Course Catalog for Academic Year 2015-2016

School
Bexley Seabury Seminary Federation (BSSF)
Catholic Theological Union (CTU)
Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS)
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (GETS)
Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC)
McCormick Theological Seminary (MTS)
Meadville Lombard Theological School (ML)
North Park Theological Seminary (NPTS)
Northern Baptist Theological Seminary (NBTS)
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS)
Univ. of St Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary (USML/MS)
Fall
 
September 1
September 8
September 8
September 8
September 8
August 24
August 31
September 28
August 26
August 24
Winter
 
January 4
January 4
January 11
January 4
January 4
 
January 4
January 11
January 4
N/A
Spring
 
February 8
February 1
February 1
February 1
February 1
February 8
January 19
April 4
January 13
January 11


Biblical Studies

Sch/Cs # Title/Description FALL WINTER SPRING
CTS
RH 492

Reading Beetween the Testaments

Examine Jewish literature from c200 to c50 CE, such as the Old Testament Apocrypha and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Literary and theological issues emerging from the primary texts will be highlighted.

W 9-12

Yang

 

 

 

 

 

LSTC
RHS 301

Jesus within Judaism: Religious Heritage Scripture I

First course in sequence of the M.Div. (M.A./M.A.T.S) program that introduces students to Second Temple Judaism as the foundation and framework for interpreting the Bible.

W 800-1050

Pickett

 

 

 

 

 

LSTC
RHS 401

Biblical Languages for Ministry

 

MWR 100-215

 

 

 

 

 

 

LSTC
RHS 404

Scripture by Heart

 

 

 

 

 

 

W 800-1050

Rhoads, Utszschneider

LSTC
RHS 408

The Bible Unearthed? Archaeology in the Holy Land

 

 

 

J-Term

MTWR 900

Adam

 

 

MTS
B 300

Introduction to Biblical Studies

An overview of content and approaches to Scripture that are responsible to church and academy. Exegesis of texts from Hebrew Bible and New Testament. Special attention to literary types, historical contexts, methods, and resources for understanding.

M 6-8

Hiebert, Tanzer

 

 

 

 

 



Old Testament

I. Introductory

Sch/Cs #

Title/Description

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

CTS
RH 301

Interpreting the Hebrew Bible

An introduction for beginning students to the historical, literary and theological interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures. Special attention given to Pentateuch and narrative history (Joshua-2 Kings).

T 9-12; Online

Staff

 

 

 

Online

Staff

CTS
RH 302

Interpreting the Hebrew Bible II

An introduction to the historical, literary and theological interpretation of the prophetic, poetic and wisdom texts of the Hebrew Scriptures. Assignments emphasize interpretation and practical application.

 

 

 

 

 

T 9-12 & Online (2 sections)

Staff

G-ETS
11-500 & 11/500 A/X

Introduction to the Old Testament

Introduction to the legal, historical, poetic and prophetic books of the Hebrew Scriptures, with emphasis on the order and contents, cultural settings, literary forms, religious themes and interpretive approaches.

T 230-530

C. Anderson

 

 

 

A) R 630-930; X) Online

A) Duncan; X) Lester

ML
BS426INT

Hebrew Bible

 

Int & online

Stokes

 

 

 

 

 

MTS
B 400

Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

Survey of Hebrew Bible--its shape, literary forms, historical background and theological themes, emphasizing content. Designed for those with little or no biblical background.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whitcolm

MTS
B 428

Formation of the Old Testament

 

M 100-350

Davidson

 

 

 

 

 

II. Canonical Corpus

Sch/Cs #

Title/Description

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

G-ETS
11-603

Prophetic Books: Daniel

Advanced study of literary units or theological themes. Emphasis on analytical and synthetic interpretive skills. Prereq: 11-500.

Online

Lester

 

 

 

 

 

G-ETS
11-607

The Writings: Book of Ecclesiastes

Advanced studyof literary units or theological themes. Emphasis on analytical and synthetic interpretive skills. Prereq: 11-500

 

 

 

 

 

M 630-930

Duncan

G-ETS
11-626

Biblical Hermeneutics: Judges

Discussion of approaches to the use and interpretation of the Bible in the church. Topics vary from year to year and may focus on one of the testaments. Prereq 11-500 and 12-500.

R 800-1100

C. Anderson

 

 

 

 

 

LSTC
RHS 302 A/B/C

Religious Heritage I: Scripture II: Pentateuch and Wisdom Literature: Instructions for Life

 

A) T 100-400; B) W 800-1050; C) Online

A) Adam; B) Klein; C) Chalmers

 

 

 

 

 

LSTC
RHS 602

Old Testament Graduate Biblical Seminar

Course is one in a sequence of 6 (Th.M.) or 12 (Ph.D.) Fall: Isaiah. Spring: Exodus. Advanced Exegesis

M 100-400

Adam

 

 

 

M 100-400

Adam, Utszschneider

MTS
B 420

Isaiah

Learn to be more authentic interpreters of the Book of Isaiah by acquiring the skills to understand what the speeches in the book meant to their first audience in biblical times and what they might mean to people today.

W 900-1150

Davidson

 

 

 

 

 

MTS
B 431

Job

Study of book of Job in context of its biblical world, and an examination of responses to Job by contemporary writers such as Archibald MacLeish, William Safire, Gustavo Gutierrez, Bill McKibben and Harold Kushner. Focus on problem of evil and suffering.

 

 

 

 

 

W 900-1150

Hiebert

III. Topics in Old Testament

Sch/Cs #

Title/Description

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

CTS
RH 409

Journey to Israel and Palestine

History and hopes for the future are found everywhere in Israel. This 12-day journey will explore the biblical heritage, the vitality of the modern State of Israel, and the tremendous challenges in pursuing justice and peace for Israelis and Palestinians.

 

 

J-term

 

Mikva, Thistlethwaite

 

 

LSTC
RHS 406 A/C

Israel's Prophets

Study of OT prophetic literature including understanding Israel's Prophets in original historical and cultural contexts and appreciating prophetic tradition for life and ministry today. Prereq for M.Div students: Biblical Hebrew. Alt assignmts for others.

 

 

 

 

 

A) M 800-1050; C) Online

A) Klein; C) Chalmers

MTS
B 456

Judges and Women

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Davidson

IV. Hebrew Language

Sch/Cs #

Title/Description

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

G-ETS
11-541

Elementary Hebrew I

Introduction to the elements of biblical Hebrew (grammar and syntax) and translation of selected prose texts in the Hebrew Bible.

TR 130-220 & W 1-150

TBA

 

 

 

 

 

G-ETS
11-542

Elementary Hebrew II

Completes and continues 11-541. Prerq: 11-541

 

 

 

 

 

TR 130-220 & W 100-150

TBA

G-ETS
11-543

Intermediate Hebrew Language

Rapid reading of prose and poetry, review of grammar and vocabulary, introduction to text criticism. Prereq: 11-541/542

F 130-430

Duncan

 

 

 

 

 

LSTC
RHS 409

Hebrew Pericopes

 

T 1200-1250

TBA

 

 

 

T 1200-1250

TBA

LSTC
RHS/CC 404

Hebrew for Ministry: Enter the Bible and Jewish Christian Relations

Second language course (after Greek) introduces students to the Biblical language of the Old Testament (MDiv). Presents elementary Biblical Hebrew vocabulary and grammar in order to read the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament in its original language.

MWR 100-215

TBA, Jewish Partners

 

 

 

 

 

MTS
B 321

Introduction to Hebrew Exegesis I

First part of a nondivisible, two-quarter sequence. Hebrew grammar, translation and exegesis of primarily prose portions of Hebrew Bible, fundamentals of text criticism and general principles of interpretation. Credit only upon completion of B 322.

TF 1015-1150

Hiebert, P.

 

 

 

 

 

MTS
B 322

Introduction to Hebrew Exegesis II

Completes the sequence begun in B 321; Hebrew grammar, translation and exegesis of primarily prose portions of Hebrew Bible, fundamentals of text criticism and general principles of interpretation.

