The seminary in Toronto offers a full range of programs, including preparation for ordination in the renewed priesthood of The Christian Community.  Of the three seminaries for the movement for religious renewal in the world, we are the only English-speaking one.  Our training programs encompass:

  • the Distance Learning Program (DLP),
  • two on-site programs with the themes “Knowing Christ” and “Walking with Christ,”
  • an off-site mission-year program,
  • and a final preparation for ordination program.

Canada provides the opportunity for North American and international students to study for 6 months without a study permit.  For this reason, our “Knowing Christ” and “Walking with Christ” programs include 6 months of full-time study on-site in combination with 3 months of independent study.  This approach allows students to return to their home country to engage in employment and family life, research, and reflection.  Then, at the close of the year, students and teachers gather again – in the U.S. or elsewhere – for student presentations on the fruits of the independent research. This usually takes place during the festival of St. John.

Acceptance into any of the given programs follows an application process that culminates in a mutual agreement between the student and the seminary directors.

Distance Learning Program (DLP)
Theme:  Orientation and Discernment
Program: Reading, Open Course participation, regular conversations with the seminary directors, on-line classes, and a culminating retreat during the festival of St. John.

Applications for the DLP year 2021-22 can be submitted starting June 1 of 2021 and should be received by September 3, 2021.

6-Month On-Site, 3-Month Off-Site Program
Theme: “Knowing Christ”
Program: Classes in Toronto for 6 months, usually starting in the fall, followed by at-home independent research and deepening from April to June/July and a culminating retreat during the festival of St. John.

Applications for the “Knowing Christ” program, Fall 2021 can be submitted starting May 1, 2021 and should be received by August 1, 2021.

6-Month On-Site, 3-Month Off-Site Program
Theme: “Walking with Christ”
Program: Classes in Toronto for 6 months, usually starting in the fall, followed by at-home independent research and deepening from April to June/July and a culminating retreat during the festival of St. John.

Off-site Mission Year
Program: Practical, applied religious work in congregations or in volunteer service off-site from September to June of the given year.

Four to 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.

 


Priesthood in The Christian Community—while working soundly in the physical 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 such a disastrous wedge between intellectual knowing and the wisdom of the heart.

There was a time when human beings looked solely to the Gods and to 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 themselves and each other ever more attentively. 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 students on various paths of study.