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Summer 2016 Course Schedule

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Course Descriptions (organized by alpha-order according to academic discipline.) Classes are subject to change.  

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DOCTRINE

DOCT 406 01A Christology (3) | Bill Cahoy

  • On-Campus: June 13-24--8:00-11:30 AM; On-Line: June 27-July 22
  • Class meets M-T-W-TH-F both weeks of on-campus meetings.
  • Students explore understandings of the person, presence and mission of Christ in Scripture, in doctrine and dogma, and in contemporary theology.

DOCT 468 02A Christianity and World Religions (3) | Brad Malkovsky

  • July 5-22--8:00-11:15 AM
  • Class meets T-W-TH-F in week 1, M-T-TH-F in weeks 2 and 3
  • This course is designed to introduce the basic teachings and spiritualities of Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. We will approach these religions both historically and theologically, seeking to determine where they converge and differ from Christianity on such perennial issues as death, meaning, the nature of the ultimate Mystery, the overcoming of suffering etc. We will not only attempt to comprehend these religions according to their own self-understanding, but also endeavor to appraise their significance in relation to Christian faith, both in the challenge and enrichment they present. We will also examine some traditional and contemporary Catholic and Protestant approaches to the truth claims of other religions. Our search to will be guided by the insights of important Christian contemplatives who have entered deeply into the spirituality of other traditions.

DOCT 468 03A - Practical Ecumenism and Interfaith Engagement (3) | Jakob Rinderknecht

  • WEB CLASS--no campus meetings
  • June 6-July 23; final project due July 29
  • Theologians, pastoral theologians, and liturgists all need an awareness of the ecumenical and interfaith movements, and to practice engaging with other Christians and people of good faith. This course will introduce students to the ecumenical movement, and the Church's relationship with interfaith dialogue partners. In addition, it will give attention to the ministerial and liturgical issues which the contemporary situation produces, including communio in sacris, the issues of mixed ecumenical or interfaith marriages, the reception of other Christians into full communion, and the situations arising from the many families that bridge these divides.  Drosslisted with PTHM 468 05A.

LITURGY

LTGY 406 01A Eucharist (3) | Annie McGowan

  • June 13-July 1--8:00-11:15 AM
  • Class meets M-T-TH-F
  • This course examines the origins of the Eucharistic liturgy and its historical development in both the East and West. Discussion will include doctrinal perspectives, an evaluation of contemporary reformed rites, particularly the new Roman Missal, and current ecumenical dialogue and pastoral practice.

LITURGICAL MUSIC

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

  • June 13-July 22, 2016
  • 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

  • June 13-July 22, 2016
  • 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, section leaders and coaches for cantors/song leaders in parishes.

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

  • June 13-July 22, 2016
  • TBA-individually scheduled
  • Students receive 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.

PASTORAL THEOLOGY

PTHM 418 01A - Dynamics of Spiritual Direction (3) | Becky Van Ness

  • June 13 - July 1, 2016--8:00-11:15 AM
  • Class meets M-T-TH-F
  • 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.
  • Prerequisites: "The Practice of Discernment in Prayer." 

PTHM 452 01A - Leadership Practices for Exceptional Youth Ministry (3) | Jeff Kaster

  • WEB class--no campus meetings
  • June 6-July 22
  • This online course will connect the theology of youth ministry to leadership practices designed for program improvement. Students will conduct an extensive youth ministry program review to determine the extent to which their youth ministry actually fosters missionary discipleship. Students will also develop a strategic plan for youth ministry program improvement. The leadership skills gained through this course include: 1) Creating a logic model of their current youth ministry program; 2) Assessing the effectiveness of current youth ministry efforts; and 3) Strategic planning skills for program improvement and exceptional youth ministry.

PTHM 459 01A-07A - Practicum (3) | Barbara Sutton

  • Dates and times for Theological Reflection TBA
  • Students work with an organization, project, or parish in the area of their ministerial interest. The supervised experience requires the 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 468 02A - Integrating Spiritual Direction (3) | Eileen Flanagan

  • July 5-22, 2016--8:00-11:15 AM
  • Class meets T-W- TH-F in week 1, and M-T-W-TH in weeks 2 and 3
  • Emphasis will be on integrating a theological understanding of spiritual direction with the experiences of practicum. This course will go more deeply into topics already introduced in the pre-practicum course, in addition to covering more advanced issues in spiritual direction. An exploration of Benedictine stability will support the on-going development of contemplative presence.  Grading is satisfactory/unsatisfactory.
  • Prerequisites: 1) Completion of the "Practicum for Spiritual Direction" 2) recommendation of the director of the Certificate Program in Spiritual Direction.

