 2020, TBA

49th Annual R. T Orr Lecture
Fall 2020, TBA

About the R. T Orr Lecture Series
Since November 25, 1970, the R. T Orr Public Lecture series has been held each year in memory of Mr. Robinson T Orr, the son of a prominent London and London Township family of five generations, a successful businessman, an active layman in the Anglican Church, a staunch supporter of Huron University College, and a man of outstanding qualities.  Mr. Orr was a Lifetime Honorary Member of Huron’s Corporation.

Through the R. T Orr Lecture, supported out of the legacy left to Huron by Mr. Orr, it has been possible for the College to bring to London scholars of international reputation and outstanding theological educators.  Some past lecturers have been Premier Clyde K. Wells, Walter Wink, Michael Coogan, Adela Yarbro Collins, E. P. Sanders, John Dominic Crossan,Walter Brueggemann, and N.T. Wright.

Past Orr Lectures:
45th R. T Orr Lecture, November 2, 2016
A Spiritually-Infused Universe
Pushing Back on Deism & Flirting with Superstition
by the Very Rev. Ian Markham, PhD

44th R. T Orr Lecture, November 25, 2015
​​The Challenge of Pauline Theology
by Rt. Rev. Dr. N.T. Wright
Research Professor of New Testament & Early Christianity, University of St. Andrews
(watch online on Youtube)

43rd R. T Orr Lecture, October 25, 2014
“Fidelity in a Culture of Certitude”
Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann
Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA
(watch online on Youtube)

Designated Lay Ministers (DLM) Courses for UCC

The following courses are offered to those working toward DLM status in the United Church of Canada in a distance/online format.  The instructor is Rev. Dr. Bradley Morrison.  Details and applications are below (under construction):

United Church History Studies
Hebrew Bible & United Church Ministry
New Testament & United Church Ministry
United Church Polity Studies
Theological Studies and United Church Ministry

Come back to Huron and take a course for credit (or audit, with permission of Instructor & Dean)! Those with a prior university degree may register for one of our current theology courses as a Special Student.

Consider the graduate-level MA in Theology to enrich your current knowledge and your work in Theology.  Those working 10 or more hours per week apply as part-time students and finish the degree in three years.  Full-time students complete in two.

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