Spring 2015 Course Schedule

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DOCT 407 01A - Trinity/Faith/Revelation (3) | Shawn Colberg

  • Wednesday
  • 8:00-11:10 AM
  • This course is an investigation of the historical development and the systematic import of the doctrine of the Trinity. Faith and revelation examined from the viewpoint of the Christian confession of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

DOCT 408 01A - Ecclesiology (3) | Kristin Colberg

  • Monday
  • 6:00-9:15 PM
  • Students examine the nature and structure of the Roman Catholic Church, including its apostolic origins, the Church as commu­nion and sacrament, magisterium and authority, local and universal Church, evangelization, ministry, and mission.

HHTH 400 01A - Patristics (3) | Charles Bobertz

  • Tuesday
  • 1:15-4:25 PM
  • This course surveys church history from the apostolic age to the Council of Chalcedon in 451, with special emphasis on the Apostolic Fathers, the Christianization of the Roman Empire, and the formation of Christian doctrine.

HHTH 415 01A - Monastic History II (3) | Mary Forman, OSB

  • Monday / Wednesday
  • 9:45-11:10 AM
  • The major changes in the development of Western monastic life took place during the Middle Ages. This course will address those changes, key female and male monastic figures and their writings and the reform movements from the early Middle Ages through the fifteenth century.

HHTH 468 01A - History of Christian Prayer (3) | Mary Forman, OSB

  • Tuesday / Thursday
  • 9:45-11:10 AM
  • Cross-listed with SPIR 468 01A
  • Christians have explored a wide variety of prayer forms to express their relationship with God. The course will focus on the historical, cultural, social and religious influences on the diverse forms of prayer, from the early church to modern time. Particular attention will be given to primary texts in translation that are representative of Christian individuals and groups through the ages.

LANG 403 01A - Reading French I (3) | TBA

  • TBA
  • Course designed to assist students in preparing the language proficiency exam through an overview of the grammatical structure of the language and the reading of short paragraphs.  Graded pass/fail.  Offering based on sufficient enrollment.

LTGY 420 01A - Rites of Vocation (3) | Annie McGowan

  • Wednesday
  • 8:00-11:10 AM
  • Study of the rites of marriage, ordination, and religious profession: their historical development, their current forms, the theology/ies implicit and explicit in these rites, and their pastoral celebration.

LTGY 421 01A - Word and Worship in the Liturgical Year (3) | Martin Connell

  • Monday
  • 1:15-4:25 PM
  • While the canon of the Bible is the Word of God in the Church, a narrower canon of the Word of God is the readings proclaimed in the course of the three-year cycle of the Liturgical Year. In the first half of the course, students will consider theologies of the Word of God as the living voice of God in the Church, forming the baptized people of God and attracting non-members to communion. Moreover, students will study the Word of God ecumenically at two levels: in Theological Studies, students will read Catholic and non-Catholic Christian theologians who have written on the Word of God; in Liturgical Studies, students will see the ecumenical dimensions of God's Word, particular in North America, by comparing the readings chosen for the Roman Catholic Lectionary and those for the Revised Common Lectionary (used in many Protestant Churches). Finally, after the study of the Word of God, students will consider the history and theology of the Liturgical Year, with particular attention to the passages from the Bible chosen for Worship in each season and for each feast.

LTGY 423 01A - Liturgy of the Hours (3) | Annie McGowan

  • WEB CLASS--No campus meetings
  • The cathedral and monastic traditions of the Liturgy of the Hours will be historically and theologically considered. The course includes an analysis of their respective origins and evolution in the patristic and medieval periods. Students will study the reformed Roman Liturgy of the Hours and daily prayer in other churches.

LTGY 426 01A - Liturgical Presidency (3) | Matthew Luft, OSB

  • Thursday
  • 6:00-9:15 PM
  • Cross-listed with PTHM 426 01A
  • Training in all aspects of liturgical presiding for those will lead worship as priests and deacons, including the study of rubrics and directives in the relevant official documents. Use of gesture and voice to relate well to the assembly and to other liturgical ministers. Training in singing the ministerial chants in the liturgical books. For future priests, focus on celebrating Mass. For future deacons, focus on their role at Mass, as well as presiding at Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest and other rites such as baptism and marraige. For non-ordination candidates, Sunday Celebrations in Absence of a Priest, and other rites such as funeral vigils.
  • NOTE: course in Spring 2015 limited to ordination -track students. Others by request to Dr. Evans.

