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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 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

Intensive introduction to working with the Greek text of the NT; assumes familiarity with the Greek alphabet and some basic volcabulary and grammatical concepts. Class dates TBD at SFTS.

ELEMENTS OF NT GREEK (BS-1010)

Credits:3

SUMMER 2019 This course offers a one-semester introduction to New Testament Greek, including an overview of grammar, syntThis course offers a brief introduction to the Hellenistic (Koine) Greek language as found in the New Testament. The emphasis is on learning the basic features of New Testament Greek, making use of exegetical tools, and being able to use Greek for practical purposes, such as preaching and teaching, in the context of ministry. Evaluation: quizzes, exams, short exegesis assignments, classroom participation. Intended audience: MDiv students. Course meets weekdays, 6/17/19-6/28/19, from 2pm-5:45pm at CDSP. SPRING 2020 This course offers a one-semester introduction to New Testament Greek, including an overview of grammar, syntax and exegetical resources. Evaluation: quizzes, exams, short exegesis assignments, classroom participation. Intended audience: MDiv.

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

The second part of a two-semester course introducing the skills required to read and interpret NT texts in Greek. Basic and intermediate grammar and vocabulary are the focus. Grades will be based on weekly assignments, quizes, and two exams. Course taught by PhD student Laura Jean Torgerson with a Newhall Award, under the supervision of Uriah Kim.

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 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

A continuation of Ecclesiastical Latin I. Same text, same requirements. My hope is to finish the Collins Text before the end of the term and have time for reading of real texts from Bible and Christian Latin authors such as Augustine and Aquinas.

LATIN I & II: INTENSIVE STUDY (BS-1042)

Credits:6

This six week course (June 10- July 19) at JST covers two semesters of Latin. The course offers an introduction to the grammar and syntax of Latin. The goal is to learn Classical and Medieval Latin well enough by the end of Semester II to read accurately, precisely, and without extensive help. Exercises and readings are drawn from original texts of Classical and Medieval authors. There is strong emphasis on etymology, vocabulary, and comparative grammar. The three paperback textbooks are Wheelock's Latin, 7th edition (2011); Workbook for Wheelock's Latin by Paul Comeau and Richard LaFleur (2000); and Thirty-Eight Latin Stories Designed to Accompany Wheelock's Latin by Anne Groton and James May (2004). Grades for each semester are made up of four components: class participation including regular quizzes, written exercises, tests every four chapters (of 40 chapters overall), and a cumulative exam at the end of the semester. The course fulfills the Latin requirement for the JST or Boston College School of Theology & Ministry STL degree. Professor Stephanie Dixon is happy to answer questions about the course. Class meets weekdays, 6/10/2019-7/19/2019, from 9:00am-12:00pm, at JST 216.

BIBLICAL HEBREW (BS-1110)

Credits:3

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a working knowledge of Biblical (Classical) Hebrew; by the end of the course, the student will be able to read any passage of narrative in the Hebrew Bible with the aid of a lexicon (dictionary). The ability to reach this goal is dependent upon three primary areas of comprehension: 1) Knowledge of the Hebrew writing system (consonants and vowel points), 2) Knowledge of Hebrew grammar and basic syntax, and 3) Knowledge of Hebrew vocabulary

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 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

The second (intensive) half of a course aimed at enabling students to achieve reading knowledge of biblical Hebrew. Class meets weekdays, 1/7/2019-2/1/2019, from 9:00am-1:00pm, at SFTS. [BS1120 or equivalent]

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

This is the second 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. [BS 1127 or equivalent; 20 max enrollment] NOTE: This course is taught by GTU PhD student Eric Sias with a Newhall Award, under the supervision of Uriah Kim.

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

This course introduces students to the fundamental skills of biblical interpretation including basic Greek and Hebrew analysis of biblical texts, the use of key Hebrew and Greek grammatical and lexical aids in both print and electronic resources. Students will also be introduced to basic linguistic theory and a wide range of methods of biblical criticism. Required course for MDiv students. This course will be taught in Spring 2019 by PhD student Eric Sias with a Newhall Award, under the supervision of LeAnn Flesher.

INTERMEDIATE HEBREW II (BS-2003)

Credits:3

Students in the course will read selected texts in prose and some in poetry toward the end of semester. It will give some attention to the critical apparatus of BHS and some textual witnesses from other manuscripts. Attention given also to oral reading of the texts. Assessment by regular class participation and by two examinations. This course is designed for those students in any program in the GTU consortium with at minimum one year of Hebrew and will be especially relevant to those students in the MABL program and doctoral students in Biblical Studies.

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]

THE GOSPEL OF JOHN (BS-2251)

Credits:3

This course introduces students to 1) the content of the Gospel of John, including a brief comparison with the Synoptic Gospels; 2) its genre and the various literary styles used to convey the message of the Gospel of John; 3) traditional introductory issues, e.g., authorship, date, background, structure, etc.; and 4) various methods appropriate to the study of this Gospel. Because this is a text-based class, primary attention will be given to the analysis of the text, while secondary, but critical, attention will be given to the first century historical context. The format of the course will be lecture, exegetical work in class, and class discussion. Students are expected to read course material for the day in advance of the class and be prepared to take part in the discussion. Discussion participation will focus on the assigned texts or topics of the Fourth Gospel for that day. Evaluation of the student’s progress will be based on two objective/essay exams and one ten (10) page paper. Prompts will be given in class for the paper. [Auditors with faculty permission] Class meets Wednesdays, 7:10pm-9:40pm, at the First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana St.

ARCHEOLOGY OF THE LANDS OF THE BIBLE (BS-2603)

Credits:3

This course will examine the archaeology of the lands of the bible from prehistory through the Roman period. Particular attention will be paid to questions of what we can learn from material culture and materiality and how that informs us about the cultures portrayed in the bible and their religious and social transformations over various time periods. Themes will include reconstructing ancient societies based on archaeology, and what insights archaeology can give us with regards to religion, economics, and empires. This course will provide a solid background for the summer 2020 immersion course in Israel, excavating at Tel Akko an ancient harbor city on the Mediterranean, home to Canaanites and Phoenicians. Evaluation will be based on 3 reflection papers and class participation

THE END OF THE WORLD (BS-3831)

Credits:3

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

THE SYMPOSIUM: This course will read selected portions of Plato's Symposium, which is one of the best known prose texts in Attic Greek. The class will translate the text and discuss its grammatical features focusing on the syntax of each sentence and morphology of the vocabulary. Pertinent philosophical ideas of Plato will also be discussed as they shed light on the linguistic features of the given text.

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

James Baldwin's biblical canon in ^Go Tell It on the Mountain^ and ^The Fire Next Time^ will be explored to identify his use of OT/NT texts to carve out a unique expression of social justice. Baldwin's texts, including texts to be selected by students, will help each participant to develop their own Baldwinian applied justice portfolio.

RITUAL STUDIES IN HINDUISM (BSHR-4201)

Credits:3

HINDU RITUALS AND HYMNS FOR PURIFICATION, BALANCE, HEALING AND SPIRITUAL SELF DEVELOPMENT This course offers the theory & practice of Hindu praxis of Prayer and Ritual Studies. The Hindu theological vision—that all existents, known & unknown, including oneself, is pervaded by the Divine, at once immanent and transcendent—is understood & assimilated by following practices designed to lead to the discovery of the interwoven nature of reality, including one’s place in the scheme of things. Prayer in the Hindu tradition, is viewed, at once, as a potent way to connect with the Divine & an articulation of the interconnections between individuals; the individual & the environment; and the micro & macro levels of the manifest universe. This course offers a thorough overview of rituals and hymns used in the tradition, emphasizing rituals meant to purify, heal, and balance (at the individual and collective levels). The course will examine the purpose & methods of: chanting the “prayers for peace” (santi-mantras); Vedic hymns (sukta-s), recitation of the divine names (as in the Vi??u-sahasranama); performance of rituals for healing self, community, & the ecosphere; and basic training in conducting a traditional fire ritual known as yajña. Background knowledge in Hinduism and Sanskrit is an asset but is not essential. The course is appropriate for MDiv, MA, and PhD students. Doctoral students will do additional research.

SACRED TEXTS SEMINAR (BSHR-6100)

Credits:3

This course is co-taught by Rebecca Esterson and Rita Sherma. What makes a text sacred? How does a community form a “canon” from original narratives? This course will explore the diverse ways in which sacred are read, understood, interpreted, embodied, and experienced. We will undertake a journey of discovery of the many ways in which sacred texts serve lived religion in the following traditions: Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism [alphabetical order]. After a study of their historical development ecumenically and interreligiously, we will consider their function within the tradition (theological, contemplative, liturgical, ritual, pastoral, spiritual formation, ethical, artistic, performative, etc.) and the hermeneutical principles that guide their interpretation.

INTRO TO RABBINIC LITERATURE (BSHS-0006)

Credits:3

This class will serve as an introduction to rabbinic literature and history. We will consider the development of rabbinic Judaism in its late-antique context and gain familiarity with the primary collections of rabbinic literature: the Talmud and Midrash. Some themes that we will explore include rabbinic Biblical hermeneutics, the origins of rabbinic law, the rise of rabbinic authority and rabbinic constructions of gender.

INTRO TO RABBINIC LITERATURE (BSHS-3320)

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.

JEWS CHRISTIANS AND THE BIBLE (BSHS-5100)

Credits:3

JEWS, CHRISTIANS, AND THE BIBLE: INTERPRETATION, APPROPRIATION, AND EXCHANGE The last quarter of a century has seen a proliferation of research on the history of the intersection between Jewish and Christian biblical interpretation. New perspectives on identity formation, anti-Judaism, philosemitism, and Christian Hebraism, for instance, have advanced our understanding of the history of the discourses between and within Judaism and Christianity. This class will survey the scholarly literature in this field, and critically engage various methodologies at work in this literature. Therefore, in addition to a study of Christian and Jewish interpretation of the Bible and of each other throughout history, this class will investigate the scholarly discourse of our own day.

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

This course is co-taught by Aaron Brody and Sharon Jacob. This course will explore the representations of race/ethnicity in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament, and the ancient cultures that influenced and produced the texts. Since this is a relatively new field of study in the ancient world, students will be doing original research and working together to develop paradigms for understanding the concepts in the Bible as understood through critical race and ethnicity theories. Grades will be based on active class participation in this seminar course, oral presentation(s), and a research paper.

GENESIS: A JOURNEY INWARD (BSST-2000)

Credits:3

This course will explore the book of Genesis from a Swedenborgian exegetical perspective. The book of Genesis holds a particular fascination for those in the Swedenborgian interpretive lineage, as a text in which myth and history meet. The story telling of the ancients speaks across time, filling our present world with dramas of family and fertility and of connection to and estrangement from the Divine. We will engage a close reading of some of Swedenborg’s earliest biblical commentaries, including his fictional account of the Adam and Even story, De Cultu et Amore Dei, The Worship and Love of God. We will also survey Swedenborg’s many theological volumes dedicated to interpreting Genesis, such as Arcana Coelestia and The Word Explained, and explore our own intuitive connections to and interpretations of this collection of ancient and sublime texts that we call Genesis.

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

This seminar course will examine human sexuality from the perspective of the Roman Catholic tradition as experienced in various cultural contexts and in dialogue with other religious traditions. The investigation includes an examination of the Church teachings and studies by leading theologians that explore topics such as marriage, family life, single life, and celibacy. The interreligious component seeks to foster a dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and other faith communities concerning the core topics of the course. Method of evaluation consists of two 8-10 page papers (mid-term and final), weekly moodle posts, and group presentations. 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]

MORALITY & ETHICS (CE-2013)

Credits:3

This course is co-taught by LeAnn Flesher and Michael Mathews. This course is part of the 5 course Public Theology program. The class will be geared toward assisting the student in establishing a systematic personal ethical method from which one does their work--training clergy and community leaders to bring their spiritual perspective to the most pressing social issues of our time--and assisting them in creating ways to have their voices be heard. Class meets daily, 1/14/2019-1/18/2019, from 9:00am to 5:00pm at ABSW.

FAMILY ETHICS (CE-2016)

Credits:3

The course will engage Christian thinking on sex, gender, marriage, family, and children. By taking family as its primary frame, the course carves out a space at the intersection of sexual ethics and social ethics. Questions include: Why do Christians care about family? What is sex for? What is gender and does it matter? What does justice have to do with marriage? Readings: Catholic and Protestant theologians, social scientists, critical theorists. Format: reading, discussion, and lecture. Student evaluation will be based on weekly reading responses, discussion, a take-home exam, and a final paper. Students should have taken one prior course in ethics.

FUNDAMENTAL MORAL THEOLOGY (CE-2045)

Credits:3

This course (designed for the MA/MDiv/MTS levels) will consider the fundamental principles of moral theology (the teleological drive for happiness and perfection, the moral virtues, freedom and voluntariness, natural law, prudence, the determinants of the moral act, moral "objectivity" and intentionality) from the perspective of the Roman Catholic tradition, particularly in the lineage of Aquinas. We will also examine in some detail the contemporary debate over the nature and importance of the "indirectly voluntary.” Students should be prepared to engage in disciplined and critical reading and thinking in the Aristotelian/Thomist tradition, and be willing and able to synthesize a large amount of sometimes complex and difficult material; this is not an easy course. The format is lecture, with opportunity for questions and discussion; students will be required to write a book review and take an in-class final examination. Class attendance is required.

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 on-line: students will watch short lectures, take short quizzes and participate in on-line discussion forums. Student evaluation will be based on 3 essay examinations, with the option of writing a research paper in place of the second two exams, a group wiki project, and participation in on-line discussions.

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.

INTRODUCTION TO BIOMEDICAL ETHICS (CE-2506)

Credits:3

An introduction to major methodological and practical questions in biomedical ethics. In this course, we'll consider topics including methodologies, beginning of life issues, (e.g.. reproductive technologies, stem life issues. (e.g., assisted suicide and pastoral care in the hospital setting. Topics may change if students wish to pursue a particular interest. Grades will be based on class participation, weekly reflection papers, and a final project. While there is no prerequisite for this course previous study of ethics will be helpful. [Faculty Consent required]

ANGLICAN MORAL THEOLOGY (CE-2600)

Credits:3

In this seminar course, we will look at Anglican moral theology, its relationship to ethics and systematic theology, the historical development of moral theology, and put the theory into practice by considering pastoral situations. As a course under the realm of constructive theology, we will articulate the relationship between sound theory/doctrines and the Christian witness to the world. The outcomes of the course will be evaluated through structured essays, an essay exam, and an integrative final paper. This course is taught in a flex hybrid format where, if needed, students can attend the online section or the in person section. This course is designed for MDIV, MA/MTS, and could be upgraded for PhD/ThD students. [12 max enrollment]

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 additional research and writing according to an upgrade plan agreed upon with instructor. [Faculty Consent required; 15 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

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

This course will consider the difficult topics of war, incarceration, sexual violence, racism, torture, and migration using the framework of justice and mercy. In each case we will ask: What does justice require? What does mercy require? Can we make sense of suffering? Is forgiveness desirable or necessary? Is healing possible? Immersion component: a one week immersion trip over spring break to El Paso/Juarez is required. Format: reading/seminar-style discussion. Student evaluation will be based on weekly one-page reading reflection papers, discussion, and a final paper. Students should have taken one prior course in ethics. [Faculty Consent required; 12 max enrollment]

SEXUAL ETHICS (CE-4040)

Credits:3

Sexuality is sacred. This intensive course examines the role of sexual health for faith communities and their leaders. Students will engage key theological, ethical and public health perspectives on themes in sexual ethics, including: sexual freedom and responsibility, pleasure and desire, boundaries and consequences, heteropatriarchy and resistance, responding to violence and misconduct, abortion care, reproductive technologies, and prophetic witness for sexual justice. The course also provides students pursuing ministry and leadership within a tradition the opportunity to demonstrate their competency in professional clergy sexual ethics and promoting sexually healthy congregations. Particular emphasis is paid to queer and womanist/feminist voices on sexuality and faith. Evaluation is based on participation and discussion leadership, as well as case study analysis. It is open to both high- and low-residence students who have consistent access to technology requirements. Students should have taken the ECO Seminar, passed another course related to systemic oppression, or be willing to take a pre-course module. Relates to SKSM Threshold 5 and fulfills required course content for MFC Competency 2 [25 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

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

This seminar will provide an overview of bioethics. Starting with the dominant philosophical approach, the course will then look to Christian approaches to bioethics. The remainder of the course will be spent examining particular issues in bioethics, including stem cell research, cloning, organ transplantation, and genetic engineering. Students will be asked to present materials related to one of the issues, write a reflection paper on a second of the issues, and write a final paper constructing a position on an issue in bioethics. No prior experience in science or ethics needed.

INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN ETHICS (CE-8109)

Credits:3

CHRISTIAN ETHICS: RADICAL LOVE (CE-8125)

Credits:3

XN ETHICS: RAD LOVE EMBODIED. This online 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. [20 max enrollment]

RELIGION, VIOLENCE AND PEACE (CE-8130)

Credits:3

From a global interdisciplinary perspective, we consider theories of religious violence and the nature of religiously inflected conflicts. We will address theological ethics, theories and practices of peacebuilding that claim to bring about a just, decolonial peace. The course will consider ethical responses to war (pacifism, just war, just peace, humanitarian intervention), and normative regimes and peace movements that respond to violence. This hybrid course also includes three US Institute of Peace short online modules and four face to face sessions. Hybrid meeting times: We will meet four times during the semester on Friday 12-2pm. (February 8, March 1 and May 10; other meeting TBA.)

HEALTH ETHICS (CE-8212)

Credits:3

Health and medicine lie at the intersection of our religion/spirituality, values, and bodies. This course provides a foundation in bioethics and the complexities of health, illness and health care. Students develop the ability to apply ethical theory and bio-political knowledge to key ethical issues, such as end-of-life decision-making, patient-provider relationships, genetic/reproductive technologies, the care of vulnerable populations, organ donation, and crisis medicine. The course includes a significant "laboratory" component, in which students develop and lead discussion of key concepts and cases in order to provide valuable arguments and cultivate pastoral leadership. the course requires weekly consistent on-line community building and peer-to-peer accountability practices, which enhance the learning and engagement for all. Relates to SKSM Threshold 5 and MFC Competency 2 and 4. [Students are expected to have taken an introductory course in ethics, have significant undergraduate philosophy or ethics experience or some equivalent educational experiences in a related field. Final acceptance to the course will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Students should contact the instructor to discuss their interests and experiences. 25 max enrollment]

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.

CNFSSIONAL RITES & PRACTICES (CEFT-2107)

Credits:3

This course will examine the Roman Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation from its historical, theological, moral, pastoral, liturgical and canonical perspectives. It is designed for those who will preside at the Sacrament of Reconciliation as presbyters. The emphasis will be an ongoing practicum on reconciliation rites and practices, utilizing role-playing of a variety of confessional cases and issues. The course will also involve an in-depth discussion of moral, liturgical and pastoral theology as it is related to the Sacrament. Attention will be paid to pastoral care in a variety of different contexts of sacramental confession, as well as related pastoral, moral and canonical issues which often surface in the celebration of the Rite of Reconciliation. This course fulfills the Society of Jesus' requirements for confessional rites and includes the ad audienda requirements of the Church for all candidates for ordination.

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

This course will introduce and explore the concept of environmental ethics. Beginning with biblical and early Christian witnesses, students will learn about ascetic and patristic references to the relationship between humans and the rest of creation. The course will also address recent questions and approaches to a Christian Environmental Ethic.

OUR WORK IN CONTEXT SEMINAR (CEPS-2100)

Credits:1.5

On-campus social justice seminar for MDiv-MASC students whose studies focus on spiritual direction and chaplaincy. This seminar will include deep self-examination and contextualizing of students' healing work/ministry using social-ecological and social-dominance theoretical frameworks. Students will discuss ways to engage in their individualized pastoral and spiritual studies while at the same time bringing an anti-oppression, culturally competent understanding of broader societal issues to their understanding. In-person seminars will be flexibly scheduled to dovetail with students' scheduled chaplaincy and spiritual direction studies. Reading will include chapters and articles offered throughout the semester. Periodic Zoom conversations will take place between the on-campus seminars. Brief integrative reflection papers will be required. This course is high-residency. Students must contact the instructor via e-email prior to enrolling in order to receive permission to register. Registration is contingent upon faculty approval. [8 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

ISSUES IN MINISTRY AND AGING (CEPS-3900)

Credits:3

This course is co-taught by Devorah Greenstein and Nancy Arvold. In this one week intensive course, we share our attention between focused pastoral care and broader societal aspects of aging. We examine aging-related issues both as individuals’ personal circumstances and as clear manifestations of the broader societal context in which individual situations and problems are situated. Issues include (and are not limited to) developmental theories, marginalizations/inequalities/microaggressions, role changes/identities, spiritual development, caregiver supports, end of life issues. Activities include lectures (guest and instructors), discussions, films, enactments/role plays, art/music activities. Brief daily journaling and final paper required. Prerequisite reading of one book and some articles. Suitable for students interested in chaplaincy, hospice work, pastoral care, as well as students interested in aging and broader sociological perspectives. Intermediate/advanced course intended for MDiv/MASC students, with doctoral upgrade possible. The course 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. Course meets daily, 1/7/2019-1/11/2019, from 9am-5pm at SKSM. [12 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

INTRO TO PASTORAL COUNSELING (CEPS-8411)

Credits:3

This online pastoral counseling course will introduce students to culturally responsive counseling practices and foster multicultural awareness. Students will examine societal and institutional structures of power and privilege, and will become more aware of the biases, prejudices, and microaggressions that are detrimental to the growth of the human spirit. Students will study major counseling theories and will practice basic helping skills centered on Person-Centered (Rogerian) counseling and Bowen Family Systems Theory. Contextual pastoral elements will be included, especially in the use of Bowen Family Systems as applied to congregational contexts. This is an asynchronous course, with written lectures and frequent use of videos and links to online resources. Weekly personal reflections and weekly Zoom skill-practice exercises with a class-mate-practice-partner will be required. It is an intermediate course intended for MDiv students, and with doctoral upgrade possible. Meet Thresholds: Spiritual Practice and Care of the Soul, Prophetic Witness Meets MFC Competencies: Pastoral Care and Presence, Social Justice in the Public Square [Faculty Consent required; 24 max enrollment]

AGRARIAN THEOLOGIES PART 1 (CERS-1501)

Credits:1.5

COUNTER-OPPRESSIVE AGRARIAN THEOLOGIES - INTRODUCTORY INTENSIVE How does a perspective of the divine grounded in the soul, in the humus that makes us human, shape our relationship to each other, to the planet, and to God? This experiential and embodied course will help religious leaders gain first-hand experience in the spiritual and structural nuances of our food systems and in how our lives and ministries fit within them. We will explore how systems of oppression intersect with our own bodies through how we produce and interact with the food we eat, and create space for creative imagining and exploration of solutions to food systems problems. This intensive, in-person class will provide a foundation and common language for students to bring with them into Part 2 of this course, which will be conducted online and which will require weekly volunteering at a local farm or garden in the student's community (the instructor can help make connections for this). Students are required to enroll in both parts. The course is intended for all students. This course may help meet the Starr King thresholds for Prophetic Witness and Work, Spiritual Practice and Care for the Soul, Educating for Wholeness and Liberation, and Embodied Wisdom and Beauty. It may also help meet the MFC competencies of Spiritual Development for Self and Others, Social Justice in the Public Square, and Leads the Faith into the Future. Course meets daily, 1/14/19-1/19/19, from 9am-1pm at SKSM.

FREEDOMS IN A COMPLEX WORLD (CERS-2001)

Credits:3

The course discusses the inadequacy of Western classical interpretations of freedom. First, it presents interpretations of freedom such as: freedom to be a moral human being; freedom of choosing the authentic self; freedom as fight for the change of the shared world and community. Second, the course investigates how these Western classical interpretations of freedom must be reconsidered in light of multiple perspectives and contemporary challenges, such as: the problem of injustice in freedom as existential choice, as analyzed by Black Existentialism; the compatibility of Christian mythology within the globalized world; the clash between law and freedom in the urgent issue of migration in the US southern borders and the Mediterranean Sea. Evaluation methods will include research papers, reflection papers, and class presentations and is open to MDiv, MA/MASC/MTS, DMin, PhD/ThD or any combination thereof. The course is taught by Dr. Andrea Vestrucci (Ph.D., Th.D.), a SKSM Research Scholar. Relates to SKSM Thresholds: 1) Life in Religious Community and Interfaith Engagement, 2) Prophetic Witness and Work, 4) History of Dissenting Traditions and the Thea/ological Quest, 6) Thea/ology in Culture and Context, 7) Educating for Wholeness and Liberation, & 8) Embodied Wisdom and Beauty and Ministerial Fellowship Competencies (MFC): 2) Pastoral Care and Presence, 3) Spiritual Development for Self and Others, 4) Social Justice in the Public Square, & 7) Leads the faith into the future.

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

New technologies are broadly reshaping human relationships—the ways in which people are or are not present with each other. In this seminar, we will engage resources available across the academic study of religion and theology to examine, critique, and productively address these impacts. In doing so, we will explore the important roles that religion scholars and theologians might play both in shaping public understandings of technologies’ impacts on presence and in shaping the technologies themselves. The seminar is part of Public Theologies of Technology and Presence, a three-year program and research initiative funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. The seminar affords students the opportunity to take up the program’s questions and work. The approach to the seminar is multidisciplinary and interreligious. Students are welcome from all academic disciplines, specializations, and religious traditions. Method of Evaluation: class participation, reflection papers, final paper. Suitable for graduate students pursuing any advanced degrees. There are no prerequisites. Course is repeatable for credit. [15 max enrollment]

AGRARIAN THEOLOGIES PART 2 (CERS-8102)

Credits:1.5

COUNTER-OPPRESSIVE AGRARIAN THEOLOGIES - LOCAL LAND-BASED LEARNING How does a perspective of the divine grounded in the soul, in the humus that makes us human, shape our relationship to each other, to the planet, and to God? This online yet experiential and embodied course will help religious leaders gain first-hand experience in the spiritual and structural nuances of our food systems and in how our lives and ministries fit within them. We will explore how systems of oppression intersect with our own bodies through how we produce and interact with the food we eat, and create space for creative imagining and exploration of solutions to food systems problems. This course builds upon the foundation laid in the required Agrarian Theologies Part 1 intensive. Students will spend time each week volunteering at a local garden or farm (instructor can offer assistance with placements), using that experience as a primary text to bring into dialogue with selected readings. Students will be evaluated based on their engaged reflections and online dialogue with each other, in addition to a final paper or project. The course is intended for all students. This course may help meet the Starr King thresholds for Prophetic Witness and Work, Spiritual Practice and Care for the Soul, Educating for Wholeness and Liberation, and Embodied Wisdom and Beauty. It may also help meet the MFC competencies of Spiritual Development for Self and Others, Social Justice in the Public Square, and Leads the Faith into the Future.

BODY & SOUL/CUERPO Y ALMA (CEST-2300)

Credits:3

"Decolonizing Latinx and Liberation Theologies." This course will explore Latin American Liberation Theologies and embodied ritual practices that interrogate the body as a space of contention, resistance, and transformation. Requirements: Weekly attendance and participation; Three individual five (5) page reflection papers; One collective class presentation; One final individual paper/project. Examples of topics to be discussed: 1) Indigenous Ways of Knowing: The Lived Religious Experience. 2) Two-Spirits/Queer/GNC Latinx Bodies as Decolonizing Narratives of Resistance. 3) Fleshing the Spirit: Storytelling and Healing Rituals as Research and Theological Narratives. Relates to SKSM Thresholds: 4, 5, 6, 8. Relates to MFC Comps: 1, 3, 4, 6, 7. [32 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

FEMINIST THEOLOGY AND ETHICS (CEST-3261)

Credits:3

A consideration of major voices in feminist theology and ethics. Will treat both constructive and ethical questions, emphasizing the dialogue between sex and gender studies and theology. Format is seminar with minimal lecture. Student evaluation to be based on participation, weekly reading response papers, and a final project. [15 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

MORAL INJURY (CEST-5000)

Credits:3

The concept of moral injury strives to address the deep spiritual wounds experienced by many - as perpetrators, victims, or witnesses - in the context of war, violence and injustice. In this advanced interdisciplinary seminar, we will critically engage different definitions of moral injury related to the spiritual wounds of war and military occupation, and explore the uses and the redefinitions of moral injury in relation to other issues involving systemic violence and oppression (e.g., sexual assault, genocide, racism, transphobia, economic injustice, climate change, mass migrations, Islamophobia – addressed intersectionally). The course will explore the articulation of the concept of moral injury in different spiritual and theological traditions, and challenge the role of theologies, spirituality and the arts in proposing individual and collective processes of healing, transformation and justice-making. Introductory paper, two reflection essays, one course presentation and a final paper. Doctoral students; advanced MA, M.Div. and MASC students need to contact the instructor via email and obtain permission before enrolling. Prerequisites: ECO and Multi-religious Core Intensives, or similar courses, preferred. Relates to SKSM Thresholds # 2,5 and 6 and to MFC competencies 2, 3 and 5. [15 max enrollment]

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]

CSR FINAL PROJECT (CSR-3001)

Credits:3

The final component of the CSR program, the CSR Final Project is designed by the student with the approval of their CSR advisor/coordinator. Students sign up for CSR 3001 when the semester they are completing this project. The general topic of the project is established when you enter the CSR program and is used to direct your course of study throughout the program. The project should include both research and community application components. Students are recommended to consult with at least two CSR-related faculty (either regular or adjunct) concerning their final projects. [Faculty Consent required]

MORALITY & ETHICS (DM-5013)

Credits:3

This course is co-taught by LeAnn Flesher and Michael Mathews. This course is part of the 5 course Public Theology program. The class will be geared toward assisting the student in establishing a systematic personal ethical method from which one does their work--training clergy and community leaders to bring their spiritual perspective to the most pressing social issues of our time--and assisting them in creating ways to have their voices be heard. Class meets daily, 1/14/2019-1/18/2019, from 9:00am to 5:00pm at ABSW.

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

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.

DMIN SUPERVISION (DM-6010)

Credits:6

DMin Supervision 1 applies to students at the proposal writing stage of their D/P. This course is designed for students enrolled in the DMin program at SFTS. It is not available for GTU cross-registration. Eligible students may apply directly to SFTS, Advanced Pastoral Studies. For more information, please go to: http://sfts.edu/academics/doctor-of-ministry/. Pass/Fail only. [Faculty Consent required; Auditors excluded]

D.MIN. IN THESIS (DM-6011)

Credits:6

PSR DMin Students who have completed their Request to Proceed with Project process should register for this class until they finish and defend their work if they have already completed their 6 units of DMIN in Thesis. Course may be taken for 3-6 units.

D.MIN. SUPERVISION II (DM-6013)

Credits:6

Dmin Supervision 2 applies to students at the D/P stage. This course is designed for students enrolled in the DMin program at SFTS. It is not available for GTU cross-registration. Eligible students may apply directly to SFTS, Advanced Pastoral Studies. For more information, please go to: http://sfts.edu/academics/doctor-of-ministry/ . Pass/Fail only. [Faculty Consent required; Auditors excluded]

PASTOR AS PERSON (DM-6017)

Credits:3

This foundational seminar engages students’ experiences as spiritual leaders in their ministry settings - their unique personal traits, relationships, talents and limitations - as they confront the expectations, tensions, and other complex realities that accompany the practice of ministry. Serving as an opportunity to share personal and professional issues with ministry peers, the course focuses on the themes of calling, spiritual leadership, and awareness of self in the intersections of multiple contexts. Recognizing the wisdom, limitations, and possibilities each carries into ministry, students will enter the conversation about spiritual leadership from her/his unique location. SFTS DMin students only. Course meets weekdays, 6/17/19-6/21/19, from 9am-5pm at SFTS.

DMIN ANNUAL CONTINUING SEMINAR (DM-6021)

Credits:1.5

The annual 1.5 unit Continuing Seminar of the Doctor of Ministry program at Pacific School of Religion is integral to the cohort design of the program and is organized around the principle of collegial professional support for shaping your thesis project. The 1.5 units are satisfied with reading learning colleague progress reports prior to the beginning of class and in-class participation. As with the beginning seminar DM 6000, class presentations and peer consultations comprise the primary strategy for academic and professional development of your thesis project. As part of the cohort pedagogy, students in the Continuing Seminar will share classroom space and discussion for part of every day with colleagues in the Beginning Seminar, and also meet as a separate seminar for part of every day. Before the week begins, post on the Moodle course site a 10-page minimum Progress Report Paper that includes the five elements cited in the assessment rubric. You will present your current work and thinking on your project during one of the class day sessions and be expected to engage actively in the feedback portion of learning colleagues’ presentations.

DMIN SUPPLEMENTAL STUDIES (DM-6022)

Credits:6

This course is undertaken by DMin students seeking to supplement required coursework with studies in the classroom or "out in the field" which enhance their readiness for Dissertation/Project stage work through expansion of their ministry experience base, research knowledge, and/or practice of ministry skills. This course is available for 0-6 units. [Faculty Consent required; Auditors excluded]

LEADING ADAPTIVE ACTION (DM-6023)

Credits:3

CRITICAL INTERP & PROJ DEV I (DM-6031)

Credits:3

Critical Interpretation and Project Development I is a seminar style methods course intended to prepare and assist the DMin student for and in the preparation of his/her final dissertation project. This course will include refresher sessions on biblical exegesis, hermeneutics, systematic theology, constructive theology and contextual theology and introduce the student to the dissertation proposal. Throughout this seminar the student will develop the first draft of the first part of his/her project proposal including: the problem statement, project background, projected outcomes, contribution to transformational leadership, context of ministry, biblical & theological basis, methods of research, and proposed outline. The remainder of the project components will be developed in part II of this two part methods seminar. Class meets daily, 1/22/2019-1/26/2019, from 9:00am to 5:00pm at ABSW.

THEOLOGY, CULTURE AND MISSION (DM-6039)

Credits:3

As the second of two foundational seminars in the Doctor of Ministry program, this course, Theology, Culture and Mission, engages students in exploring a contextual approach to theological reflection and ministry by examining the interface between culture and mission, the issues and challenges of understanding their own social location, and the possibilities and limits of understanding their ministry setting in terms of its structural dynamics. Students will explore the emergence of contextual theologies as a way of examining how theology is shaped by socio-historical context and human experience. Students will explore the pastoral/praxis circle as a method of pastoral planning, examine various methods of social analysis, and engage both in social analysis and theological reflection on their ministry setting or a subset of it. [15 max enrollment] SUMMER 2019: Class meets weekdays, 6/24/2019-7/5/2019 (including July 4th), from 9:00am to 12:30pm at SFTS. This class still meets on July 4.

EMBODYING THE SPIRIT OF BELOVED COMMUNITY (DM-6044)

Credits:3

WOMANIST PRACTICAL THEOLOGY & PREACHING (DM-6048)

Credits:3

This course, Womanist Practical Theology & Preaching, employs concepts of womanist practical theology to undergird and inspire inclusive-holistic ministry and contextualized preaching. Developing and analyzing case studies, students will interpret and assess the contexts and situations that occasion their sermons. Students will integrate diverse disciplines to create and perform literate, thoughtful, liberating Scripture-based sermons that are pastorally inclusive and theologically relevant to the identified context. In addition, students will identify the implications of their analysis for church practice. [15 max enrollment] SUMMER 2019: Class meets daily, 7/8/2019-7/12/2019, from 9:00am to 5:00pm at SFTS.

WOMANIST / FEMINIST BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION (DM-6049)

Credits:3

This Womanist-Feminist Biblical Interpretation course will use intersecting disciplines of ethical theory and literature as tools to construct various approaches to womanist and feminist biblical hermeneutics. As such, the class will require students to develop paradigms for understanding concepts of race, ethnicity, and gender as competing and intersecting realities both within the Bible and in its use and misuse in reader reception throughout history. This is a hybrid course with an online component that extends beyond the last day in the classroom. Class meets daily, 1/14/2019-1/18/2019, from 2:00p to 5:00pm at SFTS.

THEOLOGY, LITERATURE, & FILM (DM-6163)

Credits:3

PASTORAL CARE AND COUNSELING (DM-8650)

Credits:3

This course will be an online seminar conducted in Korean. The course is intended for MDiv & DMin students. Evaluation is based upon weekly quiz, reflection paper, and research paper. What is pastoral care and counseling? Who needs pastoral care and counseling? Why do we need pastoral care and counseling in this rapidly changing world where technology (such as intelligence agency and robotic science) seems to substitute human agency for healing and welfare? These questions will be carefully investigated and discussed, paying attention to different cultures, especially Korean communities. The history of pastoral care and counseling will be discussed in order to examine where we have come from, where we are now and where we need to go in the future. Basic skills, such as active listening, reflecting, empathy, and confrontation will be addressed in an effort to develop the necessary sensitivity, discernment, and courage to perform adequate, culturally sensitive pastoral care. [7 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

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

Credits:3

This Theological Reflection of Clinical Issues in Spiritual Care Giving course will assist spiritual caregivers and religious counselors to think theologically about key psychological issues, diagnoses and dynamics and to use that theological understanding to enrich and inform their psychological, social and cultural understanding of people and families. We will consider many of the more common psychological dynamics, like depression, anxiety/fear, addictions, sickness, loss and trauma and relational dynamics. This course will summarize the current psychological understanding of these issues, and then explore various theological perspectives on the same issues. By so doing, the course will help students clarify the unique nature of a spiritual perspective. The course will then help students develop a uniquely spiritual assessment instrument, which could be a helpful diagnostic tool for spiritual caregivers. Class meets weekdays, 1/7/2019-1/18/2019, from 9:00am to 12:00pm at SFTS.

DYNAMICS OF TRAUMA (DMPS-6053)

Credits:0

This Dynamics of Trauma: A Spiritual Care Approach to Theory & Practice course consists of an in-depth practical-theological exploration of spiritual care ministry in trauma situations. It includes principles (dependable guides to practice) and tools (special resources for practice) for prevention, early intervention and recovery, in light of a vision of spiritual wisdom and of faith communities as ecologies of care, healing and wholeness. Those whose service or ministry focuses on the spiritual nature and care of God’s people in a variety of settings, including church, para-church, community organizations, and health centers, will find the course useful in terms of their ongoing personal-spiritual, academic, and professional-ministerial formation. The course has been designed so that multiple levels of learning—Certificate , Masters, Doctoral—can be engaged while all participants focus on the substantive content of spiritual care practice in trauma situations. Class work is approached with a practical theological framework and methodology. It includes case study presentations and analysis, lecture and discussion, and small group dynamics, role-playing exercises, and supervisory sessions. In addition to the reading, students are involved in an ongoing critical reflection by focusing on key questions and approaches, methods and techniques of spiritual care in trauma situations. Each student chooses a topic for class presentation which can also be the subject for a course project to be completed according to San Francisco Theological Seminary’s academic policies and guidelines. Final grading options are Pass/Fail. [15 max enrollment] SUMMER 2019: Class meets daily, 6/17/2019-6/21/2019, from 9:00am to 5:00pm at SFTS.