PTHM 468 05A - Practical Ecumenism and Interfaith Engagement (3) | Jakob Rinderknecht

  • WEB CLASS--no campus meetings
  • June 6-July 23; final project due July 29
  • Theologians, pastoral theologians, and liturgists all need an awareness of the ecumenical and interfaith movements, and to practice engaging with other Christians and people of good faith. This course will introduce students to the ecumenical movement, and the Church’s relationship with interfaith dialogue partners. In addition, it will give attention to the ministerial and liturgical issues which the contemporary situation produces, including communio in sacris, the issues of mixed ecumenical or interfaith marriages, the reception of other Christians into full communion, and the situations arising from the many families that bridge these divides.  Cross-listed with DOCT 468 03A.

SCRIPTURE

SSNT 468 01A - Scripture Quoting Scripture (1) | Laszlo Simon, OSB

  • June 27-July 1--8:00-11:15 AM
  • Class meets M-T-W-TH-F
  • The New Testament already in its name presupposes an Old Testament. Moreover, the new covenant implies an old one. Not only is the Old Testament referred to in quotations and allusions in the New Testament, but it is also presupposed in most of the theological argumentation as well. Consequently, the importance of the relationship between the two testaments for the understanding of Christian origins and of Christian identity cannot be overestimated.

SSNT 468 02A - Prayer in the Bible (3) | Laszlo Simon, OSB

  • July 5-22, 2016--1:00-4:15 PM
  • Class meets T-W-TH-F in week 1, and M-T-TH-F in weeks 2 and 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.  Cross listed with SSOT 468 03A and SPIR 468 01A.

SSOT 468 02A - Scripture Quoting Scripture (1) | Laszlo Simon, OSB

  • June 27-July 1--8:00-11:15 AM
  • Class meets M-T-W-TH-F
  • The New Testament already in its name presupposes an Old Testament. Moreover, the new covenant implies an old one. Not only is the Old Testament referred to in quotations and allusions in the New Testament, but it is also presupposed in most of the theological argumentation as well. Consequently, the importance of the relationship between the two testaments for the understanding of Christian origins and of Christian identity cannot be overestimated. Cross-listed with SSNT 468 01A.

SSOT 468 03A - Prayer in the Bible (3) | Laszlo Simon, OSB

  • July 5-22, 2016--1:00-4:15 PM
  • Class meets T-W-TH-F in week 1, and M-T-TH-F in weeks 2 and 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. Cross-listed with SSNT 468 02A and SPIR 468 01A.

SPIR 468 01A - Prayer in the Bible (3) | Laszlo Simon, OSB

July 5-22, 2016--1:00-4:15 PM

Class meets T-W-TH-F in week 1, and M-T-TH-F in weeks 2 and 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. Cross-listed with SSNT 468 02A and SSOT 468 03A.

SPIR 468 02A - Contemplative Spirituality for Ministerial Leadership (1) | Thomas Bushlack

  • July 18-22, 2016--8:30-11:00 AM
  • Class meets M-T-W-TH-F
  • This course will take place as an interactive, workshop format in which we will explore the connection between the ancient Christian roots of contemplative prayer and spirituality (with an emphasis on the desert fathers and mothers and the monastic tradition) and the practical demands of ministerial leadership (for both lay and ordained leaders).  The format will consist of assigned readings for each day, interactive workshops and discussions, mini-lectures, self-assessment and reflection.  Participants will create an individually tailored plan to guide their continued exploration of the relationship between contemplative spirituality and leadership development (both for themselves and for those to whom they minister). The only requirement is a willingness to explore and practice various forms of contemplative spirituality and to apply them to personal and professional life.

THY 402 01A - Introduction to Christian Tradition I (3) | Kevin Mongrain

  • On-Campus: June 13-24--8:00-11:30 AM; On-Line: June 27-July 22
  • Class meets M-T-W-TH-F both weeks of on-campus meetings.
  • This course is an introductory survey of theology, studying representative texts from the he pre-Christian era to the Reformation (100 BCE to 1650). Students will examine figures and issues selected from various historical periods.