Courses during the 1819-10 term
This course explores the need for leaders to develop, maintain, and grow an effective ministry and public leadership through intentional formation in Christian faith, practice, and reflection.
Pastoral care is a ministry of compassion and transformation occurring through mutual life-giving relationships in faith communities and other ministerial settings. The depth and breadth of pastoral care that will be explored in this introductory course is beyond strict definitions as we will examine the historical scope and some contemporary pastoral care theories from a holistic and life-span perspective. These theories will be integrated with personal, psychological, ethical, and social justice issues commonly encountered in the practice of ministry. Attention is also given to critical theological reflection on suffering and healing in the context of grief, loss, interpersonal violence and addiction.Prereq: INT-510 Person in Community or equivalent.
This course focuses on human and faith development in the midst of contemporary North American cultural and social realities. Particular attention to given to how identities constituted by race, gender, class, sexuality and culture are socially constructed, dynamic and constantly shifting. Attention is also given to the personal and vocational development of the student. Imago Dei provides a theological conceptual frame for the entire course and will be used to examine the ways that the above various dimensions constitute an understanding of self in relation to others. In conversation with this concept, students will interrogate the various differences that shape self-understanding and the implications of these differences for their theological and spiritual development.This course meets the UMC 2012 resolution ?Sexual Ethics as Integral Part of Formation for Ministerial Leadership? (2012 Book of Resolutions), the sexual ethics/boundaries workshop required by many judicatories, and
A study tour that explores the history, geography, and archaeology of the sites, and engages with the social, political, religious issues then and now in Israel/Palestine. Provides cultural immersion, theological tools, and hand-on on a "dig".
Critical study with attention to form and rhetoric of the letter, identity of anti-Pauline opponents, and such theological motifs as freedom, law, and justification. Relevance for Protestant theology and ethics. Prereq: BIBNT500 or equivalent