 

 

 

 

 

TF 1015-1150

Davidson



New Testament

I. Introductory

Sch/Cs #

Title/Description

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

CTS
RH 321

Interpreting the Gospels

An introduction to contemporary research and perspectives on the four canonical Gospels. The Greco-Roman milieu of the Gospels, the methodological development of Gospel scholarship, and the question of the Gospel's genre(s) will be addressed.

T 630-930; Online (2 sections)

Yang; Jennings (OL)

 

 

 

 

 

G-ETS
12-500 & 12-500A/X

Introduction to New Testament

Introduction to the 27 New Testament documents in the light of various historical-critical methodologies as well as of other more recent theories of interpretation.

A) F 100-900 & S 900-300, 10/16-17, 11/6-7, 12/4-5; X) Online

A) Yeo; X) Cosgrove

 

 

 

T 230-530

Cosgrove

ML
BS425INT

New Testament and Christian Origins

Study NT and selected contemporary Jewish, Christian and Greco-Roman writies that provide historical context for NT litereature, for diverse origins of the Christian movement and the collection of literature into a NT canon.

 

 

 

 

 

Intensive & online

Jorgensen

II. Books of the New Testament

Sch/Cs #

Title/Description

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

CTS
RH 325

Interpreting the Epistles

Offers an introduction to both the Pauline and non-Pauline corpus. In addition to reading selected letters in light of ancient epistolography and rhetorical prractices, we will also pay attention to the historical situations of these letters.

Online

Jennings

 

 

 

T 630-930 & Online

Yang

G-ETS
12-632A

NT Topics: Kingdom of God in the Synoptic Gospels

Study of select New Testament books. May be repeated. Prereq: 12-500. F

T 230-530

A) Cosgrove

 

 

 

 

 

G-ETS
12-807

Romans

Historical setting and theological argument of Paul's Letter to the Romans, with emphasis on the history of exegesis. Emphasis on contribution of Romans to ecumenical and Jewish-Christian dialogue.

 

 

 

 

 

F 100-900, S 900-300; 2/12-13, 2/26-27, 3/11-12

Yeo

G-ETS
12-814

The Gospel of Mark

Critical and exegetical study of leading thelogical motifs of the Gospel; attention to social dimensions of the community for which it was written. Prereq: 12-501

 

 

 

 

 

TBA

Vena

LSTC
RHS 403 A/C

The Life and Letters of Paul

Historical and critical investigation of authentic letters of Paul of Tarsus. Based on careful readings of Paul's epistles, in English and in Greek, in conversation with perspectives derived from sociology, anthropology and classical studies.

Online

C) TBA

 

 

 

R 800-1050

A) Pickett

LSTC
RHS 601

NT Graduate Biblical Seminar

Fall; The Dynamics of Community in the Letters of Paul. Spring: Luke. Advanced Exegesis

T 100-400

Pickett

 

 

 

T 100-400

Pickett

LSTC
RHS/ML 501

Preaching the Gospel of Luke

 

 

 

 

 

 

T 100-400

Pickett, Rippentrop

MTS
B 450

The Gospels

Introduction to four canonical Gospels with special focus on the unique portrait of Jesus each presents. Major issues and methods for study of Gospel literature. Central emphasis on Christology; minor attention to the historical Jesus. Prereq: B 300.

 

 

 

 

 

M 100-350

Tanzer

III. Topics in New Testament

Sch/Cs #

Title/Description

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

CTS
RH 533

Feminist Theory and New Testament Interpretation

Seminar on feminist theory and its applications to biblical interpretation. Attention to complex relationships between sexism and other binary modes of "isms:" racism, heterosexism, (neo)colonialism; feminist strategies for ethical biblical interpretation

 

 

 

 

 

W 9-12

Yang

G-ETS
12-881

Study Tour: Biblical Theology of Land and Politics

A study tour that explores the history, geography and archaeology of the sites, and engages with the social, political, religious issues then and now in Israel/Palestine. Provides cultural immersion, theological tools, and a hands-on dig.

12/28/2015-1/10/2016

Yeo

 

 

 

 

 

MTS
B 439

Epistles of Paul

 

R 9-1150

Tanzer

 

 

 

 

 

IV. New Testament Greek

Sch/Cs #

Title/Description

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

G-ETS
12-541

Elementary Greek I

Essential forms and principles of New Testament Greek. Credit given upon satisfactory completion of both 12-541 and 12-542.

TR 130-220 & W 100-150

Vena

 

 

 

 

 

G-ETS
12-542

Elementary Greek II

Completes and continues 12-541. Prereq: 12-541

 

 

 

 

 

TR 130-220 & W 100-150

Vena

LSTC
RHS 405 A/C

Greek for Ministry: Enter the Language and Theology of the Bible

Introduces fundamental Greek grammar, vocabulary and exegetical tools necessary for beginning to read, translate and use the Greek New Testament in preaching, teaching, the Bible study.

Online

C) Mellott

 

 

 

MWR 100-215

A) TBA

LSTC
RHS 410

Greek Pericopes

 

M 1200-1250

TBA

 

 

 

M 1200-1250

TBA

LSTC
RHS 501

Advanced Greek Readings

 

R 930-1050

Krentz

 

 

 

R 930-1050

Krentz

MTS
B 324

Introduction to Greek Exegesis I

The first part of a nondivisible two-quarter sequence. An introduction to the principles of Greek grammar and vocabulary and to exegetical resources for studying the New Testament in its original language. Credit only upon completion of B 325.

MR 1000-1150

Langford

 

 

 

 

 

MTS
B 325

Introduction to Greek Exegesis II

Completes introductiion to Greek begun in B 324

 

 

 

 

 

MR 1000-1150

Tanzer



Historical Studies

I. Introductory

Sch/Cs #

Title/Description

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

CTS
RH 344

History of Christian Thought

A survey of significant theological, social and political movements of the early Christian church through the late Middle Ages, focusing on the Western church.

T 2-5 and Online (2 sections)

Speller & Staff

 

 

 

Online

Speller & Staff

G-ETS
13-501 A/X

History of Christian Thought and Practice I

Survey of key developments in Christian thought and practice from the post-apostolic period to eve of the Reformation. 4 sem hrs

R 230-530; X) Online

A) TBA; X) TBA

 

 

 

M 630-930

Papandrea

G-ETS
13-502 A/X

History of Christian Thought & Practice II

Survey of key developments in Christian thought and practice from the Reformation to the present. Prereq: 13-501. See website for information on online course priority.

F 900-1200

Johnson

 

 

 

A) T 630-930; X) online

A) Murphy; X) Johnson

LSTC
RHTH 301 A/B

Religious Heritage: History and Theology I

Course will highlight major theological themes and historical developments that have particularly shaped the church's confession and mission. The historical contexts of the church's confession of the faith catholic will be particularly emphasized.

 

 

 

 

 

A) W 800-1050; B) M 230-530

A) Swanson, Vethanayagamony; B) Schweitz

MTS
H 300

History Survey I

Surveys history of Christianity as a world movement by exploring the formation and development of major epochs: ancient, medieval, Reformation, modern.

W 6-850

Sawyer

 

 

 

 

 

MTS
H 301 A/B

History Survey II

Continues focus of H300 with emphasis on Christianity as a world movement from Reformations of sixteenth century through formation of the modern period, with attention to diversity of voices within global Christianity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniels

II. History of Particular Traditions

Sch/Cs #

Title/Description

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

CTS
RH 367

History and Polity of the United Church of Christ

A study of the history, structure, theology and practices of the United Church of Christ, including its antecedents: the Congregational Christian Churches and the Evangelical and Reformed Church. This course meets current UCC requirements for ordination.

 

 

J-Term

9-5

Thomas

Online

Thomas

G-ETS
40 -676X

United Methodist History

Study the Wesleyan tradition and its expressions in The United Methodist Church. Explores roots of the movement in the Anglican Church and the Wesleyan Revival of the 18th century, and history of American Methodist/Evangelical United Brethren tradition.

Online

TBA

 

 

 

Online

TBA

LSTC
RHTH 406

Grace Incarnate: The Lutheran Confessional Heritage

Thematic introducion to and exploration of the Lutheran confessional writings, and it will encourage the learners to consider the important theological and vocational considerations identified above.

