Certificate in Independent Sacramental Movement Studies

Certificate in Independent Sacramental Movement Studies
(15 Credit Hours)

The Independent Sacramental Movement (ISM) is a term used to describe a sacramental branch of the Christian Church who are not part of the historic sacramental Christian denominations such as the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, and or the various Orthodox Churches.

With over six hundred Independent Catholic Bishops and thousands of ministries active in North America alone, it is necessary that the study of the Independent Sacramental Movement is covered within a rigorous and well documented academic program. As such, the study of the ISM is one of the four core educational elements of Whithorn School of Theology.

  • Program Objectives

This certificate program aims to help the student become better acquainted with the traditions and practices of Independent Sacramental Movement. It is hoped that such an awareness will offer the student a broader perspective of the history, traditions, and diversity of the ISM. In order to achieve this goal, the student will be guided through various books from both within and from without the Independent Sacramental Movement.

  • Student Expectations

A fifteen hundred word or five page expectation paper is required of the student offering his or her personal expectations and goals regarding the course and a synopsis of what his or her current understanding of the Independent Sacramental Movement prior to beginning the course work.

  • Certificate Program Outline and Required Texts
  1. Karl Pruter, The Old Catholic Church: Third Edition
  2. Karl Pruter, Bishops Extraordinary
  3. Karl Pruter, The Strange Partnership of George Alexander McGuire and Marcus Garvey
  4. John P. Plummer, The Many Paths of the Independent Sacramental Movement
  5. John P. Plummer, Who Are the Independent Catholics?
  6. John P. Plummer, Living Mysteries: A Practical Handbook for the Independent Priest
  7. R. Joseph Owles, Catholic But Not Roman Orthodox But Not Eastern: An Introduction To The Old Catholic Church
  8. Robert W. Caruso, The Old Catholic Church
  9. Peter F. Anson, Bishops At Large
  10. Henry R. T. Brandreth, Episcopi Vagantes and the Anglican Church
  11. Alistair Bate, A Strange Vocation: Independent Bishops Tell Their Stories
  12. C.B. Moss, The Old Catholic Movement: Its Origins and History
  13. Rob Angus Jones, Independent Sacramental Bishops
  14. Julie Byrne, The Other Catholics: Remaking America’s Largest Religion
  15. Charles Leadbeater, Science of the Sacraments
  • Reaction Paper

A fifteen hundred word or five page reaction paper is required for each of the reading selections The reaction paper is to serve as a talking paper in lieu of discussion held during actual class time.

  • Practicum

Students will keep a journal in which to record notes, meditations, impressions, and ministerial applications of what it means to be a part of the ISM within their day to day lives for the duration of the program. Students will be expected to fill one page of their journal every day while enrolled in the program.

  • Final Paper

At the completion of the program the student will write a final fifteen hundred word or five page essay detailing his or her personal journey and discovery of the history and traditions of the ISM and the implications of such within the context of his or her own life and ministry.

  • Method of Evaluation

-Expectation Paper 5%
-Reaction Papers 50%
-Practicum 30%
-Final Paper 15%