There are two separate Contextual Education programs for Episcopalians in Candler's Master of Divinity (MDiv) program. They share a similar foundation, yet differ greatly in details. Students in the Episcopal Studies Certificate program spend all three years in parish placements and meet as a separate group for theological reflection on their ministry; Episcopal students who are not in the certificate program join the bulk of MDiv students in spending their first year in non-parish ministry, the second in a parish, while meeting in ecumenical groups for reflection.
The Episcopal Studies Certificate program is designed to enhance priestly formation and is centered on collegial on reflection real-life ministry that takes place in carefully-supervised student placements. Students typically
Episcopal students not enrolled in the certificate program take two years of Contextual Education, one of which is in a parish. They typically
Both certificate and non-certificate Episcopal students can find possible parish placements on the ConEd II Site Directory. Students must be clear when making contact with site supervisors which program they are enrolled in: Episcopal Contextual Education (three years) or ConEd II (one year). The Director of Episcopal Studies is available to all students for consultation about appropriate parish placement.
All parish placement sites and mentors must meet the minimum requirements for ConEd II and list their site on the ConEd II Site Directory. A site mentor should review the Guidelines for Ecclesial Practices (PDF) to ensure that their site is an appropriate placement before applying to the site directory.
Mentors who wish to have a ConEd II student (one year) should complete the Contextual Education II Contract with that student and file it with the Office of Contextual Education.
Mentors who wish to have an Episcopal Contextual Education student (three years) must meet the minimum requirements for ConEd II and list their site on the ConEd II Site Directory. A site mentor should review the Guidelines for Ecclesial Practices (PDF) to ensure that their site is an appropriate placement before applying to the site directory.
Additional requirements for Episcopal Contextual Education are:
Mentors and students should complete the Episcopal Contextual Education Contract (PDF) and file the original with the Office of Contextual Education and a copy with the Director of Episcopal Studies.