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BASIC GREEK I (BS-1002)

Credits:3

Introduction to basic grammar and vocabulary needed to begin reading biblical Greek. This course or the equivalent is a prerequisite for Basic Greek II, the intensive course given during January Intersession.

BASIC GREEK II (BS-1003)

Credits:3

NT GREEK I: AN INTRODUCTION (BS-1020)

Credits:3

The first part of a two-semester course introducing the skills required to read and interpret New Testament texts in the original Greek. Basic and intermediate grammar and vocabulary on the focus, with an emphasis on acquiring the tools to sight-read texts. Grades will be based on class participation, quizzes, and midterm and final exams. This course is taught by PhD student Laura Jean Torgerson with a Newhall Award, under the supervision of Uriah Kim.

NT GREEK II: AN INTRODUCTION (BS-1021)

Credits:3

ECCLESIASTICAL LATIN I (BS-1036)

Credits:3

This first half of a year's course aimed at preparing students to read (with a dictionary) Latin from Vulgate to recent Vatican documents. No prerequisites except rediness to come to class and study two/three hors in preparation. Daily recitation,occasional quizzes, midterm and final. Text: J.F. Collins, ^A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin^ (CUA Press).

ECCLESIASTICAL LATIN II (BS-1037)

Credits:3

BIBLICAL HEBREW (BS-1110)

Credits:3

BASIC HEBREW I (BS-1120)

Credits:3

An introduction to the basic phonology and morphology of biblical Hebrew. This course or the equivalent is a prerequisite for Basic Hebrew II, the intensive course given in January Intersession.

BASIC HEBREW II (BS-1121)

Credits:3

ELEMENTARY BIBLICAL HEBREW I (BS-1127)

Credits:3

This is the first half of a year-long course introducing the basic grammar of biblical Hebrew. The course focuses on the basics of phonology (sounds), morphology (forms), and syntax (word order and function) for biblical Hebrew. The primary purpose of this course is to establish a foundational understanding of biblical Hebrew for students pursuing further study of the language. Issues of exegesis and interpretation will be discussed where appropriate, but the main focus of this course will be learning the grammar of biblical Hebrew. [20 max enrollment] NOTE: This course is taught by GTU PhD student Eric Sias with a Newhall Award, under the supervision of Uriah Kim.

ELEMENTARY BIBLICAL HEBREW II (BS-1128)

Credits:3

INTRO TO BIBLICAL GREEK (BS-1145)

Credits:1.5

This course designed to provide students with the basic linguistic tools to approach the Greek New Testament. This course focuses on vocabulary, grammar, and short translations. The emphasis is on becoming familiar with the basic grammatical structure of Koine Greek. [15 max enrollment]

RHETORICAL USE OF TEXTS (BS-1200)

Credits:3

This course is co-taught by Aaron Brody and Sharon Jacob. This course will introduce students to methodologies of interpretation of sacred texts. Focus will be placed on various texts of the Hebrew Bible and New Testament, but will include comparative texts from other sacred traditions (ancient Near Eastern, Mediterranean, and Hindu). Methods explored may include literary criticism, text criticism, and source criticism, material cultural approaches, arts and religion approaches, postcolonial, and critical race/ethnicity methods. Assignments will include several reflection papers. Assessment will be based on those papers and class participation and class presentations. This course is available for 1.5-3 units.

USING BIBLICAL LANGUAGES (BS-1250)

Credits:3

INTERMEDIATE HEBREW II (BS-2003)

Credits:3

INTERMEDIATE HEBREW (BS-2007)

Credits:3

The goals of this course are: to review the grammar (morphology and syntax) learned in first year; to increase vocabulary knowledge; to introduce students to prose readings from the Hebrew Bible (especially from narrative texts). Prerequisites: 2 semesters of elementary Hebrew

INTERMEDIATE GREEK I (BS-2008)

Credits:3

This course is designed to develop proficiency in reading and translating New Testament Greek. For that purpose, it includes a revision of some elements of verb morphology, verbal aspect (tenses) and grammar. It nevertheless mostly consists in translating and analyzing sections of Luke, Acts and some letters from the Pauline corpus, paying special attention to syntax. The course also introduces the student to the usage of the critical apparatus of NA28. [Two semesters of Greek or equivalent; 20 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

EXEGESIS WORKSHOP: GREEK (BS-2245)

Credits:1

This course is designed to apply the basic linguistic tools learned in Biblical Greek to the task of interpreting the biblical text in the context of preaching. This course focuses on the text selected in Biblical Preaching. The emphasis is on understanding the nuances of approaching the text in its original language with the purpose of making it available to a worshipping audience. Prerequisite: BS-1145 Introduction to Biblical Greek. Concurrent: HM-2245 Biblical Preaching. [30 max enrollment]

MARGINS, SPEAK (BS-3900)

Credits:3

This course is a seminar on global hermeneutics and the Bible. We will concentrate on the study and critique of particular interpretations of the New Testament coming from marginalized communities that have at one time or another felt disenfranchised, powerless, and voiceless. Such communities take it upon themselves to resist the dominant interpretations and in doing so they begin to create a space in which their voices can be heard and empowered. Special attention will be given to critical approaches, issues of identity, colonialism and resistance, and the ideological spectrum between the margins and the center. In so doing, this course serves the stated program goal of helping students attend to “the continuing importance and practice of interpretation of texts and their communities in history and culture.” During the semester, we will read and study biblical texts using different perspectives within a postmodern ideological framework. Under this postmodern lens, all interpretations of the biblical text -- whether historical, theological, literary or of any other kind; and whether presented by the instructor or the students -- are partial and non-universal readings. All real readers, flesh-and-blood readers like us, read subjectively and partially.

ADVANCED GREEK (BS-4014)

Credits:3

DEAD SEA SCROLLS & SCRIPTURES (BS-4430)

Credits:3

Survey of the Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS), their discovery, archaeology and publication. Contents will include: sectarian writings, pseudepigrapha, apocrypha and biblical texts found in the Qumran `library'. Special focus on Jewish interpretations of Scriptures and their significance for understanding Judaism of the Second Temple / New Testament eras. Lecture / seminar format; student presentations/ book review/ research paper; intended for Advanced Students (M.A., S.T.L., PhD, ThD, STD); texts read in English (special sessions for students who read Hebrew). [Courses in OT and NT; Faculty Consent required; 15 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

QUMRAN LITERATURE (BS-5000)

Credits:3

Students in this advanced seminar will study a selection of the written remains of Qumran, reading selections from them in Hebrew. By end of course participants will demonstrate: a broad acquaintance with written Qumran texts; knowledge of their relevance for understanding biblical texts; facility in reading Hebrew (or Aramaic) textual remains, grasping the significance of their publication information, dealing with lacunae, preparing an adequate translation and commentary on a chosen text; ability to produce a critical study of a scroll text / or a topic within the wider field of Qumran studies. [Advanced status in biblical studies; Hebrew reading at upper intermediate level; Faculty Consent required; Auditors with faculty permission]

TEXTS AND METHODS (BS-6005)

Credits:3

BALDWIN, BIBLE & SOCIAL JUSTC (BS-8260)

Credits:3

SACRED TEXTS SEMINAR (BSHR-6100)

Credits:3

HISTORY OF BIBLICAL INTERPRET (BSHS-4050)

Credits:3

While much of the academic study of the Bible since the rise of historical criticism has tended to focus on the cultural, religious, linguistic, and political setting of the text's authors and redactors, a complementary approach explores how the Bible has been interpreted in the generations since its authorship. Often phrased "reception history" the study of the history of biblical interpretation considers the life of biblical texts post-antiquity. The class will begin with a consideration of "inner-biblical exegesis" or the way in which later parts of the Bible reinterpret or allude to earlier parts. Taking our cue from the Bible itself, we will consider interpretation a fundamentally biblical activity, and will engage commentaries, art, poetry, and homilies spanning the millennia and across religious traditions. We will sample a range of methods and interpretations, from Classical rabbinic and early Christian Typological interpretations, to postmodern feminist and ecocritical commentaries. Other readings will include selections from the Qur'an, Rashi, the Zohar, Thomas Aquinas and William Blake.

ADVANCED SANSKRIT (BSPT-5000)

Credits:3

SCRIPTURAL STUDY AND TRANSLATION: This is an advanced Sanskrit language course with an emphasis on improving reading and translation skills. While we will go over some grammar rules, the focus of the course will be to familiarize oneself with a variety of Sanskrit language texts in the Hindu tradition—primary scriptural texts such as the Upanishads; secondary scriptural texts, such as the Panchadashi and Bhagavad Gita; commentaries such as that of Adi Shankara and Anandagiri; and literary works of Kalidasa and Bhasa. Students are expected to be familiar with the devanagari script and the foundational grammar rules of the Sanskrit language. [Auditors with faculty permission]

RACE/ETHNICITY IN THE BIBLICAL WORLD (BSRS-4040)

Credits:3

INTRO TO CHRISTIAN ETHICS (CE-1051)

Credits:3

XN ETHICS: RAD LOVE EMBODIED (CE-1125)

Credits:3

This course introduces the practice and theory of moral formation, discernment, and conduct through the lens of Christian Ethics. Ethics is viewed as the art-science bringing Christian traditions and critical theory to the tasks of: 1) discerning what is right for any given situation, 2) finding moral-spiritual power to act on that discernment, and 3) discovering what forms individuals and society toward the good and what mal-forms away from it. The course includes some emphasis on Anglican and Lutheran perspectives, and holds social transformation toward justice and ecological well-being as an inherent aim of Christian ethics. This course is jointly offered by CDSP & PLTS. [30 max enrollment]

ROMAN CATHOLIC SEXUAL ETHICS (CE-2003)

Credits:3

MORALITY & ETHICS (CE-2013)

Credits:3

FAMILY ETHICS (CE-2016)

Credits:3

FUNDAMENTAL MORAL THEOLOGY (CE-2045)

Credits:3

FUNDAMENTAL MORAL THEOLOGY (CE-2056)

Credits:3

This course explores fundamental concepts of Roman Catholic moral theology, including: moral anthropology; the use of Scripture in morals; the nature and function of moral norms; conscience and its formation; natural law; fundamental option and sin; virtue and the telos of human life, and modes of moral reasoning. Moral theology is fundamentally a discipline of practical reasoning: these concepts will be addressed in the context of concrete cases and issues as well as at the abstract and theoretical level. Format is lecture/discussion, and student evaluation will be based on 3 essay examinations, with the option of writing a research paper in place of second two exams. This course meets the requirements of an Introductory course in the JST MDiv curriculum.

CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING (CE-3050)

Credits:3

This is a seminar course focused on the Roman Catholic social teaching as expressed in the encyclical tradition from Leo XIII to Pope Francis and the Regional Bishops’ Conferences of the Catholic Church. The study will examine the development of Catholic social thought as it emerges from the reading of the “signs of the times” in light of sacred scripture, natural law, and virtue. Method of evaluation consists of two 8-10 page papers (mid-term and final), weekly Moodle posts, group presentations, and monthly news analysis. The course is intended for MA/MTS, MDiv students. PHD and DMin students are welcome but must register for a course upgrade and complete a 20 pages research paper for their final paper. [Faculty Consent required; 15 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

EARTH ETHICS AS JUSTICE ETHCS (CE-3080)

Credits:3

CHRISTIAN SOCIAL ETHICS (CE-3230)

Credits:3

ETHICS & SPIRITLTY OF MNSTRY (CE-3615)

Credits:3

What makes a good minister? What makes a bad minister? Who do you hope to become in the course of your ministry? What sustains and enlivens pastoral ministry? What particular issues and concerns are of significance in the practice of ministry? In this course, we will bring into dialogue aspects of the ethics and spirituality of ministry in various contexts: parishes, schools, prisons, etc. The aim is to develop an account of some of the virtues relevant to pastoral ministry. This account should both reflect the best aspects of the ministers who have been formative for us, and serve as a guide in our own future practice of ministry. I assume that all students bring to this class some experience in volunteer or professional ministry. While it is not a requirement of this class that students be engaged in practical ministry during this term, I strongly encourage you to do so. The course is organized according to four salient virtues for ministry: self-care, justice, fidelity and trustworthiness, and is most suitable for M.Div. and ministry-related MA students. This class is taught as a seminar. Grading will be based on weekly reflection papers, discussion facilitation, class participation, and a final paper or project. [One prior graduate level introductory moral theology or ethics class is required; Faculty Consent required; 15 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

VIOLENCE, JUSTICE AND MERCY (CE-4006)

Credits:3

SEXUAL ETHICS (CE-4040)

Credits:3

METHODS IN ETHICS (CE-5002)

Credits:3

Clear understanding of ethical method is a fundamental tool for teaching and research in ethics and moral theology. In ethics, methodology determines what "counts" as relevant information, the process by which that information is used, and the nature of an adequate response to a moral question. This seminar will explore the major methods used in Christian ethics and apply them to contemporary issues. Class format is lecture/discussion; weekly short papers and a final major paper on a topic of the student’s choice are required. This class is intended for GTU PhD students, JST-SCU STD and STL (comps option) students, and advanced master’s degree students in all programs. [Faculty Consent required]

INTRODUCTION TO BIOETHICS (CE-5008)

Credits:3

INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN ETHICS (CE-8109)

Credits:3

CHRISTIAN ETHICS: RADICAL LOVE (CE-8125)

Credits:3

CONFESSIONAL MINISTRY (CEFT-2000)

Credits:1.5

The course offers a practicum on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, focusing on the theological, pastoral and canonical issues the confessor may encounter. The course is designed for Roman Catholic ordination candidates who have completed their M.Div. requirements in moral theology, canon law, sacramental theology, and pastoral counseling, and who are able to critically analyze moral action in light of the principles of Roman Catholic moral theology in the tradition of Aquinas. No written work, but attendance at each and every class and full participation is required of all. Local clergy will also participate in the sessions as role players. The course requires strong oral presentations skills.

PATRISTIC SALVATION & ETHICS (CEHS-4070)

Credits:3

This course will take an interdisciplinary approach (theology, ethics, history, and spirituality) to exploring the connections between ethics and salvation within the thought of the early Christian Church. The readings will focus more heavily on Eastern writers such as Sts. Basil, John Chrysostom, and Maximos the Confessor, but will also include key western authors such as St. Augustine. Seminar format with evaluation based on class participation, reflection papers, and a research paper.

ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS (CEHS-4200)

Credits:3

OUR WORK IN CONTEXT SEMINAR (CEPS-2100)

Credits:1.5

ISSUES IN MINISTRY AND AGING (CEPS-3900)

Credits:3

INTRO TO PASTORAL COUNSELING (CEPS-8411)

Credits:3

This online course introduces students to culturally responsive counseling practices and multicultural awareness. Students examine societal and institutional structures of power and privilege, and become more aware of biases, prejudices, and microaggressions detrimental to the growth of the human spirit. Students study major counseling theories and practice basic helping skills centered on Person-Centered (Rogerian) counseling and Bowen Family Systems Theory. Pastoral elements will include individual, family, and congregational contexts. Asynchronous course with written lectures, videos, and links to online resources. Weekly personal reflections and skill-practice exercises, with some academic writing. Possible synchronous skills-practice opportunities. Intermediate/advanced course intended for MDiv students, and with doctoral upgrade possible. It relates to Thresholds #2 and #5. MFC Competences #2 and #4. Students must contact the instructor via e-email prior to enrolling in order to receive permission to register. Registration is contingent upon faculty approval. [Faculty Consent required; 20 max enrollment]

AGRARIAN THEOLOGIES PART 1 (CERS-1501)

Credits:1.5

AGRARIAN THEOLOGIES PART 2 (CERS-1502)

Credits:1.5

CLIMATE JUSTICE; THEO & ACTIO (CERS-4450)

Credits:3

This intensive seminar course will use methodologies of Christian ethics and interaction with local climate justice activists to examine: 1) the climate crisis as a moral matter in relationship to various forms of structural injustice including injustice grounded in race/ethnicity, class, and colonialism, and 2) pathways for addressing the climate crisis with hope. Special attention will be given to global–local connections and perspectives from marginalized communities. Methodological resources include liberation ethics, Earth ethics, post-colonial perspectives, eco-feminist perspectives, and eco-hermeneutics. The course involves reading, writing, engagement with community groups, collaborative knowledge building, and discussion. The informing undercurrent of the course is the quest for hope and moral-spiritual agency in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. [30 max enrollment]

TECHNOLOGY & HUMAN PRESENCE (CERS-4875)

Credits:3

AGRARIAN THEOLOGIES PART 2 (CERS-8102)

Credits:1.5

BODY & SOUL/CUERPO Y ALMA (CEST-2300)

Credits:3

MORAL INJURY (CEST-5000)

Credits:3

ECO-THEOLOGIES (CEST-8450)

Credits:3

As theologians rooted in Judeo-Christian religious traditions have responded to the complex nexus of the injustices of ecological crises and social inequities, a variety of critical and constructive theologies have emerged. This course explores how ecotheologies, including ecofeminist, ecowomanist, queer ecotheologies, and Native American theologies of creation, have engaged the major issues in ecotheology, and in what ways these theologies address contemporary environmental/ecological issues. Each student will research one current ecological issue as a conversation partner for the theologies we will study. We will also be asking questions about the implications of these theological projects for liturgical practices, congregational mission, and the students' own constructive theological work where applicable. Weekly reading and regular online participation in Moodle's discussion board, weekly group work via synchronistic online tools, two synthesis papers, and a final project are required. Prior coursework in theology helpful but not required. Intended for M.Div., MASC, MA, and certificate students. The course relates to SKSM's Thresholds 1, 2, 6 and MFC Compentencies 3, 4, 7. The online course is asyncrhonous with synchronous small group work. [15 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

DMIN RESEARCH WRITING METHODS (DM-5000)

Credits:3

DMIN THESIS PROPOSAL & WRITING (DM-5001)

Credits:3

MORALITY & ETHICS (DM-5013)

Credits:3

FINDING SANCTUARY IN LDRSHP (DM-5026)

Credits:3

PUBLIC THEOLOGY INTERNSHIP (DM-5400)

Credits:3

This course is co-taught by LeAnn Flesher and Michael Mathews. This is the fifth of five courses in the Public Theology Certificate Program. In this course students will participate in a semester long internship in which they will work with a carefully selected mentor that has expertise in the student’s area of interest. Class Meeting Dates: (fall 2018): September 7--BBQ w/ mentors and cohort #2 (6:00 pm); October 12--Cohort #1 meets to share mentorship experiences (7:00 to 9:00 pm); December 7--Final meeting & celebration; Cohort #1 creates public presentation of project--the wider community invited (there will be food)--6:00-8:00 pm.

PUBLIC THEOLOGY (DM-5420)

Credits:3

D/P PROPOSAL SEMINAR (DM-6001)

Credits:3

D.MIN. SUPERVISION (DM-6003)

Credits:3

UNDER SUPERVISION (DM-6005)

Credits:0

PSR DMin students use this course number for registering during terms when they are not registering for coursework. This course indicates continuation in the program and carries a fee per semester. (This number is also used during a term while the student is engaged in coursework away from PSR.) Pass/Fail only.

D.MIN. IN THESIS (DM-6009)

Credits:3

DMIN SUPERVISION (DM-6010)

Credits:6

D.MIN. IN THESIS (DM-6011)

Credits:6

CDSP/PSR D.MIN. SEMINAR (DM-6012)

Credits:3

D.MIN. SUPERVISION II (DM-6013)

Credits:6

D/P SEMINAR (DM-6014)

Credits:3

DMIN SUPPLEMENTAL STUDIES (DM-6022)

Credits:6

CRITICAL INTERP & PROJ DEV I (DM-6031)

Credits:3

CRITICAL INTERP & PROJ DEV II (DM-6032)

Credits:3

MINISTERIAL ETHICS (DM-6047)

Credits:3

WOMANIST / FEMINIST BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION (DM-6049)

Credits:3

THEOLOGY, LITERATURE, & FILM (DM-6163)

Credits:3

THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION OF CLINICAL ISSUES IN SCG (DMPS-6049)

Credits:3

SELF, OTHER & COMMUNITY (DMRS-6051)

Credits:3

CONTEMPLATIVE LISTENING (DMSP-6502)

Credits:3

PREPARATION FOR COMPREHENSIVES (DR-6001)

Credits:12

PREPARATION FOR COMPREHENSIVES (DR-6001)

Credits:3

For PhD and ThD students only. Course available for 0.5-12 units.

PREPARATION FOR DISSERTATION (DR-6002)

Credits:12

POSTMODERN CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (ED-1225)

Credits:3

This foundational course in Christian Education attends to the plural cultures of the postmodern world, which form the present context within which Christian faith must be formed and nurtured. Using approaches that integrate theory, practice, and critical reflection within the course’s pedagogy, students will be enabled to foster the same capacities for critically-reflective and committed Christian praxis in persons of all ages, within particular contexts for ministry. Classes include lecture, discussion, small group work, and interactive learning exercises. Evaluation of class participation, two reflection papers, a reflective observation or teaching assignment, and a major paper. [Faculty Consent required; 20 max enrollment]

CHRISTIAN FAITH FORMATION: PEDAGOGIES & PRACTICES (ED-2225)

Credits:1.5

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND CRITICAL PEDAGOGY: A CHRISTIAN APPROACH (ED-3230)

Credits:3

ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (ED-4072)

Credits:3

INTERRELIGIOUS LEARNING & EDU (ED-4700)

Credits:3

POSTMODERN CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (ED-8110)

Credits:3

This foundational course in Christian Education (the online version of ED 1225) attends to the plural cultures of the postmodern world, which form the present context within which Christian faith must be formed and nurtured. Using approaches that integrate theory, practice, and critical reflection within the course’s pedagogy, students will be enabled to foster the same capacities for critically-reflective and committed Christian praxis in persons of all ages, within particular contexts for ministry. Each week's online work will include lecture, discussion, small group work, and interactive learning exercises. Evaluation of class participation, two reflection papers, a reflective observation or teaching assignment, and a major paper. [Faculty Consent required; 20 max enrollment]

EDUCATION FOR SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT (EDRS-2235)

Credits:3

SPECIAL FIELD STUDY MINISTRY I (FE-1003)

Credits:3

Specialized field study arranged in consultation and with approval of the Field Education faculty. No course prerequisites. Pass/Fail only. To enroll, students must have made arrangements for an approved field education placement with the Director of Field Education. This course is available for 1.5-3 units. [Faculty Consent Required; Auditors excluded]

CONCURRENT FIELD STUDY I (FE-1005)

Credits:3

3 hour per week on-campus class and 15 hours per week on-site basic field education. 2-semester long course. Completion of Fall & Spring semesters meets M. Div. program Basic Field Education requirement. Open to MTS students. Pass/Fail only. To enroll, student must have made arrangements for an approved field education placement with the Director of Community Engaged Learning. Section 01 meets on Wednesday, 9:10AM - 12:00PM. in Holbrook 133 & 134. First class session is Wednesday, Sept 05, 2018. Section 02 meets on Monday evening, 6:10-9:00PM, Holbrook 134. First class session Monday Sept 10, 2018 No faculty approval needed for Section 01. Faculty permission required to enroll in Section 02. Faculty for Section 02 is Christy Newton/Sandra Blair ALL STUDENTS FROM BOTH SECTIONS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND COURSE ORIENTATION ON FIRST WEDNESDAY A.M. CLASS MEETING, SEPT . 5, 2018 [Faculty Consent required to enroll in Section 02; Auditors excluded from both sessions]

INTERNSHIP I (FE-1011)

Credits:3

Full-time on-site field education. Arranged in consultation and with approval of Field Education faculty. Pass/Fail only. Internship to meet M.Div. program Field Ed requirement can begin in Fall, Spring, or Summer as long as it occurs over 9 consecutive months. To enroll, students must have made arrangements for an approved field education placement with the Director of Community Engaged Learning. Full-time internship students can only take one other course per semester. [Faculty permission required; Auditors excluded]

FIELD EDUCATION LEVEL I, PART 1 (FE-1021)

Credits:0

This course introduces students to the fundamental skills required for supervised ministry. Students will learn processes of theological reflection for ministry and mission. They will develop their understanding of the vocation & mission of the ordained & laity in the Church and world, in light of Catholic teaching. They will also learn fundamental concepts and skills related to evangelization and collaborative ministry. Format: lecture & discussion (and a supervised ministry placement). Basis for Assessment: participation, written theological reflections, and completion of a Learning Contract. Course is normally taken Pass/Fail. This course is a prerequisite for Field Ed Level I, Part 2; the student will earn a total of 1.5 units of credit for Field Ed Level I, Parts 1 & 2 after passing both courses. Intended audience: DSPT MDiv students. Course meets at St. Albert Priory, 5890 Birch Court, Oakland.

FIELD EDUCATION LEVEL I, PART 2 (FE-1022)

Credits:1.5

MDIV INTEGRATION SEMINAR I (FE-1152)

Credits:1.5

CLINICAL PASTORAL EDUCATION (FE-2000)

Credits:12

ABSW section: CPE equivalent PSR section: Ministry to persons in pastoral care setting, participation in weekly individual and group reflection upon that ministry with supervisor, study of theoretical material from theology, the behavioral sciences, and pastoral care. Integrates theological understanding and knowledge of behavioral science into pastoral functioning. Taken at a CPE site approved by the ACPE (or other accrediting organization determined by Director of Community Engaged Learning as accepted by employers and/or denominations.) Program conducted under the supervision of an ACPE accredited supervisor. Student must submit CPE program acceptance letter in order to register. Supervisor reports progress to Field Education faculty as requested and submits final evaluation to be placed in the student's permanent file for grade. Student must complete one CPE unit in one semester or two consecutive semesters in order to receive 6 units of academic credit. Student can take CPE for 0 units of academic credit in order to have completion of CPE appear on their transcript. [Auditors excluded; faculty permission required] If CPE is taken to meet M. Div. program FE requirement, it can only be taken P/F and must be taken during consecutive Fall & Spring semesters. Otherwise, can be taken for letter grade or P/F.

