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Writing Expository Non-Fiction WR 240-O, 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.
Introduction to Pastoral Care PC 101-O, Jim Higginbotham
This course is an experiential and critical exploration of pastoral care. Caregiving in a faith community or by its representatives is a practical theological activity, drawing on religious tradition, social sciences, theology, and the gifts of the people involved. Therefore, this class focuses on the integration of person, faith, belief, method, and practice. Skills of attending, listening, understanding, and caring are addressed in the context of social and personal dynamics. 3 semester hours.
Jesus as Sage BS 370-O, Tim Seid

If one accepts the broad consensus of scholarship about the canonical Gospels, what can we say about the figure of Jesus as the wise, spiritfilled teacher? We will examine the historical context of sages both in the Hebrew prophetic and rabbinic context as well as in the Hellenistic literature portraying the wandering philosopher and wonder-worker. We will then study the teaching of Jesus within these layers of tradition and the approach to life it suggests. 3 semester hours. Prerequisite: B 102/102-O

New Testament Greek II B 116-O, Fox-King
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. Prerequisite: B 115.
Introduction to the New Testament B 102-O, McKeever
This course offers a survey of the 27 writings that compose the New Testament canon.  We will study each of these writings with attention to their literary form and content, their origins in the life of early Christian communities, and their meanings for readers today. 3 semester hours.
History of Christianity II H 102-O, Ken Rodgers

The course continues the overview of the history of Christianity from the Reformation to the present. Topics of study include the Magisterial Reformation, the Radical Reformation, Roman Catholic reform, Protestant Orthodoxy, Pietism, and the Evangelical Awakening, the impact of Enlightenment rationalism, missionary expansion, Protestant liberalism and fundamentalism, the ecumenical movement, Christianity in developing countries and the Christian decline in the industrialized West. 3 semester hours.


History of the Church of The Brethren H 201-O, Denise Kettering-Lane 

This course investigates the history of the Brethren from their beginning as a movement amidst German Pietism to their transplantation and spread in America, major divisions, mission work, and interactions with wider Christianity and surrounding cultures, attending to their
development from a rather homogeneous to a somewhat more ethnically diverse group. Along with theological concerns, the course will investigate social historical contexts for the Brethren story. 3 semester hours.


Brethren Beginnings H 370-O, Ken Rodgers

The past few years have witnessed the publication of important new studies of Radical Pietism and the religious situation in Germany
out of which the Brethren movement emerged. This course examines some of these works, comparing them with selected journal articles
and the relevant sections of older studies by the late professor Donald Durnbaugh and others. The course considers the variety of Radical Pietism, its similarities with and differences from the established churches, and its views on particular issues such as church history, eschatology, non-violence, property, and the family. Prerequisite: H 101 or H 102 or T/TS101 or permission of the instructor. 3 semester hours.


Ministry Across Generations M 241-O, 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.

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.

Monica Rice
Master of Arts

MonicaWhen my vocational calling led me to consider a seminary education, I visited Bethany out of a sense of Brethren obligation. Growing up in a Brethren family and congregation, attending a Brethren college, and then participating in several years of Brethren Volunteer Service, I felt a strong commitment to Brethren institutions. However, I felt ready to experience a different faith community for graduate study. I made plans to attend an urban Chicago seminary, but chose to visit Bethany to know that I had considered it as an option.