Diploma in Anglican Studies
The Diploma in Anglican Studies (DAS) is a one year qualification designed to meet the needs of those seeking ordination in the Episcopal Church. Normally, students will have either completed a Master of Divinity in a non-Episcopal school or have initially studied for ordination with a diocesan school or program. The DAS is also suitable for clergy coming from another communion or for laity who want a foundational education in Anglican theology, spirituality, and polity. An Anglican studies year is a rare opportunity to combine classroom study of Anglicanism with living and praying within an Episcopal community, being formed by its ethos and spirituality.
Our DAS students come with varied backgrounds in theological study and lay ministerial experience. The DAS is designed, therefore, to provide the flexibility needed to meet diocesan requirements as well as student interests. The program's director, the Rev. Dr. Nathan Jennings works individually with students in planning their year and helping them get the very best from their program.
Field education is a vital component of all training for ordained ministry. The Austin area has a superb range of opportunities that allow us to match our students' needs and strengths with a particular parish. Our professor of Contextual Theology, the Rev. Kathleen Russell, works with the DAS students and a team of clergy supervisors to ensure the most pedagogically effective experience. Field placements require long lead time to arrange. DAS students desiring a field placement should submit their applications by April 1st; otherwise, a field placement cannot be guaranteed.
DAS students also take up responsibilities for worship and preaching in the Seminary chapel. Opportunities exist for education, mandated by dioceses, in anti-racism, professional sexual ethics, "Safeguarding God's Children" and "Title IV".
This diploma is awarded to students who have successfully completed a minimum of 24 credits. Normally, this diploma is taken over one year of full-time study; however, students may extend their diploma to take further courses, over a longer period, if desired.
Prior to being awarded the diploma, a candidate must fully discharge all financial obiligations to the seminary and all requirements must be completed within three calendar years from the date of entry into the program.
DAS Program Goals
In the DAS program students will:
- Living a life of virtue, they will possess an understanding of the Anglican Clommunion and the Episcopal Church, its Biblical, theological and liturgical tradition, its history and moral theology, and practices of ministry and pastoral care.
- Formed by their study, they wil lbring knowledge of the Anglican tradition to bear on the challenges of the contemporary church and world.
- They will exercise leadership in Anglican and Episcopal church communities and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, carrying out the ministry of healing and reconciliation.
The Diploma in Anglican Studies requires a minimum of 24 credits. Students may extend their diploma to take further courses, over a longer period, if desired. For those not taking the DAS for the purpose of ordination, 24 credits may be taken in Anglican Faith and Practice.
The course of studies is as follows:
Anglican Faith and Practice (12 credits)
B2310 Biblical Interpretation for Preaching (Fall Semester)
H3310 Anglican Studies (Fall Semester)
L1310 Liturgy I: Worship and Theology (Fall Semester)
L2340 Liturgy II: The Prayer Book, its History and Use (Spring Semester)
Additional courses may be taken in systematic theology, Anglican spirituality, history, and theological ethics. Students who have an interest in cross-cultural minisry may take courses in Hispanic Studies and/or the January placement and missiology course. In the case of students with only limited foundations in theology, general courses in Bible and introductory theology may be recommended.
The Pastoral Arts (12 credits)
L2310 Preaching I (Fall Semester)
L2330 Preaching II (Spring Semester)
P2320 Introduction to Pastoral Care (Spring Semester)
P3310 Parish Field Education
P3320 Parish Field Education
CE3310 Introduction to Christian Education (Spring Semester)
Prior to being awarded the diploma, a candidate must fully discharge all financial obligations to the seminary and all requirements must be completed within three calendar years from the date of entry into the program.