PASTORAL MINISTRY INTERNSHIP (FE-2021)

Credits:1.5

FIELD EDUCATION LEVEL II, PART 1: FALL SEMESTER INTERNSHIP. This course is part of students' year-long experience in a supervised pastoral ministry experience, through which they will (a) exercise basic skills of the apostolate, (b) engage in theological reflection upon it, and (c) document and communicate their learning about these areas. Each student is required to arrange for regular supervisory sessions with the approved supervisor at the ministry site. Requirements: In consultation with the on-site supervisor, the student must submit (a) a learning contract, (b) theological reflections demonstrating an integration of theological learning with pastoral experience, (c) documentation on apostolic skills. Permission the Director of Field Education is required. Course is normally taken Pass/Fail. This course is a prerequisite for Field Ed Level II, Part 2. Intended audience: DSPT MDiv students. Prerequisite: Field Ed Level I, Parts 1 & 2.

FIELD ED LEVEL II, PART 2 (FE-2022)

Credits:1.5

THEO FIELD ED REFLECTION I (FE-2090)

Credits:0

FIELD EDUCATION PLACEMENT I (FE-2091)

Credits:3

Theological Field Education Placement I is the first in a two-course sequence, each of which includes the weekly reading, on-line class engagement, participation in peer reflection groups via WebEx for 1.5 hours every other week, and a minimum of eight to ten hours in concurrent placement in an approved congregation or alternative organization relevant to a student’s vocational intentions. Student assignments include a learning covenant, theological reflection papers, participation in peer theological reflection, and an analytic description of the placement site that is prepared as an on-line presentation. Students enrolling in this course must have completed FE2190. [Faculty Consent required]

THEO FIELD ED REFLECTION II (FE-2092)

Credits:0

FIELD EDUCATION PLACEMENT II (FE-2093)

Credits:3

FIELD ED REFLECTION III (FE-2095)

Credits:0

CONCURRENT FIELD EDUCATION I (FE-2106)

Credits:3

CONCURRENT FIELD EDUCATION II (FE-2107)

Credits:3

MDIV INTEGRATION SEMINAR II (FE-2152)

Credits:3

INTRO THEOLOGICAL FIELD ED I (FE-2180)

Credits:3

This is the first in a two-semester sequence, each of which includes the weekly expectation of two hours in class and eight to ten hours in concurrent placement in an approved congregation or alternative organization relevant to a student’s vocational intentions. Class time will be split into two sections: (1) lecture/discussion regarding frameworks and practices for leadership in congregations/organizations (2) theological reflection on experiences in placements sites. In addition to weekly reading, student assignments include a placement plan, a learning covenant, theological reflection papers, theological reflection in peer groups, and presentation of an analytical description of their placement site. [Faculty Consent required]

INTRO THEOLOGICAL FIELD ED I (FE-2180)

Credits:3

This is the first in a two-semester sequence, each of which includes the weekly expectation of two hours in class and eight to ten hours in concurrent placement in an approved congregation or alternative organization relevant to a student’s vocational intentions. Class time will be split into two sections: (1) lecture/discussion regarding frameworks and practices for leadership in congregations/organizations (2) theological reflection on experiences in placements sites. In addition to weekly reading, student assignments include a placement plan, a learning covenant, theological reflection papers, theological reflection in peer groups, and presentation of an analytical description of their placement site. [Faculty Consent required]

INTRO THEOLOGICAL FIELD ED II (FE-2181)

Credits:3

INTRO THEOLOGICAL FIELD ED II (FE-2181)

Credits:3

PREPARATION FOR FIELD ED (FE-2190)

Credits:0

CONT PRAXIS IN THEO FIELD ED (FE-2191)

Credits:0

ADV CONCURRENT FIELD STUDY I (FE-2210)

Credits:3

Advanced work in Field Education. Pass/Fail only. Prerequisites: FE 1005 and FE 1006. To enroll, students must have made arrangements for an approved field education placement with the Director of Community Engaged Learning. Students will meet as a learning cohort twice a month for 1.5-2.0 hours with Field Education faculty. Date and time for the semester will be set at the orientation session on September 5, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. Course is available for 1.5-3 units. [FE 1005, FE 1006; Faculty Consent required; Auditors excluded]

MCL INTERNSHIP FALL (FE-2231)

Credits:3

This is the course number for the Fall semester internship in the Master of Community Leadership degree at ABSW. Students must consult with the ABSW Director of Contextual Education prior to the beginning of the semester, to plan their internships in ministry or community settings.

MCL INTERNSHIP SPRING (FE-2232)

Credits:3

INTERNSHIP REFLECTION (FE-2420)

Credits:1

INTERNSHIP (FE-3000)

Credits:3

FIELD ED LEVEL III PART 1 (FE-3021)

Credits:0

FIELD EDUCATION LEVEL III, PART 1: Through a two-semester apostolic placement, students will deepen their engagement in (a) fundamental skills required for supervised ministry, (b) theological reflection for ministry and mission, (c) their understanding of the vocation & mission of the ordained & laity in the Church and world, in light of Catholic teaching, and (d) fundamental concepts and skills related to evangelization and collaborative ministry. Format: an approved, supervised ministry placement, normally involving 1.5-3.0 hours per week, with occasional contact with the Field Ed Director. Basis for Assessment: completion of a Learning Contract, written theological reflections, and documentation of apostolic skill learning. Course is normally taken Pass/Fail. This course is a prerequisite for Field Ed Level III, Part 2; the student will earn a total of 1.5 units of credit for Field Ed Level III, Parts 1, 2, 3, & 4 after passing the four courses. Intended audience: DSPT MDiv students. Prerequisite: Field Ed Level II, Parts 1 & 2. Course meets at St. Albert Priory in Oakland.

FIELD ED LEVEL III, PART 2 (FE-3022)

Credits:0

ADV THEOLOGICAL FIELD ED I (FE-3300)

Credits:3

ADV THEOLOGICAL FIELD ED II (FE-3301)

Credits:3

INTERNSHIP (FE-4011)

Credits:9

CLINICAL PASTORAL EDUCATION (FE-4012)

Credits:10

CONGREGATIONAL FIELDWORK FALL (FE-4050)

Credits:4

Fieldwork is an opportunity to put into action the theory learned in the classroom. Working in a congregation gives the student a chance to develop their unique pastoral voice while navigating complexities of a congregation’s history, culture, systems and ethos. Fieldwork placements may include: teaching a religious education class for children or adults, working with a youth group, serving on a pastoral care team, and more. All congregational field work students meet monthly by Zoom to discuss learning goals and monthly learning themes with the professor. The professor's final evaluations of work is determined by monthly Zoom participation and the student's final assessment of their work. This course is for M.Div. students and may fulfill UU ministry requirements. Depending on the focus of the field work project, it can relate to the following Starr King Threshold Areas: Life in Religious Community and Interfaith Engagement, Prophetic Witness and Work, Spiritual Practice and Care for the Soul, Educating for Wholeness and Liberation, and Embodied Wisdom and Beauty. Requires approval from faculty advisor. This course is available for 1-4 units. [Faculty Consent required, Auditors excluded]

CONGREGATIONAL FIELD WORK JAN (FE-4051)

Credits:4

CONGREGATIONAL FIELDWORK SP (FE-4052)

Credits:4

COMMUNITY FIELDWORK FALL (FE-4060)

Credits:5

Community Internships involve engagement at a field site from 16 to 40 hours a week, under weekly supervision at the site and the support of the SKSM Community Intern Reflection class. Community Internships include a variety of settings, such as supervised placements in a non-profit service agency or grassroots organization, hospice work, chaplaincy, teaching and more. They can also entail creating new projects such as starting a new organization or planning a conference. Those who register for this course should also register for Community Intern Integrative Reflection Spring. Students should discuss the internship with their advisor before making arrangements with the professor. Student and supervisor will discuss and sign a learning agreement at the outset of the internship. Midterm and final student/supervisor evaluations are also required. All forms are available on the SKSM Website. Please see Student Handbook and Contextual Education Handbook for more information. Relevance for specific SKSM thresholds and MFC competencies varies according to the nature of a student's field experience. Course is available for 0.5-5 units. [30 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

COMMUNITY FIELD WORK JANUARY (FE-4061)

Credits:5

COMMUNITY FIELDWORK SPRING (FE-4062)

Credits:5

PARISH INTERNSHIP FALL (FE-4210)

Credits:10

This is a 10 month full-time (one year, 10 credits/semester) or part-time (two years, 5 credits/semester) ministry experience in a teaching congregation, under the supervision of a Minister in Final Fellowship (for UU students), working with an intern committee, and a professor at the school. For nonUU students, check with your denominational body to see if there are additional requirements for the congregational internship experience. Those who register for this course must also register for Congregational Intern Reflection Fall. This course is for M.Div students. The Intern Ministers meet monthly by Zoom to discuss progress on Learning Goals. UU students will use the UUA Internship Evaluation forms. During the Internship experience, there are opportunities for all 8 Starr King Threshold Areas to be explored, as well as the UU Ministerial Fellowship Committee Competency Areas. This course is available for 5-10 units.

PARISH INTERNSHIP SPRING (FE-4211)

Credits:10

PARISH INTERN REFLECTION FALL (FE-4212)

Credits:2

PARISH INTERN REFLECTION SP (FE-4213)

Credits:2

COMMUNITY INTERNSHIP FALL (FE-4220)

Credits:10

Community Internships involve engagement at a field site from 16 to 40 hours a week, under weekly supervision at the site and the support of the SKSM Community Intern Reflection class. Community Internships include a variety of settings, such as supervised placements in a non-profit service agency or grassroots organization, hospice work, chaplaincy, teaching and more. They can also entail creating new projects such as starting a new organization or planning a conference. Those who register for this course should also register for Community Intern Integrative Reflection Spring. Students should discuss the internship with their advisor before making arrangements with the professor. Student and supervisor will discuss and sign a learning agreement at the outset of the internship. Midterm and final student/supervisor evaluations are also required. All forms are available on the SKSM Website. Please see Student Handbook and Contextual Education Handbook for more information. Relevance for specific SKSM thresholds and MFC competencies varies according to the nature of a student's field experience. Course is available for 5-10 units. [30 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

COMMUNITY INTERNSHIP SPRING (FE-4221)

Credits:10

COMMUNITY INTERN REFLECTN FALL (FE-4222)

Credits:2

This course is a peer group seminar for interns doing fieldwork in community field sites. It offers theo-ethical reflection, linking the experience in the internship to the student’s broad educational and vocational goals (praxis). The class is designed for students to assess their personal progress, gather support from peers and the instructor, integrate their internship experience into their degree program, and deepen theo-ethical practices to sustain religious leadership in community ministry. Students gather multi-religious sources of wisdom, which serve as touchstones for group theological reflection. The course includes a required weekly live web-based video seminar and frequent online discussion postings. This online course is synchronous on Zoom and counts as low residency; students must have consistent internet access to relevant technology. Evaluation is based on participation, depth of engagement with peers and resources, as well as written self-evaluations. Required for MDiv/ MASC students enrolled in credit for community internship during the same semester. Fulfills thresholds based on personal learning goals in the internship.[25 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

COMMUNITY INTERN REFLECTION SP (FE-4223)

Credits:2

STL RESEARCH PRACTICUM (FE-4400)

Credits:0.5

STD RESEARCH PRACTICUM (FE-4401)

Credits:0.5

FIELD EDUCATION PLACEMENT II (FE-8293)

Credits:3

CHI IMMERSION CATHOLIC & ORTH (FEFT-1103)

Credits:1.5

CHI IMMERSION SPIRIT PSYCH 1 (FEFT-1104)

Credits:1.5

For joint-program students participating in Chaplaincy Institute (ChI) modules as part of the Interfaith Studies Certificate. This is the first in a series of 2 modules (Pt. II offered in December). Modules must be taken consecutively. The Interfaith Spiritual Psychology intensives provide students with a holistic model of psycho-spiritual development that can be used for personal growth and for work with others. Curriculum integrates wisdom from various spiritual traditions: Kabbalah with Jungian, Developmental and Archetypal Psychology, Family Systems and Psychodynamic perspectives, as well as Astrology and alchemy. This course is only for students who have been admitted to the SKSM-ChI joint program and is not available to other SKSM students or to students from other GTU schools. This course does not count toward residency requirements. Classes held Oct. 17-21, approximately 9am-5:00pm (Typically includes 1 evening class). Relates to SKSM Thresholds 5, 1, 8; MFC Competencies 2, 3, 1 [15 max enrollment]

CHI IMMERSION SPIRIT PSYCH 2 (FEFT-1105)

Credits:1.5

For joint-program students participating in Chaplaincy Institute (ChI) modules as part of the Interfaith Studies Certificate. This is the second in of a 2 module series (Pt I is offered in Sept; modules must be taken consecutively). This training integrates wisdom from various spiritual tradition: Kabbalah, Jungian, Developmental & Archetypal Psychology, Family Systems & Psychodynamic perspectives, as well as Astrology & alchemy. After foundational work on Ego Development and Identity formation n Part One, Part Two explores Soul & Spiritual Development more fully. This course is only for students who have been admitted to the SKSM-ChI joint program and is not available to other SKSM students or to students from other GTU schools. This course does not count toward residency requirements. Classes held Dec 12-16, approximately 9am-5: 30pm (typically includes 1 evening session). Relates to SKSM Thresholds 5, 8; MFC Competencies 2, 3. [12 max enrollment]

CHI IMMERSION JUDAISM (FEFT-1106)

Credits:1.5

For joint-program students participating in Chaplaincy Institute (ChI) modules as part of the Interfaith Studies Certificate. Students will explore the sacred texts and aspects of spiritual care particular to Judaism, as well as attend a local Shabbat service. Other areas of study will include: the importance of research in spiritual care; officiating at weddings; and an introduction to spirituality and aging. The Community & Social Transformation (CMT) curriculum will examine social change theory as a tool for justice. This course is only for students who have been admitted to the SKSM-ChI joint program and is not available to other SKSM students or to students from other GTU schools. This course does not count toward residency requirements. Classes held Sept. 12-16 from approximately 9am-5pm (usually includes 1 evening). Relates to SKSM Thresholds 1, 5, and 3; MFC Competencies 1, 2. [15 max enrollment]

CHI IMMERSION HINDUISM & SIKHISM (FEFT-1107)

Credits:1.5

For joint-program students participating in Chaplaincy Institute (ChI) modules as part of the Interfaith Studies Certificate. In addition to the big picture view of Hindu and Sikh traditions and beliefs in class, more of this month's learning will be through immersion, with visits to a Sikh and Hindu temples. Other classes this module include spiritual care at end-of-life, spiritual care with those on the margins, and an introduction to grief & loss. This course is only for students who have been admitted to the SKSM-ChI joint program and is not available to other SKSM students or to students from other GTU schools. This course does not count toward residency requirements. Classes held Nov. 14-18, approximately 9am-5pm (typically includes 1 evening session). Relates to SKSM Thresholds 5, 1, 3, 7; MFC Competencies 1, 3, 4. [15 max enrollment]

CHI IMMERSION MYSTIC JUDAISM (FEFT-1108)

Credits:1.5

CHI IMMERSION EARTH BASED (FEFT-1109)

Credits:1.5

CHI IMERSION MAHAYANA BUDDHISM (FEFT-1110)

Credits:1.5

SOC CHG FIELD/IMMERS ELECTIVE (FERS-3000)

Credits:3

CSSC & MAST programs field work arranged in consultation and with approval of the Director of Community Engaged Learning. To enroll, students must have had consultation with Field Education faculty about planned project with broad sector or area of interest focus and confirmed mentor active in that field. Student must establish a schedule of twice-monthly consultations with FE faculty over semester to discuss project status. Depending on number of students enrolled, Field Education faculty may assign twice-monthly learning cohort meetings. [Faculty Consent required; Auditors excluded]

MAST SOCIAL CHANGE FIELD WORK (FERS-3002)

Credits:3

Required course for MAST program. Field work arranged in consultation and with approval of the Director of Community Engaged Learning. To enroll, students must have had consultation with Field Education faculty about planned project with broad sector or area of interest focus and confirmed mentor active in that field. Students consult with faculty instructor 2x per month on progress of project during the semester and provide regular progress reports. If multiple participants, faculty may assign learning cohort meetings for group discussions. Students will submit a final project in this course (such as a vocational plan, a social venture proposal, an educational and/or spiritual formation module for community organizing, among others) based on their field work/immersion experiences geared toward a specific area of social change. Consultations at the end of the semester are used to present final projects and solicit observations and proposals for next steps. MAST students are required to do an additional 6-8 page paper: Social Analysis of Social Change Field Work Setting/Context. [SPFT 1082 or 8182; FTRS 2973; Faculty Consent required; auditors excluded]

INTERDISCIPLINARY LECTURES (FT-1062)

Credits:1.5

SPIRITUAL FORMATION (FT-1066)

Credits:0

SPIRITUAL FORMATION (FT-1067)

Credits:0

WRITING FOR GRAD THEO STUDIES (FT-1075)

Credits:1.5

THEOLOGICAL WRITING I (FT-1109)

Credits:1.5

First semester of a required course for entering ABSW seminarians - open to other GTU students. Students will learn skills of academic writing, critical analysis, and articulation of objectives. Writing samples and instructor feedback integrate theory and praxis.

GRADUATE THEOLOGICAL WRITING (FT-1111)

Credits:1.5

CHURCH LEADERSHIP (FT-1130)

Credits:3

SPANISH FOR WORSHIP I (FT-1145)

Credits:1.5

A beginning course on Spanish language acquisition focused on worship leadership in Spanish. “Spanish for Worship I” students will study grammatical principles and will practice their usage in liturgical and biblical sources. The course will include, among other things, class discussions on biblical material, grammar quizzes, liturgical presentation projects, and a visit to a Spanish-speaking worship service of the students’ choice. While the course will utilize Lutheran liturgical materials, the course is open to all GTU students. [30 max enrollment]

SPANISH FOR WORSHIP II (FT-1146)

Credits:1.5

ACAD THEO WRITING & RESEARCH (FT-1203)

Credits:2

Description (FT-1239)

Credits:3

ORGANIZING FOR PUBLIC MINISTRY (FT-1239)

Credits:3

PRESBYTERIAN (PCUSA) POLITY (FT-2070)

Credits:3

This course will familiarize students with the Book of Order of the Presbyterian Church (USA), with particular emphasis on the Form of Government and the Book of Discipline. Lecture/seminar format. Evaluation by participation, presentations and ordination-type exams. The course will be approached from a mission perspective. Intended for PC USA M. Div. students.

VITAL WORSHIP IN THE 21ST CEN (FT-2172)

Credits:3

Worship is the portal through which visitors find a spiritual home, members grow to greater discipleship and the whole congregation is inspired to "go and do likewise" in the world. The need is great for vital worship at the epicenter of congregational life. This core worship course for MDiv, MA/MTS, or DMin students will explore not only theology and history of worship as well as ritual theory, but also the depths of spirituality, excellence of practice in sensory-rich communication and intentional preparation needed by leaders of the 21st century church for worship that revitalizes congregations. Course is a combination of lecture, discussion, and practice. Evaluation is based on written papers and practical projects. Class will meet in person every two (2) weeks with brief online reflections on readings due every week.

XN FTH FRMTN:PEDGIES & PRACTS (FT-2255)

Credits:1.5

PUBLIC THEOLOGY INTERNSHIP (FT-2542)

Credits:3

This course is co-taught by LeAnn Flesher and Michael Mathews. This is the fifth of five courses in the Public Theology Certificate Program. In this course students will participate in a semester long internship in which they will work with a carefully selected mentor that has expertise in the student’s area of interest. Class Meeting Dates: (fall 2018): September 7--BBQ w/ mentors and cohort #2 (6:00 pm); October 12--Cohort #1 meets to share mentorship experiences (7:00 to 9:00 pm); December 7--Final meeting & celebration; Cohort #1 creates public presentation of project--the wider community invited (there will be food)--6:00-8:00 pm.

CHURCH ADMINISTRATION AS MINISTRY (FT-2820)

Credits:3

ORGNZTNL LEADRSHP CH & COMMNTY (FT-2923)

Credits:3

This course is an excursion into various forms of organizational leadership in church and community. It includes pre-requisites for leadership, defining leadership, and embodying leadership. The course lifts up the importance of the self and what leaders bring to leadership. It explores the dynamics between the leaders and the communities (or organizations) they serve. The course seeks to the soul of the students. Course format: seminar. Evaluations based on class discussion, reflection papers, research papers. Intended audience: MDiv/MA/MTS/MAST/Dmin

21ST CENTURY EVANGELISM (FT-3950)

Credits:1.5

VITAL WORSHIP IN THE 21ST CEN (FT-8217)

Credits:3

Worship is the portal through which visitors find a spiritual home, members grow to greater discipleship and the whole congregation is inspired to "go and do likewise" in the world. The need is great for vital worship at the epicenter of congregational life. This core worship course for MDiv, MA/MTS, or DMin students will explore not only theology and history of worship as well as ritual theory, but also the depths of spirituality, excellence of practice in sensory-rich communication and intentional preparation needed by leaders of the 21st century church for worship that revitalizes congregations. Course is a combination of lecture, discussion, and practice. Evaluation is based on written papers and practical projects. Coursework during the semester is a combination of video lectures, reading, brief online reflections, and five (5) video conference link check-ins.

SPECIAL TOPICS (FT-9200)

Credits:3

PRISON MINISTRY PRACTICUM (FTCE-2573)

Credits:1

This course offers both a theoretical and experiential introduction to prison ministry with an emphasis on the unique theological, psychosocial and ministerial needs of the incarcerated. Students will study the historical roots of correctional chaplaincy in the United States, professional ethics, prison culture, racism, gender issues in prison ministry and restorative justice alternatives to incarceration. The course will focus on practical tools needed for successful prison ministry. As a contextual theology course it will be offered entirely on site at San Quentin State Prison. Inmates will participate in lectures, discussion of readings, role-playing exercises and theological reflection. Course meets Fridays, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30 and 12/7/18 from 12:40-3:30pm. [7 max enrollment]

CELEBRATIONAL STYLE (FTLS-4725)

Credits:3

This course is designed to acquaint students preparing for presbyteral ordination in the Roman Catholic Church with the principle rites of the Church's liturgy. Its goal is to develop prayerful leaders of prayer and to develop in presiders the necessary skills for gathering the ecclesial body and celebrating the sacramental rites of the Church. Students will prepare and preside at rites and will also work together on larger liturgical rites. Small group gatherings outside of class for 1 ½ hours a week will enable more familiarity and personal critique. [Faculty Consent required; Auditors excluded]

GOSPEL OF THE MASSES (FTRS-2100)

Credits:3

LEADERSHIP FOR MINISTRY I (FTRS-2281)

Credits:3

FTRS 2281: This course is co-taught by Caroline McCall and Susanna Singer. This is the first half of a two-semester capstone course sequence for graduating CDSP MDiv students. It can be taken as an elective by students in other programs. This course will involve constructive practical work on ministry leadership., including theological reflection, discerning and securing a specific call in ministry, training in models of leadership, evangelism, congregational development, and the spirituality of ministry. An integral part of this course is a placement in a congregation or institution, including 5 hours per week spent on site. Lecture/presentations, discussion and several small individual projects, peer theological reflection, plus one major group project. [Faculty Consent required; 20 max enrollment]

LEADERSHIP FOR MINISTRY II (FTRS-2282)

Credits:3

TRANSFORMATIVE LEADERSHIP (FTRS-2973)

Credits:3

ENGAGING COMMUN OF LIBERATION (FTRS-3834)

Credits:3

LEADERSHIP FOR MINISTRY (FTRS-8288)

Credits:3

This course is co-taught by Caroline McCall and Susanna Singer. This is the first half of a two-semester capstone course sequence for graduating CDSP MDiv students. It can be taken as an elective by students in other programs. This course will involve constructive practical work on ministry leadership., including theological reflection, discerning and securing a specific call in ministry, training in models of leadership, evangelism, congregational development, and the spirituality of ministry. An integral part of this course is a placement in a congregation or institution, including 5 hours per week spent on site. Lecture/presentations, discussion and several small individual projects, plus one major group project. Synchronous on-line meetings for oral theological reflection will be scheduled one hour every other week. [Faculty Consent required; 20 max enrollment]

LEADERSHIP FOR MINISTRY II (FTRS-8289)

Credits:3

CANON LAW:INTRO & MARRIAGE (FTST-2336)

Credits:3

This course is a combination of two aspects of the field of canon law. The first half of the course presents an overview of the 1983 Code of Canon Law, giving its origins and the legal traditions on which it is built. Special emphasis is on the pastoral application of the foundational principles of law and an examination of the rights and obligations of the Christian Faithful. The second half of the course covers the seven sacraments with an extended time on the sacrament of marriage. Both the celebration of marriage as the law prescribes and the work of marriage tribunals when a marriage ends in divorce are studied in detail. [25 max enrollment]

Taking courses at GTU member schools (GTU-9000)

Credits:3

REGISTERED AT UCB (GTUC-6000)

Credits:0

Course for those Joint Degree students registered at the University of California, Berkeley and not taking any GTU courses for a specific semester.

