Biblical History and Sites (1)
May 16 - June 7, 2017
This course forms the educational component for the study tour of the Holy Land. It surveys the historical and archaeological sites which provide the context for both the Old and New Testaments as well as includes visits to places held sacred by Christians and those revered by Jews and Muslims.
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The Book of Ruth (1)
Ruth the Moabite excellently represents "the other." She is a woman in a man's world; a widow and without a child in a society for which infertility was a mark of shame; a foreigner and also an enemy. Her arrival in Bethlehem, inevitably, shakes the Judeans' sociopolitical foundations. What is more, the Book of Ruth is the only one in the Bible carrying the name of a Gentile. All things considered, this little book seems to have all the ingredients that can make it a subversive document.
The course aims at reading the story of Ruth from three different points of view. First, a narrative analysis will delve into the subtleties of this finely chiseled short story. Second, the plot will be read as a commentary on the Law. Third, it will be illustrated that, setting against the backdrop of recent gender studies concerning the Bible, the Book of Ruth can play an essential role in a feminist canonical hermeneutic which both accepts the normative function of the canon and also resists the androcentricity of much of the canonical literature.
Prayer in the Bible (3)
Prayer is the lifeblood of religion, the indispensable factor in every form of piety and faith. It expresses a person's deepest convictions about God, this world, human life and all human relationships. Prayer - in addition to being a datum of religious experience generally - is also a task for theological understanding. That means, for the Christian, an understanding of prayer as it is portrayed in the life and teaching of Jesus, and as it is presented in the writings of his followers - giving attention always to its basis in the Old Testament and its development within the New Testament itself. The course will focus on three main topics: the Book of Psalms, New Testament hymns, and the Lord's Prayer.
Liturgy and Justice (3)
This course examines the connections between practices of liturgy and justice. The course will draw both from classical sources (such as Augustine, John Chrysostom, Cyril of Jerusalem, and Thomas Aquinas) and from contemporary texts. The course will prepare students to articulate and critique theologies that connect (or disconnect) liturgy and justice, as well as to connect liturgy and justice in a parish setting.
Dynamics of Spiritual Direction (3)
The study of spiritual direction allows student to develop skills in guiding others to identify and articulate their relationship with God through the life of faith, religious experience, discernment, and prayer. Students learn various models of spiritual direction and the purpose and dynamics of peer and individual supervision.
The Environment in Christian Theology (3)
Pope Francis, in his 2014 encyclical Laudato Si', tells us that nature is a place where we can know and appreciate the beauty, goodness and love of God. He then challenges us to re-imagine our place within the rest of God's creation - to draw from our Christian theological tradition, but also to find new paths as we confront such modern environmental challenges as water shortages and climate change. This course explores that tradition with its sometimes negative and sometimes positive assessment of the natural, material world, and asks how our theology can guide us in responding to the environmental crises of our time.
A Sacramental Reading of Mark's Gospel (3)
On-Campus June 5-9, 2017
This course will be an in-depth exploration of the narrative structure and theology of the Gospel of Mark based on the text The Gospel of Mark: A Liturgical Reading (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic Press, 2016). The sacramental reading of Mark will be compared and contrasted with other recent approaches to understanding the second Gospel.
History of Christianity II (3)
On-Campus June 12-16, 2017
This course will examine the development of the Christian tradition, including the expression of seminal doctrines within the Christian church, from the 11th century to the present day. The course will explore the main trends in the development of the institution and primary doctrines of the church within the larger philosophical, social, and political contexts of the second millennium, paying attention to the ways in which the lived experience of Christian peoples informs and shapes its thinking.
On-Campus June 19-23, 2017
Students will explore the eschatological dimensions of the Christian experience. This engagement with the Christian hope of eternal life will also attend to the place of Mary in the Church's theology and a theology of the saints.
Clinical Pastoral Education (3)
Students participate in a basic unit of an accredited Clinical Pastoral Education program.
Practicum/Theological Reflection (1-6)
Students work with an organization, project, or parish in the area of their ministerial interest. The supervised experience requires students to integrate theological competence with pastoral practice in developing vocational identity as a public minister, exploring issues of leadership, power and authority; and gaining facility in articulating the Christian faith and in fostering the development of faith with others. Students will reflect on the practice of ministry in theological reflection groups.
Applied Organ (1)
Students will develop technical skills and knowledge of performance practices at the graduate level, including the ability to play a large variety of repertoire fluently and with understanding. Major works of significant periods and schools of organ literature will be studied and performed. Secondary organ students will develop sufficient techniques and familiarity with the instrument to play knowledgeably and/or coach others in parish settings.