Creation Crisis Preaching with Leah Schade 1.5 Credit Hours ($263)
WP230 - OL is 100% online. The first synchronous meeting will be Oct. 23, 2018 from 7:00-8:30pm
Preaching “good news” in the face of environmental devastation, the climate crisis, and extreme energy extraction can feel overwhelming to pastors and congregations alike. Preachers are tempted to either legalistically preach about “saving the earth” or to wait passively for an eschatological solution. This course will explore ways to preach through this double-bind in sermons that address environmental justice issues with a particular eye towards congregational context (geography, culture, political tensions, economics, etc.). The goal of this course is to help students develop an environmentally-literate approach to preaching that honestly and creatively names the reality of our ecologically-violated world, while emphasizing a hope-filled “eco-resurrection” through Christ’s redemption of Creation.
The Civil Rights Movement with Nathan Baxter 1.5 Credit Hours ($263)
PL313 will be held Thursdays from 1:00pm - 3:10pm. The first class will be Oct. 25, 2018.
This is an introductory course to some of the dynamic experiences of the Civil Rights Movement from 1950s to 1970s. The course begins with a brief review of the antecedent historic realities of the movement (i.e. roots in Antebellum, Reconstruction, and early Jim Crow) and proceeds to explore anecdotal reactions to modern racism. The modern period will include several strategic organizational entities and their leadership which collectively came to be known as the Civil Rights Movement. The goals of this course are: to give students an overview of this seminal historic movement and its heroes/sheroes; to consider specific nature of their own denominations’ and/or representatives' involvement as protagonist or antagonist; and finally, to provide a useful framework in understanding contemporary civil rights movements and their own practice of ministry (preaching, worship, Christian Education and community engagement).
Seeing the Sacred with Betty Snapp-Barrett 1.5 Credit Hours ($263)
IS22 WH will be held Saturdays from 9:00am - Noon. The first class will be Oct. 27, 2018
This course is designed to introduce students to the ways in which visual artists use line, color, shape, space, and other visual elements and principles in order to convey their own understanding of the sacred and the ways in which human beings relate to the sacred. It will also offer students the opportunity to use these elements and principles to create their own visual expressions of sacred themes through hands-on experimentation, the creation of a worship space, and the creation of an art project that expresses some aspect of their own Theology. No previous art experience is required.