REGISTERED AT UCB (GTUC-6000)

Credits:0

Course for those Joint Degree students registered at the University of California, Berkeley and not taking any GTU courses for a specific semester.

INTRODUCTION TO PREACHING (HM-1001)

Credits:3

PROPHETIC PREACHING (HM-1003)

Credits:3

This course is co-taught by Jana Childers and Yolanda Norton. This course exists at the intersection of biblical studies, preaching and worship. Students will examine the character and nature of biblical prophecy. The course also asks students to examine examples of prophetic preaching in various cultural traditions. Students will be asked to engage different social issues and currents in the sermons that they write, preach, and evaluate.

FOUNDATIONS OF PREACHING (HM-1073)

Credits:3

In this course, the student is given the fundamental elements of preaching, preparation of Scriptural text for proclamation, the study and prayer over the text of Scripture, the composition of a homily founded upon and flowing from the text to facilitate an encounter with Jesus and His saving grace and the actual practice of proclaiming the Scriptures and preaching upon them. [Faculty Consent required; 12 max enrollment]

INTRODUCTION TO HOMILETICS (HM-2100)

Credits:3

LITURGICAL PREACHING (HM-2230)

Credits:3

In this course, the student is given the fundamental elements of preaching, preparation of Scriptural text for proclamation, the study and prayer over the text of Scripture, the composition of a homily founded upon and flowing from the text to facilitate an encounter with Jesus and His saving grace and the actual practice of proclaiming the Scriptures and preaching upon them. In this course, the student will explore the elements of preaching within the context of the liturgy of the Church and its celebration of the sacraments. [Faculty Consent required; 12 max enrollment]

BIBLICAL PREACHING (HM-2245)

Credits:3

This course is designed to introduce students to the necessary elements of biblical preaching. Students will learn and appropriate a particular biblical exegetical method for preaching in order to prepare, preach and reflect upon three sermons throughout the course. Particular attention will be paid to the effect context has on the preaching task. Through seminar discussion, lectures, preparation and preaching of sermons, oral and written sermon response, and various writing assignments (including online posts), students will begin to develop and articulate their own theology of proclamation. [NT-1002 Introduction to New Testament, RSFT-1120 Methods and Hermeneutics I, RSFT-1121 Methods and Hermeneutics II. Concurrent: BS-2245 Exegesis Workshop: Greek; 12 max enrollment]

HISTORY/THEOLOGY OF PREACHING (HM-4015)

Credits:3

HISTORY & THEOLOGY OF PREACHING (HM-5015)

Credits:3

HOMILETICAL PEDAGOGY (HM-6010)

Credits:3

This doctoral level course is required for GTU Ph.D. students with a concentration in homiletics. The course consists of observing, participating in and reflecting on various components of an introductory preaching course. In addition, the course will include a seminar-style component in which students will present mini-lectures, share book reviews, and workshop an Introductory Preaching course syllabus. [12 max enrollment]

INTRODUCTION TO PREACHING (HM-8101)

Credits:3

INTRODUCTION TO PREACHING (HM-8102)

Credits:3

FALL 2018 SECTION: This online course is designed to enable the students to learn the theoretical and practical elements of contemporary preaching; students will be guided to enhance the practical skills of biblical exegesis and the development and delivery of their sermons that are relevant in today's world. The readings for the class will include diverse theological and cultural traditions to expand students' horizon. Students will preach two sermons for the class. [Auditors excluded]

INTRO CROSS CULTURAL PREACHNG (HMLS-4075)

Credits:3

Introduction to Preaching in a Cross Cultural Context: This non-lectionary, thematic preaching course embraces counter oppressive ministry through worship and the arts. Hands on learning will combine the sharing and peer review of brief homilies with exercises aimed at identifying your authentic preaching voice. Each student will also deliver two full-length sermons in class. Questions of how to make our worship services more relevant in today’s culturally shifting world will be explored through thea/ological study of homiletics through a libratory lens and an engagement with issues of cultural appropriation and misappropriation in Unitarian Universalist liturgical practice. Students from all traditions welcome. Pre-requisites: ECO core intensive or equivalent. Relates to Starr King thresholds 1, 2, 6 and 7, and MFC Competency 1. This course is high residency only. Students must contact the instructor via e-email prior to enrolling in order to receive permission to register. Registration is contingent upon faculty approval. [Faculty Consent required; 10 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

BUDDHISM AND BUDDHIST STUDIES (HR-1501)

Credits:3

This course introduces the student to the Buddhist tradition and the academic study of Buddhism. The course covers the development of Buddhism across Asia, its history major texts, lineages, practices and doctrines. Secondarily, we will discuss the academic discipline of Buddhist studies, its own historical development, methodologies, orientations and assumptions. This course is required for the IBS Certificate in Buddhist Studies and is ideally suited for GTU consortial students. [No prior Buddhist studies required; Auditors with faculty permission]

RITUAL/PRACTICE/CRMNY BUDDHISM (HR-1570)

Credits:3

RITUAL, PRACTICE AND CEREMONY IN BUDDHISM This course examines ritual and practice in the Buddhist tradition. Topics will include the relationship between practice, doctrine, and ritual, ritual architecture, and historical and modern examples of ritual practice. Offered every other semester. Course format: Lecture. Evaluation: Written report and field trip.

INTRO THERAVADA BUDDHIST TRAD (HR-1596)

Credits:3

READINGS EARLY BUDDHIST TEXTS: (HR-1615)

Credits:3

This course is co-taught by Diana Clark and Gil Fronsdal. The Collected Discourses of the Buddha (Samyutta Nikaya) is a magnificent anthology focused on the deeper wisdom and insights the Buddha emphasized on the path to awakening. The anthology is organized into thematic chapters which provide multiple perspectives and different approaches to the teachings. Themes include meditation practices, mediation states, and factors needed for awakening. The Collected Discourses also has a large collection of fascinating poems composed as conversations between deities and the Buddha. For this course we will choose a number of themes to explore and discuss in a manner that provides knowledge of early Theravada Buddhist teachings, a greater ability to think critically about these teachings, and support for one’s own spiritual practice. No prerequisites. Course format: seminar/lecture/discussion. Method of Evaluation: class participation, reflection papers and final paper. Intended audience: MA/MDiv/MTS students, DMin/PhD/ThD students with additional requirements.

METHODS IN STUDY OF BUDDHISM (HR-1630)

Credits:3

A survey of different approaches to the study of Buddhism, including textual, anthropological, sociological, historical, and bibliographic. Particular attention will be given to contemporary critical studies, appropriate historical and social contextualization of doctrinal claims, and relations between Buddhism and other religions in the modern world. Seminar format: students present summaries of readings and lead discussions; also presentation of own research plan. Grading: presentations and term paper, usually in the form of an MA thesis proposal. May be upgraded for doctoral students. [Auditors with Faculty permission]

INTRODUCTION TO ISLAM (HR-1902)

Credits:3

This course aims to introduce students to the Islamic tradition in its theological, legal, historical, and contemporary contexts, with a focus on faith and practice.

MEDITATIONS IN THERAVADA TRADN (HR-2990)

Credits:3

ZEN BUDDHISM (HR-3040)

Credits:3

This is an introductory course aimed at developing a sound basic understanding of Zen Buddhist meditation practices and the teachings they express. We will study teachings on the Soto Zen practice of shikantaza "just sitting" as well as koan practice in both Soto and Rinzai traditions and Zen practice as it occurs in ritual, ordinary activities such a cooking, and in community. We will also consider Zen meditation practice as it relates to fundamental Buddhist teachings and practices. Participation in meditation practice as well as at least one visit to a local Zen temple are required. There are no prerequisites for this class. [20 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

ASIAN/OCEANIC CLTRL/FTH TRDTNS (HR-4175)

Credits:3

ASIAN/OCEANIC CLTRL/FTH TRDTNS (HR-4175)

Credits:3

THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH (HR-8200)

Credits:3

READINGS IN MAHAYANA TEXTS (HR-8317)

Credits:3

GLOBAL RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS (HR-8401)

Credits:3

This course will examine the major global religions from a cross-cultural, multi-religious perspective. Taking into consideration that a course that explores many religions cannot be comprehensive, we will consider the religions from a thematic perspective by analyzing fundamental beliefs and practices in the various religious traditions. In addition, we will also examine assumptions underlying the discipline of religious studies. Students will engage through weekly readings and forum discussion, as well as other interactive learning activities, as part of the online learning community. Students of all faiths and backgrounds are invited and encouraged to enroll. Priority given to low residency SKSM students. MDiv, MA/MTS, DMin. Relates to SKSM Threshold 3 & 4 and MFC Comps: 1 & 3. [20 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

RESEARCH SANSKRIT (HRBS-4050)

Credits:3

INTRO TO QURANIC STUDIES (HRBS-4822)

Credits:3

This introductory course in Quranic Studies focuses on the shorter hymnic suras (chapters) of the Quran. In addition, students are exposed to passages related to themes of religious freedom and pluralism. Students learn traditional Islamic and contemporary western academic skills for reading the Quran, including structural and literary analyses and they write essays on selected suras and passages applying the methods that they learn in class. The course provides a safe learning environment in which diversity of perspectives is encouraged and differences of opinion respected. Students must contact the instructor via e-email prior to enrolling in order to receive permission to register. Registration is contingent upon faculty approval. Students may take the course for 1.5 or 3.0 credits for partial or full completion of course assignments as instructed. Doctoral students may take the course for an added assignment of a 5000 word research essay. Relates to SKSM Threshold 3 and MFC Comp 3. This online course is synchronous on Zoom and counts as low residency.

QURAN: FEMINIST READINGS (HRBS-8420)

Credits:3

WOMEN & THELEMA: A CASE STUDY (HRCE-2400)

Credits:3

Women & Thelema: A Case Study is proposed as an introductory, 2000-level seminar in the fields of Cultural & Historical Studies of Religion (HR) and Ethics & Social Theory (CE). It is intended for MA, MDiv, MTS, or MST students or students, especially those pursuing a Certificate in Sexuality and Religion whose academic research or pastoral service interests would benefit from a thorough grounding in feminist and queer theory and its practical application, especially (but not limited to) the study of neopagan new religious movements. This is a lecture/seminar style class that will also involve observer/participant fieldwork. Evaluation will be based on class participation, fieldwork journals, an in-class presentation on a theorist of choise, close readings of text, and a final project and presentation. This course is taught by GTU PhD student Carrie Sealine with a Newhall Award, under the supervision of James Lawrence.

ISSUES IN BUDDHIST MINISTRY: (HRCE-3014)

Credits:3

RELIGIONLESS CHRISTIANITY (HRCE-4040)

Credits:3

We will study the growth of intellectual and popular movements in the recent past that reconceived Christianity as “religionless,” as a counter-religion, or as a form of subjectivity that stands beyond religion. We will examine the place of “religionless Christianity in Transcendentalism and liberal Protestantism in the nineteenth century; dialectical theology, existentialism, and the “death of God” movements in the twentieth century; and “Christian emergence” in recent times. We will trace the sources of “religionless Christianity” to late Enlightenment and Romantic philosophy, hermeneutics, phenomenology. We will take special interest in the growth of non-dogmatic and anti-dogmatic approaches to theology, and the relationship of “religionless Christianity” to secularization, the rise of modern science, colonialization, hermeneutics, phenomenology, liberal Protestantism, neo-Orthodoxy, ecumenism, and "death of God" theologies. Figures studied will include the 19th-century Lutheran theologians Richard Rothe and Albrecht Ritschl; the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche; the historian of religion Ernst Troeltsch; the Sikh-Anglican mendicant Sadhu Sundar Singh; the Catholic adapter of Hindu monasticism Bede Griffith; the dialectical theologians Karl Barth, Paul Tillich, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer; the American theologian Gabriel Vahanian, the Anglican theologian J.A.T. Robinson; and the philosophical theologians Mary-Jane Rubinstein and Philip Clayton. Seminar format: reading, writing, vigorous discussion, final research paper on an original topic related to the course. [12 max enrollment]

HISTORY OF IDEAS - HINDU STUDIES (HRCE-4200)

Credits:3

This course is based in the field of History of Ideas. The range of topics that we explore will be drawn from classical, medieval, and modern themes that occur across Hindu thought, traditions, texts, theologies, art and visual culture, literature, psychology, and other categories. We will examine the unique contributions of Hindu Traditions to the greater good and to human wellbeing. Major texts and lineages of thought on ethics, morals, law, and practice will be examined and major thinkers emphasized. Students will be able to choose the topics on which they wish to focus their semester's research and assignments. The course is appropriate for MA, MDiv, MTS, and doctoral students (ThD and PhD will be expected to do additional research).

JEWISH LIBERATION THEOLOGY (HRFT-4210)

Credits:3

The full title of this course is On Constructing a Jewish Liberation Theology and Theological Praxis: Indigeneity, (Anti)-Zionism and Diaspora and is offered as part of Starr King’s Hilda Mason Fellowship. In this course, through the use of scholarly writing, news sources, opinion and blog pieces, multimedia, Jewish liturgy, Torah (Hebrew Bible), Talmud (Rabbinical exegesis), and Midrash (rabbinical commentary and interpretation) we will collectively strive to answer the question: In an era of relative Jewish nationalist power and self-determination, what is a Jewish liberation theology and theological praxis that engenders liberation of both self and other? And what does it even mean to pursue a liberation theology or theological praxis, both squarely Christian constructs, within a Jewish context? In order to answer this question, we must start at the beginning and trace the roots of Jewish theological, halakhic (legal) and communal formation and subsequent galut (exile or diaspora) in an attempt to understand Judaism’s relationship to divinity as well as ritual and ethical practices that breed liberatory possibility for not just the Chosen people. This will include discussions of Jewish relationships to indigeneity, Zionism, ethnicity, race, diaspora, culture, secularism, intellectual inquiry and liturgical and ethical practice. This course is a 3-unit seminary-style interactive course. It is offered high-residency. Evaluations will be based participation in class discussions, two small projects throughout the course of the semester as well as one culminating final project. This course is open to all, especially those looking to explore the intersection of religious practice and liberatory social change. You do not need to be Jewish or have any background in Jewish studies to take this course. All course participants are encouraged to e-mail the instructor at farynborella@gmail.com before enrolling saying why you are interested in taking this course and your current relationship to Judaism. This course relates to the SKSM thresholds 2- Prophetic Witness and Work, 4- History of Dissenting Traditions and 4- Thea/ological Quest and Thea/ology in Culture and Context and MFC Comps. [20 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

TEACHING THE DIFFICULT PAST (HRHS-0003)

Credits:0

In this course we will attempt to understand how teachers and young people make sense of difficult historical episodes. Here, we consider the role that history education plays in creating imagined communities (Anderson, 1991), invisible ties (Zerubavel, 1996), collective memories (Halbwachs, 1932) and invented traditions (Hobsbawn, 1992). Over the course of 14 weeks we will unpack two global case studies: The Holocaust in Poland, and Slavery in the United States. Within each case, we will use our theoretical foundations to analyze primary artifacts such as textbook narratives, films, and plays. We will bolster this analysis with research articles and historical texts that illuminate the debates that swirl around these events. The course will end with a review of extant pedagogy for teachers attempting to bring education about difficult histories into their classrooms and the challenges they face. Course meets Thursdays 2:10pm-5pm in a location TBD.

JEWISH MYSTICISM (HRHS-0004)

Credits:0

BUDDHIST TRADTNS OF EAST ASIA (HRHS-1518)

Credits:3

MORMONISM A NEW WORLD RELIGION (HRHS-1850)

Credits:3

Mormonism, or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is a distinctly American religion that also claims to be the restoration of original Christianity. Since its organization in 1830, it has grown from six members to world-wide population of over 15 millions with congregations in more than 180 countries and territories. Mormonism is a decidedly Christian religion but has distinctive doctrines on the Trinity, the preexistence of souls, the purpose of life, and the post-mortal world, including unique readings about heaven and hell. Mormons believe in modern prophets, continuing revelation, and additional sacred texts besides the bible, including the Book of Mormon which contains an account of Christ's visit to ancient America. In temples that dot the globe Mormons marry for eternity and perform other sacred ordinances. This course examines the origins, history, and evolution of Mormonism, including the religious and cultural context out of which it emerged, the foundational visions and experiences of its first prophets, and its reflection of the stresses and strains within the dominant Course meets at LDS Institute of Religion Building, 2368 LeConte Avenue.

HISTORY OF PURE LAND:7 MASTERS (HRHS-3250)

Credits:3

TEACHING THE DIFFICULT PAST (HRHS-3750)

Credits:3

In this course we will attempt to understand how teachers and young people make sense of difficult historical episodes. Here, we consider the role that history education plays in creating imagined communities (Anderson, 1991), invisible ties (Zerubavel, 1996), collective memories (Halbwachs, 1932) and invented traditions (Hobsbawn, 1992). Over the course of 14 weeks we will unpack two global case studies: The Holocaust in Poland, and Slavery in the United States. Within each case, we will use our theoretical foundations to analyze primary artifacts such as textbook narratives, films, and plays. We will bolster this analysis with research articles and historical texts that illuminate the debates that swirl around these events. The course will end with a review of extant pedagogy for teachers attempting to bring education about difficult histories into their classrooms and the challenges they face.

JEWISH MYSTICISM (HRHS-4351)

Credits:3

TPCS IN BUDDHISM IN THE WEST (HRHS-5526)

Credits:3

BUDDHIST TRDTNS OF SOUTH ASIA (HRHS-8151)

Credits:3

Introduces the Buddhist traditions as they originate in India and develop throughout south and southeast Asia. First half of the required year long introductory survey of the entire Buddhist tradition. Lecture/seminar. Requirements:1 research paper; 1 reflection paper; class presentation. Required course for: M.A. (Buddhist Studies), M.B.S, M.Div., Buddhist Chaplaincy Certificate Program, Kyoshi Cetificate. NOTE: This course is co-sponsored by SKSM.

BUDDHIST TRDTNS OF EAST ASIA (HRHS-8152)

Credits:3

HSTRY OF SHIN BUDDHIST TRDTN (HRHS-8307)

Credits:3

HISTORY OF THE SHIN BUDDHIST TRADITION: PREMODERN A survey of themes and problems in the history of Jodoshinshu Buddhism, from Honen into the Tokugawa period, including doctrine but also other associated issues (institutionalization, women's roles, evolution of teachings, interaction with political and economic regimes, etc.). Online course, with readings and written interactions among students and instructor. Evaluation based on weekly student writings and a final paper. Primary aim is to establish basic knowledge, which may serve as foundation for subsequent studies. For all students concerned with Shin Buddhism's interaction with Japanese history, but assumes some general familiarity with Buddhist traditions.

SEX & SIN (HRHS-8335)

Credits:3

Sex & Sin in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity Sex & Sin in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity This course will introduce ways in which sex was used as a proposed boundary marker for religious identity in Second Temple Jewish and Early Christian texts. Contextualizing these boundary markers in the cultural, religious, and political landscape of the Greco-Roman Mediterranean destabilizes the meta-narrative concerning the picture of ‘proper’ sexual ethics and gender identity by exposing the permeability of those boundaries. We will explore how Jewish and Christian pseudepigraphal and apocryphal texts from the third century BCE to the third century CE can offer alternative access points into Jewish and Christian tradition that offer a diverse set of voices that can be used to subvert oppressive interpretations that have had lasting and painful repercussions in lived gender experience because of the conflation of sex and sexuality with sin. Topics such as religious leadership, ritual participation (initiations, foundation narratives & practice), sin, violence & rape, the afterlife, fertility & abortion, and sexuality in the Greco-Roman world will be surveyed and discussed in light of current debates on women’s ordination, reproductive rights, and LGBTQI identity to track how ancient debates are alive today and consider how silenced voices from this period may be used as counter-oppressive lenses for Biblical and extra-Biblical interpretation. This course is online synchronous with Zoom meeting on Mondays 9:40-11am PST. The format is lecture/discussion. Lectures will be pre-recorded and Zoom sessions will be primarily for group discussion of the lecture and the readings concluding with supplemental lecture based on the direction of questions if needed. SKSM Thresholds: 3) Sacred Text and Interpretation and 4)History of Dissenting Traditions and Thea/ological Quest. [15 max enrollment]

INTRO TO SHIN BUDDHIST THOUGHT (HRPH-1614)

Credits:3

This course presents a survey of the fundamental aspects of the Shin Buddhist tradition, its history, textual sources, customs and thought. It also features discussions of Shin religious life, focusing on issues of practice, the mind, rituals, iconography and community. This course fulfills a requirement for the following IBS programs: Master of Arts (Buddhist Studies Concentration), Master of Buddhist Studies, Master of Divinity, and Kyoshi Certificate Program. [Faculty Consent required]

TOPICS IN BUDDHIST PRACTICE (HRPH-4558)

Credits:3

This course will examine ritual practice in Mahayana Buddhism, focusing on Buddhist traditions in East Asia. Topics to be addressed include ordination, precept and funeral ceremonies, rituals for the state, repentance practices, devotional ritual practice, anti-ritual discourse, ritual dimensions of monastic life, ritualized approaches to meditation practice, esoteric ritual practice and healing rituals.

WORKS OF SHINRAN I (HRPH-4566)

Credits:3

A close examination of all of the shorter works of Shinran (1173-1263), the founder of Jodo Shinshu. Each of the works will be read in English translation to support the study of original texts. Important Japanese and Chinese terms in the original texts will also be considered. This course is required for ministerial students in any degree program. For students in the Master of Arts (Buddhist Studies Concentration) program, it will fulfill the distribution requirement for Area I. Kyoshi certificate students may fulfill one of the program's courses by completing this course. [Faculty Consent required; Auditors with faculty permission]

WORKS OF SHINRAN II (HRPH-4567)

Credits:3

PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS BUDDHISM (HRPS-8320)

Credits:3

Psychological Aspects of Buddhism I: Foundations in Buddhist Psychological Thought: An examination of the development of psychological theories in the abhidharma, Yogacara and tathagatagarbha systems of thought, particularly through the reading of primary sources in translation. Where appropriate, comparison with Western psychological theories will also be considered. Course is offered online in a directed readings format--student read and write brief reflections weekly. Grading: reflection papers and term paper, topic to be decided in consultation with instructor. May be repeated for credit when different primary texts are being studied. May be upgraded for doctoral students. [Auditors excluded]

PSYCH ASPECTS BUDDHISM III (HRPS-8322)

Credits:3

THE SABBATH (HRPT-2050)

Credits:3

This course will cover the origins and historical development of the Sabbath from the Bible until the present day. We will read religious sources on the meaning and observance of the Sabbath, study the phenomenology of the Sabbath experience, and analyze the role of the Sabbath in shaping Jewish literature, thought, and culture. Readings include selections from the Talmud, Maimonides, liturgy, Abraham Joshua Heschel, and modern poetry and short stories. Students are also expected to participate in a Sabbath service or meal during the Sabbath between the two weeks of the class and reflect on their experience. Students will write one brief reflection paper and a longer research paper. This satisfies the Interfaith elective requirement for MDiv students.

SACRED SOUND IN WORLD RELIGIONS (HRRA-2500)

Credits:3

ISLAMIC ART (HRRA-3945)

Credits:3

This is a three credit hour lecture course on Islamic visual culture. The geographic span of the class will be wide—from the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East to North Africa and Western Europe. We will study some of the quintessential architectural monuments associated with medieval Islam. We will consider city planning, palatial structures and gardens but will mostly concentrate on religious architecture. We will further focus on the importance of calligraphy in Quran manuscripts and architectural inscriptions, on figural representations in secular buildings and books, as well as on images in ceramics and metalwork. An additional emphasis will be placed on the interactions between various cultures and especially on the ways Islamic visual idioms were utilized by the medieval Christians and vice versa. The grades will be based on: 1) your active involvement in class discussion, 2) one oral presentation, 3) weekly reflection papers, 4) a book review and 5) a final 10 to 15 page paper.

SPIRIT MADE FLESH (HRRS-2900)

Credits:3

HISTORY & CULTURE SEMINAR (HRRS-6000)

Credits:3

ISLAM AND CRITICAL THEORY (HRRS-6050)

Credits:3

CHRISTIAN-MUSLIM DIALOGUE: (HRST-2083)

Credits:3

This is a seminar course exploring important elements and critical issues of dialogue. The study will include an examination of theories supporting and challenging interreligious dialogue and learning. The special focus will draw from the history and development of Christian-Muslim relations. There will be a special focus on the recent development of “A Common Word” initiative begun in 2007 (http://www.acommonword.com), the Roman Catholic Church’s response to this project and the Building Bridges Seminars organized by the Anglican Church in 2002. Comparative theology methodology and interfaith pedagogies provide a foundation for these explorations. Throughout the semester scholars from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faith traditions will join us as “dialogue partners” and we will visit their places of worship and gathering. Two 8-10 page papers (mid-term and final), class presentations, book review, and essays based on the site visit to places of worship will be required. The course is intended for MA/MTS students. D.Min and PhD. are welcome but they must enroll for a course upgrade and complete a 20 page paper as their final paper. [Faculty Consent required; 20 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

INTRODUCTION TO HINDUISM (HRST-2100)

Credits:3

This course will introduce Hinduism, the world's third largest faith with about a billion adherents, and a five-thousand year history in a way that is accessible to students who new to the Hindu faith but interested in a multi-disciplinary study of the Hindu world. We will journey through the diverse and colorful world of the Hindu experience of the sacred through art, music, literature, dance, and the sacred texts that give rise to these many expressions of Religious Life, with particular attention to principal concepts, ethics, and elements of praxis. The course will use extensive AV presentations and lecture & class discussion format. Field trips to local temples or museums may be included. Requirements include reflections on readings, and a seminar project. The course is appropriate for MDiv, MA/MTS (PhD/ThD students could take a similar course as an SRC with the instructor and would be expected to do alternate research at the appropriate level.)

