We UM clergy are required to do a certain amount of Continuing Education each year. The Conference BOOM sets the requirements. Used to be, we were asked to file a standard report each year at Charge Conference. Since merging the two Conferences into one, humongous Indiana Annual Conference, reports have been called for only haphazardly. Last year, I had to ask my DS what to do with my report; he said, send it to me.
Anyway, I still record all my CE stuff, whether it's called for or not. Last year, I published my report on this blog, just to let friends and colleagues know what I'd done. I thought it might provoke discussion -- either of my choices, or of theirs.
Our Continuing Ed is recorded not in official CEUs (Continuing Education Units), but in contact hours. We are required to attend events totaling 40 contact hours each year; however, we can also count our professional/scholarly reading for a maximum of 26 of those hours (at a standard rate of so many pages per contact hour of CE credit).
I always read more than I can take credit for, even though I include on my report not only theological and church stuff I read but also things I read in other scholarly fields I'm interested in. All of it informs my mind, which is the mill that grinds the grist that produces the flour that bakes the bread with which I feed the people.
I usually have no trouble making up the remaining contact hours with CE events. If I have a major mission trip or something in the past year, then those contact hours really go up. Such was the situation this last year, what with my trip to Tenke in the Dem. Rep. of the Congo.
So, for what it's worth, here's my report for the last twelve months.
CE READING SINCE LAST REPORT
Reading Law: the interpretation of legal texts, by Antonin Scalia & Bryan A. Garner
Marriage and Civilization: how monogamy made us human, by William Tucker
Edmund Burke: the first conservative, by Jesse Norman
The Old English Riddles of the ‘Exeter Book’, by Craig Williamson
Inventing Freedom: how the English-speaking peoples made the modern world, by Daniel Hannan
Life Together, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The English Reformation, by A.G. Dickens
The Saga of King Heidrek the Wise, tr. Christopher Tolkien
Intranet-Agende der Evangelisch-methodistichen Kirche (UM Book of Worship in German, as used in our Central Conferences in Europe)
Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, by Charles Mackay
Liberal Fascism, by Jonah Goldberg
Beowulf, translation and commentary by J.R.R. Tolkien
Ecclesiastical History, by Eusebius of Caesarea
Evangelical & Methodist: a popular history, by Riley B. Case
“The First Ecumenical Council: The Council of Nice,” in The Seven Ecumenical Councils, Series II, Volume 14, of The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, part of The Early Church Fathers Series, Christian Classics Ethereal Library
The Bible and Homosexual Practice, by Robert A.J. Gagnon
A Change of Heart, by Thomas C. Oden
I also read several blogs and news sources on-line relating to church news and theology
CE EVENTS SINCE LAST REPORT
Leading Tenke Jamboree, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 7/14, 200 contact hours
Pathways Workshop w/ Samuel Padgett, 10/7/14, 4 contact hours
Clergy Candidacy Retreat 1/15, 12 contact hours
Hoosier Trails Council Training Expo, 2/7/15, 5 contact hours
West District Clergy Meetings, 9 contact hours
Wapehani District Roundtables, 6 contact hours
CE Required annually = 40 contact hours or equivalent
Equivalent credit allowed for CE reading = 26 hours (maximum allowable)
Credit for CE events = 234 contact hours
Total credit for 2015 = 260 contact hours or equivalent