SELF, OTHER & COMMUNITY (DMRS-6051)

Credits:3

Educational philosopher, Maxine Greene, speaks of the “incomplete self” to challenge modernity’s notion of the autonomous self. The incomplete self exists within ongoing experience and within a vital matrix of interrelatedness with the world. Challenging individual introspection with a communal vision of transformation, the course contends for the inextricable link between self and social consciousness and considers how the “incomplete” self transforms through mutuality with others and practice of compassion. A generative focus of the seminar will be the necessary work by the church to articulate theologies of community and to live into—thereby, teach—ministries of reconciliation. Class meets daily, 1/14/2019-1/18/2019, from 9:00am to 5:00pm at SFTS.

CONTEMPLATIVE LISTENING (DMSP-6502)

Credits:3

This course introduces students to a variety of listening techniques and skills. We will work in small groups, dyads, and individually to deepen the ability to listen attentively and non-judgmentally to others (people, music, nature, inner experience). ENROLLMENT IN THIS COURSE IS LIMITED TO STUDENTS IN THE APS PROGRAM AT SFTS. Course meets daily, 1/7/19-1/11/19, from 9am-5pm at SFTS. [4 max enrollment]

GOD AND HUMAN SUFFERING (DMST-6070)

Credits:3

If God loves us like a mother or father loves her or his child, why do horrific things happen to us or to those we love? Where is God when these horrific things happen? This course looks at four Christian views of God's relation to human suffering, and allows students to develop their own understandings of God and human pain. Course meets weekdays, 6/24/19-6/28/19, from 9am-5pm at SFTS. [Admittance to SFTS DMin program]

PREPARATION FOR COMPREHENSIVES (DR-6001)

Credits:3

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

PREPARATION FOR COMPREHENSIVES (DR-6001)

Credits:12

PREPARATION FOR DISSERTATION (DR-6002)

Credits:12

RETREAT PLANNING: THEOLOGY AND PRACTICE (ED-1050)

Credits:1

This workshop offers students the opportunity to plan retreats appropriate for audiences in different pastoral settings. It will involve exploring themes, organizing talks, designing activities, and discussing best practices. The course allows students to integrate different areas of their theological studies as applied to the praxis of retreat-giving. Class meets Saturdays, 1/26/19-2/2/19, from 8:30am-5:00pm.

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, and a major paper. Letter grade only. [Faculty Consent required; 20 max enrollment]

INTRO TO CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (ED-1530)

Credits:3

This foundational course in Christian Education explores five themes: the who, what, why, where, and how of Christian Religious Education. We will attend to the plural cultures of the ecumenical and interreligious 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 and philosophy of education, students will be enabled to foster the same capacities for critically-reflective and committed Christian praxis for persons of all ages, within particular contexts for ministry. Classes include readings, lecture, discussion, small group work, and interactive learning/teaching exercises.

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

Credits:1.5

This course provides a practically minded orientation to Christian faith formation, paying close attention to a diversity of pedagogies and a variety of practices that can encourage growth in faith and Christian living for all ages. We concentrate upon: • significant contexts and theological themes for Christian education, • pedagogical theories and practical strategies for teaching, learning and fostering lifelong faith formation effectively, • mutually correlative relationships between faith formation in community and a daily life of discipleship. We consider questions like: Why does the church value faith formation as vital to its understanding of mission?" Who is faith formation "for,” primarily? What should the "contents" of a program of faith formation be? What can neuroscience teach us about faith formation? What challenges and insights are presented to pedagogies and practices of faith formation by differences in age, culture, and social location? What gets in the way of faith formation? What makes for an effective teaching/facilitating? How can participation in a program of faith formation impact the ways we understand discipleship – both our own and that of a Christian community? This course is offered as a seven-week intensive starting the week of February 4, 2019 and ending the week of March 18, 2019. Meets Thursdays 1:45-5:00pm. [30 max enrollment]

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

Credits:3

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND CRITICAL PEDAGOGY: A CHRISTIAN APPROACH What is religious education? How have we done and how might we want to do in the future? The course introduces religious education from a perspective of critical pedagogy. Students will explore the six paradigms of religious education (tradition-centered, person-centered, justice-centered, family-centered, faith community-centered, and earth-centered educations) and examine them with critical theories, including race theory, postcolonialism, and feminism. The class will use the forms of lecture, student presentation, and small group discussion. Reading materials include, but are not limited to, the writings of Jack Seymour, Richard Osmer, Thomas Groome, and Mary Elizabeth Moore for RE, and Paulo Freire and bell hooks for critical pedagogy. This is a synchronous hybrid course, which means that students can join the class either in person or through Zoom. (It is expected that students choose either way and stick to it throughout the course.) [30 max enrollment]

ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (ED-4072)

Credits:3

Amidst growing consensus that people joining progressive churches seek personal growth and spiritual deepening, most Unitarian universalist congregations do not provide adequate programs to meet this need. This course provides students with an overview of the theory and practice of adult and multigenerational religious education in the progressive church. The second half of the course will be conducted as a seminar with students researching existing adult and multigenerational faith development/religious education/spiritual deepening programs and making constructive proposals for best practices in congregations. Participants will be evaluated on weekly participation and a final project. The course is suited to MDiv, MA/MTS, DMin, and certificate students. While the course touches on all of the SKSM thresholds, it is most related to #7, 5, 4, and 2. It also addresses MFC competencies #3, 4, and 7. This is a residential course accepting students participating through distance technologies. [12 max enrollment]

INTERRELIGIOUS LEARNING & EDU (ED-4700)

Credits:3

INTER-RELIGIOUS LEARNING AND EDUCATION Increasing religious conflict and violence based on ignorance and indifference call for inter-religious learning as a necessary and alternative religious practice today. This course surveys histories, theories, and practices of inter-religious learning and education. The course also explores issues and problems related to inter-religious engagement in particular religious, cultural, and historical contexts, and deals with subject matters, such as pluralism, identity, religion, and postmodern philosophies. Students participate in conversations with their own religious and cultural backgrounds, and find ways to apply inter-religious education to their own contexts as they conduct either a research project with their working theories or a practice project which presents a thorough plan for an inter-religious curriculum, ministry, or any other activity. [20 max enrollment]

POSTMODERN CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (ED-8110)

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 weekly online postings, recorded lectures, Moodle forum discussions and small group work, and interactive learning exercises. Evaluation of class participation, two reflection papers, a reflective observation, and a major paper. Letter grade only. [Faculty Consent required; 15 max enrollment]

CHRISTIAN FAITH FORMATION: CONTEXTUAL CURRICULUM PROJECT (ED-8226)

Credits:0.5

This fully online, asynchronous course is the continuation of Christian Faith Formation: Pedagogies and Practices, however it can be taken independently as a component of any supervised fieldwork curriculum. It is intended to guide you in your development of a contextual curriculum project, to be designed, taught and evaluated in your internship or field education site. Prior graduate level study of diverse pedagogical theories and effective educational practices is essential to a successful project. This course is offered on a pass-no credit basis. If a letter grade is requested in writing, one will be provided. [ED-2225 Christian Faith Formation: Pedagogies and Practices; 30 max enrollment]

SPECIAL FIELD STUDY MINISTRY I (FE-1003)

Credits:3

Specialized field study arranged in consultation and with approval of the Community Engaged Learning faculty. No course prerequisites. Pass/Fail only. To enroll, students must have made arrangements for an approved field education placement with the Director of Community Engaged Learning. Students follow same coursework as for FE 1005, with regularly-scheduled meetings with CEL Director. [Faculty Consent Required; Auditors excluded]

SPECIAL FIELD STUDY MNSTRY II (FE-1004)

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]

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 both Fall & Spring semesters meets M. Div. program Concurrent 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. Meets on Wednesday, 9:10AM - 12:00PM. in Holbrook 133 & 134. First class session is Wednesday, Sept 04, 2018. Students meet in full-group Plenaries and in small-group cohorts throughout the semester. See syllabus for schedule. ALL CONCURRENT FIELD EDUCATION STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND COURSE ORIENTATION ON FIRST WEDNESDAY A.M. CLASS MEETING, SEPT. 4, 2018, 9:10A-12P. MENTORS WILL ALSO BE ASKED TO ATTEND THIS ORIENTATION. [Auditors excluded]

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]

INTERNSHIP III (FE-1013)

Credits:3

Full-time on-site field education. Arranged in consultation and with approval of Field Education faculty. Pass/Fail only. Internship to meet MDiv. 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 Consent required; Auditors excluded]

Summer Internship (FE-1014)

Credits:3

Full-time on-site field education. Arranged in consultation and with approval of Community Engaged Learning 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.

MINISTRY IN CONTEXT II (FE-1146)

Credits:0

MDIV INTEGRATION SEMINAR I (FE-1152)

Credits:1.5

The Integration Seminar is guided by one of three themes for each year of the M. Div. degree: ministerial identity, ministerial praxis or ministerial integration. In the first year of the M. Div. program the seminar focuses upon the theme of ministerial identity. To this end, the fall semester seminar will explore the themes of vocational and ministerial calling, professional ministerial identity and collaborative leadership. The seminar also integrates aspects of Ignatian spirituality. The seminar provides the opportunity for students in the M. Div. seminar to support each other’s vocations, work together collaboratively, and build a cohort community. [JST 1st year M. Div. students.]

ANTI-RACISM TRAINING (FE-1200)

Credits:0

TEACHING PARISH (FE-1220)

Credits:0

CLINICAL PASTORAL EDUCATION (FE-2000)

Credits:12

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. Course is available for 0-6 units. [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.

CLINICAL PASTORAL EDUCATION (FE-2000)

Credits:6

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 Community Engaged Learning 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 4-months or 9-consecutive months 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. If CPE is taken to meet M. Div. program FE requirement, it must provide 1.0 CPE unit and can only be taken P/F. Otherwise, can be taken for letter grade or P/F. Students cannot retroactively receive credit for completed CPE. [Faculty Consent required; Auditors excluded]

ADVANCED FIELD EDUCATION II (FE-2011)

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 Jnauary 30, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. [FE 1005, FE 1006; Faculty Consent required; Auditors excluded]

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 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]

MDIV INTEGRATION SEMINAR II (FE-2152)

Credits:3

INTRO THEOLOGICAL FIELD ED I (FE-2180)

Credits:3

INTRO THEOLOGICAL FIELD ED II (FE-2181)

Credits:3

Introduction to Theological Field Education II is the second 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 learning covenant, theological reflection papers, theological reflection in peer groups, and a congregational development project in their placement site which will also be presented to the class.. This class meet Wednesday morning from 9:30 - 11:30 AM.. [FE 2180; Faculty Consent required]

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 Community Engaged Learning faculty. Date and time for the semester will be set at the orientation session on Wednesday, 9/4/2019, 1:30 pm, at PSR Holbrook 133 or 134. [FE 1005, FE 1006; Faculty Permission required; Auditors excluded]

ADV CONCURRENT FIELD STUDY II (FE-2211)

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 Jnauary 30, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. Course is available for 1.5-3 units. [FE 1005, FE 1006; Faculty Permission 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

This is the course number for the Spring 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.

CLINICAL PASTORAL EDUCATION (FE-2250)

Credits:0

THEOLOGY OF MINISTRY PRACTICUM (FE-2620)

Credits:6

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.

INTERNSHIP (FE-4011)

Credits:9

The internship provides a supervised ministry context in which the student develops and hones gifts and skills for ministerial leadership. The internship experience is designed to integrate studies and form MDiv students in the art of ministry--an interactive learning process reflecting the Spirit's work of weaving together the person that God has created and called in Christ through the practice of ministry, theological reflection, spiritual formation, constructive feedback, critique and evaluation. Course is available for 1-9 units. [Faculty Consent required]

CLINICAL PASTORAL EDUCATION (FE-4012)

Credits:10

This course is for Starr King students engaged in part-time or full-time Clinical Pastoral Education. Participate in ministry to persons in crisis and engage in individual and group reflection. Didactic sessions draw together theoretical material from theology, the behavioral sciences, and pastoral care. Students learn to integrate theological understanding and knowledge of behavioral science with pastoral functioning. Upon completion, a written evaluation from the program supervisor will be placed into the student's permanent file. Discuss CPE with your advisor and then faculty. Final evaluation from CPE supervisor needs to be sent to faculty by the last day of the semester to receive credit. Students are responsible for applying for and securing a place in a CPE program. Please check the SKSM Student Handbook for more information. Relates to SKSM Threshold 5 and MFC Competency 2. Course is available from 1-10 units. [15 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

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 (FE-4053)

Credits:3

COMMUNITY FIELDWORK FALL (FE-4060)

Credits:5

COMMUNITY FIELD WORK (FE-4063)

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 INTERN REFLECTION FALL (FE-4212)

Credits:2

COMMUNITY INTERNSHIP FALL (FE-4220)

Credits:10

COMMUNITY INTERN REFLECTN FALL (FE-4222)

Credits:2

STL RESEARCH PRACTICUM (FE-4400)

Credits:0.5

STD RESEARCH PRACTICUM (FE-4401)

Credits:0.5

THM RESEARCH PRACTICUM (FE-4402)

Credits:0.5

INTERNSHIP (FE-4450)

Credits:6

THEOLOGICAL FIELD EDUCATION PLACEMENT I (FE-8291)

Credits:3

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]

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]

SOCIAL CHANGE FIELD WORK CAPSTONE (FERS-3001)

Credits:3

Required course for MAST program. CSSC and MAST students attend combined class in spring semester. 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. Participants collaborate with each other, the faculty instructor, and their mentors to draft learning objectives and establish criteria for assessing the outcomes of their field work and immersion experiences. Participants meet together in person twice monthly on the 2nd & 4th Thursday during the semester and provide regular progress reports online through a dedicated website. Participants 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. Draft iterations of the project are submitted online throughout the semester for feedback from colleagues, mentors, and the faculty instructor. Classes at the end of the semester are used to present their final projects and solicit observations and proposals for next steps. [SPFT 1082 (8182), FTRS 2973; Faculty Consent required; Auditors excluded] Class meets: 2nd & 4th Thursday, 2/7/2019-5/16/2019, 1:00pm-4:00pm; Project Presentation on Wednesday, 5/1/2019, 4:00pm-8:00pm at PSR Bade Museum.

MAST SOCIAL CHANGE FIELD WORK (FERS-3002)

Credits:3

Required course for MAST and MDiv program for students in Stackable Curriculum. Field work arranged in consultation and with approval of the Director of Community Engaged Learning. To enroll, students must have had consultation with CEL faculty about planned project with broad sector or area of interest focus and confirmed mentor active in that field. Participants collaborate with each other, the faculty instructor, and their mentors to draft learning objectives and establish criteria for assessing the outcomes of their field work and immersion experiences. Participants meet together with Faculty twice monthly on the 2nd & 4th Thursday during the semester and provide regular progress reports. Participants meet together twice monthly as cohort for 3-hours to discuss projects, day & time TBD by cohort. Participants 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. Students are also required to complete a 6-8 page paper: Social Analysis of Social Change Field Work Setting/Context. [SPFT 1082 (8182); FTRS 2973; Faculty Consent required; Auditors excluded] Course Times: 2nd & 4th Thursday 1-4PM. Course Dates: Sept 5, Sept 19, Oct 3, Oct 17, Nov 7, Nov 21, Dec 5, Dec 12.

INTERDISCIPLINARY LECTURES (FT-1062)

Credits:1.5

FOUNDATIONS FOR MINISTRY (FT-1063)

Credits:3

SPIRITUAL FORMATION (FT-1066)

Credits:0

[Not available for cross-registration] This course is designed to help students cultivate and gain knowledge of spiritual practices that foster lively faith and healthy leadership that can build up the Christian faith and ministry of individuals and communities in an Anglican context. Over the course of several semesters, students will cultivate spiritual practices that will sustain them in their vocations, and skills that enable them to engage communities in spiritual work; develop spiritual practices that support their faithful life as Christian disciples; recognize how habitual spiritual practices may foster resilience and faith; learn how to teach holistic Christian formation practices to others; integrate rhythms of communal worship into life habits; and learn to recognize the challenging tension between community responsibility, personal self-care, and time apart for rest and retreat. Course activities include: residential student formation retreat, monthly formation group meetings, peer one-on-one meetings, engagement in spiritual direction, participation in worship and a quiet day. This course is required each semester for all CDSP Residential MDiv, MTS, and CAS students.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION (FT-1067)

Credits:0

[Not available for cross-registration] This course is designed to help students cultivate and gain knowledge of spiritual practices that foster lively faith and healthy leadership that can build up the Christian faith and ministry of individuals and communities. Over the course of several semesters, students will cultivate spiritual practices that will sustain them in their vocations, and skills that enable them to engage communities in spiritual work; develop spiritual practices that support their faithful life as Christian disciples; recognize how habitual spiritual practices may foster resilience and faith; learn how to teach holistic Christian formation practices to others; integrate rhythms of communal worship into life habits; and learn to recognize the challenging tension between community responsibility, personal self-care, and time apart for rest and retreat. Course activities include: engagement in spiritual direction; participation in worship; participation in formation peer groups. This course is required each semester for all CDSP MTS students

WRITING FOR GRAD THEO STUDIES (FT-1075)

Credits:1.5

This course will examine writing genres and skills central to graduate theological study. Within their degree programs, students already produce many different kinds of writing, such as personal reflection papers, analyses of case studies, and research papers. This course aims to orient students to these various genres and their distinctive purposes. We will identify key conventions of common academic and theological genres. We will also identify and practice methods of reading and writing that will help students write effectively throughout their coursework. Special attention will be given to two important and importantly different genres: the theological reflection and the academic research paper. Additional genres and writing practices studied will be selected based on student interest. Through writing exercises, workshops of student writing, and discussions of exemplars, students will develop, reflect on, and refine their abilities to communicate clear and complex ideas for their seminary studies and beyond. Meeting times TBD.

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

Second 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.

CHURCH LEADERSHIP (FT-1130)

Credits:3

To prepare as ministry leaders in the 21st century, students will be exposed to new paradigms of church leadership. This introductory course designed to provide Masters of Divinity Students with basic principles of church as non-profit administration and management including navigating boards and organizational structures as systems, understanding budgets, assessing organizational capacity, developing staff and /or laity, and understanding social location (i.e,. contextual /cultural dynamics of the neighborhood and community). Students will learn organizational concepts, such as transformational leadership, adaptive change, conflict resolution, fund development, and member equipping. Course will include periodic papers and as a final project - an organizational assessment.

SPANISH FOR WORSHIP I (FT-1145)

Credits:1.5

SPANISH FOR WORSHIP II (FT-1146)

Credits:1.5

Spanish for Worship II is a course on Spanish language acquisition focused on worship leadership in Spanish. This course builds and expands on the grammatical and practical work covered in Spanish for Worship I, a prerequisite for this course. This course will include, among other things, class discussions on biblical material, discussions on selections from Luther’s Small Catechism, liturgical presentation projects, a visit to a Spanish-speaking worship service, and the production and sharing of a statement of faith written in Spanish. [FT-1145 Spanish for Worship I; 30 max enrollment]

ACAD THEO WRITING & RESEARCH (FT-1203)

Credits:2

This course is a general introduction to the tasks of conducting research in order to write academic theological arguments. The course focuses on honing the skills you already have in order to research more efficiently, and writing more precisely in a theological setting (papers, sermons, bible studies, etc.). Prerequisite: RSFT-1120 Methods and Hermeneutics I. This course is offered as a two-week intensive starting the week of January 14, 2019 and ending the week of January 21, 2019. Meets Monday-Friday, 8:10am-11:10am, at PSR 6. [30 max enrollment]

ORGANIZING FOR PUBLIC MINISTRY (FT-1239)

Credits:3

This course focuses on developing skills, tools, and theoretical/reflective capacity for community organizing around multiple issues within a ministry context, and is taught by a team of experienced trainers from the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the nation's oldest network of faith-based and community organizations, with additional theological reflection and context provided by a CDSP professor. Format will include lectures, discussion, role-play, small group work, and reading. For those taking the course for academic credit, additional reading and writing are required. The course is open to all members of the seminary community and will also include local non-credit participants from community organizing projects. Class meets daily, 1/20/19-1/25/19, from 8:30am to 5:30pm at CDSP.

Leadership in Ministry (FT-1902)

Credits:3

An introduction to a variety of multi-disciplinary tools for leadership in ministry. Through shared learning and case studies, together with theological reflection on our own practices, we will develop the courage and imagination needed for leadership. Pre-course readings, lecture, discussion, case studies. Evaluation: class participation, final paper. Audience: Low-residency students.

LEADERSHIP IN MINISTRY (FT-1902)

Credits:1.5

SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION IN ACTION (FT-1927)

Credits:1.5

Under the PSR Stackable Curriculum, every student will engage in experiential learning during the intersession of their first or second year. Students will engage with the principles of community organizing and transformational change within a theological and social justice framework. Course begins with readings, lectures, and discussions. 3-4 Bay Area social justice organizations and movements will present opportunities for onsite work in various topic areas. Once students select a site, they will participate for 24 hours of experiential learning work (over 5.5 days), then re-convene for final discussions, summary, and closing. Students following Stackable Curriculum programs get priority registration; others may participate as space is available. Course meets daily, 1/14/19-1/16/19 and 1/22/19 from 10am-2pm at Holbrook 133. [24 max enrollment]

PRESBYTERIAN (PCUSA) POLITY (FT-2070)

Credits:3

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.

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

This course will explore theological understandings of leadership, various styles of leadership and their effectiveness in different settings, dynamics of power and appropriate professional boundaries, and the practical skills needed to run a small non-profit such as a church parish. Students will engage material on these subjects through course readings, class discussions, reflection papers, and a group project and presentation. Required for PLTS M.Div. students prior to internship. This course is offered as a seven-week intensive starting the week of April 1, 2019 and ending the week of May 13, 2019. Meets Thursdays 1:45-5:00pm. [30 max enrollment]

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

Ministry is relational. This is crucial in all areas of parish administration-budgets, pledge drives, fundraisers, building campaigns, staff supervision, volunteer support, facilities, safety, long-range planning. We will consider ministerial balance and boundaries. What is the pastor's role? Where to prod and when to defer to lay leaders? When to hold a program or a committee together or let it fall apart? How to hire staff and what to pay? We will interview some experts (who learned the hard way). In discussions and papers, we will reflect on articles, books, case studies, videos, sermons and presentations based on your needs, goals and gifts. Open to UUs and other students on an ordination track. [Faculty Consent required; 21 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

ORGNZTNL LEADRSHP CH & COMMNTY (FT-2923)

Credits:3

DISCIPLES HISTORY AND POLITY (FT-3150)

Credits:3

Utilizing historical, theological and cultural methods and approaches, this class will survey and examine the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), from its founding two centuries ago to its contemporary expressions. The course will explore the present design and functioning (polity) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in its congregational, regional, and general manifestations. We will analyze the theological roots and developments of the Disciples tradition, and discuss the directions of mission, ministry, and ecumenism within the contemporary witness and work of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). This course fulfills the denominational requirement in Disciples history and polity for ordination. The course is designed for M.Div. students seeking ordination, but others may enroll.

21ST CENTURY EVANGELISM (FT-3950)

Credits:1.5

This course introduces the theological and practical dimensions of evangelism in the context of the 21st century and with special emphasis on the United Methodist Church. We shall investigate the theological basis of the Christian evangelistic message and think together about the ways this message can be shared in our present reality. Class format: seminar, lecture/class-discussion. Evaluation method: attendance and participation, small reflection papers, book review, and final paper. Course meets daily, 1/22/19-1/25/19, from 8:10am-12:30pm at PSR 5.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION (FT-8166)

Credits:0

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.

RITUAL PRACTICE AND CURATING A LIFE OF DEPTH FOR "NONES" (FT-8250)

Credits:1.5

Research points to increased diversity in the US population when it comes to "spirituality." Many are finding meaning in ways that do not involve traditional religious affiliations–as the term “Nones” describes. This course will look creatively at the ways that life-passage ritual practices and activities for curating a life of depth might be articulated for the religiously unaffiliated. A live and recorded videoconference at the beginning and end of the semester (scheduled according to the availability of the participants enrolled) will bookend an independent study format wherein students choose from a list of research materials, find their own materials related to their inquiry, and share their findings online with other participants. Optional opportunities will be offered to be part of creative projects related to this topic with the instructor, live or online.

WRESTLING WITH THE QUESTIONS (FTBS-5000)

Credits:3

Wrestling with the Questions: The Bible, Midrash, and Inquiry Based Preaching: “Why?” asks the persistent two-year old, having discovered one of the most powerful words in the English language. Contemporary pedagogy recognizes that helping students develop their own questions, can help deepen learning much more than providing well-rehearsed answers. But the value of questions is not new. From Abraham to Jesus, the biblical story turns on the questions. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” “Who is my neighbor?” In studying texts, the ancient Rabbis developed the Jewish tradition of Midrash, which uses questions to help the faithful reader slow down and live more fully into the sacred story. Drawing on the Scripture’s art of staying with the questions and the Jewish tradition of Midrash, we will explore an “inquiry based” approach to preaching. Format and Evaluation: One week intensive with preliminary activity on-line for all students. 1.5 credits evaluated through a Midrash on a text (due after the course). 3.0 credits will do additional on-line activity after the course, evaluated through 5 sermon series outline, Midrash and video/audio/manuscript on one inquiry based sermon (due after the course) Audience: DMin and pastors seeking Continuing Education Units (2 units) May take for 3.0 or 1.5 units.

Wrestling with the Questions (FTBS-5900)

Credits:3

Wrestling with the Questions: The Bible, Midrash, and Inquiry Based Preaching: “Why?” asks the persistent two-year old, having discovered one of the most powerful words in the English language. Contemporary pedagogy recognizes that helping students develop their own questions, can help deepen learning much more than providing well-rehearsed answers. But the value of questions is not new. From Abraham to Jesus, the biblical story turns on the questions. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” “Who is my neighbor?” In studying texts, the ancient Rabbis developed the Jewish tradition of Midrash, which uses questions to help the faithful reader slow down and live more fully into the sacred story. Drawing on the Scripture’s art of staying with the questions and the Jewish tradition of Midrash, we will explore an “inquiry based” approach to preaching. Format and Evaluation: One week intensive with preliminary activity on-line for all students. 1.5 credits evaluated through a Midrash on a text (due after the course). 3.0 credits will do additional on-line activity after the course, evaluated through 5 sermon series outline, Midrash and video/audio/manuscript on one inquiry based sermon (due after the course) Audience: DMin and pastors seeking Continuing Education Units (2 units) May take for 3.0 or 1.5 units.

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]

UU MINISTERIAL LEADERSHIP (FTED-2100)

Credits:3

UU Polity (FTHS-4077)

Credits:1.5

UU POLITY (FTHS-4077)

Credits:1.5

UU BALTIMORE IMMERSION (FTHS-4079)

Credits:3

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

Gospel of the Masses: Seeing God Through the Eyes of the Marginalized. This is an immersion course that engages with both the persecution and resilience of marginalized people in the United States. We will spend most of our class time on the streets of Oakland, observing, listening, and analyzing the intersectionality of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and immigration status in perpetuating generational marginalization. We will have the privilege to listen and learn from various communities of color - community members, justice practitioners, activists, and local theologians and ministers. We will also pay close attention to the sacred movement of God and the deep spirituality of marginalized people in our observations and interactions. Assignments include pre-course readings and summary/reflection papers, and an 8-page minimum post-course reflection paper. A $100 program fee will be assessed for each student and lunch will be provided daily. Class meets: Sunday, 1/13/2019, from 10:00am to 3:00pm; then daily, 1/14/2019-1/18/2019, from 9:00am to 5:00pm; in Oakland.

LEADERSHIP FOR MINISTRY I (FTRS-2281)

Credits:3

LEADERSHIP FOR MINISTRY II (FTRS-2282)

Credits:3

This course is co-taught by Caroline McCall and Susanna Singer. This is the second half of a two-semester capstone course sequence for graduating CDSP MDiv students. It can be taken as an elective by studnets in other programs. This course will involve constructive practical work on ministry leadership., including theological reflection, contextual analysis, training in models of leadership, evangelism, congregational development, church administration, finances and fundraising, and the spirituality of ministry. An integral part of this course is a placement in a congregation or institution, including 4-5 hours per week spent on site. Lecture/presentations, discussion and several small individual projects, plus one major group project. [Faculty Consent required; 20 max enrollment]

TRANSFORMATIVE LEADERSHIP (FTRS-2973)

Credits:3

Transformational Leadership entails a dynamic relationship between the leader and the community of which the leader is a part. It entails developing strategies that enhance the probability of achieving shared goals & visions. In the quest for a more just and compassionate world transformational leadership challenges dormant systems of oppression. The course explores various expressions of transformational leadership resulting from prophetic imagination and social entrepreneurship. Seminar format, evaluation through class participation, reflection papers and other papers. Audience: MAST, MDiv, MA/MTS, DMin.

DESIGN THINKING FOR SOCIAL CHANGE (FTRS-3400)

Credits:1.5

"Design Thinking" is a human-centered approach to problem solving and new product development that emerged from the high-tech, entrepreneurial world of Silicon Valley. It has evolved over the years into a process that is rooted in community-based research, ongoing testing of assumptions, a resistance to immediate answers for the sake of deeper insights, and hypothesizing future consequences. This course introduces the design thinking model with leading design thinking consultants--including an interactive workshop in which students collaborate on a realistic design challenge--and opportunities to adapt this model for leadership skills in both congregational settings and non-profit organizations for effective social change strategies. The class meets on six Saturdays (in addition to outside research and coaching sessions): 3/2 (8:30-10:30am); 3/16 (8:30am-5:30pm); 4/6 (8:30am-12:30pm); 4/27 (3:00-4:30pm), 5/11 (8:30am-12:30pm); and 5/18 (8:30am-12:30pm).

ENGAGING COMMUN OF LIBERATION (FTRS-3834)

Credits:3

This immersion course in Cuernavaca, Mexico, will explore communities of liberation in modern Mexico, focusing on the LGBTQ and women’s communities and on issues of economic justice within Mexico and between Mexico and the United States. Students will develop their knowledge of written, spoken and read Spanish through language classes and immersive living experience with native Spanish speakers. The program will include multiple field trips to sites of cultural and artistic importance, lectures on related topics, and dialogue with community members. Some knowledge of Spanish is suggested but not required. Application required - see https://tinyurl.com/2019-PSR-MEX for application and due dates. Faculty may request interview. Limited number of participants, open to community members/auditors. There will be 2-3 required pre-trip classroom sessions during Fall 2018 semester for both academic discussion & logistics. Course meets 1/5/19-1/19/19. [Faculty consent required; interview required; Auditors with faculty permission]

Community Organizing I & II (FTRS-4501)

Credits:3

Community Organizing: Session I & II Faith and Community Organizing: Prophets, Power, and Social Transformation. Now more than ever, we need creative, determined and spiritually- and morally--rooted organizers to aid in the work of building strong, resilient and responsive communities. These uncertain times demand a new generation of community leaders – religious and not – who are morally grounded, relationship focused, and skillful at building and using community power. From these strong foundations, individuals become more able to carry out the work of social movements – the large waves of change that mark this time as a moment for resistance. In this class, we will examine and try out several different models of organizing, explore our own personal paths to and styles of leadership, look at the unique and urgent work facing today's prophetic leaders, and uncover ways to build and re-build community life (based in spiritual teaching and practice) that lead to needed social change. Throughout this class, we will delve into some traditional as well as some new ways of thinking about community organizing in and outside of faith contexts. We will also take a look at the difference between community organizing and social movements, and understand how congregations and other community institutions can be anchors in helping individuals make meaning in the rapidly-changing, politically-charged moment in which we live. Each interactive session will combine discussion of organizing theory and impact with practical skill-building. Students will be challenged to read, reflect, write, and put teachings into action in mini-organizing campaigns. This course is designed for students, former students, and community partners who are serious about integrating social justice into their leadership, who want to learn how to use organizing as a congregational or community development tool, and/or who want to better understand the role that faith communities can (and need to) play in movements for social change. Course meets weekdays, 6/04/18 - 6/15/18, from 9am-1pm.

LEADERSHIP FOR MINISTRY (FTRS-8288)

Credits:3

LEADERSHIP FOR MINISTRY II (FTRS-8289)

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. On-line lecture/presentations and discussions and several small individual projects/papers, plus one major group project. Students are expected to arrange synchronous on-line meetings for peer theological reflection for at least one hour every other week. [Faculty Consent required; 20 max enrollment]

CANON LAW:INTRO & MARRIAGE (FTST-2336)

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.

INTRODUCTION TO PREACHING (HM-1001)

Credits:3

Introduction to the composition and delivery of sermons with attention given to hermeneutical and theological issues. Examination of selected homiletical models. Practice preaching. Instructor and class critique. Sermon recording option. SFTS core course.

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]

Intro to Preaching & Preaching and Storytelling (HM-1900)

Credits:3

Introduction to Preaching & Preaching and Storytelling - This course will serve as a foundational course in homiletics for M.Div. students. Utilizing a combination of lectures, class discussions, and in-class exercises, we will begin by discussing the role of preaching in the church from a theological/pastoral point-of-view. Subsequent class discussions will focus on the move from text to sermon, the shape of the sermon, the role of imagination in crafting a sermon, the role of the congregation in the preaching event, and general questions related to the preparation and delivery of sermons. Each student will preach once during the course and will submit a self-evaluation paper following the course. Prerequisite: an introductory course in Biblical studies

INTRODUCTION TO HOMILETICS (HM-2100)

Credits:3

SUMMER 2019 This course is designed to give students an opportunity to engage the necessary elements of biblical preaching. Students will learn and appropriate a collaborative biblical exegetical method for preaching in order to prepare, preach and reflect upon a sermon during the summer intensive. Through seminar discussion, mini 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. Students will be required to arrange preaching on Sunday, July 14th in a congregation as part of the post-residency assignments. Course meets weekdays, 6/17/19-6/28/19, from 8am-11:30am at CDSP. [Faculty Consent required (contact Shauna Hannan); 10 max enrollment; Auditors excluded; Letter grades only.] SPRING 2020 A basic course in the theory and practice of preaching. Practice preaching, hearing and critiquing sermons. Emphasis on preaching from a lectionary in a eucharistic context. [Faculty Consent required; 12 max enrollment]

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]

Preaching and Storytelling (HM-2900)

Credits:1.5

We live in a time of competing narratives, and transformative preaching requires preachers to create and deliver compelling narratives. This course will explore the art of storytelling and how it can enable such preaching. We will use narrative theory to examine the poetics of storytelling. How do the elements of narrative affect us when we read or hear stories? The course will employ an inductive methodology. We will listen to recordings of stories told by gifted storytellers from a variety of cultures. How do these narrative artists go about their craft? What can we learn from them about both the structure and the delivery of stories? We will consider how preachers can incorporate storytelling in our preaching and will use in-class exercises each day to work on our own storytelling skills. The course is offered both to active preachers as continuing education as well as to M.Div. students. Each student will preach once during the course of this class (2 CEU's).

HISTORY/THEOLOGY OF PREACHING (HM-4015)

Credits:3

This course is co-taught by Shauna Hannan and Sangyil Park. This seminar-style course is a study of representative treatises on preaching beginning with Augustine’s De Doctrina Christiana leading up to contemporary homiletical theory. The influences of classical rhetoric and theological commitments upon various homiletical theories will be examined. The course is required for GTU Ph.D. students in Homiletics. Advanced Master’s students are welcome and encouraged to request permission to take the course. [Faculty Consent required; Auditors excluded]

CONTEMPORARY PREACHING THEORIES (HM-4087)

Credits:3

This advanced seminar, designed for advanced Masters and Doctoral students, will deal with various theories around the New Homiletic and related preaching theories which have been discussed for the past four decades. Successful students will have a good grasp of trends in preaching theories that are being dealt with among mainline North American scholars. Students will make presentations, write book reviews and research papers, and take a part in discussion around a selected author or topic each week. A prerequisite: an introductory or basic preaching course.

HISTORY & THEOLOGY OF PREACHING (HM-5015)

Credits:3

This seminar-style course is a study of representative treatises on preaching beginning with Augustine’s De Doctrina Christiana leading up to contemporary homiletical theory. The influences of classical rhetoric and theological commitments upon various homiletical theories will be examined. The course is required for GTU Ph.D. students in Homiletics. Advanced Master’s students are welcome and encouraged to request permission to take the course. [12 max enrollment]

CONTEMPORARY PREACHING THEORIES (HM-5087)

Credits:3

This advanced seminar, designed for advanced Masters and Doctoral students, will deal with various theories around the New Homiletic and related preaching theories which have been discussed for the past four decades. Successful students will have a good grasp of trends in preaching theories that are being dealt with among mainline North American scholars. Students will make presentations, write book reviews and research papers, and take a part in discussion around a selected author or topic each week. A prerequisite: an introductory or basic preaching course.

HOMILETICAL PEDAGOGY (HM-6010)

Credits:3

TRANSFORMATIVE WORD (HM-8100)

Credits:3

This introductory preaching course is designed to enable the students to learn the theoretical and practical elements of contemporary preaching from diverse cultural and theological traditions; successful 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. Students will preach two or three sermons for the class. [Auditors excluded]

INTRODUCTION TO PREACHING (HM-8101)

Credits:3

Introduction to the composition and delivery of sermons with attention given to hermeneutical and theological issues. Examination of selected homiletical models. Practice preaching. Instructor and class critique. Sermon recording option. SFTS core course. Online version of course HM-1001 [8 max enrollment]

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]

PREACHING AND PASTORAL CARE (HMPS-3000)

Credits:3

This course is co-taught by Donna Allen and Laurie Garrett-Cobbina and examines the integration of preaching and pastoral care. This course prepares religious leaders to carry out the prophetic, inspirational and healing responsibility presented in sacred rhetoric. By considering the vital role of preaching at times of significant life transitions, suffering, oppression, trauma, defeat, violence, grief and loss, the preaching moment is also constructed as a pastorally informed form act of caring. In this course, preaching is pastoral care, and pastoral care preaches. The worship context becomes the a place to find support when God's people are facing life's small and big crises. Womanist rhetorical criticism will be used to equip students with a systematic process to critically engage and construct the rhetoric of the pastoral care informed sermon. Course meets on the Fridays and Saturdays: 9/13 & 9/14/19, 10/11 & 10/12/19, 11/8 & 11/9/19, and 12/13 & 12/14/19, times TBD at SFTS.

MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING (HN-207)

Credits:3

CHI SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS 1 (HR-1100)

Credits:3

CHI SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS 2 (HR-1101)

Credits:3

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

This course will survey the traditions of Buddhism commonly referred to as Theravada, with reference to their doctrine, development, and concrete localizations throughout South and Southeast Asia, as well as the contemporary West. We will also interrogate the shifting representations of these traditions that emerge in their interface with modernity. The course will incorporate both foundational primary texts and representative secondary scholarship in an attempt to broadly chart the living and historical dimensions of these traditions and the terms of their contemporary study. Seminar with discussion and lectures. Final paper and class field trip to a local temple required. Some knowledge of Buddhism helpful but not required. [15 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

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

In this course we will explore, discuss and practice mindfulness, loving-kindness, compassion and concentration meditation. The exploration will include how these practices are taught and applied today as well as the ancient Theravada Buddhist context from which they arose. 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.

READINGS IN THERAVADA TEXTS (HR-2992)

Credits:3

Subtitle: Liberation and the Goal of Practice This course is co-taught by Diana Clark and Gil Fronsdal. The ultimate goal of early Indian Buddhist practice is variably called Awakening, Liberation and Nirvana (Nibbana). It is a goal described as the end of suffering and attainment of a profound form of peace and happiness. The Buddha taught a detailed path of practice that provides important personal transformations and insights on the way to attaining this goal. In this class we will explore the earliest texts of Theravada Buddhism to understand the Buddha’s teachings on the path of practice, the crucial liberating insights and Awakening itself. Some basic knowledge about Buddhism is recommended. [Auditors with faculty permission]

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]

TERMS, TEXTS & TRANSLATIONS (HR-3300)

Credits:3

A study of the key terminology of Buddhist studies across the tradition, the ways in which texts are studied, and issues of translation. These issues have all been central for the understanding of Buddhism as it has moved from one society to another, and this course examines how they affect the interpretation of Buddhism in the present. [Auditors with faculty permission]

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

Credits:3

This seminar course addresses the complexities and heterogeneity of the cultures and faith traditions of Asia and Oceania. Students will learn the beliefs and practices of religious others with deeper theological understanding, critique, and cultural sensitivity. The course objectives are set to prepare students for ministry across cultural contexts, within and among Asian and Oceanic communities The classes will be taught by a team of GTU scholars of religion from various traditions. Some class sessions will be conducted as immersion experiences to different ethno-religious communities and cross-cultural/interfaith settings in the San Francisco Bay area. Students must attend and participate in ALL classes and field trips. [15 max enrollment]

WORKS OF SHINRAN III (HR-4568)

Credits:3

INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM AND BUDDHIST STUDIES (HR-8107)

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. It is required for the Certificate in Buddhist Studies. [Auditors with faculty permission]

ESOTERIC BUDDHISM (HR-8250)

Credits:3

A survey of the history, teachings, doctrines, practices, and textual traditions of esoteric, or tantric, Buddhism. Particular focus may be given to Indian, Tibetan, Chinese, or Japanese forms of esoteric Buddhism. As appropriate attention will also be given to basic introduction to the traditions of Indian tantra that provided the religious context for the development of the Buddhist tantric tradition. [Auditors with faculty permission]

READINGS IN MAHAYANA TEXTS (HR-8317)

Credits:3

Subtitle: The Lotus Sutra and Zen Views This online course will feature textual study of selected chapters from the Lotus Sutra, a central scripture in East Asian Buddhism, with commentaries and references from Zen teachers. Through colorful parables and shifting visionary viewpoints, the Lotus Sutra elaborates and expresses such key East Asian Buddhist themes as the subtle workings of skillful means; the Diversity of spiritual needs and approaches and their unity in the One Vehicle; the mystical pervasion of awakening beings in both space and time; and the centrality of faith to Buddhist awakening. In addition to examining the meaning of the Sutra's techings and their irrelevance to modern spiritual concerns, we will also consider the Sutra's widespread influence on East Asian culture, and the role of the Lotus Sutra in Japanese Zen and other East Asian traditions. [Some introductory course in Buddhism, including the Mahayana; 15 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

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

Knowledge of Sanskrit is important for students interested in deepening their understanding of Dharma traditionsand their philosophical, theological, literary and aesthetic textual cultures. Sanskrit has both ancient and classical roots and manifestations- from the ?g Veda (c. 1500 BCE) to the Grammarians, Upani?ads, (philosophy), the Epics, Bhakti , Yoga (theological), Poetics, and Tantric (esoteric) literary productions. This course will provide intermediate to advanced lessons in Sanskrit grammar, language and working vocabulary, enabling students to manage aspects of Sanskrit philology. While learning grammar in all its complexities, student will also read passages from certain primary texts. Two basic textbooks will be utilized in the study (including Madhav Desphpande's Sa?sk?ta-Subodhini ). Assessment will be via regular weekly exercises, tests papers and a final take-home exam. The course is open to MA, MDiv, and PhD candidates.

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.

YOGA STUDIES FOUNDATIONS (HRBS-8405)

Credits:3

EMBODIED SPIRITUALITY: THE LIVING TRADITIONS OF HINDU YOGA -- ONLINE Yoga is practiced globally with extensive branches in the West. Interpretations & adaptations of Yoga today are almost exclusively associated with fitness & wellness in the popular imagination. Yet, Yoga includes but surpasses the physical. With strong practices of sacred sound, music, art, and contemplative practices, Yoga has millennia-old roots in Hindu spirituality, Yoga has traditionally represented major paths, often used in collaboration, meant to lead the practitioner to an integrated experience of enlightenment, & fulfillment defined differently by diverse Yoga traditions. We will study central texts of Yoga such as the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutra, and Hatha Yoga Pradipika. the course will explore major traditions of Hindu Yoga: the paths of knowledge, wisdom, love, and selfless service, and explore the yogic journey through its embodied praxes and their basis in literature, philosophy, arts, ethics & medical research. The is online with onsite teaching sessions on 9/3/19, 9/10/19, 11/12/19, and 11/19/19. This course is appropriate for MA/MTS & PhD/ThD (additional research).

QURAN: FEMINIST READINGS (HRBS-8420)

Credits:3

This synchronous online course will be conducted via zoom and Moodle platforms. It will examine the worldview, language, narratives and teachings of the Quran to begin to understand the implications of the Quranic texts on the lives of women, on gender construction and gender relations. In the process we shall examine feminist writings on the Quran or on issues pertaining to Muslim and the Quran. The course will involve an extensive and intensive critical engagement with the texts. Students will submit weekly assignments 24 hours before the course meeting time and their questions and observations from their weekly journals will help the instructor frame the weekly class lecture and discussion. The insights of historical-critical method, form criticism, modernist interpretations and sufi praxis will inform our deliberations. Students will be expected to come to class having an introductory level knowledge of Quranic studies otherwise they will need to do some extra reading as indicated in the course syllabus. Students will be evaluated based on their weekly assignments, class attendance and participation and a final essay. The final essay for Phd students will be at least 5000 words long. This course is suitable for any graduate student with some preliminary knowledge of the Quran and an interest in feminist issues. The first class shall meet on Monday from 6:10 - 9 pm. At that time students will have the option of changing the class time through a poll. If no alternative suitable time is found at which the entire registered student body can meet then we shall continue to meet on Monday evenings from 6:10-9 pm. Relates to SKSM Thresholds: Sacred Text and Interpretation, History of Dissenting Traditions and the Thea/ological Quest, Life in Religious Community and Interfaith Engagement and MFC Comps: Serves the larger UU Faith [Faculty Consent required]

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

Explore the difficulties and direction in Buddhist Ministry within the Western context. Also, through a person-centered educational process, explore ways and means to develop one's personal ministry for the west. To study and evaluate an educational process will be the core element of the course. Lecture/seminar with research papers which include personal reflection documents within the words of the Buddhist teachers. Course is for MA students with an emphasis on ministry and chaplaincy.

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

This course will examine the ideas, narratives, theologies and practices that have been part of Jewish mysticism throughout the ages. We will proceed chronologically and thematically, exploring the variety of Jewish mystical trends as well as themes such as language, hermeneutics, gender, sexual imagery, nomian and anti-nomian aspects, messianism, symbolism and practices. We will consider the relationship between Jewish mysticism and surrounding religious systems as well as relationships between Jewish mysticism and other Jewish communal and rabbinic structures. Doctoral level seminar; at least year of Jewish studies required. Weekly Response Papers/Final Paper.

HASIDIC MYSTICISM (HRHS-0005)

Credits:3

Hasidism emerged among a small circle of Jewish mystics in eighteenth-century Poland, spread like wildfire, and today the image of the Hasid is at once an emblem of Jewish authenticity and Jewish fundamentalism. In this course, we will examine the mystical thought of this movement, focusing especially on its psychological and hermeneutical dynamics. Topics to be explored will include joy and depression, speech and silence, human-divine relations, gender and modernity, and the relationship between corporeality and spirituality.

MODERN JUDAISMS: RELIGION, CULTURE, OR NATIONALITY? (HRHS-0006)

Credits:3

The intellectual and political conditions of modernity have triggered fiery debates about the essence of Judaism. As Jews (and non-Jews) have sought to redefine Judaism as a religion, a culture, or a nationality - or sought to reject the very idea of redefining Judaism - new forms of Jewish identity, thought, and practice have emerged that illuminate why the Jewish world looks the way it does today, from Berkeley to Brooklyn and Tunis to Tel Aviv. This course will survey the diverse landscapes of Jewish modernity, with special attention to dynamics between secularism and traditionalism, individualism and nationalism, exile and homeland, and Judaism and Christianity.

BUDDHIST TRADTNS OF SOUTH ASIA (HRHS-1515)

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: MA (Buddhist Studies), MBS, MDiv, Buddhist Chaplaincy Certificate Program, Kyoshi Cetificate. [Auditors with faculty permission]

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

SEVEN MASTERS OF JODO SHINSHU This course is co-taught by Harry Bridge and Kiyonobu Kuwahara. The Shin Buddhist tradition traces its origins to the works of Nagarjuna, Vasubandhu, T'an-luan, Tao-ch'o, Shan-tao, Genshin, and Honen. This course examines their contributions to the development of Shin Buddhism. Required of ministerial aspirants. Format: Lecture. Evaluation: Final examination. [HRPH 1614 Introduction to Shin Buddhist Thought recommended as background]

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.

MODERN JUDAISMS: RELIGION, CULTURE, OR NATIONALITY? (HRHS-3800)

Credits:3

The intellectual and political conditions of modernity have triggered fiery debates about the essence of Judaism. As Jews (and non-Jews) have sought to redefine Judaism as a religion, a culture, or a nationality - or sought to reject the very idea of redefining Judaism - new forms of Jewish identity, thought, and practice have emerged that illuminate why the Jewish world looks the way it does today, from Berkeley to Brooklyn and Tunis to Tel Aviv. This course will survey the diverse landscapes of Jewish modernity, with special attention to dynamics between secularism and traditionalism, individualism and nationalism, exile and homeland, and Judaism and Christianity.

HASIDIC MYSTICISM (HRHS-4348)

Credits:3

Hasidism emerged among a small circle of Jewish mystics in eighteenth-century Poland, spread like wildfire, and today the image of the Hasid is at once an emblem of Jewish authenticity and Jewish fundamentalism. In this course, we will examine the mystical thought of this movement, focusing especially on its psychological and hermeneutical dynamics. Topics to be explored will include joy and depression, speech and silence, human-divine relations, gender and modernity, and the relationship between corporeality and spirituality.

JEWISH MYSTICISM (HRHS-4351)

Credits:3

This course will examine the ideas, narratives, theologies and practices that have been part of Jewish mysticism throughout the ages. We will proceed chronologically and thematically, exploring the variety of Jewish mystical trends as well as themes such as language, hermeneutics, gender, sexual imagery, nomian and anti-nomian aspects, messianism, symbolism and practices. We will consider the relationship between Jewish mysticism and surrounding religious systems as well as relationships between Jewish mysticism and other Jewish communal and rabbinic structures. Doctoral level seminar; at least year of Jewish studies required. Weekly Response Papers/Final Paper.

TPCS IN BUDDHISM IN THE WEST (HRHS-5526)

Credits:3

CRITICAL RACE THEORY AND AMERICAN BUDDHISM In this advanced seminar, we will explore the intersection of race and religion through critical race theory and American Buddhism. The first half of the semester will focus critical race theory, its central tenets and critiques; racial formation; and Asian American and immigration studies. This will provide a foundation for the later half of the semester which will explore these themes in the history, study, and practice of American Buddhism from its origins as an immigrant religion, its popularization within white spaces, media representations, and academic Buddhist Studies. Specialized topic related to the introduction of Buddhist thought and practice is selected by instructor. Course may be repeated for credit, if topic is different. [Prior coursework in Buddhist Studies required or instructor's permission]

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

Introduces the Buddhist traditions transmitted to East Asia and the development of new traditions. Second 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: MA (Buddhist Studies), MBS, MDiv, Buddhist Chaplaincy Certificate Program, Kyoshi Certificate.

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. [Auditors with faculty permission]

SEX & SIN (HRHS-8335)

Credits:3

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. These texts 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, gender, and sexuality with sin. We will engage with traditional readings of passages known as 'clobber texts' and challenge them with counter-oppressive readings from a range of hermeneutics including feminist, queer, postcolonial, liberation, and ecological perspectives. Topics such as religious leadership, ritual participation, 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 is an online synchronous with Zoom 3000 level course. The format is lecture/discussion. Lectures will be pre-recorded and weekly Zoom sessions will be primarily for group discussion of the lecture and the readings. SKSM Thresholds: 3) Sacred Text and Interpretation and 4) History of Dissenting Traditions and Thea/ological Quest [15 max enrollment]

TOPICS IN JAPANESE RELIGIONS: (HRHS-8450)

Credits:3

TOPICS IN JAPANESE RELIGIONS: WOMEN AND MAHAYANA BUDDHISM This course examines women’s lives as religious practitioners in East Asian Buddhism. As women practitioners often live outside of the “monastic ideal” typically associated with Buddhist practice, their activities have often been overlooked with Buddhist studies. This course hopes to correct this tendency by shifting our focus to the home and non-monastic settings. The course will consider such topics as: Buddhism as a home-centered (not home-leaving) tradition; monks and nuns as sons and daughters, and even as husbands and wives; the problem of assuming hard distinctions between “lay” and “monastic”; women as developers of Buddhist practices and doctrines; family relationships and gender symbolisms as central elements of Buddhism, especially in the East Asian sphere (including the issue of Guanyin as female symbol and figure); and the situations of nuns (focusing on Soto Zen nuns) in the modern world. [Auditors with faculty permission]

BUDDHISM AND WORLD RELIGIONS (HRIR-2000)

Credits:3

Contextualizes the history, thought, and practice of Buddhism within the broad sweep of world religions, historically and contemporarily.

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]

INTRO TO SHIN BUDDHIST THOUGHT (HRPH-1614)

Credits:3

Introduces the major ideas of Shin thought in the context of contemporary religious and philosophic discussions. Evaluation based on participation in discussion forums and final research paper. Intended for MA and MDiv students. [Auditors with faculty permission]

WESTERN ESOTERICISM RETHOUGHT (HRPH-3550)

Credits:3

We will re-examine the concept of the "Western Esoteric Tradition" from a historical-critical perspective, through a survey of texts both ancient and modern. There will be a weekly seminar with assigned readings and a final research paper.

EXPLORING INTERRELIGIOUS SPACES (HRPH-4296)

Credits:3

This seminar explores the rich landscape and complex dynamics of the places and situations where religions encounter one another, both within the individual and in the shared spaces, including particularly at the GTU. We will investigate, experience, and reflect upon various perspectives and factors that can be operative in these spaces - psychological, phenomenological, postcolonial, comparative, institutional forces, etc. By the end of the course, participants will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the theological/spiritual and ministerial challenges associated with interreligious encounters. Student evaluation will be based on class participation, reflections, participant observation, interview, and a short research paper. This course is taught by PhD student Christina Atienza with a Newhall Award, under the supervision of Thomas Cattoi. [20 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

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

A close examination of The True Teaching, Practice, and Realization of the Pure Land Way (Kyogyoshinsho) of Shinran (1173-1263), the major work of the founder of Jodo Shinshu. Reading materials will be in English to support the study of original text. 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]

PSYCHLGCL ASPECTS BUDDHISM II (HRPS-3016)

Credits:3

PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF BUDDHISM II: DIALOGUES WITH CONTEMPORARY WESTERN PSYCHOLOGY This course will explore the interface oftraditional Buddhist and contemporary Western psychological perspectives on the nature of human experience, the self, suffering and how it is addressed, as well as the relationship of self and other. Fundamental Buddhist teachings, including Abhidharma, Yogacara and Madhyamaka teachings, will be covered and writings of contemporary authors will be used to clarify points of contact, divergence, misunderstanding and mutual benefit. Course format: Seminar, lecture/discussion. Evaluation: 1) Class participation 2) Weekly one-page reflection paper 3) Participation in, and 3-page paper on, listening exercise, (two 45-minute sessions scheduled outside of class time) 4) Final 10-15 page paper. [Auditors with Faculty Permission]

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]

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.

ABORIGINAL SACRED ART AND MUSIC (HRRA-2050)

Credits:3

The Aboriginal People of Australia possess the oldest continuous culture on earth, more than 40,000 years old. Their art has been, and is, expressed in Rock and Bark painting and on ones body. This course will teach about the Dreaming and Land, and will celebrate the contemporary art of local aboriginal communities.

SACRED SOUND IN WORLD RELIGIONS (HRRA-2500)

Credits:3

Fundamental to this course is an attempt to respond to the question: What is “sacred sound”? We will explore the meanings and motions, the feelings, vibrations and experiences of life, love, longing, and lament in and across the vast inner landscape of world religion. We will listen, create, and immerse ourselves in sacred sound, vibration, silence, music and chant within five world religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. Our phenomenological approach will attempt to understand the meanings, significance and experiences of sacred sound to those within the tradition (emic), and to reflect on what we see and hear from without (etic), noting observations, feelings, and sensations, raising questions, making connections, and affirming differences. Our primary mode for study is sound immersion: incorporating silence, attentive listening, breath practice, vocal and instrumental sound, ritual, chanting, lecture/dialogue, primary source readings, journal articles, class presentations, videos, recordings, and visiting lecturers/performances from scholar/performers within the traditions. Grading is based upon attendance/participation, reading of class assignments, one short in-class presentation/reflection, six brief reflection papers, and one longer, end-of-term paper comparing two world religions in their respective approaches to sacred sound, specifically focused on a particular sound expression/experience/text in each.

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

This class will explore ways of strengthening and nurturing families at home, in congregations, and in the community through spiritual practice and care. Practices will include family rituals, sabbath time, prayer, meditation, community service, mindfulness, play, mealtimes, activism, devotion, creativity, nature, and gratitude. Families of all kinds, across the generations, and from different cultural and faith traditions - including students' own families - will receive our attention. Course Format: Classroom 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 MFC Competencies #: 2; 3; and 6 [25 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

THINKING BEYOND THE LIMIT: RELIGION AND CRITICAL RACE THEORY (HRRS-4280)

Credits:3

This course surveys key concepts in critical race theory and ties them to religion, past and present. The course is divided into four parts. The first part is a brief history of genocide, slavery, and colonialism which lay the foundation for critical race theory. Part two addresses identity formation of the colonized and the struggle with hegemonic ideologies. Part three relies on theories that help explain and deconstruct racism and colonialism, including Orientalism and black diaspora studies. Part four helps us think about resistance and how the subaltern and marginalized people write back, and how their counter-narratives are fraught with contradictions. This is an intensive reading course on theory with discussion and class participation. By the end of the term students will be expected to think critically about history and theoretical frameworks of race theory and how it applies to contemporary forms of religious discrimination such as anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, as well as what, how, when and to what degree were different religions complicit in the colonizing and the civilizing project. This course is taught by PhD student May Kosba with a Newhall Award, under the supervision of Munir Jiwa.

TPCS IN THERAVADA BUDDHST THT (HRRS-4551)

Credits:3

TOPICS IN THERAVADA BUDDHIST THOUGHT: BUDDHIST RESPONSES TO COLONIALISM, 1860-1940. This course will explore the following: how did British colonialism impact Buddhists living in the Theravada Buddhist world during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (1860-1940)? Through a survey of scholarly sources on two pivotal individual Theravada Buddhists (Anagarika Dharmapala and Hikkaduve Sumangala), students in the course will be exposed to Theravada Buddhist responses to the presence of British colonizers in Sri Lanka. In doing so, students in the course will explore how these figures expressed agency in responding to colonial presence in particular and modernity more generally as well as how they utilized both novel and pre-existing social logics in order to develop such responses. No prior background in Buddhist studies required. Includes an introduction to Buddhism and to post-colonial theory. Auditors welcome. This course is taught by PhD student Thomas Calobrisi with a Newhall Award, under the supervision of Scott Mitchell. [Auditors with faculty permission]

ISLAM AND MEDIA (HRRS-4840)

Credits:3

This course will present an overview of different ways in which Islam and Muslims are represented in contemporary popular media, including news media, films, TV shows, comic books, video games, music, social network platforms, and other forms of infotainment. It will also foster discussion about the ways in which different forms of media are utilized to reify or counter Islamophobic concepts and normative stereotypes about Islam and Muslims. Intro to Islam or equivalent strongly recommended. Course format and evaluation: seminar, with final research paper/presentation on a specific topic or theme. Intended audience: all degree programs. Relates to threshold: History of Dissenting Traditions and the Thea/ological Quest. High-residency, limited hybrid participation allowed.

HISTORY & CULTURE SEMINAR (HRRS-6000)

Credits:3

THEORIES AND METHODS IN THE STUDY OF RELIGION The aim of this course is to familiarize students with the range of theoretical and methodological approaches in the historical and cultural studies of religion, especially those employed by current faculty in the department. Students will have the opportunity to formulate their own methodological approaches and theoretical frameworks of analysis. In the final weeks of the semester students will present their research in the context of a class conference. Students are required to write a 20-25 page paper that includes an extended discussion of methodology. The course is required for GTU doctoral students in Historical and Cultural Studies of Religion and open to doctoral students in other departments. Course meets in the Collaborative Learning Space at the GTU Library.

ISLAM AND CRITICAL THEORY (HRRS-6050)

Credits:3

Midful Walk Transylvania (HRSP-2100)

Credits:3

THEOLOGICAL LITERACY (HRST-1101)

Credits:1.5

For joint-program students participating in Chaplaincy Institute (ChI) modules as part of the Interfaith Studies Certificate. Theology literally means “words about the Divine.” In Theological Literacy, students will explore the concepts that attempt to describe the Divine, as well as how we understand the universe and ourselves in relation to the Divine. Our approach to ministry is always directed by our theology. In this course, students will receive an interfaith orientation to theological concepts across the World Religions, to better discern, define and describe one’s own understanding of theological questions related to morality and end-of-life speculation. The ChI curriculum incorporates lecture, dyad/small group work, various art modalities, and site visits to deepen our many ways of learning and integrating new awareness. 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. Meets May 13-15 + additional online coursework. Relevant for SKSM thresholds 1 and 6, MFC competency 3. [10 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

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.)

CHRISTIAN GOD - HINDU GOD (HRST-2750)

Credits:3

THE ARCHITECTURE OF HINDU & CHRISTIAN SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY This course uses the comparative technique of juxtaposing themes and concepts, well-known in the now established field of Hindu-Christian Studies, to examine Hindu-Christian systematic theology. It incorporates a dialectical approach to look at Hindu-Christian systematic theology by holding dimensions of “comparison” and “theology” in “creative tension.” As such, it will study basic Catholic/Christian doctrines while juxtaposing them against similar looking themes in the Hindu theological tradition. Students will study the Christian God versus the Hindu Brahman, Hindu avatara incarnation theology versus Christology, the Christian concept of sin against the Hindu concept of avidya/moksha (existential ignorance/liberation), the Holy Spirit versus Shakti, and so forth. By placing these distinctive concepts side by side, students will sharpen their critical acumen through dialogical comparison to note differences and/or similarities. This thematic and conceptual schema allows students to familiarize themselves with two of the world’s largest faith traditions simultaneously and offers students the opportunity to acquire wider new lenses to understand both their own tradition and others. The course will use a lecture & discussion format. Requirements include two short essays, and a final paper. The course is appropriate for students in MA, MDiv., and MTS programs. Doctoral students may take the course with additional research and writing. This course is taught by PhD student Pravina Rodrigues with a Newhall Award, under the supervision of Rita Sherma.

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

One of the most popular areas of research in the academic study of Hinduism is Goddess Studies (Sakta Studies), particularly in terms of its relationship to women’s lives. The theological vision of the Divine Feminine was first put forth by a women sage/seer in canonical Rig Veda (circa 2000 BCE) in a hymn that is still important today. This course focuses on goddesses and women, and on power as feminine, in one of the oldest systematized traditions that supports women’s spiritual leadership. Sakta cosmology, ontology, narrative theology, and traditions of spiritual praxis have, according to current scholarship, led to women’s empowerment in historical and contemporary times. How does such a conception of the divine feminine function in various textual, historical, ritual, and social contexts? We will critically engage interdisciplinary methodologies to understand the implications of a powerful divine feminine in these milieus. The course will examine the varied constructions and conceptions of the gendered divine, and the sophisticated semiotics involved in Sakta-tantra praxis, which posits ‘identity with the divine’ (Sa aha?; brahmanasmi, etc.) as a central component of self-understanding and realization. We will use the doctrines and practices related to Feminine Deity in Buddhist Vajrayana, which shares many principles, practices, and approaches with Saktism, as our discursive partner in interreligious discourse on Sakta-tantra. This interdisciplinary course will use the methodologies of university disciplines such as Ritual Studies, Contemplative Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Women’s Studies, and academic Hindu and Buddhist Studies. This course is taught by PhD student Laura Dunn with a Newhall Award, under the supervision of Rita Sherma.

SEXTING: SEX IN SACRED TEXTS (HRST-8200)

Credits:3

At the intersection of sex and sacred texts we often think of prohibitions, rules and regulations, and narratives of the origins of humanity. Yet, sacred texts offer a much expansive engagement with sexuality if we consider more broadly the ways in which sexuality operates in these writings. Using a literary approach, this course engages discourse about sexuality and writings that use the imagery of sexual expression in sacred texts of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, alongside extra-canonical and theological texts, as well as the texts of other religious and spiritual traditions, with a focus on the mystical and poetic. Focusing on deep engagement with a few texts, we will explore them as sources for liberating and complex sexual theologies beyond legalistic discourse. Grading will be based on a variety of written and creative projects, including tweets, blog posts, artistic expressions, and regular contributions to the course discussions on the class Moodle site. Designed for students in the Certificate in Sexuality and Religion, fulfilling the Area A requirement. Students in all degree and certificate programs are welcome.

INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN HISTORY (HS-1041)

Credits:3

This course provides an introductory overview of Christian history with a focus on important theological, spiritual, social, and ecclesiological issues as they were shaped and understood by the laity, institutional authorities, and a variety of religious leaders. Class format will include lectures and class discussions based on the reading and interpretation of primary and secondary texts. Requirements: online discussion forums; the writing of six analytical essays; several pop quizzes; and two take-home written exams. This is a basic survey course in the History of Christianity intended primarily for MDiv, MA, and MTS students. It satisfies the basic history requirement for PSR’s degree programs.

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

CHRISTIANITY FROM COLONIAL CHURCHES TO GLOBAL RELIGION This course is an introduction to the history of Christianity from the Sixteenth century to the present. During this time, Christianity became the largest religion in the world. Along the way, it was transformed again and again as it adapted to vastly different, changing cultural, social, and political environments. Topics will include the roles of Christian churches in European colonialism, the impact of expanding cultural networks across the globe on religious knowledge, cultural hybridization; Christianity and the rise of nation-states; the conflict of religion and science; the role of Christianity in slavery and in anti-slavery, suffrage, fascist, and labor movements; the rise and fall of American denominations; and the competition of orthodox and pluralistic theologies. Lectures, readings in primary sources, discussions. Midterm and final examinations (term papers may be substituted).

EARLY CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE AND THE CONTEMPORARY CHURCH (HS-1094)

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, critical issues and exegetical and hermeneutical methodologies; as well as 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.

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. [15 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

CHURCH:MODERN TO CONTEMPORARY (HS-2195)

Credits:3

Church History, 1451-2013: a survey of the life and story of the Catholic Church from the fall of Constantinople to the first decade of the 21st century. While the intent is to trace the general trends and conditions that shaped the Church Catholic during 500 years, the opportunity is given students to investigate more localized events and traditions, noting where movement has taken place to renew the Church and re-launch the Gospel mission. HS2195 is primarily a survey course. FORMAT: Lectures, with some group work. Evaluation: Annotated bibilography, two book reviews, class presentation.

AUGUSTINE: BRILLIANT, HIP, DISOBEDIENT, AND HERETICAL--SAINT? (HS-2316)

Credits:3

This course will combine pastoral experience with historical research to offer an accessible and lively introduction to the Christian spiritual classic, Augustine's Confessions. How did a brilliant, hip, disobedient, and heretical African student end up as a Roman bishop and a saint? Augustine himself told the story of his past as a testimony to divine wisdom and love. In this class we will read the story again to illuminate Augustine's conversion for new generations. Students will do a careful reading of Augustine's works: The Confessions, The Trinity, Marriage and Virginity, and his letters, 100-155 as well as discuss Augustine's struggle with the Donatists.

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]

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

Beginning in Europe and tracing its development in America, this course will survey the history of the Baptist traditions. Attention will be given to prominent persons who helped shape the tradition as well as key social and theological issues that helped define Baptist over the years. This course is also presented as partial fulfillment of the regional polity requirement for ordination in the ABC/USA.

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

The students of this seminar will read and discuss representative examples of Biblical Exegesis from the first century to the fourteenth century. Each meeting be topical. 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. The grading will be a 25 to 30 page research paper and the weekly individual oral presentations of approximately 20 minutes each. This course is intended for MA, MDiv, and doctoral students. Knowledge of Latin, Greek, and a modern language is useful but not required.[10 max enrollment]

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

This course explores the history of the Methodist movement in the context of the United States, from its formation to the formation of the United Methodist Church. Furthermore, the course studies the nature, structure and polity of the United Methodist Church as expressions of its Wesleyan theological roots. We will explore the Book of Discipline in order to understand the constitution, discipline, organization, and governance of United Methodism. Students will be equipped to lead United Methodist congregations as well as to assess the social principles of the denomination. 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: readings of assigned texts, weekly reflections posted on Moodle, and a final exam.

UMC GENERAL CONFERENCE IMMERSION (HSFT-3000)

Credits:1.5

This course will immerse students in the special session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church, held in St. Louis, MO, 2/23/2019-2/26/2019. This class will introduce students to the theological disputes around human sexuality and the controversy surrounding the current stance adopted by the United Methodist Book of Discipline, according to which “homosexuality” is “incompatible with Christian teaching” and the ban on ordination of “self-avowed practicing homosexuals.” Students in this immersion will have the unique chance to be present for this historic moment in the life of the United Methodist Church, participate in activities with seminarians from other United Methodist seminaries, and engage in the task of “conferencing,” a landmark process of discernment in the Wesleyan traditions. There will be two class meetings prior to the trip: 2/8/2019 8th and 2/15/2019. A final meeting will be on 3/1/2019.

UU PROPHETIC WITNESS (HSFT-4009)

Credits:3

This intensive course will explore the history of Unitarian Universalist Prophetic Witness since the Merger in 1961, as expressed in action and voted on by the annual Unitarian Universalist General Assembly. It will combine historical investigation of social justice actions and witness with deep analysis of Unitarian Universalist polity and how congregations transform affirmation into action. Students will trace the moral arc from 1961 issues like desegregation, disarmament, reproductive rights, migrant farm workers, House UnAmerican Activities and Capital Punishment to those of the present, including Islamophobia, gun control and Black Lives Matter. Required texts will be drawn from the Ministerial Fellowship Committee's reading list and will include The Arc of the Universe is Long, The Premise and the Promise, Prophetic Encounters, and Conrad Wright's Congregational Polity. Relates to SKSM Threshold 2 and MFC Comp 4 Intended Audience: MDiv, MA, MASC Evaluation Method: 1) class participation 2) oral presentations based on independent research 3) demonstrated preparation and 4) final paper or final project. Course meets daily, 1/14/19-1/19/19, from 9am-5pm at SKSM. [Eco intensive preferred; 30 max enrollment]

UU HISTORY (HSFT-8162)

Credits:3

This course begins with a discussion of recent historical developments in Unitarian Universalism and then extends back through time to the various antecedents of Unitarianism and Universalism in pre-Reformation Europe, all the way back to the early church and the Council of Nicea. Students will have the opportunity to explore Unitarian Universalist heritage, as well as different historical approaches. We will examine social location in relation to class, race, and gender identities, and how these enabled or impeded social justice advances. We will discover the origins of our faith by progressing from our known contemporary experience to the unknown, and perhaps unknowable. Along the way we will consider various theological developments within this tradition, as expressed through various identities and the challenges presented by new modalities of faith including Transcendentalism and Humanism. Sources will range from primary sources to anecdote, with an emphasis on articulating contemporary experience in the context of historical identity and experience. Evaluation: Demonstrated preparation, Weekly posts on the Moodle, Final paper or project. Students who take the course for a grade instead of pass/fail are required to submit a 25 page paper with original research. Students who take the class pass/fail have the option to turn in a paper or a project. Projects must be approved in advance. This course relates to the Unitarian Universalist Association's Ministerial Fellowship competencies 6 and 7, and the Starr King Thresholds 4 and 6.[30 max enrollment]

THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH (HSFT-8200)

Credits:3

THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH: DOMESTIC, FOREIGN, MISSIONARY The Episcopal Church is often understood as an establishment church originating in the American Revolution, with a few additional forays beyond an elite demographic. In this course, students will be asked to grasp The Episcopal Church as a living response to history of mission and empire, embedded in a larger global story of church, colonialism, and Christendom. Course readings will focus specifically on the ways in which TEC struggles with the weight of its history and polity as balanced with mission, justice, and inclusion, such as missions to Native Americans, the history of African American Episcopalians, the work of the DFMS both in the United States and overseas, and recent controversies over sexuality and the global Anglican Communion. Course evaluation through online participation, papers, and exams. Course level is intended for MDiv, CAS, MTS, and MA students; doctoral students welcome with additional requirements.

MODERN JEWISH IDEAS, BELIEFS AND PRACTICES (HSHR-2000)

Credits:3

This course will explore modern Judaism as a complex intergenerational conversation among a diverse range of Jews. ideas, beliefs, and practices. Organiz.ed thematically, we 'II probe dilemmas of modem Jewish identity; diversity of Jewish cultures, languages, and narratives; laws and power structures; messiahs and mysticisms; visions of the future of Judaism. The group disc-ussions will focus on words as mediators of cultural meanings, and concrete encounters with a variety of practices. In addition to general background readings, the course will integrate guided close-readings and discussion of thinkers, such as Avivah Zomberg, Franz Kal.ka, Abraham JoshuaHeschel, Elie Wiesel, Judith Pla5kow, Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber. and Mordecai Kaplan among others. Background texts: Jews and Words by Amos Oz & Fania OzSulzberger. Judaisms: A 2 I" Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identities by Aaron Hahn Tapper, and Contemporary Jewish Religious Thought: Original Essays on Critical Concepts, Movements, and Beliefs edited by Arthur A. Cohen & Paul Mendes-Flohr

CHRISTIAN FOUNDATION OF U.S. SOCIAL MOVEMENTS (HSHR-3801)

Credits:3

Intended for MDiv, MA, and PhD students, this course will explore the Christian foundations of several U.S. social justice movements of the 20th century including the Civil Rights Movement, Women's Movement, LGBTQ Movement, and Environmental Justice Movements. The historical, cultural, and economic aspects of these various movements will be considered with the aim of understanding how religion informed these calls for deep and lasting change within U.S. culture. Several class presentations and a final research paper will be required.

HISTORY OF RELIGION SEMINAR (HSHR-4800)

Credits:3

Topic Spring 2019: The Evolution of Religion. The seminar will examine religion as an element of cognitive and cultural evolution, and it will examine the implications of new insights from paleo-anthropology, neuro-psychology, and the history of hominids for the study of religion in traditional complex societies in past and present. The seminar will address questions such as these: when did religious belief emerge among hominids, what was its character, and what was its role in the cognitive evolution of homo sapiens? What do answers to these questions imply for the nature of religion at more recent stages of human life, and what do they imply for the study of theology? An international workshop on 12-13 April 2019 will examine “Touching Things in the Middle Ages,” bringing a group of scholars from the Center for the Comparative Study of Monasticism in Dresden, Germany, to meet with seminar members and scholars from Berkeley and Stanford. The workshop will provide a laboratory for seminar participants to explore the implications of recent work in human evolution and religion for our understanding of theology, ritual, emotion, politics, etc. in later time periods. Students will produce a final project/paper on a topic at the intersection of one’s particular interests and the material, cognitive, and evolutionary dimensions of religious belief and practice studied over the semester.

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]

GREENING SWEDENBORG (HSRA-3783)

Credits:3

This course examines Swedenborg's writings from a contemporary environmental perspective, looking for ways that his visionary theology might speak to pressing ecological concerns. We will start with a survey of selections from Swedenborg's theology, while glancing towards some of the earlier science to understand how Swedenborg took parts in 18th conversations around natural theology, Divine beauty, and the (organic) order of nature. Swedenborg's work will be approached thru various avenues of eco-theology (Rosemary Radford Ruether, Katherine Keller), ecological literary criticism (Timothy Morton), and the "vibrant materialism" of Jane Bennett. We conclude with considering the ways that Swedenborgian theology was read and received by environmental writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Sarah Orne Jewett, and his contribution to the emergence of a modern environmental imaginary at the end of the 19th century. Reflection Papers, Oral Presentation, Final Research Paper/Project. Intended audience: advanced M.Div/M.A./MTS

BYZANTINE LIFE OF CHRIST (HSRA-4650)

Credits:3

This course is co-taught by Rossitza Schroeder & John Klentos. Advanced seminar style course about the way in which Christ is represented in texts and images in the Orthodox Church.

