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#10133499 Oct 10, 2014 at 10:14 PM
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Northshire Academy of Divinity - Curriculum

Mission Statement:

It is the view of the College of Canons (Clergy of the Holy Light) to have a set curriculum for all priests, priestesses, and aspirant knights to follow before any ordination ceremony; most education pertains to both priests and paladins. While there are various documents and literature speaking to what a priest should study and how their progress is measured, it is our intention to lay out this process as simply and clearly as possible.

While there is great appreciation for the countless hours and energy that has gone into the construction of ecclesiastical documents, rules, laws and books, it is the view of the officers of the Clergy of the Holy Light to keep the perspective that this role-playing medium is meant to be a source of fun, not a source of stress or confusion. It is our intention to ensure that while established lore is appreciated and referenced to, educational materials should serve as a backdrop for actual role-playing. We do not agree with placing unrealistic demands upon guild members who aspire to advance to, for example, write a five page essay on how they feel about the epistles of St. Faol, or sit through a two hour lecture on the life of Uther the Lightbringer.

If you feel that you’re trying your best to understand the material, but not quite grasping it, please feel free to contact an officer and we will try to accommodate your needs. Concepts covered in the curriculum are meant to give your character a better understanding on the sacred operations and rules so that the College of Canons may operate in an efficient manner.
"We are a bastion of hope in a tempest filled with turmoil and sorrow. Let us rekindle the flame of hope in their hearts and share in the grace and salvation that only the Light can afford us."

-Mother Maeriann
#10133503 Oct 10, 2014 at 10:18 PM
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Location: Northshire Abbey

Assuming that you’ve completed the ceremony of taking vows, the next step in your character’s progress is to make their way to Northshire Abbey. Northshire Abbey is located in Elwynn Forest and it is the epicenter for study and learning the ways of the Church. While the Cathedral in Stormwind is kind of the Broadway stage for most all ceremonies and rituals, Northshire Abbey is similar to Julliard or arts school that actors must go through before hitting the stage. While your character is not restricted from visiting the Cathedral in Stormwind, it would be assumed that the bulk of their time would be in Northshire until their training is completed.

"We are a bastion of hope in a tempest filled with turmoil and sorrow. Let us rekindle the flame of hope in their hearts and share in the grace and salvation that only the Light can afford us."

-Mother Maeriann
#10133513 Oct 10, 2014 at 10:23 PM
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Add-on: Gryphonheart Items (GHI)

We strongly recommend and encourage all guild members to download the add-on Gryphonheart Items (GHI) which provides the ability to view and interact with user made in-game items. Many of the study material, codex, readings and ecclesiastical documents have a GHI item already in-game. This makes it easier for players to follow along in lessons, instead of having to alt-tab out of game to constantly reference the website. Click on this link for the download.

"We are a bastion of hope in a tempest filled with turmoil and sorrow. Let us rekindle the flame of hope in their hearts and share in the grace and salvation that only the Light can afford us."

-Mother Maeriann
#10133530 Oct 10, 2014 at 10:32 PM
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Message for Educators!

Any ordained priest that aspires to join the faculty of educators may do so by sending a letter of intent to an officer. The character must have full approval by all officers to be considered as an educator. If you have been approved to act as an educator for the following lessons, please adhere to the following rules when constructing a lesson plan:

  1. Lessons will act as a backdrop for role-playing. It is not intended to put people to sleep. Your lessons will be as interactive as possible while getting the message across.
  2. Lessons, if they be in the style of a lecture, should not go on longer than 45 minutes. Lessons may go on longer for 45 minutes if the lesson has aspects that take students outside of the classroom.
  3. Lessons shall be put on the calendar as early as possible to allow students/pupils to make plans on attending, and labeled clearly with the corresponding lesson name (i.e. Lesson Three: Respect).
  4. It is the responsibility of both educators and students to keep a written record of those in attendance for each lesson so that progress may be easily referenced to.
  5. There shall be no written tests, quizzes or essays given to students. If the person wishes to engage in creative writing or extra-curricular writing journals, they may do so at their own discretion. There may be verbal tests or quizzes given to students, but should not be grounds as punishment or holding a player’s character back from advancing.
  6. Any previously ordained priest or knighted paladin may attend any lesson offered to students.
  7. Any and all lessons may be taught by any approved educator. No one educator may monopolize a particular lesson.
  8. We strongly recommend that lessons are taught in successive order and that students shall not jump ahead to advanced lessons until prerequisites have been completed. However, it is understood that due to scheduling, this isn’t always possible.
It is mandatory that the Lesson of Compassion shall not be taken until a student has completed the Lesson of Respect and the Lesson of Tenacity.
"We are a bastion of hope in a tempest filled with turmoil and sorrow. Let us rekindle the flame of hope in their hearts and share in the grace and salvation that only the Light can afford us."

-Mother Maeriann
#10133537 Oct 10, 2014 at 10:36 PM · Edited over 7 years ago
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Lesson/Class List

  1. Lesson One: Intro to the Three Virtues and Codex of Scripture
  2. Lesson Two: The Summa Luxologica
  3. Lesson Three: Respect
  4. Lesson Four: Luxology: An Introduction
  5. Lesson Five: Tenacity
  6. Lesson Six: Code of Canon Law
  7. Lesson Seven: Compassion
  8. Lesson Eight: Liturgy
"We are a bastion of hope in a tempest filled with turmoil and sorrow. Let us rekindle the flame of hope in their hearts and share in the grace and salvation that only the Light can afford us."

