Adult Scholars Program FAQ

How do I register?

In 2 easy steps…

First Click right here! to go to the on-line registration page

Next, visit the Program Costs and Travel page to get details on how to send your deposit.  Your registration is NOT confirmed until we receive your deposit cheque.

 

 

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What Is It?

The Ask & Imagine Adult Scholars program is a one-week learning experience hosted by the Faculty of Theology at Huron University College.  The program aims to encourage excellence in youth ministry in all its forms.  Adult Scholars (aged 18+) receive training and formation for their ministry with young people.

Designed as a way to strengthen youth ministry throughout the church, the Ask & Imagine Adult Program welcomes participants whose ministries amongst youth take place in congregations, wider geographical areas (areas, synods, etc) summer camps, justice initiatives and community programs.

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Who Is It For?

It’s for anyone who works with teenagers and young adults, primarily in faith contexts.  You can be a volunteer, part-time or full time.  We welcome clergy.  We welcome people with years of experience, and those just beginning.  We welcome people in leadership roles who lead the leaders and have less direct contact with individual young people.  If your work touches the lives of young people, this is a program for you.

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Do I have to be an Anglican?

No.  Ask & Imagine is based at an Anglican theological seminary, and the majority of the leadership team has an Anglican background.  However, we welcome people of all faith and religious traditions.  We are an open and generous community, with a diverse practice of prayer.

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What do we do?

Each day we share meals, reading, lectures, hand-on learning, workshops and seminars, small group discussion time and down time for conversation, going for walks, etc.

There is no ‘typical day’ at Ask & Imagine.  But the schedule might look kind of like this:

7:30            Wake-up, eat breakfast at the house

9:00            First class (Biblical Studies, Church History, Practice of Ministry etc)

10:30          Break (could included a walk to Tim Horton’s, or homemade muffins brought  in by our wonderful kitchen staff)

11:00          Second Class (another theological subject)

12:30          Lunch and break

2:00            Electives or workshops, including mid-afternoon break

5:00            Back to the house for Tea Time (a long-standing Ask & Imagine tradition) and time to relax before dinner

6:30            Dinner together at the house

7:30            Evening program – could be a guest speaker, an interactive session, or practical ministry skills.  Sometimes evening is just free time.

9:00            Evening prayer

11:00          House quiet

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Where do we stay?

The community stays at Brough House, a large century home at the back of the beautiful Huron campus.  There are often deer and gophers visiting the back porch.  The house includes a large comfortable living room and dining room, and a kitchen that is not quite big enough, but we make due.

Rooms are generally large double occupancy with two double beds, or single occupancy with single beds.  Bathrooms are like residential bathrooms, shared between a few people.  If the program is large, some of the community will stay next door at Henderson House, a small university residence with single occupancy rooms.

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What do we eat?

The food at Ask & Imagine is fantastic! Home made, fresh and as local as possible. A lot of our focus is on living in community with each other – and that means sharing good food! We make our meals for ourselves, with the guidance of our wonderful Kitchen Manager, Janet, who prepares a lot of our food, as well as leads the community in preparing meals for each other.

We can happily accommodate all dietary needs and allergies – please let us know when you register if you have dietary needs or allergies so that our kitchen manager can adjust menus and plan.

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How much does it cost?

The program fee is $380.00, and includes: accommodation, most meals and tuition; travel to-and-from the airport, train or bus station in London; and program costs. A $50.00 non-refundable registration fee is due upon registration, and the balance ($330.00) is payable upon arrival.  We do not have the option of on-line or credit card payment so you will need to send a cheque or money order to:

Sandra Rice. Huron University College Faculty of Theology, 1349 Western Road, London, Ontario. N6G 1H3

Please make it payable to Huron  University College and put “Ask & Imagine” in the memo line.

Scholars are responsible for their own transportation to London, Ontario. There are travel subsidies available for Ask & Imagine Adult Scholars coming from a significant distance. Please email Judy at jsteers4(at)uwo.ca at the time of acceptance if this is something you are interested in.

 

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Is there internet access?

Brough House has free internet, though it is weak in the bedrooms.  There is internet throughout campus, but as with all large schools, there are different access procedures for different buildings and different computers.  You may purchase a guest internet account upon arrival, but it is not necessary.  You do not require a computer at Ask & Imagine.  There are computers available for use in the student lounge, as well as other spots on campus.

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I live close by. Can I leave the program for a day to go deal with something in my congregation or workplace?

We recognize that as a person serving in ministry, our scholars are very very busy.  However, we strongly encourage you to take the opportunity of Ask & Imagine as a retreat and a time away.  It is difficult for the flow of the program and the integrity of the community to have lots of coming and going.  This year, we arranged the program so that only one Sunday is missed.  Please do all you can to be available to the entire program.  It will be kinder to the community, and a better experience for you!

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