LTGY 468 01A - Pathways to the Sacred: Art, Beauty, Spirituality, Worship (3) | Rebecca Berru Davis

  • Thursday
  • 1:15-4:25 PM
  • Cross-listed with SPIR 468 02A
  • This course explores the contributions that art and beauty make to spirituality and worship. Students will survey the ways in which art shapes the experience of communal worship as well as contributes to the personal practice of prayer. Attention will be paid to art and the creative process, multicultural expressions of beauty in ecclesial and devotional spaces, and art and the connection to lived religion. The course will draw on numerous resources here at St. Johns, church documents and other writings that address connections between art, beauty, spirituality, and worship, and include opportunities for practical application of the concepts introduced.

LMUS 407 01A - Applied Organ (1) | Kim Kasling

  • TBA-individually scheduled
  • 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.

LMUS 408 01A - Applied Voice (1) | Carolyn Finley

  • TBA--individually scheduled
  • This course covers the fundamentals of singing and vocal pedagogy (breathing, efficient use of voice, diction, etc.) and addresses differing musical styles and the need to interpret the music based on the performance practices of given periods in music history. Voice majors will study and perform significant bodies of solo repertoire. Majors and secondary voice students will emphasize technique and pedagogical skills appropriate to roles as choral directors.

LMUS 408 02A - Applied Voice (1) | Patricia Kent

  • TBA-individually scheduled
  • This course covers the fundamentals of singing and vocal pedagogy (breathing, efficient use of voice, diction, etc.) and addresses differing musical styles and the need to interpret the music based on the performance practices of given periods in music history. Voice majors will study and perform significant bodies of solo repertoire. Majors and secondary voice students will emphasize technique and pedagogical skills appropriate to roles as choral directors.

LMUS 409 01A - Applied Composition (1) | Brian Campbell

  • TBA-individually scheduled
  • Individualized coaching in advanced composition of sacred music and music appropriate for liturgical performance. Work in various forms and styles is possible, depending on the needs and interests of individual students. Students should normally have a bachelor's degree in music or equivalent training and have significant experience in music composition. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor and the liturgical music program director.

LMUS 433 01A - Service Playing (1) | Kim Kasling

  • TBA-individually scheduled
  • This course seeks to develop the qualified church organist as leader and enabler of the assembly's singing. The course will require high proficiency levels of assembly leadership and accompanimental skills (hymns, masses, psalm forms) as well as vocal and choral accompaniment. Students will also develop abilities in sight-reading, modulation, transposing, and extemporization.

LMUS 435 01A - Service Leadership (1) | Patricia Kent

  • TBA-individually scheduled
  • This course examines the historic role of the cantor in Jewish and Christian liturgy. Students will learn how to teach antiphonal music to the assembly, appropriate directing skills, the cantor's ritual moments, and cantorial music resources. Students will study the role of congregational song leader as distinguished from that of cantor and choir director. Students will develop good song leading style, i.e., teaching new music to a congregation, learning appropriate directing techniques for congregational leadership. Developing vocal and musical styles for both ministries will be emphasized.

LMUS 439 01A - Liturgical Music Practicum (1) | Kim Kasling

  • TBA-individually scheduled
  • Students will be directly involved in actual liturgical music planning, rehearsing, and implementing in a variety of liturgical forms. This is to be done in area churches and/or on campus with permission of and under supervision of the adviser and other faculty with the aim of developing skills and the ability to integrate practice with musical and liturgical knowledge.

LMUS 468 01A - Final Project-Recital (1) | Kim Kasling/Carolyn Finley/Patricia Kent

  • TBA-individually scheduled
  • The final project is developed in consultation with a student's faculty adviser. The project might be a lecture-recital, a research paper and public defense, or a hymn festival.

MONS 404 01A - Monastic History II (3) | Mary Forman, OSB

  • Mondays / Wednesdays
  • 1:15-2:45 PM
  • Cross-listed with HHTH 415 01A
  • The major changes in the development of Western monastic life took place during the Middle Ages. This course will address those changes, key female and male monastic figures and their writings and the reform movements from the early Middle Ages through the fifteenth century.

