Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth….No facts to me are sacred; none are profane. I simply experiment, an endless seeker… the coming only is sacred. Nothing is secure but life, transition, the emerging spirit.

R.W. Emerson

Priesthood in The Christian Community—while working soundly in the sensory world—seeks to live into the depths of the Christian mystery and its enactment through and with Christ for the transformation of human culture and the earth. It is a vocation of building bridges between the sensory and supersensory—a vocation with the task of healing the split between knowledge and faith, which has driven so disastrously a wedge between intellectual knowing and the wisdom of the heart.

There was a time when human beings looked solely to the Gods, and those who represented them on earth, in order to understand themselves and their place and role in creation. It was the age of Theo-sophia and Theo-logia: “wisdom of the divinity” and “knowledge of the divinity.” As human beings became more independent of the spiritual world and entered the stage of individualized thinking, this central pursuit became Philo-sophia: “love of wisdom”—love of the same wisdom that had formerly been a direct experience, but which must now be grasped in clear thought-forms.

Today human beings are called upon to reconnect to the divinity out of their own freedom and inner activity. This divine knowledge, this wisdom, has now to be found within the human being. In order to apprehend the meaning of our existence, of the unfolding of our destiny and the destinies of those around us, people today will have to observe ever more attentively themselves and each other. Anthropo-sophia—“wisdom of the human being”—is the key to this enhanced attention and observation.

The Seminary of The Christian Community in North America is now located in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) of Ontario, Canada, offering a full complement of programs for fall of 2019.


Programs encompass: a Distance Learning Program, six month on-site programs with the themes “Knowing Christ” and “Walking with Christ”, an off-site mission program and a six month ordination preparation program in Europe and  Toronto.  Additionally, open courses continue to be offered to a wider public as  well as webinars, a new format for connecting with a large audience at a distance, which have been added for world-wide reach.

Canada provides the opportunity for North American and international students to study for six months without a study permit.  This makes study at the seminary possible for international students by specifically designing six month independent programs.  Each has been designed to stand alone and be complimented by student’s independent study.  This allows for students to return to their home country to engage in employment and family life while working on research, reflection and preparation of presentations which will then be shared at St. John’s gatherings in the US and other sites each year.

Acceptance into a program is by application and discussion between the student and seminary directors arriving at a mutual agreement.

Distance Learning Program (DLP)
Theme:  Orientation and Discernment
Reading, open course participation.  Regular conversations with Directors plus on-line classes.  Followed by a retreat during St. John’stide.

Six Month On-Site Program
Theme: Knowing Christ
In Toronto October to March with a two week Christmas break. At home independent research and deepening April to June/July.  Followed by a retreat during St. John’stide.

Six Month On-Site Program
Theme: Walking with Christ
In Toronto October to March with a two week Christmas break. At home independent research and deepening April to June/July.  Followed by a retreat during St. John’stide.

Off-site Mission Year
In congregations or other off-site mission-based service work from September to June

Six Month Ordination Preparation Program
The ordination preparation course takes place in both Europe and Toronto with the support of the leadership of the worldwide movement for religious renewal.

Open Courses
In addition to providing training for the vocation of priest, the Seminary offers open courses. The programs include the daily celebration of the Act of Consecration of Man, some shared meals, Gospel study, workshops, and lectures.

Opportunities for Young Adults
The purpose of the seminary is to open up the path to ordination into The Christian Community priesthood.  Financially supporting young people who wish to visit and attend seminary open courses at the Toronto seminary serves this purpose.

For training application and information please see this page or contact us for more information:

Rev. Patrick Kennedy at 905 771-0705
or email info@christiancommunityseminary.ca