Magazine article Anglican Journal

Wycliffe Designs Courses for the North

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Wycliffe Designs Courses for the North

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Toronto's Wycliffe College, which has a long history of interaction with the people of the North, is launching a series of online theology courses designed specifically for use in northern aboriginal communities.

According to the project's co-ordinator, the Rev. Julie Golding Page, the seminary had received requests from northern clergy for such a program. When Wycliffe asked whom it should serve--listed clergy, lay readers, other leaders, people interested in becoming lay readers or being ordained, or people who just wanted to learn more about the Bible and the church--the answer came back "all of the above," said Golding Page. "So we have the difficult but very fruitful task of having to make the courses accessible to anyone."

Some courses, such as a survey of the Old Testament, are more basic and could be used by anyone wanting to know more about the Bible. Others, such as a study of the Book of Exodus, will require more knowledge of the Bible.

Since English may be a second language for many northerners, the material is written in an accessible style that is respectful of indigenous students' cultures, educational backgrounds and life experiences. …

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