Just Launched: Walk in Love, a 5-Course Curriculum with Scott Gunn and Melody Shobe

We’ve just launched our new Walk in Love Curriculum: five courses taught by the Rev. Scott Gunn and the Rev. Melody Shobe. Based on their book Walk in Love, Scott and Melody cover basic Episcopal beliefs and practices in these courses: the sacraments, daily prayer and the liturgical calendar, core beliefs, the nature of the church itself, and exploring Christian life through the lens of the Holy Trinity. Each course is available in versions formatted for individual study and for group learning. Courses may be taken as part of the full curriculum or on their own.

This curriculum is ideal for people who are new to or curious about the Episcopal Church. It covers the uniquely Episcopalian approach to different central aspects of the faith. The courses are also good for people who want to go back and re-explore the basics — the big questions. How do we know what God wants from us? How do we think about the mystery of the Holy Trinity? What exactly happens when we are baptized? Scott and Melody address these great questions in ways that are accessible to people who are new to the church while offering food for thought to Christians who want to revisit these central tenets of the faith.

Here are brief descriptions of the themes and ideas that Scott and Melody cover in each course:

Walk in Love 1: The Sacramental Journey For Individuals and For Groups
In this course, Scott and Melody over an overview of the Episcopal Church interpretation of the Christian faith and discuss the sacraments in terms of what they are and how we understand their role in our lives as Christians. Their four 5-minute video presentations in this course include:

  • The Anglican Way of Christianity
  • The New Life of Grace
  • A Wonderful Sacrament
  • Grow in Grace

Here’s a link to a course preview.

Walk in Love 2: Marking Time For Individuals and For Groups
Scott and Melody cover ways in which Episcopalians think about time in this class — on a daily basis, in our prayers, and throughout the liturgical year. They also consider the beginning and ending of human life cycles through the lens of the burial office in The Book of Common Prayer. Video presentations include:

  • The Daily Office
  • The Liturgical Year
  • Holy Week and Easter
  • The Burial Office

Here’s a link to a course preview.

Walk in Love 3: Basic Beliefs For Individuals and For Groups
The basics may be similar: scripture, tradition, practice, etc., but Anglicans take particular, nuanced approaches to these fundamental elements of Christianity. Scott an Melody unpack the Anglican approach to  in these four insightful video presentations:

  • Gathered in Unity (The Creeds)
  • Written for Our Learning (The Bible)
  • Continually Given to Good Works (Salvation and Grace)
  • Accept and Fulfill our Petitions (Prayer)

Here’s a link to a course preview.

Walk in Love 4: The Church For Individuals and For Groups
Scott and Melody examine the church in this class: who we are, what we do, how we are organized, and how we connect to one another across time and space. Video presentations include:

  • That Wonderful and Sacred Mystery (The Church)
  • Defend Your Church (Structure and Governance)
  • A Great Cloud of Witnesses (The Communion of Saints)
  • The Work You Give Us to Do (Vocation)

Here’s a link to a course preview.

Walk in Love 5: The Trinitarian Life For Individuals and For Groups
In this final class of the Walk in Love curriculum, Scott and Melody examine the Christian life through the lenses of the trinity. How do we know ourselves as Christians through our encounters with God the Father, with God the Son, and with God the Holy  Spirit? Videos will cover the following subjects:

  • Grateful Enjoyment (God the Father and Creation Care)
  • Wonderfully Restored (God the Son and Incarnation)
  • Strengthened for Your Service (God the Holy Spirit and Spiritual Gifts)
  • Proclaim to All People ( Spiritual Practices, Knowing Your Story, Telling Your Story)

Here’s a link to a course preview.

We hope that these courses offer you a sense of the Episcopal approach to the central aspects of the Christian faith — and that you enjoy them and grow through your work with them.


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