BIO Study Cohorts

There are two ways to study the BIO material in a group:

1) Form your own study group. We can help promote the study group, and give you a discount on buying all five classes at once. You will schedule and facilitate your own conversations about the material (Elaine and Ched and the BCM platform will not be involved). Please contact us if you would like to start a group. Or: 

2) Join one of our hybrid BIO study cohorts, which include attending a Bartimaeus Institute; regular online meetings with Ched and Elaine to discuss course materials; and a group project.  Study cohorts have a minimum 5 and maximum 10 persons in each group.

Our next BIO Study Cohort is scheduled to commence in January 2019.

Third BIO Cohort 2017-18

August 2017 - May 2018

Our third BIO cohort will be a “hybrid” course that draws on the theology and ethics of Elaine Enns and Ched Myers (supplemented by interviews with and /or material from other colleagues, and bibliographies for further reading). The course overviews BCM’s take on embodied Radical Discipleship traditions and engagement, and mentors participants in the work of scaffolding their own theology and practices. It consists of five primary components:

  • two in-person gatherings (Sept 22-24, 2017 and Feb 19-23, 2018 in Oak View, CA); 
  • five online classes (BIO-A01 thru A04 and BIO-B01); 
  • monthly online conversations with Elaine and Ched (additional conversations as a cohort if desired); 
  • six to eight sessions of spiritual direction and/or relationship counseling; and
  • a final project. 

Participation requires an average of 3-4 hours per week of study and discussion; we estimate that this course material is equivalent to six units of seminary curriculum. Tuition is $725, and seminary credit is available through St. Andrews College, Saskatoon Theological Union (for an additional fee). Limit ten participants (there must be a minimum of five participants for the cohort to go forward). Let us know if you are interested and encourage your friends to join you!

See FLYER here. (PDF 1.0 MB)

The SYLLABUS is available here. (PDF 343KB)


- stay tuned for future Study Cohorts or contact us to find out how you can organize a study cohort.

Testimonies from the second BIO Feminary Cohort (2016-17):

Lindsay Airey

Chelsea Page:

I signed up for the Feminary because I wanted to inhale Ched and Elaine’s curriculum, knowing it would give me strength and passion as I bridge my worlds of radical discipleship in the Catholic Worker and an apostolate to middle class white Christians in a mainline Protestant congregation. What is surprising is the way these two scholars gave not just of themselves over the year, but gave us to each other in a powerful way by cultivating an incredibly bonded and trusting community among the fellow Feminarians.

Testimonies from the first BIO Feminary Cohort (2015-16):

Sarah Holst:

The best part of being a part of the inaugural BIO cohort was making connections and sharing from the heart with other women doing work within the intersection of seminary, sanctuary, streets, and soil. As we read and watched the content created by BCM with one another I experienced Kingdom sisterhood. The power of being together in this struggle, being held, seen, heard and challenged, will continue to grant me courage as I go deeper into my calling journey. 

Grace Aheron:

Every day I think about how my body moves through the world and what power it does and doesn't carry. Every time I swipe my credit card I wonder what shock waves my transaction is sending out into the world. While these types of meditations threaten to overwhelm and render me immobile, I know that there are other powerful, beautiful peers processing the same issues. Being a part of the Feminary was deepening, challenging, and nourishing both spiritually and politically for me, and I loved being able to process the material each week within the safety, love, and support of our virtual circle.

Adella Barrett:

As a young adult on a hiatus from conventional theological study, engaging the material of BIO with a cohort allowed me to continue exploring pressing social and political questions from a place of discipleship, at a pace and with a flexibility that lent itself to a full schedule. The material is varied and invites participants to reflect theologically, politically and personally on how our convictions intersect with the crises of our time. The BIO cohort was a rich and formative experience that provided space to answer important questions communally while provoking further issues to explore.