MORL 422 01A - Catholic Social Teaching: Today's Moral Lens (3) | Bernie Evans

  • Wednesday
  • 6:00-9:15 PM
  • Students explore the implications of Christian faith and theological reflection for contemporary society, including the social dimensions of biblical ethics and the social teachings of the Catholic Church. 

MORL 428 01A - Survey of Moral Topics (3) | Kathy Lilla Cox

  • Wednesday
  • 1:15-4:25 PM
  • This course examines how the application of fundamental moral themes informs particular issues of Christian morality. Particular issues fall under the broad categories of life and death, sexuality, biomedical ethics, ethics of pastoral ministry, and the intersection of church and state.

PTHM 401 01A - Evangelization and Catechetics (3) | Jeff Kaster

  • Monday
  • 8:00-11:10 AM
  • This course examines contemporary theologies and principles of evangelization and catechesis, theories of human and faith development, and various models and methods of evangelization and catechesis. Particular attention will be given to advancing catechetical leadership skills in assessment and strategic planning for program improvement.

PTHM 405 01A - Introduction to Pastoral Ministry (3) | Barbara Sutton

  • WEB CLASS--No campus meetings
  • Course reserved for Volunteers Cohort
  • This course introduces students to the theology of ministry, including historical and contemporary theologies of ordained and lay ministry. Students also explore basic methods in the practice of ministry.

PTHM 408 01A - Introduction to Pastoral Care (3) | Kathleen Cahalan

  • Tuesday
  • 1:15-4:25 PM
  • This course addresses theological approaches to the "care of souls," including theologies of suffering, grief, and death. Students develop skills in interpersonal dynamics of listening, empathy, systems assessment, professional judgment, and liturgical response in relationship to pastoral care of persons and communities.

PTHM 411 01A - Leadership in Christian Community (3) | Robert McCarty

  • Weekend Class: January 16-17; February 20-21; March 20-21
  • Friday, 6:30-9:30 PM / Saturday 8:00 AM-3:00 PM
  • Students will explore contemporary theories of leadership and how they relate to effective styles of pastoral leadership in a variety of ministry contexts.

PTHM 412 01A - Clinical Pastoral Education (4) | Barbara Sutton

  • TBA-individually scheduled
  • Students are required to participate in a basic unit of an accredited Clinical Pastoral Education program.

PTHM 418 01A - Dynamics of Spiritual Direction | Becky Van Ness

  • Tuesday
  • 6:00-9:15 PM
  • The study of spiritual direction allows students 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. Grading is satisfactory / unsatisfactory.
  • Prerequisites: Admission into the Certificate Program in Spiritual Direction and successful completion of SPIR 437 The Practice of Discernment in Prayer course.

PTHM 420 01A - Introduction to Ecclesial Law (3) | Amy Tadlock

  • Tuesday
  • 6:00-9:15 PM
  • Students will study the theology, history, and general principles of Church law and build capacity to effectively analyze and solve canonical cases.

PTHM 426 01A - Liturgical Presidency (3) | Matthew Luft, OSB

  • Thursday
  • 6:00-9:15 PM
  • Cross-listed with LTGY 426 01A
  • Training in all aspects of liturgical presiding for those will lead worship as priests and deacons, including the study of rubrics and directives in the relevant official documents. Use of gesture and voice to relate well to the assembly and to other liturgical ministers. Training in singing the ministerial chants in the liturgical books. For future priests, focus on celebrating Mass. For future deacons, focus on their role at Mass, as well as presiding at Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest and other rites such as baptism and marraige. For non-ordination candidates, Sunday Celebrations in Absence of a Priest, and other rites such as funeral vigils.
  • NOTE: course in Spring 2015 limited to ordination -track students. Others by request to Dr. Evans.

PTHM 459 01-07A Practicum - (1-6) | Barbara Sutton

  • Theological Reflection Sessions
    • Friday | 9:00 AM-12:00 noon
  • 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.