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: FOUNDATIONS (HSRS-8210)

Credits:3

For SKSM students only, conducted in cooperation with the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute (http://www.religiousfreedomcenter.org/programs/religious-civic-leaders/). A blended learning course on the origins and development of religious liberty in the US from the colonial and founding periods to the mid-twentieth century. It offers a thorough understanding of the historical and legal foundations that currently govern the relationship of religion and government, define protection for the free exercise of religion, and provide the civic framework for living among people of all religions and none. Students must contact the instructor via e-email prior to enrolling in order to receive permission to register. Registration is contingent upon faculty approval and successful, separate application to the RFC by December 1. Online plus three day immersion at the RFC in Washington, DC. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the students. Instruction provided by RFC faculty, course administration by Christopher Schelin. Relates to SKSM Threshold 1 and 2 and MFC Comp 4, 5, and 7. [Faculty Consent required; 10 max enrollment]

US RELIGIOUS LIBERTY TODAY (HSRS-8211)

Credits:3

For SKSM students only. A blended course on the evolution of the First Amendment religious Freedom principles from the 1940s, through the civil rights era, to today. Participants will address contemporary issues that concern the constitutional relationship of religion and government along with current debates over the meaning of free exercise of religion. Students must contact the instructor via e-email prior to enrolling in order to receive permission to register. Registration is contingent upon faculty approval. Relates to SKSM Threshold 1 and 2 and MFC Comp 4, 5, and 7. Conducted in cooperation with the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum, http://www.religiousfreedomcenter.org/admissions/areas-of-study/religious-civic-leaders/. Online during the Fall 2018 Semester (September-December) plus three day immersion at the RFC in Washington, DC. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the students. Separate application must be made to the RFC. Designed and administered by Lauren W. Herman of the RFC, supervised by Christopher Schelin (http://www.religiousfreedomcenter.org/contact/directory/?entry=23). [Faculty Consent required; 10 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

RELIGION AND NEWS MEDIA (HSRS-8220)

Credits:3

or SKSM students only, conducted in cooperation with the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute (http://www.religiousfreedomcenter.org/programs/religious-civic-leaders/). This blended learning courses examines the challenges that the media present in communicating and engaging with belief within the context of the First Amendment and freedom of religion or belief. In order to be an effective and authoritative religious leader in a diverse democracy, lay and ordained leaders must cultivate multiple competencies and literacies. This course will help students expand religious, media and digital literacies. These competencies will be measured via multimedia engagement, key readings, videoconferences, Socratic seminars, analysis (case studies), and media production. Students must contact the instructor via e-email prior to enrolling in order to receive permission to register. Registration is contingent upon SKSM faculty approval and successful, separate application with the RFC by December 1. Online plus three day immersion at the RFC in Washington, DC. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the students. Instruction provided by RFC faculty, course administration by Christopher Schelin. Relates to SKSM Threshold 1 and 2 and MFC Comp 4, 5, and 7. [Faculty Consent required; 10 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

 (HSSP-2011)

Credits:0

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]

MEDIEVAL MYSTICS SEMINAR (HSSP-4342)

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. Those taking the course at the 5000 as a special reading must use original language sources when writing their research papers. [8 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

WESTERN ESOTERIC TRADITIONS (HSSP-4395)

Credits:3

A critical study of Western esoteric traditions from its origins in ancient Egypt and Greece, through its modern foundations in the Renaissance and Enlightenment and into contemporary expressions of continuing traditions and new religious movements. Manifesting in broad yet concrete historical contexts such as ancient Hermetism, Jewish and Christian kabbalah, Renaissance and Enlightenment theosophy, Masonic rites, Rosicrucianism, Jungism and New Age movements, the field is located especially in the history of ideas in specific ways of understanding cosmology, anthropology, and soteriology. Students will learn to identify the distinctive currents of thought around which the panorama of movements have cohered and will analyze the sociological, historical, and philosophical reasons for esotericism’s continuing appeal. Readings will include primary sources and secondary literature in every session, and students will become functionally familiar with the research methodologies of the field. Lecture/seminar, class presentations, final paper. MDiv, MA/MTS, DMin, PhD/ThD.

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.

MODERN JEWISH INTELL& CULT TH (HSST-0007)

Credits:0

This course will investigate major themes in the intellectual and cultural history of the Jews from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. It will take some of the key thinkers of this period as the lens through which to view cultural developments. The course will start with Shabbatai Zvi and Baruch Spinoza in the seventeenth century and Moses Mendelssohn and Israel Baal Shem Tov in the eighteenth. Other Jewish writers and thinkers we will study include Berthold Auerbach, Heinrich Graetz, Hermann Cohen, Emma Lazarus, Yehuda Leib Gordon, Theodor Herzl, Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, Hannah Arendt and Gershom Scholem. We will use the third volume of the Culture of the Jews as a background text.

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 (3 papers of 4-5 pages each) and a final examination. The course is intended for MDiv and MA/MTS students. [Auditors with faculty permission]

HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY II (HSST-1115)

Credits:3

Introduction to the history of the Church, from the fifteenth century through the twentieth. The focus will be on the western (Latin) Church. 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 (3 papers of 4-5 pages each). The course is intended for MDiv and MA/MTS students. [Auditors with faculty permission]

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 28, 2019 and ending the week of December 9, 2019. Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:45-5:00pm. [30 max enrollment]

READING CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY IN CONTEXT (HSST-1126)

Credits:3

This course will introduce students to a variety of Christian teachers and theologians and thereby, with their texts, provide students with a framework for the study of Christian faith in context, familiarity with major developments in theological inquiry, and a map for the diversity of sources and voices that speak particularly to the Christian experience of faith over centuries. Chronologically, the materials engaged range from the 3rd century Christian Creeds to the Enlightenment, concluding with the challenges presented in the post-Holocaust and Scientific revolutions reality. The focus in the study is theological, and the primary intent is to connect students with the Christian sources and hermeneutical explorations. Students are invited to orient towards a critical constructive look into their own faith traditions, historical or theological analysis, and/or methodological and source-critical issues. [30 max enrollment]

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 JEWISH INTELL& CULT TH (HSST-2025)

Credits:3

This course will investigate major themes in the intellectual and cultural history of the Jews from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. It will take some of the key thinkers of this period as the lens through which to view cultural developments. The course will start with Shabbatai Zvi and Baruch Spinoza in the seventeenth century and Moses Mendelssohn and Israel Baal Shem Tov in the eighteenth. Other Jewish writers and thinkers we will study include Berthold Auerbach, Heinrich Graetz, Hermann Cohen, Emma Lazarus, Yehuda Leib Gordon, Theodor Herzl, Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, Hannah Arendt and Gershom Scholem. We will use the third volume of the Culture of the Jews as a background text.

GENDER AND JUDAISM (HSST-4000)

Credits:3

This course will explore the intersection between gender and Judaism by exploring the role of gender ideologies in Jewish texts from the Bible to contemporary philosophy; the gendered character of Jewish historical experience; and Judaism as a continually evolving mode of constructing gender. We will begin with reading a few general introductions to the study of gender and religion, moving on to such topics as feminist and queer readings of the Bible and rabbinic sources; childrearing in medieval Jewish life; women in mystical discourse and Hasidic experience; and sexuality and secularization. Seminar will meet in April and May only, on Wednesday and Friday mornings 9:40am-12:30pm.

FREEDOM THEO W/MARTIN LUTHER (HSST-4450)

Credits:3

We will examine a selection of Martin Luther’s works, employing different hermeneutical approaches 1) to re-engage Luther towards in-depth understanding of his theological motifs, arguments, contributions, and shortcomings in light of his own context, and 2) to re-engage Luther theologically with contemporary questions in mind, particularly focusing on the topic of “freedom”. A selection of contemporary interpreters will be consulted. In addition, the class provides first-hand familiarity with Luther’s 16th century texts, a lens for critical assessment of the interpretative traditions and trends in Luther scholarship, practice in critical reading of historical texts, and immersion in constructive Christian theology with a focus on the highly relevant topic of “freedom”.

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.

ENGLISH REFORMATIONS (HSST-4802)

Credits:3

During the sixteenth century, Christians in England underwent a series of changes in their religion, some violent and rapid, others uneven and slow, that made the country Protestant. During those changes a wide range of writings was produced, many official documents from government and church, that helped shape the changes. In turn, some of those documents gained various degrees of authority in the Anglican church of subsequent centuries. This is a “great books” course, studying those influential documents in their historical context. Extensive reading in primary sources and two papers of seven to ten pages are required. [Pre-requisite: introductory study of the history of Christianity; Auditors with faculty permission]

HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY I (HSST-8114)

Credits:3

This class is an introduction to the History of Christianity from the New Testament period to the early Middle Ages, with particular attention given to the social, cultural, and theological elements which shaped the development of Christianity. While focusing on Western Christianity, the course will also look at Christianity as a global phenomenon, including its interactions with Islam. Coursework includes weekly online discussions, three reflection papers, and a final exam. The course is intended for MDiv and MA/MTS students.

HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY II (HSST-8115)

Credits:3

Introduction to the history of the Church, from the fifteenth century through the twentieth. The focus will be on the western (Latin) Church. The course will focus on primary sources attached to key events, with lectures and class discussions. The course is intended for MDiv and MA/MTS students. [Auditors excluded]

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]

SPECIAL TOPICS (HSST-9400)

Credits:3

FALL 2019: Section 01; 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

This course provides a brief introduction to business and administration issues that ministers may encounter when working at any level of an organization. The assignments and lectures will help students they transition from the academic world to the workforce and understand how to connect their everyday work with their organizations’ stated missions. The course will explore the fundamentals of strategic planning, leadership and management, organizational structure, resource management, budgeting and financial reporting. Course meetings will include guest lecturers, case study discussions and role playing to familiarize students with questions and challenges they will encounter in everyday office settings. After completing this course, students should feel more comfortable accepting a professional ministry role to make impactful contributions toward the success of a mission-driven organization. It is suitable for any degree program as an elective offering. Course meets 2/6/19-3/6/19. [7 max enrollment]

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

Required for students entering ABSW in Junior Colloquium. Course introduces first-year students to an integrative and interdisciplinary approach to Christian thought and praxis. Students will be required to integrate the traditional theological disciplines (Biblical Studies, Church History, Religion and Society, and Systematic Theology) with their observations during Ministry site visits. The course introduces students to important theologians and enables students to develop Christian world views and vocational visions that can inform faithful and effective leadership in the Church of the 21st century.

JR COLLOQIUM:CONTEXT GROUPS (IDS-1273)

Credits:3

Required for students entering ABSW in Junior Colloquium. Course introduces first-year students to an integrative and interdisciplinary approach to Christian thought and praxis. Students will be required to integrate the traditional theological disciplines (Biblical Studies, Church History, Religion and Society, and Systematic Theology) with their observations during Ministry site visits. The course introduces students to important theologians and enables students to develop Christian world views and vocational visions that can inform faithful and effective leadership in the Church of the 21st century.

MULTI-RELIGIOUS INTENSIVE (IDS-1400)

Credits:3

Multireligious Intensive: Amidst the Blessing of the Ancestors weaves teachings on organic multireligiosity from Ibrahim Baba (Dr. Ibrahim Farajae) with practices of ancestor reverence and healing. According to Ibrahim Baba, organic multiregliosity “interrupts practices of considering religions as monolithic, rigidly-separated traditions in conflict with one another [and] rather understands them as having complex and constantly-morphing relationships in successive generations and in ever-widening geographical and cultural contexts.” His intensive focuses on embodying multireligiosity in personal practice, tending multireligiosity in spiritual leadership and public worship, and engaging multireligiosity toward countering oppression and cultural (mis)appropriation. The intensive engages embodied practice around ancestor reverence and healing - in spiritual lineage and family / blood lineage - as a way of anchoring multireligious expression, countering oppression, and aligning to blessing. Each day of the intensive combines conceptual exploration of multireligiosity, embodied practice of counter-oppressive devotion and tending work in ancestral lineage ritual and repair. Course texts include multi-media selections from Ibrahim Baba, The Cave of the Heart by Swami Abishiktananda and Ancestral Medicine by Daniel Foor. Prior to the intensive, students are expected to complete selected readings as well as to submit a reflection paper on personal experiences of multireligiosity and ancestral tending. At the completion of the course, students submit a second reflection paper weaving together their learning and experiences in the intensive. This is a required course for SKSM MDiv and MASC students. Relates to SKSM Thresholds 1 & 2 and MFC Comps 3, 5 & 7. SUMMER 2019: Course meets daily, 8/26/2019-8/30/2019, from 10:00am to 6:00pm at SKSM. [Faculty consent required; 20 max enrollment] INTERSESSION 2020: Course meets daily, 1/6/2020-1/10/2020, from 9:00am-5:00pm at SKSM. [Faculty consent required; 25 max enrollment]

MULTI-RELIGIOUS INTENSIVE (IDS-1400)

Credits:3

Multireligious Intensive: Amidst the Blessing of the Ancestors weaves teachings on organic multireligiosity from Ibrahim Baba (Dr. Ibrahim Farajae) with practices of ancestor reverence and healing. According to Ibrahim Baba, organic multiregliosity “interrupts practices of considering religions as monolithic, rigidly-separated traditions in conflict with one another [and] rather understands them as having complex and constantly-morphing relationships in successive generations and in ever-widening geographical and cultural contexts.” His intensive focuses on embodying multireligiosity in personal practice, tending multireligiosity in spiritual leadership and public worship, and engaging multireligiosity toward countering oppression and cultural (mis)appropriation. The intensive engages embodied practice around ancestor reverence and healing - in spiritual lineage and family / blood lineage - as a way of anchoring multireligious expression, countering oppression, and aligning to blessing. Each day of the intensive combines conceptual exploration of multireligiosity, embodied practice of counter-oppressive devotion and tending work in ancestral lineage ritual and repair. Course texts include multi-media selections from Ibrahim Baba, The Cave of the Heart by Swami Abishiktananda and Ancestral Medicine by Daniel Foor. Prior to the intensive, students are expected to complete selected readings as well as to submit a reflection paper on personal experiences of multireligiosity and ancestral tending. At the completion of the course, students submit a second reflection paper weaving together their learning and experiences in the intensive. This is a required course for SKSM MDiv and MASC students. Relates to SKSM Thresholds 1 & 2 and MFC Comps 3, 5 & 7. Course meets daily, 1/22/2019-1/25/2019, from 9am-5pm at SKSM. [Faculty consent required; 20 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

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

Credits:1

This course will explore the experience of trauma, including its cognitive, behavior and spiritual consequences. Counseling approaches will be presented for assisting persons touched with traumatic experiences – sexual assault, intimate partner violence, childhood or elder abuse, political violence, etc. Case studies and role-playing will augment theory and counseling principles. Class meets two Saturdays, 2/23/2018 and 3/9/2019, from 8:30am to 5:00pm in JST 216.

RELIGION WRITING (IDS-2105)

Credits:1

RELIGION WRITING FOR A BROADER PUBLIC The role of religion writing outside of the academy is of increasing importance in turbulent times. Scholars trained in religious studies can play an important role in educating and informing the public about religion, but understanding how a wider audience reads and responds to op-eds, book reviews, analysis and personal essays means thinking about working with editors, readers, and other writers outside of academic disciplines. In this workshop, we’ll examine how to write for secular versus religious audiences, learn how to pitch and work with editors, read and analyze contrasting examples of academic versus popular writing on religion, and generate a few short written pieces. Class meets M/W/F, 1/28/18-2/1/18, from 9:00am to 2:00pm at JST 217.

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]

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.

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

Credits:3

“Where does this disdain of global Blackness come from?” Many historians root the ills of this philosophical racism to the eighteenth and nineteenth century Enlightenment writings like those of David Hume, Immanuel Kant, Thomas Jefferson, Georg Hegel, etc. This course will engage the anti-black racism negative ascriptions or stamp that has been signified upon Blackness today. Thus, to engage in efforts to recover Black materiality from racial opacity. Utilizing the narrative of Liza Bramlett, Fannie Lou Hamer's grandmother, who was a sexually exploited and the unnamed Black woman who was publicly-strip searched on the streets of Baltimore by the Eastern District Police, the black women raped by Oklahoma City Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw and Susanna from the Apocrypha. This course will illustrate historical and contemporary inhumane acts against Black women and girls. Students MUST contact the instructor for approval prior to registering for this course. Evaluation Method: Term paper, daily assignments, presentation, pre-assignment and class participation. Intended Audience: Mdiv, MASC, DMin. Course is available from 1.5-3 units and meets daily, 1/22/19-1/26/19, from 8am-5pm at SKSM. [Introduction to Ethics & First and Second Testament; 30 max enrollment]

SEMINAR ON INTERDISCIPLINARITY (IDS-6000)

Credits:3

This course is co-taught by Jennifer Davidson and Arthur Holder and co-offered by ABSW and GTU. 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, the Library Conference Room, and the Dinner Board Room at the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library.

NAVIGATING THE COMPLEXITIES (PART 1) (IDS-8101)

Credits:3

Creative Church & Community, Spirituality & Resilience, Justice & Reconciliation, Border-Crossing. These are all topics that will be addressed through the lenses of Bible, Theology, Ethics, History, and Praxis as a means of introducing and preparing the online student to /for the work of theological study and reflection. In part 1 of this two-part, year-long, MTS core online introduction the student will engage key terms, concepts, and methodologies; in part 2 (spring semester) the student will make application of all of the above to a topic of their own choosing. (This is the only core course for the ABSW MTS=Master's in Theological Studies)

CHRISTIAN WORSHIP (LS-1201)

Credits:3

For many communities of faith, worship forms the heart of their life together. It is a place where participants learn the behaviors, rhythms, and patterns of faith that form them for lives of spiritual and social transformation. In this introduction to the practice of worship, we will examine the ways in which worship both shapes and is shaped by culture, history, theology, language, and practice. As we investigate the different movements and rhythms of worship and sacraments, students will learn to harness the power of embodied spiritual and ritual practices in different ministry contexts by critically and constructively engaging liturgical texts and contexts, by designing multisensory, intercultural, and meaningful worship services, and by practicing their leadership of different elements of worship, all while immersing themselves in their own unique religious/denominational, historical, and cultural styles of worship. This lecture/discussion course will be evaluated by attendance, participation, critical and constructive reflection essays, quizzes and worship design projects.

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

LIVING WORSHIP B (LS-2226)

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. [LS-2225 Living Worship A, 20 max enrollment]

LITURGICAL LEADERSHIP (LSFT-2115)

Credits:1.5

SUMMER 2019 This course is a practicum for students preparing for ordination which will allow them to experience the process of preparation, performance and reflection on liturgical presiding at the rites of Eucharist, Initiation, Marriage, Anointing, Reconciliation and Funerals. Evaluation will be based on each student's participation in classroom liturgies in roles of assisting, presiding, and peer evaluation. Intended audience: students preparing for ordained leadership, primarily in Anglican churches. Course meets weekdays, 6/17/19-6/28/19, from 8am-9:45am at CDSP. [16 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission] SPRING 2019 & SPRING 2020 This course is a practicum for MDiv students preparing for holy orders in Anglicanism which will allow them to experience the process of preparation, performance and reflection on liturgical presiding at the rites of Eucharist, Initiation, Marriage, Anointing, Reconciliation and Funerals. Evaluation will be based on each student's participation in classroom liturgies in roles of assisting, presiding and peer evaluation, including presiding at a recorded eucharistic liturgy.

ADVANCED WORSHIP DESIGN (LSFT-2143)

Credits:1.5

This practicum course consists of working as a team to design, plan, and carry out worship for weekly chapel and other occasional services at the Pacific School of Religion. Students will gain experience with planning and carrying out worship in a variety of styles through a small group process. We will explore the nuts and bolts of designing meaningful, multisensory, and creative worship while reflecting on the historical, cultural, theological, embodied, and practical aspects that shape the experience of worship in contemporary communities of faith. Evaluation is based on attendance, participation, evaluation of chapel services, curation of chapel service(s) and a final critical reflection paper. It is geared toward MDiv. students, but all are welcome. Course meeting times coincide with Chapel Planning Committee Meetings on Mondays from 5:15-6:30pm in the small dining room of D’Autremont Hall, and with Chapel services on Tuesdays from 10am-12pm in the PSR Chapel. 3-4 other discussion sessions will be arranged in consultation with the professor and other students.

CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENTS (LSFT-2404)

Credits:1.5

A PRACTICUM: This course will introduce those in formation for priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church to the celebration of the sacraments and other liturgical rites according to the Ordinary Form of the Latin Rite. The course offers an opportunity to integrate their lived understanding of the liturgy through the study and practice of leading it. Students in the course will be encouraged to pursue their own learning goals through the way they approach the course assignments. Format: Practice liturgy sessions with discussion before and after each, with some sessions to be audio-&-video recorded. Course is normally taken Pass/Fail. Intended Audience: Candidates for the presbyterate in the Roman Catholic Church. Prerequisites: A course in liturgy and a course in sacramental theology. Course meets at St. Albert's Priory in Oakland.

DOMINICAN RITE PRACTICUM (LSFT-2405)

Credits:1.5

REFORMED WORSHIP (LSFT-2525)

Credits:3

Introduction to the composition and delivery of sermons with attention given to hermeneutical and theological issues. Examination of selected homiletical models. Practice preaching with instructor and class critique. SFTS Core Course. [Auditors with faculty permission]

CRITICAL QUEER WORSHIP (LSFT-4500)

Credits:3

In the context of the historical and contemporary oppression of LGBTQ+ people in North America, how can religious communities acknowledge their complicity and make a commitment to empower LGBTQ+ people of faith as they engage in meaningful and transformative spiritual practices? Are there rituals and an aesthetics of worship that are unique to and for LGBTQ+ people? Can these rituals and aesthetics provide LGBTQ+ people a unique opportunity to heal from spiritual trauma in a way that is practical and relevant to their experiences? In this course, we will explore, imagine, and bring to life what a Queer worship service will look like through our critical engagement with Queer theoretical/theological, Intersectional Feminist and Body theological methodologies. As the work of several diverse authors guide our work, we will also create, affirm, and contest our own developing conceptions of what constitutes queer worship in our contemporary North American context. This course is co-taught by PhD student Edna Bovas, with a Newhall Award, and Sharon Fennema.

INTRODUCTION TO WORSHIP (LSHS-1100)

Credits:3

SPRING 2020 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 may be taken pass/fail. [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

New beginnings — like marriage or the birth/adoption of a child — are joyful, but they can also demand the navigation of complicated family dynamics. The wise religious/spiritual leader is prepared to celebrate these occasions reverently and responsibly. Most of this weekend intensive course will focus on weddings, which require that clergy/officiants wield several separate but interrelated skill sets: ministry as relationship-building (often with an unchurched couple); attention to the theology, language, and liturgical flow that provide ceremonies with depth and meaning; and the “ad-ministry” of attention to details that, if held carefully, will lead to a seamless rehearsal and ceremony. We’ll spend time on best practices, the importance of contracts, and creating savvy boundaries. A portion of the weekend will address ceremonies that celebrate the arrival of children into families — whether through birth or adoption. Students will also have the opportunity to explore rites of passage celebrating other forms of “new beginnings.” Students may take both or one of the Rites of Passage intensive weekend courses. This course relates to SKSM Thresholds 1, 5, 8 and MFC Comps 1 & 2. Evaluation method: reflection papers, role play scenarios. Intended Audience - MDiv, MA/MTS, DMin. [20 max enrollment]. This course is hybrid and meets: Friday, 3/22/2019, from 9:00am-5:00pm; Saturday, 3/23/2019, from 10:00am-6:00pm; Sunday, 3/24/2019, 1:00pm-7:00pm; at SKSM.

RITES OF PASSAGE: LETTING GO (LSPS-2001)

Credits:1.5

Whether it takes the form of death, separation/divorce, a frightening medical diagnosis, or even the loss of a pregnancy, loss is a normal part of the human experience — but it can be challenging to surrender to the grieving process, to make sense of our loss within our religious/spiritual framework, and to trust that the unknown territory of mourning might carry us toward new meaning. This weekend intensive course will focus on crafting and leading rites of passage that give outward expression to the breadth of human loss. Most of the course will focus on memorial services, where we’ll divide our work between the content of these services — their theology, language, and liturgical components — and the pastoral responsibilities and hazards that might arise. A portion of this course will be spent exploring other significant or painful endings, rarely addressed by traditional rites of passage, to ask how communities of faith might respond to the pastoral needs and opportunities entailed therein. Students may take both or one of the Rites of Passage intensive weekend courses. This course relates to SKSM Thresholds 1, 5, 8 and MFC Comps 1 & 2. This course is high-residence hybrid. Format: Evaluation method: reflection papers and written project. Intended Audience: MDiv, MA/MTS, DMin. [20 max enrollment]. Class meets: Friday, 2/22/2019, from 9:00am-5:00pm; Saturday, 2/23/2019, from 10:00am-6:00pm; Sunday, 2/24/2019, 1:00pm-7:00pm; at SKSM.

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

This course will explore the historical, philosophical and biological aspects of the meaning of “conscious and active participation” by the laity. The first part introduces students to key concepts discussed by theologians of the so-called liturgical movement, namely “active and intelligent participation” as guided by a “liturgical piety” cultivated in the lay faithful. The second part introduces students to the philosophical anthropology of St. Thomas Aquinas, Jacques Maritain, and other relevant philosophers so as to develop practical insights for the cultivation of a legitimate “liturgical piety.” In the third part, student will be introduced to basic principles from the field of “aesthetic science” (also known as neuroaesthetics) to understand how contemporary science explores these same topics. Because of its central role in Catholic liturgy, music and its impact on cognitive function and pro-social behavior will receive particular attention. Students will demonstrate their mastery of this material by creating and presenting a preliminary design concept for a catechetical program instructing either artists or parish-based groups on the meaning and development of a legitimate liturgical piety. The course is intended for MDiv, MA, STL, and STD students; the latter may upgrade as needed.

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

Credits:3

This course is co-taught by Drew Khalouf and John Klentos. This course will explore how Christian prayers communicate meanings through their composition and performance. Students will work with instructors to analyze prayer texts’ structure and theology and then to vocalize the prayers in a way that creates meanings within a worshiping community. Textual analysis will engage the Left Brain by considering constituent elements, organizational strategies, and the theological message/s encoded in prayer texts. Students will engage their Right Brains by exploring how the techniques of good speech allow the words of the English language to be used to their greatest effect, using the Presider’s voice to shape the wounds of words in ways that most clearly convey the prayers’ basic meaning, but with sounds used in specific ways that reinforce the conceptual and sensual essence of the prayers’ deeper theological meaning. Students will learn how to discover the theological dynamics contained within prayer texts (drawn from a spectrum of times and liturgical traditions) and then progress to communicating theology effectively by utilizing specific vocal tools to imbue each word as fully as possible with psychological sound-triggers that fill it as full of meaning and captivating visceral impact as possible. Students will be evaluated on (1) three written analyses of prayer texts, (2) four in-class Vocal Exegeses of the analyzed prayer texts, (3) a final, synthetic reflection on how the student integrated textual analysis and vocalization techniques to reveal the literary beauty and theological richness of specific prayer texts. [12 max enrollment]

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

This seminar explores the vital connection between human concern for the Earth and its creatures, and worship of the living God. Readings and discussion will focus on scientific, liturgical and theological writings from a broad range of authors that illuminate the convergence of ecology and worship, and that propose a path toward deeper ethical and liturgical response to the global ecological crises that mark our times. Special attention will be given to perspectives of Ignatian spirituality and mission. Students will develop research papers or annotated bibliographies related to their specific interests. (MDiv, MA, MTS, DMin) [Faculty Consent required; 15 max enrollment]

INCULTURATION AND LITURGY (LSST-4181)

Credits:3

This course will explore the theology and practice of the inculturation and liturgical inculturation from a Roman Catholic perspective within the larger arena of World Christianity. Course readings will draw on writings of theologians from various parts of the world as well as key church documents. Focus will be given to globalization, interculturality, multiple religious belonging, popular religion, hybridity, women, environmental degradation, and the challenge of each for worship in a global church. Discussion/reading will explore Asian, African, Latin American, Asian American, Latino, and African American perspectives and practices of inculturation. Students will develop research papers or annotated bibliographies related to their specific interests. (MDiv, MA, MTS, DMin). [Faculty Consent required; 12 max enrollment]

CHRIST & SPIRIT IN LITURGY (LSST-4511)

Credits:3

LITURGICS (LSST-8206)

Credits:3

GTU MA Research Methods (MA 1000)

Credits:3

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

The SAIL Project (Social Analysis for Innovative Leadership) is the capstone project for the Master of Arts in Social Transformation degree. Students choose either to write a thesis or to create an e-portfolio demonstrating effective engagement with the degree's learning outcomes. Students meet with each other and the instructor three or four times over the course of the semester to share insights into strategies about their projects. [Faculty Consent required]

IN THESIS (MA-5000)

Credits:12

EXCHANGE PROGRAM,JAPAN (MA-5020)

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

This course introduces students to master’s level research methods and writing for religious studies. The course will begin with a brief introduction to religious studies as an academic discipline, focusing on major theorists, methodological and theoretical approaches, and bibliographic resources. The remainder of the course will address effective reading and research methods; clear, graduate-level academic writing; and the construction, from start to finish, of 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 10-12-page research paper in the student’s area of interest. This course is intended primarily for GTU MA students but is also open to other master’s level students focusing on academic research. This course is offered every semester, as an in-person course in the Fall semesters (MA-1000) and a fully online course in the Spring semesters (MA-8100). The online version will be conducted asynchronously through Moodle, and will be highly participatory, with regular student posts supplemented by interactive and collaborative activities and audio-visual resources. [Auditors excluded]

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.

SENIOR INTEGRATIVE PROJECT/SEM (MDV-4500)

Credits:1.5

The Senior Integrative Seminar is a 1.5 credit class to be taken in the M.Div. student's final semester at Pacific School of Religion. The purpose of the seminar is to assess your learning process: how and what have your learned while at PSR? This will occur by evaluating your learning in relationship to PSR's Institutional Learning Outcomes and by taking account of any issues raised in your Middler Review. You will need to refer back to that review to show how you have worked on the issues raised at that time. Four case studies to choose among will be presented. Students will be able to choose which case study to engage. You will then be asked to reflect on the case study by responding to a series of questions over a seven-week period. The questions are designed to evaluate your ability to integrate your MDiv studies in facing an important contemporary issue in society. Letter Grade Only [Faculty Consent required]

SENIOR INTEGRATIVE PRJCT/SEM (MDV-8400)

Credits:1.5

The Senior Integrative Seminar is a 1.5 credit class to be taken in the M.Div. student's final semester at Pacific School of Religion. The purpose of the seminar is to assess your learning process: how and what have your learned while at PSR? This will occur by evaluating your learning in relationship to PSR's Institutional Learning Outcomes and by taking account of any issues raised in your Middler Review. You will need to refer back to that review to show how you have worked on the issues raised at that time. A case study will be presented. You will then be asked to reflect on the case study by responding to a series of questions over a seven-week period. The questions are designed to evaluate your abilities in relationship to PSR's Institutional Learning Outcomes. For more details, see the syllabus for the online section. LETTER GRADE ONLY [Faculty Consent required]

FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING (MIFA-214)

Credits:3

FINANCIAL STATEMENT ANALYSIS (MIMG-267)

Credits:3

MTS PROSEMINAR (MTS-3000)

Credits:0

MTS Proseminar, for JST students in the last semester of their MTS program, occasions a ^look back^ in the fall with a view that synthesizes one's theological studies and a ^look forward^ in the spring with a vision that imagines the next step integrated with one's past theological work. The contextual nature of all theology as well as approaches for doing theological reflection inform the synthesis. How various theological disciplines inform one another as well as how theological studies can shape and impact one's work in life crafts the integration. [Faculty Consent required; Interview required; 10 max enrollment: Auditors excluded]

MTS CONTINUING REGISTRATION (MTS-3001)

Credits:1

MTS SYNTHESIS ESSAY (MTS-5020)

Credits:1.5

For PSR students working on the Master of Theological Studies Synthesis Essay. Pass/Fail only. Course may be taken for 0.0-1.5 units.

Language Requirement (NC-LANG)

Credits:0

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

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. Intended audience: MDiv/MA/MABL

INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW TESTAMENT (NT-1002)

Credits:3

This course is an introduction to the field New Testament 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 to the New Testament, focusing on the texts and contexts of the past, and how recent scholarship has defined some of the main topics (Composition, Synoptic problems, 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 the New Testament for different theological and ideological purposes (Imperial and Postcolonial Studies, Feminist and Queer Approaches, Liberationist Readings). [30 max enrollment]

INTRO TO NEW TESTAMENT (NT-1003)

Credits:3

This lecture course is intended to introduce the beginning student in theological disciplines to a critical reading and study of the New Testament. It is divided into three parts. The first part deals with general issues related to the study of the Bible: language, sources, genres. The second deals with methodological concerns. The third with the texts and theology of the New Testament. There will be a short in-class quiz at the end of each section in lieu of mid-term. There are weekly exercises on methodology which are due on or before Thursday of the week for which they are assigned. With the final project the student will present in class a brief analysis for discussion of a New Testament passage using one of the critical approaches covered in the class. The final grade will be 50% for the exercises and 50% for the final project. [25 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

NT INTRODUCTION: (NT-1004)

Credits:3

GOSPELS AND ACTS. This course is a general introduction to the canonical and apocryphal Gospels and Acts in early Christian literature. Major methodological issues in current Gospel scholarship will be introduced first. Then, each text of the Gospels and Acts will be interpreted in terms of its literary characteristics, historical background and theological ideas. Throughout the course, explicitly or implicitly, hermeneutical implications of the critical interpretation of the bible will be raised and discussed. This course is taught by PhD student Grace Eunhye So with a Newhall Award, under the supervision of Dr. Eugene Eung-Chun Park.

INTRODUCTION TO NEW TESTAMENT (NT-1009)

Credits:3

The course introduces students to the New Testament, from historical, literary, socio-cultural and theological perspectives. It focuses on the distinct nature of each document, the context of authorship, the issues the authors addressed, and the theological message for the ancient and present reader. Format: Lecture, discussions. Evaluation: Research papers, reflection papers, formulating discussion questions. Intended audience: MDiv, MA/MTS.

CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES (NT-1013)

Credits:3

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the collection of writings that we come to call the New Testament. In this course students will become familiar with the historical context, culture, and the politics that lead to the production of this text. In addition to the traditional historical critical approach to the text, students will be introduced to other methods such as feminist, queer, postmodern, and postcolonial readings that will help us deconstruct these texts and reconstruct interpretations that are socially, ethically, and politically relevant to the world we live.

NT INTRODUCTION: GOSPELS (NT-1014)

Credits:3

This course is a general introduction to the canonical and apocryphal Gospels and Acts in early Christian literature. Major methodological issues in current Gospel scholarship will be introduced first. Then, each text of the Gospels and Acts will be interpreted in terms of its literary characteristics, historical background and theological ideas. Throughout the course hermeneutical implications of the critical interpretation of the bible will be raised and discussed.

NEW TESTAMENT EXEGESIS (NT-2000)

Credits:3

This is an introduction to major hermeneutical theories from Romanticism to postmodernity and standard exegetical methods currently practiced in New Testament scholarship. Theoretical discussion will be followed by interpretation of selected passages from various parts of the New Testament. Due attention will be given to the ordination exam of the PCUSA, while the course aims at wider applicability.

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

This course explores John's Gospel by examining its contexts, purpose, view of Jesus' identity and works, theological message and contemporary relevance. A comparison of the Fourth Gospel with the Synoptic Gospels will help reveal the distinctiveness of John. The Interpretation of selected passages will help identify ways in which the revelation imparted in the life of Jesus, interpreted for the Johannine community, speaks to our situations today. Format: lecture, discussions. Evaluation: Research papers, presentations. Intended audience: MDiv, MA, MTS. [15 max enrollment]

JOHANNINE CORPUS (NT-2277)

Credits:3

This lecture course for MDiv and MA/MTS students provides a critical survey of the Gospel of John, the Johannine Epistles, and the Revelation of John (Apocalypse) with respect to authorship, date and place of composition, and community. Jewish background to this body of writing is important as are concerns with who truly rules the world and commands allegiance. The course will identify identify the complex chains of vocabulary and expanding symbols that provide the matrix for Johannine christology, soteriology, and eschatology. There will be a detailed exegesis of key passages of the Gospel of John. The letters will be briefly discussed as exhortations based on the Farewell discourses as the community deals with threats from within and without. The Revelation of John will be presented against late first-century concerns with the Roman Imperial Cult and Christian worship. Evaluation will be based on ten weekly topical summaries of readings posted on Moodle (25%), midterm exam (25%), research paper (25%) and a final exam (25%). [Pauline Corpus or equivalent; Faculty Consent required; Auditors with faculty permission]

TEACH/PREACH JESUS HISTORY (NT-2416)

Credits:3

This course introduces students to the history and methods of historical Jesus research, and examines how the Jesus of history can be effectively taught and preached in the contemporary church context. The course will compare gospel and Pauline traditions as well as consider the influence of ancient Mediterranean cultures and values. Throughout the course we will consider how historical Jesus ideas can shape views of spirituality, human rights, and God. Students will be asked to offer their own narratives of the “Jesus of history.” Class meets weeknights, 1/7/2019-1/18/2019, from 6:10pm-9:30pm at ABSW.

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.

THE PAULINE CORPUS (NT-2520)

Credits:3

This lecture course for MDiv and MA/MTS students first considers the relationship between the figure of Paul in the Acts of the Apostles and in the letters. Then the course will present a reading of the thirteen letters making up the Pauline corpus with a view to developing an understanding of the major issues in Pauline anthropology, soteriology, eschatology and ecclesiology, including sin, death, law, grace, salvation, expiation, ransom, sanctification, freedom, justification, reconciliation, new creation, transformation. The course will consider the development of Paul’s gospel, examine why justification by faith entered into Pauline soteriology after 1 Corinthians, and follow the trajectory of Pauline ideas in Colossians, Ephesians and the Pastoral Epistles. Where necessary, issues of authorship and integrity of composition will be discussed. Evaluation will be based on nine (9) short response essays to material posted on moodle (20%); a short mid-term (15%); an 8-12 page research paper (30%); a final exam (35%). [Intro to NT or equivalent; Faculty Consent required; 25 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

PAUL'S LETTERS-CONTEXT & THLGY (NT-2523)

Credits:3

Exegetical and theological study of Paul's letters as expressions of an early Christian contextual theology. Location of each letter in the whole Pauline corpus. Survey of theological themes with emphasis on their contemporary relevance. Lectures/assignments/presentation/research paper. The course is intended for MDiv, MTS, MA, and STL students [25 max enrollment]

METHODS:STUDY OF THE SYNOPTICS (NT-2530)

Credits:3

Canon, Gospel literary genre. Synoptic fact. Contents and theological perspectives of the synoptic gospels. Introduction to exegetical methods such as historical criticism, narrative criticism and reader's response. Format: Lectures/discussion. Evaluation: Written assignments/research paper/in class and online discussions. The course is intended for MDiv, MTS, MA, and STL students. [20 max enrollment]

IN MANY WAYS: THE HISTORY OF THE RECEPTION OF HEBREWS (NT-4416)

Credits:3

"In the past, God spoke to our ancestors in many times and many ways." (Heb 1:1 CEB) These are the first words of the letter to the Hebrews. The course focuses on the many ways the letter to the Hebrews has been read through the centuries and of the roles it has played. It is therefore a course on the history of the reception of this document. Besides, students enrolled in the course will gain a sense of the organization of the document itself, of the major hypotheses about its origins, of theories about the study of reception, and of questions concerning the ethics of biblical interpretation. The format of the course is a seminar: It involves a few lectures, much class discussions; Student presentations and papers. Reading knowledge of a two or three ancient or modern languages is desirable. [Faculty Consent required; 15 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

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

Study of Luke-Acts from narrative perspective. Focus on its perspectives on Jesus, the Spirit, the disciples, the Church, the role of women, and salvation. Format: Lecture/seminar. Evaluation: Participation and research papers. Greek not mandatory but helpful. [Faculty Consent required; 15 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

NT & CRITICAL THEO (NT-5462)

Credits:1.5

Seminar. New Testament Studies comprise a wide array of methods and hermeneutical approaches to the biblical texts. In addition to Historical-Critical, Literary, and Socio-Scientific Approaches, Cultural Studies and Ideological Criticism have offered in the last twenty-five years ground-breaking insights on the biblical texts and, more importantly, on the nature, boundaries, and scope of the discipline of Biblical Studies itself. In the present seminar we will explore these trajectories of interpretation with particular attention to Postcolonial, Queer, and Critical Race Studies. [Faculty Consent required; 10 max enrollment]

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]

CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES (nt-8102)

Credits:3

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the collection of writings that we come to call the New Testament. In this course students will become familiar with the historical context, culture, and the politics that lead to the production of this text. In addition to the traditional historical critical approach to the text, students will be introduced to other methods such as feminist, queer, postmodern, and postcolonial readings that will help us deconstruct these texts and reconstruct interpretations that are socially, ethically, and politically relevant to the world we live. This course has no pre-requisites

INTRODUCTION TO THE NT (NT-8109)

Credits:3

FALL 2018 The course introduces students to the New Testament, from historical, literary, sociocultural and theological perspectives. It focuses on the distinct nature of each document, the context of authorship, the issues the authors addressed, and the theological message for the ancient and present reader. [18 max enrollment] SPRING 2019 This course provides a survey of the New Testament. Details TBA.

