Academics

ACADEMICS

Course Catalog

Full-­‐time supervised ministry in an approved field site. CDSP students only. Pass/Fail only. To enroll, students must have made arrangements for an approved Internship site with the Director of Field Education.

Required for returning CDSP interns. Weekly meeting for theological reflection on experiences of ministry with FE colloquium participants. Pass/Fail only.

Supervised ministry in approved placements. Weekly class sessions. Format: Lecture, discussion, and small groups. Assignments: a learning covenant, weekly reflection papers, timely completion of evaluation forms. CDSP students in first year of field education. Pass/Fail only. Students must have made arrangements for an approved placement.

Supervised ministry in approved placements. Weekly class sessions. Format: Lecture, discussion, and small groups. Assignments: a learning covenant, weekly reflection papers, timely completion of evaluation forms. CDSP students in first year of field education. Pass/Fail only. Students must have made arrangements for an approved placement.

This course introduces the field of Christian ethics by (1) studying major theoretical approaches, in particular focusing upon Anglican and Lutheran conceptions, and (2) exploring how Christians might address contemporary ethical issues. The course thus aims to advance students' historical and theoretical knowledge but to do so in a way that provides resources for contemporary moral decision-­‐making and pastoral leadership. The structure of the course will combine lectures with class discussions throughout. Evaluation will be based upon a vocabulary quiz, a mid-­‐term paper, a final paper, and class participation.

This course introduces the field of Christian ethics by (1) studying major theoretical approaches, in particular focusing upon Anglican and Lutheran conceptions, and (2) exploring how Christians might address contemporary ethical issues. The course thus aims to advance students' historical and theoretical knowledge but to do so in a way that provides resources for contemporary moral decision-­‐making and pastoral leadership. The course will be conducted online and asynchronously. Students will be required to read assigned texts, submit reflection papers on a regular basis, participate in online discussions, and write a final paper. NOTE: Participants are expected to complete the Orientation to Online Learning offered on Moodle prior to the first class session.

This course provides a survey of the Old Testament, 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 participation in interactive discussions, content quizzes, written assignments and examinations. This course meets in a blended format. Content for the course will be delivered online. The online format will cover 49% of the class experience. The remaining 51% of the course will occur in weekly face-­‐to-­‐face sessions. Course offered jointly by PLTS and CDSP.

This online course provides a survey of the Old Testament, 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 participation in interactive discussions, content quizzes, written assignments and examinations. Course offered jointly by PLTS and CDSP.

This is an introductory course in practices of care and theology for ministry in communities of faith. While the primary focus of the course is the local congregation the material will be relevant to other settings as well. The course begins with the assumption that practices of care are not exclusively one-to-one interactions that occur in the pastor's office. Care involves the whole community of faith as it is called to create and nurture the faith and wellbeing of all people. Throughout the course pastoral and prophetic points of view will be held together as we explore the needs of people in diverse settings. Walter Brueggemann says, "There are no personal issues that are not of a piece with the great public issues. To divide things up into prophetic and pastoral is to betray both." This implies that as pastoral theology reunites with its prophetic legacy it will become a public pastoral theology.

We will look at various contexts for pastoral care and how they inform the issues facing people. This means our pastoral practices will attend to the societal pressures that impact people's lives. This means that pastoral listening cannot just be listening; rather it needs to be just listening – or justice oriented listening. We will ask what is required of religious leaders to be able to engage situations for personal and communal wellbeing. With this "double vision," the individual person and the person’s context, we will explore some of the critical issues facing people today and how the pastoral practices of faith communities can be mobilized to respond to them. Throughout the course we will be asking what difference does race, gender, class and culture make in the way we understand the meaning and practice of care in a world hungry for just and compassionate communities?

As a backdrop to our work together, we will be guided by two questions: What is our vision of a just and compassionate world? How is this vision expressed in pastoral practices and celebrated in worship?

This is an introductory course in practices of care for ministry in communities of faith. While the primary focus of the course is the local congregation the material will be relevant to other settings as well. This is not a course in pastoral counseling.  The aim of this course is broader and at the same time limited. It begins with the assumption that practices of care are not exclusively one-to-one interactions that occur in the pastor's office. Care involves the whole community of faith as it is called to create and nurture the wellbeing of all people. Throughout the course pastoral and prophetic points of view will be held together as we explore the needs of people in diverse settings. Walter Brueggemann says, “There are no personal issues that are not of a piece with the great public issues. To divide things up into prophetic and pastoral is to betray both.” This implies that as pastoral theology reunites with its prophetic legacy it will become a public pastoral theology.

We will look at various contexts for pastoral care and how they inform the issues facing people. This means our pastoral practices will attend to the societal pressures that impact people's lives. This means that pastoral listening cannot just be listening; rather it needs to be just listening – or justice oriented listening. We will ask what is required of religious leaders to be able to engage situations for personal and communal wellbeing. With this "double vision," the individual person and the person’s context, we will explore some of the critical issues facing people today and how the pastoral practices of faith communities can be mobilized to respond to them. Throughout the course we will be asking what difference does race, gender, class and culture make in the way we understand the meaning and practice of care in a world hungry for just and compassionate communities? 

As a backdrop to our work together, we will be guided by two questions: What is our vision of a just and compassionate world? How is this vision expressed in pastoral practices and celebrated in worship?

During this second half of the course we will be looking at representative pastoral issues and situations to ground a liberation perspective for pastoral care and theology.