PTHM 459 01A - Practicum--General Parish

PTHM 459 02A - Practicum--Religious Education

PTHM 459 03A - Practicum--Social Ministry

PTHM 459 04A - Practicum--Liturgy

PTHM 459 05A - Practicum--Homiletics

PTHM 459 06A - Practicum--Pastoral Care

PTHM 459 07A - Practicum--Campus Ministry/Young Adult Ministry

PTHM 459 08A - Practicum--Spiritual Direction --note: Theological Reflection meetings
for this Practicum: Jan. 12; Feb. 9; March 9; April 13

SPIR 437 01A - The Practice of Discernment in Prayer (1) | Becky Van Ness

  • WEB CLASS--January-March--No campus meetings
  • REQUIRED Campus Meetings: Saturday, June 13, 1:30-4:30 PM and Sunday, June 14, 1:30-4:30 PM
  • 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 will include an introduction to the practice of lectio divina applied to our lived experience. Grading is satisfactory / unsatisfactory. Required: Access to computer with built-in camera OR attached web cam.

SPIR 468 01A - History of Christian Prayer (3) | Mary Forman, OSB

  • Tuesday / Thursday
  • 9:45-11:10 AM
  • Cross listed with HHTH 468 01A
  • Christians have explored a wide variety of prayer forms to express their relationship with God. The course will focus on the historical, cultural, social and religious influences on the diverse forms of prayer, from the early church to modern time. Particular attention will be given to primary texts in translation that are representative of Christian individuals and groups through the ages.

SPIR 468 02A - Art and Beauty in Liturgy and Spirituality (3) | Rebecca Berru Davis

  • Thursday
  • 1:15-4:25 PM
  • Cross-listed with LTGY 468 01A
  • This course explores the contributions that art and beauty make to spirituality and worship. Students will survey the ways in which art shapes the experience of communal worship as well as contributes to the personal practice of prayer. Attention will be paid to art and the creative process, multicultural expressions of beauty in ecclesial and devotional spaces, and art and the connection to lived religion. The course will draw on numerous resources here at St. Johns, church documents and other writings that address connections between art, beauty, spirituality, and worship, and include opportunities for practical application of the concepts introduced.

SSNT 402 01A - New Testament Greek II (3) | Jason Schlude

  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday - 3:00-3:55 PM
  • Tuesday/Thursday - 2:20-3:40 PM
  • Continuation of NT Greek I: The instruction emphasizes reading comprehension of New Testament Greek with the aid of a dictionary. It includes the study of grammar with an eye toward its practical application.

SSNT 417 01A - Gospel of Matthew (3) | Charles Bobertz

  • Thursday
  • 1:15-4:25 PM
  • This course offers an extensive investigation of the Gospel of Matthew within its theological, social, and historical context.

SSOT 412 01A - Prophets (3) | Corrine Carvalho

  • Thursday
  • 8:00-11:10 AM
  • This course studies the phenomenon of prophecy and introduces the problems relating to the composition and liter­ary genre of selected Old Testament prophetic books. Included is an exegetical treatment of significant units. The relevance of the prophetic message in contemporary church and society is given further consideration.

SSOT 414 01A - Wisdom Tradition (3) | Irene Nowell, OSB

  • WEB CLASS--No campus meetings
  • This course focuses on Wisdom material of the Old Testament (especially Proverbs, Job, Qoheleth, Sirach, and Wisdom) and gives special attention to the exegesis of representative and difficult passages. The development of the Old Testament wisdom tradition in later writings including the New Testament, and the relevance of the wisdom tradition to the present is also addressed.

THY 404 01A - Introduction to Christian Tradition II (3) | Shawn Colberg

  • Tuesday/Thursday
  • 9:45-11:10 AM
  • This course is an introductory survey of theology, studying representative texts from the Enlightenment to the modern age (1650-present). Students will examine figures and issues selected from various historical periods.

THY 580 01A - Thesis (6) | Bill Cahoy

  • TBA

THY 598 01A - Reading for Comprehensive Exams (6) | Bill Cahoy

  • TBA

THY 598 02A - Reading for Comprehensive Exams (3) | Bill Cahoy

  • TBA

THY 599 01A - Comprehensive Exams | Bill Cahoy

  • TBA

THY 599 02A - Comprehensive Exams | Bill Cahoy

  • TBA