God speaks to Moses face to face as one speaks to a friend Exod This course engages a dynamic process that integrates personal experience with biblical study in order to trace the emerging theology of friendship in the Scriptures. The theology of selected texts from the Pentateuch, historical books, and prophetic books will be examined from the perspective of their original historical, social, and literary contexts and of their value for theological reflection and pastoral practice in contemporary contexts. Critical study of selected texts from these books will lead to an appreciation of both their literary and theological dimensions with a view to seeing their relevance to the Christian faith.
The second part focuses on the emergence of Rabbinic Judaism in the wake of the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C. B Old Testament Poetry: Wisdom books and Psalms An investigation of selections from the psalms and the wisdom tradition of the Old Testament, this course concentrates on careful reading of the text, the various theological concerns found there, and the importance of this material for ministerial practice.
In the first unit, we will explore the many literary techniques that the authors of the psalms used, including chiastic structures, intertextual allusions, and parallelisms. Students will conduct close readings of the psalms in order to determine their literary features. In the second unit, we will discuss the genres of the psalms, and focus in particular on communal psalms of thanksgiving and individual psalms of lament. The third unit will ask students to explore the varied historical contexts of some of the psalms. This course will close with a study of the reception of the psalms in modern times.
B Paul: His Life, Letters and Theology This course explores the literary and theological aspects of the Pauline epistolary archive, attending to the historical, social, cultural and religious context from which early Christianity emerged. B The Book of Revelation An exegetical-theological study of the book of Revelation Apocalypse set within the matrix of the Jewish apocalyptic world and genre to draw out its theological and pastoral significance then and now.
Emphasis will be placed on the critical study of Exodus and its reception as resources for contemporary theological reflection and pastoral practice. B Deutero-canonical Books This course examines the Deutero-canonical Books with selections chosen among Tobit, Judith, Esther, Wisdom, Sirach, 1 and 2 Maccabees to see how these inspired books have shaped Catholic theology in relation to their continuities and discontinuities with similar works in the Hebrew Bible. This course will study the life of Paul within the context of Judaism and the Early Church and consider his major letters.
An introductory course on the New Testament is a recommended prerequisite. Auditors are welcome. B Biblical Greek This intensive introduction to the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of biblical Greek prepares the student to translate passages of the New Testament and early Christian literature. B The Gospel According to Mark A study of the Gospel of Mark with attention to its historical, literary, cultural, and theological world.
The course helps students integrate critical exegetical study of the text with theology, spirituality, and pastoral practice for a multicultural church. B Gospel According to Matthew A study of the Gospel of Matthew with attention to its historical, literary, cultural, and theological world. B The Gospel According to Luke A study of the Gospel of Luke with attention to its historical, literary, cultural, and theological world.
B Gospel According to John A study of the Gospel of John with attention to its historical, literary, cultural, and theological world. B Acts of the Apostles A study of the missionary expansion of early Christianity as depicted in Acts of the Apostles. B Revelation and Letters of John Thematic and exegetical study of the book of Revelation Apocalypse and the letters of John from the perspectives of history, culture, understanding of church, apocalyptic and epistolary genres, and contemporary interpretation.
B Christian Origins and the Pauline Mission The missionary activity of Paul and his apostolic team is explored through his letters, Greco-Roman and Jewish literature, and archaeology tracing the development of the Christian religion as it encountered new cultures and adapted to its social environment. B The Corinthian Correspondence A study of Corinthians with attention to the historical, literary, cultural, and theological world of that time.
A historical, literary, and theological study of diverse themes and topics of each Synoptic Gospels Mark, Matthew, and Luke to draw out who the human Jesus really was behind all the different portraits. Attention is also given to pastoral application for contemporary readers. An exploration of source, form and redaction criticisms will enable the student to better understand and interpret the similarities and differences among these three gospels.