 

 

 

 

 

M 800-1050

Hendel

LSTC
RHTH 504

History of Christianity in Asia

 

T 800-1050

Vethanayagamony

 

 

 

 

 

LSTC
RHTH/CC 410

Indian Christianity in a Pluralistic Context: India Travel Seminar

 

 

 

J-Term

 

Swanson

 

 

ML
H333INT

History of the Western Christian Traditions: Jesus to Erasmus

Comprehensive survey providing overview from the pre-cursors to the 16th century reformations to the 21st century challenges. Covers Enlightenment, Vatican II and development of liberation theologies.

Int & Online

Kirk

 

 

 

 

 

ML
H334INT

History of the Western Christian Traditions: Calvin to 9/11

 

 

 

 

 

 

Int & online

Kirk

ML
M446INT

African Americans and the Universalists, Unitarians and Unitarian Universalists

Course will familiarize you with the African American experience within the liberal religious community and the community's attitudes toward African Americans.

TBA

Morrison-Reed

 

 

 

 

 

MTS
H 434

American Presbyterian History

Survey using primary documents and historical interpretations to explore origins of institutions and issues within the contemporary church. Attention to revivals, doctrinal controversies, schisms and reunions of 19th and 20th centuries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kim

MTS
H 471

Global Pentecostalism

A comparative study of the emergence and development of global pentecostalism as an indigenous Christian movement in North America, Africa and South America. Includes classical Pentecostalism, charismatic renewal, and African indigenous churches.

M 100-350

Daniels

 

 

 

 

 

MTS
H/T 402

Reformed Tradition

This course explores the history and theology of the Reformed tradition with a view to understanding its origins and development and its contemporary manifestations and relevance.

T 100-350

Sawyer, Case-Winters

 

 

 

 

 

III. History-Individuals

Sch/Cs #

Title/Description

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

IV. American Church History

Sch/Cs #

Title/Description

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

CTS
RH 485

Religion in North America

Course will explore the historical development of religion in America from the 17th to 21st centuries, highlighting the ways that its diversity has shaped American culture and identity

 

 

 

 

 

W 9-12; Online (2 sections)

Speller

MTS
H 453

Black Christianity in North America

Study of major issues and events in development of the black church from the slavery era to the present, with focus on folk religion, protest movements, theological developments, and ecclesial expressions.

W 600-850

Jeremie-Brink

 

 

 

 

 

V. Topics in Church History

Sch/Cs #

Title/Description

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

G-ETS
13-640

African American Religious History: The Souls of Black Folk

Black religious experience, from African roots through various theological, institutional and social expressions in the USA. Field experiences in African American churches.

T 630-930

Murphy

 

 

 

 

 

G-ETS
13/31-846

Origins of Christian Worship

Examination of the sources for the study of eucharist, baptism, daily prayer, and ordination from Second Temple Judaism into the late patristic period.

 

 

 

 

 

W 900-1200

Cosgrove

LSTC
CC/RHTH 602

History and Theology of Mission

 

 

 

 

 

 

R 100-400

Vethanayagamony

LSTC
RHTH 302

Religious Heritage II: History and Theology II

 

M 800-1050

Swanson, Vethanayagamony

 

 

 

 

 

LSTC
RHTH/CC 408

Global Church, Here, Now

Course aims to explore Nicene Creed belief in "one holy, catholic and apostolic Church" by taking advantage of Chicago as home to Christian communities from across the world.

R 845-1045 + 5 Sun field trips

Swanson

 

 

 

 

 



Theological Studies

I. Introductory and Foundational

Sch/Cs #

Title/Description

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

CTS
TEC 307

Systematic Theology

(M.Div. required course) The nature of theological thinking and theological method. P non-CTS students.

 

 

 

 

 

W 2-5; Online (2 sections)

Terrell & Staff

G-ETS
21-505 & 505 X

Introduction to Theology

Develops basic understanding of key doctrinal themes: Trinity, Christology, pneumatology, soteriology, ecclesiology, anthropology, creation, eschatology. Explores theological questions and role of doctrine in the church.

Online

TBA

J-Term

MWF 800-1230 & TR 800-1100 & W 130-330

Eberhart

R 230-530

Ray

G-ETS
21-506

Doctrine of God - Doctrine of Creation

Key issues and questions re: monotheism, atheism, idolatry, Trinitarian doctrine, language about God and doctrine of creation. Analysis of the relationship between these loci and those studied in 21-507&8. Prereq: 11-500 or 12-500, & 13-501, 21-505

R 230-530

Ray

 

 

 

R 630-930

TBA

G-ETS
21-507

Christology - Theological Anthropology

Examination of key issues and basic theological questions concerning Jesus Christ and the human person. Among the topics explored are Jesus and Judaism, kingdom of God, death and resurrection of Jesus, theodicy, anthropodicy and theosis.

M 630-930

Joh

 

 

 

R 230-530

Joh

MTS
I 311

Academic Research and Writing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sawyer, Worley

MTS
I 478

Seminar in Research Methods

Course designed to provide resources, methodological tools and peer assistance in the development of effective arguments and clear, compelling academic writing. Prereq: coursework in three fields.

R 100-350

Cathey

 

 

 

 

 

MTS
T 300

Introduction to Christian Theology

Introduction to contents, methods, and resources of coherent and responsible Christian thinking. Attention to understanding and interpreting basic Christian doctrines.

 

 

 

 

 

T 6-9 pm

Cathey, Kline

MTS
T 520/420

Philosophy for Theological Reflection

Investigate contributions of philosophic reflection to theology and ethics. Some uses of logic in criticizing claims and arguments are introduced. Survey western philosophy's contributions to Christian theology. Prereq T 300 or equiv.

 

 

J-Term

 

Cathey

 

 

II. Particular Individuals or Traditions

Sch/Cs #

Title/Description

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

CTS
TEC 468

All Praise Due: Muslims, Islam and Hip-Hop

Explore the under-appreciated and complicated encounter of Islam and hip-hop while probing how this art form emerged from the Bronx to become a culturally relevant vehicle for the spiritual and political expression of Muslims and Islam in modern times.

 

 

 

 

 

W 2-5

Nashashibi

CTS
TEC 504

Augustine, Niebuhr and Malcolm X

We will review the ideas of these three highly influential thinkers about the nature of sin in human existence and those qualities of human beings requiring redemption, giving special attention to the theme of sin as pride and sensuality.

W 2-5

Terrell

 

 

 

 

 

G-ETS
40-677X

United Methodist Doctrine

Become familiar with John Wesley's theology through his sermons, a doctrinal standard in the UMC and a foundation of Methodist theology, characterized by a theological method that contextualizes the Christian faith in a connectual structure of the church.

Online

TBA

 

 

 

Online

TBA

LSTC
RHTH 501

Theology of Luther

Martin Luther's theology deserves careful study, not only because of its historical significance, but also because it continues to provide lively insights into the Christian faith and its meaning in the contemporary world.

M 800-1050

Hendel

 

 

 

 

 

LSTC
RHTH 503

Constructive Theology

Integrative course dealing with the role of theology in pastoral formation and functioining and based on experiences encountered on internship. Prereq: Internship or equiv.

T 630-930

Thomas

 

 

 

 

 

LSTC
RHTH 604

Postcolonial Remembrance, Graduate Theoological Seminar

Course will raise significant issues facing theology today and provide advanced students with opportunity to articulate their own theology with competence and autonomy. Provides tools that aid research and build up resources for further study.

 

 

 

 

 

T 630-930

Westhelle

LSTC
RHTH/CC 403

Vine Deloria Jr. and Native American Christian Theology

Course offers an opportunity for learners to enter deeply into the theological methodology of one of America's most influential religious thinkers of the 20th century. Includes Vine Deloria Jr. Symposium

F 100-400; 6 Fridays

Straw, Pero

 

 

 

 

 

LSTC
RHTH/CC 404

Theology of Martin Luther King Jr: America's Most Outstanding Theologian

 

 

 

 

 

 

F 900-400, 6 weeks

Thomas

ML
E/T422INT

Process and Liberation Theologies

 

 

 

 

 

 

Int & online

Hogue

MTS
T 327

Passion, Despair, Hope, Love: Kierkegaard's Theology

Read Kierkegaard's religious texts that are written toward the living of life close to the ground in which God is found, in life's conflicts, sufferings, failures, triumphs, joys and their embrace by love to liberate "the self."

