Spring 2020 Course Schedule

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DOCTRINE

Christology

Bill Cahoy | DOCT 406 | 3 credits
6:00-9:15 pm (Tuesdays)   Synchronous Course 

Understandings of the person, presence and mission of Christ in scripture, in doctrine and dogma, and in contemporary theology.

Documents of Vatican II: Historical Theological and Ecumenical Perspectives 

Kristin Colberg | DOCT 468 01A | 3 credits
Weekend course--Saturdays

8:15-11:15 AM;  12:00 noon-3:00 PM (Saturdays) | January 25; February 22; March 21, April 25


SCRIPTURE

Gospel of Mark

Charles Bobertz | SSNT 418 | 3 credits
1:15-4:25 PM  (Thursdays)     Synchronous Course

A theological, historical and literary analysis of the second Gospel. Special emphasis is placed on the narrative quality of Mark and its relationship to the early Christian community.

New Testament Greek ll

Morgan King | SSNT 402 | 3 credits
9:10-10:05 AM (Monday/Wednesday/Friday)

Continuation of SSNT 401, with particular focus on New Testament texts as primary translation sources.

Psalms

Dale Launderville | SSOT 416 | 3 credits
8:00-9:30 AM (Mondays and Wednesdays)   Synchronous Course

Study of the backbone of Jewish and Christian prayer for three thousand years. In addition to the exegesis of selected psalms, topics include: the formation of the Psalter, various translations, the spirituality of the psalms, and the use of the psalms in Christian prayer, especially the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours.


PASTORAL THEOLOGY

Homiletics

Charles Bobertz |   PTHM 417 | 3 credits
6:00-9:15 pm (Mondays) 

Development of speaking, reading, and preaching skills at the eucharist and in other liturgical contexts such as marriage and family counseling or counseling the chemically dependent.

Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Jeff Kaster |   PTHM 452 | 3 credits
6:00-9:15 pm (Mondays)       Synchronous Course

This course will explore the theological foundations of youth ministry, campus ministry, and parish young adult ministry within the broader conceptual framework of evangelization, catechesis, and initiation espoused by Pope Francis, the General Directory for Catechesis, the RCIA, Renewing the Vision, and Empowered by the Spirit: Campus Ministry Faces the Future. This course will foster the development of effective ministerial leadership practices addressing the current contextual context of “the rise of the nones.”

Ministry at the Margins

Barbara Sutton | PTHM 468 01A | 3 credits

WEB COURSE

Asynchronous Course

This course explores ministry at the margins through the lens of a theology of accompaniment and a practice of interpreting the context of one’s community and workplace and the lives of those we serve or have served.  As well the course content will be developed by focusing on issues which students face or have faced in their communities and service organizations.  Our pastoral imagination for effective ministry on the margins will be fostered by close study of Pope Francis apostolic exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel; as well as through the lens of scripture, narrative, intercultural diversity, power, and community art. Spiritual practices that sustain social action will be explored.

Theology and Spirituality of Vocation

Kathleen Calahan | SPIR 414  / PTHM 414 | 3 credits

WEB COURSE

Asynchronous Course

This course will address the theological, spiritual, and practical dimensions of Christian vocation. Students will examine the history and development of Catholic and Protestant theologies of vocation, with attention to creation, providence, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The course emphasizes vocation both as general, the calling Christians share together, and as particular, the unique ways God calls each person. We will study callings as they pertain to the whole of life, across the lifespan (children, teens, young adults, adulthood and the elderly), and in regards to work and professions. We will examine practices of discernment as well as interfaith perspectives on vocation. Cross listed SPIR/PTHM 414.


HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY

History of Christianity II

Shawn Colberg | HCHR 404   | 3 credits
9:45-11:10 AM  (Mondays and Wednesdays) 

This course will examine the development of the Christian tradition, including the expression of seminal doctrines within the Christian church, from the twelfth 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.

Early Monastic Lives in Context

Makrina Finlay, OSB | HCHR 468  / MONS  468 | 3 credits

Synchronous Course

Course begins on WEB--January 13
On Campus February 17-March 26  ( + Synchronous participation)
1:15-4:25 pm (Mondays and Wednesdays)
Course finishes on WEB May 8

This course considers the influences of Monastic Lives written between the 4 th and 7 th century, and places them in their literary, historical and theological contexts. It focusses especially on three Lives written by renowned church fathers: Athanasius’ Life of St. Antony, Gregory of Nyssa’s Life of St. Macrina and the Second book of Gregory the Great’s Dialogues. It considers ways in which the authors’ wider theological positions are conveyed in the Lives as well as ways these monastic Lives shed light on how these theologians foresaw their positions being lived out in a concrete way.