-Mother Maeriann
#10133540 Oct 10, 2014 at 10:38 PM
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Lesson One: Intro to the Three Virtues and Codex of Scripture

First thing’s first. This lesson will introduce you to the very bedrock of our faith. The Three Virtues: Respect, Tenacity and Compassion shall be introduced to the student with brief definitions. Educator may produce real world examples or anecdotes of how the Church applies The Three Virtues in everyday life. Educator will also introduce The Codex of Scripture and its significance in the Church.

Suggested homework for the lesson: Student is to read the The Codex of Scripture.

"We are a bastion of hope in a tempest filled with turmoil and sorrow. Let us rekindle the flame of hope in their hearts and share in the grace and salvation that only the Light can afford us."

-Mother Maeriann
#10133550 Oct 10, 2014 at 10:43 PM
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Lesson Two: The Summa Luxologica

This lesson will consist mostly of dissecting and discussing The Summa Luxologica by Quomas Athinas of Northshire. The educator will ensure that all students have the literature available prior to starting the lesson. The lecture and discussion will include Chapter I, II and III.

Suggested homework for the lesson: re-read The Summa Luxologica.
"We are a bastion of hope in a tempest filled with turmoil and sorrow. Let us rekindle the flame of hope in their hearts and share in the grace and salvation that only the Light can afford us."

-Mother Maeriann
#10133556 Oct 10, 2014 at 10:46 PM
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Lesson Three: Respect

This lesson will specifically cover the virtue of Respect. What exactly is Respect? How does it apply to our daily life? How do we practice Respect according to the Church? Is there such a thing as being too respectful? A discussion will take place regarding this first and most fundamental tenet.

Suggested homework for the lesson: Read the Book of Prophets (specifically Chapter III) found inside of The Codex of Scripture.

"We are a bastion of hope in a tempest filled with turmoil and sorrow. Let us rekindle the flame of hope in their hearts and share in the grace and salvation that only the Light can afford us."

-Mother Maeriann
#10133565 Oct 10, 2014 at 10:48 PM
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Lesson Four: Luxology: An Introduction

This lesson will cover Luxology: An Introduction from the writings of St. Columban Blackmoore. The educator will ensure that all students have the literature available prior to starting he lesson. The lecture and discussion will include Chapter I, II, III, IV, V and VI.

Suggested homework for the lesson: Re-read the Luxology: An Introduction.
"We are a bastion of hope in a tempest filled with turmoil and sorrow. Let us rekindle the flame of hope in their hearts and share in the grace and salvation that only the Light can afford us."

-Mother Maeriann
#10133573 Oct 10, 2014 at 10:50 PM
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Lesson Five: Tenacity

Take a deep breath! If you’re feeling impatient and about to give up on your priestly education, this is the lesson for you! This lesson will specifically cover the virtue of Tenacity. What is Tenacity? Is being tenacious the same thing is being inflexible or intolerant? Discover the miracles that can occur through those with unshakable faith. This lesson should contain an “outside of the classroom” element.
"We are a bastion of hope in a tempest filled with turmoil and sorrow. Let us rekindle the flame of hope in their hearts and share in the grace and salvation that only the Light can afford us."

-Mother Maeriann
#10133583 Oct 10, 2014 at 10:53 PM
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Lesson Six: Code of Canon Law

This lesson will cover the Code of Canon Law in its entirety. This is a very important lesson for those who seek to advance as knights/paladins. The educator will ensure that all students have the literature available prior to starting the lesson. The lesson will cover all laws and ordinances, and the reiteration that Canon Law holds no civil weight, even though enforced within our ecclesiastical order.

Suggested homework for the lesson: Re-read the Code of Canon Law.
"We are a bastion of hope in a tempest filled with turmoil and sorrow. Let us rekindle the flame of hope in their hearts and share in the grace and salvation that only the Light can afford us."

-Mother Maeriann
#10133591 Oct 10, 2014 at 10:56 PM
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Lesson Seven: Compassion

This is the most important lesson out of the entire curriculum. This is essentially the lesson that introduces students to the power they hold through acting as a conduit for the Light. The virtue of Compassion is saved until the end of the curriculum because it is the key to unlocking the student’s true power in the Light. This is why there should be practiced hands at the very moment a student comes to this juncture.

This lesson is very much the culmination of all previous studies and therefore should involve purely practical elements. This is not a lesson to be taught in a classroom.
"We are a bastion of hope in a tempest filled with turmoil and sorrow. Let us rekindle the flame of hope in their hearts and share in the grace and salvation that only the Light can afford us."

-Mother Maeriann
#10133599 Oct 10, 2014 at 10:58 PM
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Lesson Eight: Liturgy

Congratulations! Your character is ready to hit the stage, so to speak. This lesson is where your character will actually go step-by-step through the rites and rituals of Liturgy. This will obviously take place in the Cathedral of Light in Stormwind.

Due to the fact that this process involves much more directing and OOC explanation than expected, it is fine if the lesson is conducted in a mostly OOC format. This will make the learning process go a lot smoother without having to play out a role as you’re trying to learn the logistics of ceremony.

There is hope of eventually getting a video put together to act as a visual aid for this lesson. Please stay tuned for updates on that!
"We are a bastion of hope in a tempest filled with turmoil and sorrow. Let us rekindle the flame of hope in their hearts and share in the grace and salvation that only the Light can afford us."

-Mother Maeriann
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