M 100-350

Kline

 

 

 

 

 

MTS
T 404

Who is Christ for Us Today

Explore images, texts, theologies of the cross in light of Scripture, historical traditions, cultural contexts, contemporary critiques. Explore topic in conversation with scholars of other traditions and movements of today.

 

 

 

 

 

M 100-350

Cathey

MTS
T 421

Karl Barth

Course avoids tiresome apologies for Barth's idiosyncrasies in order to focus on his enduring gift: a theology that is scriptural, modern and ecclesial for persons engaged in church and society today.

 

 

J-Term

M-F 900-1200

Cathey

 

 

MTS
T 495

Reinhold Niebuhr

 

 

Cathy

 

 

 

 

 

MTS
T/H 402

Reformed Tradition

This course explores the history and theology of the Reformed tradition with a view to understanding its origins and development and its contemporary manifestations and relevance.

M 100-350

Case-Winters, Sawyer

 

 

 

 

 

III. Topics in Theology

Sch/Cs #

Title/Description

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

CTS
RH/TEC 498

Bible and Homosexuality

Course explores contemporary research on homosexuality and biblical interpreetation and considers implicatioins of that research for religious communities and the wider society. Attention also given to 'queer readings' of the Bible.

 

 

 

 

 

Online

Stone

CTS
TEC 300

Public Theology

Course will cover "discerning theological themes" in U.S. public discourse and learning to write and speak on these themes in a theologically/biblically grounded way. Requirements include writing op eds and doing mock radio interviews.

 

 

 

 

 

Online

Thistlethwaite

CTS
TEC 390

Introduction to the Study of Black Faith and Life

This course will explore the critical themes, disciplines and thinkers important to the study of Black faith and Black life. The discussion will be afrocentric in focus, interreligious and socially comprehensive in scope.

R 9-12

Butler

 

 

 

 

 

CTS
TEC 395

Judaism, Christianity and Islam: Introduction to Interfaith Engagement

Skill building for interfaith partnerships. Personal and social transformation emphasized. Covers beliefs, practices and communities of Judaism, Christianity and Islam; foundations for multifaith contexts; leadership sterategies for interfaith engagement.

 

 

 

 

 

T 630-930 & Online

Mikva, Nashashibi

CTS
TEC 401

Creation and Fall: The Foundations of Theological Anthropology

Focus on creatureliness, image of God, and Fall (including university or original sin). Consider classical and contemporary theological formulations and philosophical issues as they contribute toward a constructive reformulation of these doctrines.

Online

Jennings

 

 

 

 

 

CTS
TEC 442

Theory and Theology of the Church: Feminist, Queer and Ethnographic Approaches

 

Online

Rosenau

 

 

 

 

 

CTS
TEC 462

Issues in Pastoral Theology

Explore issues of theological anthropology as they relate to search for human wholeness, justice and love Biblical texts will be woven with psychological theories to encourage usage of Scripture when reflecting theologically.

 

 

 

 

 

T 9-12

Butler

CTS
TEC 472

Religion, Terror and America

The construction of the Atlantic World gave rise to Empire in the Americas. We will examine religious ideas and the power of terrorism within American history to consider the formation of the nation-state.

 

 

 

 

 

W 9-12

Butler

CTS
TEC 484

Theological and Ethical Perspectives on AIDS and Violence

Examine theologicl and ethical perspectives on the pandemics of AIDS and violence as they affect policy and theology and ask, How may historical doctrines be freshly interpreted in order to mediate a humane response?

T 9-12

Terrell

 

 

 

 

 

CTS
TEC 505

God and Philosophy

The course will introduce and examine the theological themes arising out of recent continental philosophy. It will also include an understanding of how God has been understood or appropriated in modern philosophy.

 

 

 

 

 

W 630-930

Seo

CTS
TEC 506

Existentialism: Theology, Literature and Cinema

Examine the basic ideas of existentialism and how they have been incorporated into Western theology, literature and cinema. The writers and filmmakers to be discussed include Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Sartre, Camus, Tillich, Bergman and Tarkovsky.

 

 

J-term

9-5

Seo

 

 

CTS
TEC 513

Post-Christian Theology

Can we think the truth of the gospel without the religious form of Christianity? Thinking the deconstruction of Christianity in Barth, Bonhoeffer, Gogarten, Soelle, Altizer as well as Gauchet, Derrida, Kristeva and Jean-Luc Nancy.

R 2-5

Jennings

 

 

 

 

 

CTS
TEC 603

Philosophical Thought

The course builds philosophical foundations for beginning doctoral students.

T 2-5

Seo

 

 

 

 

 

CTS
TEC 605

20th Century Theology

Seminar for advanced degree students covering significant developments in theology in the 20th century. Focus on the emergence of new voices and the theological precedents for them. P non-CTS students.

 

 

 

 

 

T 2-5

Seo

CTS
TEC/LM 564

Forgiveness

Forgiveness considered as a theological, pastoral and ethical problem and possibility, not only in individual relationships, but also in ecclesial, social, political and national contexts.

 

 

 

 

 

W 2-5

Edgerton

G-ETS
21-508

Pneumatology, Ecclesiology, Eschatology

Examination of key issues and basic theological questions relating to the Spirit, the Church and the Last Things. Among topics explored are the filioque, baptism, eucharist, ministry and eschatology as a doctrine of hope. Prereqs

F 915-1215

Bedford

 

 

 

M 630-930

Bryant

G-ETS
21-630

Black Theology

A seminar course for reading, discussing and writing on themes of theology from the perspective of the black experience.

R 630-930

Ray

 

 

 

 

 

G-ETS
21-801

Topics in Theology

Focus on select texts while engaging in critical and constructive tasks of systematic theology. May be repeated. Prereq: one of 21-505, 21-506, 21-507, or 21-508. Fall: Postcolonial Theology; Spring: Sin and Evil

T 230-530

Joh

 

 

 

T 630-930

Ray

G-ETS
21-836

Feminist and Womanist Theology

Critical reconstruction of theological themes in light of feminist theory and experience of women in the church.

 

 

 

 

 

T 230-530

Joh

G-ETS
21/34-633

Interrupting Violence: A Case Study into a Power and a Principality

Purpose is to help lay, clergy and seminarians understand the theological, sociological and economic roots of violence in order to help students stay safe and help stop the cycle of violence.

 

 

 

 

 

2/5-6, 3/4-5, 4/15-16, 5/6; F 100-900, S 900-300

Bedford, Cowser

G-ETS
34-619

Public Theology in the City

This is an art form that brings separate elements of diversity together in a way that images the kingdom of God on earth. In partnership with an urban church, class will learn the basics of the art of doing public theology that leads to redemptive action.

TBA; F 100-900 & S 900-300

Frenchak

 

 

 

 

 

G-ETS
34/21-628 X

Theology of Evangelism

Course will equip students to formulate their own conceptualizations of evangelism through critically examining how various theologies and biblical teachings inform evangelism.

TBA

TBA

J

 

 

Online

Teasdale

LSTC
CC 501

Future of Creation

Senior Interdisciplinary Seminar

 

 

 

 

 

M 630-930

Perry, Woloschak

LSTC
CC/RHTH 405

Temas Centrales in la Teologia Latino/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

R 100-400

Rodriguez

LSTC
RHTH 405

Jesus, the Kingdom and the Church

Will provide a basis in the traditional content of Christian dogmatics and to allow for a critical and constructive stance in the reworking of the tradition in face of contemporary, contextual and existential challenges in the work of ministry.