COMPARATIVE THEOLOGY: HINDU-CHRISTIAN THEORIES AND APPLICATIONS (HRST-3000)

Credits:3

HINDU CHRISTIAN COMPARATIVE THEOLOGY: Theories and Applications While religious studies have had to reconsider comparative methodologies, they have started flourishing in Theology. Comparative theology as Francis X. Clooney describes it, incorporates a dialectical approach that seeks to hold both “comparative” and “theology” in creative tension. This interreligious approach juxtaposes specific texts, images, practices, doctrines, or even persons of two or more traditions, with the goal of helping the interlocutor’s “faith seek understanding,” while being rooted in a home tradition. The fruits, or insights of such a comparison are indebted to both the newly encountered tradition/s as well as the home tradition. This seminar course explores important comparative theological methods, sources, and philosophical frameworks that undergird this interreligious, dialogical venture. As such, it outlines themes and texts, theories, and theorists, while distinguishing it from comparative religions. Our typical unit for a comparative method will be a Hindu Christian theology. Recent socio-political and religious developments have led many to reflect on one’s position toward the religious ‘Other.’ This course will enable students to mark themselves or their religious perspectives in one or more of the theological and philosophical paradigms that will be discussed. This course will be at the intersection of Comparative Religions, Philosophy & Theology of Religions, and Interreligious studies due to their overlapping relationship with one another. This course is taught by PhD student Pravina Rodrigues with a Newhall Award, under the supervision of Rita Sherma.

WOMEN, TANTRA, & THE GODDESS (HRST-4900)

Credits:3

SEXTING: SEX IN SACRED TEXTS (HRST-8200)

Credits:3

INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN HISTORY (HS-1041)

Credits:3

HISTORY I (HS-1080)

Credits:3

CHRISTIANITY FROM JEWISH SECT TO COLONIAL CHURCHES This course is an introduction to the history of Christianity and historical theology from the second to the seventeenth centuries. During this time, Christianity developed the main features of what is today the world's largest religion. Along the way, Christianity was transformed again and again as it adapted to vastly different, changing cultural and social environments. This course is about Christianity in the real world. You will learn how to study the origins and development of beliefs and practices, but you will also study much more. The course will introduce you to the continuities and varieties of Christian experience and belief in different times and places, from the Roman Empire to Persia, China, Africa, Europe, and Latin America, and you will be introduced to the complexity of Christianity's social, cultural, and political entanglements in all these places. The course will help you learn to break down real life situations and understand the fine points at which religious innovation and change occur, even when people try to resist change or return to the past. Audio files of weekly lectures, illustrated with slides, and videos are provided for each week. Readings from primary sources in translation are indicated on the course schedule. The readings will illustrate history, but more importantly, they will give you the opportunity to develop basic skills in assessing and evaluating the belief and behavior of religious communities in the real world. Weekly exercises will ask you to apply analytical skills, draw conclusions, and communicate them to your peers. You will be introduced to the history of the interpretation of the bible on the example of commentaries on the first day of creation in Genesis 1. You will learn about the historical entanglement of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. You will read and study several theological and mystical classics. You will be exposed to the politics, ideas, and actions that gave rise to Protestantism and the intimate relationship of Protestant and Catholic reforms. You will discover the birth of the tension between theology and natural science. Finally, you will be encouraged to apply the critical skills and aptitudes you are developing in your study of the past to situations of religious life, leadership, and service today.

HISTORY II (HS-1081)

Credits:3

HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY I (HS-1105)

Credits:3

History of the Church from the Apostolic Period until the end of the Middle Ages, focusing, in particular, on its transformation from a small Jewish sect into the international Church of the middle ages. Some attention will be paid to the development of doctrine, but more emphasis will be placed on piety and worship, dissent, missions, mysticism, ecclesiastical organization, and Church relations to secular government. The course will use a lecture / class discussion format. There will be two short papers and two in-class blue-book exams. This course is intended to beginning MA and MDiv students. [25 max enrollment]

CHURCH:MODERN TO CONTEMPORARY (HS-2195)

Credits:3

CHURCH TO 1400 (HS-2498)

Credits:3

This lecture/discussion course is an historical survey of Christianity from the 1st century CE to the 15th and the eve of Modernity. As surveys go, it's meant to lend an impression that lingers-one that informs broadly but also relies on occasionally closer scrutiny of select topics. The course is studiously multi-disciplinary, approaching major developments in the Christian churches from a variety of historical perspectives and original sources. Requirements include two short essays (5-7 pages): an analysis of one of our assigned original sources and a non-textual analysis--some work of art or architecture from the historical periods covered. Each student will present for discussion one of the original sources in the syllabus. Finally, students will participate in small group 'Pastoral Application Projects' which entail communicating historical material in particular pastoral settings.

CHURCH: 1400 TO PRESENT (HS-2776)

Credits:3

This lecture/discussion course is an historical survey of Christianity from the 15th century to the present. As surveys go, it’s meant to lend an impression that lingers—one that informs broadly but also relies on occasionally closer scrutiny of select topics. These topics include Christianity in the late medieval world, the Reformation, early Jesuit history, faith and the Enlightenment, missiology and the Church in the 20th century. The course is studiously multi-disciplinary, approaching major developments in the Christian churches from a variety of perspectives and historical sources.

THE OTHER IN CHRISTIAN HISTORY (HS-4575)

Credits:3

Historical exploration of Western Christian attitudes toward outsiders and aliens from the early Christian era through the early 21st century. Consideration will be given first to theoretical issues involved in the study of “the other” in Christian history, and topics treated will include pagans, heretics, witches, Jews, Muslims, foreigners, immigrants, homosexuals, and members of "minority" groups. Seminar format; two analytical essays; one research paper and two (2) in-class presentations. Intended for MDiv, MA and PhD/ThD students. [Faculty Consent required; 12 max enrollment]

SWEDENBORG IN HISTORY (HS-4701)

Credits:3

This course will substantially engage with one strand of Swedenborg's thought in cultural history: the ways his particular conceptualizations of mind, body, and soul impacted various alternative medicine currents in the 19th century, largely within an American context. We will begin by situating Swedenborg's work as a scientist and visionary theologian within different interpretative frameworks, from western esotericism to wisdom literature, seeking to underscore the continuities between Swedenborg's science and religion. The majority of the course will then focus on various fields where his role as "visionary scientist or "scientific mystic" became amplified and transformed, from spiritualism and mesmerism, to osteopathy, to the emergence of the New Thought movement. By amplifying Swedenborg's presence within these esotericic healing currents, this course provides an overview on the contested relationship between mind and body in 19th century America. Oral presentation, final paper.

NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS (HS-5022)

Credits:3

This seminar will introduce students to the research field of New Religious Movements and to the structure and content of the Doctoral Program in New Religious Movements at the GTU. It will initiate students to the techniques of research, introduce some methodologies appropriate to the field of New Religious Movements, survey broadly the two historical periods (nineteenth century alternative movements and twentieth-century alternative movements), and promote skills in organizing and writing. The seminar will be geared specifically to the needs and interests of doctoral students in New Religious Movements, but students from other fields and other programs are welcome. Informed classroom participation is 75% of the final grade, final research paper or pastoral project is 25%. [Auditors with Faculty Permission]

HISTORY I (HS-8010)

Credits:3

CHRISTIANITY FROM JEWISH SECT TO COLONIAL RELIGION. This course is an introduction to the history of Christianity and historical theology from the second to the seventeenth centuries. During this time, Christianity developed the main features of what is today the world's largest religion. Along the way, Christianity was transformed again and again as it adapted to vastly different, changing cultural and social environments. This course is about Christianity in the real world. You will learn how to study the origins and development of beliefs and practices, but you will also study much more. The course will introduce you to the continuities and varieties of Christian experience and belief in different times and places, from the Roman Empire to Persia, China, Africa, Europe, and Latin America, and you will be introduced to the complexity of Christianity's social, cultural, and political entanglements in all these places. The course will help you learn to break down real life situations and understand the fine points at which religious innovation and change occur, even when people try to resist change or return to the past. Audio files of weekly lectures, illustrated with slides, and videos are provided for each week. Readings from primary sources in translation are indicated on the course schedule. The readings will illustrate history, but more importantly, they will give you the opportunity to develop basic skills in assessing and evaluating the belief and behavior of religious communities in the real world. Weekly asynchronous exercises will ask you to apply analytical skills, draw conclusions, and communicate them to your peers. The learning community will be reinforced by periodic web conferences. You will be introduced to the history of the interpretation of the bible on the example of commentaries on the first day of creation in Genesis 1. You will learn about the historical entanglement of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. You will read and study several theological and mystical classics. You will be exposed to the politics, ideas, and actions that gave rise to Protestantism and the intimate relationship of Protestant and Catholic reforms. You will discover the birth of the tension between theology and natural science. Finally, you will be encouraged to apply the critical skills and aptitudes you are developing in your study of the past to situations of religious life, leadership, and service today.

BAPTIST HISTORY & POLITY (HS-8020)

Credits:3

CHURCH HISTORY (HS-8200)

Credits:3

This course will survey the history of Christianity from its earliest beginnings up to the eve of the Reformation. Special attention will be given to prominent leaders who help shape Christian doctrine. Moreover, key theological, political and social issues will be addressed and primary texts will be used to enhance group discussion.

PATRISTIC-MEDIEVAL EXEGESIS (HSBS-4050)

Credits:3

UMC HISTORY/DOCTRINE/POLITY 1 (HSFT-2000)

Credits:3

This course is a study of Wesleyan theology-its concerns, texts, and doctrinal statements-and the history of the Methodist movement, from its inception in eighteenth-century Britain to its current embodiment in the United Methodist Church. The course will engage in close readings of John Wesley's texts and some of his contemporary interpreters alongside readings on the Book of Discipline of the UMC. This course is designed to fulfill one half of the credits required by the denomination for United Methodist history, doctrine, and polity. Assignments will include: careful reading of the assigned texts, weekly reflections posted on Moodle, two paper assignments, and a class presentation. [Faculty Consent required; 30 max enrollment]

UMC HISTORY/DOCTRINE/POLITY 2 (HSFT-2001)

Credits:3

UMC GENERAL CONFERENCE IMMERSION (HSFT-3000)

Credits:1.5

UU PROPHETIC WITNESS (HSFT-4009)

Credits:3

UU HISTORY (HSFT-8162)

Credits:3

This course begins with an examination of the (alleged) antecedents to Unitarianism and Universalism in pre-Reformation Europe. We begin with development of Unitarianism in Poland, Transylvania, and England, then on to that of North American Unitarianism through its classical age, the Transcendentalist development, and the various crises of identity and purpose that develop into and through the late 19th and 20th centuries. Then we turn our attention to Universalist ascendency, decline, and then consolidation with Unitarianism. Careful attention will be paid throughout to the Unitarian/Universalist social location in relationship to class, race, and gender identities, and how these sometimes enabled and sometimes impaired social justice advances. This course relates to MFC Competencies #6 and #7 and SKSM Thresholds #4. [30 max enrollment]

THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH (HSFT-8200)

Credits:3

HISTORY OF RELIGION SEMINAR (HSHR-4800)

Credits:3

HELLENISTIC & ROMAN PHILOSOPHY (HSPH-4410)

Credits:3

Greek philosophy after Alexander the Great to Dionysios. We will examines where “philosophy” fit into the larger social, educational and religious structures of the Hellenistic world. Epicurean and Stoic alternatives to Aristotle and Plato. Middle and Neo-Platonism. Greek philosophy at Rome. Jewish and Christian use and adaptations of Greek philosophy. This course is designed for students doing advanced work in history, Hellenistic philosophy or patristics. [Faculty Consent required; Auditors excluded]

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: FOUNDATIONS (HSRS-8210)

Credits:3

US RELIGIOUS LIBERTY TODAY (HSRS-8211)

Credits:3

RELIGION AND NEWS MEDIA (HSRS-8220)

Credits:3

MEDIEVAL MYSTICS (HSSP-4042)

Credits:3

The students of this seminar will read and discuss representative Christian mystics from the period 1000–1600. Each meeting will focus on a particular group of mystics. Students will prepare individual oral reports on their particular readings and give them during each session. After the reports the rest of the time will be devoted to general discussion and comparison of the texts. This course is for MA, MDiv, and doctoral students. Those who want to take the course at the 5000 level will be expected to use original language sources when writing their research papers. [10 max enrollment]

WESTERN ESOTERIC TRADITIONS (HSSP-4395)

Credits:3

ANCIENT/MEDIEVAL JEWISH CVLZTN (HSST-0005)

Credits:0

Ancient Medieval Jewish Civilization This course will examine Jewish civilization from its beginnings in ancient Israel through its development in medieval times. We will examine features of Jewish communal life, as well as the intellectual and religious currents among Jews in the ancient and medieval periods. This course will provide an understanding of the continuities and discontinuities in Jewish history and the overall process of cultural change in Judaism. This course is required for all M.A. and Certificate students at CJS. Weekly response papers/Final Exam.

HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY I (HSST-1114)

Credits:3

Introduction to the history of the Church, from the second century through the end of the Middle Ages. The course will focus on primary sources attached to key events, with lectures and class discussions. The course will be evaluated through short papers on the primary sources (4 papers of 2-4 pages each) and a final examination. The course is intended for MDiv and MA/MTS students.

HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY II (HSST-1115)

Credits:3

LUTHERAN THEO: SOURCES & HERM (HSST-1125)

Credits:3

A study of Lutheran theology with the texts in the Book of Concord in light of their historical roots, significance in Lutheran tradition and global Christianity, and contemporary theological and spiritual considerations. With an ecumenical orientation, the 16th century documents are engaged, critically and constructively, as a companion and living sources for Lutheran spirituality and ministry globally speaking, and for Lutheran spiritually and socially attentive theology that is transformative and speaks to and empowers action vis-a-vis issues of justice and equity and spirituality. Students are invited to explore ways to creatively, faithfully, and intelligently articulate and apply Lutheran hermeneutics in different situations, with new conversation partners and approaches, and with new voices. The study involves an excursion to the specific faces and phases of Lutheranism in the Americas, the place of Lutheran tradition in the framework of global Christianity and the ecumenical scene. [The course prepares ELCA candidates for their required theological review essays.] This course is offered as a seven-week intensive starting the week of October 29, 2018 and ending the week of December 10, 2018. [30 max enrollment]

READiNG CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY IN CONTEXT (HSST-1126)

Credits:3

ANCIENT/MEDIEVAL JEWISH THGHT (HSST-2023)

Credits:3

Ancient Medieval Jewish Civilization This course will examine Jewish civilization from its beginnings in ancient Israel through its development in medieval times. We will examine features of Jewish communal life, as well as the intellectual and religious currents among Jews in the ancient and medieval periods. This course will provide an understanding of the continuities and discontinuities in Jewish history and the overall process of cultural change in Judaism. This course is required for all M.A. and Certificate students at CJS. Weekly response papers/Final Exam.

MODERN/CONTEMP JEWISH THOUGHT (HSST-2024)

Credits:3

MODERN JEWISH INTELL& CULT TH (HSST-2025)

Credits:3

GENDER AND JUDAISM (HSST-4000)

Credits:3

FREEDOM THEO W/MARTIN LUTHER (HSST-4450)

Credits:3

CLASSICS OF THE XIAN JOURNEY (HSST-4700)

Credits:3

This is a course in historical Christian spirituality, reading classic texts by very diverse writers who used the motif of journey or pilgrimage. It reaches from the second century to the twentieth. The readings change each year, but have included Perpetual of Carthage, Ignatius of Antioch, Origen, Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa, Bernard of Clairvaux, Bonaventure, Dante, Julian of Norwich, Martin Luther, John Bunyan, Teresa of Avila, and Evelyn Underhill. Readings are subject to change until the syllabus is published. Lectures and discussions of the texts. Course work is evaluated through two papers of 8-10 pages each. It is intended for MDiv and MA/MTS students.

HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY II (HSST-8115)

Credits:3

SPECIAL TOPICS (HSST-9400)

Credits:3

FALL 2018 ALT THEOS: WOMEN'S VOICES In this class, we will examine women’s theological writings in the Christian tradition. While focusing on the voices of the Medieval and Reformation era women, our study includes also women from the early Christian movement(s) to our day. The primary interest is theology written – and lived - by women and with that reconstruction of both the theological narrative and the essentials of Christian theology. This 4000-level seminar, open to MA/MDiv students, fosters methodological innovation by re-interpreting a significant component of Christian tradition, including women’s works into the corpus of Christian theology, and working theologically with historical materials and gender factors. [30 max enrollment]

THE BUSINESS OF MINISTRY (IDS-1150)

Credits:1

MCL FOUNDATION SEMINAR (IDS-1200)

Credits:1.5

This is a core course for new students entering the ABSW Masters in Community Leadership program. Students are required to take this 1.5 seminar their first semester as a means of developing and honing their theoretical and practical interests and planning their two year course schedule that will include a six unit internship. The academic plan created in this seminar will be assessed in a final 1.5 course taken the last semester of the student's program. The final assessment will include a lengthy paper that describes the implementation of the student's plan and analyzes his/her theological and professional development. Meeting times TBD.

JR COLLOQIUM: CHURCH HISTORY (IDS-1270)

Credits:3

This course will survey the history of Christianity from its earliest beginnings up to the eve of the Reformation. Special attention will be given to prominent leaders who help shape Christian doctrine. Moreover, key theological, political and social issues will be addressed and primary texts will be used to enhance group discussion. Requirements: Students will write four short reflection papers four to six pages in length.

JR COLLOQIUM: OLD TESTAMENT (IDS-1271)

Credits:3

The successful student will acquire a socio-cultural and theological overview of the Old Testament that focuses on basic content as well as critical issues and exegetical and hermeneutical methodologies. In addition, students will be challenged to become self-aware concerning their own social location and its relationship to reading, thinking, and doing biblical, historical, and theological work associated with the critical issues of the day. Assignments include: four short exegetical papers and one book review.

JR COLLOQIUM: INTRO TO THLGY (IDS-1272)

Credits:3

JR COLLOQIUM:CONTEXT GROUPS (IDS-1273)

Credits:3

MULTI-RELIGIOUS INTENSIVE (IDS-1400)

Credits:3

COUNSELING PRINCIPALS & PASTORAL CARE FOR VICTIMS OF TRAUMA (IDS-2100)

Credits:1

RELIGION WRITING (IDS-2105)

Credits:1

MCL FOUNDATION SEMINAR II (IDS-2200)

Credits:1.5

MIDDLER COLLOQUIUM PRACTICUM I (IDS-2260)

Credits:3

This course is co-taught by Jennifer Davidson and Nancy Hall. This course is the practicum portion of Middler Colloquium, which meets one night a week, Thursday, for the entire academic year. It is an interdisciplinary two-semester approach to contextual (field) education. Students serve as interns in a ministry setting for the nine-month academic year (placements are finalized during the previous spring semester). This course interfaces with Middler Colloquium Theory (IDS 2261) as part of an integrative model for ministerial training. These two courses must be taken concurrently. Open to ABSW students only. [ABSW Junior Colloquium 12-unit sequence and an additional 12 units of coursework]

MIDDLER COLLOQUIUM THEORY I (IDS-2261)

Credits:3

This course is the theory portion of the Middler Colloquium and meets one night a week, Monday, for the entire academic year. It is an interdisciplinary course which emphasizes the study of the New Testament (Gospels) and ecclesiology, as well as the arts of preaching and worship. This course interfaces with the Middler Colloquium Practicum I (IDS 2260). Open to ABSW students only. [ABSW Junior Colloquium 12-unit sequence and an additional 12 units of coursework]

MIDDLR COLLOQUIUM PRACTICUM II (IDS-2262)

Credits:3

MIDDLER COLLOQUIUM THEORY II (IDS-2263)

Credits:3

MENTOR YEAR PROJECT I (IDS-3260)

Credits:3

Mentor Year Project is a two-semester (Fall-3units/Spring-3units)/six unit seminar in which MDiv/MCL students research, design, develop, implement, and document a multi-faceted project in ministry/community leadership that addresses a contemporary problem/need in the church and/or wider community.

MENTOR YEAR PROJECT II (IDS-3261)

Credits:3

SKSM SYMPOSIUM (IDS-4205)

Credits:1.5

ANTI-BLACK RACISM: WOMEN & GIRLS (IDS-4212)

Credits:3

SEMINAR ON INTERDISCIPLINARITY (IDS-6000)

Credits:3

This course is co-taught by Arthur Holder and Rossitza Schroeder and co-offered by GTU and PSR. Through collaborative-based learning projects, students and teachers will explore critical issues and develop sound criteria for doing interdisciplinary work in religious studies. Students will practice skills for formulating research questions, engage in learning the present contours of the fields that will constitute their primary and secondary concentrations and outside disciplines, and begin to develop an academic plan for their studies at the GTU from course work through the comprehensive examination and eventually the dissertation. Requirements: student presentations, a draft academic plan, two short written reports, a book review, and a research prospectus. This course is required for all students in the first year of the GTU PhD program. Course meets in the Collaborative Learning Space and in the Dinner Board Room at the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library.

RELIGION & PRACTICE SEMINAR (IDS-6030)

Credits:3

CHRISTIAN WORSHIP (LS-1201)

Credits:3

WORSHIP LAB (LS-2171)

Credits:3

This course is co-taught by Jennifer Davidson and Nancy Hall. Students enrolled in this course will develop practical worship planning skills that are intentionally multicultural, historically informed, and theologically robust. Participants will be given the opportunity to engage in discussion and hands-on creation of different elements of worship in a collaborative environment. Mindful participation in worship experiences will be cultivated through weekly, focused worship journals that encourage students to pay attention to particular themes related to course content. Students need to attend weekly worship experiences in order to fulfill the worship journal requirement. Required readings will help inform students' perspectives. Guest speakers will provide rich and diverse perspectives on worship planning approaches. This course is taught from and toward Christian worshiping contexts. It is primarily intended for MDiv and MCL degree programs, although MA students with a particular interest in worship may also enjoy this course. NOTE: This is the identical course to IDS 2260; ABSW MDiv students should register only for IDS 2260 during their middler year.

PLAN WORSHIP-DAY SEASON THEME (LS-2175)

Credits:1.5

Using as our course textbook "The New Manual of Worship," (Judson Press, April 2018) by Dr. Nancy Hall, students will explore basics of worship planning, the Christian liturgical year, and special days, seasons, and themes that are part of congregational life. We’ll be writing prayers, creating liturgies, and singing hymns and songs for various occasions. Weekly reading assignments will include thought-provoking articles from online blogs, journals, and other sources on the nature of worship in an era of shifting demographics, interfaith partnerships, and boundary-crossing theologies. Learn about online and print resources that will help you plan innovative and rich worship and music experiences for any congregation. This course is open to all students in the GTU and also to community members and auditors -- lay persons, directors and ministers of music, pastors and ministry staff....all denominations and faith traditions....everyone is warmly welcomed! [Auditors with faculty permission]

LIVING WORSHIP A (LS-2225)

Credits:2

Utilizing both classroom and practicum work, this two-semester course will immerse students in the exploration of histories, theologies, and contexts of Lutheran worship in local and global expressions; preparation of worship for weekly seminary chapel services; development of working theologies of baptism, communion, and worship; engagement with ritual care practices and services for life passages; and embodiment of postures, gestures, rubrics, and contents in order to find and develop their own worship leadership style. Evaluation will be based on participation, worship preparation, and written assignments. [20 max enrollment]

LIVING WORSHIP B (LS-2226)

Credits:2

LITURGICAL LEADERSHIP (LSFT-2115)

Credits:1.5

ADVANCED WORSHIP DESIGN (LSFT-2143)

Credits:1.5

CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENTS (LSFT-2404)

Credits:1.5

REFORMED WORSHIP (LSFT-2525)

Credits:3

This course is designed to introduce students to the nature and practice of worship and the sacraments in the Reformed Tradition. Worship and the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper are studied biblically, historically, and theologically, as well as in contemporary settings. Worship ad pastoral issues attendant to the celebration of weddings and funerals are examined. Skills necessary to leading worship effectively are rehearsed. Preparation for the PCUSA Ordination Exams included in lectures and discussion materials.