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

EXEGETING THE PARABLES OF JESUS (NT-8250)

Credits:3

This course explores the parables of Jesus in their historical, cultural, and literary contexts. We will study specific parables determining the critical theological themes in them and their various meanings. Also, we will address the questions of how the parables fit into the teachings of Jesus and later into the teachings of the early church and fathom the significance for the church today. [15 max enrollment]

PAUL AND THE PAULINE SCHOOL (NT-8272)

Credits:3

INTRO TO THE NT, PT2: PAUL AND THE PAULINE SCHOOL The purpose of this class is to survey the Apostle Paul and the Pauline letters in the New Testament by maintaining close examination of the main issues presented by each letter and to conduct a social-scientific analysis of early Christianity.

PARABLES OF JESUS (NTBS-4500)

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

The letters of Paul are the earliest texts in the Christian scriptures. What is the religious and political context into which they emerged? How were they first interpreted? What homiletic methodologies help us preach these texts to a contemporary audience? Whether you've been preaching for years or are merely curious about what the Pauline epistles are, this course will provide you with information to deepen your understanding of the ancient contexts and explore the implications for preaching present-day controversies about these texts. NOTE: This is the identical course to IDS-2263; ABSW MDiv students should register only for IDS-2263 during their middler year. [Auditors excluded]

RACIALIZING JESUS (NTRS-2000)

Credits:3

This course explores “racialized” representations of Jesus in the New Testament, biblical scholarship, as well as contemporary culture. Although portraits of Jesus as a white, blue-eyed prophet, messiah, or rabbi inform the popular imagination, these often reflect the social location and racial biases of Western biblical scholars and theologians. However, what if Jesus were Black, Latinx, Amerindian, Asian, or Jewish? How would our understanding of his life, ministry and message change? Why is ethnicity/race an essential category for rethinking Christology as well as for interrogating the intersection between religion, race, and power? Seeking to address these questions, this course will (1) critically engage sources from the New Testament, art, film and media; (2) interrogate the racial reconstructions of Western biblical scholarship as well as contemporary cultural appropriations; and (3) map the implications of a racialized Jesus for marginalized communities in the United States. Key themes informing this course include race/ethnicity, colonialism, Third Reich Christology, civil rights, Black Lives Matter, fundamentalism and immigration, [15 max enrollment]

GOSPEL OF JOHN (NTSP-2260)

Credits:1

THE GOSPEL OF JOHN AS RESOURCE FOR SPIRITUALITY, THEOLOGY, AND MINISTRY This course is intended to help students gain competent access to the riches of the Fourth Gospel (John) as a resource for spirituality (experience of God), theology (thinking coherently about God), and ministry (fostering the Reign of God in this world). Because it is a short, intensive course the approach will necessarily be selective and will require considerable independent work by the students. Attendance at all class meetings is required (class material will not be available on line or in print because personal interaction is critical to the course process) as well as completion of assigned reading for each class. Class meets Fridays: 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1.

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

This course provides a survey of the Hebrew Bible, focusing on the texts in their historical and literary contexts. Students will learn to read the texts from various perspectives and evaluate the notion of the literature as sacred texts both for ancient readers as well as contemporary faith communities. Evaluation will be based on written assignments and class presentations.

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 OLD TESTAMENT SPEAKS TODAY (OT-1107)

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, critical issues and exegetical and hermeneutical methodologies; as well as 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

This course will explore the reception history of the Hebrew Bible in Black communities, particularly in the 20th and 21st century. The course will ask students to exegete texts that have had substantial influence in the Black communities and then evaluate literature, film, and music’s engagement of the biblical corpus. [20 max enrollment]

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; 20 max enrollment]

BIBLICAL PROPHETS (OT-2146)

Credits:3

This lecture course for MDiv and MA/MTS students provides a critical survey of the prophetic books of the Hebrew Bible. Introductory questions cover prophets and prophecy in the ancient Mediterranean world; the social milieu of the prophets of ancient Israel; the prophet as mediator of the Word of God and co-worker with God in the maintenance of a morally ordered universe; the rise and decline of prophecy in the social and religious life of Israel; the nature of prophetic vocation, prophetic message, and prophetic expression. Discussion of the Former Prophets of the Hebrew Bible will be limited to the Elijah-Elisha cycle. The Latter (“writing”) Prophets will be presented with respect to authorship, date of activity, message and reception, with exegesis of selected passages. The last part of the course considers the transformation of classical prophecy into apocalypticism. Evaluation will be based on ten weekly topical summaries of readings posted on Moodle (25%), midterm exam (25%), research paper (25%) and a final exam (25%). [Faculty Consent required; 25 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

OLD TESTAMENT EXEGESIS (OT-3275)

Credits:3

RUTH: This seminar surveys and discusses recent literary approaches to the book of Ruth from the late 20th century until now. The introduction of the course deals with conventional questions such as place and date of composition, and political, sociological, and theological features of the narrative. The remaining of the course focuses on literary interpretations of the text with attention to the various methods and approaches used to examine the Ruth story.

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

An investigation of the historical, compositional, and literary dimensions of the prophetic books of the Hebrew Bible. An exploration of how the message of the biblical prophets integrates the theological traditions of the past with the distinctive socio-cultural realities of their own context. Central to these investigations will be our study of these biblical texts in conjunction with relevant outside readings as well as contemporary ministerial issues and challenges with which they intersect [Faculty Consent required; 20 max enrollment]

READING ISAIAH (OT-4422)

Credits:3

SUMMER 2019 This course examines the book of Isaiah from the central Jewish and Christian frames of hope and peace. From these hermeneutical lens, the course offers the opportunity to interrogate the total scope of the book of Isaiah as well as its constituent parts. Hope and peace will also assist in reading the book in the midst of contemporary challenges such as globalization, war, terrorism, national security, ethnic identity and boundaries. Participants will spend time reflecting on theological appropriations of the book of Isaiah in the context of the book itself and various present day social settings. Course meets weekdays, 6/17/19-6/28/19, from 2pm-5:45pm at CDSP. SPRING 2020 This course examines the book of Isaiah from the central Jewish and Christian frames of hope and peace. From these hermeneutical lens, the course offers the opportunity to interrogate the total scope of the book of Isaiah as well as its constituent parts. Hope and peace will also assist in reading the book in the midst of contemporary challenges such as globalization, war, terrorism, national security, ethnic identity and boundaries. Participants will spend time reflecting on theological appropriations of the book of Isaiah in the context of the book itself and various present day social settings.This course provides a survey of the Hebrew Bible, focusing on the texts in their historical and literary contexts. Students will learn to read the texts from various perspectives and evaluate the notion of the literature as sacred texts both for ancient readers as well as contemporary faith communities. Evaluation will be based on written assignments and class presentations. [15 max enrollment]

WOMEN IN DEUTERONOM. HISTORY (OT-4462)

Credits:3

This course studies the Dueteronomistic History with particular focus on the stories of women in the texts and how they may be interpreted by contemporary audiences. Socio-historical research will be used to elaborate upon the context of women within these narratives, providing grounding for the consideration of what alternative readings are possible when a feminist critical lens is applied to the text. This course is taught by PhD student Sarah Kohles with a Newhall Award, under the supervision of Gina Hens-Piazza.

BOOK OF DANIEL: COURT TALES AND VISIONS (OT-4900)

Credits:3

This study of the Book of Daniel pays particular attention to the book's literary and theological themes, while also grounding them in their historical contexts. Attention to themes such as “empire” and “colonialism” will be taken up. Sessions will include both lecture and seminar. Primary and secondary readings are in English, but there will be an optional Hebrew/Aramaic reading group for students with facility in these languages. Evaluation is based on participation, short response papers, a presentation, and a final paper.

INTRODUCTION TO OT (OT-8174)

Credits:3

This course will provide a basic online 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.

INTRO TO THE OLD TESTAMENT (OT-8175)

Credits:3

This course provides a survey of the Hebrew Bible, focusing on the texts in their historical and literary contexts. Students will learn to read the texts from various perspectives and evaluate the notion of the literature as sacred texts both for ancient readers as well as contemporary faith communities. Evaluation will be based on written assignments and class presentations.

CHILDREN OF SARAH, HAGAR &MARY (OTRS-4050)

Credits:3

This course explores scriptural stories, histories, and interreligious issues concerning women across the three great traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It considers common and distinctive topics that characterize these religious cultures and how they might be addressed in the context of dialogue among the women of these communities. Finally, it offers a two week immersion experience in Jerusalem, Israel during January 2020 whereby students visit the significant religious sites associated with their study. During this time they will participate in learning opportunities with Jewish, Moslem and Christian women living there. (A minimum number of students is required for the immersion component with a maximum of 12 students). Interview with the professor required for registration. Course satisfies either either a Biblical Studies or Interreligious Requirement [Foundation course in OT and NT; Faculty Consent required; 12 max enrollment; Interview required]

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]

PSALMS (OTSP-2503)

Credits:3

The Psalms have nourished the spiritual and theological life of the Christian and Jewish communities for centuries. Their vitality is manifest in liturgy worship, in theological studies, in personal spirituality. This course will pursue such connections by studying psalms as part of the Old Testament and ways in psalms impact the life of the early Christian writings in the New Testament. We will explore different "types" of psalms, moods of sadness and joy, hope and disappointment them. Other literary questions, including their "ordering" in the book of Psalms will contribute to our study. The course will explore the spirituality of the Psalter by considering: relationship to individual and communal prayer, worship, music, and the Sunday lectionary, and history Psalm reception in Jewish and Christian communities of Faith. This Course is designed primarily for ministry students (praxis' course for J.S.T. M.Div, students). [Faculty Consent required; 20 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

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.

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 permitted or obligated 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 each of these ethical approaches as well as their relevance to contemporary issues. Class format: lecture and discussion. Student evaluation will be based on class participation, two short written essays, and a final exam. Intended audience: M.A., M.T.S., and M.Div. students. [Auditors excluded]

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

This is a hybrid course that combines online and in-class teaching. Assignments include a midterm and final exam. This course will examine what knowledge is, as well as epistemological concepts like truth and justification, and questions like skepticism and evidence. We will meet weekly to discuss the online lecture that will be previously delivered electronically. Although this is an introductory course, some familiarity with the Thomistic philosophical tradition, in particular philosophical anthropology, will be helpful. [Auditors excluded]

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

An examination of Aristotelian and Thomistic understandings of soul, life, sensation, intellect, will, and the processes of cognition and choice. Philosophical issues in human conception and evolution. Unity of the human person, mind-brain and body-soul dualisms. Lecture/discussion, fifteen-twenty page research paper, or three 4-5 page essay papers on assigned topics. MA/MTS, MDiv. [PH 1056-Philosophy of Nature or equivalent]

METAPHYSICS (PH-2050)

Credits:3

This course presents a comprehensive introduction to Aristotelian-Thomistic metaphysics. This is a hybrid course that combines online teaching and in-class meetings. A weekly online lecture will be delivered electronically before our class meeting. Assignments include a midterm and a final paper. It is recommended some familiarity with Aristotelian-Thomistic philosophy, and having taken some basic introductory courses like Philosophy of Nature before taking this course. [Auditors excluded]

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%

M. HEIDEGGER'S BEING AND TIME (PH-4385)

Credits:3

In this seminar we will read and come to understand one of the most seminal philosophical texts of the twentieth century, Heidegger's Being and Time. We will explore Heidegger's background in Aristotelian and Christian thought, as well as in the tradition of Phenomenology, and how he transforms these influences programmatically in his work. This exploration will include some texts from Heidegger's earlier lectures, as far as they are available in English. We will also look at one or two texts from his later writings, to get a sense of his overall development. Seminar, research paper and class presentation; MA/MTS, PhD/ThD; [Faculty Consent required; Auditors excluded]

PHENOMENOLOGY OF THE OTHER (PH-4445)

Credits:3

By engaging the works of phenomenologists such as Husserl, Stein, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, Levinas, Derrida, and Marion, this course will examine the topic of intersubjectivity and the role of the other in the constitution of meaning, objectivity, self-identity, and moral obligation. Student evaluation will be based on preparation of assigned class readings, participation in class discussion, a class presentation, and a final research paper. For students in the M.A./M.T.S. and Ph.D./Th.D. programs. [Faculty Consent required; 12 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

PHENOMENOLOGY (PH-4446)

Credits:3

This course is designed as a high-level introduction to phenomenology through a detailed examination of its key themes and topics, including phenomenological method, intentionality, time-consciousness, self-awareness, judgment, intersubjectivity, emotions and volition. To achieve this, students will read and discuss selections from key texts in the phenomenological tradition, including selections from Husserl, Heidegger, Stein, Scheler, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty and Ricoeur. Class format: seminar. Student evaluation will be based on class participation, class presentations, and a final 15-20 page research paper.

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

Technological innovation and the development of new biomedical technology has in recent years been the source of new complex and challenging ethical issues and questions. This seminar addresses these ethical questions and examines their relation to consciousness and personal identity. Using the resources of the western philosophical tradition, especially the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, students will examine such issues as brain death and the end of life, the moral status of the unborn and persons in persistent vegetative states (PVS), the humane treatment of animals, the limits of genetic intervention and cloning, artificial enhancement and technological manipulation of the human body (transhumanism). This seminar course is required for students participating in the Philosophy Project on person, soul, and consciousness and is intended for M.A. and Ph.D students. Student evaluation will be based on class participation, class presentations, and a final 15-20 page research paper. [Faculty Consent required; Auditors with faculty permission]

NATURAL LAW (PHCE-4012)

Credits:3

This seminar will examine the concept of natural law in Aquinas and its development in several contemporary authors (particularly Jean Porter); it will address the following major issues, among others: the relation of natural law to Christian revelation and to the acquired and infused virtues; the relation of reason to natural structure and inclination ("natural law" to "laws of nature");" the transition between human "well being" (a factual state) and human "happiness" (a moral state); and the sources of moral obligation. Are the roots of natural law in reason or revelation or both? Is morality "underdetermined" by human nature? What role could and should natural law play in Christian ethics? Is there an unbridgeable gulf between the "is" and the "ought?" The goal of the seminar is to give the participants the opportunity to think through the foundations of moral living (in both the natural and supernatural orders) in the tradition of Aquinas. Requirements are class attendance and two ten page essays. Students who take this course must have completed a course in fundamental moral theology in the Roman Catholic tradition; students in any degree program are welcome. [Faculty Consent required; 6 max enrollment]

FRIENDSHIP AND VIRTUE (PHCE-4200)

Credits:3

This is a seminar course focused on friendship as it is understood by religious traditions and philosophical theories. The course emphasizes the connections between friendship and the moral life as understood by religions and philosophies in particular cultural contexts. Discussions, research, and writing will draw from comparative methodologies in theology and philosophy. There will be weekly reflections and a final research paper that will compare the understanding of friendship between two traditions or theories. The course is intended for MA/MTS, MDiv students. PHD and DMin students are welcome but must register for a course upgrade and complete additional research and writing according to an upgrade plan agreed upon with instructor. [Faculty Consent required; 15 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

BIOETHICS AND PERSON (PHCE-4720)

Credits:3

Technological innovation, and the development of new biomedical technology in particular, has in recent years been the source of some of the most complex and challenging ethical issues and questions. This seminar addresses these ethical questions and examines their relation to consciousness and personal identity. Using the resources of the western philosophical tradition, especially the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, students will examine such issues as brain death and the end of life, the moral status of the unborn and persons in persistent vegetative states (PVS), the humane treatment of animals, the limits of genetic intervention and cloning, artificial enhancement and technological manipulation of the human body (transhumanism). This course, conducted in seminar format, is required for those students participating in the Philosophy Project on person, soul, and consciousness and is intended for MA and PhD students. Student evaluation will be based on class participation, class presentations, and a final 15-20 page research paper. [Faculty Consent required; Auditors with faculty permission]

THEORIES OF JUSTICE (PHCE-6005)

Credits:3

This seminar will offer critical analysis of differing theories of justice in philosophical and theological discourses. The seminar is intended primarily, but not exclusively, for PhD and STD students. Pre-requisites for the course are 6 credits in graduate studies of either moral theology or philosophy.

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.

HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY:MEDIEVAL (PHHS-1051)

Credits:3

This course will focus principally on the development of Christian philosophical theology, emphasizing: Patristic Roots (to 1100), Scholastic Synthesis (1200 to 1325), and Nominalist Critique (1325-1450). Attention will also be given to the reception of Greek, Arab and Jewish learning by the medieval west. Anselm of Canterbury, Bonaventure, Thomas Aquinas, Duns Scotus, and William of Occam will receive special attention. Students will be expected to interpret and discuss such texts orally (proved by participation in class discussions) and analyze and interpret them in writing (proved by written examinations). [25 max enrollment]

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

Lecture on late 19th and 20th century philosophy: beginning with Kierkegaard and Nietzsche, we will treat pragmatism, phenomenology, existentialism, hermeneutics, analytic philosophy, structuralism, postmodernism, deconstruction and leading criticism of the same. The lecture is designed to give an overview and is open to questions and discussion. Lecture/discussion. There will be a short mid-term and final exam (non-comprehensive) and a term paper. (MDiv, MA/MTS, PhD/ThD)

THOMAS ON NICHOMACHEAN ETHICS (PHHS-4011)

Credits:3

After the Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle was recovered in the thirteenth century it became a key text for the study of moral behavior. What is happiness? Is happiness the same for everyone and for every human community? Are only the virtuous happy? Can perfect happiness ever be acquired in this life? Questions such as these are universal and timeless. We will undertake a careful reading of Thomas’s Commentary on Aristotle’s Ethics not only to understand Aristotle, but to see Thomas’s appreciation of the good life and to contrast it with current attitudes toward human flourishing. As well as happiness, we will examine the importance and formation of moral and intellectual virtues in Aristotle and in Thomas and relations to contemporary Virtue Ethics. Aristotle’s text and Thomas’s Commentary on it are quite long so only key issues raised by the text can be covered.

PLATO (PHHS-4020)

Credits:3

Reading and discussion of selected dialogues in English translation. Emphasis is on developing a strategy for reading the dialogues based on the contemporary assessment of their literary forms and their function within the Academy. [Faculty Consent required]

PLATO'S POLITICAL THOUGHT (PHHS-4022)

Credits:3

The purpose of this course is to present a comprehensive introduction to Plato's political thought. It will begin with reading of selections from Aristotle's Ethics and Politics to get a point of comparison, and then proceed with close, careful reading of the Republic, Statesman, and Laws. Format: Seminar. Grading: Seminar participation, in-class presentations, 15-20 page research paper. Intended audience: MA (Phil); PhD. [Faculty Consent required; 12 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

HEGEL'S HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY (PHHS-4394)

Credits:3

Hegel was a historical thinker; consequently, he was convinced that we cannot think without understanding the history of thought and our location in it. We are going to read his Lectures on the History of Philosophy (NB: this is not his Philosophy of History!) – a great way of reviewing the history of philosophy with one of its greatest minds. Seminar. Class presentations and 15-20 page research paper. (MA/MTS, PhD/ThD) [15 max enrollment]

PHILOSOPHICAL AESTHETICS I (PHRA-4321)

Credits:3

Aesthetics has become a major field of philosophical investigation only since the 18th century, particularly since Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Judgment. Nevertheless, this class will not neglect the earlier classical tradition with its metaphysical framework, and we will discuss what has gotten lost without it. Aesthetics explores the important question of value judgments in aesthetics. It also leads philosophy to investigate very concrete phenomena and problems such as the structure of the human mind and the concrete materials of art and music, as well as history and society in so far as they are reflected in art. This class will try to bridge the typical gap between abstract reflection and concrete phenomena in aesthetics. The first semester will focus on the philosophy of art and beauty in general; the following semester will explore the concrete fields of architecture, painting, music and literature. Seminar. Research paper and class presentations. Intended audience: MDiv, MA/MTS, PhD/ThD. [Auditors excluded]

HINDU PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION (PHST-2100)

Credits:3

A Hermeneutical Approach. Philosophy of Religion in the West has focused on proving (or disproving) the existence and nature of God, and accounting for the persistence of evil or "sin" in the world. This tension arises from claims based on faith and scripture over the judgment of reason and science. However, negligible attention has been paid cross-culturally to other great civilizations and their theologies, doctrines, and symbolic patterns that might be seen to respond differently to the parallel ultimate concerns. The course attempts to redress this imbalance by engaging the Hindu tradition in a comparative inquiry on the "Big Questions." We approach classical Hindu texts with a hermeneutic lens to examine how they have resolved philosophical paradoxes, such as the conundrums of existence and non-existence, self and no-self, meaning of life over nothingness, the spiritual versus secular social arrangements, fate over liberation, as well as the labyrinths and best paths toward these ends. So there are (de)constructive reading of "atman (self) = Brahman" as the universal Self, dharma as duty, du?kha as suffering, karma as the principle of moral justice, and values or virtues such as compassion, moral care, non-injury, intellectual excellence, and the aesthetics of grief and joy, etc. The course ends with examining developments of the themes in modern times in the applied context of nationalism, Gandhi's philosophy of satyagraha and nonviolence, sustainable environmental movements, bioethics and biotechnology.

PASSION OF THE WESTERN MIND (PHST-2500)

Credits:3

This seminar will center around a careful reading of Richard Tarnas' The Passion of the Western Mind, a landmark one-volume narrative intellectual history of the West which stresses the discovery, loss, and recovery of the concept of form, as well as most of his recent Cosmos and Psyche (a scholarly retrieval of elements of the astrological tradition which stresses its archetypal, indicative, and participatory nature). The goals of this course are for you to attain a broad, synthetic understanding of the western intellectual tradition from its origins in ancient Greece to the present, and for you to critically ponder Tarnas' theory of the religious, cultural, philosophical, and archetypal dynamics that have shaped this history. There will also be other, supporting readings, particularly Louis Dupre's Passage to Modernity. [Auditors with faculty permission]

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

THE MASTERS OF SUSPICION: MARX, NIETZSCHE, AND FREUD This course will provide an in-depth examination of the thought of Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Sigmund Freud. A close reading of key texts will provide the basis for appreciating the thought of these "masters of suspicion" on their own terms, while, more particularly, interrogating their hermeneutic strategies and critique of Christianity/religion. Seminar format. Course evaluation will be based on class presentations and participation, as well as a 15-20 page research paper. [Faculty Consent required; 12 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

THOMAS ON SUBSTANCE (PHST-4500)

Credits:3

Thomas Aquinas holds substance is the most important of the Aristotelian categories. Matter/form, essence, material beings, angels and God can, in some way, be called substance. This course will examine Thomas's account of substance and relevant metaphysical themes (e.g., essence/esse, analogy, subsistence, hypostasis, science, and definition) to argue for a consistent and coherent synthesis of Thomas's account of substance across the sciences of logic, natural philosophy, and metaphysics. Reading knowledge of Latin strongly encouraged. Format: Seminar discussion/lecture. Prerequisite: some course in Thomistic Philosophy of Nature or Thomistic Metaphysics. Evaluation: class participation, 15-20 page research paper. Intended audience: MA, PhD/ThD. [Faculty Consent required; 12 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

BIOETHICS & PERSON (PHST-4720)

Credits:3

Technological innovation, and the development of new biomedical technology in particular, has in recent years been the source of some of the most complex and challenging ethical issues and questions.  This seminar addresses these ethical questions and examines their relation to consciousness and personal identity.  Using the resources of the western philosophical tradition, especially the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, students will examine such issues as brain death and the end of life, the moral status of the unborn and persons in persistent vegetative states (PVS), the humane treatment of animals, the limits of genetic intervention and cloning, artificial enhancement and technological manipulation of the human body (transhumanism).  This course, conducted in seminar format, is required for those students participating in the Philosophy Project on person, soul, and consciousness and is intended for M.A. and Ph.D students.  Student evaluation will be based on class participation, class presentations, and a final 15-20 page research paper. [Faculty Consent required; Auditors with faculty permission]

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

This is an introductory course in the important ministry of pastoral care and counseling. It is designed to introduce the M.Div. student to the basic concepts, dynamics, issues and skills necessary for effective pastoral care. This course will teach both theory and the skills of pastoral care. The course will include lectures and skill practice small groups. This course requirements include regular attendance, personal reflection papers, quizzes, and a final case study.

PASTORAL CARE AND COUNSELING (PS-1015)

Credits:3

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

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

This is the first part of an introductory course in practices of care for ministry in communities of faith. In various ways over the full stretch of this course (including both PS 1026 and PS 1027), we will look at (1) aspects of human emotional/relational/spiritual need (2) as that is shaped by cultural values and societal power dynamics, and ask (3) how our theology listens to, critiques and revisions human need, cultural values and societal dynamics and (4) where that all leads us in terms of practices of care. In Week One (PS 1026) we will focus more on individuals’ need for care, especially in crises and everyday change involving loss. In Week Two (PS 1027) we will think more in terms of systemic understandings of congregations and families and cross-cultural perspectives, and how these insights can inform our patterns of care. Throughout we will maintain the emphasis on the communal and cultural context for our caring, raise the justice questions, and ask what hope and meaning faith provides. Format for Week One: lecture/discussion, student presentations of care-receivers’ stories, conversations to practice/model listening. Assignments include pre-course reading and an interview with a care-receiver; class presentation, and a post-course reflection paper. Course meets daily, 1/14/19-1/18/19, from 1:30pm-5:30pm at CDSP.

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

Credits:1.5

This is the second part of an introductory course in practices of care for ministry in communities of faith. In various ways over the full stretch of this course (including both PS 1026 and PS 1027), we will look at (1) aspects of human emotional/relational/spiritual need (2) as that is shaped by cultural values and societal power dynamics, and ask (3) how our theology listens to, critiques and revisions human need, cultural values and societal dynamics and (4) where that all leads us in terms of practices of care. In Week One (PS 1026) we will focus more on individuals’ need for care, especially in crises and everyday change involving loss. In Week Two (PS 1027) we will think more in terms of systemic understandings of congregations and families and cross-cultural perspectives, and how these insights can inform our patterns of care. Throughout we will maintain the emphasis on the communal and cultural context for our caring, raise the justice questions, and ask what hope and meaning faith provides. Format for Week Two: lecture/discussion, student presentations, conversations to practice/model listening. Assignments include pre-course reading, a ministry case study involving family or congregational dynamics, class presentation, and a post-course reflection paper. Class meets daily, 1/21/19-1/25/19, from 1:30pm to 5:30pm at CDSP. [PS 1026]

CONGREGATIONAL CARE (PS-1062)

Credits:3

This course will seek to (1) define and describe the art of pastoral care and counseling and the contexts in which it takes place; (2) explore the needs and dynamics of people seeking help, as well as the self-awareness and skills required of the person in ministry; (3) provide opportunities for the practice and development of spiritual caregiving skills, including basic skills of listening, assessment, connecting with others, and communication of caring and hope; and (4) foster an environment wherein participants can reflect theologically on the issues, contexts, and crises faced by people in need. Course format includes discussions, lectures, student presentations, and five (5) required hours of pastoral practice labs beyond scheduled lecture sessions. Evaluation will be based on class and lab session participation, reflection papers, a case study, and weekly reading quizzes. ABSW core course. [25 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

PASTORAL CARE I (PS-1145)

Credits:1.5

Part I of the Pastoral Care sequence. Theory and practice of pastoral care within diverse cultural and socio-economic contexts. Integration of biblical, theological, liturgical, spiritual, psychological, and sociological perspectives and resources. Emphasis on the application of family systems and family life cycle theory to self, pastoral care in diverse contexts, and personal faith development. Role-playing, cases, films, lectures, small groups. This course is offered as a seven-week intensive starting the week of April 1, 2019 and ending the week of May 13, 2019. Meets Thursdays 9:40am-12:55pm. [30 max enrollment]

INTRO TO PASTORAL CARE II (PS-1146)

Credits:1.5

Part 2 of the Pastoral Care sequence. Continuing study of theory and practice of pastoral care within diverse cultural and socio-economic contexts. Integration of biblical, theological, liturgical, spiritual, psychological, and sociological perspectives and resources. Emphasis on the application of family systems and family life cycle theory to self, pastoral care in diverse contexts, and brief pastoral counseling; personal and faith development. Role-playing, cases, films, lectures, small groups. Prerequisite: PS-1145 Introduction to Pastoral Care I. This course is offered as a one-week intensive the week of June 3, 2019. Meets Monday-Friday 8:10am-12:40pm.

RITUAL DESIGN (PS-1461)

Credits:1

This is one part of a 3 module class of 1 credit units each. You must also register for Ritual Design and Communication to complete the course. As a required course in the Stackable Curriculum for MDiv students in their first year, it provides an introductory and hands on approach to leading religious communities. Each class will meet on Thursday afternoons for a total engagement of 4-5 weeks per module. This one unit module introduces the basic principles of Communication for first-year stackable curriculum students through an extended reflection on practices of "Communication" as a spiritual trait for leaders of communities involved with social justice and transformation. The course is organized around lectures and discussions, with the expectation of a research paper at the end. Students will engage with readings through personal reflections and regular writing and discussion exercises. Class meets 2/7/2019-3/7/2019.

COMMUNICATION (PS-1462)

Credits:1

This is one part of a 3 module class of 1 credit units each. You must also register for Ritual Design and Communication to complete the course. As a required course in the Stackable Curriculum for MDiv students in their first year, it provides an introductory and hands on approach to leading religious communities. Each class will meet on Thursday afternoons for a total engagement of 4-5 weeks per module. This one unit module introduces the basic principles of Communication for first-year stackable curriculum students through an extended reflection on practices of "Communication" as a spiritual trait for leaders of communities involved with social justice and transformation. The course is organized around lectures and discussions, with the expectation of a research paper at the end. Students will engage with readings through personal reflections and regular writing and discussion exercises. Class meets 3/14/2019-4/11/2019. This course is taught by Mary Donovan Turner.

EMPATHY (PS-1463)

Credits:1

This is one part of a 3 module class of 1 credit units each. You must also register for Ritual Design and Communication to complete the course. As a required course in the Stackable Curriculum for MDiv students in their first year, it provides an introductory and hands on approach to leading religious communities. Each class will meet on Thursday afternoons for a total engagement of 4-5 weeks per module. This one unit module introduces the basic principles of Pastoral Care and Theology for first-year stackable curriculum students through an extended reflection on "Empathy" as a spiritual trait for leaders of communities involved with social justice and transformation. The course is organized around lectures and discussions, with the expectation of a research paper at the end. Students will engage with readings through personal reflections and regular writing and discussion exercises. Class meets 4/18/2019-5/23/2019.

C/PC CRITICAL THEOL REFLECTION (PS-2058)

Credits:1.5

Critical Theological Reflection will use the “teaching case” method. The purpose of the “teaching case” is to establish a framework for theological reflection among students. This method is used to increase student’s knowledge and assist student’s integration of individual, group, organizational, social, political, spiritual, physical, psychological, and theological dynamics in care-giving contexts. The “teaching case” method allows students to reflect upon data collected from care encounters. The learning process includes a recollected reconstruction of the interchange between the student as care-provider and a care-recipient/seeker, as well as a structured theological reflection upon that interchange. This approach is used for clarification of care encounters, greater self-understanding as religious leader and person, shared learning among class participants; as well as increased pastoral competence and care-giving skills, contextualization of caring encounters, and theological reflection upon human situations. It is also an opportunity for students to develop consultation skills for providing critical theological feedback, and bridge the gap between theological reflection and care practice. Learning strategies include writing case studies, written and oral reflection in response to a series of questions (done outside class time), class participation and reading. Participants must commit themselves to the weekly class and to the critical reflective process in order to receive credit. [Faculty Consent required; Interview required; 8 max enrollment]

C/PC CLINICAL PASTORAL ED (PS-2061)

Credits:0

In Fall 2019, this course is taught by Paul Gaffney and Laurie Garrett-Cobbina. The CPE center at SFTS is accredited through the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE) to offer Level I/II and Supervisory CPE. ACPE is accredited through the U.S Department of Education. ACPE accredits two types of CPE “programs," CPE Level I/Level II and Supervisory CPE. CPE programs have Objectives and CPE students have Outcomes. Objectives define the scope of the CPE (Level I, Level II and Supervisory Education) program curricula. Outcomes define the competencies to be developed by students as a result of participating in CPE programs. CPE is conducted by an ACPE CPE Supervisor who is specifically trained and certified to offer experiential, action/reflection education. The ACPE Supervisor provides both individual and group supervision. Once accepted into the program, the CPE Student Handbook detail administrative and procedural requirements for CPE, accreditation and educational standards, as well as important policies and procedures. You will learn about clinical or service oriented education, also known as an experiential method of learning. CPE learning will focus on pastoral formation, pastoral competence, and pastoral reflection. One unit of CPE is a minimum of 400 hours, of which 100 hours must be structured learning and 300 hours must be direct contact with the population you are serving. A peer group for Level I/II CPE is made up of at least three CPE (Level I/II) students who engage in a small group learning process. [Faculty Consent required; Interview required]

DISMANTLING STRUCTURES OF OPPRESSION IN PASTORAL CARE (PS-2870)

Credits:1.5

This course is co-taught by Paul Gaffney and Laurie Garrett-Cobbina. Pastoral care is often focused on individual or congregational problems, but much of what harms and impedes us as social, political and spiritual beings stems from the larger structural maladies at work in our lives. This course examines the social and spiritual structures of homelessness, incarceration and mental illness within our lives, church and society. Together, we will broaden and deepen pastoral caregivers' knowledge and skills needed to respond effectively to oppressed and marginalized persons. The course helps religious leaders reflect on the ways their own social location impacts their caring service and gain familiarity with resources and processes available to support pastoral caregivers in these contexts.

Pastoral Care in Transgender Commnities (PS-2951)

Credits:1.5

Pastoral Care in Transgender Communities - In progressive theological education and in the work of spiritually inclusive ministry we must create communities of care for all those who are differently gendered, in doing so we affirm the inherent worth and dignity of all people of all genders. Living into this spiritual imperative requires quality pastoral care for transgender and gender nonconforming individuals. This course addresses culturally relevant and diverse situations of care that are unique to transgender and gender nonconforming communities. This one week, 1.5 credit hour course, will address pastoral care and spiritual care in transgender communities, including those who are transgender, gender nonconforming, gender creative, genderqueer, agender, gender expansive, and others with a variety of non-normative gender identities; as well as their families and communities that stand in solidarity with differently gendered people. This is an in-person, ground class. We will utilize in class discussion, Moodle, an optional after class excursion, and a final project as the pedagogical tools for this course.

ORGANIZATIONS AND INSTITUTIONS (PS-4390)

Credits:3

Working with social groups of any kind — temple sanghas, meditation groups, hospitals, jails — requires specialized knowledge and skills. Buddhism began as a group, the sangha, and has a 2,500 year history to draw on for efficacious practices in relation to groups. In addition, contemporary society creates additional responsibilities for any religious leader, whether identified as a minister, priest or chaplain. This course is designed to provide knowledge regarding contemporary legal requirements, working with group dynamics, basics of organizational procedures, understanding dances, and related issues. This will be set in the context of the long tradition of Buddhist practices for creating effective institutions. [Faculty Consent required; Auditors with faculty permission]

INTRO TO PASTORAL CARE ONLINE (PS-8106)

Credits:3

This online course aims to introduce students to the history, practice, and theology of pastoral care in Christian traditions, although it is open to students of any religious background or no religious background. Students will use online tools to discuss readings and engage in the analysis of case studies, though the instructor will give short lectures to present background information supplemental to the readings for each week. In addition, students will attend a small number of face-to-face meetings with their classmates to practice their pastoral care skills; these meetings will be scheduled in the first week of class according to student availability. Students will be evaluated through discussion board participation, presentations, reflection papers, and a research paper. The course assumes no prior knowledge or experience in pastoral care, and is a required course for the MDiv program. The course will place special emphasis on pastoral care in diverse contexts, for and by people of color, LGBTQ persons, and other underrepresented groups, in order to prepare students for a wide array of possible settings for pastoral care, and students will be encouraged to think critically about categories such as race, gender, and sexual orientation.