 

 

 

 

 

R 800-1050

Westhelle

LSTC
RHTH 407

Narratives of Resistance

Part 2 of 2-course sequence on analysis and constructive exploration of basic teachings of the Christian Faith. Topics: Soteriology, Ecclesiology, Christian Life, and Eschatology, including biblical origins, historical developments and significance.

 

 

 

 

 

T 630-930

Rodriguez

LSTC
RHTH 606

Theological Hermeneutics: Graduate Theological Seminar

 

W 630-930

Rodriguez

 

 

 

 

 

LSTC
RHTH/CC 401

Religion and Human Rights

 

R 800-1050

TBA

 

 

 

M 800-1050

Hendel

LSTC
RHTH/CC 406

Christians and Muslims

 

R 100-400

Shelley, Aasi

 

 

 

 

 

LSTC
RHTH/CC 601

Advanced Seminar in Religion and Science

 

M 630-930

Eastwood

 

 

 

 

 

LSTC
RHTH/CC 602

History and Theology of Mission

 

 

 

 

 

 

R 100-400

Vethanayagamony

LSTC
RHTH/SF 501

Desert Discipleship

 

W 100-400

Swanson

 

 

 

 

 

ML
TS464INT

Theologies Under Construction: Emergent Theological Discourse, Contemporary Tensions

 

TBA

TBA

 

 

 

 

 

MTS
I 302

The Church and Its Mission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Japinga, Team

MTS
T 335

Religious Pluralism

Learn tradition-based and inter-religious models and strategies for ministry with persons and communities of more than one faith. Focus on diversity of faith communities in Chicago as articulated by five community representatives and site visits.

W 900-1150 plus five field trips

Cathey, Hashim

 

 

 

 

 

MTS
T 430

God, Suffering and Evil

If God is good and all powerful, why is there so much suffering and evil in the world? Various theological attempts to answer the question will be considered and evaluated as we explore approaches to address this question in congregational life.

W 200-450

Case-Winters

 

 

 

 

 

MTS
T 449

God and Nature

Our ecological crisis requires humans to find more responsible and sustainable patterns for living. Crucial are theological questions about God's relation to the world and place of humans in nature. Course draws upon traditional and contemporary sources.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Case-Winters

MTS
T 523

Advanced Seminar on the Design Argument

 

M 630-930

Eastwood

 

 

 

 

 



Ethical Studies

I. Moral Theology

Sch/Cs #

Title/Description

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

CTS
TEC 321

Christian Ethics

Introduction to history, methods and sources of Christian ethics, with attention to diversity of voices and practices in contemporary Christian ethics. Includes analysis and reflection on cutting-edge social issues.

 

 

 

 

 

T 630-930; Online (2 sections)

Terrell & Staff

G-ETS
22-506

Christian Moral Theology

To introduce students to the principal historical, theological and philosophical sources of Christian moral theology. Particular attention will also be devoted to examining moral questions within the context of Christian community and ministry. Prereqs

R 630-930

Pieterse

 

 

 

T 800-1100

Waters

LSTC
RHTH/CC 402

Etica

 

T 100-400

Rodriguez

 

 

 

 

 

ML
E337INT

Cosmos and Ethos: Moral Development, the Universe and the Brain

Course explores the stories of the universe and the brain as contexts for understanding human moral and faith development.

Int & Online

Hogue

 

 

 

 

 

MTS
E 300

Introduction to Christian Ethics

Introduction to content and methods of Christian ethical thought. What is Christian ethics? What are ways of doing Christian ethics, and what are its primary sources? How are methods and sources used in analyzing ethical problems?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Williams

II. Topics in Ethics

Sch/Cs #

Title/Description

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

G-ETS
22-857

Topics in Moral Theology

In-depth analysis of selected topics or writers in Christian moral theology. May be repeated. Permission for masters students. Fall: Good, Evil and Justice; Spring: Resisting Biocide: Environmental Ethics for Discipleship

T 630-930

Waters

 

 

 

R 800-1100

Eberhart

LSTC
CC/RHTH 409

Lifting Every Voice: African Americans and Lutheranism

 

 

 

J-Term

Jan 4-14, 18

Perry

 

 

LSTC
RHTH/CC 409

Lifting Every Voice: African Americans and Lutheranism

 

 

 

J-Term

MTWR 900-1200

Perry

 

 

LSTC
RHTH/CC 502

Contemporary Christian Ethics

 

 

 

 

 

 

W 100-400

Perry

MTS
E/M 308

Sexual and Domestic Violence

Examination of dynamics of sexual assault, abuse, family violence; resources for theological reflection and pastoral practice; attention to empirical and normative analysis; criteria for evaluation and action for justice and care.

 

 

J-term

 

Davis

 

 



Religion and Society Studies

Sch/Cs #

Title/Description

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

CTS
LM 485

Community Organizing Practicum

Explore evolving relationship with different spiritual traditions and provide the opportunity to directly engage community organizing strategies through an explicitly spiritual framework.

 

 

 

 

 

R 9-12

Nashashibi

G-ETS
41-681

Cross-Cultural Seminar

Cross-cultural immersion experiences in various ministries and communities with theological reflection. May be repeated. J-Term: Outrageous Hope: Peace and Justice in Israel/Palestine; Spring: Study Tour of Peace and Justice in China

 

 

J-Term

TBA, Travel

Bryant

May 15-26 tent

Yeo

SCUPE
M 302

Interfaith and Intercultural Ministries

Using the city as global classroom, course provides interfaith understandings, cultural competencies and practical theology for ministry in multicultural and interfaith context. 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions Oct 15-20 Salt Lake City.

 

 

J-Term

Jan 5-9, 12-16 M-F 900-500

Premawardhana, Mosher

 

 



World Mission Studies

Sch/Cs #

Title/Description

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

G-ETS
21-615

Topics in Global Christianity: Introduction to Living Religions

Exploration of topics related to global Christianity within a global religious context. Prereq 21-505.

T 800-1100

Pieterse

 

 

 

 

 

LSTC
CC 414

Toward Understanding Islam

Introduction to the religion of Islam in historical and contemporary perspectives, helping the student begin the journey of understanding Islam and the beliefs and practices of Muslims.

 

 

 

 

 

Online

Shelley

LSTC
CC/RHS 404

Hebrew for Ministry: Enter the Bible and Jewish Christian Relations

Second language course (after Greek) introduces students to the Biblical language of the Old Testament (MDIV). It presents elementary Biblical Hebrew vocabulary and grammar in order to read the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament in its original language.

MWR 100-215

Adam, Jewish Partners

 

 

 

 

 

LSTC
CC/RHTH 406

Christians and Muslims

 

R 100-400

Shelley, Aasi

 

 

 

 

 

LSTC
CC/RHTH 408

Global Church, Here, Now

 

R 845-1045

Swanson

 

 

 

 

 

LSTC
CC/RHTH 501

Christian Mission and World Religions

 

 

 

 

 

 

M 630-930

Swanson, Fica

LSTC
RHTH/CC 501

Christian Mission and World Religions

This course will be an opportunity for growth in areas of faith, facility in biblical and theological reflection and articulation, contextualized practice of the arts of ministry.

 

 

 

 

 

M 630-930

Swanson, Ficca



Ministry Studies

I. The Nature and Practice of Ministry

Sch/Cs #

Title/Description

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

CTS
LM 365

Global Sensitivity in Ministry

The learning objectives of this course are to improve an understanding of and a responsiveness to social movements, cultural variety and global issues.

W 630-930 & online

Seo

 

 

 

 

 

CTS
LM 405

Leading Congregations: Principles and Practice

From beginning a new pastorate to topics like governance, financial and personnel administration, conflict management, strategic planning, fund raising and media relations, this course will address the day-to-day challenges-and joys!-of parish ministry.

T 9-12

Thomas

 

 

 

 

 

CTS
LM 444

Theology, Ministry and People with Developmental Disabilities

Course will explore the multiple issues facing people with developmental disabilities. Central to the course will be the implications for ministry on the part of religious leadeers and their communities.

Online

Modahl

 

 

 

 

 

CTS
LM 470

Samuel DeWitt Proctor Ministry Conference

Students will paricipate in the annual Proctor Conference and engage in conference sessions on a topic related to pastoral leadership. The conference is held annually in February.