B Luke-Acts A study of the Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles with attention to their historical, literary, cultural, and theological contexts. BW The Gospel of Luke Exegeted and Preached A study of the Gospel of Luke with attention to its historical, literary, cultural, and theological world in conjunction with study of the principles and theology of liturgical preaching. The course aims to help students integrate critical exegetical study of the text with theology, spirituality, and pastoral practice for preaching from the biblical text in a multicultural church.
B Gospel Parables Study of the dynamics of the parables in the Synoptic Gospels as stories that challenge the hearer to conversion. Attention is given to historical, literary, cultural, and theological perspectives and to insights for preaching and teaching parabolically. BC Perspectives in African Biblical Interpretation After an introduction into the African culture and context, the approaches, themes, and texts in current African and Caribbean biblical perspectives are studied.
Participants are introduced to the question of text and context in interpretation. This course studies the interplay between the African-American contexts and the resulting appropriation and interpretation of the Bible. Participants are inducted into the wider issue of social location in biblical hermeneutics. This course will identify biblical motifs from both the Old and the New Testaments that frame the scope and content of the Christian mission in the world today. The dialectic between identity and outreach, between the particular and the universal, and between community and mission mark the entire Scriptures and throw light on the challenges and opportunities facing the global Church.
B Jesus Through Jewish Eyes This course examines the different ways that Jews have related to the figure of Jesus during his life to the extent that can be determined and throughout the history of Christianity. Also demonstrated is the manner in which, at any given time, these attitudes are related to the state of Jewish-Christian relations. BS Biblical Foundations of Spirituality The faith of ancient Israel and of the early Christian communities is explored in order to draw from them the grounding for a contemporary biblical spirituality. Attention is given to biblical images for God, the various modes of prayer and worship, and the ethical demands for justice and peace in the biblical world and in our own.
How have Jews read the Hebrew Bible in modern times? This course will examine the interpretive traditions and developments among Jewish readers, using the book of Genesis as a lens with which to study the history of Jewish biblical exegesis. BC Women in the Scriptures An advanced seminar in feminist approaches to the scriptures, examining texts from the canonical as well as some non-canonical literature. B Postexilic Literature An advanced seminar that explores the biblical literature that emerged in the decades after the end of Babylonian exile.
Ezra, Nehemiah, Zechariah, Malachi, and other texts are examined as theological responses to the profound challenges faced by Israel in new historical and social circumstances. A literary, historical, and theological examination of various strangers, migrants and refugees in the OT and NT in order to help students to address effective pastoral responses to the issue of migration in our world today. Cross-cultural issues, implications and applications are addressed. B Messianic Expectation in Early Judaism This course is a seminar on messianism as it developed in ancient Israel and early Judaism in light of the Christian confession of Jesus as the Messiah.
BH Early Christian Literature Seminar This seminar investigates sectarian literature, written within the first three hundred years of the common era, in order to study the development of emerging Christian society and culture. The course will explore the seeds of orthodoxy and heresy that characterize the post-apostolic age and that lead to the canonization of texts. This course explores the methods of ancient letter-writing and delivery, and the social setting and rhetorical function of early Christian letters. Greek is preferred but not required. Open to non-MA students with permission of instructor.
Participants engage in close reading of texts from both testaments, are introduced to and practice various historical and literary approaches to the study of the Bible, and deepen their research skills for biblical study. This course provides a foundation for further academic and pastoral engagement with the Bible. Required for MA in Bible majors, all others with permission of the instructor. Prerequisites: B and B Philosophical and theological foundations of principles of interpretation hermeneutics form the basis for an exploration of selected approaches or interpretive lenses brought to the Bible, which can include theological interpretation, feminist readings, postcolonial readings, and various contextual readings.
Structures of communal organization, worship, and ministry, as well as the diversity in both theology and praxis are investigated. B Passion Narratives Study of the four Gospel Passion and Resurrection accounts, using a variety of approaches to biblical interpretation. Attention is given to how the various interpretations of the violent death of Jesus can help stop cycles of violence in contemporary contexts. B Intertestamental Literature A seminar focusing on non-canonical Jewish literature produced from B. Emphasis on the impact of these writings on the theology of early Christianity and rabbinic Judaism.