INTRODUCTION TO WORSHIP (LSHS-1100)

Credits:3

SUMMER 2018 A lecture course for first-year students (MDiv and MA/MTS) who are preparing for ordination and/or liturgical leadership in the Episcopal Church. This course introduces students to the study of liturgy and its practice in worshipping communities. We will examine the nature of ritual; dimensions of Christian liturgy, including symbol, space, time, and texts; and the historical development of Christian liturgy, with particular attention to the development of Anglican worship. Evaluation includes participation based upon assigned readings and written assignments. Course meets weekdays, 6/11/18-6/22/18, from 2pm-5:45pm at CDSP. FALL 2018 This course introduces students to the study of liturgy and its practice in worshipping communities. We will examine the nature of ritual; dimensions of Christian liturgy, including symbol, space, time, and texts; and the historical development of Christian liturgy, with particular attention to the development of Anglican worship. Intended for students (MDiv, MA, MTS) who are preparing for ordination and/or liturgical leadership. Evaluation includes participation based upon assigned readings and written assignments. [Auditors with faculty permission]

LITURGCL HISTRY EARLY/MEDIEVAL (LSHS-5120)

Credits:3

This course will introduce students to the rich heritage of Christian worship. Using history as a vehicle for theological inquiry, it will begin with biblical evidence for worship traditions and trace them through the patristic period to their Byzantine and Medieval forms. Students will become familiar with key figures, documents, and trends in the evolution of liturgical rites. The course will combine lecture and seminar discussions. Evaluation will be based on two in-class presentations and a final paper.

RITES OF PASSAGE NEW BEGINNINGS (LSPS-2000)

Credits:1.5

RITES OF PASSAGE: LETTING GO (LSPS-2001)

Credits:1.5

FOUNDATIONS OF CATHOLIC LITURGY (LSRA-1500)

Credits:3

FOUNDATIONS OF CATHOLIC LITURGY: THE ONGOING WORK OF JESUS CHRIST The purpose of this course is to provide a general introduction to Christian liturgy in the Roman (Latin) Rite by examining principles of worship from anthropological, historical, spiritual, and theological perspectives. The principle of “lex orandi/lex credenda” will be explored through an examination of the roles that symbol, culture, fine arts plan in Catholic worship and liturgy. Topics covered included liturgical drama, sacred time and liturgical seasons, sacred numbers and art and architecture. The intended audience includes MDiv, MA, STL, STD, and PhD students. The latter may upgrade as needed. [Auditors with faculty permission]

LITURGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (LSRA-3500)

Credits:3

VOCALIZING THEOLOGY: PRAYER, ELOCUTION, & LITURGICAL COMMUNICATION (LSRA-4250)

Credits:3

LITURGICS (LSST-2106)

Credits:3

Liturgics is a lecture/discussion course in sacramental theology with special attention to sacraments and sacramental rites as acts of the church. Primary focus will be on rites of Christian initiation and eucharist, with a secondary focus on ordination, confession, anointing the sick, marriage, and burial. Particular attention will be given to the Anglican tradition and the rites of the Episcopal Church. Evaluation is based on attendance, required readings, and written assignments. Intended for MDiv and MA/MTS students and those enrolled for the Certificate in Anglican Studies. [introductory course in Christian worship, or permission of instructor; Faculty Consent required; Auditors with faculty permission]

ECOLOGY AND LITURGY (LSST-4015)

Credits:3

INCULTURATION AND LITURGY (LSST-4181)

Credits:3

CHRIST & SPIRIT IN LITURGY (LSST-4511)

Credits:3

LITURGICS (LSST-8206)

Credits:3

Liturgics is a lecture/discussion course in sacramental theology with special attention to sacraments and sacramental rites as acts of the church. Primary focus will be on rites of Christian initiation and eucharist, with a secondary focus on ordination, confession, anointing the sick, marriage, and burial. Particular attention will be given to the Anglican tradition and the rites of the Episcopal Church. Evaluation is based on weekly online assignments and major written assignments; 10-12 hours per week of reading and online work are required. Intended for MDiv and MA/MTS students and those enrolled for the Certificate in Anglican Studies. Prerequisite: introductory course in Christian worship, or permission of instructor. [Faculty Consent required; Auditors with faculty permission]

GTU MA RESEARCH METHODS (MA-1000)

Credits:3

This course introduces MA students to basic and advanced research and writing methods for graduate work in religious studies. The first section of the course is a brief introduction to religious studies as an academic discipline focusing on major theorists, methodological and theoretical approaches, and bibliographic resources. The second section centers on how to conduct thorough and creative research in order to effectively address a topic of interest. The last segment of the course focuses on writing well-researched papers that contain a solid thesis, supporting evidence, original voice, suitable style, and correct citations. By the end of this course each student will complete several short writing assignments, a draft thesis proposal, and a 10-15 page research paper in the student's area of interest. This course is intended primarily for GTU MA students in any stage of the program, but is also open to other masters' level students focusing on academic research.

SAIL CAPSTONE FOR MAST (MA-4060)

Credits:3

IN THESIS (MA-5000)

Credits:12

MASC PROJECT (MA-5300)

Credits:3

MA COLLOQUIUM (MA-5505)

Credits:3

Only for students in the MA (Philosophy), non-thesis track who are in their final year of studies.

GTU MA RESEARCH METHODS (MA-8100)

Credits:3

EXCHANGE PROGRAM (MDV-3000)

Credits:12

DOMINICAN EXCHANGE PROGRAM (MDV-3025)

Credits:12

For DSPT students only. In order for exchange programs to be recorded on the permanent academic record, students must register for this course. There is a $50.00 charge per semester. Registration is necessary for students who wish to receive academic credit for their work in the exchange program or who wish to have student loan deferments certified for the time in which they participate in the exchange program. Course available for 0 to 12 units.

MTS PROSEMINAR (MTS-3000)

Credits:0

MTS CONTINUING REGISTRATION (MTS-3001)

Credits:1

MTS SYNTHESIS ESSAY (MTS-5020)

Credits:1.5

NOVITIATE YEAR (NOV-1100)

Credits:12

For DSPT students only. Students enrolled in the Western Dominicans Novitiate Program (a program of DSPT) must register for this course for both semesters of their Novitiate Program. Course available for 0-12 units.

NT INTRODUCTION: PAUL (NT-1001)

Credits:3

PAULINE EPISTLES. This course is an introduction to the life, work, and theology of Paul as they are reflected in his seven undisputed epistles in the New Testament and in other related documents within and outside the NT. The course will first reconstruct Paul’s life and ministry and then survey his letters in their chronological order. Special attention will be paid to the particular historical circumstances and theological concerns of each letter. The primary mode of inquiry in this course is historical-critical, but hermeneutical questions will also be raised with regard to the application of Pauline theology to current theological issues.

INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW TESTAMENT (NT-1002)

Credits:3

INTRO TO NEW TESTAMENT (NT-1003)

Credits:3

This course will introduce the issues basic to the study of New Testament texts, reviewing the historical and social contexts, surveying the literature in terms of its referents and rhetoric. There will be an emphasis on the continuity between the two biblical testaments. The basic critical tools of modern biblical study will be utilized. The format will be lecture and discussion, with prepared participation expected and occasional short written assignments anticipated. [Faculty Consent required]

NT INTRODUCTION: (NT-1004)

Credits:3

INTRODUCTION TO NEW TESTAMENT (NT-1009)

Credits:3

CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES (NT-1013)

Credits:3

NT INTRODUCTION: GOSPELS (NT-1014)

Credits:3

NEW TESTAMENT EXEGESIS (NT-2000)

Credits:3

PAUL: ANCNT CNTXTS,MOD CONSEQS (NT-2225)

Credits:1.5

This course is an introduction to the field of Pauline Studies, providing a representative view of the various components within the contemporary study of the discipline, its texts and contexts. First, we will explore “traditional” approaches within Pauline Studies, focusing on the texts and contexts of the past, and how recent scholarship has defined some of the main topics (Law, Grace, Israel, etc.) Second, using more recent developments in the discipline, we will attend to different trajectories of interpretation that pay close attention to the way different communities understand, represent, and re-appropriate Paul for different theological and ideological purposes (Imperial and Postcolonial Studies, Feminist and Queer Approaches, Liberationist Readings). [30 max enrollment]

THE SYNOPTIC GOSPELS (NT-2235)

Credits:3

This lecture course first reviews critical and methodological issues in the study of the Synoptic Gospels. Exegesis of selected passages will be used to provide in-depth understanding of the origins of the Synoptic traditions and their theology, ecclesiology and eschatology as seen in the life, Passion, and Resurrection of Jesus and in the early Church. This discussion will include the Christological titles, the miracles of Jesus, the parables of the Kingdom, the Sermon on the Mount, the Passion Narrative, and the Resurrection Narrative. Students will be expected to provide a one-page response to eight selections of readings to be posted on moodle. By the end of the course the student will have an understanding of the first-century historical background to the gospels in the Jewish and Greco-Roman worlds and be able to discuss the historical and theological issues of the Synoptic Gospels against the background of first-century Judaism. Evaluation will be based on the weekly essays (25%), a mid-term (20%), an 8-12 page research paper (25%), and a final examination (30%). [Introduction to New Testament or equivalent - consult with professor if in doubt; PIN code required; 25 max enrollment]

THE GOSPEL OF JOHN (NT-2251)

Credits:3

PAULINE EPISTLES (NT-2508)

Credits:3

An examination of Paul’s letters in their original socio-historical and religious context. Various methods and approaches in biblical interpretation will be used to understand the possible meanings of specific texts and their relevance for contemporary Christians and ministry. Format: Lecture, seminars, online discussions, group discussions Evaluation: short papers and exegesis paper Audience: MDiv/MA/MTS

METHODS:STUDY OF THE SYNOPTICS (NT-2530)

Credits:3

GOSPEL OF MATTHEW IN CONTEXTS (NT-4450)

Credits:3

This is a seminar interpreting the Gospel of Matthew in its historical setting in the first century Mediterranean world as well as in the 21st century postmodern global environment. The class will discuss some of the major shifts of perspectives in current Matthean scholarship regarding the author’s relation with Judaism. Then major themes of Matthew’s theological ideas will be discussed along with pertinent Matthean passages. Doctoral students can upgrade this course to the 5000 level with additional work. Course will meet in Berkeley at a location TBD.

LUKE-ACTS: NARRATIVE PRSPCTIVE (NT-4495)

Credits:3

NT & CRITICAL THEO (NT-5462)

Credits:1.5

NT INTRODUCTION: PAUL (NT-8101)

Credits:3

This course is an introduction to the life, work, and theology of Paul as they are reflected in his seven undisputed epistles in the New Testament and in other related documents within and outside the NT. The course will first reconstruct Paul’s life and ministry and then survey his letters in their chronological order. Special attention will be paid to the particular historical circumstances and theological concerns of each letter. The primary mode of inquiry in this course is historical-critical, but hermeneutical questions will also be raised with regard to the application of Pauline theology to current theological issues. This class is the online version of NT-1001. [20 max enrollment]

INTRODUCTION TO THE NT (NT-8109)

Credits:3

INTRO TO GOSPELS & ACTS (NT-8115)

Credits:3

This course is an introduction to the New Testament Gospels and Acts and other (extra-canonical) early Christian literature as part of the interpretation of early Christianity. The course is designed to help students to engage theoretical frameworks and cultivate critical skills for ongoing independent interpretation, questioning, debate and engagement. The overarching organization of this course is historical-cultural-critical.

MTHDS:STUDY OF THE SYNOPTICS (NT-8200)

Credits:3

PREACHING THE GOSPELS (NTHM-1100)

Credits:3

This course is co-taught by Michael Burch and Sangyil Park. This course, focusing on a critical survey of the Gospels and the theological and practical aspects of preaching, will help students learn and hone their exegetical and homiletical skills related to the teachings of Jesus and critical contemporary issues in ministry including gender and racial equality, poverty, oppression, resistance, and reconciliation. Students will write two exegetical papers and preach two sermons in class. No prerequisite required.

PREACHING PAUL (NTHM-1105)

Credits:3

RACIALIZING JESUS (NTRS-2000)

Credits:3

GOSPEL OF JOHN (NTSP-2260)

Credits:1

OLD TESTAMENT FOUNDATIONS (OT-1065)

Credits:3

This course provides a basic overview of biblical material, starting “at the beginning” and concluding with the expulsion of Jews from the Jerusalem area in the year 135 C.E.

INTRODUCTION TO THE OT (OT-1070)

Credits:3

This course offers a critical introduction to the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. Students will learn about the ancient Near Eastern context of the OT/HB, the history of ancient Israel, the different parts and books within the OT/HB, the processes from oral original to canonical books, different streams of tradition (theologies) within the OT/HB, etc. Evaluation method: classroom participation, several short exams, three short papers. [Auditors with faculty permission]

INTRO TO THE OLD TESTAMENT (OT-1076)

Credits:3

INTRODUCTION TO OLD TESTAMENT (OT-1080)

Credits:3

This course will provide a basic introduction to the study and message of the OT. The successful student will have 1) acquired a socio-cultural and theological overview of the Old Testament with foci on basic content as well as critical issues and exegetical and hermeneutical methodologies; 2) developed a self-awareness concerning his/her own social location and its relationship to the reading, thinking, and doing of biblical, historical, and theological work.

THE TALKING BOOK: THE HEBREW BIBLE AND BLACK CULTURE (OT-2057)

Credits:3

METHODS:PENTATEUCH & HISTORIES (OT-2095)

Credits:3

A socio-historical and literary survey of the Pentateuch and Histories with attention to the effects of culture upon both the composition and reception of these writings in faith communities. The course provides a foundation in critical methodologies and in the theory and practice of exegesis. In addition, we will wrestle with pastoral dimensions of our study - i.e. what is the relationship of these biblical criticisms to the kinds of interpretations made of the Bible in pastoral places outside the academy; what kinds of ethical, social, and ideological impact does the Bible and its interpretation have in our world? [Faculty Consent required; Auditors with faculty permission]

OLD TESTAMENT EXEGESIS (OT-3275)

Credits:3

LITERARY CRITICISM & THE OT (OT-4000)

Credits:3

A survey of the history of literary criticism and an overview of modern literary theory itself, with special attention to its various systems and approaches. An examination of methods for biblical study that have developed with reference to these literary approaches. An examination of how these methods are applied in the criticism of actual biblical texts. [Faculty Consent; 12 max enrollment]

OLD TESTAMENT PROPHETS (OT-4420)

Credits:3

WOMEN IN DEUTERONOM. HISTORY (OT-4462)

Credits:3

ELIJAH/ELISHA TRADITIONS (OT-5130)

Credits:3

INTRODUCTION TO OT (OT-8174)

Credits:3

INTRO TO THE OLD TESTAMENT (OT-8175)

Credits:3

WOMEN:BIB PRTRTS & CONT MNSTRY (OTRS-8230)

Credits:3

Women: Biblical Portraits and Issues in Ministry: (a Hybrid cs one-line and three Saturdays) This course considers biblical traditions focused upon women in conjunction with ministerial issues that relate specifically to women. It explores how these biblical accounts might inform our understanding and respond to these ministerial challenges. It also considers how these contemporary ministerial challenges illuminate our interpretation of these stories. [Foundation courses in OT; Faculty Consent required; 12 max enrollment]

GENERAL ETHICS (PH-1008)

Credits:3

This course is an introduction to the philosophical study of ethics, focusing on key ethical questions (e.g., how we are to live, what we are obliged or permitted to do, etc.) and concepts (virtue, happiness, obligation, the good, and so forth). Through a careful reading of great philosophical works in the western tradition, important ethical theories will be presented within their historical context, including utilitarianism or consequentialism, deontological ethics, virtue theory, and natural law. Class discussion will center on the philosophical merit of these ethical approaches as well as their relevance to contemporary issues. Lecture/discussion format. Student evaluation will be based on class participation, two short written essays, and a final exam. Intended audience: MA, MTS, and MDiv. students.

PHILOSOPHY OF NATURE (PH-1056)

Credits:3

A philosophical account of the nature of change, exploring classical insights (Aristotle, Aquinas) and contemporary issues in cosmology, the methods of empirical science and philosophy, the nature of causality, time, infinity. Lecture/discussion. Fifteen-twenty page research paper, or three 4-5 page essay papers on assigned topics. [MA/MTS, MDiv]

THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE (PH-1065)

Credits:3

ARISTOTELIAN LOGIC (PH-1115)

Credits:3

This course focuses on the fundamental principles and techniques of classical logic first articulated in Aristotle's Organon and further developed by ancient, medieval, and modern thinkers. The course is loosely organized around the traditional distinction of the three operations of the mind: simple apprehension, judgment, and reasoning. The course will include an examination of logical fallacies and a brief excursus into modern symbolic logic. Lecture/discussion. Student evaluation will be based on class participation (logical problem sets and discussion of Aristotle/commentaries) and three exams. Intended audience: MDiv, MA/MTS. [15 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

PHILOSOPHICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (PH-2040)

Credits:3

PHILOSOPHICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (PH-2040)

Credits:3

METAPHYSICS (PH-2050)

Credits:3

TWENTIETH CENTURY THOMISM (PH-4011)

Credits:3

This course is intended for those who already have some familiarity with the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, studying the contemporary Thomist revival inspired by Pope Leo XIII's encyclical, Aeterni Patris. The course will be conducted in seminar style and will focus on the engagement and development of the thought of St. Thomas by key figures such as Maritain, Gilson, Simon, Pieper, Clark, DeKoninck and McInerny. The class will cover such topics as the Thomistic response to post-Kantian critical philosophy, the idea of a Christian philosophy, and Thomistic contributions to aesthetics, the philosophy of science, and theories of ethical obligation and language. Student evaluation will be based on class participation, class presentations, and a final 15-20 page research paper. Intended Audience: MA and PhD students. [Faculty Consent required]

THOMAS AQUINAS ON TRUTH (PH-4211)

Credits:3

This course will teach the basis for truth in philosophy of Thomas Aquinas. Students (MA/MTS, PhD/ThD) will undertake a careful, critical reading of his QD DeVeritate, a seminal work that covers a wide range of topics. The seminar method will be employed students having read a pre-assigned portion of the text both to understand its meaning and to serve as a springboard for ones own thought, will be expected to enter into a discussion. The Latin Leonine text of Thomas will be used for those fluent in Latin, but knowledge of Latin is not essential for this course. Assessment: 3 short essay papers (6-8 pgs)25% and a final term paper on an approved topic 75%

PHENOMENOLOGY OF THE OTHER (PH-4445)

Credits:3

PHENOMENOLOGY (PH-4446)

Credits:3

MIND AND BRAIN (PH-4711)

Credits:3

This course examines the main theories that explain how the mind and the body relate, and whether the mind can be reduced to its biological basis. It critically appraises dualism and materialism and puts forward an alternative solution with a hylomorphic understanding of the mental and the physical. This is an hybrid course that comprises an online lecture and an in-class discussion. A weekly lecture will be delivered electronically before our class discussion. Assignments include paper reviews, student presentations and final exam. This is an advanced course and familiarity of basic philosophical concepts is recommended. [Auditors excluded]

PERSON AND NEUROSCIENCE (PH-4712)

Credits:3

This course is part of DSPT's triennial Philosophy Project on Person and Consciousness in its third semester. This course will examine what the findings of Neuroscience mean for our understanding of personhood, in particular questions of free will, decision making, personal identity, and consciousness. Invited speakers will present on some of the topics. Assignments include student presentations, paper reviews and paper research. [Auditors excluded]

SELF & OTHER IN INDIAN THOUGHT (PHCE-2502)

Credits:3

"Who am I?" "Should I care?" The orthodox literature of India (across theology, philosophy, ethics to anthropology) record a variety of competing ideas about the self, its nature, and the related question of personal identity as also how one cares for one's self. Tradition has grappled with these issues against much adverse criticism from alternative views , e.g. by materialists, Jains and Buddhist in the attempt to forge a coherent view of the self and a consequent morality. Earlier, there was some ambivalence in the Vedic canons and subsequent systems where the possibility of universal 'non-being' as becoming threatened the supposed stability of purusha (personhood, including devas or 'light-beings'). So what would sustain right action, good and virtuous life? Would the lure of rituals and divine rewards suffice? Not until the emergence of the conception of Atman – as Transcendental Self – with the Upanishad (Vedanta) that a stable unitary metaphysics with correlate ethics is settled upon. But this view generates problem for the mundane experiential self, its consciousness and individual identity: who or what is the "I" in our waking life, in dreams; and what of the ethical responsibilities of the self on the ground, to the other selves or beings? The course draws on hermeneutics of texts, from ancient, classical, epic-medieval to modern and critical Indian discourses on self, no-self, selflessness, personal identity, intrinsic and contingent self, self as Divine, Atman as nondual Brahman, or as related to other ontologies (e.g. panentheism, dualism, naturalism), and the moral implications thereto. The horizons of the self as a moral, aesthetic and spiritual or yogic being in relation to the community and the world is engagingly examined. There will be comparative attention paid to Western and interreligious history of ideas and also to contemporary psychology and postsecular theories.

BIOETHICS AND PERSON (PHCE-4010)

Credits:3

NATURAL LAW (PHCE-4012)

Credits:3

THEORIES OF JUSTICE (PHCE-6005)

Credits:3

HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY:ANCIENT (PHHS-1050)

Credits:3

This course will present the history of Greek philosophy from the pre-Socratics to Pseudo-Dionysius. The emphasis will be on Plato and Aristotle. Format: lecture/discussion. Evaluation: class participation, midterm, final. Intended audience: MDiv, MA/MTS. [Auditors with faculty permission]

HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY:MEDIEVAL (PHHS-1051)

Credits:3

HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY: MODERN (PHHS-2000)

Credits:3

The class will give an overview over the development of Western philosophy from Descartes and Bacon to Schopenhauer. This will include Continental Rationalism, British Empiricism, Kant and German Idealism. Lecture/discussion. There will be a short mid-term and final exam (non-comprehensive) and a term paper. (MDiv, MA/MTS, PhD/ThD).

CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY (PHHS-2001)

Credits:3

PLATO'S POLITICAL THOUGHT (PHHS-4022)

Credits:3

HEGEL'S HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY (PHHS-4394)

Credits:3

PATRISTICS (PHHS-4903)

Credits:3

Faculty consent required.