 

 

 

 

 

Feb TBD

Carruthers

CTS
LM 596

Leadership for Transformation

Course challenges notions about leadership and focuses on leadership that allows for breakthrough and transformation. Meets through entire academic year every other week; fulfills LM 595. Requires WebEx sessions to be scheduled.

Online

Hunt

 

 

 

Online

Hunt

G-ETS
34-504

Church Administration

Understanding how administrative practices are informed by images of the church as a covenant community. Effective leadership, authority and power issues.

 

 

J-Term

Jan 2-12 Travel

Fowler

 

 

G-ETS
34-506

Pastor and People

Roles and responsibilities of the pastor, grounded in theology of the church and ministry. Congregational analysis and empowerment; issues of pastoral identity, authority, spirituality and leadership. Practical guidance for various situations.

T 800-1100

Fowler

 

 

 

 

 

G-ETS
34-609

Planning and Planting Congregations

Empowers ministers entering new churches to access the capacities and needs of the local churches and communities and to create strategies for effective mission and outreach.

 

 

 

 

 

R 630-930

Fowler

G-ETS
41-881

Study Tour of the Holy Land

Explores the history, geography and archaeology of the sites, and engages with the social, political, religious issues then and now in Israel Palestine. Provides cultural immersion, theological tools and hands-on on the "dig."

12/28/15-1/10/16

Yeo

 

 

 

 

 

LSTC
CC 301

Public Church I

 

A) T 130-430; B) W 630-930

A) Perry, Thomas; B) Perry

 

 

 

 

 

LSTC
ML 301

Ministerial Leadership I

This course strengthens members' foundations in the core practices of pastoral ministry: preaching, teaching, liturgical leadership and pastoral care.

T 800-1050

Billman, Rippentrop

 

 

 

 

 

LSTC
ML 303

Ministerial Leadership II: Ministry in Context

 

R 400-600

Baeder

 

 

 

R 400-600

Baeder

LSTC
ML 401

Healthy Leader, Healthy Organization/Congregation

Course provides stimulating combination of practical meeting conceptual and focuses on establishing healthy processes, practices, relationships in organizations. Prereq: LSTC: field ed course, CPE or consent. Other schools: conversation with instructor.

 

 

J-Term

MTWR 900

Beck

 

 

LSTC
ML 402

Ministry in Context

This is a full-year course (both semesters) designed to help the student reflect contextually about theology, ministry and the world they engage through the lens of a specific ministry experience.

R 400-600

Baeder

 

 

 

R 400-600

Baeder

LSTC
ML 409

Missional Leadership for the Life of the World

 

F 900-400, Sept 11,18, Oct 9,30, Nov 13, Dec 4

Bouman

 

 

 

 

 

LSTC
ML 501

Fostering Narratives of Hope

The primary aim of this course is to strengthen students' leadership skills in the arts of ministry.

 

 

 

 

 

T 800-1050

Billman, Adam

ML
M312INT

Feet for Dreams: Fundraising in the New Age

Learn to identify spiritual and theological dimension of fundraising. Become acquainted with its role in transformational leadership. Consider minister's role in fundraising; learn/practice techniques of institutional fundraising and major donor appeals.

 

 

 

 

 

Int & online

Barker

ML
M316INT/a,b

Ministry in a Post-Denominational Age

With mainline religion in decline, this age challenges and presents opportunities to our faith tradition. Covers latest demographic trends, discernment in vocational planning, and institutional and ministerial practices and techniques to counter trends.

Int & online

Barker

 

 

 

 

 

ML
M336INT

Tools for Overcoming Your First Congregational Hurdles

Learn administrative functions and practical skills of volunteer recruitment and supervision, personnel hiring and supervision, financial administration and budget prepration, meeting property needs, conflict management, working with lay leaders.

 

 

 

 

 

Int & online

Barker

ML
M345

Community Studies Seminar I

Seminar provides for the reflective integration of students' practical site experiences with theoretical learning. These experiences in the field serve as primary texts that will be critically examined with multidisciiplinary, multimedia secondary texts.

TBD

Welch, Hogue

 

 

 

 

 

ML
M346

Community Studies Seminar II

Provide for reflective integration of students' practical site experiences with theoretical learning. Student experiences (primary texts) will be examined with multidisciplinary, multimedia secondary texts.

 

 

 

 

 

Int & online

Welch, Hogue

ML
M347

Congregational Studies Seminar I

Will provide a student minister with a unique experience to learn about ministry through the lens of real interaction with an actual congregation.

TBD

Hicks, Kirk

 

 

 

 

 

ML
M348

Congregational Studies Seminar II

Congregational Studies Year will provide a student minister with unique experience to learn about ministry through the lens of real interaction with an actual congregation.

 

 

 

 

 

Int & online

Hicks, Kirk

ML
M411INT

Healthy Boundaries, Healthy Ministries

Course will prepare you to develop and articulate your professional ethic of ministry. Will cover the importance of boundaries, pastoral authority and power dynamics, sexual health and ethics, harassment and abuse prevention, and self care.

TBA

TBA

 

 

 

 

 

ML
M428

Leadership Studies Seminar I

Provides the intern with opportunity to continue to learn about ministry through the prism of guided work within a congregation. Explore themes of public theology of hope and presence, embodied ecclesiology and the multiple roles of the minister.

TBA

TBA

 

 

 

 

 

ML
M429

Leadership Studies Seminar II

The year will provide the intern opportunity to learn about ministry through the prism of guided work within a congregation. Explore public theology of hope and presence, embodied ecclesiology and the multiple roles of the minister.

 

 

 

 

 

Int & online

Barker, Welch

ML
M456INT/a-b

Personal and Systematic Tools for Border Crossing

Course explores the dynamics of and skill-set needed to build and lead multi-racial, multicultural and theologically diverse congregations

TBA

Hicks

 

 

 

 

 

ML
M467INT

Multicultural Congregations and Faith Formation

Tulsa, OK, Nov 8-14. Enrollment ltd. Explores how religious professionals transform congregations in a multi-racial, multicultural and theologically diverse learning community to meet spiritual and justice demands of 21st century. At two UU congregations

 

 

 

 

 

TBA

Hicks

ML
M468INT

Collaborative Intergenerational Ministry

 

 

 

 

 

 

TBA

TBA

MTS
I 301

Pilgrimage in Faithfulness

Interdisciplinary course bringing students and faculty together around biblical and contemporary resources and experiences to think about church and ministry today. Course meets weekly for plenary, small group discussion, common meal and worship.

T 500-900

Daniels, Team

 

 

 

 

 

MTS
MIN 404

Reflection on the Practice of Ministry

Two-course sequence in conjunction with field placement helps students develop their own voice as ministers and integrate various aspects of ministerial identity including: theology, spirituality, ministerial skills and professional development.

M 6-850

Lindstrom, Team

 

 

 

 

 

MTS
MIN 405

Reflection on the Practice of Ministry

See MIN 404

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lindstrom, Team

MTS
MIN 425

Seminar in the Practice of Ministry

Develop ePortfolio to demonstrate understanding of ministry and readiness to practice. Includes reflection on leadership, Lord's Prayer, seminary learning and vocation plans. Limited to students in final year; required for MAM graduating students.

T 600-850

Kapp

 

 

 

 

 

MTS
MUM 315

Introduction to Urban Ministry

Course will use Woodlawn as a lab, and introduct students to urban social analysis, a variety of urban ministry models, and ways in which religious organizations identify and maintain social identity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kapp

MTS
MUM 401

Building Community Partnerships

 

 

Kapp

 

 

 

 

 

II. Spirituality and Spiritual Direction

Sch/Cs #

Title/Description

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

G-ETS
34-507

Spiritual Direction: Companionship

Explores biblical texts, historical traditions, and modern approaches to the art of spiritual direction/guidance and its place in the church today; relationship of spiritual direction to counseling, therapy and mentoring.

