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STMM 515 Hebrew Scriptures
This course introduces students to the history, grammar and vocabulary of the Hebrew language as it is preserved in the Hebrew Bible, using dictionaries, grammars, and lexica.
Mondays 9:00-11:50am | beginning January 7 | Dr. Andrew Davis
STMA 581 Family Systems in Ministry
The field of family systems has been exploring exciting ideas about how individuals and families change. Several of these ideas from models of both family systems therapy and family development will be applied to ministering to families of varied forms. Applications will include such dimensions of ministry as teaching, preaching, counseling, pastoral visitation, and development of rituals.
Mondays 9:00-11:50am | beginning January 7 | Dr. Doug Anderson
STMA 514 Leading Prayer and Worship
This course prepares leaders with hands-on, experiential practice of the skills required to lead groups of people graciously and effectively in public prayer. Course feedback will assess the use of the human voice, eyes and face, gestures, and posture. Students will practice handling the elemental substances like fire, water, oil, bread and wine, books, plates and cups, and other sacred objects. The course will include reflection on the spirituality of prayer leadership.
Prerequisite: STMM 505 Sacramental & Liturgical Theology
or STMM 510 Theology and Practice of Worship
Tuesdays 9:00-11:50am | beginning January 8 | Dr. Mark Taylor
STMM 527 Christian Scriptures
Drawing on contemporary biblical scholarship, this course engages students in considering: the Jewish roots of Christian Scripture; the Christian faith experience of Jesus; the historical development of the New Testament canon; methods of criticism and principles of interpretation aimed at personal appropriation of text, meanings and tradition.
Prerequisite: STMM 526 Hebrew Scriptures
Section 1 | Tuesdays 5:45-8:30pm | beginning January 8
Section 2 | Thursdays | 9:00-11:50am | beginning January 10
Dr. Leticia Guardiola-Saénz
STMM 511 Theology of Vatican II
The Second Vatican Council represented a new epoch in the development of the Church, “the beginning of a beginning” (Karl Rahner S.J.), out of which Roman Catholicism and the whole of Christianity embarked upon a renewed pilgrimage of faith, in and through the world and its future. This course examines the theological and ecclesial environment from which the Council emerged, the foundational documents that express the vision it set forth, and the current struggle to appropriate this renewal in worship, theology and scripture, ecumenism and interfaith dialogue, and social engagement with diverse cultures and worldviews. The landscape of personal stories will give texture and resonance to the texts and pronouncements that document its history and theology, all of which shape ministry and life in the contemporary Church.
Tuesdays 5:45-8:30pm | beginning January 8 | Fr. Pat Howell
STMM 563 History of Christian Spirituality
Through the study of selected texts and visual images, this course introduces students to the rich variety within Christian spirituality. In addition to a general overview of the major movements, concerns, and personalities, students examine experiences of conversion and spiritual growth, mysticism and prayer, community and compassion. This course focuses on the wisdom of the ancient, medieval, and reformation traditions as resources for contemporary spirituality.
Wednesdays 9:00-11:50am | beginning January 9 | Dr. Valerie Lesniak
STMA 527 Prophets
Students engage in close readings of selected passages from the prophetic books (Nevi’im). This involves study of the basic themes and functions of the prophetic movement with special emphasis on how the prophets’ call for justice reshaped the faith of Israel in a new historical situation. Prerequisite: STMM 526.
Thursdays 9:00-11:50am | beginning January 10 | Dr. Andrew Davis
STMA 587 United Methodist History
An introduction to the major themes in United Methodist history. Through the study of selected topics and periods, explores the development of Methodism, primarily in the US, and the implications that history has on United Methodists today.
Thursdays 1:30-4:20pm | beginning January 10
Rev. Dr. Joanne Carlson-Brown
STMA 599 Presbyterian USA History and Polity
The primary goal of this polity course is to prepare students to pass their Presbyterian Standard Ordination Examination in Polity. This examination requires knowledge of the Constitution and tests the student’s ability to answer situational, pastoral questions typically encountered in the practice of ministry, rather than straight recitation of the “”law”” of the denomination. The second goal is to prepare students for their role as ministers, where the ability to interpret and use the Confessions and polity of the church are matters of frequent, sometimes daily, practice. Objectives include working knowledge of the polity of the PCUSA; confidence in one’s knowledge as one takes the Standard Ordination Exams; formation of ministers for their role as presbyters in every governing body; deeper appropriation of the Presbyterian ethos within an ecumenical setting; knowledge of and ability to practice within the liturgical standards of the Directory for Worship.
Thursdays 1:30-4:20pm | beginning January 10 | Rev. Dr. Dennis Hughes
STMM 593 Leadership in a Pluralistic Society
As a community of co-learners, we will use individual and collaborative processes to increase our understanding of what it means and what it takes to lead well in a pluralistic society. We will explore leadership and pluralism as inseparable commitments, an opportunity to honor our own and others’ spirit and humanity as we seek the common ground of respect, understanding, and possibility. We will explore pluralism as authentic, proactive engagement with ourselves and others as we intentionally seek genuine encounter, understanding, and relationship.
Weekend Course: January 12-13 & February 1-3 | Dr. Gloria Burgess
STMA 584 Lutheran Confessions
Through lecture and discussion, reading of the Book of Concord and selected secondary sources, this course explores the historical situation in which the Lutheran confessions were written, seeks to comprehend the Lutheran confessions’ witness to the Gospel, and learn how the Lutheran confessions may function to inform the proclamation of the Gospel in the church today.
Wednesdays 9:00-11:50am | beginning January 10 | Dr. Michael Trice
STMM 593 Literature from Around the World
The central purpose of the course is: to expand our spiritual and intellectual horizons by studying novels, short stories, and poems written by outstanding modern (for the most part, contemporary) authors from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. We will examine these works in order to understand both what they say (i.e., their perspective on reality) and how they say it (i.e., their use of character, plot, language, and other elements of literary form). By the end of the course, students should be more familiar with a wide variety of cultures and have greater appreciation for literature and its importance for the church and its ministry.
Wednesdays 5:45-8:35pm | beginning January 9 | Dr. Michael Kinnamon