The new Scottish Episcopal Institute has been dedicated by the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church with a challenge that the contexts of ministry that people are being called to will “become ever more complex and demanding.”
The Scottish Episcopal Institute (SEI) is tasked with the formation of those preparing for a variety of lay and ordained authorised ministries in the Scottish Episcopal Church. It will also train lay and ordained leaders in the United Reformed Church in Scotland.
The SEI says it is “shaping vibrant missional ministers for today’s world” by encouraging “an ethos of ongoing learning for all involved in ministry, both through its oversight of Continuing Ministerial Development and in the encouragement and resourcing of lifelong enquiry in a learning church.”
The SEI emerged from church-wide discussions following changes in the Church of England’s training regime after a 2013 review, the SEI Principal Canon Anne Tomlinson, said. “This resulted in a new governance structure being instituted to enable the training to be much more closely allied to the Church’s overall vision for mission and ministry in the 21st century, and a new curriculum developed which integrates theology and experience in a dynamic reflective practice,” she said.
SEI’s diplomas and degrees will be validated by Durham University’s Common Awards from October 2016, “in keeping with the desire to form clergy and Readers who are reflective practitioners and missional leaders for twenty-first century Scotland,” Canon Tomlinson said.
The SEI operates from its Provincial Office in Edinburgh, and throughout all seven dioceses of the Scottish Episcopal Church.
The service of dedication in St Ninian’s Cathedral, Perth, was led by the Bishop of Argyle and the Isles, the Rt Revd Kevin Pearson, who serves as Convener of the SEI Council.
“This is a moment of celebration and hope,” the Primus of Scotland, the Most Rev David Chillingworth, Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane, said in a sermon during the service. “The launch of the Scottish Episcopal Institute is an important moment for our church. We have planned, worked and prayed. Now we celebrate with joy.”
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