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Summer Short Courses 2014

Summer Registration for new students |(Continuing students should register through Banner.)

Course Descriptions (Classes are subject to change.)

 468 02A - Digital Storytelling and Communities of Faith: Resources and Strategies for Ministry in a Media Culture (1) | Mary Hess

  • June 23 - 27, 2014
  • 1:00 - 4:15 P.M.
  • This course will focus on finding constructive ways to engage digital stories -- both the commercialized ones presented by media culture, and the generative ones created within faith community. Using communicative theology as a base, we will explore how to use digital story creation for ministry, worship, and evangelization. Along the way we will explore several free, or low cost, digital media tools.

PTHM 468 03A - Exploring Forgiveness (1) | Joyce Zavarich

  • July 21 - 25, 2014
  • 8:00 - 11:15 A.M.
  • Perhaps the most difficult issue we face as individuals and as a world community is can we forgive after harm has been done. This course provides an opportunity to examine the concept and process of forgiveness through the lens of theology, philosophy, and social sciences. An understanding of the power of forgiveness and healing in terms of intrapersonal, interpersonal and societal/political conflict context will be explored.
  • Our discussions will focus on such foundational yet challenging questions as: What does it mean to forgive? Is the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation? Do we have an ethical/moral duty to forgive? What does the process of forgiveness look like? What are the interpersonal and global dimensions of forgiveness?

SPIR 468 01A - The Practice of Discernment in Prayer (1) | Becky Van Ness

  • June 23 - 27, 2014
  • 1:00-4:15 P.M.
  • An exploration of how our personal image of God evolves as we discern God's ways of being present to us in prayer and in life. By both studying and practicing discernment of spirits we can become sensitive to inner movements, understanding where they come from and where they lead us. The course includes an introduction to the practice of lectio divina applied to our lived experience.   

SPIR 468 02A - Eucharist in the Non-Byzantine Christian East (1) | Rev. Daniel Findikyan

  • July 14 - 18, 2014
  • 1:00-4:15 P.M.
  • The one-credit course will survey the Eucharistic liturgies of the Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopian, East and West Syrian Rites. Our aim will be to uncover the distinctive Christian witness coded in each rite's liturgy by means of a careful reading of the texts and rituals against a survey of the history, development and unique features of each rite. The Spirituality of these churches emanates particularly from their liturgy.

SPIR 468 03A - Movies, Monks, and Heroes: Finding Meaning and Success through Authenticity (1) | August Turak

  • July 21 - 25, 2014
  • 1:00-4:15 P.M.
  • Is authenticity the new holiness? Authenticity holds the secret to success in our personal, professional, and spiritual lives. Even business experts now argue that economic success emerges from "authentic brands" and "authentic products" managed by "authentic leaders." Yet what exactly is authenticity? How do we get it and how do we teach it? And what is the relationship between authenticity and spirituality? This course will use a blend of reading, movies, exercises, Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey and especially the monastic tradition to answer these questions. As much a guided adventure as a traditional class, students will learn how to live a more meaningful, successful, and spiritually fulfilling life by becoming more authentic individuals.

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