PASTORAL CARE AND COUNSELING (PS-8250)

Credits:3

This course will be an online seminar conducted in Korean. The course is intended for MDiv & DMin students. Evaluation is based upon weekly quiz, reflection paper, and research paper. What is pastoral care and counseling? Who needs pastoral care and counseling? Why do we need pastoral care and counseling in this rapidly changing world where technology (such as intelligence agency and robotic science) seems to substitute human agency for healing and welfare? These questions will be carefully investigated and discussed, paying attention to different cultures, especially Korean communities. The history of pastoral care and counseling will be discussed in order to examine where we have come from, where we are now and where we need to go in the future. Basic skills, such as active listening, reflecting, empathy, and confrontation will be addressed in an effort to develop the necessary sensitivity, discernment, and courage to perform adequate, culturally sensitive pastoral care. [7 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

FORGIVENESS (PS-8430)

Credits:3

FORGIVENESS & MORAL REPAIR In this class we will meet people from all over the world, from a variety of religious and cultural traditions, who have practiced forgiveness as a means of healing, peace, and liberation. Through readings, films, spiritual practice exercises, and projects we will develop interpersonal and pastoral skills in forgiveness. We will also explore moral repair: how we individually and collectively might apologize, repent, and make amends after wrong-doing. This class will be multi-religious and counter-oppressive. It will draw on personal narratives, neuroscience, psychology, practical theology and world religions including earth-based traditions. The course is especially suited to those preparing for ministry, chaplaincy, interfaith work, and/or sacred activism. Relates to SKSM Thresholds: Spiritual Practice & Care of the Soul; Prophetic Witness & Work. Relates to MFC Comps: #3 Encourages spiritual development for self and others, #4 Witnesses to Social Justice in the Public Square. [Faculty Consent required; 20 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

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

Buddhist teachings and practices have much to offer the world of pastoral care and chaplaincy. This course integrates Buddhist teachings into the study of pastoral care and counseling, and chaplaincy, and explores their relevance in an interfaith setting. Key aspects of pastoral care will be covered in conjunction with applicable Buddhist teachings and practices. Psychological principles which are central to contemporary pastoral care will be included as well as specific topics such as family life and transitions, illness, addiction, trauma, grief, and wider social considerations. Exercises and reflections aimed at developing self-awareness and the skills necessary for effective pastoral care will also be included. There are no prerequisites for this course. Course format: seminar/lecture/discussion; Method of Evaluation: class participation/weekly reflection papers/ final paper. Intended audience: MA/MDiv/MTS. DMin/PhD/ThD with additional requirements. [20 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

INTERCULTURAL MINISTRY: PARISH, CAMPUS (PSRS-2010)

Credits:3

Multiethnic parishes, campuses, and classrooms have become the “new normal” in the U.S. Catholic Church– one-third of parishes are now “shared parishes” composed of culturally diverse communities sharing the same space; more than half of college and high school students do not fit the traditional profile in terms of race, ethnicity, or socio-economic status; and faith communities are receiving a significant influx of international pastoral agents. While in the past, skills in interculturality might have been seen as optional, now they are required for all who minister in the U.S. Catholic Church. This intensive seminar, designed for ministers working in parish, campus ministry, or classroom settings and taught by a missiologist who has written on culture-sensitive ministry, engages recent research, art, case studies, and theological reflection to better equip them to work interculturally. Among the key learning activities will be a preliminary site visit prior to the course (suggestions will be provided), readings to be completed before the course, as well as presentations of best practices by practitioners. A final paper or project will serve as a capstone for future exploration and application. Auditors who do the readings, along with students upgrading, are welcome. Class meets: Sunday, 1/20/2019, 1:00pm-5:00pm; Monday-Wednesday, 1/21/2019-1/23/2019, 8:00a-5:00pm; and Saturday, 2/16/2019, 8:00am-5:00pm; at JST 216.

MINISTRY IN TIMES OF DISASTER (PSRS-2300)

Credits:3

Class is co-taught by Rosemary Bray McNatt and Linda Ramsden. In times of communal crisis, people of faith are called to minister throughout the life cycle of a disaster. In addition to offering spiritual first aid and disaster response, faith communities are joining with grassroots organizations to advocate for a "just recovery” that is more equitable, resilient and sustainable. Whether communities suffer from hurricanes, floods, or wildfires, police violence, civil uprisings or mass shootings, entrenched systems of oppression and power impact who is harmed and how severely, as well as whose lives, visions, and values are centered during recovery and rebuilding. This class combines two three-day weekend intensives at SKSM along with asynchronous on-line study and reflection. Students will receive the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) Crisis Response Team Training during the first weekend intensive. The second weekend includes a local field trip to learn from communities recovering from wildfire disaster in this era of climate disruption. On-line study will include readings, video, audio, worship resources and an opportunity to interview clergy whose ministry was impacted by a disaster. Relates to SKSM Thresholds 2 & 5 and MFC Competencies 2, 4 & 7. Evaluation will be based on familiarity with assigned reading, class participation, role play scenarios and written work. Prerequisites: Educating to Counter Oppressions (or equivalent with faculty permission). Registration: Class is open to students on any degree track. A limited number of community auditors may register with faculty permission. [18 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission] Schedule: 1) Orientation Zoom call for the whole class, 2/7/2019, 5:30pm-7:00pm Pacific Time. https://zoom.us/j/8103527466 2) Intensives at SKSM: 3/29/2019-3/31/2019 and 4/26/2019-4/28/2019; Fridays 10:00am-6:00pm; Saturdays 9:00am-5:00pm (Field trip may impact ending time on 4/27); Sundays 9:00am-5:00pm. 3) Asynchronous on-line work

NOVA CRISIS RESPONSE TRAINING (PSRS-2350)

Credits:1.5

WHO CARES? (PSRS-3100)

Credits:3

Care of Individuals and Organizations. Co-taught by Sharon Fennema, Steve Hicken, and Jay Johnson. This course asks the questions, what is care and what does it mean for leaders to care for individuals and organizations. We will explore the character of care, models of caring, and strategies and skills for offering care in particular contexts. This course presumes that effective leaders and flourishing mission-oriented organizations require tangible skills for providing care. Students will be invited to trace the unique needs embedded in particular dynamics and patterns of contemporary cultures through different contexts of care: personal, communal, systemic and cosmic. This course is suitable for those who are preparing for congregational leadership and those in private, public and non-for-profit service. Students will engage throughout the semester in creating a self-designed project that will be presented in class at the end of the semester. [Auditors with faculty permission]

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

looking at various elements of St. Augustine's theological anthropology (his understanding of memory, the Trinitarian structure of the psyche, the will...etc.), this class will explore the dialogue between this view of the human person and the one developed in the depth psychological tradition, specifically focusing on the work of Carl Jung, connecting these two thinkers through their common ground in the Neoplatonic anthropology. Grounding the theological anthropology in the context of Augustine's doctrine of creation, this class will explore how this view of the human person can work toward healing the fundamental bifurcation between humanity and nature, a false dualism said to lie at the heart of many societal ills stemming from modernity. In this way, we will examine how concerns raised by ecofeminist thinkers about the view of subjectivity inherited from the western tradition can be respectfully addressed by building blocks from that same tradition, working toward healing it from within. This course is taught by PhD student Gordon Gilmore with a Newhall Award, under the supervision of Thomas Cattoi. [10 max enrollment; Faculty Consent required; Auditors with faculty permission]

A CRY FOR JUSTICE IN HYMNODY (RA-0013)

Credits:0

Course is co-taught by Rev. Nancy E. Hall & Rev. Dan Damon. Students will develop their knowledge of hymnody and deepen their awareness of the social issues of our time and how to motivate change through the song of the church. We will look for the best and most singable congregational songs in all musical styles as we develop a sense of how to choose songs and hymns for authentic worship while making use of the resources of recent denominational hymnals. Included in this course will be the many justice hymns of Daniel Charles Damon. This course is appropriate for masters level students.

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.

CONTEMPLATIVE DRAWING (RA-0018)

Credits:0

Drawing as a Contemplative Process. "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." Marcel Proust. From the beginning of human history the act of drawing has been a practice by which the world may be explored, rediscovered, and made new. Practicing contemplative drawing is a meditative art, an act of centering in the self and in the present moment. Students will examine the cross-cultural history of drawing from the prehistoric to the contemporary world while engaging in drawing exercises that allow their eyes, hands, and hearts to be translators between the inner world and the outer world. Through a series of accessible traditional and non-traditional drawing exercises, such as blind contour drawing, pattern drawing, working with rhythm, drawing from nature, and exploring darkness and light, students will deepen their relationship to the interconnection between embodied and transcendent experience.

ART AS SPIRITUAL PRACTICE (RA-0019)

Credits:0

“A thinker is very much like a draughtsman whose aim it is to represent all the interrelations between things”. -Ludwig Wittgenstein Culture and Value. This course is an exploration of visual art forms and their cultural and spiritual connections. It includes a study of art history and the elements, media and methods used in creative thought and processes. In this course you will learn how to analyze works of art and understand the processes involved in artistic production; identifying the political, social, cultural, spiritual and aesthetic issues that add meaning to a work of art. Through lectures, gallery and studio visits, discussions, readings and hands-on exercises, we will examine a range of ideas from the concepts of Sacred Geometry to the thought provoking work of Tim In-gold’s anthropology of lines. This course will bring us to a better understanding of the society and culture we have inherited and our hopes for the future.

VISUAL ARTS AND RELIGION (RA-1156)

Credits:3

This a three-credit hour face to face introductory lecture course which explores the ways in which people across time and space visualized their religious beliefs. Besides having a large temporal span from the third to the twentieth century, the material in the course covers also a wide geographical area—from the Near East to North America, and from the Netherlands to Ethiopia. The course satisfies the art requirement for MDiv candidates.

CHORALE (RA-1700)

Credits:1.5

Students explore the role of music in worship and in the life of faith through rehearsing music from a variety of cultures and stylistic periods and singing in worship services. The course emphasizes vocal development, theological reflection, building community through music, and music as a spiritual practice. Meets Mondays 6:40-9:30pm and Tuesdays 10:10am -12:00pm in the PSR Chapel. PSR community members encouraged to join. Open to the general public without registration.

SEMINARY SINGERS (RA-1709)

Credits:1

CHURCH MUSIC & LITRGCL SINGING (RA-1710)

Credits:3

SCHOLA CANTORUM (RA-1715)

Credits:1

GALLERY EXHIBITION PRACTICUM (RA-1806)

Credits:1.5

This art exhibition practicum offers hands-on experience organizing the annual Bay Area MFA Show in the Doug Adams Gallery, an exhibition of work by Bay Area Master of Fine Arts students from schools around the Bay Area. Students will work individually and collaboratively in small groups on all aspects of the exhibition, from preparing publicity materials to configuring the exhibition layout and working with a professional art installer. The course also addresses related issues such as collaborative exhibition planning, visitor outreach and exhibition design through weekly readings and discussions.

SACRED ARTS: MANDALA (RA-1814)

Credits:1.5

The mandala is an ancient sacred symbol that interweaves spiritual, psychological, and physical aspects of personal and cultural beliefs. In many traditions, the mandala diagrams the origins of creation and is an organizing force through which spiritual energy is accessed. The psychologist Carl Jung explored this potent form as the central energy from which an individual's growth and movement toward wholeness originate. We will be exploring the mandala form as a centering device for personal and spiritual development through creative and contemplative processes including the use of visual art, movement, and writing. No art experience is necessary. the course is focused on internal growth and development of the individual. Each student will apply the course content to their own spiritual orientation and personal needs. Areas of focus include: Centering in Creation, Centering in Spirit, Centering in Nature, and Centering in Community. Ancient and contemporary images will be presented and the history of the mandala form in cultures across the world will be considered. Besides the in-class creative projects, there will e an on-going mandala practice (in any media) that takes place over the duration of the course. Short weekly reading responses and one final paper and presentation are required. The paper is reflective of transcultural research that the student undertakes combined with personal understandings that have come from the student's inquiry into the mandala.

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

Course is co-taught by Dr. Nancy E. Hall & Rev. Dan Damon. Students will develop their knowledge of hymnody and deepen their awareness of the social issues of our time and how to motivate change through the song of the church. We will look for the best and most singable congregational songs in all musical styles as we develop a sense of how to choose songs and hymns for authentic worship while making use of the resources of recent denominational hymnals. Included in this course will be the many justice hymns of Daniel Charles Damon. This course is appropriate for masters level students.

A CRY FOR JUSTICE IN HYMNODY (RA-2055)

Credits:1.5

Course is co-taught by Dr. Nancy E. Hall & Rev. Dan Damon. Students will develop their knowledge of hymnody and deepen their awareness of the social issues of our time and how to motivate change through the song of the church. We will look for the best and most singable congregational songs in all musical styles as we develop a sense of how to choose songs and hymns for authentic worship while making use of the resources of recent denominational hymnals. Included in this course will be the many justice hymns of Daniel Charles Damon. This course is appropriate for masters level students.

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

Drawing as a Contemplative Process. "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." Marcel Proust. From the beginning of human history the act of drawing has been a practice by which the world may be explored, rediscovered, and made new. Practicing contemplative drawing is a meditative art, an act of centering in the self and in the present moment. Students will examine the cross-cultural history of drawing from the prehistoric to the contemporary world while engaging in drawing exercises that allow their eyes, hands, and hearts to be translators between the inner world and the outer world. Through a series of accessible traditional and non-traditional drawing exercises, such as blind contour drawing, pattern drawing, working with rhythm, drawing from nature, and exploring darkness and light, students will deepen their relationship to the interconnection between embodied and transcendent experience.

WRITING AND HEALING (RA-2097)

Credits:3

What kind of healing, if any, can literature offer the world? And how does the work of literature nourish, challenge, and complicate our spiritual calling to be healers of many kinds? In this workshop and seminar, we will read and write together with these big questions in mind. Authors we will study include Toni Morrison, Emily Dickinson, Simone Weil, Lao-Tze, Henri Houwen, and Elaine Scarry. Students will also complete weekly writing assignments, based on creative prompts, to form the basis of our workshop. This course is designed for generalist master's degree students who are eager to deepen their relationship with literature and to experiment with a semester's worth of creative writing exercises.

ART AS SPIRITUAL PRACTICE (RA-2350)

Credits:3

“A thinker is very much like a draughtsman whose aim it is to represent all the interrelations between things”. -Ludwig Wittgenstein Culture and Value. This course is an exploration of visual art forms and their cultural and spiritual connections. It includes a study of art history and the elements, media and methods used in creative thought and processes. In this course you will learn how to analyze works of art and understand the processes involved in artistic production; identifying the political, social, cultural, spiritual and aesthetic issues that add meaning to a work of art. Through lectures, gallery and studio visits, discussions, readings and hands-on exercises, we will examine a range of ideas from the concepts of Sacred Geometry to the thought provoking work of Tim In-gold’s anthropology of lines. This course will bring us to a better understanding of the society and culture we have inherited and our hopes for the future.

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.

MOVING TEMPORALITIES (RA-2515)

Credits:3

"...in employing modern historical consciousness we think of a world...that is already disenchanted. Gods, spirits, and other 'supernatural' forces can claim no agency in our narratives" (Chakrabarty 36). This course is designed to question what Dipesh Chakrabarty identifies as "modern historical consciousness", which discounts, or at the very least cannot account for, narratives that exceed secular thought. Temporality as a concept in this course will be grounded in the movement of the body, in particular in the generative capacity of dance. We will explore how intercultural and transnational dancing bodies access the spiritual, the ecstatic, and the religious as a means of practicing and negotiating both transcendence and immanence. Additionally, we will conceptualize how the dancing body challenges notions of the "post' - in particular the post-colonial and post-modern - recalibrating understandings of modernity and progress. Students will be asked not only to read about these ideas and practices, but to witness and enact them through media and live performance. By exploring these ideas in our own bodies, we can begin to understand the limitations of contemporary histories and the potentiality of lived experience.

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

Most museums, explicitly or implicitly, deal with religion and spirituality. Museums exhibit objects considered holy, they serve as repositories for things that are held sacred, and they conserve and care for revered items. Using concepts from material culture theory, visual culture theory, museology, and allied fields, students will consider the role of religious objects and are in museums, galleries, and other secular spaces. This seminar, designed for PhD and advanced MA students, is based on reading and discussion, as well as site visits to Bay Area museums to meet with curators, conservators, and other museum professionals. Assignments will include presentations, short papers, reading summaries, and a final paper. [Auditors with faculty permission]

Bible, Art, Image, Dialogue (RABS-2100)

Credits:3

How can art, creativity, and imagination help us be better Bible readers, preachers, and teachers? This immersion course brings students into a dynamic conversation between biblical scholars and artists engaging the Word of God. We will engage what scholars are calling “visual exegesis” of the Bible, its relationship to other modes of biblical exegesis, and its potential for preaching and Bible study in local churches. The class will be structured around case studies of contemporary artists from different backgrounds (Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and secular) as well as site visits to local depositories of sacred art. Topics include biblical characters and symbolism, social justice and the arts, interreligious dialogue, and the theologies and cultural contexts of different artists. Requirements: short visual-exegetical reflections shared in class (80%) and a practicum project on bringing this method into your own ministry and context (20%). Class meets weeknights June 18-29, 2018; 6:10pm to 9:40 pm.

Cross Cultural Experience: Rowanda Trip (RABS-2100)

Credits:3

"This course will incorporate travel to Rwanda July 8-20, 2018 as part of the learning experience. Readings for the course will include: Rwanda before the Genocide: Catholic politics and Ethnic Discourse in the Late Colonial Era and Inside Rwanda's Gacaca Courts. Themes for discussion and discovery will include: the impact of the church for good and for ill in societal conflicts; restorative justice; the strategies, successes, and failures of the Gacaca courts. Students will be required to meet June 17, 2017 from 1pm to 4pm for conversation around book #1 (listed above) as well as preparatory discussion for the trip. Students will be required to participate in all activities planned in Rwanda. A final paper will be required on a topic selected in consultation with the professor. Class meets 6/6/18 from 6:30pm-8:30pm at ABSW; and 7/8/18-7/20/18 in Rwanda."

MORAL FORMATION & FANTASY LIT (RAED-2500)

Credits:3

Moral formation for many begins in the pages of fables and fairy tales. As children empathize and relate to the characters in their fictional stories, they learn to form a moral script for their lives. This course will explore the historical timeline of children's fantasy literature, modern titles by J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Madeleine L. Engle, Lois Lowry, and J.K. Rowling, as well as the religious education and moral formation that these texts provide to their readers. Alongside the literature, this course will also explore the illustrations and film adaptations of these famous texts. The course will require reading a book a week, critical engagements of texts through group discussions, and a final project that creatively explores ways that these texts could be used or incorporated in religious communities. Course taught by PhD student Michaela Eskew with a Newhall Award, under the supervision of Kathryn Barush.

WRITING FOR RELIGIOUS LEADERS (RAFT-1200)

Credits:1.5

Whether working for justice, serving communities, or guiding organizations, religious leaders should be able to write well and often for a variety of audiences. Theological school is a perfect place for thinking about how we put our ideas and interpretations into words. Writing as religious leaders requires thoughtful articulation of our own ideas as well as the ability to clearly explain multiple perspectives on a variety of critical issues. This is an intensive course geared toward students who wish to improve their critical thinking skills and writing habits for graduate-level academic work and religious leadership. It is recommended for students early in their degree program, but open to all. Students will engage texts from a range of substantive topics and explore various writing assignments, which are common in their education at the GTU. Each day of the intensive week includes discussion of readings for comprehension and interpretation, dedicated writing time, peer-editing sessions, and skill-focused activities. Tuesday features a research skill-building seminar from a GTU research librarian. Meets 9:00am-12:30pm. Prior to the intensive, students will be asked to read and write a brief essay on an assigned topic, as well as familarize themselves with citation formats and several research and writing tools. Relates to Threshold 3. Course meets daily, 1/21/19-1/22/19, from 9am-2:pm at SKSM, and 1/23/19-1/25/19 from 9am-12:30pm at SKSM. [25 max enrollment]

CREAT WORSHIP UU TRADITION 1 (RAFT-1400)

Credits:3

An introductory course for exploring “why we do what we do” in contemporary worship through an embodied engagement with historical texts. Designed for MDiv parish ministry students, this course will invite participants to practices the rituals of early and mid-20th century congregations as well as create new prayers, stories and rites for multi-generational communities today. Class will meet Sunday – Thursday with optional evening field trips. Concepts of appropriation, authority, and theological reflection will be discussed in the classroom conversation and a final project integrating student research and contextual evaluation. Relates to thresholds: 8, 7, 1. Relates to MFC comps: 1, 3, 7. SUMMER 2019: Class meets 8/25/2019-8/29/2019 at SKSM, times TBD. [12 max enrollment]

CHURCH MUSIC & LTRGCL SINGING (RAFT-1710)

Credits:3

Introduction to music of the Anglican Liturgy, to prepare both lay and ordained to excersice musical leadership in the liturgy, and to develop guiding philosophies for the implementation of music in parish life. [Auditors excluded]

TRAUMA INFORMED RITUAL I (RAFT-2400)

Credits:1.5

Trauma Informed Ritual for Self and Community I is an intensive course that will introduce students to practical skills for identifying and leading compassionate, caring, and transformative rites for self, families and congregations/communities. Each day will include art-based creative practices in a studio setting. There will also be discussion/lectures and student presentations that explore concepts in trauma informed spiritual care. Special attention will be given to understanding the role of vigils, anniversary commemorations and the liturgical year as healing containers for community recovery. Daily reflection papers and an integrative final project will be required. Intended Audience: MDiv and MASC Required for Trauma Informed Ritual II offered in Spring 2019. Relates to SKSM thresholds #1: Life in Religious Community and Interfaith Engagement, #5: Spiritual Practice and Care of the Soul, #7: Educating for Wholeness and Liberation, #8: Embodied Wisdom and Beauty.   Relates to MFC competencies #1 Worship and Rites of Passage and #3: Spiritual Development for Self and Others. Course meets daily, 1/7/2019-1/11/2019, from 10am-2pm at SKSM. [15 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

Songs & Stories for All Ages (RAFT-2580)

Credits:3

WRITING FOR RELIGIOUS LEADERS (RAFT-8100)

Credits:1.5

Whether working for justice, serving communities, or guiding organizations, religious leaders should be able to write well and often for a variety of audiences. Theological school is a perfect place for thinking about how we put our ideas and interpretations into words. Writing as religious leaders requires thoughtful articulation of our own ideas as well as the ability to clearly explain multiple perspectives on a variety of critical issues. This is an online course geared toward students who wish to improve their critical thinking skills and writing habits for graduate-level academic work and religious leadership. It is recommended for students early in their degree program, but open to all. Students will engage texts from a range of substantive topics and explore various writings assignments, which are common in their education at the GTU. Each week includes reading activities to build comprehension and reconstruction skills, synchronous writing "chats", peer-editing sessions, and student-led themed discussions. Students will be familiarized with the GTU library resources early in the semester and use of electronic library resources will be a consistent component of assignments. Upon registering and in preparation for the start of the term, students will be asked to read and write a brief essay on an assigned topic. Prerequisites: none, Relates to Threshold 3. Online, asynchronous with synchronous online chat meetings. [30 max enrollment]

TRAUMA INFORMED RITUAL II (RAFT-8400)

Credits:1.5

A follow-up integration experience for participants in Trauma Informed Ritual I offered in January 2019. Online Only. Half Semester. Students must contact the instructor via e-email prior to enrolling in order to receive permission to register. Registration is contingent upon faculty approval. Prerequisite: Trauma Informed Ritual I required. Relates to Thresholds: 1. 5. 7. 8. relates to MFC competencies: Worship and Rites of Passage, Spiritual Development for Self and Others Intended Audience: MDiv and MASC students who have completed the Trauma Informed Ritual I Format: Online Evaluation Method: group participation, reflection paper, interview with instructor [Faculty Consent Required; 15 max enrollment]

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

This advanced seminar (PhD, MA) surveys recent contemporary literature and critical theory related to our environmental crisis: a crisis that is, if anything, the catastrophic failure to collectively imagine. If climate change fundamentally unsettles the ontological and epistemological premises of the humanities (as Dipesh Chakrabarty proposes), what, then, happens to the interdisciplinary field of religion and literature? What does "planetary literature" look like for an "aesthetic education" (Spivak) that models alternative pasts, presents, and futures for the human and the other-than-human? Readings will include Amitov Ghosh (Hungry Tide), Margaret Atwood (Year of Flood), David Mitchell (Bone Clocks), and various representatives from the ecopoetics movement; environmental and ecocritical theory will largely be drawn from the "new" materialisms that have fruitfully dialogued with process thought (and theology) following A.N. Whitehead. Final research paper, seminar presentation. Course Audience: PhD / MA, Auditors with permission. Oral presentations; final research paper.

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.

IMAGING THE DIVINE (RAHS-1200)

Credits:3

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.

ANGELOLOGY & RELIGIOUS IMAGINATION (RAHS-4255)

Credits:3

This 4000 level seminar (M.A., advanced M.Div., and PhD) surveys the presence of angels in both religions of the book (Islam, Judaism, Christianity) and in more contemporary literary and visual representation. The angelic has often harbored our longing for better selves and brighter worlds—a utopic space often deemed dangerous and heretical. We will undertake a collective “anthropology of the imagination” (Gaston Bachelard) through explorations of both sacred texts and more contemporary literature (Rainer Maria Rilke, Salman Rushdie, William Blake, Peter Kennedy, and Karl Ove Knausgaard). Further theoretical and theological readings will be drawn from Swedenborg, Gustav Davidson, and Walter Benjamin. Film-screenings include Wim Wenders’ *Wings of Desire / Himmel über Berlin* and Tony Kushner’s *Angels in America.* Oral Presentation, Final Research Paper. [Auditors with faculty permission]

MARIAN ART (RAHS-4311)

Credits:3

QUEEN OF HEAVEN, MOTHER, ADVOCATE, OUR LADY OF VICTORY, STAR OF THE SEA From the early Christian centuries to today, representations of the Virgin Mary have evolved and changed, and are as diverse as her many titles. Using a cross-disciplinary approach, this course will closely examine the making, meaning, and reception of Marian images within the various social, religious, and cultural milieus from which they emerged. For example, we will consider Greek icons depicting Mary as Theotokos, or God-bearer, Italian Renaissance imagery of the Virgin and Child, nineteenth-century portrayals of Mary as the Immaculate Conception, the miraculous Madonnas at Guadalupe and Czestochowa, and vernacular Marian shrines. The course will include a pilgrimage to a local Marian site and museum/church visits. Students will be evaluated through final research papers on an original topic of their choice, class participation, and an oral presentation. Intended audience: any advanced graduate student interested in the art and material culture of religion.

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.

DECOLONIZING UU LITURGY (RALS-1100)

Credits:3

Why do we do what we do? As Unitarian Universalists, we have a rich history of merging diverse religious traditions, celebrating annual holidays and rites of passage, creating meaningful worship services, participating in rituals and ceremonies to express our principles and values, and bringing our communities together to offer inspiration, support, and healing. In this introductory course, we will apply a multicultural lens to the study of Unitarian Universalist history and theology and learn about how those roots continue to influence and shape our UU liturgy. We will explore the role of the liturgist as worship creator, spiritual guide, prophetic voice, and community builder. Using an intersectional/multicultural approach, we will reflect on the various meanings of “tradition” and interrogate the ethical dimensions of the process of creating, adapting, and embodying liturgical elements, within the context of cultural authenticity. How can the liturgist contribute to affirming and promoting a journey towards spiritual wholeness? Towards building a diverse multicultural Beloved Community and dismantling systems of oppression? REgular and active attendence, one ther page paper, one presentation and one portfolio of rituals required. Related to Thresholds 1,5,6,8 and MFC Areas 1,3,4,7.

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.

PLTS CHOIR (RALS-1692)

Credits:1

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.

RITUAL CRAFT AS TRANSFORMTIVE (RALS-4301)

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 is a ritual immersion, with each session 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 class as well as the wider Starr King community in chapel leadership. 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. This course is high residence HYBRID. This course relates to SKSM Thresholds 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and MFC Comps 1, 2, 3, 4 [20 max enrollment]

Queering Christ in Text and Image & II (RARS-2002)

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

SPIRITUAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY (RASP-1700)

Credits:1.5

SPIRITUAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY: PURPOSES AND APPROACHES. Reflecting on substantial excerpts from a range of narratives (and some poetry) about the spiritual "journey," this course will offer an opportunity to explore why this genre continues to be important, not only for personal reflection and spiritual development, but also as a resource for communities—families, churches, and any group that recognizes the spiritual dimension of collaborative living. Students will be writing several experimental pieces and ultimately a short version of (or chapter of) their own spiritual journeys, with an introduction reflecting on their own narrative strategies. Course meets at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1707 Gouldin Rd, Oakland.

SPIRITUAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY (RASP-1700)

Credits:1.5

SPIRITUAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY: PURPOSES AND APPROACHES. Reflecting on substantial excerpts from a range of narratives (and some poetry) about the spiritual "journey," this course will offer an opportunity to explore why this genre continues to be important, not only for personal reflection and spiritual development, but also as a resource for communities—families, churches, and any group that recognizes the spiritual dimension of collaborative living. Students will be writing several experimental pieces and ultimately a short version of (or chapter of) their own spiritual journeys, with an introduction reflecting on their own narrative strategies.

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

This course involves advanced application of writing and analysis skills to films that are being shown in theaters during the busy spring awards season. The Bay Area is one of the best places remaining in the country to view new movies at public showings in theaters. There are three art house theaters within walking distance of the GTU campus, and numerous other independent theaters in the East Bay and in San Francisco. Everything of value to be seen in the art of cinema comes through the Bay Area.

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]

LABOR AND LEADERSHIP (RS-1110)

Credits:3

This residential-hybrid course will explore the interplay between spiritual leadership and labor. Rooted in multi-disciplinary course materials and praxis assignments, each session will be facilitated as a collective inquiry into the relevance of a labor framework for social movements, vocational discernment and organizational management. Over the semester, we will build foundation knowledge around the richness and variety of labor organizing in the United States and around the world, as well as the theological underpinnings of different labor perspectives. In addition to drawing inspiration from historic and contemporary labor struggles, the class will explore the limitations of and opportunities for the prevailing model of organizing, by centering groups of workers who have historically been excluded from labor analysis and mobilization. Together, we will engage and imgine inclusive, collaborative and holistic approaches to labor organizing and labor relations in and outside of traditionally organizing industries. Building on this wider frame, we will consider the relationship between labor and work to which one is called. Here we ask: How can a labor framework help to fortify personal boundaries and ensure sustainability in ministry and in justice work? We further explore the role of labor in congregational and organizational management, with particular attention to volunteer labor, the role of contracts and covenants, and how staffing, supervision and compensation practices reflect and further an organization's values and counter-oppressive commitments. This course is appropriate for M.Div. and MASC students at any point in their program and will be graded on a credit/no credit basis unless otherwise requested. In addition to the SKSM criteria for assessing academic effort, ECO goals and participation, evaluation will be based on presence and preparation for class sessions, three short reflection papers, and a final project. This is a residential course that is open to students participating through distance technologies. Labor and Leadership relates to SKSM thresholds 2 (Prophetic Witness and Work), 4 (Histories of Dissenting Traditions and Thea/logical Quest) and 7 (Educating for Wholeness and Liberation), as well as MFC competencies 4 (Social Justice in the Public Square) and 5 (Administration). [20 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.

SALESIAN STYLE YOUTH MINISTRY (RS-2177)

Credits:3

TOWARD A THEOLOGY OF "POPULAR RELIGION" (RS-2712)

Credits:3

Popular religious practices have recently received considerable attention for many reasons; among them are Pope Francis’ frequent references to them and the increased mobility of peoples bringing cherished devotions to new contexts. With this background, the course offers students an interdisciplinary view of the sense and significance of “lived Christianity” and its pastoral implications. Its discussion employs representative historical and current practices from modernized societies as well as the global south. The first section discusses different conceptualizations of “popular religion” together with the shifting focus of recent social science and theological studies from how religion is institutionally understood and structured to how it is lived and practiced by individuals and communities. The second section is a critical analysis of two common perspectives on popular religion. The first represented by the 2001 Vatican Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy links popular religion to worship, while the second perspective from Latin America—liberation theology and “the theology of the people”—relates it to social transformation. Taking its cue from the inadequacies of both perspectives, the third section constructs an understanding of lived Christianity using the concept of tradition from anthropology and Catholic theology as well as the theological meaning of the sensus fidei in contemporary theology and the 2014 document of the International Theological Commission, “Sensus fidei in the life of the Church.” The final section underscores the symbolic and narrative nature of communal lived Christianity in pastoral discernment and appropriation.

AMERICAN CATHOLICISM TODAY (RS-2727)

Credits:3

Intended for future church leaders (both lay and ordained) as well as for students interested in religious trends and sociology of religion more generally, this course is designed to provide an sociological snapshot of the Catholic Church as it currently exists in the U.S. Among the topics to be addressed include: Catholic identity; institutional change; community and subcultures; religious leadership; and public Catholicism. Also serving as an introduction to sociological theory and method, this course also aims to equip students with the analytical tools to better understand and respond to various socio-cultural dynamics that will likely confront them throughout their academic and/or ministerial careers. [Faculty Consent required; 20 max enrollment]

INTRODUCTION TO ISLAM (RS-2900)

Credits:3

This course will introduce participants to the foundational texts and central beliefs and practices in Islam. We will focus on various aspects of Islamic tradition and history including the development of religious law, theology, philosophy, mysticism, art, and culture. We will explore the diverse ways in which Muslims practice and interpret their faith, with a focus on Shi’a perspectives and the role of women in the establishment of Islamic thought and institutions. This course will also introduce participants to key themes and issues in the study of contemporary Islam, offer resources to counter Islamophobia, and an opportunity to engage with some Muslim organizations and communities in the Bay area. Class meets daily, 6/17/2019-6/28/2019, from 2:00pm-5:45pm at CDSP.

NEW ATHEISM IN AM CULTURE (RS-3165)

Credits:3

THE "NEW ATHEISM" IN AMERICAN CULTURE One could say about prognostications about the decline of religion in the United States (and elsewhere) what Mark Twain once quipped upon learning of newspaper reports of his own death – they are greatly exaggerated. Nonetheless, in recent years we have seen the emergence – within scholarly (and not-so-scholarly) books, the mass media, small groups, and so forth – of a self-confident and self-consciously public atheism. This course is designed to explore this reality and interrogate its meaning. Among topics we will address are: the mutually influencing processes of secularization and sacralization; ideological and cultural change; the historical roots of atheism in the West, small groups and social movements devoted to promoting atheist, humanist, and “free thinker” political agendas; and the growing public presence of such other secular Americans as the religiously nonaffiliated (i.e., the “nones”) and the “spiritual but not religious.” Format: lecture and discussion sessions. Requirements: classroom participation, choice between multiple short papers or a longer final paper. [20 max enrollment]

ISLAM AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM (RS-4001)

Credits:3

For SKSM students only, conducted in cooperation with the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute (http://www.religiousfreedomcenter.org/programs/religious-civic-leaders/). In this blended-learning course, students will gain a common theoretical framework to examine issues at the intersection of Islam, Muslims, and religious freedom. The course will include a primer on international human rights law, Islamic law and theology, and religious freedom provisions that impact Muslims as minorities and non-Muslims in Muslim-majority states. Students must contact the instructor via e-email prior to enrolling in order to receive permission to register. Registration is contingent upon faculty approval and successful, separate application to the RFC by December 1. Online plus three day immersion at the RFC in Washington, DC. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the students. Instruction provided by RFC faculty, course administration by Christopher Schelin. Relates to SKSM Thresholds 1 and 2 and MFC Competencies 4, 5, and 7. [10 max enrollment; Auditors excluded] Class meets daily, 1/17/2019-1/19/2019.

RELIGION & SOCIAL TRANSFORM (RS-4077)

Credits:3

How does one go about changing the world? What difference do religious ideas and values make in a society that so often seems resistant to them? How does one move beyond an ideal (and/or idealistic) vision in order to bring about a new social reality that is more propitious of human flourishing? These are the sorts of questions that animate this class. In responding, we will investigate, among other critical topics, the efficacy of religious ideas and constituencies with respect to understanding and challenging institutional power, engendering civic discourse and engagement, and contributing to social movement activism. [20 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

WOMEN AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM (RS-4095)

Credits:3

Women, Peacebuilding, and Religious Freedom. For SKSM students only, conducted in cooperation with the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute (http://www.religiousfreedomcenter.org/programs/religious-civic-leaders/). In this blended learning course, students will gain a common practical framework to examine issues of women and religious freedom, particularly global women’s roles in peacebuilding and conflict resolution. The course attendees will be exposed to historical and contemporary women’s voices that played a role in religious freedom through case studies, film, in-person lectures, and interviews with religious freedom headliners. Students also investigate how religious communities use media to proclaim their beliefs (and the beliefs of others) to their adherents and the broader public. Students must contact the instructor via e-email prior to enrolling in order to receive permission to register. Registration is contingent upon faculty approval and successful, separate application to the RFC by December 1. Online plus three day immersion at the RFC in Washington, DC. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the student. Instruction provided by RFC faculty, course administration by Christopher Schelin. Relates to SKSM Threshold 1 and 2 and MFC Comp 4, 5, and 7. Course meets daily, 6/6/19-6/8/19, at SKSM. [10 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

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

For SKSM students only. The course introduces students to the human right of freedom of religion or belief, based on a review of the conceptual and operational tools, as well as illustrative empirical evidence, necessary for advanced study of the issue. The course is designed so that students of religious studies and/or theology, as well as religious leaders, can develop an understanding of how this right has come to be defined, protected, interrogated, and addressed, in a global order that remains organized according to the (evolving and problematic) political entity known as the state. Students must contact the instructor via e-email prior to enrolling in order to receive permission to register. Registration is contingent upon faculty approval. Relates to SKSM Threshold 1 and 2 and MFC Comp 4, 5, and 7. Conducted in cooperation with the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum, http://www.religiousfreedomcenter.org/admissions/areas-of-study/religious-civic-leaders/. Online during the Fall 2018 Semester (September-December) plus three day immersion at the RFC in Washington, DC. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the students. Separate application must be made to the Religious Freedom Center. Designed and administered by Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou of the RFC, supervised by Christopher Schelin (http://www.religiousfreedomcenter.org/contact/directory/?entry=25). [Faculty Consent required; 10 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

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

This course is co-taught by Simon Kim and Elise Rutagambwa. Peace, Reconciliation, and Conflict Resolution is a multidisciplinary course that exposes students to a unique area of studies that brings together the humanities and social sciences so as to provide a deeper understanding of conflicts, reconciliation, and peace. These three elements are interrelated and fundamentally affect the human person as a whole in his/her relation to a three-dimensional world (human-natural-spiritual). By focusing on the African context, students will better understand how the local context affects this multidisciplinary approach for other parts of the world. This course is part of joint virtual classroom with Hekima College in Nairobi, Kenya. Learn with students from across the globe and from world-class theologians such as Laurenti Magesa and A. E. Orobator, SJ. (February 5, 12, 19, 26 / March 5,12, 19 / April 2 /Tuesdays, 8:00am-11:00am)

RELIGION AND CULTURAL ANALYSIS (RSCE-3178)

Credits:3

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the much-discussed (but less often understood) concept of culture and its implications for religious scholarship and ministry. After attending to more theoretical concerns, we will investigate the manner in which a nuanced construal of culture is essential for better understanding such things as secularization, ideological subcultures, religious change, and the salience of religiosity in identity formation. By attending to these (and other) topics, students should acquire the theoretical and methodological tools necessary for becoming more sophisticated observers of religion as it is actually lived out in the everyday world, which, in turn, is also precipitous of more nuanced and effective approaches to ministry. [20 max enrollment]

CHRISTIAN SOCIAL ETHICS (RSCE-3230)

Credits:3

This course will consider the tradition of Roman Catholic Social Teaching and modern social ethics. Issues to be treated will include Christian interpretations of violence and non-violence, war and peace, global and domestic justice, human rights, bioethics, and ecological ethics. In assessing these issues, we will consider the interpretative perspectives of a liberation theology and Christian feminism. [Faculty Consent required; 20 max enrollment]

FAITH AND POLITICS (RSCE-4159)

Credits:3

This course is designed to help students think more deeply about the relationship between faith and politics. Questions 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 is seminar-style with minimal lecture. Student evaluation based on weekly reading response papers, participation, presentation, and a final research project. [15 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

CHANGE AGENT CHURCH: URGENCY FOR ACTION IN BLACK LIVES MATTER TIMES (RSCE-4290)

Credits:3

This course examines the theoethics of public witness amid the societal tensions of in this era, referred to as Black Lives Matter Times. Students delve into intersectional issues confronting our faith response to ethical issues of power and religiopolitics. Student discussion includes: What is change agent leadership? Why is intergenerational and interreligious collaboration crucial? Course content will explore theoethical rationale and methods to guide change while preparing congregants for public ministry using a framework for social reform activism as discipleship. Deep discussion of readings and interactive media resources. Class has intensive format on five (5) Saturdays 9/7; 10/5; 10/26; 11/2; and 12/7 plus online discussion group interaction between in-class sessions.

