Not unlike the rest of VTS, the Field Ed Department has been undergoing a series of changes. After a long process of reflection, research and re-visioning, we will implement a pilot of our new program in 2018-19. The traditional program will run alongside the pilot, but our goal is to phase out the traditional program and fully implement the new program in 2019-2020.
The new program offers seminarians three tracks for contextual learning, each of which allows for greater flexibility and more opportunities for intensive practical training. They also provide a wider variety of local, national and international sites for seminarians to develop their ministerial identity and skills. Sites will include parishes, schools, hospitals, prisons, seaports, intentional learning communities and monasteries.
We also used this opportunity to rethink our terminology, shed outmoded language and embrace language that most readily conveys the essence of the new program. Consistent with our emphasis on the importance of context in the formation of lay and ordained leaders, we are delighted to share that our new name is the Department of Contextual Ministry (CXM). We know that it will take a while for the name change to be fully incorporated into all of our communications, so we ask for your patience and support during the transition process.
The Rev. Allison St. Louis, Ph.D. Director of Field Education and The Second Three Years Program