MORAL THEOLOGY

Virtue Ethics

Nickolas Becker, OSB | MORL   428  | 3 credits
1:15-4:25 pm (Tuesdays )

Virtue ethics is a rich strand of the Catholic ethical tradition. The discipline begins with a simple, common human question: what is it to be happy? Christianity proposes a distinctive answer. This this course, we will begin with questions about the good life, continue by examining the role of the passions in making us happy, and finally focus on the virtues as constitutive of human happiness/flourishing. Our readings draw from a range of authors -- Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, and contemporary theologians. The point of the course is to help students become conversant in this intellectual tradition and articulate in sharing it with others.


SPIRITUALITY and MONASTIC STUDIES

Discernment in Prayer

Becky Van Ness | SPIR   437 | 0 credits or 1 credit

WEB COURSE

Asynchronous Course 

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. 

Required: Access to computer with built-in camera OR attached web cam.  Required:  on-campus class meeting on Sunday, June 7, 2019--1:00-4:30 PM -- at Saint John’s.  Grading is S/U only.

Theology and Spirituality of Vocation

Kathleen Calahan | SPIR 4164  / PTHM 414| 3 credits

WEB COURSE

Asynchronous Course

This course will address the theological, spiritual, and practical dimensions of Christian vocation. Students will examine the history and development of Catholic and Protestant theologies of vocation, with attention to creation, providence, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The course emphasizes vocation both as general, the calling Christians share together, and as particular, the unique ways God calls each person. We will study callings as they pertain to the whole of life, across the lifespan (children, teens, young adults, adulthood and the elderly), and in regards to work and professions. We will examine practices of discernment as well as interfaith perspectives on vocation. Cross listed with SPIR 414.

Early Monastic Lives in Context

Makrina Finlay, OSB | MONS 468  / HCHR  468 | 3 credits

Synchronous Course

Course begins on WEB--January 13
On Campus February 17-March 26  (+ Synchronous participation)
1:15-4:25 pm (Mondays and Wednesdays)
Course finishes on WEB May 8

This course considers the influences of Monastic Lives written between the 4 th and 7 th century, and places them in their literary, historical and theological contexts. It focusses especially on three Lives written by renowned church fathers: Athanasius’ Life of St. Antony, Gregory of Nyssa’s Life of St. Macrina and the Second book of Gregory the Great’s Dialogues. It considers ways in which the authors’ wider theological positions are conveyed in the Lives as well as ways these monastic Lives shed light on how these theologians foresaw their positions being lived out in a concrete way.


LITURGY

History and Sources of the Liturgy

Martin Connell | LTGY 400   | 3 credits
2:20-3:40 PM (Mondays and Wednesdays )

Survey of the history of Christian rites in Eastern and Western traditions, from New Testament to the present sing primary texts. Basic introduction to the methodologies of liturgical studies and to disciplines related to the study of worship.

Liturgical Song

Anthony Ruff, OSB| LTGY 428   | 3 credits
1:15-4:25 PM  (Tuesdays )

Fundamental treatment of the nature of the liturgical assembly and the theological basis for sung congregational participation. Introduction to resources for all genres of congregational song – dialogues and chants; psalms, with emphasis on responsorial psalmody; service music and Mass settings; and hymns and songs, including historical survey of repertoire from various cultures. Principles of theological and liturgical appraisal of congregational repertoire.

Liturgical Music Seminar

Anthony Ruff, OSB | LTGY 501   | 1 credit
8:00-9:30 am (Th)

1 credit of classroom study integrated with 1 credit of participation in Chapel Choir. Students in the Seminar do not register separately for Chapel Choir. Foundational study of the theology, history, and official documents on music in worship. Principles for the ministry of cantors, choirs, instrumentalists, and ensembles. Practical aspects of music ministry and the management of a parish music program. Practica in liturgical planning of worship services in Emmaus Chapel, including (for Liturgical Music students) lab conducting of the Chapel Choir. Repeatable; offered in a four-semester sequence.  Cross listed with LMUS 501.


FIELD EDUCATION 

Clinical Pastoral Education 

Barbara Sutton | PTHM 412 | 3 credits

Students participate in a basic unit of an accredited Clinical Pastoral Education program.