WESTERN SOCIAL THOUGHT II (RSCE-5003)

Credits:3

This class is part two of the doctoral level seminar focused on Western ethics and social thought. The course prepares students to contextualize the major figures from the 1800's to 21st century in the development of the disciplines of ethics and social theory, and to interrelate these disciplines with other areas if their study. We read together significant texts from what is currently considered the canon for these academic disciplines, and work on relating the significance of each text to its time, to other texts, and to contemporary reading of them. An Introduction to Christian Ethics or Moral Theology is prerequisite for this course. Evaluation will be based on class presentations, weekly essays and one research paper. The course is intended for PhD students but MA/MTS students can take the course after they complete an interview with instructor. [Faculty Consent required; 10 max enrollment; Interview required]

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

Credits:3

Co-taught by Justin Sabia-Tanis and Latishia James. This course will offer students a comprehensive look at human sexuality from a variety of disciplines, including theology, ethics, education, pastoral ministry, economics, and LGBTQ studies. The course will be grounded in knowledge about the human body and the ways in which sexuality and intimacy play an important role in human development and well-being. Students will have the opportunity to learn about sex education practices, including curricula, in use in progressive communities of faith, as well as engage with current social justice issues relating to sexuality, such as reproductive health care, LGBTQ rights and more. The course will also include panels and field trips, giving students an opportunity to engage directly with the sexual communities and service providers. This is an ONLINE course that will also have a set meeting time via video-conferencing Monday evenings from 5:30pm-8:20pm.

INTRO WOMANIST THEOETHICS (RSCE-8401)

Credits:3

Introduction to Womanist Theoethics: Intersectional Analysis of Oppression - This Course introduces students to the Womanist liberative lens, particularly the theoethical methods used to analyze oppressive ecclesial and societal systems. As learning outcomes, students will learn from engaging readings and discourse to comparatively identify methods and tools adaptable for their contextual ministry praxis. Students will gain insights from womanist scholar-practitioners across multiple theological traditions. Online discussion groups and reflection papers are required.

LEADERSHIP ALONG THE WAY (RSED-2200)

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]

POWER AND MOVEMENTS (RSED-4907)

Credits:3

The rationale of this course is to engage the interdependence of individual and collective power in contributing to social change movements, sustainability, and liberation. The course will explore specific approaches to change through various perspectives of power, organization, and movement. This includes the artificial and natural phenomena that contribute to and are perpetuated by interlocking patterns of domination. Participants will have the opportunity to develop their relationship collective liberation by: studying power and movements; working with concrete tools and practices that deepen individual, interpersonal, and institutional relationships with power and movements; reflecting upon the wisdom of spiritual and secular sources; and collaborating in the equitable cultivation of community. Students will be expected to complete readings, case-studies, reflections, and a final project that contributes to the collective wisdom of the class. Relates to SKSM Thresholds 1, 3, 4, 6, & 7, and MFC Comps 3, 5, & 7. Recommended pre-course: ECO Core Intensive. [12 max enrollment]

ECO-INTENSIVE (RSFT-1017)

Credits:3

Educating to “Create Just and Sustainable Communities that Counter Oppressions” (“ECO”) is a core goal of Starr King’s M.Div. and M.A.S.C. degree programs. In this required core intensive, M.Div. and M.A.S.C. students work together to form a framework for counter-oppressive spiritual leadership. We will ask: how can spirituality, ministry, and religious activism respond to the multiple and intersecting realities of injustice, suffering, and oppression in our lives and our world? What models of justice and sustainable community invite our commitment? Drawing on Unitarian Universalist and multi-religious sources, we will explore how in the midst of a world marked by tragedy, sorrow and injustice there remain abiding resources of beauty and grace that nourish resistance, offer healing and call us to accountability and community building. Reading and writing assignments to be completed before the course. Final paper. This course has a special focus on economic and racial justice addressed intersectionally. Relates to Thresholds #2,5,7 and 8 and MFC Competency #4. Please take within your first year. Intersession section meets daily, 1/13/20-1/17/20, from 9am-5pm at SKSM; Summer section meets daily 8/19/19-8/23/19 at SKSM, times TBD. [22 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

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 2, 2019 and ending the week of October 14, 2019. [20 max enrollment]

METHODS & HERMENEUTICS II (RSFT-1121)

Credits:1.5

This course is an introduction to Theological Hermeneutics and Methods. Its main goal is to explore different approaches, methodologies, and optics to interpreting theological, and biblical texts. The course is designed to serve as an continuation to the introduction to Hermeneutics (Methods and Hermeneutics I), mapping the developments of theological reflection in the XX and XXI centuries. Prerequisite: RSFT-1120 Methods & Hermeneutics I. This course is offered as a seven-week intensive starting the week of February 4, 2019 and ending the week of March 18, 2019. Meets Thursdays 9:40am-12:55pm.

INTO FTH-ROOTED SOC TRANSFORM (RSFT-1300)

Credits:3

This course will introduce the arts and theology of social transformation where it is rooted in and guided by practices and beliefs of Christian faith traditions, critically and constructively engaged. Students will explore and develop beginning competencies (spiritual, theological, social theoretical, and strategic) for social transformation ministry as it involves faith communities “gathered” for worship and “sent” into the world. Emphasis will be on theologies, analysis, and action at the race-class-gender-earth nexus. For PLTS students, an emphasis will be on resources of Lutheranisms, including the ELCA and the global Lutheran communion. [30 max enrollment]

FOUNDATIONS FOR MINISTRY (RSFT-1615)

Credits:3

SUMMER 2019 This course will provide the basic skills and subject familiarity for engagement with graduate-level scholarly practice, including introductions to Anglican spirituality, critical thinking texts, and exposure to classic and contemporary texts in theology and history. Course meets weekdays, 6/17/19-6/28/19, from 8am-11:30am at CDSP.

EFFECTIVE JUSTICE MINISTRIES (RSFT-2130)

Credits:3

In the face of profound climate disruption and racial and economic inequality, people of faith are called be agents of change, co-creators of more equitable, sustainable and life-giving communities. However, our capacity to make a difference may fall short of our ideals. How do individuals and systems change? What gifts can faith communities and leaders bring to this work? How can our justice ministries be more effective, meaningful and sustainable? Students in this class will: 1) engage with different theories of change, 2) learn from historic and current movements for justice, 3) become acquainted with Unitarian Universalist, interfaith, faith/labor, legislative, and organizing networks, and 4) develop practical skills needed to inspire, organize, analyze, structure, resource, sustain, and pastor effective justice ministries. This class is offered in high residency with limited hybrid synchronous participation allowed via Zoom. Hybrid participation counts as low residency. A weekly seminar with some field trips and guest presenters. In consultation with the professor, students will apply core concepts to a final project of their choice. This class relates to SKSM Threshold # 2 "Prophetic Witness and Work" and UUA Ministerial Fellowship Competencies #4 "Social Justice in the Public Square." Evaluation method - class participation, reflection papers, & final project. Intended Audience: M.Div., MASC, D.Min. Students must contact the professor to seek permission before registering. Registration is contingent on faculty approval. [Faculty Consent required; 16 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

Faith-Based Community Organization (RSFT-2300)

Credits:1.5

In this course participants will explore the basic arts and tools of faith-based community organizing from a biblical and faith-tradition perspective, through a racial equity lens. The course will deal with attitudes and behaviors around building and exercising public power, cultivating justice-centered relationships, developing leaders, working with interfaith and non-faith-based partners, taking public action, and changing public policy and institutional and corporate practices to reflect the just and beloved community God intends. The course will draw upon and integrate students’ knowledge gained in previous courses in theology, ethics, Bible, and practical theological disciplines. This course prepares participants to lead ministries that work for justice using the disciplines of community organizing. [Scheduling Note: Intensive taught May 21-25 9:00am-1:30pm with afternoon and evening group homework: MW 1:30-5:00pm, TTH 1:30-3:00pm, 6:00-8:00pm, F 1:30-3:00pm]

MINISTRY ACROSS CULTURES (RSFT-2550)

Credits:3

This course is an introduction to Multicultural Studies in the context of Theological Education. As such we will explore the “problem” of multicultural USA from a three-fold perspective: historical, philosophical, and theological. First, the historical focus provides a chronological account of the current state of affairs, a diachronic understanding of race relationships in the USA. Second, the philosophical emphasis reflects critically on the ways in which we “construct” such national histories/stories and how Liberalism fails to provide a convincing solution. Third, a theological approach reflects on the intersection of Christianity and Racism offering a diagnosis of the imbrications of theological and ethnic discourses and tentative solutions to the legacy of racism within different theologies. [FE-1200 Anti-Racism Training; 30 max enrollment]

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]

SUSTAINABLE LEADERSHIP (RSFT-8160)

Credits:3

Sustainability & Resilience Practices for Spiritual Leaders: How do those called to bless the world – to engage with the suffering and healing of others, and of the planet – ground and sustain themselves? Students will link theory, practice, and personal experience to develop their personal theologies for sustainable, resilient leadership – and learn practical tools to serve their vocations “for the long haul”. Together, we will explore concepts including compassion fatigue, measuring emotional and spiritual health, vocational burnout, trauma stewardship, boundary setting, and care for self and community. Participants will also explore how to positively influence organizational culture and build healthy, sustainable congregations and other collectives. This interactive, multi-faceted course combines multimedia, readings, class discussion, a praxis (action/reflection) component, and more, and is open to all interested in spiritual leadership for social change. Students must contact the professor for permission prior to registering for the course. [Faculty Consent required; 16 max enrollment]

FAITH-ROOTED ORGANIZING (RSFT-8405)

Credits:3

This foundational course – applicable to all vocational paths, from community organizing to parish ministry to non-profit leadership to theological scholarship – explores tools, best practices, and multi-religious theologies for faith-rooted organizing for change. Paying close attention to the intersections of social issues, identities, and religious traditions, participants will draw lessons from a diversity of historical and contemporary movements, ranging from Black Lives Matter to climate justice. Merging the pastoral with the practical, students will learn to articulate their unique faith-rooted organizing style and strategize on how to take concrete, spiritually grounded action in their own congregations and communities. Relates to SKSM Threshold #1: Life in Religious Community and Interfaith Engagement and #2: Prophetic Witness and Work Relates to MFC Competency #4: Social Justice in the Public Square This course meets online and is asynchronous on Zoom. [15 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

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]

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

Credits:3

This course encompasses the study of racial/ethnic, gender and religious identity negotiations of Latina/o migrants both from theoretical literature as well as case studies. The many issues entailed to migratory patterns such as those of Latina/o migrants are examined through an interdisciplinary approach. The literature from the many disciplines involved in the study on these topics is vast, hence you are expected to be familiar with the main themes as viewed in class. The first section of the course will focus on general theoretical themes that cut across the course's cases. It will provide you with tools to analyze the experiences of Latina/o migrants in general. The second section will focus first on the case of the United States and then on the case of Japan. Relates to SKSM Thresholds 1, 2, 5, 6, 7 & 8. and MFC Comps 2, 3, 4 & 7. Intended Audience: MA, Mdiv, MASC, PhD with additional coursework [20 max enrollment]

FORCED MIGRATION: SOCIAL JUST (RSHR-8417)

Credits:3

Every year thousands of people are displaced from their place of origin by forced situations such as war, starvation, political persecution or sexual orientation. This course aims to explore the manifold situations that forced migrants face and the particularities of their situations. Specifically, it looks at how religious leaders and activists can accompany and care for these migrants and support their agency and resilience. The course concludes with an immersion time in which we will as a class interact with forced migrants who can tell us their stories and give us tools to seek social justice and peace. [20 max enrollment]

PROMISED LAND AND IMMIGRANTS (RSHR-8427)

Credits:3

This course encompasses the study of racial/ethnic, gender and religious identity negotiations of Latina/o migrants both from theoretical literature as well as case studies. The many issues entailed to migratory patterns such as those of Latina/o migrants are examined through an interdisciplinary approach. The literature from the many disciplines involved in the study on these topics is vast, hence you are expected to be familiar with the main themes as viewed in class. The first section of the course will focus on general theoretical themes that cut across the course's cases. It will provide you with tools to analyze the experiences of Latina/o migrants in general. The second section will focus first on the case of the United States and then on the case of Japan. Relates to SKSM Thresholds 1, 2, 5, 6, 7 and MFC Comps 2, 3, 4, 7. Intended Audience: MDiv, MA, and MASC; PHD With extra coursework Evaluation Method: 2 reflection papers, weekly class participation, final project. [20 max enrollment]

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]

GANDHI, NONVIOLENCE, JAINISM (RSHS-4155)

Credits:3

The course explores an interactive exploration of the work of Mahatma Gandhi in relation to the foundational Indic philosophical principles of nonviolence and truth, and Jainism's unique practice of non-harming. Jainism, along with Hinduism and Buddhism, is one the three great religions that emerged in ancient India. Gandhi is known as the leader of India's freedom struggle against British colonial rule and oppression; the movement he instigated led successfully to India's sovereign independence. Gandhi was also a major influence on global leaders, particularly Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela. The course will begin with a detailed inquiry into the foundations of nonviolence in the Indic context, then focus on its profound interpretation in Jain philosophy, treating of its complex cosmology, non-theistic theology, self psychology, morality, ascetic and lay principles of living, as well as the life-goals, culminating in the liberation of the soul from worldly entrapments. Gandhi was able to evolve the powerful principles of truth, nonviolent resistance, positive action, satyagraha, (truth-force), reinforced by personal disciplines of renunciation-a fundamental component of Indic spirituality-including practices such as chastity, fasting, charity, prayer, and empathic love towards the other, as well as empowering the disadvantaged (e.g., women, and under-caste groups). We conclude with the application and relevance of Indic conception of non-violence and pluralism for engaged struggles toward human rights; tolerance; social justice; economic equitability; environmental restoration; and other egalitarian actions in a post-secular world.

POP GOES RELIGION (RSRA-2000)

Credits:3

Past courses in popular culture at seminaries have focused mainly on pedagogical aspects of using popular culture in churches. This course will attempt to explore a rationale/theology for studying popular culture in a religious context, as well as offer an in-depth survey uninhibited by notions of pragmatism, practicality, or usefulness. Once students become skilled exegetes of popular culture, drawing unforeseen relationships between genres, theories, and theologies, they will be better prepared to apply this knowledge to specific fields like homiletics, youth ministry, and religious education. Students will be expected to integrate themes and theories discussed in class, as well as demonstrate original thinking in development of new themes and theories for a rapidly developing field of cultural studies.

PSYCHOLOGY AND SPIRITUALITY (RSSP-2000)

Credits:3

The spiritual quest is fundamental to human growth and experience and includes both spiritual and psychological aspects. In this course we will consider what a constructive engagement of spirituality and psychodynamic psychology might look like – for example, what does the developmental process of religious belief look like, what is its function in the person and in the person’s relational worlds, how to differentiate maladaptive from authentic spirituality. In addition, we will delve into the role of early psychological development on later spiritual growth, the development of the “God Image” and its role in human development, as well as some of the more current work in intentionally bridging spirituality and psychology. This course will utilize a primarily psychoanalytic relational approach, using the writings of psychoanalysts DW Winnicott, William Meissner, SJ, Anna-Maria Rizzuto, and Michael Eigen, and others, as the lens through which we will encounter the broad areas of spirituality and religion. We will explore theory as well as practice, including opportunities to reflect on and discuss personal applications of these ideas. This course is primarily intended for MDiv, MA, and MTS, but can be upgraded.

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]

MINISTRY IN THE ANGLICAN TRADITION (RSST-1000)

Credits:3

Students who complete this course can expect to be able to describe important aspects of the practice of ministry in the Anglican tradition throughout its history; articulate the relationship between historical, geographical, and cultural context and Christian ministry; and discuss the relationship between current movements and issues in the Anglican Communion and the practice of ministry. Course meets weekdays, 6/17/19-6/28/19, from 2pm-5:45pm at CDSP.

New Voices in Anglicanism (RSST-2220)

Credits:3

This course is designed to read and reflect upon a number of new voices from around the Anglican Communion in order to broaden our understanding of the Anglican tradition, Readings will represent clerical and lay voices of the last thirty years in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the South Pacific. [Letter grade only.]

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.

WRITING FROM INSIDE OUT (SP-1050)

Credits:3

This course is a workshop designed to help students experiment with various forms of first-person writing: reflections, autobiographical sketches, memoir, and other musings, all of which may serve the dual purpose of personal spiritual growth and public ministry. Meetings will be spent 1) reflecting on passages from writers in the genre in order to learn techniques and approaches; 2) doing and sharing short exercises in personal writing; and 3) workshopping portions of students’ ongoing projects. [16 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

SPIRITUAL CARE GROUP (SP-1120)

Credits:0

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 2, 2019 and ending the week of September 9, 2019. 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.

ORIENTATION TO THEO EDUCATION (SP-1500)

Credits:1.5

CONTEMPLATIVE SPIRITUALITY AND PRACTICE (SP-2003)

Credits:1

The common quest among Christians to find spiritual support in Eastern traditions challenges us to consider what may be missing in contemporary Christian spiritual practices. This one credit course allows students to explore contemplative spirituality and practice, including lectio divina and silent meditation. After an introductory meeting in Berkeley, students will spend four nights at the New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur. Students will share in the liturgical prayers of the hermitage and learn about the contemplative life while reflecting on their own spiritual journey. These practices readily complement lay life or approaches to the Divine from other religious communities and traditions. In addition to tuition, students will be charged a fee of $250, which includes room and board. Limit 8 students; priority given to JST degree students; Renewal participants if space is available. Camaldolese monks from Incarnation Monastery and New Camaldoli Hermitage Wednesday, 1/16/19 to Sunday, 1/20/19 at Big Sur Monastery. One prior meeting TBD.

LEADING WITH COURAGE & EQUITY (SP-2043)

Credits:1.5

This course is co-taught by Dr. Daeseop Yi & Dr. Gloria Burgess. Without being aware of who we are and why we are here, we can't become who we are meant to be or use all of our God-given gifts. This course will explore enablers, obstacles, and resources to lead and serve with courage and equity in a diverse world. We will draw on diverse contemplative practices to become more aware of who we are, why we are here, and the importance of learning in an intentional community. This process of becoming ourselves will help spiritual directors, formation facilitators, and pastors be more present to others and create a space in which the Holy Spirit can transform us. This session is also open to the wider community as a Spiritual Retreat. Course may be taken for variable units. Course meets daily, 1/7/19-1/11/19, from 9am-5pm at SFTS.

CTSC DYNAMICS OF TRAUMA (SP-2055)

Credits:0

This Dynamics of Trauma: A Spiritual Care Approach to Theory & Practice course consists of an in-depth practical-theological exploration of spiritual care ministry in trauma situations. It includes principles (dependable guides to practice) and tools (special resources for practice) for prevention, early intervention and recovery, in light of a vision of spiritual wisdom and of faith communities as ecologies of care, healing and wholeness. Those whose service or ministry focuses on the spiritual nature and care of God’s people in a variety of settings, including church, para-church, community organizations, and health centers, will find the course useful in terms of their ongoing personal-spiritual, academic, and professional-ministerial formation. The course has been designed so that multiple levels of learning—Certificate , Masters, Doctoral—can be engaged while all participants focus on the substantive content of spiritual care practice in trauma situations. Class work is approached with a practical theological framework and methodology. It includes case study presentations and analysis, lecture and discussion, and small group dynamics, role-playing exercises, and supervisory sessions. In addition to the reading, students are involved in an ongoing critical reflection by focusing on key questions and approaches, methods and techniques of spiritual care in trauma situations. Each student chooses a topic for class presentation which can also be the subject for a course project to be completed according to San Francisco Theological Seminary’s academic policies and guidelines. Final grading options are Pass/Fail. Course meets weekdays, 6/17/19-6/21/19, from 9am-5pm at SFTS. [Certificate in Trauma and Spiritual Care program; 15 max enrollment]

CAMINO IGNACIANO (SP-2074)

Credits:3

This course will offer an concrete mean to deepen one’s spiritual life in the Ignatian tradition and identity through re-reading Ignatius’ Autobiography, exploring the meaning of the road, camino, in Jesuit theology of mission, experiencing a simple life in an intentional faith community on the road. The course will be divided into two parts. The first part consists of readings and discussion over Ignatius’ Autobiography and some of the most recent research on this work. Classes, which will take place on campus of JST during the Spring semester of 2019, will meet 8 times (once every two weeks, 3 hours each) over the semester. Participants will meet in 8 sessions (3 hours each) throughout the semester for this purpose. The second part includes the Pilgrimage itself in Spain and end in Rome, all will take place in Europe for 2 weeks. Course work includes lectures, discussion, and composing and presenting in group one’s own extensive spiritual biography. Pilgrimage consists of walking, sharing faith and the Eucharist, and at time preparing meals together. Evaluative components of the course include, in addition to students’ active participation in discussion, a personal autobiography project from each student for presentation in class, three short reflection papers (2 – 3 pages), and a final project presented at the end of the course (equivalent of 15 written page paper). Participation in the pilgrimage pending on how one participates in the course work. Application/interview required. (Requirement: personal knowledge or working experience in Ignatian Spirituality, good physical health to be able to walk in mountainous regions, respect and sensitive to cultures different to one’s own, open to share and able to live simply.) [Faculty Consent required; 10 max enrollment]

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

This workshop is an invitation to explore and experience how the body is an active participant in our spiritual journey, the Word becoming flesh as an invaluable source of enlightenment. Liberating the mind from dualism and elevating our consciousness to greater states of expansive awareness create alchemy of body, mind and spirit. The life conditions of ancient Israel and the times of Jesus in the Gospels are obviously different from ours, but the deep and lifelong need for embodiment is core to prayer and living life to the full. [15 max enrollment] Course meets on two Saturdays, 4/6/19 & 4/13/19, from 8:30am-5pm.

SALESIAN IDENTITY AND CHARISM (SP-2130)

Credits:3

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.

SALESIAN PRAYER & SPIRITUALITY (SP-2137)

Credits:3

CTSC SYSTEMC ISSUES OF TRAUMA (SP-2151)

Credits:3

COLLECTIVE TRAUMA, COLLECTIVE MEMORY: SYSTEMIC ISSUES OF TRAUMA Survivors of trauma can be caught in a relentless spiral in which distress in social relationships exacerbate trauma symptoms, and trauma symptoms exacerbate disconnected social relationships. This spiral then takes on a life of its own, becoming self-reinforcing. The communal resources that could be an aid for healing, are instead an avenue of danger. The goal for trauma care, therefore is not only to lessen the distress in survivors' lives, but also to create secure human resources that promote active and optimal adaptation to a world that contains distress. Using race as the central category for systemic issues that exacerbate collective trauma and collective memories of trauma, we will examine the traumatic reality of racism, sexism and classism in social systems. The hope is that we will uncover the roots of racial, gender, and class social injustices, such that social realities that create and reinforce collective trauma may be identified and eliminated and social connections with others as essential for the survival and stability of the collective human condition constructed. We will use arts, theology, history and philosophy to reflect on our own healing from and participation in racism, its interlocking social constructions, and its traumatizing social effects in order to attend to grief, make meaning, create 'new normals,' and promote reorganization within multi-system collaborations in ways that are healthy for interlocking organizational systems and for all who live within them. The course is PASS/FAIL only. This 2000-level course is designed for the Unclassified Certificate in Trauma & Spiritual Care student. Please go to www.sfts.edu for registration information. Class meets Fridays, 6:30pm-9:30pm, and Saturdays, 9:00am-4:00pm at SFTS. FALL 2019 dates: Sept. 13-14/Oct 11-12/Nov 8-9/Dec 13-14.

SPIRITUAL PRACTICE GROUP (SP-2220)

Credits:0

MINISTERIAL DISCERNMENT (SP-2467)

Credits:1

MINISTERIAL DISCERNMENT: WHAT’S NEXT IN MY LIFE, MINISTRY, OR CAREER? Using the Ignatian model of discernment, this course will help Masters students, sabbaticants, and local people in ministry to discern their future directions. It includes: identifying individual gifts, talents, and charisms; clarifying the purpose to which one feels called to put their giftedness and the work setting where one can be happiest and most productive; and learning the most effective ways of communicating one’s goals to those with responsibility for hiring or assignment decisions. Class meets Saturdays, 3/2 and 3/16/2019, from 8:30am to 5:00 pm.

IGNATIAN DISCERNMENT (SP-2468)

Credits:3

This course offers in-depth studies of Ignatian discernment, how it is found in the foundational documents of the Society of Jesus, namely, the Spiritual Exercises, the Spiritual Diary, the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus, and some of Ignatius' letters; how it is interpreted and understood both by Ignatius' contemporaries and scholars of contemporary time. Particularly, the course will explore in depth the Rules of Discernment of the First and Second Week found in the Spiritual Exercises [Ej 313 - 336]. Students investigate the personal and ministerial applications of Ignatian discernment through case studies, classroom discussions, 3 short reflection papers (2 - 3 pages), and a final research project (15 - 20 pages). Format is seminar and lecture. [Experience with the Spiritual Exercises; Faculty Consent required; 15 max enrollment; Auditors with Faculty permission].

EXPERIMENTS PRAYER & MEDITATN (SP-2492)

Credits:3

This course is co-taught by Jane Ferdon and George Murphy. 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 sensibility 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 type. Evaluation: Reflection papers, journal, active participation. Course can be upgraded with research paper. [Faculty Consent required; 20 max enrollment]

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION PRACTICUM (SP-2495)

Credits:3

This course is co-taught by Jane Ferdon and George Murphy. To refine a focus on religious experience in spiritual direction for those engaged in or preparing for this ministry. This course will enable participants to identify, articulate and develop religious experience. Each class will combine theory and practical application to ministry through presentations, verbatims, role plays, case studies, journal exercises and group discussion. [Faculty Consent required; 20 max enrollment]

THE ART OF DISCERNMENT (SP-2499)

Credits:1.5

This course treats the theory and practice of personal discernment. It is designed to acquaint the learner with skills for their own discernment, but also assists in/accompany the discernment of others. It will serve those in preparation for a variety of spiritual care ministries, and is required for the Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction. Participants will discern an area of their own choosing in their personal lives, participate in contemplative listening dyads, serve as spiritual companions involved in each other's discernment and function as members of a discerning group during the week-long intensive. Prior to arrival, participants are expected to read at least three of the required books and to prepare a draft paper of about 6 pages in length covering the theoretical aspects raised in the readings. They will demonstrate learning during the intensive by revising the draft paper and also by preparing an additional paper of about 6 pages demonstrating the accompaniment of another person who could be a directee (preferred for DASD), parishioner, colleague, friend. Limited to SFTS students only. Class meets daily, 1/14/19-1/18/19, from 8:45am-5:00pm, at SFTS.

SPIRITUALITY OF THOMAS MERTON (SP-2502)

Credits:3

This seminar will explore major insights of Thomas Merton, twentieth-century monk/mystic/prophet. We will consider a variety of themes in his writings, including contemplation, the true self, solitude and solidarity, dialogue with Eastern religions, peacemaking/nonviolence, and ecological awareness. Merton’s quest for personal and societal transformation and his legacy of contemplative-prophetic consciousness will inform our exploration. Reflection papers, class presentations, final paper. [Faculty Consent required; 12 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

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

Credits:3

In this highly participatory class, you will explore the practice of writing a rule of life that will help you to integrate spiritual practices into your life so that you can be sustained for the long-haul of theological studies and ministry. The concept of a rule comes to us from ancient monastic life. Often these ancient rules were brief, written documents that were intended to help spiritual communities live into their vocations most fully and fruitfully. In this course you will have the opportunity to take the time to prayerfully write your own rule. Your rule will elaborate on eight areas: God, Prayer, Work, Study, Spiritual Companionship, Care of Your Body, Reaching Out, and Hospitality. This course is praxis-oriented, meaning we will engage in our practices and reflect on them together meaningfully. This course draws on resources from Christian faith perspectives; students from all GTU schools and programs are welcome to participate fully from their traditions. At ABSW this course fulfills a requirement in the curricular area of Spirituality & Resilience. I employ a contemplative and liberative pedagogy where students’ voices and experiences are highly valued. Evaluation will be based on regular written assignments, class leadership, final project (your Rule of Life) and its presentation to the class.

SPIRITUAL LIFE AND LEADERSHIP (SP-2527)

Credits:1.5

SPRING 2019 section: SPIRITUAL LIFE AND LEADERSHIP: GROUP SPIRITUAL COMPANIONSHIP. This class will introduce basic listening skills, but from a grounding in the contemplative tradition, rather than from psychology or communication theory. The semester will open with several weeks in which we investigate and practice contemplative prayer, understanding that contemplation invites us to a whole contemplative life-style. We will then learn a simple model for contemplative listening (one week) that we will practice for six subsequent weeks. Participants will take turns relating a present experience, an experience from childhood and a ministry experience. We will also introduce other conversation skills (questions and probes) and conclude with pastoral applications and connections to other semesters of Spiritual Life and Leadership. This course is to learn how to create a hospitable place in which we turn our attention to reflect on our relationship with God, self, others, and all of Creation and follow God’s invitation in every area of our lives. Spring 2019 section co-taught by Wendy Farley and Daeseop Yi. FALL 2019 and SPRING 2020 sections: LIFE AND LEADERSHIP: BEAUTY This course will focus on a variety of practices for contemplating beauty, including meditation, nature, and poetry and art. By contemplating beauty, we enter more deeply into the divine beauty and the beauty and vulnerability of all creation. Beauty is a practice that centers the heart in the divine while opening the heart and compassion to all others. This course will focus on practice and discussion, though there will be readings to accompany the practices and a final term paper or project.

FUNDMNTLS OF SPIRITUAL DIRECTN (SP-2680)

Credits:0

This course satisfies a core requirement for the diploma and certificate in the art of spiritual direction. Itinvites students to develop the basic attending, responding, assessing, and discernment skills necessary in the practice of spiritual direction. Participants will also explore the dynamics of direction sessions and become conversant with such issues as initial meetings with directees, psychological concerns in direction, special cases, etc. Students will learn about the professional dimensions and responsibilities, which accompany every spiritual direction relationship. Dates TBD.

DISCERNMENT: IGNATIUS AND BEYOND (SP-2686)

Credits:3

This course examines the theory and practice of discernment in the Christian tradition. Ignatian-oriented theory and practice grounds the course, with Quaker thinking and practice providing contrast. The course will cover both personal discernment and communal discernment suitable for leadership groups. Students are expected to respond to the assigned texts with rigor, but also to engage the practices at a personal level and to partner with another class member in offering spiritual companionship to each other. This course provides excellent complement to the Internship in Spiritual Direction, but it is equally useful for those who expect to serve in any pastoral ministry or chaplaincy or who wish to expand their understanding of discernment for their own personal use. Learning modalities include reading, spiritual practices, journaling, class discussion, spiritual companioning, and final integration paper Advanced students will do additional reading and serve as small group leaders for practice sessions and complete a research paper in lieu of the integration paper.

SWDNBRGN SPRTLTY IN PRACTICES (SP-2720)

Credits:3

This course explores engaged Swedenborgian spirituality through the dimensions of personal practice and applied theology. The horizons of lived experience in a committed Swedenborgian faith practice are pursued via multi-disciplinary resources in Swedenborgian spirituality for group practice in ministry settings. Explorations of applied theology, biblical spirituality, spiritual growth groups, social justice connections, prayer and meditation, and eco-spirituality will be covered. Sessions will involve some lecture and presentation, seminar-style discussions, and some experiential practice. Bias will be towards effective appropriations for practice in ministry. A final research paper or reflection paper (12-15 pages) or pastoral project is due two weeks after last day of class.

CONTEMPORARY CONTEMPLATIVE WRITINGS (SP-2987)

Credits:3

This class will focus on contemporary writings about contemplative practices and will include discussion, reflection papers, and contemplative practice. Sample topics: nature spirituality, Christian meditation, centering prayer and beyond, contemplating beauty, women's wisdom, African American spirituality, Celtic spirituality.

CONTEMPLATIVE LISTENING (SP-3502)

Credits:1.5

This course explores the theory and practice of careful listening to others (people, art, music nature, our heart) a variety of techniques and practices to refine our ability to deeply listen. This is the foundation course for the diploma and certificate in spiritual direction and formation. It replaces SP 2465. ENROLLMENT IN THIS COURSE IS LIMITED TO STUDENTS IN THE DIPLOMA OR CERTIFICATE IN THE ART OF SPIRITUAL DIRECTION AT SFTS. Course meets daily, 1/7/19-1/11/19, from 9am-5pm at SFTS.

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]

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]

DYNAMICS OF TRAUMA (SP-4055)

Credits:3

CTSC SYSTEMC ISSUES OF TRAUMA (SP-4151)

Credits:3

COLLECTIVE TRAUMA, COLLECTIVE MEMORY: SYSTEMIC ISSUES OF TRAUMA Survivors of trauma can be caught in a relentless spiral in which distress in social relationships exacerbate trauma symptoms, and trauma symptoms exacerbate disconnected social relationships. This spiral then takes on a life of its own, becoming self-reinforcing. The communal resources that could be an aid for healing, are instead an avenue of danger. The goal for trauma care, therefore is not only to lessen the distress in survivors' lives, but also to create secure human resources that promote active and optimal adaptation to a world that contains distress. Using race as the central category for systemic issues that exacerbate collective trauma and collective memories of trauma, we will examine the traumatic reality of racism, sexism and classism in social systems. The hope is that we will uncover the roots of racial, gender, and class social injustices, such that social realities that create and reinforce collective trauma may be identified and eliminated and social connections with others as essential for the survival and stability of the collective human condition constructed. We will use arts, theology, history and philosophy to reflect on our own healing from and participation in racism, its interlocking social constructions, and its traumatizing social effects in order to attend to grief, make meaning, create new normals, and promote reorganization within multi-system collaborations in ways that are healthy for interlocking organizational systems and for all who live within them. The course is PASS/FAIL only. This 4000-level course is designed for the Masters student and may be used to fulfill an elective requirement as well as toward the Certificate in Trauma & Spiritual Care. Class meets Fridays, 6:30pm-9:30pm, and Saturdays, 9:00am-4:00pm at SFTS. FALL 2019 dates: Sept. 13-14/Oct 11-12/Nov 8-9/Dec 13-14.

FRANCISDESALES SOURCES&SPIRIT (SP-4571)

Credits:3

St Francis de Sales, Bishop of Geneva from 1602 to 1622, is known as a French-speaking spiritual author and pastoral guide. Few Americans understand his roots in the Italian Renaissance, and how his training in secular environments prepared him for his life mission as one of the foremost Catholic Reformers in the aftermath of the Council of Trent. This course provides the opportunity to examine his principle works as well as lesser known personal writings in an attempt to understand the basis for Salesian spirituality that he (perhaps unknowingly) orginated -- a lay spirituality in the Catholic tradition that paved the way for the reforms of Vatican II. Format: Primary sources studied and discussed in groups; final grade based on research paper.

SPIRITUALITY OF FEMALE MYSTICS (SP-4701)

Credits:3

This seminar will utilize deep reading and round-table dialogue to investigate female authored mystical texts. In the first half of the semester we will study primary sources together, raising questions from the field of spirituality. During the second half of the semester, students will select a female mystic, for example, Beatrice of Nazareth, Teresa of Avila, Hildegard of Bingen, Hadewijch, Jeanne Guyon, Margery Kempe, Julian of Norwich, Catherine of Siena, Mother Teresa, or Simone Weil, whose writings they will examine more deeply. Each participant will select texts to share with the seminar in order to introduce their thesis about the subject's spirituality. We will explore how these intimate friends of God hermeneutically expressed their mystical revelations and approached the implications of their spirituality, theologically and politically. How did they interpret scripture, exegete society, and present their divine revelations, especially in contexts of gender inequality, political instability, and ecclesial restriction? This course is suitable for advanced MA, MTS, and MDiv students, especially those approaching or in thesis-writing stage, and PhD, STL, and STD students.

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 CARE GROUP (SP-8120)

Credits:0

SPIRITUAL FORMATION LEADERSHP (SPFT-1082)

Credits:3

This course offers an opportunity to deepen spiritual life both individually and communally. It will focus on personal and collective growth by engaging spiritual practices and scholarship from various traditions as well as through the arts. Participants will have a chance to explore the nature of spiritual formation while discerning which practices, resources, and attitudes are appropriate for sustaining vitality, rootedness, and creativity in their personal life, faith, leadership, academic, and social justice work.

CHI MINISTRY BASICS 3 (SPFT-1102)

Credits:1.5

CHI CHAPLAINCY ELECTIVES (SPFT-1120)

Credits:7

CHI SPIRITUAL DIRECTION II (SPFT-1496)

Credits:2

CHI SPIRITUAL DIRECTION IV (SPFT-1498)

Credits:2

Chl Spiritual Direction (SPFT-2493)

Credits:1.5

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]

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

This course will explore classics of Christian spirituality from medieval mysticism to the civil rights movement. Emphasis will be placed on careful reading of primary texts. In addition to shorter papers on specific texts, a term paper will be due at the end of the course.

ORTHODOX XTN SPIRITUALITY (SPHS-4915)

Credits:3

A general introduction to the broad themes of and major figures in Eastern Christian spiritual traditions. Working almost exclusively with primary texts (in English translation), students will encounter a wide range of traditions (Syrian, Greek, Russian, French, and American) from the second century to the present day. Format is seminar. Evaluation will be based on one in-class presentation and a final synthesis paper.

