Centre for Rural Community Leadership and Ministry

Training Programs - Upcoming Courses


DMin Courses in Rural Ministry and Community Development:


Date:  January 19-23, 2015
Location: Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon SK

Students who are close to completing the DMin program will be preparing for the public presentations of their reports in the Feb-April 2015 period.


Agrarianism and the Bible
Date:  June 22-26, 2015
Location: St Andrew's College, Saskatoon SK
Professor: Matt Thiessen

Agrarianism stresses the need for us to structure our lives in order that we might live in healthful relationship with everything around us: humans, animals, plants, and the land. The purpose of this course will be to read biblical passages in light of the recent agrarian thinking of writers such as Wendell Berry, Wes Jackson, and Norman Wirzba. How does the Bible portray humanity? In relationship to the earth and other living creatures? Can we find resources within scripture to help us live more peaceably and justly with all aspects of our world? The course will focus closely on questions such as these within a specifically prairie context.
Note: this is a DMin course but it's also open to anyone else interested for audit or credit (to M Div, etc.)



For more information about courses and to register contact one of the three Saskatoon seminaries:

Registrar:  St. Andrew’s College (United Church):
 standrews.registrar@usask.ca; phone: 306--975-1588


Registrar: Lutheran Theological Seminary:
registrar.lts@usask.ca; phone: 306-966-7866


Registrar: College of Emmanuel and St. Chad (Anglican):
esc.registrar@usask.ca; phone: 306-975-1588




1. Clnical Pastoral Education (CPE) in Rural Settings

Swan Valley, Manitoba

This program is available to anyone. It is a satellite program of the long-established CPE programs at the Saskatoon Institute for Pastoral Education. It consists of 200 hours of experience in a rural community ministry site as well as the opportunity for small group seminars and theological reflection with a trained CPE supervisor and ones' peers.

Seminars in the program focus on guided experiences in community-based care-giving together with group, individual and mentored reflection. Students learn skills related to crisis intervention, suicide prevention, mental health issues as well as working with intergenerational families and issues of loss and grief. The program includes contextual immersion and reflection opportunities including a guided wilderness walk, a tour of a farming operation, an opportunity to reflect on the interaction of aboriginal and non-aboriginal culture, attendance at a farm auction, and the opportunity to lead worship in a small village church.

Opportunities for placement include the 55 bed Swan Valley Health Centre, three long term care facilities, community health services such as Mental Health, Palliative Care and other community agencies such as the Crisis Centre (domestic abuse), the Justice System and the Food Bank.

Free billeting is available to out of town students.

For further information contact Supervisor Rev. Margaret McCallum at swanvalleycpe@gmail.com.







About the photo (above):

Awarding of 19 Diplomas in Indigenous Anglican Theology at the 2008 Convocation of The University of Emmanuel College-College of Emmanuel and St. Chad in partnership with the Dr. William Winter School of Ministry in the Diocese of Keewatin.