HINDU PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION (PHST-2100)

Credits:3

MIRACLES (PHST-4020)

Credits:3

Miracles are a key topic of the philosophy of religion. Are they possible? And if yes, can we know that they have occurred? Answering these questions involves a range of philosophical and theological topics, such as: what is a law of nature? what is the nature of causality? It requires answering questions about probability, epistemology, metaphysics and historiography. The freedom of God and petitionary prayer, the possibility of revelation and its relation to reason – all these will have to play a role. Numerous philosophers and theologians have contributed to the debate, especially since D. Hume. We will engage selected texts of this ongoing conversation. Seminar; Class presentations and 15-20 page research paper. MA/MTS; PhD/ThD. [15 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

THE MASTERS OF SUSPICION (PHST-4380)

Credits:3

THOMAS ON SUBSTANCE (PHST-4500)

Credits:3

INTRO TO PASTORAL THEOLOGY (PS-1010)

Credits:3

This is a basic course with focus on practical application in pastoral ministry based on sound pastoral theological understanding. It will explore all the areas in congregational life in which pastoral ministry might be needed. Based on lectures, readings and conversations, students will be required to develop the appropriate response in certain situations using preaching skills, counseling, and other forms of pastoral ministry. We will also look at the restrictions under which counseling can take place or is required as directed by national or diocesan church canons. Based on role-playing, written reflections and classroom participation students will be graded on a letter grade basis. This course is intended for M.Div and MA/MTS students. [Auditors excluded]

INTRODUCTION TO PASTORAL CARE (PS-1014)

Credits:3

PASTORAL COUNSELING: PROCESS/SKILLS (PS-1016)

Credits:3

SECTION 1 [DSPT] This course introduces basic concepts, attitudes, and skills of pastoral counseling. Consideration is given to the fundamental process and skills of pastoral counseling to more effectively deal with common pastoral concerns and problems. It further covers professional ethics for pastoral ministers including issues such as boundaries, power differentials, confidentiality, and sexual misconduct. Systematic training and practice in basic responding and initiating skills are provided. Multicultural implications are included. Intended audience: MDiv, MA, MTS. _______________________________________________________________________________________ SECTION 2[JST] Highlighting pastoral case material and interpersonal process, the course introduces students to the basic interviewing skills of pastoral counseling and provides an overview of clinical psychopathology. This course understands psycho­logical distress within the context of pastoral counseling from a biopsychosocial and spiritual perspective. The challenges of trauma, addiction, and recovery are especially highlighted. Through interviewing and group facilitation, students will hopefully experience themselves as pastoral agents of healing. Taught from a clinical psychodynamic perspective with attention to professional ethics for pastoral ministers, direct experience with underserved populations is required – students will be offered short term pastoral opportunities with homeless populations recovering from trauma and/or addiction. These community engaged learning opportunities are scheduled for some late afternoons on Friday and/or two Saturdays during the semester. Intended audience: MDiv, MA, MTS

INTRO TO PASTORAL CARE/THEO I (PS-1026)

Credits:1.5

INTRO TO PASTORAL THEO/CARE II (PS-1027)

Credits:1.5

CONGREGATIONAL CARE (PS-1062)

Credits:3

PASTORAL CARE I (PS-1145)

Credits:1.5

RITUAL DESIGN (PS-1461)

Credits:1

COMMUNICATION (PS-1462)

Credits:1

EMPATHY (PS-1463)

Credits:1

INTRO TO HEALTHCARE CHAPLAINCY (PS-1815)

Credits:1.5

C/PC CLINICAL PASTORAL ED (PS-2061)

Credits:0

The Pastoral Care Service Project provides a way to live out the Christian conviction that pastoral care is ultimately a theology of service. Out of involvement with persons in need, and feedback from peers and instructor, students develops new awareness of themselves as persons and of the needs of those they serve. From theological reflection on specific human situations, students gain a new understanding of pastoral care ministry. Participating student will choose one of the following (as available and with permission of service site administrator): (a) Assist the SFTS Chaplain or SFTS Professor of Pastoral Counseling by serving as the student chaplain on-call, reporting to both the Shaw Chair for CPE (for support and performance feedback) and the SFTS Chaplain or Professor of Pastoral Counseling (for administrative direction and performance feedback); or (b) A service mission directed by the Shaw Chair for CPE that may be on or off campus, public or hidden, and that stresses leadership and service. This service mission will directly engage care-giving with the disadvantaged and address structural issues which underlie unjust systems. Participants must commit themselves to the provision of pastoral care through the service project in order to receive credit. SFTS MDiv. C/PC Concentration students only. [Faculty Consent required; 8 max enrollment]

PASTORAL CARE IN TRANS COMMUNITY (PS-2951)

Credits:0

ILLNESS, HEALTH & HEALING (PS-8450)

Credits:3

This course invites students to listen for the voices of the ill, even when those voices are full of pain or have been long ignored. Students will develop spiritual care skills and practices to promote health and healing that will enhance their ministries and their lives. The course will draw from narrative medicine as well as scriptures and healing stories from a variety of religious traditions. Format: Class Discussion. Method of Evaluation: weekly reflections, spiritual practice exercises, and projects. Intended audience: M.Div., MASC, MA. This online course is asynchronous. Low residency. Relates to Threshold #: 5; 7; and 8 Relates to MFC Competencies #: 2; 3; and 6 [20 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

SPECIAL TOPICS (PSFT-9300)

Credits:1.5

FALL 2018 NEIGHBOR-CARE: DIVERSE CNTXTS The parable of the Good Samaritan defines "neighbor" as "one who is in need," and that understanding is affirmed theologically in many traditions. This course looks at applying pastoral care practices to diverse groups of neighbors, with particular attention given to LGBTQI, multi-racial and multi-generational communities. This is a seminar course that includes guest presentations, case studies, and discussions. Students are assessed through active participation, presentations and a final portfolio of resources. [Coursework in pastoral care required; 30 max enrollment]

BUDDHIST PASTORAL CARE I (PSHR-3076)

Credits:3

INTERCULTURAL MINISTRY: PARISH, CAMPUS (PSRS-2010)

Credits:3

MINISTRY IN TIMES OF DISASTER (PSRS-2300)

Credits:3

NOVA CRISIS RESPONSE TRAINING (PSRS-2350)

Credits:1.5

HINDU THEOLOGY OF ONENESS (PTBS-5100)

Credits:3

This course will give an overview of one of the most ancient philosophical traditions. In the Hindu tradition, known as Advaita Vedanta, the aim is the study of oneself as the whole, as non-separate from the world, and from God. This integrative vision is systematically expounded in the sacred texts known as the Upanishads, which form the last portion of the primary canonical, revealed scriptures, known as the Vedas. In this course, we will study key portions of several of the prominent Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita with a view to gaining an in-depth understanding of the vision of non-duality, especially as it pertains to the pedagogy of self-knowledge, and its relationship to concepts of bondage, liberation and the various orders of reality. We will be aided in our study by writings of Adi Shankara, the famous 8th C philosopher monk, whose writings unfold the vision of oneness in a systematic and creative manner. Additionally, the course will be raising salient questions such as: What is the nature bondage? Is it universally experienced? How can the understanding of oneness resolve the notion of bondage? How can oneness be communicated or taught, considering that the teaching situation itself poses a duality? How might the pedagogies of self-knowledge be useful in one’s daily life?

AUGUSTINE: PSYCHE IN CREATION (PTPS-4200)

Credits:3

ART AND SYMBOLIC PROCESS (RA-0016)

Credits:0

"When the Soul wants to experience something she throws out an image in front of her and then steps into it." Meister Eckhart. The course Art and Symbolic Process explores archetypal symbols (such as the circle, cross, spiral, and triangle) and personal symbols with a focus on accessing and articulating the multi-layered levels of meaning and transformation inherent in our relationship with their spiritual and material expression. Through individual and group creative practices, each student creates a unique body of artwork in response to a personal symbol, revealing deepening information relevant to the individual. Research and reflective writing regarding the metaphorical significance of symbols, cross-culturally and historically, allows a deeper investigation into the function, nature and power of symbols to guide one’s life and unfolding spiritual journey.

IMAGINING RESISTANCE (RA-0017)

Credits:0

Imaging Resistance: Art, Religion, and Activism for the 21st Century. How have visual artists and theologians responded to times of cultural instability and unrest? This course surveys how artistic and religious movements in the past four decades have modeled combative strategies for living in times of instability. Each week, we will take a close look at a particular art movement such as outsider, Black, chicanx, feminist, indigenous, queer, and eco-art coupled with readings in theologies of resistance. The objective of this course is twofold: to learn about how art and religion have generated praxes of emancipation; to examine the visual production that emerges from these revolutionary movements so as to assess how art and religion have been catalysts of transformation.

CHORALE (RA-1700)

Credits:1.5

SEMINARY SINGERS (RA-1709)

Credits:1

SCHOLA CANTORUM (RA-1715)

Credits:1

GALLERY EXHIBITION PRACTICUM (RA-1806)

Credits:1.5

LITURGICAL MUSIC RESOURCES (RA-1920)

Credits:3

The course will introduce students to the vast repertoire of hymns, service music, and other musical resources available for worship today. Using numerous hymnal resources, as well as historical and contemporary written materials, students will begin to encounter the vast and diverse musical styles afforded to the church from composers and authors, past and present. In engaging and expanding repertoire, students will "sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, and singing and making melody to the Lord" in their hearts.

A CRY FOR JUSTICE IN HYMNODY (RA-2055)

Credits:1.5

ART & SYMBOLIC PROCESS (RA-2057)

Credits:1.5

"When the Soul wants to experience something she throws out an image in front of her and then steps into it." Meister Eckhart. The course Art and Symbolic Process explores archetypal symbols (such as the circle, cross, spiral, and triangle) and personal symbols with a focus on accessing and articulating the multi-layered levels of meaning and transformation inherent in our relationship with their spiritual and material expression. Through individual and group creative practices, each student creates a unique body of artwork in response to a personal symbol, revealing deepening information relevant to the individual. Research and reflective writing regarding the metaphorical significance of symbols, cross-culturally and historically, allows a deeper investigation into the function, nature and power of symbols to guide one’s life and unfolding spiritual journey.

CONTEMPLATIVE DRAWING (RA-2058)

Credits:1.5

ART AS SPIRITUAL PRACTICE (RA-2350)

Credits:3

IMAGING RESISTANCE (RA-2358)

Credits:3

Imaging Resistance: Art, Religion, and Activism for the 21st Century. How have visual artists and theologians responded to times of cultural instability and unrest? This course surveys how artistic and religious movements in the past four decades have modeled combative strategies for living in times of instability. Each week, we will take a close look at a particular art movement such as outsider, Black, chicanx, feminist, indigenous, queer, and eco-art coupled with readings in theologies of resistance. The objective of this course is twofold: to learn about how art and religion have generated praxes of emancipation; to examine the visual production that emerges from these revolutionary movements so as to assess how art and religion have been catalysts of transformation.

TOLKIEN & THE VISUAL ARTS (RA-4945)

Credits:3

This course will map the relationships between religion, literature, and the visual arts through the lens of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic novel, The Lord of the Rings (1954). We will begin with a critical reading of Tolkien's texts, considering questions of intertextuality and influence, religion, mythography, cultural context, and belief. In conjunction with the readings, we will examine his little-known illustrations in the collection of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, and assess the compelling relationship between text and image. Using reception aesthetics as a critical approach, the second half of the course will investigate a wide variety of visual art that has evolved out of Tolkien's works, including Peter Jackson's blockbuster films. Major themes will include the legacy of 20th-century literature, the relationship between text and image, and the notion of the Catholic Imagination as conceived by Andrew Greeley, Wendy Wright, and others. Seminar format with film screenings and weekly reading assignments. Students will be evaluated through final research papers on an original topic of their choice (70% of final grade), class participation (10% of final grade), and an oral presentation (20% of final grade).

TOLKIEN - ART AND RELIGION (RA-4946)

Credits:3

This course will map the relationships between religion, literature, and the visual arts through the lens of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic novel, The Lord of the Rings (1954). We will begin with a critical reading of Tolkien's texts, considering questions of intertextuality and influence, religion, mythography, cultural context, and belief. In conjunction with the readings, we will examine his little-known illustrations in the collection of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, and assess the compelling relationship between text and image. Using reception aesthetics as a critical approach, the second half of the course will investigate a wide variety of visual art that has evolved out of Tolkien's works, including Peter Jackson's blockbuster films. Major themes will include the legacy of 20th-century literature, the relationship between text and image, and the notion of the Catholic Imagination as conceived by Andrew Greeley, Wendy Wright, and others. Seminar format with film screenings and weekly reading assignments. Students will be evaluated through final research papers on an original topic of their choice (70% of final grade), class participation (10% of final grade), and an oral presentation (20% of final grade). Course is jointly offered by JST and GTU. [12 max enrollment]

SACRED OBJECTS/SECULAR SPACES (RA-5100)

Credits:3

MORAL FORMATION & FANTASY LIT (RAED-2500)

Credits:3

WRITING FOR RELIGIOUS LEADERS (RAFT-1200)

Credits:1.5

CHURCH MUSIC & LTRGCL SINGING (RAFT-1710)

Credits:3

CREATING THEATER FOR MINISTRY (RAFT-2032)

Credits:3

TRAUMA INFORMED RITUAL I (RAFT-2400)

Credits:1.5

TRAUMA INFORMED RITUAL II (RAFT-8400)

Credits:1.5

SAN FRANCISCO AND THE 1960'S (RAHR-5501)

Credits:3

This seminar surveys the religious and artistic counter-cultures that flourished in the Bay Area in the late 1950's and throughout the 1960's, attempting to bring together both the historiographies of new religious movements (Goddess-worship, neo paganism) and esotericism (Esalen) with an investigation into the field of cultural production. This entails (re)reading the Beats (Snyder, Kerouac, Ginsberg, Anne Waldman) as continuing an American project of religious and spiritual experimentalism, and diagramming the explicitly esoteric dimensions of avant-garde poetics (Jack Spicer's "radio" poems, Robert Duncan's HD book), painting (Jess Collins's use of alchemy and the occult), and music (Harry Smith). Site-visits will include a walk through locations in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, and at least one session utilizing the GTU's special archive for the study of new religious movements. Course Audience: PhD / MA, Auditors with permission. Oral presentations; final research paper. [Auditors with faculty permission]

RELIGION, LIT, CLIMATE CHANGE (RAHR-5502)

Credits:3

POETRY FOR PREACHING (RAHS-0004)

Credits:0

Poetry for Preaching, Pastoral Care, and Life. “Poetry is distilled life” (Gwendolyn Brooks). This course is aimed at students who are interested in incorporating poetry into their future work, whatever shape that might take. It is designed to teach students how to use poetry everywhere from the pulpit to the hospital bed, from a wedding ceremony to an e-newsletter. Because poetry is the art of using language, familiarity with it will sharpen our gifts as preachers, care providers, and thinkers and writers of every kind. This course will be divided between lectures, seminar-style discussions, and workshops.

CHRISTIANITY IN 50 OBJECTS (RAHS-2061)

Credits:3

This survey course will examine the history of the Christian Church from the Apostolic Age to today through a close reading of 50 objects, inspired by the BBC and British Museum's recent collaboration, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'. Prompted by the increasing scholarly interest in the art and material culture(s) of religion across a number of academic disciplines (including religious studies, history, literature, and anthropology) a select corpus of monuments, spaces, sculptures, pictures, liturgical art, and other objects will serve as a framework for discussion. Students will be evaluated through final research papers on an original topic of their choice (70% of final grade), class participation (10% of final grade), and an oral presentation (20% of final grade). Intended audience: any interested graduate student. This course is co-offered by GTU and JST.

POETRY FOR PREACHING (RAHS-2501)

Credits:3

Poetry for Preaching, Pastoral Care, and Life. “Poetry is distilled life” (Gwendolyn Brooks). This course is aimed at students who are interested in incorporating poetry into their future work, whatever shape that might take. It is designed to teach students how to use poetry everywhere from the pulpit to the hospital bed, from a wedding ceremony to an e-newsletter. Because poetry is the art of using language, familiarity with it will sharpen our gifts as preachers, care providers, and thinkers and writers of every kind. This course will be divided between lectures, seminar-style discussions, and workshops.

MARIAN ART (RAHS-4311)

Credits:3

JEWISH MUSIC MATTERS (RALS-0002)

Credits:0

Music offers a unique means of engaging individual emotion and spirituality, social solidarity and socio-cultural affirmation. It also demonstrates the mutual influences experienced by cultures living in proximity to one another over time. Jewish music, specifically, reflects the historical and contemporary, sacred and secular dimensions of the Jewish people. Spread throughout much of the world over a history of two millennia, this music has evolved into a rich variety of traditions as well as innovative composition. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, we will explore highlights of this musical legacy touching on theories of culture to help us understand the power of music to create meaning. We will focus on the modern era, through lecture and discussion, multimedia, recorded and live music, as well as student presentations.

TRANSFORMATIVE RITUAL CRAFT (RALS-1150)

Credits:3

Ritual Craft as Transformative Practice is an exploration into the art and technology of ritual craft. This course supports students in developing a nuanced understanding of successful ritual structures and empowers students in cultivating skills to create and guide ritual. The course itself is a ritual immersion, with each class meeting structured as a ritual experience. Students are encouraged to deepen their own resonant ritual practices, to experience rituals in contexts new to them and to craft and guide ritual for the community. Students will identify their strengths and edges in ritual craft and leadership, and will receive structured support in enhancing their existing ritual strengths and in nurturing arenas in which they seek additional growth and experience. Intended Audience: MDiv and MASC students Relates to SKSM Thresholds 5 & 6 and MFC Comps 1 & 2 This course is High-Res only. [20 max enrollment]

PLTS CHOIR (RALS-1692)

Credits:1

Participants will attend rehearsals and sing in the choir at PLTS chapel on Wednesdays. A variety of musical styles will be represented in each semester's selections. Participants will be given the opportunity to select music appropriate to the day's worship, and to direct the choir on that day if they choose. This course emphasizes the importance of music and singing in Lutheran worship and offers opportunities to be a liaison to the PLTS worship preparation group. Credit/no credit only.

COMPOSING SACRED SPACES (RALS-2220)

Credits:3

^Art soothes pain! Art wakes up sleepers! Art fights against war & stupidity! ART SINGS HALLELUJA!^ - Peter Schumann, Glover, VT 1984 Art within the context of a Christian worship space has the potential to be transformative and healing, inspirational and meditative, educational and democratizing. It can be a powerful way to bring us closer to God. The goal of this part-workshop, part-art history course is to prepare and empower students to make aesthetic decisions for their churches and worship spaces by providing historical background and practical tools for locating and commissioning ecclesiastical artists. We will consider the iconographic content, use, and reception of chapel and shrine decorations, religious statues, icons, Stations of the Cross, textiles such as altar cloths and banners, and windows. Seminar format with in-class discussion and weekly reading assignments. Students will be evaluated through a project detailing their own ^mock-up^ design of a worship space (70% of final grade), class participation (10% of final grade), and an oral presentation on a historical issue relating to liturgical art and/or the spiritual role of matter (20% of final grade). Intended audience: MDiv, ThD, MTS, STD.

JEWISH MUSIC MATTERS (RALS-2360)

Credits:3

Music offers a unique means of engaging individual emotion and spirituality, social solidarity and socio-cultural affirmation. It also demonstrates the mutual influences experienced by cultures living in proximity to one another over time. Jewish music, specifically, reflects the historical and contemporary, sacred and secular dimensions of the Jewish people. Spread throughout much of the world over a history of two millennia, this music has evolved into a rich variety of traditions as well as innovative composition. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, we will explore highlights of this musical legacy touching on theories of culture to help us understand the power of music to create meaning. We will focus on the modern era, through lecture and discussion, multimedia, recorded and live music, as well as student presentations.

QUEERING CHRIST TEXT&IMAGE (RARS-2001)

Credits:3

"Who do you say that I am?” Matthew’s Jesus asked that question of his disciples (Mt 16:15). Many different answers and approaches to that question have appeared over the centuries since then. The question itself both expands and deepens when accompanied by visual engagements and responses. This course combines a variety of images and texts in an exploration of how “queer” Christ appears outside the “standard” or dominant representations of Jesus, and then further, how this queerness can inspire and inform movements of liberating social change. The co-teachers of this course will offer their expertise in Christology, queer theory, and the visual arts to invite an approach to social transformation rooted in historical traditions and contemporary insights. Beyond white, heterosexual maleness, who do you say Jesus is? MDIV Elective, CSR, MTS

RELIGION AND CINEMA (RAST-0003)

Credits:0

Introduction to a “canonical sample” of religious films from the silent era to the modern day. Building on previous film courses taught at GTU, the course will provide a broad spectrum of films from the United States and Europe representing different traditions of Christianity, including Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, mainline and evangelical Protestantism, and expanding further into the Abrahamic religions of Judaism and Islam.

RELIGION AND THE CINEMA (RAST-2300)

Credits:3

Introduction to a “canonical sample” of religious films from the silent era to the modern day. Building on previous film courses taught at GTU, the course will provide a broad spectrum of films from the United States and Europe representing different traditions of Christianity, including Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, mainline and evangelical Protestantism, and expanding further into the Abrahamic religions of Judaism and Islam.

CINEMA SEMINAR (RAST-4492)

Credits:3

SPECIAL TOPICS (RAST-9400)

Credits:1.5

FALL 2018: LANGS THEO ICONS MUSIC MOVIES Theology is a language about reality that involves the notion of the Divine involved in human life in its design, origins, and purpose. Theology can be expressed in a variety of "languages" and "grammars". In this class, we will expand the scope of theological language and imagination by experiencing, experimenting, analyzing, and employing the art of icons, music, and movies. The over-arching question is: How is God understood and experienced, and with that impact? [30 max enrollment]

RACE AS CONTEXT (RS-1394)

Credits:3

One of the foundational education commitments that undergirds this course is the assertion that all knowledge is contextual. In the various settings of ministry and social transformation, the context of race plays an important role in shaping our work, our approaches to that work, our understandings of our own role in that work, and the meaning we make of it. At its core, this course seeks to help us better understand who we are as raced beings, who God is, and who we are in relation to each other and the Holy. This course is designed as a path for exploring and understanding the ways that race in the United States operates as a social construct and lived experience in ourselves and in the communities we serve. Making use of historical, theoretical and theological lenses, we will engage in readings, dialogue, self reflection, and experiences with other artists and thinkers on race as we increase our capacity for leading and facilitating on this topic.

CONTEXTUAL THINKING (RS-1827)

Credits:3

One of the foundational education commitments that undergirds this course is the assertion that all knowledge is contextual. In the various settings of ministry and social transformation, context plays an important role in shaping our work, our approaches to that work, our understandings of our own role in that work, and the meaning we make of it. At its core, this course seeks to ground our theological explorations in a deeper understanding of our own social contexts, as we develop facility in translating from one context to another and engaging across difference. Focusing in particular on the case of race, this course is designed as a path for exploring and understanding the ways that race in all of its intersections operates as a social construct and lived experience in ourselves and in the communities we serve. Making use of historical, theoretical and theological lenses, we will engage in readings, dialogue, self reflection, and experiences with other artists and activists as we strengthen our commitment to addressing issues of prejudice, power, and privilege while cultivating cultural humility and cross- cultural competency.

AMERICAN CATHOLICISM TODAY (RS-2727)

Credits:3

RELIGION & SOCIAL TRANSFORM (RS-4077)

Credits:3

RELIGION AND SOCIAL THEORY (RS-5515)

Credits:3

The purpose of this course is to introduce advanced students to important works in classical and contemporary social theory that enable scholars (and others) to better understand the complexities of contemporary religion. Secularization; social conflict and change; identity theory; globalization; rational choice theory – we will read the most crucial texts on such topics with an eye to how they shed light on how religion gets consolidated and enacted today. [Faculty Consent required; 20 max enrollment]

HUMAN RIGHT FREEDOM OF BELIEF (RS-8404)

Credits:3

JUSTICE IN NEW ORLEANS (RSCE-2165)

Credits:3

This course will incorporate travel to New Orleans July 29-August 4, 2018 (tentative dates) as part of the learning experience. Students will study the history of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. We will participate in rebuilding efforts, meet residents involved in community development, and discuss the intersections of injustice faced by the residents of the Lower 9th Ward. Students will be required to meet July 7, from 1pm to 4pm for conversation around pre-trip readings and discussion of the trip. Students will be required to participate in all activities planned in New Orleans. A final paper will be required on a topic selected in consultation with the professor. Class meets 7/7/18 from 1:00pm-4:00pm at ABSW, and 7/29/18-8/4/19 in New Orleans.

SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION (RSCE-2701)

Credits:3

Religion is an enormously important and, despite all the talk about us living in a ^secular^ society, persistent component of human experience. This course will introduce students to the sociological study of religion and provide them with the requisite theoretical tools for assessing the ongoing (and ever changing) salience and functions of religion in the modern world. Among the topics to be addressed are: the ways in which religion shapes individual meaning systems; processes of religious conversion and commitment; types and dynamics of religious collectivities (e.g., denominations, cults, sects, etc.); secularization theory; the impact of religion on social cohesion, conflict and change; and the connection between religion and popular culture. Format: Lecture and discussion sections. Requirements: Classroom participation, short papers and a written final exam. [20 max enrollment]

PEACE, RECONCILIATION, & CONFLICT RESOLUTION (RSCE-2705)

Credits:2

CHRISTIAN SOCIAL ETHICS (RSCE-3230)

Credits:3

FAITH AND POLITICS (RSCE-4159)

Credits:3

This course is designed to help students think more deeply about the relationship between faith and politics. Topics include: How ought the religious convictions of citizens shape their political views and activity in a pluralistic society? What does religious freedom entail? Does religious language belong in public? What is relationship between morality and law? Why are people of faith so divided on political issues? Is there any hope for common ground? Our focus will be on Christianity in in the U.S., with some attention to the broader global, interreligious context of contemporary political theology. Format: reading/discussion and lecture. Student evaluation will be based on weekly one-page reading reflection papers, participation, and a final paper.

WESTERN SOCIAL THOUGHT II (RSCE-5003)

Credits:3

SEXUALTY, ETHICS, CULTURE, FAITH (RSCE-8248)

Credits:3

INTRO WOMANIST THEOETHICS (RSCE-8401)

Credits:3

THEATRE OF THE OPPRESSED (RSED-4036)

Credits:3

Theater of the Oppressed is a collection of games, techniques, exercises for using theater as a vehicle for personal and social change. It is a method of using the dynamized human body and the charged theatrical space as a laboratory for exploring power, transforming oppression, and finding community-building solutions to the problems of inequality, conflict, injustice and suffering. Based on the radical pedagogy of Paolo Freire and Augusto Boal, it is a collective artistic exploration in to the fullest expression of our human dignity, potential and creativity. This is an introductory workshop covering the theory, application and facilitation of TO, including: Demechanization, Dynamization, Image Theater, Forum Theater, Rainbow of Desire, Cop-in-the-Head, Theory & Pedagogy This workshop will be 80% experiential and 20% reflective/didactic. No prior theater experience is required. Relates to SKSM thresholds 2, 4, 8 and MFC Comps 4 & 6. [25 max enrollment]

AESTHETICS OF THE OPPRESSED (RSED-4037)

Credits:3

POWER AND MOVEMENTS (RSED-4907)

Credits:3

ECO-INTENSIVE (RSFT-1017)

Credits:3

METHODS & HERMENEUTICS I (RSFT-1120)

Credits:1.5

This course is a general introduction to Hermeneutics and Methods. Its main goal is to explore different approaches, methodologies, and optics to interpreting religious, theological, and biblical texts. The course is designed to serve as an introduction to theological methods (Methods and Hermeneutics II), providing the necessary background to understand the developments of theological reflections as they have manifested in the XX and XXI centuries. As such, the course focuses on theory and critical theory with a focus on linking such developments to the study of the Sacred Texts in the Christian tradition. This course is offered as a seven-week intensive starting the week of September 3, 2018 and ending the week of October 15, 2018. [20 max enrollment]

METHODS & HERMENEUTICS II (RSFT-1121)

Credits:1.5

INTO FTH-ROOTED SOC TRANSFORM (RSFT-1300)

Credits:3

FOUNDATIONS FOR MINISTRY (RSFT-1615)

Credits:3

SUMMER 2018 This course will provide the basic skills and subject familiarity for engagement with graduate-level scholarly practice and is designed to critically reflect upon the nature and content of Anglican spiritual identity, including an introduction to history and global Anglicanism, liturgy and music, congregational dynamics, and developing skills of close and active reading. Evaluation will be via short papers, presentations, and a final research paper. The course is intended for MDiv, CAS, and MTS students. Course meets weekdays, 6/11/18-6/22/18, from 2pm-5:45pm at CDSP. FALL 2018 This course will provide the basic skills and subject familiarity for engagement with graduate-level scholarly practice and is designed to critically reflect upon the nature and content of Anglican spiritual identity, including an introduction to history and global Anglicanism, liturgy and music, congregational dynamics, and developing skills of close and active reading. Evaluation will be via short papers, presentations, and a final research paper. The course is intended for MDiv, CAS, and MTS students.

