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A broad study of addictive patterns, how they grow out of family systems, and how they affect the Church. Also, a theological exploration of 12-Step spirituality. Discussion/lecture/attendance at recovery meetings. A response paper and book review of about 10 pages (total) is expected of credit students. Auditors expected to participate in class projects, assignments and discussion. Past students have consistently commended this course for both practical knowledge and personal growth. Students taking the class for credit must take it pass/fail. Intended audience: MDiv

 

Second year of supervised ministry in approved placements and weekly class sessions on campus. Format: Seminar. Assignments: weekly reflection paper, approved learning covenant, end of term evaluations. Pass/Fail only. Students must have an approved field placement.

Second year of supervised ministry in approved placements and weekly class sessions on campus. Format: seminar. Assignments: weekly reflection paper, approved learning covenant, end of term evaluations. Pass/Fail only. Students must have an approved field placement.

Women as senior leaders in the Church are unusual, rare; we celebrate our appointments to senior roles as momentous. It seems almost heretical to suggest that the real reason we celebrate is because we are still amazed at our ability to surmount the weight of institutionally embedded patriarchal oppression (which is and always has been the structural injustice preventing women's progress)' Dr Jenny Te Paa Daniel (2013). This course will encourage participants to undertake a critical exploration of the obstacles and opportunities for Anglican women in church leadership locally and globally. Using a case study approach, it will require serious interrogation of both the quantitative assertions (so readily advanced as evidence of 'progress' being made) and analysis of the qualitative reality provided by women leaders themselves. Seminar-­‐style with lectures, discussions and independent research expected. Evaluation will be based upon attendance and generous participation in discussions. There will be an opportunity to present preliminary findings for the final written paper. Intended for MDiv and MA/MTS students.

This course will develop the student's ability to articulate the depth and breadth of Anglicanism as a living tradition in both English-­‐speaking and non-­‐Anglo contexts. It will touch on such areas as spirituality, history, theology, liturgy, the arts, and ethics, providing both knowledge of resources and participation in Anglican theological-­‐ spiritual discourse. Method: lecture, discussion, prayer. Evaluation: Class discussion; short papers; term paper. Intended audience: M.Div, MA/MTS, CAS/CTS. [Auditors with faculty permission]

This is an intensive introduction to Anglicanism. The focus of this course is on the development of Anglicanism from the English Reformation to the early twenty-first century. Format: Lecture and group work. Evaluation: Short paper to be completed prior to first class; final integrative paper. Intended audience: Students in CDSP low residence programs. [advanced work required: see CDSP registrar]

This course will examine a number of the key issues that have shaped Christianity and its understanding of the character and proper function of political life. Among the questions we will investigate are: What is the meaning of "politics"? What is the basis of the state, what is its nature, and what is its rightful purview? How are the church and state to relate to one another? And under what, if any, circumstances should Christians deem violence to be morally permissible? Most class sessions will feature brief lectures but the majority of the period will be devoted to guided discussion based on assigned readings. Accordingly, the reading load will be moderate to heavy. Evaluation will be based upon two major writing assignments and class participation.

Introduction to the music of the Episcopal Church, to prepare students both to exercise musical leadership in Episcopal liturgy and to develop guiding philosophies for the implementation of music in parish life. Lecture/discussion. Reflection papers, chanting and a final/paper defining a personal philosophy of liturgical music.

This is a course in historical Christian spirituality. It focuses on diverse writers who use or exemplify the motif of journey or pilgrimage, from the second century through the twentieth Past versions of the course have included some of the following" Perpetua of Cathage, Ingatius of Antioch, Origen, Augustine of Hippo, Gregory of Nyssa, Bernard of Clairvaux, Bonaventure, Dante, Martin Luther, John Bunyan, Teresa of Avila, and Evelyn Underhill, in their own words. Readings are subject to change until the syllabus is published, Lectures and discussions. The course is evaluated through two papers of 8-­‐10 pages each. It is intended for MDiv and MA/MTS students.

What theological commitments shape how different communities conceptualize and practice being church? And how do larger social, cultural, political, and economic realities affect the ways those commitments are lived out? In this course, we will examine the interplay between theologies of church (ecclesiology) and the pressures of our present moment, helping us understand more clearly both the nature and purpose of church and how churches can best respond to and serve the world. With a scope that is broadly ecumenical, though with a special emphasis on Anglicanism, we will explore contemporary modes of church, from the traditional to the experimental. This seminar-style course will acquaint students with long-standing and nascent models of church as a means of mapping the contemporary ecclesiological landscape. This will also allow students to examine the ways in which churches are simultaneously reflective and generative of larger theological commitments and are inevitably shaped by socio-political, cultural, and economic realities. Throughout the course, students will be required to bring their developing ecclesiological sensibilities to bear in evaluating the extent to which the character and practice of church should embrace or re-think its historical traditions, on the one hand, and accommodate or critique the wider context in which it is embedded, on the other. Active participation in class discussion, writing assignments consisting of responses to class readings, and four short essays are the central requirements.