Academics

ACADEMICS

Course Catalog

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.

An introduction to the theory, approaches and methods of practical theology, including critical reflection on and examination of case studies. During the second week, students will have the opportunity to present and discuss cases based on their own ministry context. Pre-course readings, discussion, role-play, case studies. Evaluation: Class participation, short in-class writing assignments, final post-class paper. Intended audience: Low-residence students. [advanced work required: see CDSP registrar]

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.

This course will examine selected ministry issues in a variety of contexts from an Anglican perspective, through readings, lectures, class NOTE: Open only to CDSP students in the last semester. Pass/Fail only.

This course explores the nature of leadership in a congregational setting, with a focus on creating substantive and meaningful transformation in congregational systems, and in the lives of parishioners. This course also deals with the practical aspects of congregational leadership, including: parish finances and stewardship, congregational growth and development, church canons, working with vestries and church boards, clergy taxes, conflict management, and ministry development. Evaluation is based on class participation, short papers, and a final group project. Pass/Fail only.
Intended audience: MDiv, CAS.

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. [advanced work required: see CDSP registrar]

Concepts of "life" and "death" play an important role in reasoning about the world. They also demonstrate a long tradition of interaction between scientific and religious insights. Lectures and discussions will survey historical and modern life categories including "soul," "creature," "organism," "evolutionary individual" and "person." Students will select one contemporary ethical question, and generate a scientifically and theologically literate position. Evaluation will be based on class participation, three short reflection papers, and a final presentation. (Doctoral students will be asked to submit a final paper in place of the final reflection.)

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.

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. [advanced work required: see CDSP registrar]

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 through participation 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; 25 max enrollment; PIN code required; auditors with faculty permission] This course is taught simultaneously online. Students needing the online section should register for LSST 8206; all others should register for LSST 2106.