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ACADEMICS

Course Catalog

This course is based on the premise that how people have interpreted and been influenced by an ancient text like the minor prophets is often as interesting and historically important as what it originally meant. The course focuses on the analysis of the minor prophets to gain a respect for the antiquity and cultural remoteness of these prophetic writings and to grapple with the variety of their possible meanings; to fathom a long history of interpretation in which these texts have been wielded for causes both beneficial and harmful, and to develop hermeneutical skills and voices as responsible interpreters, aware of our social locations in relationships to power and privilege. Prerequisite: an introductory course in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible.

The purpose of this course is 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

Classroom time will be primarily devoted to introducing and reviewing these various facets. The primary place where the student will learn the language is in his or her own private, independent study. The learning of a new language is extremely time-intensive. The student should be prepared to spend 6 to 7 (or more) hours every week in preparation. Success in this program is almost solely dependent upon the dedication of the time and energy of the student to this class. This requirement of the class cannot be emphasized enough.

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.