FAITH-BASED COMMUNITY ORGANIZING (RSFT-2300)

Credits:1.5

MINISTRY ACROSS CULTURES (RSFT-2550)

Credits:3

READINGS CONGS IN CONTEXT (RSFT-8120)

Credits:1.5

This fully online, asynchronous course assists you in establishing and integrating observational skills and tools of critical theological reflection for the purpose of discerning the socio/political, historical, liturgical, and "theological" cultures of selected congregations. You will observe and analyze a selected congregation at its worship in order to identify the particular cultural and contextual dynamics operative within the congregations. You will also engage in ethnographic fieldwork in order to reflect on the congregation's "cultures" and "ecologies", as defined in assigned texts. Guiding your observations and theological reflections are questions like: *how worship space is organized and utilized; *how the worshiping community integrates itself into the contexts in which it is located; *what worship means to both clergy and lay members in these communities; and *how worship embodies and expresses a particular community's understanding of who God is and how God works in the world. Central to the course is conducting fieldwork and your preparation of an in-depth congregational study of your selected congregation, using either PowerPoint or Prezi. [20 max enrollment]

FAITH-ROOTED ORGANIZING (RSFT-8405)

Credits:3

ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT (RSFT-8411)

Credits:3

Merging the practical and pastoral, this foundational, introductory course helps equip students for effective organizational management and leadership – whether serving congregations, leading other religious institutions, or bringing spiritual leadership to secular settings. Topics include non-profit administration, governance, finance, strategic planning, human resources, change management, and organizational culture – and how these relate to ministry. This interactive, multi-faceted course blends readings and written assignments with group discussion, coaching, independent research, and a praxis (action/reflection) component. With the support of the instructor, students will customize their course experience to build on their unique learning goals, aptitudes, and areas for improvement as organizational leaders. Relates to SKSM Threshold #2: Life in Religious Community and Interfaith Engagement threshold Relates to MFC competency for Administration. Note: This course fulfills the leadership intensive requirement for SKSM students pursuing vocational paths other than Unitarian Universalist ministry. [15 max enrollment]

SPECIAL TOPICS (RSFT-9100)

Credits:1.5

SPECIAL TOPICS (RSFT-9200)

Credits:1.5

SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION (RSHR-2000)

Credits:1.5

FORCED MIGRAT. & SOCIAL JUST. (RSHR-8412)

Credits:3

PROMISED LAND AND IMMIGRANTS (RSHR-8427)

Credits:3

QUEERING ECCLESIOLOGY & RITE (RSHR-8450)

Credits:3

Across Asia and Latin America we are witnessing the emergence of queer faith-based communities in very different contexts and histories. Exploring the way that these communities address issues of ecclesiology and rites would benefit students to explore the ways that our global village is moving in terms of the intersections among religion, gender, and sexuality. The course investigates what are the struggles and mechanisms that these communities have to cope in their context with ingrained homophobia. At the same time, it will examine how those communities enact interreligious and multireligious dialogue and rituals and how faith and activism are coupled to counter oppressive discourses and colonial performativities in their own situations. The course also features guest ministers and activists from different context to whom we can turn to learn from their experiences and who will be “present” every class through recorded videos. Relates to SKSM Thresholds 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and MFC Comps 1, 2, 3, 6, 7. Intended Audience: MDiv, MA, and MASC; PHD With extra coursework Evaluation Method: 2 reflection papers, weekly class participation, final project. [20 max enrollment]

PSYCHOLOGY AND SPIRITUALITY (RSSP-2000)

Credits:3

MYSTICISM & SOCIAL CHANGE (RSSP-5000)

Credits:3

This course will explore the powerful synergy between mystic spirituality and social activism. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, “Only through an inner spiritual transformation do we gain the strength to fight vigorously the evils of the world in a humble and loving spirit.” In the urgent and troubling context of current world events, we will look to the example of “mystic-activists” from diverse cultures and faith traditions for insight and inspiration. Readings and class explorations include Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Indigenous sources. The ethical implications of the mystic worldview will be a focus throughout. Through a wholistic approach of both heart and head, we will consider specific practices to nourish and sustain an ongoing commitment to justice work and ministerial service. Expect a highly interactive lecture-discussion format enriched by audio and video materials and student praxis projects. Evaluation will be based on the student's quality of engagement (preparation & participation), short papers, and praxis project presentation. Intended Audience: Advanced masters level and also suitable for PhD / DMin students. Threshold Areas 2 &5 and MFC Comp 4. This course is high residency only. Students must contact the instructor via e-email prior to enrolling in order to receive permission to register. Registration is contingent upon faculty approval. [18 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

RELIGION AND DEMOCRACY (RSST-3500)

Credits:3

Anxious about the midterm elections? Passionate about our democracy and want to improve it? In this seminar, we will not only vent frustrations but value democratic dialogue while engaging even the most divisive issues. We will learn how bringing our convictions to the public square, whether liberal or conservative, religious or irreligious, can strengthen the social fabric and promote the common good. Through lively discussion, news stories, lectures, and multimedia, this course will trace the theological sources of, and resources for healing, our partisan politics today. Religion is a powerful feature of American civil society, so this will be an excellent complement for students interested in public policy, law, public administration, and ministry. Open to all MDiv/MA/MTS students. Auditors welcome. This course is taught by PhD student Leonard McMahon with a Newhall Award, under the supervision of Jay Johnson.

FNDTNS CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY (SP-1125)

Credits:1.5

This course is designed to provide a general survey of the general theological basis for and characteristics of spirituality as practiced in Christian traditions. Students will delve into the theological underpinnings of Christian spirituality, interact with writings on Christian spirituality from historical as well as contemporary authors, explore various forms of Christian spirituality, and engage various practices of Christian spirituality in order to construct their own conceptual framework of Christian spirituality that will enable them to evaluate the effectiveness of various practices and to engage in them in ways that will deepen their own faith. Students will participate in this work through: course readings; writing assignments; in-class lectures, discussions, and activities; and, a final culminating project. This course is offered as a two-week intensive starting the week of September 3, 2018 and ending the week of September 10, 2018.Meets Fridays 9:40am-2pm and Saturdays 8:30am-3pm. [30 max enrollment]

ORIENTATION TO THEO EDUCATION (SP-1500)

Credits:1.5

This course is required of entering M.Div students. It will be conducted in seminar style, encouraging active discussion. We will explore disciplines of theological education as well as spiritual practices students might encounter. Emphasis is placed on the practice of academic writing. The class will work on one short term paper which will go through several drafts.

CONTEMPLATIVE SPIRITUALITY AND PRACTICE (SP-2003)

Credits:1

LEADING WITH COURAGE & EQUITY (SP-2043)

Credits:1.5

CTSC DYNAMICS OF TRAUMA (SP-2055)

Credits:3

In this first course in the Certificate in Trauma and Spiritual Care, students will explore the basic dynamics of trauma from a variety of perspectives: sociological, psychological, psychiatric, neuroscience, relational, theological and spiritual. We will begin by exploring the great variety of trauma events, the demographics of trauma, related studies from the emerging field of traumatology. From the psychological and psychiatric fields we will identify trauma symptoms, and the concept of PTSD and Traumatic Loss. We will learn how to recognize the presence of trauma. Finally, we will explore the theological, spiritual and moral dimensions to trauma and the traumatized person, including the concept of “moral injury.” Along the way, we will touch on implications for the treatment and healing of traumatized persons, but a subsequent course in the certificate program will deal more directly with the dynamics of healing, recovery and treatment. We welcome to this class all who minister to and with traumatized persons. This course is offered on 4 weekends in the fall semester. Classes will be held during 4 weekends: 9/7-8, 10/5-6, 11/2-3, 11/30-12/1. Fridays: 6-9pm, Saturdays: 9am-4pm.

CAMINO IGNACIANO (SP-2074)

Credits:3

DYNAMICS IN THE SPIR. EXER. (SP-2077)

Credits:3

This course will offer an introductory studies in Ignatian spirituality as developed by Ignatius of Loyola (1491 - 1556) by his early companions, demonstrated particularly through the various spiritual dynamics in the Spiritual Exercises. Reading materials include Ignatius' own writings and those of his contemporaries as well as contributions by modern authors and interpreters. Themes will include Ignatian worldview, Ignatian discernment, Ignatian conversion, contemplative in action, the practice of examen, and finding God in all things. Class format includes both lectures and discussion. Evaluative component of the course consist of, in addition to students' active participation in discussion, a personal autobiography project from each student for presentation in class, three short reflection papers (1 - 2 pages) and a final term paper (15 pages). [15 max enrollment]

INCARNATIONAL SPIRITUALITY (SP-2120)

Credits:1

SALESIAN IDENTITY AND CHARISM (SP-2130)

Credits:3

As a platform for understanding the specific charism of St John Bosco, youth apostle and founder of the Salesian Family, students unpack the Christian concept of charism particularly with reference to vocation and mission. The course begins with a survey of the first biblical references to "charisma/charismata", and students follow theological developments of the term. Emphasis shifts then to Consecrated Life. In response to the invitation of Vatican II, methods for identifying the charism of the founder will be explored along with the question of expressing the spirit of the founder in changing cultural realities. In the final portion of the course, attention will be given to how the theology of charism and consecration relates specifically to the Salesian Family. Format: Lecture/discussion. Evaluation: group work, class presentation and research paper.

SPIRITUAL ACCOMPANIMENT (SP-2131)

Credits:3

The course offers insights on the traits of spiritual accompaniment that emerge from St. John Bosco's writings and life experience. It also offers an outlook on those theological themes presented by Don Bosco to his young readers in his endeavor to accompany them on the path of salvation. Themes such as salvation, eschatology, ecclesiology, the sacraments, and the virtues, feature constantly in Don Bosco's writings. The course will also give an overview of the Saint's life experience, especially his spiritual experiences, his experience of God and of spiritual friendships. The course is divided in three parts. The first part will take a brief overview of the historical context of the 19th century - the century in which Don Bosco lived and worked. Don Bosco was a son of his century and therefore the language, the approach, the theology and especially the Church of this century, together with the historical events that were emerging in Europe and especially in Italy, influenced his thought and his modus operandi. The second part will offer an overview of the dynamics of spiritual direction and spiritual accompaniment. Besides discussing some authors, this part will also highlight Don Bosco's own experience in both spiritual direction and accompaniment. This is done so that everything will be put into context, especially that which concerns the person of St. John Bosco. The third and final part will give insights on Don Bosco's writings and present him as an emerging spiritual accompanier of the young. This part will take a look at some of his selected writings, particularly those addressed to the young and the emerging characteristics of spiritual accompaniment from these same writings. The course will be delivered through lectures. However, dialogue and interaction are highly encouraged. The final evaluation will be in the form of an oral/discussion/exam. This final evaluation will be divided in three parts: a presentation of a book on spiritual direction or accompaniment, chosen by the student. In the second part the student is presented with a "case" and he or she must take the role of spiritual director/directress or accompanier. He or she must show that the "case" is well understand and must offer insights to the directee or the accompanied (the examiner, in this case) that can help him or her to grow spiritually and to enhance his or her relationship with God. The third part of the exam will be a question posed by the examiner and it will be mainly about the core part of the course, that is, about spiritual accompaniment as envisioned by Don Bosco. Although the course has a Salesian theme, it is opened to all, especially to those students who would like to enhance their knowledge on spiritual direction and accompaniment. The course also offers practical ways and approaches how to direct or accompany the young. The course is opened to those students who are reading a MDiv, and MA/MTS or a DMin and to all those interested.

MINISTERIAL DISCERNMENT (SP-2467)

Credits:1

IGNATIAN DISCERNMENT (SP-2468)

Credits:3

EXPERIMENTS PRAYER & MEDITATN (SP-2492)

Credits:3

To explore ways of prayer and meditation within the western Christian tradition. Through these experiments in prayer one hopes to develop his or her relationship to God and one's sensitivity to the religious dimension of one's everyday life. The course aims to help people notice and articulate their religious experience as a ground and test of their theological reflection. Seminar, weekly journals, final reflection paper. [Faculty Consent required; 20 max enrollment]

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION PRACTICUM (SP-2495)

Credits:3

CNTMPY ISSUES IN SPRTL DIRCTN (SP-2496)

Credits:3

THE ART OF DISCERNMENT (SP-2499)

Credits:1.5

SPIRITUALITY OF THOMAS MERTON (SP-2502)

Credits:3

RHYTHMS OF THE SPIRIT: CRAFTING A RULE OF LIFE (SP-2518)

Credits:3

SPIRITUAL LIFE AND LEADERSHIP (SP-2527)

Credits:1.5

IGNATIAN VISION & CULTURES (SP-2603)

Credits:3

FUNDMNTLS OF SPIRITUAL DIRECTN (SP-2680)

Credits:0

SEM IN IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY (SP-3338)

Credits:3

CONTEMPLATIVE LISTENING (SP-3502)

Credits:1.5

SPIRITUAL EXERCISE IN CONTEXT (SP-4042)

Credits:3

This course will focus on The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola in its historical, cultural and textual contexts. The Autobiography and the Official Directory of 1599 will support our close reading of the text of The Spiritual Exercises. We will attend to the limits of the adaptability of a classic spiritual text through raising the questions: Where were the women at the time Ignatius was composing the Spiritual Exercises? In the early years of their use? How can this text and process be adapted for today's women (and men)? For those in different ecclesial contexts? For those outside Western cultural contexts? Useful for those specializing in Ignatian Spirituality as well as for those seeking to gain deeper understanding of a spiritual classic that became the basis for the modern retreat movement. Experience of making the Spiritual Exercises in some form desired. Advanced students (that is, most students) will share teaching responsibilities. Learning strategies include reading, discussion, lecture, evaluating electronic sources, moodle-based discussions, class presentations, final paper. [20 max enrollment]

SENIOR SPIRITUALITY CAPSTONE (SP-4050)

Credits:1.5

DYNAMICS OF TRAUMA (SP-4055)

Credits:3

In this first course in the Certificate in Trauma and Spiritual Care, students will explore the basic dynamics of trauma from a variety of perspectives: sociological, psychological, psychiatric, neuroscience, relational, theological and spiritual. We will begin by exploring the great variety of trauma events, the demographics of trauma, related studies from the emerging field of traumatology. From the psychological and psychiatric fields we will identify trauma symptoms, and the concept of PTSD and Traumatic Loss. We will learn how to recognize the presence of trauma. Finally, we will explore the theological, spiritual and moral dimensions to trauma and the traumatized person, including the concept of “moral injury.” Along the way, we will touch on implications for the treatment and healing of traumatized persons, but a subsequent course in the certificate program will deal more directly with the dynamics of healing, recovery and treatment. We welcome to this class all who minister to and with traumatized persons. Classes will be held during 4 weekends: 9/7-8, 10/5-6, 11/2-3, 11/30-12/1. Fridays: 6-9pm, Saturdays: 9am-4pm. [Introduction to pastoral care or counseling]

FRANCISDESALES SOURCES&SPIRIT (SP-4571)

Credits:3

SPIRITUALITY OF FEMALE MYSTICS (SP-4701)

Credits:3

SPRTL DISCIPLINES EASTERN XTN (SP-4800)

Credits:3

The course will follow a lecture/discussion format as students will study spiritual disciplines of the Eastern Orthodox Tradition. The following subjects will be included - The Jesus Prayer, silence, fasting,Pilgrimage and the Elder, the desert. Readings will be taken from the Patristic Tradition as well as contemporary authors. Students will be required to do two papers and one presentation. Emphasis will be placed on class participation.

DOCTORAL SEMINAR: XTN SPIRTLTY (SP-5090)

Credits:3

This seminar will introduce students to the research field of Christian Spirituality, and to the structure and content of the Doctoral Program (PhD, STD, STL) in Christian Spirituality at the GTU. It will also initiate students into the techniques of research, some methodologies appropriate to the interdisciplinary field and promote skills in organizing and writing. The seminar will be specifically geared to the needs and interests of doctoral and master students in Christian Spirituality but doctoral students from other fields who are interested in the field are welcome. Discussion, lecture, presentation and term paper. [Faculty Consent required; 10 max enrollment]

SPIRITUAL FORMATION LEADERSHP (SPFT-1082)

Credits:3

This course introduces histories, practices, and issues of spiritual formation. The course particularly aims to help students to understand the significant relationship between spirituality and leadership for social change. The course also encourages students to find or create effective spiritual practices for themselves. Selected spiritual practices mainly from Christian traditions and also from other traditions will be introduced with their social and historical contexts and examined critically for their role in contemporary leadership formation. This is a PSR's requirement course for the first-year students in MDiv and MAST programs and students in CSSC. Also, anyone who is interested in the field of spiritual formation and engaged spirituality is welcome. [30 max enrollment]

CHI SPIRITUAL DIRECTION II (SPFT-2496)

Credits:1.5

For joint-program students participating in Chaplaincy Institute (ChI) modules as part of the Interfaith Spiritual Direction Certificate. This module is the second of four quarterly classes in the 2018/19 program. The certificate is designed to inspire, nurture and educate those who are called to serve as Spiritual Directors in our increasingly diverse world. Our innovative program focuses on a combination of the study of world religions, an exploration of personal spirituality, and spiritual direction skills….all in a creatively infused context. Each intensive learning module focuses on the development of practical skills and competencies for offering spiritual direction to persons of varying religious beliefs and backgrounds. This immersion in the arts of ministry combines pedagogies of theoretical, practical, and artistic learning. This course is only for students who have been admitted to the SKSM-ChI joint program and is not available to other SKSM students or to students from other GTU schools. This course does not count toward residency requirements. Relates to SKSM Thresholds 1, 5, 6, 8; MFC Competencies 2, 3. Meets 10/22-10/26/18 from 9:00am to 5:00pm. [15 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

CHI SPIRITUAL DIRECTION III (SPFT-2497)

Credits:1.5

CHI SPIRITUAL IMMERSION IV (SPFT-2498)

Credits:1.5

SPIRITUAL FORMATION LEADERSHP (SPFT-8182)

Credits:3

This course introduces histories, practices, and issues of spiritual formation. The course particularly aims to help students to understand the significant relationship between spirituality and leadership for social change. The course also encourages students to find or create effective spiritual practices for themselves. Selected spiritual practices mainly from Christian traditions and also from other traditions will be introduced with their social and historical contexts and examined critically for their role in contemporary leadership formation. This is a PSR’s requirement course for the first-year students in MDiv and MAST programs and students in CSSC. Also, anyone who is interested in the field of spiritual formation and engaged spirituality is welcome. This is an online course, which uses Moodle as the class platform and Zoom for plenary sessions. There are four plenary sessions during the semester. The first plenary session takes place on September 15 at 2PM and is required for those who take this class. The dates and times for the rest of the sessions are finalized in the first plenary meeting. [30 max enrollment]

HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN SPIRTLTY (SPHS-2000)

Credits:3

ORTHODOX XTN SPIRITUALITY (SPHS-4915)

Credits:3

HISTORY OF XTN SPIRITUALITY (SPHS-5000)

Credits:3

HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN SPIRTLTY (SPHS-8200)

Credits:3

PAULINE EPISTLES & SPRTLTY (SPNT-2300)

Credits:3

This course offers an introduction to the life, work, and theology of Paul through a deep investigation into the development of his thought in the seven undisputed epistles. While the course will reconstruct Paul’s ministry using historical-critical and literary methods, the course approaches the texts from the field of biblical spirituality. Students will gain competency in charting the chronological history of Paul’s lived experience, particularly his spiritual revelations, missionary ventures, and relationships with various cities and churches. Then, they will dive into topics of biblical spirituality and theology in the writings of Paul, including racism and slavery, gendered oppression/liberation, Paul on the law and anti-Semitism in Pauline exegesis, Paul’s doctrine of justification and inclusivity, missiology, Paul on the flesh and embodiment, sexuality and purity. Competency in Koine Greek not required but welcomed. Suitable for MDiv, MTS, and MA students.

BIBLICAL ISSUES/XTN SPRTLTY (SPOT-4444)

Credits:3

CTSC TRAUMA CARE RESILIENCY (SPPS-2460)

Credits:3

Trauma Care is provided under unique pressures: extreme uncertainty, fear/anxiety, real threat, complexity, time sensitive, political pressure, and public scrutiny in a high consequence environment. Preparation of trauma care givers for this challenge has focused on related knowledge and technical care-giving skills. Yet, researchers have found that competencies for trauma care are largely dimensions of emotional intelligence (EQ). This trauma care course applies the principles of transformative learning to foster EQ growth. The approach requires sufficient time for implicit learning to occur, space for self-reflection and questioning one’s own assumptions, and an environment which supports, confronts and clarifies. In this class, students will learn critical care competencies for trauma care giving including self-awareness, self-management and impulse control, empathy and the ability to attune to others, flexibility, creativity, decision-making and problem-solving, and the ability to engage and inspire others. This course meets at SFTS in San Anselmo for four intensive weekends during the fall semester. Classes will be held during 4 weekends: 9/14-15, 10/12-13, 11/9-10, 12/14-15. Fridays: 6-9pm, Saturdays: 9am-4pm.Please visit www.sfts.edu for more information. Pass/Fail only. [20 max enrollment]

CTSC TRAUMA CARE RESILIENCY (SPPS-4460)

Credits:3

Trauma Care is provided under unique pressures: extreme uncertainty, fear/anxiety, real threat, complexity, time sensitive, political pressure, and public scrutiny in a high consequence environment. Preparation of trauma care givers for this challenge has focused on related knowledge and technical care-giving skills. Yet, researchers have found that competencies for trauma care are largely dimensions of emotional intelligence (EQ). This trauma care course applies the principles of transformative learning to foster EQ growth. The approach requires sufficient time for implicit learning to occur, space for self-reflection and questioning one’s own assumptions, and an environment which supports, confronts and clarifies. In this class, students will learn critical care competencies for trauma care giving including self-awareness, self-management and impulse control, empathy and the ability to attune to others, flexibility, creativity, decision-making and problem-solving, and the ability to engage and inspire others. This course meets at SFTS in San Anselmo for four intensive weekends during the fall semester. Classes will be held during 4 weekends: 9/14-15, 10/12-13, 11/9-10, 12/14-15. Fridays: 6-9pm, Saturdays: 9am-4pm. Please visit www.sfts.edu for more information. [20 max enrollment]

POETRY FOR SPIRITUAL CARE (SPRA-2000)

Credits:3

The practice of reading poetry closely, paying attention to the ways words work, to the surprising purposes of ambiguity, to effects of poetic devices, can enrich the ways we read Scripture, conduct conversations, and widen the repertoire of questions we bring to any text. This course will focus on a variety of kinds of poetry, on reading it, writing it, and practicing ways of integrating the gifts poems offer into pastoral care, preaching, personal spiritual practice, and daily life. Course is available for 1.5-3 units.

FAMILIES & SPIRITUAL PRACTICE (SPRS-8412)

Credits:3

SPIRITUALITY OF THE EARTH (SPST-2550)

Credits:3

INCARNATIONAL THEOLOGY (SPST-3020)

Credits:3

SRC UPGRADE (SRC-8888)

Credits:12

SRC UPGRADE (SRC-8888)

Credits:3

Upgrading a lower level course to an advanced or doctoral course. Course available for 0.5-12 units.

SPECIAL READING COURSE (SRC-9999)

Credits:3

A special reading course designed by the student and faculty member. This course must have a special reading course form on file in your Registrar's office in order to receive credit for it. Obtain the form from your Registrar. Course available for 0.5-12 units.

SPECIAL READING COURSE (SRC-9999)

Credits:3

SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY I (ST-1084)

Credits:3

SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY II (ST-1085)

Credits:3

This course is the second semester of a two-semester introduction to Christian theology. The purpose is to help the student gain a basic knowledge of the principal topics of the theology of the universal church, especially as these topics are understood in the Reformed tradition and in conversation with feminist and other contemporary theologies. Beginning with the doctrine of humanity, we look at our original goodness and our fall into relational forms of sin as pride, despair and denial. Next, we look at the person and work of Jesus Christ, from a variety of perspectives. We look deeply at the meaning of our being "saved by grace through faith alone," and the roles of the divine Spirit and human spirit in bringing about our healing. We conclude with the nature of the Christian spiritual life, including sanctification and vocation, the church and its mission in the world and sacraments.

THEOLOGY: NATURE & METHOD (ST-1091)

Credits:3

This course (formerly titled “ST-1710 Theology: Method & Structure”) is an introduction to the nature, method, sources, and structure of theology, focusing on (but not limited to) the Roman Catholic tradition and the work of St. Thomas Aquinas in particular. Issues to be considered include: the nature of theology, its method, the relationship between philosophy and theology, the theology of revelation, and the respective roles of scripture, tradition, magisterium, faith, and reason in theology. The course also introduces students to writing research papers in theology. Format: Lecture & discussion, with some student presentations. Assignments for evaluation: (a) class participation; (b) oral reports; (c) one research paper proposal (without such a paper itself); and (d) exams. Intended audience: MA, MDiv, and MTS students.