Practicum/Theological Reflection

Barbara Sutton | PTHM 459 01A- 09A | 1-6 credits

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.

  • Theological Reflection dates TBA
  • Fridays, 9:00 AM-12:00 Noon
  • + Three sessions Theological Reflection -- Schedule TBA

FOCUS AREAS:

  • 01A General Parish
  • 02A Religious Education
  • 03A Social Ministry
  • 04A Liturgy
  • 05A Homiletics
  • 06A Pastoral Care
  • 07A Campus Ministry and Young Adult Ministry
  • 09A Ministry on the Margins

Practicum / Theological Reflection:  Spiritual Direction Practicum 

Becky Van Ness | PTHM 459 08A |
6:00-8:00 PM  (Mondays)

January 27, February 24, March 23, April 27

MAM Ministry Portfolio

Barbara Sutton |   PTHM 598 | 0 credit--registration required

Students preparing for ministerial leadership through the MAM degree are required to document and self-assess their readiness for ministry by developing a Ministry Learning Portfolio and presenting it first to a peer group, and second to faculty review group. The Ministry Learning Portfolios are developed over the duration of one’s degree preparation. MAM degree students are required to present their Ministry Learning Portfolio in their last semester. Offered for S/U grading only.

MDIV Ministry Portfolio

Barbara Sutton | PTHM 599| 0 credit--registration required

Students preparing for ministerial leadership through the MDIV degree are required to document and self-assess their readiness for ministry by developing a Ministry Learning Portfolio and presenting it first to a peer group, and second to faculty review group. The Ministry Learning Portfolios are developed over the duration of one’s degree preparation. MDIV LEM students present mid-degree (39-42 credits), MDIV seminarians (54-60 credits). Offered for S/U grading only.

MDIV Seminary Spiritual Formation

Michael Patella, OSB | SPIR 468 | 3 credits

Times TBA


THM THESIS

Thesis

Charles Bobertz | 12973 THY   580 | 6 credits

TBA--Director will arrange meeting with student.

The Thesis is the capstone project for the ThM degree.


COMPREHENSIVE EXAMS

Reading for Comprehensive Exams

TBA | THY   598 | 3 credits

Comprehensive Exams

TBA | THY   599 | 0 credit--registration only

LITURGICAL MUSIC

Applied Piano

Robert Koopmann, OSB |  LMUS 406 | 1 credit

Times TBA

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. Secondary organ students will develop sufficient techniques and familiarity with the instrument to play knowledgeably and/or coach others in parish settings. Open to Liturgical Music students.

Applied Organ

Kim Kasling | LMUS 407 | 1 credit

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.

Applied Voice

Carolyn Finley  | Patricia Kent | LMUS 408 | 1 credit

Fundamentals of singing and vocal pedagogy (breathing, efficient use of voice, diction, etc.) addressing differing musical styles and their interpretation based on the performance practices of given periods in music history. Study and performance of significant bodies of solo repertoire. Technique and pedagogical skills appropriate to choral directors, section leaders, and coaches for cantors and song leaders.

Applied Composition

Brian Campbell | LMUS 409 | 1 credit

Introduction to Gregorian chant: historical development, notation, rhythm, modality, Latin pronunciation, editions and resources, use in the modern liturgy. Prior ability to read 5-line notation and some knowledge of the basics of music theory is expected.

Service Playing

Kim Kasling |  LMUS 433 | 1 credit

Times TBA

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.   Open to Liturgical Music Students.

Chapel Choir

Anthony Ruff, OSB & Becky Adams |  LMUS 412 | 0 credits or 1 credit
9:45-11:15 AM (Th)

A liturgical choir  open to all graduate students which sings regularly for worship in Emmaus Chapel. One third Gregorian Chant (in Latin and English), two-thirds choral music in a wide variety of styles including contemporary and world music.  Offered every semester. May be taken for 0 or 1 credit.

Liturgical Music Seminar

Anthony Ruff, OSB |   LMUS 501 | 2 credits
8:00-9:30 am (Th)

1 credit of classroom study integrated with 1 credit of participation in Chapel Choir. Students in the Seminar do not register separately for Chapel Choir. Foundational study of the theology, history, and official documents on music in worship. Principles for the ministry of cantors, choirs, instrumentalists, and ensembles. Practical aspects of music ministry and the management of a parish music program. Practica in liturgical planning of worship services in Emmaus Chapel, including (for Liturgical Music students) lab conducting of the Chapel Choir. Repeatable; offered in a four-semester sequence.  Cross listed with LTGY 501.

