Act Five Courses

The Academic Program for Act Five

The following four courses will take place over the course of the year and are embedded in all the learning and experiences that happen through Act Five. Each course is equivalent to a university-level course and will be counted as transfer credits by multiple postsecondary institutions for those who take Act Five courses for credit.*

Learning spaces will be outside the typical classroom, taking place at dining tables, living rooms, riverbeds, campsites, cafes, and churches.

*Act Five courses for 2023-2024 are not accredited but are offered at a level accepted by various universities and colleges as transfer credits according to each individual institution’s process.

The Six Acts

This course takes place over the full year and moves from weekly class time to farms and retreats. It explores the unfolding of the biblical story. It will help students study scripture and understand their place in The Big Story, seeking to live it out in their personal and public lives, their studies, and their engagement with the competing stories around them. This course will invite students to not only think about scripture in new ways but to practice it together as a community.

Place, Home & Land

This course takes place during the first term and is highly experiential.
Does it matter where we are from? How does where we live shape who we are? Should we protect our rivers and forests and farms? Why should we care for what happens in the city, in our neighbourhoods, and among the Indigenous communities that have known this land long before us? And why is a home so important? This course seeks to wrestle with these questions under the belief that places matter a great deal to God and how we are meant to live our lives. As Christians we must considering how we are connected to our land, homes, and neighbourhoods.

Stories of Faithfulness

This courses takes place over the full year through evenings of storytelling and morning “Soul Care” sessions.
As we seek to live as followers of Jesus in today’s world, we continually need to be learning from, and listening to, stories of faithfulness – from those who came before us, those who live around the world, and those from right here. This course invites students to think through their own rhythms of a life with God and to hear stories that offer new perspectives on how others have wrestled with how to participate in God’s mission in diverse ways. The hope is that these stories will inspire and shape how students imagine their own Christian life in each of their contexts.

Vocation & Praxis

This course takes place during the second term and is a one-term training experience in local for-profit businesses, not-for-profit organizations, trades, or other Field Placement opportunities. This experience is designed to give students an opportunity to practice engaging in the city, gain experience working alongside others living out a Christian vocation in various workplaces, and assist them in making post-secondary and/or career decisions.

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