R 230-530

Schmidt

 

 

 

 

 

G-ETS
34-511

Prayer in Christian Ministry

Identifying, exploring and participating in diverse forms of prayer and meditation, grounded in Scripture and tradition. Attention to personal spiritual formation and to integration of prayer with the roles of pastor and Christian educator. No prereq.

 

 

 

 

 

R 230-530

Schmidt

G-ETS
34-602 A/B

Practicum/Supervision in Spiritual Direction/Companionship

Supervision in spiritual guidance of individuals and groups, extending at least one year; requiring regular engagement in one's own spiritual direction, offering spiritual direction to others, peer supervision, personal written reflections. Prereqs

TBA; F 100-900 & S 900-300

Schmidt

 

 

 

 

 

G-ETS
34-603 A/B

Practicum/Supervision in Spiritual Direction/Companionship

Supervision in spiritual guidance of individuals and groups, extending at least one year; requiring regular engagement in one's own spiritual direction, offering spiritual direction to others, peer supervision, personal written reflections. Prereqs.

 

 

 

 

 

Dates TBA; F 100-900 & S 830-1230

Schmidt

G-ETS
34-613

Art, Spirituality and Creativity

Use the theories from art, psychology, theology and spirituality to help each person explore and develop one's own creative process and enhance one's spiritual practice and renewal.

M 630-930

Kincannon

 

 

 

 

 

LSTC
SF 301

Spiritual Formation I

 

 

 

 

 

 

T 130-430

Thomas, Billman, Swanson

LSTC
SF 401

Growth in Faith

The Growth in Faith (GIF) program develops practices for turning to God regularly offering support for prayer, contemplation, discernment, reflection, and other creative disciplines to help participants develop nourishing faith practices.

Modules

TBA

 

 

 

 

 

LSTC
SF 402

Growth in Faith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TBA

LSTC
SF/RHTH 501

Desert Discipleship

 

W 100-400

Swanson

 

 

 

 

 

ML
M322INT

Digital/Spiritual Literacy: Finding the Sacred in Virtual Space

 

Int & online

TBA

 

 

 

 

 

MTS
MSP 415

Spiritual Practice for Faithful Discipleship

Course will explore the cultivation of devotional practices, resources and attitudes appropriate for sustaining vitality and effectiveness of the life of faith

 

 

 

 

 

TBA

Lindstrom

III. Pastoral Care

Sch/Cs #

Title/Description

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

CTS
LM 331

Introduction to Pastoral Care

Course seeks to facilitate pastoral formation and introduce ministries of pastoral care. Emphasis placed upon the minister's healing role with people in crisis and the biblical and theological foundations of pastoral care.

W 630-930

Butler

 

 

 

 

 

CTS
LM/TEC 564

Forgiveness

Forgiveness considered as a theological, pastoral and ethical problem and possibility, not only in individual relationships, but also in ecclesial, social, political and national contexts.

 

 

 

 

 

W 2-5

Edgerton

G-ETS
32-501

Introduction to Pastoral Care

An introductory course including a study of human development, growth, crisis and pathology; the development of skills in integrating theology and the practice of ministry with an understanding of human growth and interpersonal relationships.

R 630-930

Hogue

 

 

 

T 230-530

Holliman

G-ETS
32-832

Psychopathology: Diagnosis in Parish and Counseling Settings

Psychological dynamics preparatory to effective pastoral intervention through pastoral referral, psychotherapy, and/or pastoral care.

 

 

 

 

 

W 900-1200

Holliman

G-ETS
32-834

Premarital, Marital and Family Counseling

Theory and practice of pastoral counseling with couples and families, including those in premarital, marital, divorce and postmarital situations as ell as counseling with families. Pre 32-501

 

 

 

 

 

R 6:30-9:30

Hogue

LSTC
ML 406

Caring for the Dying and Bereaved

For those with limited experience in pastoral ministry with the dying and bereaved, and for students preparing for internship and first call, course will help equip to engage in caring ministries and prepare for Clinical Pastoral Education.

 

 

 

 

 

R 800-1050

Billman

ML
M450INT

Multicultural Pastoral Counseling

New integrated multidisciplinary assessment model to support racial and ethnic diversity in UU congregations and community ministry settings.

TBA

TBA

 

 

 

 

 

ML
M483INT

Introduction to Pastoral Counseling

Explore practices of pastoral care and vocation of pastoral ministry, considering things that challenge us and things that sustain us, including the Unitarian Universalist faith tradition that shapes and calls us.

 

 

 

 

 

TBA

TBA

MTS
M/E 308

Sexual and Domestic Violence

Examination of dynamics of sexual assault, abuse, family violence; resources for theological reflection and pastoral practice; attention to empirical and normative analysis; criteria for evaluation and action for justice and care.

 

 

J-Term

 

Ellis Davis

 

 

MTS
MPC 310

Introduction to Pastoral Care

Course leads students toward basic understanding of meaning and practice of pastoral care and helps students acquire skills necessary for field education, clinical pastoral education and pastoral ministry.

R 600-850

Rosewall

 

 

 

 

 

MTS
MPC 401

Pastoral Care with Aging Adults

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosewell

IV. Liturgy and Worship

Sch/Cs #

Title/Description

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

CTS
LM 412

Introduction to Christian Worship

Course covers current debates about worship, its meaning and practice. Consider historical forms for communities today; metaphors about word, font and table; and how common practices are done in a pluralistic world.

 

 

 

 

 

Online

Haldeman

CTS
LM 415

Ritual Studies

An exploration of representative ritual theories, the practice of ritual criticism, and the ways in which rituals change, die and emerge.

Online

Haldeman

 

 

 

 

 

CTS
LM 416

Leading Christian Worship: A Practicum for Presiders

Explore various forms of worship and genres of prayer. Then we perform them together in order to develop a stronger and more sensitive pastoral presence as leaders of rites.

 

 

 

 

 

T 630-930

Haldeman

CTS
LM 481

Marriage: Rites and Wrongs

Participants try to get below and behind the marriage debates that rage in both the churches and the wider society to explore what marriage is--in theological, moral and legal perspective--and what it might be; and what the wedding is and what it might be

 

 

 

 

 

Online

Haldeman

CTS
LM 482

Queering Worship

 

 

 

J-Term

TBD

Haldeman

 

 

G-ETS
31-511

Christian Public Worship

Examination of the importance of worship in the life and work of the minister and congregation. Increasing competence in the understanding, theology, planning and leadership of worship. L

 

 

 

 

 

T 230-530

Duck

G-ETS
31-532

Preaching and Worship in African American Traditions II

Continuation of 31-531. If this part is not completed, 31-531 will be a general elective. Must be taken in the same academic year as part I. Prereq: 31-531. Meets MDiv preaching requirement.

T 630-930

Brooks

 

 

 

 

 

G-ETS
31-542

UM Worship: Theory and Practice

Survey of the ritual and resources provided for United Methodist worship and their theology of worship. Development of skills in the design and leadership of worship.

W 900-1200

B. Anderson

 

 

 

 

 

G-ETS
31-615

Congregational Song

An overview and analysis of congregational song in the context of worship, with special attention to patterns of worship, the church year, celebration of the sacraments and the use of the Psalter.

 

 

J-term

M-F 130-530

Duck

 

 

G-ETS
31-835

Seminar in Liturgical Theology

An investigation of contemporary liturgical theology through works of Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox scholars.

M 630-930

R. Anderson

 

 

 

 

 

G-ETS
31-838

Baptism and Reaffirmation

Explores the history, theology and practice of baptism and reaffirmation of baptism. Study of liturgies from preparation for baptism to baptismal liturgy to renewal of baptism.

T 230-530

Duck

 

 

 

 

 

LSTC
ML 405

The Sacramental Landscape: An Introduction to Worship

Interdisciplinary exploration of sacramental history, theology and practice. Analyzes diverse topics frm sacramental perspectives: the body, contextual awareness of local land and cultures, gender and racial identities, music and hymnody, and mysticism.

 

 

 

 

 

T 100-400

Stewart

ML
M360/560

Arts and Aesthetics in Ministry

The visual and kinesthetic in ministry.

