General Skills and Competencies

As part of their academic program, all students at EDS develop and demonstrate competencies related to theological reflection and ministerial practice. These competencies include:

  • skills in interpreting texts and traditions
  • skills in historical, social, and cultural analysis, particularly in relation to race, gender, sexual identities, class, and ability
  • ability to identify and constructively address pertinent issues for faith, worship, and community leadership
  • ability to articulate the liberating possibilities of faith, ethics, liturgy, and pastoral practice
  • ability to discern connections between social location, ideas, and actions, and to understand and engage the dynamics of power in personal relationships, groups, and institutions
  • cooperative skills in working with people
  • ability to work transformatively within institutional structures
  • skills in developing spiritual formation in communities of faith

Students design their course work around seven areas of study: Bible, Church History, Liturgy, Theology, Ethics, Theory and Practice of Ministry, and Studies in Contemporary Society. (The seven areas correlate with the seven canonical areas required for ordination to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church.) Specific requirements for students studying for the MDiv degree are indicated with the course listings.