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Traditional classes meet twice weekly for one hour and fifteen minutes per session.
Block classes meet once a week for two hours and fifty minutes.
 
 

Spring 2014*

Quaker History and Literature, QS 107, Steve Angell

This course aims to provide a student with a comprehensive and useful overview of Quaker history by acquainting them with diverse forms of Quaker literature. How can it be that our experience and understanding of Quakerism is shaped, or should be shaped, through an encounter with a range of Quaker primary source literature, both in terms of genre and in terms of historical period? This course also aims to introduce the student to a superb resource unavailable to previous generations of Quaker scholars, that of ESR’s on-line Digital Quaker Collection. 3 semester hours.

Introduction to the Old Testament, BS 101, Nancy Bowen

This course introduces students to the diversity of literary and theological traditions in the Old Testament. Attention will be given to the formation and role of these traditions in the context of the life and history of the people of Israel and to their function in contemporary life and faith. 3 semester hours.

Spiritual Formation and the Mystical Tradition, SP 234, Carol Spencer

This course explores Christian mystical texts firsthand from the earliest centuries of Christianity into 
the modern period. Students read short selections from one mystical writer a day over the course of the semester, and explore in more depth one mystical writer of their choice. Through careful reading, reflection, and discussion of primary writings of the widely diverse women and men who represent the Christian mystical tradition, students become acquainted with this experiential form of religion. The course is designed to aid, encourage and assist the spiritual formation of the student by deepening the experience of the active presence of the divine in their life. 3 semester hours.
 
Spirituality and Images of God, SP 320, Carol Spencer
 
Course Description to Come. 

Christian Ethics, TS 336, Lonnie Valentine

An examination of the Christian moral life and the theological convictions that animate it, including its understanding of the good, of conscience, the nature of humanity, and the faith community’s public witness. These proposals are considered in conversation with selected issues requiring careful and responsible Christian engagement, for example, war and peace, the environment, and genetic engineering. 3 semester hours.
Prerequisite: T/TS 101/101-O
 
Intro to Theological Reflection, T 101, Malinda Berry
 
This course is an introduction to theology as language that reflects on the activity and presence of God in our lives. Using a variety of theological texts, the course will examine both classic expressions of the Christian faith as well as ones that treat contemporary questions and problems. 3 semester hours.
 
Church's Mission in World Community, PM 231, Ben Brazil
 
This course focuses on how the church understands and undertakes its mission in the world. Historical and contemporary models will be examined with careful attention given to problems relating to the conversion experience, cross-cultural ministry, religious pluralism, and church growth. 3 semester hours. 
 
Expository Non-Fiction and Public Theology, WR 240, Ben Brazil
 
Study and practice of those genres that characterize much of professional writing with a ministry focus, with an emphasis on the interconnection between reading and writing, especially the kinds of responding, analyzing, and evaluating necessary to inform and challenge readers. Various types of expository nonfiction that may be explored are argument, evaluation (such as reviews of film, books, and popular culture), articles for journals and magazines, and accommodation of scholarly subjects for lay readers (such as biblical exegesis, theology, etc.). 3 semester hours. 
 

Science and Religion, T 221, Jill Schweitzer 

This course will examine the relationship of science and religion, in the current Western culture and throughout history. Although many view these disciplines as being in constant conflict or in completely separate realms, this course will examine how a more productive interaction between science and religion can positively impact both areas of thought and study. The course will include a brief survey of the history of science and religion, examining key events and developments that have impacted the current relationship between these two disciplines. The course will include a substantial discussion of the current public debate over creation and evolution, and various Christian positions will be examined. Christian responses to other modern scientific topics will be examined as well. Topics may include climate change, advances in human genetics, and quantum physics. Throughout the course, students will encounter stories of scientists who maintain a strong Christian faith. Attention will also be given to how the perception of science within the Church affects the viability of the Christian witness and the participation of youth and young adults in the Church. 3 semester hours.

 
Prophetic Voices in Preaching, M 326, Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm
 
This course is designed to develop the students’ understanding and practice of prophetic preaching within the broader context of their overall ministry. Recognizing that prophetic preaching is a part of (and not apart from) pastoral preaching, students will study formative voices of the prophetic witness in Scripture, among recent preachers of various traditions, and as prophetic preaching relates to peace, simplicity and life in community practiced among Brethren and Friends.
Prerequisite: M 120 or M 125 or PM 101
 
New Testament Greek II, B 116, Dan Ulrich
 
As the sequel to New Testament Greek I, this course continues to introduce the basic elements of the language, including vocabulary and the grammar of participles and other nonindicative verb forms.  By the end of this course, students are able to translate passages from the Greek New Testament with the aid of the lexicon. 3 semester hours. 
 

Ministry Across Generations, M 241, Russell Haitch 

Grounded in the discipline of practical theology, this course examines Christian ministry from the standpoint of intergenerational concerns, including three large questions: 1) What does it mean to do ministry in a world where half the population is under 25 and where many churches have mostly older members? 2) How do the events of ministry, from womb to tomb, become opportunities for engaging people across generations? 3) How can awareness of our own age and stage in the human lifespan help us to do ministry that reaches across generations? The course draws on insights from both theology and the human sciences. 3 semester hours.

 

*Please note that specific course time scheduling does not take place more than a year ahead,
so it is not yet certain which traditional courses may be scheduled as block courses
for the  academic years ahead.  For planning purposes, all yet-to-be-determined
traditional or block courses are listed here on this page.

 

 

 

 


Course listings are subject to change.  Please be sure to check the Registrar's current course schedule
on the Seminary Academic Services website for possible additional courses or corrections. 

Matt Wollam-Berens
(MDiv Connections)

MattIsaiah 55:1-3
"Everyone who thirsts,
come to the water . . .
Why spend your money
for what is not bread,
and your labor for that
which does not satisfy?"

For me, discovering Bethany was like finding a stream of living water in the desert. Jesus walked out of the desert after being baptized by his cousin John and proclaimed, "Reform your lives, the Kingdom of God is here!" And then he called his first disciples. He did not first make them recite a creed, he did not give them dogma, or theology. He simply said, "Follow me."