HISTORY OF XTN SPIRITUALITY (SPHS-5000)

Credits:3

This seminar explores primary readings in the classical sources of Christian spirituality from the early, medieval, early modern, and modern periods, as well as secondary readings on the sources and on historical methodology. Emphasis will be on various aspects of the mystical journey including biblical interpretation, asceticism, prayer, apophatic and cataphatic theologies, action/contemplation, visions, personal and social transformation, and union with God. By the end of the course, students will have gained a more detailed knowledge of a select number of topics within the history of Christian spirituality, and should have developed the ability to handle historical material for research projects in the same field. Weekly reflections, a presentation, and a final research paper of 20-25 pages. Primarily intended for PhD, STL, STD, and DMin students but open to advanced masters students with the permission of the instructor.

HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN SPIRTLTY (SPHS-8200)

Credits:3

This course will explore classics of Christian spirituality from medieval mysticism to the civil rights movement. Emphasis will be placed on careful reading of primary texts. In addition to shorter papers on specific texts, a term paper will be due at the end of the course. This is the online version of SPHS-2000.

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

In recent decades some exegetes and theologians have begun to explore how a Hermeneutic of Memory is operative in biblical texts, especially by attending to the post-Auschwitz interpretive task for Scripture. The political theological discourse of Johann Baptist Metz and Dorothee Soelle can open participants to various experiences of suffering in this past century, for their theological enterprise shifted as they explored biblical texts and motifs through the lens of the sufferer of millions during the Nazi genocide of the Jews. One might describe this turn as the self-implicating dimension of their academic research: once the interpreters' lives are intertwined with the memory of unspeakable suffering, the task of interpretation becomes more holistic as it involves their response to life in their study. Some in the field of Spirituality would claim that the self-implicating nature of biblical study is what constitutes the biblical basis of either Jewish or Christian spirituality. Some helpful examples of this hermeneutic turn from interpretation of Psalms, Job, and Lamentations. [Faculty Consent required]

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.

IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY AND THE ARTS (SPRA-2600)

Credits:3

FAMILIES & SPIRITUAL PRACTICE (SPRS-8412)

Credits:3

This class will explore ways of strengthening and nurturing families at home, in congregations, and in the community through spiritual practice and care. Practices will include family rituals, sabbath time, prayer, meditation, community service, mindfulness, play, mealtimes, activism, devotion, creativity, nature, and gratitude. Families of all kinds, across the generations, and from different cultural and faith traditions - including students' own families - will receive our attention. Course Format: Classroom 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 MFC Competencies #: 2; 3; and 6 [20 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

SPIRITUALITY OF THE EARTH (SPST-2550)

Credits:3

This new course explores a spirituality that asks: What can we learn from the Earth? How can we pray with the Earth? And how can we take co-responsibility with the Earth for all her inhabitants? The course assumes that the Earth is a source of spiritual and theological reflection; that the natural world, her biodiversity and ecosystemic interdependence, are sources of learning how to live a holistic spirituality in light of the world and the Gospel. The course will explore issues of water, food, and climate, and will integrate eco-feminist and eco-womanist perspectives. Through critical readings, class discussion, film and first-hand exploration and experimentation, students will be able to articulate and practice an Earth-honoring faith that is ecologically truthful, sacramentally expansive, and ethically responsible. A foundational course in theology is a prerequisite. Course intended for MTS, M.Div, and MA students, open to others, auditors with permission of the professor [Faculty Consent required; 15 max enrollment]

INCARNATIONAL THEOLOGY (SPST-3020)

Credits:3

This class will consider the theme of incarnation primarily in a Swedenborgian theological context, though readings from other Christian and non-Christian traditions will be incorporated. We will consider what it means to engage an embodied God, and how divinity manifests in the natural world, the human body and scripture. That right action and engagement in the affairs of the world is the ultimate incarnation, the end goal of all religious learning and practice, will be considered through a Swedenborgian interpretation of key biblical texts. A comparative component will incorporate selections from the Bhagavad Gita, Paul Tillich and Hasidic commentary, not for the sake of drawing generalized analogies, but to broaden our understanding of how the topic has been treated in different contexts.

SRC UPGRADE (SRC-8888)

Credits:1

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

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-999)

Credits:3

SPECIAL READING COURSE TO BE USED ONLY IN INSTANCES WHERE A STUDENT TAKES TWO READING COURSES IN A GIVEN SEMESTER

SPECIAL READING COURSE (SRC-9999)

Credits:12

SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY I (ST-1084)

Credits:3

The first semester of a two-semester introduction to Christian theology. Beginning with the meaning of religious faith, we move into the method question of the relation between divine revelation and the authority of scripture, human reason and experience. From there, we investigate the meaning of God using ancient and contemporary Trinitarian theology; Reformed theologian John Calvin, feminist theologian Elizabeth Johnson, and Latin American theologian Gustavo Gutierrez. We conclude with differing understandings of creation, and God's relationship to human suffering. Three exams (with option of substituting papers for exams). This course is the prerequisite for ST 1085, Systematic Theology II. [Auditors with Faculty permission]

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.

THEOLOGICAL THINKING (ST-1086)

Credits:3

Theology concerns words, wordings, the Word, or speech about the divine. Long ago, Anselm defined theology as faith seeking understanding. This course offers a space to continue a search that humans have engaged in for millenia—making sense of faith, and the Christian faith in particular. We will learn from the wisdom and the shortcomings of those who have preceded us in seeking to talk meaningfully and responsibly about various theological topics and how they help one to think about social transformation. In addition, we will learn from contemporary quests and concerns as we become active participants in the theological process today.

THEOLOGY: NATURE & METHOD (ST-1091)

Credits:3

This course 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) exams, and (d) one research paper proposal (without writing the paper itself). 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

Since the second Vatican Council, Catholic theology has passed through very determining developments. Some even claimed that theology has successfully negotiated the turning of a more classical approach to a more interdisciplinary way of theologizing. From an African perspective, the renewal of faith has also engaged theologians to think Christian faith in relation to the world in the move, which is in taking into account the social and political dimensions of faith. Thanks to the work of theologians such as J. B. Metz and J. Moltmann, attention has been called to de-privatize God-talk and to interpret faith as incarnated in the world. This course provides insights and meanings of political theology in an African context. More specifically it will address ways of God seeking in the midst of various situations, and how the particular context of Africa is a theological locus. Experiences of suffering and hope, reconciliation and justice, peace and conflicts resolution, among others, will highlight the ongoing interpretation of faith in African societies. Suitable for MDiv, MTS and MA; can be upgraded for STL and STD.

FOUNDATIONS OF THEOLOGY (ST-2014)

Credits:3

This course introduces students to the study of theology. It 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. It is designed for MDiv students and others in first degree programs (MA, MTS, etc.). Students will be evaluated through short papers, class participation, and a final exam. [25 max enrollment]

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

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. Course may be taken pass/fail. [Auditors with faculty permission]

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 2020. The requirements for the course are attendance, and 20 pages of written work distributed over three essays on the material covered. NOTE: this course is a prerequisite for ST 3115.

TRINITY (ST-2300)

Credits:3

Beginning with the scriptural understanding of the Trinity, the course will trace the development of the doctrine, especially in the theology of Thomas Aquinas, and then examine certain contemporary approaches to the doctrine against that background (Schleiermacher, Barth, Rahner, Moltmann, Boff, LaCugna). [Lecture/discussion. One 15-20 page research paper or two 7-10 page research papers.] (MA/MTS/MDiv)

THEOLOGY OF THE CROSS (ST-2320)

Credits:3

In this seminar style course, we will consider the problem of the cross in Christian theology, discipleship, and pastoral practice. As a course in systematic theology, we will look at texts within the tradition and seek to analyze the way or ways the cross functions within particular theologians and theological systems. The course will rely heavily on class participation, a set of small take home essays for the mid-term, and a major final assignment. The final assignment will have options around its format, including multi-media, a sermon series and reflections, or a research paper. Ultimately, the students will answer the question as part of their final assignment: "Is the Cross redeemable"? The course is intended for all Master's level students including MA, MTS, and MDIV. [12 max enrollment]

INTRODUCING ECCLESIOLOGY (ST-2458)

Credits:3

This lecture course is an introduction to ecclesiology. We will survey biblical, historical, cultural, and theological resources for the understanding of the Christian churches, with particular emphasis on ecumenical concerns and global perspectives. By considering the social and cultural contexts, we will survey the various ways in which the Christian community has understood itself historically, and the polar tensions that have perdured into the present. Among the issues to be discussed are the purpose or mission of the Church, its relationship to the world, and the interaction between global and local churches. The class is taught from a Roman Catholic perspective with cross reference to Protestant and Orthodox ecclesiologies. Foundation course for MDiv and MTS students. ThM/STL/STD students should consult with the instructor for a semi-independent coursework on ecclesiology SRC-8888. [20 max enrollment]

THLGY II:DEEPNING THE PRACTICE (ST-2488)

Credits:3

THEOLOGY II: DEEPENING THE PRACTICE. This course is the second 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 final course, the theological topics considered are: church, sacraments, Christianity and interreligious relations, eschatology, theological method, and hermeneutics. 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.

THEOLOGIES OF LIBERATION (ST-2547)

Credits:3

Beginning with the Latin American Catholic experience of liberation after the Second Vatican Council, this course offers students the theological method to examine liberative aspects within ecclesial movements such as comunidades de base. The North American, Asian, and African context will be examined in-depth with important social justice themes including marginalization, migration, trauma, etc. In the first part of the course, students will engage Latin American liberation thought through the works of Gustavo Gutiérrez, Jon Sobrino, Paolo Freire, and CELAM. In the second part of the course, students will engage the stages of development within a specific context–in order to critique as well as to construct–a spirituality of liberation. The final portion of the course allows students to further imagine the emergence of theologies of liberation by comparing movements from various regions of the world. A Spring Break immersion from March 23 to 30, 2019 to the El Paso, TX/Ciudad Juárez, Mexico border is part of the course requirements. Admission is limited to 10 students. Students will be expected to pay for their airfare; room and board expenses for JST students will be covered by the school budget. This course is suitable for all programs and can be upgraded if necessary.

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

This foundational course takes as its starting point Monika Hellwig’s definition of eschatology as “the systematic reflection on the content of our Christian hope.” In addition to examining the scriptural sources and classical patristic and medieval developments of theologies of “the last things” (death, judgment, heaven, hell, and purgatory, and the general resurrection), we will explore contemporary pastoral and social dimensions of eschatology in terms of liturgy, ecclesiology, and social justice. The course is intended for MDiv students and others in first-degree programs (MA, MTS, etc.) with a built-in option to upgrade to the 4000 level for STL and doctoral students. This course will use a lecture/discussion format with occasional guest speakers. Assessment is based on class presentations, short writing assignments, and a final paper. STL and doctoral students with the upgrade will submit a 20-25 page paper on a topic within eschatology relevant to their own research and approved by the instructor. [Auditors with faculty permission]

THEOLOGY OF SACRAMENTS (ST-3067)

Credits:3

This course will introduce students to systematic theological reflection on the sacraments in general and on each of the seven sacraments. While other traditions will be touched upon, the focus will be on the Roman Catholic tradition, especially as found in the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas. In this tradition, it is believed that (1) the sacraments, being instituted by Christ and deriving their power from him, introduce us to his divine life, and that (2) these sacraments are celebrated by the Church, so that this life may be professed and shared. This course focuses primarily on the first of these two fundamental aspects of the sacraments, although the second (liturgical) aspect will be present in many ways. Requirements: Weekly questions & comments in response to assigned readings, 2 essays of 300-1000 words, brief presentations, annotated bibliography, and exams. Intended Audience: MDiv or MA Theology students; other graduate students admitted with permission.

CONTEMPORARY CHRISTOLOGY (ST-3115)

Credits:3

This lecture course (designed for the MA/MDiv/MTS levels) will trace the modern development of the various "Quests of the Historical Jesus" (First, Second, Third), with particular emphasis on Edward Schillebeeckx' hermeneutical and theological principles and James Dunn's historical Christology, as well as on several other important "Third Quest" figures (Crossan, Brown, Meier, Wright, Theissen, and Sanders). Requirements for the class are regular attendance, and 20 pages of writing (to be distributed over three essays assigned by the instructor). The prerequisite fo the class is to have completed ST 2232 (Historical Development of Christology) or its equivalent (work assuring a fairly comprehensive knowledge of the Patristic/conciliar development of Christology from Ignatius of Antioch through Constantinople III, and of Aquinas' understanding of the hypostatic union in the framework of his metaphysics of "esse"). [ST 2232 or equivalent; PFaculty Consent required; Auditors with Faculty permission]

THEOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (ST-3128)

Credits:3

This course is an introduction to historical and contemporary issues in Christian anthropology, with an emphasis on the theology of Thomas Aquinas. It will consider (a) the human person created in the image of God, according to the states characterized by innocence, sin, law, grace, and glory; (b) historical justification & nature/grace controversies; and (c) hope & eschatology. Format: Lecture & discussion. Requirements: (a) class participation; (b) two essays, based on the readings, of 1500 to 3000 words, and (c) two popular-style short articles (suitable for a weblog, bulletin, or popular periodical), based on the readings, on topics covered in the course, each of which shall be 600 to 1500 words in length. Intended Audience: M.A., M.Div., and M.T.S. students; other graduate students admitted upon request.

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]

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

The seminar will study the documents of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) with some historical background and evaluation. We will focus on the theological content of the documents and their implementation and current status of the issues. We will look at the impacts of Vatican II on modern ecclesiology, including the thoughts of Popes St. John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis. The course is designed for advanced MDiv, MA and STL/STD students. [A course in Modern Church History or Basic Ecclesiology; 20 max enrollment]

CROSS-CULTURAL CHRISTOLOGIES (ST-4184)

Credits:3

This seminar course is a cross-cultural approach to Christology. By considering the social and cultural contexts of Euro-American, Latin American, African, and Asian Christians, we will survey the various ways that these communities have experienced the person and work of Jesus Christ. In addition, we will look at the non-Christian views of Christ (e.g., Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim). With an emphasis on ecumenical concerns and global perspectives, we will bring new perspectives and responses to the old question that Christ posed to his followers: "Who do you say that I am?" Open primarily for advanced master and doctoral students. [Faculty Consent required; 15 max enrollment]

THEOLOGY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (ST-4205)

Credits:3

This class examines the historical development of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. Initially, it will trace the emergence of the Spirit from testimonies in the Biblical times and Early Christian writings. After that it will turn to the Classical Antiquity’s construction of Pneumatological doctrine in light of Trinitarian controversies, and medieval scholastic and mystical experiences of the Spirit. Finally, concluding appraisals of contemporary Pneumatological doctrines will explore and relate the presence of the Spirit to existing social, political, scientific, and ecological discussions. Overall, this class will ecumenically engage the doctrine of the Spirit as developed in the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and broader Protestant traditions. At the same time, the course will seek to transcend these ecclesial boundaries, charting the presence of the Spirit “who blows where it will,” and placing the broader theological discussion within inter-religious and interdisciplinary studies. The format of the course will be a seminar style, with discussion of the assigned readings, student presentations, and lectures by the instructor. It is open to all MDiv/MA/STL students, although doctoral students may also attend. This course is taught by PhD student Ivan Vuksanovic with a Newhall Award, under the supervision of Thomas Cattoi.

THEOLOGY OF SUFFERING (ST-4419)

Credits:3

Seminar on theological interpretations of suffering, drawing on biblical, theological, literary and artistic expressions of the human drama. Weekly reading and viewing assignments, informed discussion and summary papers; class presentations. Intended for advanced MDiv, MA/STL/PhD/STD students. [Faculty Consent required; 15 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

PERSON, THE SELF,THE SCIENCES (ST-4826)

Credits:3

This seminar explores theological interpretations of the human person (theological anthropology) in the context of social, psychological, and evolutionary/neuro-scientific contributions to the field: the emergence of consciousness in cultural context; the role of autobiographical and social/community memory in forming identity; the structures and constraints that shape human freedom. Class participation, and presentations, annotated bibliographies, final 20 page research project. Advanced MDiv/MA/MTS/STL. [Faculty Consent required; 15 max enrollment]

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.

CONTEXTUAL CHRISTOLOGIES (ST-8210)

Credits:3

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. Course may be taken pass/fail.

THEOLOGY AS LIVING CONVERSATION (ST-8284)

Credits:3

In this online theology course, students will be introduced to the complex and diverse discipline of Christian theology, conceived as a living conversation that takes place across time and cultures. The course will encourage students to claim their own places in this living conversation, and to grow into their identities as valued, theological conversation contributors, self-aware of their own social and cultural locations. Students will engage various theological methods including ordinary theology, practical theology, liturgical theology, systematic/constructive theology, science and theology, and public theology. Students’ understandings will be assessed through written work, online discussion forums, a media-appropriate project (for example Twitter/Storify, blog, letter to the editor, newsletter article, etc.) and an imaginative dialogue with a theologian. The course will be taught from a commitment to liberative pedagogy (see bell hooks and Paulo Friere) in which students’ voices and experiences are encouraged and valued. This course is appropriate for MDiv, MCL, STM, and MA students, and satisfies the required core theology course for Junior Colloquium at American Baptist Seminary of the West. Students from across the Graduate Theological Union are most welcome and encouraged to take the course.

THEOLOGY II: DEEPENING THE PRACTICE (ST-8288)

Credits:3

THEOLOGY II: DEEPENING THE PRACTICE. This course is the second 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 final course, the theological topics considered are: church, sacraments, Christianity and interreligious relations, eschatology, theological method, and hermeneutics. 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.

UNITARIAN UNIVERSAL THEOLOGY (ST-8301)

Credits:3

Unitarian Universalist Theologies: This reading-intensive online course grounds its exploration in the fundamentals of liberal theology, through a survey of Unitarian Universalist voices. Its main purpose is to engage those considering UU ministry in the practice of theological reflection while exploring some of the historical, philosophical, and theological contexts shaping Unitarian Universalism as we know it today. This course is not intended to replace a class in systematic theology. Students will be expected to complete the reading, write a brief weekly reading response, and participate in dialogue about personal and spiritual responses to the topics each week. All students are required to submit a final paper on their own personal theology. Prerequisites: A) a systematic theology class or B) UU History before or concurrently with this course. Relates to Starr King Threshold 1 and MFC Competency 6. This course is online 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; 25 max enrollment]

CHRISTOLOGY:ANCIENT & MODERN (ST-8391)

Credits:3

The first sessions of the course will explore the formative developments of Christology in the early centuries of the church, exploring how the Christological diversity of the New Testament is constrained towards the more metaphysical debates leading to Chalcedon (451). We shall then examine the extent to which the definition of Chalcedon truly answers the questions it seeks to settle, and briefly considers the later fate of “Antiochene” and “Alexandrian” emphases in Scholastic and Protestant Christology, focusing especially on the communication of idioms. We will then turn to the "liberal" Protestant critique of Chalcedonianism and compare it with a variety of modified Chalcedonian positions in the contemporary period, including feminist/ liberationist approaches. The course will conclude with a discussion of black/Asian/Latin American approaches, emphasizing the need to reinterpret the Chalcedonian idiom in different cultural contexts. [Faculty Consent required]

UNIT. UNIVERSALIST THEOLOGIES (ST-8401)

Credits:3

Unitarian Universalist Theologies: This reading-intensive online course grounds its exploration in the fundamentals of liberal theology, through a survey of Unitarian Universalist voices. Its main purpose is to engage those considering UU ministry in the practice of theological reflection while exploring some of the historical, philosophical, and theological contexts shaping Unitarian Universalism as we know it today. This course is not intended to replace a class in systematic theology. Students will be expected to complete the reading, write a brief weekly reading response, and participate in dialogue about personal and spiritual responses to the topics each week. All students are required to submit a final paper on their own personal theology. Class is limited to 25 students, please contact instructor for permission to enroll. Relates to Starr King Threshold 1 and MFC Competency 6. This course is online only. Students MUST contact the professor prior to registering. Registration is contingent on faculty approval. [A systematic theology class or UU History before or concurrently with this course; Faculty Consent required; 25 max enrollment]

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

This course is co-taught by Ted Peters and Robert Russell. Read. Think. Discuss. This seminar will examine with appreciation the broad scope and cardinal themes in systematic theology as constructed by Jurgen Moltmann (Reformed) and Wolfhart Pannenberg (Lutheran). Key to unlocking both figures is eschatology, which opens up the ethics of revolution (liberation, political theology) along with other doctrinal loci, especially creation and anthropology. Special attention will be given to proleptic ethics in the dialectic of time and eternity. Advanced M.A. and M. Div. students (beyond the basic systematic theology course) will find these two thinkers exciting, while Ph.D and Th.D. students will find them fundamental to further theological construction. Student evaluation will be based on active class participation plus a research paper. Students may follow either the Residence in-class seminar or the Flexible Life online offering, not both. [A grounding knowledge of Christian history and theology, and introductory classes in theology. Auditors with faculty permission]

Mujerista TheoEthics (STCE-4550)

Credits:3

Mujerista and Latina Feminist TheoEthics: This intensive seminar surveys the rich contributions of Mujerista and Latina Feminist scholars to theologies of liberation. We will explore Latin@ / Hispanic ethnic identity formations; consider the impact of transnational identities in the global North and global South to this work; engage the formative writings of Ada María Isasi-Díaz, María Pilar Aquino, Ivone Gebara and others; and acknowledge their interconnections to Womanist thought. There will be significant advanced reading for this course, but there will not be a final paper. Grades will be determined primarily through class participation. Pre-requisite: ECO Core Intensive or equivalent. Relates to SKSM thresholds 1, 2, and 6 and MFC Competencies 1, 6, and 7. 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.

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.

CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY & NATURAL SCIENCE (STCE-5100)

Credits:3

Co-taught by Ted Peters and Robert Russell. Offered jointly by the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, the Graduate Theological Union and the Center for Theology and Natural Sciences. We review the work of leading scholars in theology, ethics and science from 1965 to date including Barbour, Murphy, Ellis, Pannenberg, Peacocke, Polkinghorne, Deane-Drummond, Dodds, Russell and Peters. Seminar; presentations and research; adv. MDiv, MA, Ph.D. [Auditors with faculty permission]

THEOLOGY AND ETHICS SEMINAR (STCE-6007)

Credits:3

FOUNDATIONAL THEMES IN THEOLOGY & ETHICS AND THEIR SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPLICATIONS. This course is 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.

PUBLIC THEOLOGY (STCE-8310)

Credits:3

This course is co-taught by LeAnn Snow Flesher and Michael Ray Mathews. Preparing seminarians for work in religious communities hungry for leadership and action on their values requires rethinking what theology is and what significance it has in today's context of most pressing issues. Rather than a theology primarily focused on internal reflection and personal redemption, clergy in American communities need to expand their training to include a "public theology" that includes a more meaningful engagement of institutional and societal redemption. An integration of this broader, more inclusive theological orientation with skills of contemporary public engagement and community organizing can not only reexamine many traditional religious assumptions but also empower this new perspective for action.

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.

Greening Your Church (STCE-8900)

Credits:3

Greening the Church: Theological and Practical Foundations - This online course with the overall theme of a Summer of love extends the Golden Rule of love of neighbor to love of God's creation. It explores the pastoral and theological foundations and eco-resource to prepare yourself and your church to become a "Climate Church" in the 21st century, exploring themes of climate change, environmental racism, prophetic preaching, ritual protests and civil disobedience, and networking with interfaith and green organizations for collaborative work for environmental care and justice

STD COMPREHENSIVES (STD-6600)

Credits:12

STD DISSERTATION PREPARATION (STD-6601)

Credits:12

THEO COURSE DESIGN/TEACHING (STED-4500)

Credits:3

INTRO TO SWEDENBORGIAN THOUGHT (STHR-1550)

Credits:3

This course provides an overview of the life and work of the Scandinavian scientist-turned-mystic Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772). It proceeds in three distinct parts: the first section contextualizes Swedenborg's life and work within the scientific and theological turmoil of the eighteenth century. We then move onto a broad survey of the major concepts of Swedenborg’s mature theology, including (but not limited to): correspondence, heaven and hell, love and wisdom, marriage, and the Trinity. Finally, we consider the impact of Swedenborg’s ideas within New Religious Movements (New Thought and American Nature Spirituality), and modern literature (the fiction of Jose Luis Borges). Two reflection papers, one final research paper. MDiv, MA; PhD students can upgrade.

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

For JST STL students only. Course available for 3-9 units.

STL EXTENDED RESEARCH PAPER (STL-5501)

Credits:3

STL COMPREHENSIVES (STL-5600)

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]

LITURGICAL THEOLOGY (STLS-2105)

Credits:3

This course is designed as a theological introduction to the actions, symbols, texts, and contexts which make up the breadth and depth of Christian liturgy. Particular attention is given to reflection on the Church's worship as the arena of encounter with the Paschal Mystery of Christ and as a communal participation in the Trinitarian life. It is intended for MDiv and other Masters level students, with Roman Catholic liturgy as its particular focus. Classes will be divided into lectures and class discussions on assigned readings and related pastoral questions. Class participation and three writing assignments that demonstrate the ability to understand and adapt the pastoral and theological issues will be the basis for evaluation.

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

Credits:3

This course focuses on the Yoga of Love known as bhakti or “religion of the heart.” By this we mean the specific poetic expressions, the scriptural narratives or the theological explications of love as the way of uniting (yoga) with God, or uniting with the divine or ultimate reality as embraced by the religious traditions more broadly identified as “Hinduism.” This seminar will first trace the development of the practice of the offering the heart to the divine as described or expressed in the hymns of the Vedas, then in key Upanishads, then in the epics, such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata, especially in the Bhagavad Gita, and then in the Pura?as, especially in the Bhagavata Pura?a. The relationship of bhakti to Vedanta and Yoga and to the various forms of yogic practice will be examined. An exploration of bhakti across Hindu traditions will be conducted, looking at Shiva bhakti, Devi bhakti, and especially Vaishnava or Krishna bhakti traditions where it has thrived and developed into sophisticated theologies of love. Format: lecture and seminar; evaluation: reflection papers and presentations; class: MA, MDiv, MTS, and PhD students welcome. PhD students will be required to do doctoral level research.

ORTHODOX XTN THLGY OF PERSON (STLS-4322)

Credits:3

This course is designed to introduce students to foundational Patristic writings that explore theological understandings of human beings. Students will also be exposed to modern theologians’ work addressing modern questions and concerns, first through study of the writings of Metropolitan John Zizioulas and Jean-Claude Larchet, then through a selection of Orthodox theological writers addressing various modern topics.

HEALING, DEATH & DYING (STLS-4955)

Credits:3

The course will serve as an examination of healing and restoration (spiritual and physical) through the various rituals and practices of the Eastern Orthodox Christian tradition. Students will also study the services and rites associated with death and dying, as well as the theological understanding of life, death, and the afterlife. Students will read and study the various services related to the cycle of life. Some Patristic commentaries will also be examined. The course will follow a lecture-discussion format and emphasis is given to class participation. A well-developed paper is required (15-20 pages) in which students reflect on a subject, as agreed on with the instructor.

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

Credits:3

"Theology and Liturgy in the Digital Age" explores the opportunities and challenges created with the incorporation of technology in the 21st century. This course investigates the emerging discipline of Digital Theology, its relation to the digital humanities, and how it both causes and is an effect of current social changes. This course also looks at adaptations to liturgical practices in the digital environment, and the impact on sacramentality, ritual, bodily/virtual presence, and community. Students will engage in both theoretical inquiry and practical application. This is a seminar course, and students are assessed through active participation and a final project. [Coursework in both theology and liturgical studies required; geared toward MA/PhD/final-year-MDiv students; auditors with faculty permission.]

INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY (STPH-2000)

Credits:3

This introductory course introduces students to the study of Christian spirituality from the first few centuries of Christianity until the present. We will read works from the early Christian period, the Medieval mystics, the Renaissance and the Reformation, and we will end with some modern and contemporary authors. Primary texts will be supplemented with secondary literature. By the end of the course, students will have gained a historical and analytic understanding of the development of Christian spirituality and will have developed the ability to handle historical material for master-level research projects in the same field. The class is primarily geared towards MA, MDiv and STL students, though more advanced students are also welcome to attend. [Faculty Consent required]

KIERKEGAARD AS RELIGIOUS THINKER (STPH-2400)

Credits:3

This course is a hybrid of lecture/seminar. Emphasis is on Kierkegaard’s religious thought in his own context with a view to considering its relevance to present Christianity and religious existence in general. We will read short selections from Kierkegaard’s works as well as Fear/Trembling, and secondary works that bring him into dialogue with other thinkers (e.g. Augustine, Hegel, Kant, etc.) and with present day issues. Topics/themes of study include the, how to read Kierkegaard, ‘stages of existence’, ‘faith and reason’, revelation and authority, the individual and the community/crowd, anxiety/despair, suffering and discipleship; Students with various backgrounds in theology, continental philosophy, and/or spirituality might be interested. Students can expect to present two articles and write a research paper (15-20 pgs.) during the semester. This course is taught by PhD student Derek Nutt under the supervision of Anselm Ramelow and is intended for masters-level students.

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.)

POLITICAL THEOLOGY (STPH-4880)

Credits:3

The recent resurgence of the language of religion in the public sphere calls for a re-examination of the relationship between theology and political theory. What are the connections between ideas of God and power, especially in an age of secularism? Is the theological always political? And, can the political ever be considered a-religious? If "modern theories of the state are secularized theological concepts" (Schmitt) how can one rethink and critique either state or theology? This course explores the idea of political theology by engaging a wide range of texts, including Paul's letter to the Romans, Jacob Taubes, Augustine, Spinoza, Simone Weil, Hannah Arendt, and Vincent Lloyd. NOTE: This course is the in-class version of STPH 8480 Political Theology. Students wishing to take the online version of this class should register for STPH 8480. [Introductory Theology course; 25 max enrollment]

ISSUES IN DIVINE ACTION (STPH-4885)

Credits:3

A seminar course exploring contemporary issues in the theology of divine action. Pursuing questions such as how we might understand divine providence, miracles, and prayer in this age of science, the course will consider how modern Newtonian science influenced our understanding of causality, how theories of contemporary science (such as quantum physics, chaos theory, and emergence) have opened the discussion of divine action, and how certain classical philosophical insights into the nature of causality (Aristotle) and Aquinas) may be brought to bear on contemporary issues in the theology/science dialogue. A background in science is not necessary. The course requires weekly reports with questions for discussion and a 15-20 page research paper. MA / PhD / ThD. [Faculty Consent required; 12 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

THE HIDDEN GOD (STPH-5000)

Credits:1

The course concerns the issue of the thinkability of God, and the theological meaning of a Hidden God. The course focuses on the interrelation between four theologians: Martin Luther, Karl Barth, Gerhard Ebeling, and Eberhard Jüngel. First, the course outlines Luther’s position on God’s hiddenness in “The Bondage of the Will.” Karl Barth, in his “Church Dogmatic,” attacks Luther’s concept of Deus absconditus as anti-christological. Ebeling counter-criticizes Barth’s reading of Luther, and presents his own interpretation on the topic. Jüngel tries to mediate between Barth and Ebeling. After having analyzed these positions, the course aims to present a different, brand new perspective on the issue of the Hidden God. This course is appropriate to doctoral and advanced Master's students. Class meets daily, 1/14/2019-1/18/2019, from 9:40am to 12:30pm at GTU HEDCO.

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

Credits:3

If God loves us like a mother or father loves her or his child, why do horrific things happen to us or to those we love? Where is God when these horrific things happen? This course looks at four Christian views of God's relation to human suffering, and allows students to develop their own understandings of God and human pain. This class is open to CTSC students. SUMMER 2019: Class meets daily, 6/24/2019-6/28/2019, from 9:00am to 5:00pm at SFTS.

GOD,SUFFERING,PSTRL CARE (STPS-4100)

Credits:3

SPRING 2019: This is the second course in the Certificate in Trauma and Spiritual Care. If God is good and loves us as a mother and father deeply loves her or his child, then why do we--or those we love--sometimes go through experiences of utter hell? Where is God? We will investigate several Christian responses--two classic and three contemporary--to the relation between God and human suffering. Class discussion of the texts, various arguments, and our own positions. Three optional movies. Two drafts of a 5-7 page midterm paper, and a term project (either a 10-12 page final paper, or a semester-long journal). Students may develop their own response to God and suffering in the final project. This course meets at SFTS in San Anselmo for four intensive weekends during the spring semester. Please visit www.sfts.edu for more information. SUMMER 2019: If God loves us like a mother or father loves her or his child, why do horrific things happen to us or to those we love? Where is God when these horrific things happen? This course looks at four Christian views of God's relation to human suffering, and allows students to develop their own understandings of God and human pain. This class is open to MDiv students. Class meets daily, 6/24/2019-6/28/2019, from 9:00am to 5:00pm at SFTS.

THE CHANGE TOWARD WHOLENESS (STPS-4101)

Credits:3

Both the New Testament and psychology speak of a person's change from brokenness toward wholeness. But how does that change happen? Do we just "set our mind to it, and make the changes"? Or is it more difficult . . . and if so, why? Further, what is God's role in creating this change in us, and what is our role? This course looks at how we change, comparing and contrasting the views from neuro-biology, psychology, and spirituality. We begin with how change is possible in our interrelationships, and what are the impediments to change. We then look at the question of the will: Do we have the willpower to change, or is that capacity overwhelmed by other forces? From here, we look at classic Christian spirituality, which says it is only God who can change us toward wholeness. We conclude by looking at the most recent psychological evidence for how change is possible-and more importantly, for how changes can be made to last. Class discussion of weekly readings; midterm and final papers. [Auditors with faculty permission]

CHRIST AND CULTURE (STRS-2384)

Credits:3

What can Christian theology offer to the complexities of today's "public square," which is increasingly multi-cultural and multi-religious? What does theologically informed spiritual formation look like for social transformation? This course invites active engagement with both texts and communities as we analyze the development and multiplicity of approaches to Christology. We will explore what Christ has to do with culture as we work toward constructing a Christian theology of social change and transformation. The class will meet on seven Saturdays over the course of the semester: from 9am to 3:30pm on 9/7, 9/21, 10/5, 10/12, 11/2, 11/16; and from 9:00am to 12noon on 12/7. This course is also offered entirely online as STRS-8284.

QUEER/CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY (STRS-2562)

Credits:3

Beyond apologetic arguments for more inclusive Christian faith communities, what kind of positive contributions can LGBT-identified people make to the ongoing evolution of Christian theological ideas? This course invites an exploration of that question with the insights and strategies drawn from a variety of queer theorists. As we examine the classical arc of Christian doctrinal topics (God, creation, Christ, salvation, Trinity, and so on) in relation to dominant modes of modern Western sensibilities, we’ll consider ways in which Christianity itself is inherently queer and how this queerness can help shape movements for social change and transformation. (This summer session course meets for two weeks from 8:30am to 12:30pm, Monday through Friday, June 17-28.) Students may Zoom into this course with faculty permission.

CHRISTIANITY AND THE DHARMA RELIGIONS (STRS-4042)

Credits:3

This course will introduce students to the ongoing dialogue between Christianity and the religions of India, focusing on Hinduism and Buddhism, while also touching on the multifaceted reality of Indian Christianity. Students will these different traditions through the concurrent reading of foundational Hindu and Buddhist texts, as well as secondary literature. The class will also explore fundamental principles of inter-religious dialogue and comparative theology, and encourage students to develop their own theology of religions. The class is geared to advanced master’s students, though doctoral students are also welcome to register. Active participation in all classes, ten reflection papers and a final reflection paper are required. [Faculty Consent required]

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.

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. Co-taught by GTU PhD students Mahjabeen Dhala and Sheryl Johnson with a Newhall Award, under the supervision of Jennifer Davidson. [15 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]

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

Credits:3

What, if anything, sets human beings apart from other animals? How does this question shape Christian theological ideas in the context of the modern nation-state? What happens to faith and politics when human distinctiveness diminishes? This course considers the significance of theological anthropology (what it means to be human) in relation to other doctrinal topics, ecological urgencies, and the totalizing effects of the modern nation-state. These intersections can, in turn, complicate and enrich standard convictions about human sexuality, gender, and race. Drawing on a variety of tools and methods, we will seek to construct collaboratively a theological approach to "animality" to advance the full thriving and flourishing of God's whole creation. This seminar for advanced master’s level and doctoral students will entail some lecture, group discussion/presentations, and options for a research project suitable for a variety of vocational paths.

CHRIST AND CULTURE (STRS-8284)

Credits:3

How do we think and engage theologically with the "world"? What can Christian theology offer to the complexities of today's "public square," which is increasingly multi-cultural and multi-religious? What does theologically informed spiritual formation look like for social transformation? This course invites active engagement with both texts and communities as we analyze the development and multiplicity of approaches to Christology. As we explore together what Christ has to do with culture, we will work toward constructing a Christian theology of social change and transformation. (This course is the ONLINE version of STRS-2384.)

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]

CHURCH ON THE MOVE (STSP-4725)

Credits:3

The course examines contemporary ecclesial movements and their pastoral/spiritual contribution to the life of the Church. While John Paul II hailed religious movements as "a new Spring," many have created tension within the wider community. The course seeks to understand Christian movements from within, working with the testimony of leaders and members. Movements considered include: Catholic Action, Catholic Worker, Focolare, Communion and Liberation, Neo-Catechumens, Basic Ecclesial Communities, Cursillo, Sant'Egidio, Charismatic Renewal, Volunteer movements. Format: Class meets only during the first half of the semester. Lecture to seminar; evaluation: group work, research paper and class presentations.

GLOBAL THEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES (STSP-4900)

Credits:3

Together in this course we will engage theologies coming from Asian American, Black liberation, Dalit, feminist, indigenous/Naga, Korean, L'Arche, womanist, and other perspectives. Through these encounters, students will have ample opportunity to grapple with and articulate their own theologies, and will gain facility with navigating multiple, complex theological ideas that help enliven theologically diverse and spiritually robust communities. Students will also cultivate spiritual practices, informed by insights from "The Book of Joy" by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, that will serve as long-term resources for spiritual, emotional, and professional wellbeing. We will engage in theological reflection in light of contemporary issues of injustice to create frameworks for hopeful, strategic justice work. Learning is facilitated through regular written assignments, small group and paired discussions, and prayerful disciplines. The course culminates in a final creative essay or project. This course is taught from a commitment to liberative, contemplative pedagogy where students' voices and journeys are valued. Students from all GTU schools and centers and in both masters and doctoral degree programs are most welcome and encouraged to enroll in this course.

TAKING UCB COURSE(S) (UCB-9000)

Credits:12

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.

SCL, PLTCL, ETHCL ENVRNMT BUS (UCBA-107)

Credits:3

GENERAL ELECTIVE CREDIT (WAIVER)

Credits:0

SOCIAL THEORY TRANSFER CREDIT (WAVR-SC)

Credits:0