Fall 2022 Course Schedule

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FALL 2022

Most face-to-face courses are available for on-line/Synchronous participation.

Please note your preference by choosing section 01A for face-to-face classes, section 01B for SYNCH classes. 

DOCTRINE

Introduction to Systematics

Ben Durheim | DOCT 401| 3 credits
8:00-11:10 am (Monday)   Synchronous Course 

This course provides an introduction to the methods and content of systematic theology, particularly as they play out in three key sub-fields of this discipline: Creation, Revelation, and Eschatology. The class is intended to orient those who are newer to theological study and to help guide students in on-going reflection on major questions in the world of systematics. The semester will begin with an examination of the question "What is theology?" as well as a exploration of theological methods. The subsequent weekends will consider the topics of creation, revelation and eschatology employing a variety of methodological tools.

Christology

Michael Rubbelke | DOCT 408| 3 credits
1:15-4:25 pm (Wednesday)   Synchronous Course 

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


SCRIPTURE

New Testament Greek 

Krista Osmundson | SSNT 401 | 3 credits

11:30 am- 12:25 pm  (Monday/Wednesday/Friday)
The elements of New Testament Greek, with emphasis on reading comprehension with the aid of a dictionary. Thestudy of grammar and its practical application in reading New Testament texts.  The course is graded pass/fail.

Johannine Tradition

Michael Patella, OSB | SSNT 424 | 3 credits
8:00-11:10 AM   (Wednesday)     Synchronous Course

Extensive investigation of the Johannine corpus within its theological, social and historical context.

New Testament Theology for Pastoral Ministry

Charles Bobertz | SSNT 468| 3 credits
6:00-9:15 pm (Tuesday)   Synchronous Course 

This course centers on a basic understanding of New Testament theology and how an understanding of this theology informs the practice of pastoral ministries. We will explore the current understanding of New Testament theology in popular parish education and formation programs and then ask how a deeper understanding of New Testament theology might inform the choice and development of future parish programming. What are the key theological aspects of parish education and formation programming that will enhance a prayerful and responsible use of Scripture in parish life?

The Hebrew Scriptues:  History, Theology, and Controversy

Vincent Smiles | SSOT 468 | 3 credits
1:15-4:25 pm  (Monday)   Synchronous Course

This course will comprise a survey of some key Old Testament texts from the Pentateuch, Prophets and Writings of the Hebrew Tanach.  As much as possible, texts will be studied in the varying contexts of their place within Israel’s history and its developing, sometimes contentious, theologies.  Also essential will be discussion of such questions as the Church’s use of the Hebrew Scriptures, and of how the ancient cosmology and anthropology of those texts relate with modern scientific discoveries.


PASTORAL THEOLOGY

Theology and Practice of Ministry

Daniella Zsupan-Jerome | PTHM 405| 3 credits

8:00-11:10 AM (Tuesday)  Synchronous Course 

Utilizing practical theology methodology, this course introduces students to theological foundations for ministry, including historical and contemporary theologies of ordained and lay ministry. Students will explore the vocational call to ministry as well as the spiritual, human, and pastoral foundations for ministry. Finally, students will identify the theological principles that are foundational to their ministerial leadership.

Pastoral Care:  Guiding and Reconciling

Hollie Holt-Woehl |  PTHM 409 | 3 credits
6:00-9:15 PM  (Monday)        Synchronous Course 

Pastoral care is the ministry of compassion for the well-being of persons and communities. Traditionally the ministry has included four dimensions of care: healing, guiding, sustaining, and reconciling. This class focuses on guiding and reconciling. Guiding pertains to caring for people as they search out their calling and seek spiritual growth and maturity. Reconciling ministry is learning to help people and communities practice seeking and granting forgiveness. Both of these practices take place across a wide range of life experiences. This class will focus on life transitions, discerning callings, trauma and abuse, divorce, addictions, mental health, prison ministry, and community and social conflict. The course is grounded in a theology of Christ the reconciler and savior and future hope.

Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Jeff Kaster | PTHM 452| 3 credits
6:15-8:30 pm (Friday) ; 8:00-11:15 am (Saturday)  Synchronous Course 

Opening Session :  Friday, September 2--ZOOM Conference--3:00-4:30 PM

Weekends: September 23-24, October 28-29; November 18-19; December 9-10

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.”

New Testament Theology for Pastoral Ministry

Charles Bobertz | PTHM 468| 3 credits
6:00-9:15 pm (Tuesday)   Synchronous Course 

This course centers on a basic understanding of New Testament theology and how an understanding of this theology informs the practice of pastoral ministries. We will explore the current understanding of New Testament theology in popular parish education and formation programs and then ask how a deeper understanding of New Testament theology might inform the choice and development of future parish programming. What are the key theological aspects of parish education and formation programming that will enhance a prayerful and responsible use of Scripture in parish life?


HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY

History of Christianity I

Shawn Colberg | HCHR 402    | 3 credits
1:00-2:30 PM   (Tuesday and Thursday)        Synchronous Course

This course is an introductory survey of theology, studying representative texts from the pre-Christian era to the Reformation (100 BCE to 1650). Students will examine figures and issues selected from various historical periods.  Offered Synchronous for remote student participation, as well as on campus.


MORAL THEOLOGY

Fundamental Moral Theology

Nickolas Becker, OSB | MORL  421 | 3 credits
2:45-4:15 pm PM  (Tuesday and Thursday)         Synchronous Course 

This course covers the foundations of the Christian moral life and of Christian moral decision making. The
fundamental themes to be covered include, but are not limited to: freedom, conscience formation and moral agency, moral normativity, what constitutes moral reasoning, the use of scripture, tradition and natural law in moral decisions, the interplay between sin and grace, virtue ethics, and the ecclesial aspect of moral decisions.


SPIRITUALITY and MONASTIC STUDIES

Discernment in Prayer

6 weeks, Asynchronous, August 29-October 7

Required Group ZOOM meeting

Sam Rahberg | SPIR   437 | 0 credits or 1 credit

In support of your calling to and formation for ministry, this course will prepare you to engage the difficulties and delights of prayerful discernment through the lens of five time-tested Benedictine practices – community, lectio divina (sacred reading), radical hospitality, ongoing discernment, and conversatio morum (transformation through a way of life). Along the way you will cultivate a sense of "interiority" as you pray and discern, by which we mean awareness of body, mind, and spirit in relationship to God, self, others, and all creation. Grading S/U.

Growing into God: Spiritual Development in the Christian Tradition

Michael Rubbelke| SPIR 468 / MONS 468 | 3 credits
8:00-11:10 am (Tuesday)   Synchronous Course 

This course examines how Christian spiritual traditions describe growth in life with God. Beginning with pre-Christian, scriptural, and patristic roots, we will explore how distinctive charisms and historical contexts inflect and inform the itinerary, practices, and even the goal of Christian life. We will examine representative voices for the Eastern monastic, Cistercian, Franciscan, Ignatian, and Carmelite traditions. We will also raise questions about how these traditions can (and should) influence models of spiritual direction and how to allow these traditions to enrich our own approaches.


LITURGY

Liturgical Rites

Johan Van Parys | LTGY 416 | 3 credits
 6:15-8:30 pm (Friday) ; 8:00-11:15 am (Saturday)  Synchronous Course 

Opening Session :  Wednesday, August 31--ZOOM Conference--6:15-8:30 PM

Weekends: September 16-17; September 30-October 1; October 21-22; November 11-12

Special Meetings, Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis (Instructor will coordinate alternative opportunities if not able to attend Basilica events.)

October 30, 9:30 AM-4:00 pm

December 11, 10:15 am-5:30 pm

Introductory study of the nature of ritual, and the place of sacraments and rituals in the life journey of the Christian. Treatment of the rites of vocation (marriage, religious profession and holy orders), healing (reconciliation, anointing of the sick), and burial of the dead.

The Liturgical Year and the Word of God

Martin Connell | LTGY 421   | 3 credits
1:15-4:25 pm  (Wednesday)     

The interaction of time-keeping and faith in Christianity. Theology of Sunday, Easter and its seasons, Christmas-Epiphany and their seasons, with study of the prayers for the seasons and feasts in a variety of liturgical books and calendars today. Liturgical time and the rhythms of modern life.

Liturgical Music Seminar

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

1 credit of classroom study integrated with 1 credit of participation in Chapel Choir for LMUS students; LMUS students in the Seminar  register for Chapel Choir for 0 credits.  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. Liturgical and musical 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 

Daniella Zsupan-Jerome | PTHM 412 | 3 credits

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

Practicum/Theological Reflection

Daniella Zsupan-Jerome | 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, 1:00-4:00 pm
  • + 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
  • 10A  Litugical Music 

Practicum / Theological Reflection:  Spiritual Direction Practicum 

Sam Rahberg | PTHM 459 08A | reserved for those in Spiritual Direction Practicum

MAM Ministry Portfolio

Daniella Zsupan-Jerome |   PTHM 598 | 0 credit--registration required

The final formation assessment provides students to review their formational aspirations and ministerial growth during their overall program of study.  Reflecting on one's intellectual, human, pastoral and spiritual formation, the student articulates their readiness for ministry by presenting a clearly articulated understanding of the theology of ministry, an understanding of the gifts and skills, strengths and weaknesses, challenges and successes the student presently utilizes and experiences in ministry, and a discussion of future goals and desires for professional and ministerial growth.  The format of the assessment is an integrated paper which builds on previous coursework. Offered for S/U grading only.

