Anglicanism Course At Belgian Catholic University

Canon Jack McDonald writes:

“From September 2013, a new collaboration between the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven - one of the 21 élite universities in LERU, the League of European Research Universities) and the Anglican Religious Education Committee for Belgium (ARE) begins. The ARE already teaches a course on Anglicanism to its trainee teachers (in Flanders and the Dutch-speaking schools in Brussels, pupils in schools can opt for Anglican religious education lessons) and this course will be taught from now on as part of KU Leuven's MA in Theology.

“The 26-hour course includes a 3-Bologna-point module on Anglican history, texts, doctrine, sacraments, spirituality, ethics and mission, and a 1-Bologna-point module on Anglican religious education. The same course will be taught in English in Brussels in the first semester each year, and in Dutch in Leuven in the second semester.

“The course leaders are Canon theologian Professor Jack McDonald (who now adds a visiting professorship at KU Leuven to his professorship of history at the Faculté Protestante de Bruxelles) and Ms Birte Day (Inspecteur-Adviseur for ARE, who becomes a research associate at KU Leuven). Whilst the course is directed at future RE teachers, it could clearly have positive spin-offs for training in the diocese. The agreement signed between KU Leuven and Ripon College Cuddesdon last year, allowing up to 5 Cuddesdon students per year to study their PhDs part-time in Leuven, adds momentum to the Diocese in Europe becoming a significant educational player in the Church of England.”
(Photo shows Jack McDonald and Birte Day flanking two of this year's Anglicanism course participants, David and Janet Sayers.)