Int & online

Tolley

 

 

 

 

 

ML
M368

Rituals for the Cycle of Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

Int & online

Morrison-Reed

MTS
MWP 404

Worship and the Arts

Through readings, lectures, discussion, artistic expression, workshops with professional artists, and creative worship experiences, explore biblical, liturgical and theological symbolism of the body in media: dance, drama, writing, music and visual arts.

W 230-520

Carvalhaes

 

 

 

 

 

MTS
MWP 451

Worship and Sacraments in the Reformed Tradition

Delves into distinctive liturgical and sacramental traditions of the Reformed church, with particular emphasis on the Presbyterian Church (USA). Helpful for students preparing to take the PC (USA) standard ordination examination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dominski

V. Preaching and Communication

Sch/Cs #

Title/Description

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

CTS
LM 302

Preaching

The theology and practice of the preaching ministry. Approach will emphasize both the art of sermon preparation and the place of preaching in pastoral ministry. Limited to 2nd & 3rd yr. students. L.

 

 

 

 

 

T 2-5

Edgerton

G-ETS
31-501 A/B

Developing and Preaching the Sermon

Development of the sermon from text and idea through presentation and evaluation. Delivery of sermons in class. One theology course recommended. Prereq: 11-500, 12-500, 21-505

T 230-530

Brooks

 

 

 

A) T 230-530; B) T 630-930

Brooks

G-ETS
31-607

Advanced Preaching and Worship

This course immerses the student in the practice and discipline of preaching different styles of sermons to different congregations. It is designed for the serious preacher, particularly pastors who must prepare sermons weekly.

 

 

 

 

 

M 630-930

Brooks

LSTC
ML 403

Encountering the Living Word: An Introduction to Preaching

Plenary and lab

T 100-215 + lab

Rippentrop

 

 

 

W 230-345 + lab

Rippentrop

LSTC
ML/RHS 501

Preaching the Gospel of Luke

 

 

 

 

 

 

T 100-400

Pickett, Rippentrop

ML
M326INT

Compassionate Communication

 

 

 

 

 

 

Int & online

TBA

ML
M327INT

Preaching As If You Mean It

Sermons need to be both worthy in their content and felicitous in their style. Intensive course will address both elements of preaching. Will help students clarify what fundamental message they want to preach and how to do so most effectively.

Int & online

Schulz

 

 

 

Int & online

Schulz

ML
M466INT

Walking the Talk: Developing Competency in Cross-Cultural Communication

 

TBA

Hicks

 

 

 

 

 

MTS
MIN 408

Social Media and Ministry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TBS

MTS
MWP 328

Preaching as Celebration

Course will explore the distinct perspective and genius the African American Church has brought to the preaching task, and the role of celebration in the African American pulpit.

 

 

J-Term

 

Thomas

 

 

VI. Educational Ministry of the Church

Sch/Cs #

Title/Description

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

CTS
LM 422

Religioius Education in a Multicultural Context

Course will explore and discuss the realities and complexities of providing relevant religious education in Hispanic/Latino/a, African American, Asian American and LGBT congregations.

Wed 9-12 & online

Speller

 

 

 

 

 

G-ETS
33-502 X

Teaching for Biblical Faith

Exploration of the role of the Bible in Christian education and faith development. Attention to approaches to teaching the Bible.

 

 

 

 

 

Online

Blount

G-ETS
33-506

Theological Education in the Parish

Task of the pastor and educator as theological educators in the community of faith, relating theology and teaching methods for the life and mission of the church.

R 800-110

Lee

 

 

 

 

 

G-ETS
33-612

Introduction to Youth Ministry

Approaches to youth ministry in culturally diverse situations. Counseling, program development, administration and teaching.

 

 

J-Term

MWF 800-1230, TR 800-1100, W 130-330

TBA

 

 

G-ETS
33-801

Advanced Practicum in Teaching

The practicum includes significant practice teaching. Theological and educational examination of a variety of teaching/learning models. Attention to teaching in faith development, discipleship and congregational life.

F 100-900 & S 900-300

Lee

 

 

 

F 100-900 & S 900-300

Lee

G-ETS
33-824 A/B

Seminar in Christian Education

Advanced seminar in Christian religious education, including topics such as theological education, gender, social change, or ethnicity. A) Emancipatory Pedagogy; B) Child Advocacy

 

 

 

 

 

A) T 230-530; B T 630-930

A) Blount; B) Lee

G-ETS
33-830

Methods of Qualitative Research

Exploration and analysis of epistemologies and practices of approaches to research; evaluating work of other researchers; and practicing methods of data gathering.

T 230-530

Crain

 

 

 

 

 

G-ETS
33-835

History and Theories of Christian Education

Examination of the development of Christian religious education as an academic discipline and ministry in church and society in the 19th and 20th centuries.

W 900-1200

Seymour

 

 

 

 

 

G-ETS
33/34-627

Educating and Leading for Social Justice Ministries

Educational approaches in social justice and mission. Educational and ministerial designs that inform about social issues and involve persons and congregations in mission through constituency building and strategic planning and action.

W 900-1200

Cowser

 

 

 

 

 

LSTC
ML 404

Teaching Disciples: Introduction to Religious Education

Jesus' disciples were commissioned to baptize and teach. The Church is a teaching, learning community and this ministry is ours to continue--as teachers, learners and disciples who foster the teaching and learning of all in the Christian community.

M 600-900

Wenderoth

 

 

 

 

 

LSTC
ML 601

Pedagogy Seminar for ThM/PhD Students

Jesus' disciples were commissioned to baptize and teach. The Church is a teaching, learning community and this ministry is ours to continue--as teachers, learners, disciples who foster the teaching and learning of all in the Christian community.

 

 

J-Term

Jan 25-29 + Spring teaching project

Wenderoth

 

 

ML
M465INT

Religious Education for a Changing World

Comprehensive introduction to ideas and practices of Unitarian Universalist religious education. Explore history, theories and teaching strategies. Investigate through contextual research in a congregation how these theories and models play out.

 

 

 

 

 

TBA

Hicks

MTS
MED 403

Teaching Disciples: Introduction to Religious Education

Jesus' disciples were commissioned to baptize and teach. The Church is a teaching, learning community and we continue this ministry as teachers, learners and disciples who foster teaching and learning of all in the Christian community.

M 600-850

Wenderoth

 

 

 

 

 

VII. Polity and Canon Law

Sch/Cs #

Title/Description

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

G-ETS
40-673

UM Studies: 20th Century to Present

Developments within 20th century United Methodism, as related to the ecumenical movement, world mission, personal evangelism and social justice. Evolution of polity, theology and denominational structure. Prereq: 13-501

 

 

J-Term

MWF 800-1230, TR 800-11, W 130-330

TBA

R 230-530

Bryant

G-ETS
40-674

UM Studies: Wesley and 19th Century

The foundational contribution of John Wesley to the history, doctrine and polity of Methodism. The Methodist tradition in the U.S. through the 19th century. Prereq: 13-501 or 13-502

 

 

 

 

 

R 800-1100

Bryant

G-ETS
40-678X

United Methodist Polity

Fulfill UMC polity requirements. Focus on ecclesiological forms, governance configurations, membership and orders. Become familiar with the Book of Discipline (2012 ed) and Book of Resolutions.

Online

Fowler

 

 

 

Online

Fowler

ML
H349INT

Unitarian Universalist History and Polity

This course prepares students planning to seek UU ministerial fellowship status and UU ministry settlement to be familiar with the history and theory of congregational polity and its practice (and mispractice) in the UUA among its congregations. 1/2 Unit

Int & online

Kirk

 

 

 

 

 

ML
H408INT/a-b

Unitarian Universalist History and Polity

a) Introduction to history of Unitarians and Universalists in Europe and later North America. Focuses on ways they spoke of belief and practiced their religion; b) focuses on class project or individual paper with time for archival research and writing.

 

 

 

 

 

Int & online

Kirk

MTS
MPL 307

Polity and Worship in the PC (USA)

Acquire working knowledge of church government, worship dynamics and contents, and church discipline, which will enable those Presbyterians successfully to pass all examinations in church polity on their journey toward ordination.

 

 

J-Term

 

Tracy