MDIV Ministry Portfolio

Daniella Zsupan-Jerome | PTHM 599| 0 credit--registration required

The mid-degree assessment provides the student an opportunity for self-assessment and feedback from others in terms of their ministerial growth.  Students are asked to revisit their academic work, ministerial reflections and spiritual practices and make revised claims about learning and events from earlier in the degree program. The assessment involves revisiting the student’s intention for graduate theological education, vocational aspirations and their readiness for ministry.  The format of the assessment includes completing a questionnaire, reviewing feedback from formators and peers, and an assessment interview with the Director of Ministerial Formation. 

 Offered for S/U grading only.

MDIV Seminary Spiritual Formation

Michael Patella, OSB | SPIR 468 | 3 credits

Times TBA


THM THESIS

Thesis

Shawn Colberg |  THY   580 | 6 credits

TBA--Director will arrange meetings with student.

The Thesis is the capstone project for the ThM degree.


COMPREHENSIVE EXAMS

Reading for Comprehensive Exams

Shawn Colberg | THY   598 | 3 credits

Students may register for up to 6 credits of THY 598 Reading for Comprehensive Exams to insure full time enrollment and to earn credit for preparing for Comprehensive Exams:  reading 10-book reading list, preparing the annotated bibliography and summary of research, and preparing for the oral exam.

Comprehensive Exams

Shawn Colberg | THY   599 | 0 credit--registration only

Comprehensive Exams is the capstone project for the MTS and the MAT degrees


LITURGICAL MUSIC

Applied Piano

Robert Koopmann, OSB |  LMUS 406 | 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. 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

TBA | 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

Individualized coaching in advanced composition of sacred music and music appropriate for liturgical use. Work in various forms and styles, depending on the needs and interests of individual students. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor and the liturgical music program director.

Service Playing

TBA |  LMUS 433 | 1 credit

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.

Gregorian Chant I:  Introduction

Anthony Ruff, OSB  | LMUS 410  | 1 credit

Asynchronous web course

Introduction to the basics of Gregorian Chant, with the primary aim of facility and confidence in singing easier Latin chants. Overview of historical development; Latin pronunciation;  four-line notation and chant reading skills with text-based interpretation; simple psalm tones; introduction to modality; repertoire for liturgical use; conducting basics. Knowledge of the basics of music theory is expected.

Chapel Choir

Maureen Putnam |  LMUS 412 | 0 credits or 1 credit
9:45 -11:15 AM (Thursday)

A liturgical choir   open to all graduate students which sings regularly for SOT worship. 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 (Thursday)      

1 credit of classroom study integrated with 1 credit of participation in Chapel Choir for LMUS students; LMUS students in the Seminar  register for Chapel Choir for 0 credits.  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. Liturgical and musical 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.

Conducting Techniques I

Axel Theimer |  LMUS 430 | 1 credit

Meeting time TBA

Individualized small-group lessons on the basics of conducting techniques such as beat patterns, cueing, expression and dynamics, and score preparation.

LANGUAGES

Reading Ecclesial Latin  

Rachel Mazzara | LANG 401 | 3 credits

9:10-10:05 AM (Monday/Wednesday/Friday)
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 ZOOM Conference)

Please indicate  section 01B for SYNCHRONOUS classes if particpating remotely.

Discernment in Prayer

6 weeks, Asynchronous, August 29-October 7

Required Group ZOOM meeting

Sam Rahberg | SPIR   437 | 0 credits or 1 credit

In support of your calling to and formation for ministry, this course will prepare you to engage the difficulties and delights of prayerful discernment through the lens of five time-tested Benedictine practices – community, lectio divina (sacred reading), radical hospitality, ongoing discernment, and conversatio morum (transformation through a way of life). Along the way you will cultivate a sense of "interiority" as you pray and discern, by which we mean awareness of body, mind, and spirit in relationship to God, self, others, and all creation. Grading S/U.

Gregorian Chant I:  Introduction

Anthony Ruff, OSB  | LMUS 410  | 1 credit

Asynchronous web course

Introduction to the basics of Gregorian Chant, with the primary aim of facility and confidence in singing easier Latin chants. Overview of historical development; Latin pronunciation;  four-line notation and chant reading skills with text-based interpretation; simple psalm tones; introduction to modality; repertoire for liturgical use; conducting basics. Knowledge of the basics of music theory is expected.