Congratulations to Carra Wetzel for completing Education for Ministry. Members of her EfM group from Christ Church Cody were at St. John’s on Sunday, August 19, to present a certificate of completion. EfM is a unique certificate program of theological education under the direction of The School of Theology in The University of South in Sewanee.
Carra joined the group when her late husband, The Reverend Ed Wetzel was starting the program. No group in Powell was available at the time. After Ed’s death, Carra continued to travel to Cody weekly through the years and formed close bonds and a support network that was present for her during her darker days.
An EfM group is defined by its harmony of purpose. It is not simply a Bible study group, nor a religious study course, but a small community of practice focused on study, worship, and intentional theological reflection. Karen Meridith, director of EfM, describes the program this way, “EfM graduates become persons of faith who have internalized a way of looking at the world through a theologically informed lens, who can articulate the call to ministry as baptized members of the Body of Christ, and who are prepared to work humbly with others with different experiences and perspectives. I believe these are just the kind of lay leaders the Church needs as we move forward in mission together.”
The program takes four years to complete and is broken up into these courses of study: • Year One: The Old Testament • Year Two: The New Testament • Year Three: Church History • Year Four: Theological Choices
EfM at St. John’s is underway for the this fall. Year 3 students include Sue Woods, Jane Woods, Diana Anderson and Megan Nickles. Charlotte Patrick and Laurel McKeen are in Year 2; Genny Bettger and Susan McEvoy are in year 1.