Intro to Theology with Lee Barrett 3 Credit Hours ($525)
- TH101 will be held on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9:00-11:10am, Aug. 8 – Oct. 12, 2017
- TH101W H will be held on Fridays from 6:30-9:30pm, Aug. 4 - Oct. 13, 2017 (Hybrid course combines classroom learning with online components)
This course explores the theological task, which is the self-critical and creative reflection of Christians on their forms of worship, confession, witness and moral action. Theology happens when Christians ask, “What should we actually be doing, feeling, and thinking?” Because there is no consensus about these matters in our churches, a variety of ways of doing theology are considered.
Theology and Literature with Anthony Ugolnik 1.5 Credit Hours ($263)
TH229 will be held on Tuesdays from 9:00-11:10am, Aug. 8 – Oct. 10, 2017
Literature, both fiction and nonfiction narratives, portray deep experiences in theology and the life of the spirit. Christ himself illustrated his truths in tales and parables; in my own Eastern Orthodox tradition great writers like Dostoevsky are treated (and taught) as theologians. This course will explore the theological and spiritual dimensions of literary narratives. In the process we will delineate the differences and similarities between different avenues to the Spirit that dwells within us as children of God. Some of the authors we will read, such as Dostoevsky and Marilynn Robinson, strike immediately at the heart of a lived faith. Some, like Story of a Soul by St. Thérèse of Lisieux and Way of a Pilgrim by an anonymous Russian peasant, are autobiographical accounts of intense searches for a life of constant prayer. Some are by authors like Jack Kerouac or Margaret Atwood who take issue with conventional (or any) expressions of faith. We will explore a Zen narrative, a Sufi author, a Jewish portrait of a Holocaust survivor, an African American approach to spirituality and social justice. Finally, we will explore some examples of startlingly erotic imagery to express love of the Divine.
FOR PASTORS ONLY
Pastoring to the Public with Nathan Baxter
1.5 Credit Hours ($263)
PL294 will be held on Thursdays from 9:00-11:10am, Aug. 10 - Oct. 13
This course will consider two related roles of a local pastor which require self-understanding, strategic/leadership skills and theological insights not necessarily practiced in regular duties of parish ministry. Further, it will consider the tensions between the pastoral and prophetic tensions in parish ministry. Such situations include occasions when a pastor is called to minister in public tragedy and community grief and in times of significant social/political/moral conflict affecting both the local congregation and the local community.
FOR PASTORS ONLY
Ministering in Matters of Human Sexuality
with Beverly Dale
3 Credit Hours ($525)
PL230W H will be held Saturdays from 9:00-Noon (Hybrid course combines classroom learning with online components)
Aug. 5 - Oct. 14
This in-person and online course is intended to raise issues in Christian theology that are most likely to shape and inform our views, beliefs, and experiences of human sexuality – for good or ill – and highlight the variety of sexual issues that are most likely to come to the attention of pastors and chaplains. As such, biblical, theological and ethical concerns will guide the values and perspectives of this course. In addition, the most current scientific, socio-cultural, historical and psychological aspects of human sexuality will be considered as a way of informing students’ self-awareness. Inasmuch as our views toward our bodies and sexuality are influenced by a number of factors such as race and ethnicity, class, and orientation, (to name only a few) students will be challenged to develop a wider integrated approach to sexuality. In addition, this course is designed with a pragmatic focus to encourage an application of a body-positive framework both through liturgy and worship as well as through a teaching ministry. The goal is to create avenues for sexual healing and to help build sex-positive communities of faith.