Students who are studying at Emmanuel College had a rare opportunity to delve deeper into the polity of the United Church and to experience polity in action at the 42nd General Council, which took place last August in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. The course, ably taught by Professor Pamela Couture, began its time together through a series of webinars. The 12 students who were enrolled each took a portion of the 1,100-page General Council Workbook, researched the background, and wrote a paper on what it means for the national church moving forward.
Meeting as a class in Corner Brook at GC42, with their teacher as table facilitator, discussed, questioned, and listened intently to discussion from the floor.
The course was created after the "awakened opportunity for learning that came out of General Council 41 in Ottawa," says Steve Willey, the now retired Program Coordinator Education and Leadership Development. Willey and the staff of Emmanuel College saw this as an opportunity for students to see the church at its best. The students attentively observed all, questioned, and came away with a better understanding of the polity in the church and how we as a national body make decisions.
We are thankful to Mission & Service for the grant that covered staff costs and helped defray costs for students to travel to Corner Brook. The GC42 course is a partnership between Mission & Service and Emmanuel College.
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