Choral Literature 

Maureen Putnam |  LMUS 434 | 1 credit

Mondays, 6:00-8:00 PM

January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17

Survey of repertoire for liturgical choirs, with emphasis on liturgical appropriateness. Practical aspects of programming choral music through the liturgical year and for various rites.


LANGUAGES

Reading Ecclesial Latin  ll

Jason Schlude | LANG 402 | 3 credits
10:20-11:15  AM (MWF)

An overview of the grammatical structure of the language and practice in reading short works. The course is graded pass/fail.

Reading German  ll

Charles Bobertz | 17092 LANG 406 | 3 credits

TBA--Instructor will arrange meetings with students.

An overview of the grammatical structure of the language and practice in reading short works. The course is graded pass/fail.

Biblical Hebrew

David Calbro | SSOT 470 | 3 credits

TBA--Instructor will arrange meetings with students.

An overview of the grammatical structure of the language and practice in reading short works. The course is graded pass/fail.


ONLINE COURSES      

Synchronous-- Offered for remote participation– as well as on campus (Distance students attend in real time, participating via video camera)

Christology

Bill Cahoy | DOCT 406 | 3 credits
6:00-9:15 pm (Tuesdays)    Synchronous Course

Understandings of the person, presence and mission of Christ in scripture, in doctrine and dogma, and in contemporary theology.

Gospel of Mark

Charles Bobertz | SSNT 418 | 3 credits
1:15-4:25 PM  (Thursdays)    Synchronous Course

A theological, historical and literary analysis of the second Gospel. Special emphasis is placed on the narrative quality of Mark and its relationship to the early Christian community.

Psalms

Dale Launderville | SSOT 416 | 3 credits
8:00-9:30 AM (Mondays and Wednesdays)   Synchronous Course

Study of the backbone of Jewish and Christian prayer for three thousand years. In addition to the exegesis of selected psalms, topics include: the formation of the Psalter, various translations, the spirituality of the psalms, and the use of the psalms in Christian prayer, especially the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours.

Early Monastic Lives in Context

Makrina Finlay, OSB | HCHR 468  / MONS  468 | 3 credits

Synchronous Course

Course begins on WEB--January 13
On Campus February 17-March 26  ( + Synchronous participation)
1:15-4:25 pm (Mondays and Wednesdays)
Course finishes on WEB May 8

This course considers the influences of Monastic Lives written between the 4 th and 7 th century, and places them in their literary, historical and theological contexts. It focusses especially on three Lives written by renowned church fathers: Athanasius’ Life of St. Antony, Gregory of Nyssa’s Life of St. Macrina and the Second book of Gregory the Great’s Dialogues. It considers ways in which the authors’ wider theological positions are conveyed in the Lives as well as ways these monastic Lives shed light on how these theologians foresaw their positions being lived out in a concrete way.

Asynchronous--Course is offered entirely on the WEB platform

Theology and Spirituality of Vocation

Kathleen Calahan | SPIR 414  / PTHM 414 | 3 credits

WEB COURSE

Asynchronous Course

This course will address the theological, spiritual, and practical dimensions of Christian vocation. Students will examine the history and development of Catholic and Protestant theologies of vocation, with attention to creation, providence, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The course emphasizes vocation both as general, the calling Christians share together, and as particular, the unique ways God calls each person. We will study callings as they pertain to the whole of life, across the lifespan (children, teens, young adults, adulthood and the elderly), and in regards to work and professions. We will examine practices of discernment as well as interfaith perspectives on vocation. Cross listed SPIR/PTHM 414.

Ministry at the Margins

Barbara Sutton | PTHM 468 01A | 3 credits

WEB COURSE

Asynchronous Course

This course explores ministry at the margins through the lens of a theology of accompaniment and a practice of interpreting the context of one’s community and workplace and the lives of those we serve or have served.  As well the course content will be developed by focusing on issues which students face or have faced in their communities and service organizations.  Our pastoral imagination for effective ministry approaches regarding contemporary mission challenges will be fostered by close study of Pope Francis apostolic exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel.  Spiritual practices that can sustain social action will be developed.

Discernment in Prayer

Becky Van Ness | SPIR   437 | 0 credits or 1 credit

WEB COURSE

Asynchronous Course

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. 

Required: Access to computer with built-in camera OR attached web cam.  Required:  on-campus class meeting on Sunday, June 7, 2019--1:00-4:30 PM -- at Saint John’s.  Grading is S/U only.