INTRO TO SWEDENBORGIAN THGT (ST-1550)

Credits:3

Centering especially in Swedenborg’s two-volume summa, True Christianity (1771), we will explore systematically Swedenborgian theology in an overview fashion. In addition to engaging Swedenborg’s thought in this classic work, we will also situate his ideas and topics in the context of historical Christian theology, and at all times we will consider spirituality interpretations for the practice of ministry in the contemporary moment. Seminar style. Two student presentations; six 2-page papers; final research paper. Intended audience: M.Div., M.T.S. Can be upgraded for M.A., D.Min, and Ph.D. Course scheduling TBD based upon student availability.

POLITICAL THEOLOGY IN THE CONTEXT OF AFRICA (ST-2013)

Credits:3

FOUNDATIONS OF THEOLOGY (ST-2014)

Credits:3

This course examines the nature and function of theology through a systematic inquiry into the dynamics of faith and revelation, the role of scripture and tradition, the use of religious language and symbols, the genesis of doctrine, the operation of theological method, and the relationship of theology to praxis. This course introduces basic theological concepts and terms, exposes students to some major theologians and theological styles, and situates the study of theology in the life and ministry of the Church. For these reasons, this course can serve as an introduction to the study of theology. It is designed for MDiv students and others in first degree programs (MA, MTS, etc.). This course will use a flipped classroom format with lectures viewed on the course website and discussions conducted in class. Students will be evaluated through short papers, class participation, and a final exam.

CONTEMP ANGLICAN THEOLOGIANS (ST-2029)

Credits:3

This course will examine the work of several Anglican-identified theologians treating a variety of themes and topics. This will allow us to encounter and learn from the many ways in which Anglican theologies are engaged theologies, theologies that challenge us to rethink how we imagine and interact with both church and world, and that provoke deep transformations in the lived life of faith. This is a seminar course focused on close reading and discussion of texts by Sarah Coakley, Kelly Brown Douglas, Jay Emerson Johnson, William Stringfellow, Kathryn Tanner, Keith Ward, and Rowan Williams, along with a few stand-alone articles. The requirements are active classroom participation and a research paper of 18–20 pages on the work of an Anglican theologian not encountered directly in the course readings, selected in consultation with the instructor. The course is appropriate for students in all degree programs and there are no prerequisites. Low-residency and fully online students are welcome to register and participate via Zoom.

INTRODUCTION TO THEOLOGY (ST-2160)

Credits:3

The course emphasizes liberatory, and contemporary thought, through brief but in-depth encounters with historically pivotal or influential essays, texts, thinkers, and ideas. Students will learn to use and interpret basic theological concepts and models, using traditional vocabularies (doctrine of God, creation, theological anthropology, Christology, suffering and evil, soteriology, pneumatology, eschatology) by engaging a variety of theological texts critically and creatively. Students will be invited to participate as theologians while gaining a sense of how theology is a temporal, contextual, ongoing and imaginative endeavor, in which present articulations are flooded with, produced by, argue with, extend, contradict, and depart from inherited claims about the relations between God, Jesus/Christ, the Holy Spirit, humanity, life, and the universe(s). Course format: Lecture and discussion. Evaluation: Class participation, Moodle posting, 2 brief papers and term paper.

THLGY I:INTRODUCING PRACTICE (ST-2188)

Credits:3

THEOLOGY I: INTRODUCING THE PRACTICE. This course is the first in a two-course sequence that introduces students to the core topics and methods of Christian systematic theology. Although special emphasis is placed on the Anglican tradition, students encounter the central theologians and theological perspectives necessary for an adequate foundation in Christian theology. In this first course, the theological topics considered are: God, creation, Trinity, christology, theological anthropology, sin and salvation, grace, and pneumatology. The course is taught primarily as a seminar, with the instructor presenting material that is then discussed in depth by the class in order to elucidate the salient terms, debates, and themes of the topic at hand. Writing assignments consisting of reading response papers on class readings and short essays, also based on class readings, are the central requirements.

CONSTRUCTIVE THEOLOGY (ST-2225)

Credits:3

In this course you will be introduced to the work of constructive/systematic theology – its methods, its sources, and its expressions in various faith communities. You will consider the doctrines of the Christian tradition in their biblical, historical and present-day developments; interacting with voices both ancient and contemporary from a variety of communities, contexts and concerns. Together we will learn how to engage the work of theology today, using the resources of our Christian traditions and other scholarly disciplines for the sake of developing the systematic/constructive habitus you will need in order to serve as theological leaders in a variety of communities and ministries. Discussion and lecture format. Three written assignments [research paper/constructive project/credo essay] and class participation form the bases of student assessment. [30 max enrollment]

HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT OF CHRISTOLOGY (ST-2232)

Credits:3

The primary purpose of this lecture course (designed for the MA/MDiv/MTS levels) is to survey the main lines of Christological development from the earliest Patristic writers through Aquinas. The areas of particular concentration will be the Patristic development from Nicea to Constantinople III and Aquinas' Christology and soteriology. Its secondary purpose is to survey the main lines of Marian doctrine, both as it has evolved historically, as it is being revisioned by contemporary authors. Modern and contemporary developments in Christology, including the various ^Quests^ of the historical Jesus, will be covered in ST 3115, Contemporary Christology, in the spring semester of 2016. The requirements for the course are attendance, and 20 pages of written work distributed over three essays. NOTE: this course is a prerequisite for ST 3115. [Auditors with Faculty permission]

TRINITY (ST-2300)

Credits:3

THEOLOGY OF THE CROSS (ST-2320)

Credits:3

INTRODUCING ECCLESIOLOGY (ST-2458)

Credits:3

THLGY II:DEEPNING THE PRACTICE (ST-2488)

Credits:3

THEOLOGIES OF LIBERATION (ST-2547)

Credits:3

THEOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (ST-2645)

Credits:3

Theological Anthropology studies the reality and mystery of our human existence in light of Christian traditions of philosophy, theology and scripture, with a particular focus on the Catholic tradition. It attempts a foundational theological inquiry into human self-understanding, including concepts of person, affectivity, sexuality, individuality and community. This examination will also be informed by what we know from contemporary social and natural sciences. A major portion of the course will consider examine the human-divine relationship through the Christian narratives of creation-redemption, grace-sin, and the final fulfillment of human existence. Discussions in the course will invite dialogue with perspectives on the human person offered by non-Christian religions. [20 max enrollment]

INTRODUCTION TO ESCHATOLOGY (ST-2661)

Credits:3

THEOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (ST-3128)

Credits:3

CAN ESCHATOLOGY BE SAVED? (ST-3462)

Credits:3

An examination of the history and contemporary importance of Christian eschatological and apocalyptic theological understandings as they apply to both the practices of ministry and academic religious scholarship. Beginning with a brief introduction to the eschatological/ apocalyptic understandings contained in Islam, Mormonism, Judaism and Evangelical Fundamentalism (from practitioners), this course takes up the work of Barbara Rossing, Jurgen Moltmann, and others who seek to offer an eschatology that emphasizes divine "adventus" over against those eschatologies that emphasize mere "futurum." Lecture and discussion, with a project/paper. Students preparing for ministry are encouraged to prepare either a sermon series or education curriculum project. MA and PhD students are encouraged to prepare a research paper in consultation with the professor. [Any intro course in systematic theology; 30 max enrollment]

THEOLOGY OF MERCY (ST-4043)

Credits:3

CONSTRUCTIVE THEOLOGY (ST-4150)

Credits:3

In this capstone course, students will engage in a process of coming to understand themselves as life-long theological readers and writers in service to whatever form their life and ministry may take after seminary. Through encounters with classical and contemporary Christian theological themes, students will have ample opportunity to grapple with and articulate their own constructive theologies in conversation with others. These conversations will be supported and enabled through regular written assignments, class discussion, and prayerful disciplines. The course will culminate with a final essay. This course is taught from a commitment to liberative pedagogy (see bell hooks and Paulo Friere) and is a blend of active learning, discussion, and interactive lecture where students’ voices and journeys are valued. This is a required course for ABSW students nearing the end of their degree program. Students from other GTU schools are most welcome and encouraged to participate in this course.

VATICAN II: THEOLOGICAL IMPORT (ST-4152)

Credits:3

Lecture/Seminar on the theological content of the Second Vatican Council, detailed study of its major documents, exploring the historical context and commentaries, and its influence on ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue. The importance of this Council is still being explored fifty years after its completion, expecially through the pontificate of Pope Francis. Weekly papers, class presentations, final paper. Designed for advanced MDiv students, MA/STL, STD/PhD students.. [Faculty Consent required; 25 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

CROSS-CULTURAL CHRISTOLOGIES (ST-4184)

Credits:3

THEOLOGY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (ST-4205)

Credits:3

THEOLOGY OF SUFFERING (ST-4419)

Credits:3

SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY II (ST-8109)

Credits:3

This course is the second semester of a two-semester introduction to Christian theology. The purpose is to help the student gain a basic knowledge of the principal topics of the theology of the universal church, especially as these topics are understood in the Reformed tradition and in conversation with feminist and other contemporary theologies. Beginning with the doctrine of humanity, we look at our original goodness and our fall into relational forms of sin as pride, despair and denial. Next, we look at the person and work of Jesus Christ, from a variety of perspectives. We look deeply at the meaning of our being "saved by grace through faith alone," and the roles of the divine Spirit and human spirit in bringing about our healing. We conclude with the nature of the Christian spiritual life, including sanctification and vocation, the church and its mission in the world and sacraments. This course is the online version of ST-1085.

THLGY I: INTRODUCING PRACTICE (ST-8218)

Credits:3

THEOLOGY I: INTRODUCING THE PRACTICE. This course is the first in a two-course sequence that introduces students to the core topics and methods of Christian systematic theology. Although special emphasis is placed on the Anglican tradition, students encounter the central theologians and theological perspectives necessary for an adequate foundation in Christian theology. In this first course, the theological topics considered are: God, creation, Trinity, christology, theological anthropology, sin and salvation, grace, and pneumatology. The course is taught primarily as a seminar, with the instructor presenting material that is then discussed in depth by the class in order to elucidate the salient terms, debates, and themes of the topic at hand. Writing assignments consisting of reading response papers on class readings and short essays, also based on class readings, are the central requirements.

THEOLOGY AS LIVING CONVERSATION (ST-8284)

Credits:3

THEOLOGY II: DEEPENING THE PRACTICE (ST-8288)

Credits:3

UNITARIAN UNIVERSAL THEOLOGY (ST-8301)

Credits:3

CHRISTOLOGY:ANCIENT & MODERN (ST-8391)

Credits:3

SPECIAL TOPICS (ST-9300)

Credits:3

PUBLIC THEOLOGY (STCE-3100)

Credits:3

BELOVED (CHRISTIAN) COMMUNITY (STCE-3400)

Credits:3

What distinctive contributions can theological ideas make to communities of faith committed to social change? How can we think in explicitly theological ways about the cultural and political constructions of race, gender, and sexuality, especially as these intersect and intertwine? Can religious leaders effectively critique the social systems in which whey they are embedded and the (religious) institutions on which they often rely for support? Drawing on various forms of social analysis, this course invites constructive theological work rooted in Josiah Royce’s notion of “the Beloved Community,” around which Martin Luther King, Jr., shaped his own work for civil rights and social transformation. We will aim to think theologically about the ethical challenges in sustaining counter-cultural expressions of the Beloved Community in diverse contexts. Lectures, discussion, and presentations will culminate in a final project suitable for a variety of vocational paths. (This course is also offered on-line as STCE 8340.)

RACISM, THEOLOGY & JUSTICE (STCE-3500)

Credits:3

This course is co-taught by Alison Benders and Simon Kim. This course examines the structural racism in American culture as a theological problem in itself and as antithetical to Catholic social teaching. The course has three moments (modules) that are undergirded by students’ immersion experience from New Orleans to Atlanta, during fall break. Module 1: RACE orients students to the history and complexity of ‘race’, ‘racism’, and hierarchies of privilege and supremacy in the US and the world. Module 2: THEOLOGY examines theological resources that expose racism as a distortion (sin/social sin) and then explores a reconstructed anthropology that might dislodge racial biases within traditional theologies. Module 3: JUSTICE asks what has happened and what might happen to bring about a more racially just society, with a particular focus on Catholic Social Teaching. There is a 10-day immersion from October 20 to 28, 2018 to the Southern region of the U.S. for a deeper exposure to past and current issues around race, including: - Plantation & Slave Trade (New Orleans) - Pettus Bridge March (Selma) - Bus Boycott, National Memorial for Peace and Justice (Montgomery) - Birmingham Jail (Birmingham) - MLK Memorial (Atlanta) Admission limited to 10 students. Students will be expected to pay for their airfare; room and board expenses for JST will be covered by the school budget. Please contact A. Benders or S. Kim (sckim@scu.edu) for application process. [12 max enrollment]

ASTROTHEOLOGY AND ASTROETHICS (STCE-4005)

Credits:3

This course is co-taught by Ted Peters and Robert Russell. This course will focus on the implications of cosmology, evolutionary biology and astrobiology/extraterrestrial intelligent life for Christian theology and ethics. Scientific topics include Big bang cosmology, the discovery of habitable exoplanets, evolutionary biology, human origins, astrobiology and the search for extraterrestrial life. theological and ethical topics include God, creation, Christology, eschatology and astroethics. The course counts in the Theology and Science concentration within the Department of Theology and Ethics. Doctoral students can upgrade to 5000 level. Advanced M.Div. and other masters' level students are invited, especially with background in the basics of theology. A science background is not required. Doctoral students may upgrade from 4000 to 5000 level and write in their field of focus. On-line students will follow the same sequence of assignments but with threaded forum discussions rather than in-person seminar discussion. [A grounding knowledge of Christian history and theology, and introductory classes in theology. Auditors for In-Seminar only with faculty permission]

THEOLOGY OF MOLTMANN AND PANNENBERG (STCE-4364)

Credits:3

GOD AND CAPITAL (STCE-4777)

Credits:3

This course will explore the relation between theology and economics in contemporary Christian theological discussions. The class begins with a study of Marx’s Capital and then moves to an investigation of different forms of approaching the relation between theology and the economy. Through the readings, lectures and class debate, students will be invited to address economic issues theologically and employ the Christian imaginary critically in light of the economic problems facing our societies. As a three credit hour class, students will be expected to devote nine hours of work outside of class in reading and writing assignments.

THEOLOGY AND ETHICS SEMINAR (STCE-6007)

Credits:3

FOUNDATIONAL THEMES IN THEOLOGY & ETHICS AND THEIR SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPLICATIONS. This course is co-taught by Jay Johnson and Rita Sherma and co-offered by Graduate Theological Union and Pacific School of Religion. This seminar introduces first year doctoral students to foundational themes, texts, and concepts outlining the contemporary study of Theology and Ethics. Theology is variously experienced and expressed in religions – systemic, mythopoetic, mystical, textual, aesthetic, ethical, emotive, and embodied. There are categories of theology that cross all boundaries and yet every religion has its own unique theological themes and frameworks as well. Students will explore interreligious doctrinal frameworks as well as the diverse conduits through which theology is understood and delivered. Ethics is also a discipline in its own right with particular frameworks. Particular attention is paid to theological sources of justice and virtue ethics in terms of their value as social, economic, and environmental implications. Featured guest lectures and in-class student interactive forums offer additional opportunities for negotiating the field through interdisciplinary and interreligious pathways. An attitude that is open to understanding the relationship of systematic to constructive theology, and learning about other faiths will be a helpful asset. The course will require written reflections on readings and a term paper. This is a Departmental Doctoral Seminar and appropriate for PhD, DMin, and PhD students. Course meets in the Collaborative Learning Space at the GTU Library.

BELOVED (CHRISTIAN) COMMUNITY (STCE-8340)

Credits:3

What distinctive contributions can theological ideas make to communities of faith committed to social change? How can we think in explicitly theological ways about the cultural and political constructions of race, gender, and sexuality, especially as these intersect and intertwine? Can religious leaders effectively critique the social systems in which whey they are embedded and the (religious) institutions on which they often rely for support? Drawing on various forms of social analysis, this course invites constructive theological work rooted in Josiah Royce’s notion of “the Beloved Community,” around which Martin Luther King, Jr., shaped his own work for civil rights and social transformation. We will aim to think theologically about the ethical challenges in sustaining counter-cultural expressions of the Beloved Community in diverse contexts. Lectures, discussion, and presentations will culminate in a final project suitable for a variety of vocational paths.

SPECIAL TOPICS (STCE-9400)

Credits:3

STD COMPREHENSIVES (STD-6600)

Credits:12

STD DISSERTATION PREPARATION (STD-6601)

Credits:12

THEO COURSE DESIGN/TEACHING (STED-4500)

Credits:3

THEO READINGS IN SPANISH (STED-4648)

Credits:3

THEOLOGY OF INTERFAITH DIALOG (STHR-4055)

Credits:3

This seminar course is an exploration of how religious pluralism may find a place in Christian theology. The course will explore various historical and contemporary approaches to and understandings of theology of religions and interreligious dialogue. The phenomenon of multiple religious identity and the implications for contemporary missiology will also be discussed. Students will undertake and reflect on their own dialogue with a member of another religion. Course requirements include weekly critical reading and on-line discussion; field work; in-class presentation and leading class discussion; mid-term project; and a final project. [15 max enrollment]

20TH & 21ST C. ROMAN CATHOLIC THEOLOGIES (STHS-4141)

Credits:3

This course is an introduction to currents in 20th-century and 21st-century Roman Catholic theology, including overviews of pre-conciliar neoscholasticism, the efforts labeled as “nouvelle theologie,” results from and reactions to Vatican-II, as well as more recent developments such as post-modern, personalistic, and analytic theologies, and recent Thomistic theology. A significant portion of the course content will be determined by the participants' interests. Format: Lecture/discussion and student-led seminar. Requirements: presentations, and a research paper of 5000-7000 words. Intended Audience: Advanced MA Theology and doctoral students; advanced MDiv or other graduate students admitted with instructor’s permission.

TRINITARIAN THEOLOGY (STHS-4188)

Credits:3

The purpose of the course is to provide an overview of the development of Trinitarian theology, from its gradual emergence in the early Christian period all the way to the present. The first sessions of the course will explore the Cappadocian contribution to the understanding of Trinity as well as Augustine's Trinitarian teaching and its reception. We will then explore the Scholastic and Palamite rendition of early Trinitarian theology and continue with a sample of modern and contemporary approaches across denominational divides, including feminist and contextual appropriations of the traditional teaching. The course will conclude with a discussion of interreligious approaches to Trinitarian theology, emphasizing the need to reinterpret the Trinitarian idiom in different cultural contexts. The lecture/seminar course is open to all MDiv/MA/STL students, though doctoral students may also attend. [20 max enrollment]

MARIOLOGY IN DIALOGUE (STHS-4305)

Credits:3

The goal of this lecture/seminar course is to explore the development of Mariology from its inception to the present, and then engage in conversation with Hindu and Buddhist reflection on the divine feminine. The first few sessions will study the trajectory of Mariology in the early centuries of the church, underscoring how Mariology mirrors and complements analogous developments in Christology, and then move on to chart the development of Medieval and Counter-reformation Mariology in the West, as well as the different trends in Byzantine and Russian thought. In the second part of the course, the course will explore Hindu speculative and devotional approaches to the worship of the goddess, as well as the role of Buddhist female deities and bodhisattvas in Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism. Students will be encouraged to reflect on the points of contact, as well as the differences between Christian Mariology on one hand, and Hindu and Buddhist theologies of the divine feminine on the other. Weekly reflections, a presentation and a final research paper of 20-25 pages. The course is primarily intended for advanced master students, but doctoral students are also welcome to attend.

STL THESIS (STL-5500)

Credits:9

SACRAMENTAL THEOLOGY (STLS-2099)

Credits:3

This course will employ a systematic view of the nature of the sacraments, the sacramental economy as a way the Church understands created reality, the community of faith, the individual believer within that Body of Christ, and the seven sacraments that give expression to the Church as basic sacrament. Particular attention will be given to the reform of Roman Catholic sacramental life that shaped and were developed after Vatican II, as well as the emerging issues of cultural diversity and the unity of the Church in a global reality. Post-modern critiques of classical sacramental theology will also be examined, as well as contemporary pastoral challenges of sacramental ministry. The structure will be lecture and discussion, with accompanying written assignments that relate to the ministerial and life contexts of participants. [Faculty Consent required; Auditors with Faculty Permission]

YOGA OF SACRED LOVE IN HINDU THEOLOGY (STLS-2154)

Credits:3

HEALING, DEATH & DYING (STLS-4955)

Credits:3

THEOLOGY AND LITURGY IN THE DIGITAL AGE (STLS-5100)

Credits:3

THE ONE CREATOR GOD (STPH-3095)

Credits:3

Classical and contemporary questions regarding the nature of God and creation will be addressed through the retrieval of the tradition of Thomas Aquinas. Existence and attributes of God, divine compassion and human suffering, the possibility and nature of God-talk, divine action and contemporary science, cosmology and creation. Lecture/discussion; paper. (MA/MTS/MDiv/PhD/ThD) (More advanced students may sign up for the course as a special reading course, with requirements adjusted for their level.)

CTSC GOD,SUFFERING,PSTRL CARE (STPS-2100)

Credits:3

GOD,SUFFERING,PSTRL CARE (STPS-4100)

Credits:3

EROS, EUCHARIST, SOCIAL CHANGE (STRS-4000)

Credits:3

ADVANCED RDGS IN MISSIOLOGY (STRS-4203)

Credits:3

This seminar for doctoral and upper level students in missiology, is designed to help the students a) become familiar with the classic works in the field and b) work on their own research project as it relates to their comprehensive exams and dissertation, and c) sharpen their skills in seminar presentation and discussion. Depending on the student’s need, there may be a major final research paper at the end, which, for example, could become an STL extended research paper; or possibly the production of a syllabus around an introduction to missiology course. The students will select the readings, prepare and facilitate the sessions, and became familiar with reference works in the area of world mission. [Faculty consent required; 8 max enrollment]

WOMEN'S STUDIES IN RELIGION (STRS-4242)

Credits:3

This seminar (required for students in the GTU Certificate in Women's Studies and open to all interested students) explores and analyzes emerging themes and issues in women's studies in religion, focusing on those that intersect with race, sexuality, gender, ethnicity, class, culture, nationality, and religious expression. This course will provide theoretical groundwork and common vocabulary for students interested in pursuing women's studies and womanist, feminist, mujerista scholarship in theology/religious studies. The course introduces the issues that are raised by the field of women's studies, and explores how these issues relate to the study of religion. Evaluation based on Moodle participation, leadership of class discussion, and final project and presentation. This course is open to all degree programs at the GTU and has an inter-religious orientation. This course is taught from a liberationist pedagogy perspective.

ANIMALS, NATION-STATE & GOD (STRS-4900)

Credits:3

THEO/SPIRIT OF PRIESTHOOD (STSP-2600)

Credits:3

This course is designed for candidates preparing for ordination to the Roman Catholic Priesthood. It will examine a contemporary sacramental and ecclesial understanding of presbyteral orders, some reflection upon the biblical foundations for priesthood as they occur in the Old and New Testaments, and some reflection on contemporary religious life in the Catholic Church. Historical, Conciliar and papal documents will also form part of the content of the course. Teaching methods includes lectures, discussions, papers, student presentations, and guest speakers. This course can meet the requirement of the elective praxis course in the JSTB MDiv curriculum. [Faculty consent required; 25 max enrollment]

IN SEARCH OF THE CHURCH (STSP-3035)

Credits:3

Beginning with Scripture, Part 1 examines the Church of the Origins, the rising of the Christian community, and the progressive self-awareness of the community as it organized to respond to the call of the Gospel and the needs of the times. Part 2 surveys the ^quest for ecclesiology^ in the movement from the Reformation and the Council of Trent to the 20th century and what went into creating a ^Vatican II mentality.^ Part 3 highlights Church in the contemporary world: Church as mystery; community sent to announce and celebrate salvation; Church that witnesses and serves; tasks confronting the Church today.

HISPANIC/LATINO THEOLOGY SEM (STSP-4323)

Credits:3

This seminar provides an interactive environment wherein students engage the concepts and praxis of Hispanic or Latino Theology as a contextual theology in the USA. The students will reflect on social location and religious experience, especially as brought into conversation with US Hispanic/Latino Theology, surveying and analyzing its main concepts, roots, core biblical elements and postmodern integrations. This will enable the student to discern the spiritual and intellectual importance of this contextual theology for the wider US Church and society. Aside from weekly readings and discussion preparation, students are responsible for a final research paper and presentation. This class is open to upper level MDiv, MA/MTS, PhD/ThD, STL/STD students or others approved by the instructor. Spanish is helpful but not required. [Faculty consent required; 12 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

TRANSFER ELECTIVE (TR-1234)

Credits:0

UCB CROSS-REGISTRATION (UCB-9000)

Credits:3

To use in Web Registration to indicate units to be taken under cross registration at UCB, Holy Names University, and Mills College. To be dropped when the cross registration form(s) is turned in to the Consortial Registrar for a specific course. Course available for 0.5-12 units.

TAKING UCB COURSE(S) (UCB-9000)

Credits:12

ELEMENTARY AKKADIAN (UCCU-100)

Credits:5

HISTORICAL METHOD & THEORY (UCHT-283)

Credits:4

DIRECTED READING:HISTORY (UCHT-299)

Credits:3

SEMINAR IN NEAR EASTERN ART (UCNE-220)

Credits:4

ELEMENTARY SPANISH (UCSP-2)

Credits:5