B Fundamentalist Biblical Interpretation A seminar focusing on the origins of fundamentalism and its approach to biblical interpretation with an attempt to formulate a pastoral response to the theological stance and proselytizing efforts of fundamentalists. This course introduces students to the fundamental issues and tasks of systematic theology, laying the foundation for further study of various theological loci.
Particular attention is given to theologies of revelation, divine self-communication, and faith considered in light of diverse human experience; the role of history and context in theology; tradition, authority, and magisterium; and contemporary currents and methods in theology. This course consists of an overview of topics and themes in systematic theology. Among the areas that will be treated are: revelation and faith, Trinitarian theology, Christology, creation, sin and grace, ecclesiology, Mary and the saints, sacramental theology, and eschatology.
The course is designed to give students a broad exposure to the ways in which these central themes are treated in the Judeo-Christian tradition and in contemporary theology. This course looks at the contributions of second- and third-generation liberation theologians and philosophers, both in Latin America and the United States, who expand upon early Latin American liberation theology in some important ways.
Rather than frame their work in terms of the classical categories of systematic theology, these figures think in terms of a more overarching, organic, and non-sectarian sense of spirituality that is highly aesthetic and fully enculturated. This course explores the significant contributions of U. Having emerged in various forms i. Special attention will be given to the aesthetic, cultural, and gender dimensions of liberation. This course offers an examination of the idea of secularism in the context of modern Western society from a theological, philosophical, and sociological perspective.
Additionally, the course will consider the ways in which western secularism stands in tension with ways of understanding the relationship of religion to society in a global context. In this course, we will compare the theologies of two of the greatest theologians of the Christian tradition: Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth. In this course, we will focus on how each of them understood and articulated a theology of the nature and being of God.
In doing so, we will shed light on the intersections and divergences within the Catholic and Protestant theological traditions. The course will first look at the time we are in, both on local and global levels, in consecrated life and the world in which we live. The readings will be related to consecrated life and also include current readings that call forth consecrated life at this time.
The course will be both foundational and capacity building for theologically engaging, creatively imagining and plan building for persons, communities and congregations. Through a close reading and comparative analysis of their writing this course will explore how Metz and Moltmann developed their theologies in response to a changing social and political situation. We will also consider the relationship between political theology and the theology of hope, as well as the major critiques of this project from other contextual settings, such as those of feminist, liberationist and public theological approaches.
In addition to engaging in bi-monthly, seminar-style i. Given that all theology is contextual, how do we make theological sense of our own context in the U. What homegrown resources, both philosophical and theological, can we draw on to wrestle more deeply with the religious implications of longstanding American myths like individualism, exceptionalism, fundamentalism, and nativism?
This course explores questions like these by focusing on the contested relationship between the individual and the social, between faith and experience, and between belief and social action. D Postmodern Theologies 3 credits This course introduces and explores contemporary theological movements, thinkers, and texts generally classified as postmodern.
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Among the varieties of postmodern theological thought examined in this course include those informed by movements such as Deconstruction, Poststructuralism, and other forms of continental philosophy of religion and critical theory. This course considers the implications, resources, and challenges that postmodern thought presents to key theological loci within the Christian tradition.
This course will examine the theology of St. Augustine, considering both the context out of which his theological writing emerged as well as the way in which it has been received and adapted within the Christian Church historically and within contemporary society. This course provides a systematic treatment of the foundations of Christology in a post-critical context. It is concerned with the possibility of constructing and evaluating Christology after one has subjected the Bible to the analysis of historical-critical studies, and after one has become thoroughly aware of the profound historicity of the Christian faith-community and its doctrines.
This course consists of an historical and systematic study of the understanding of the church in the Christian tradition and in contemporary thought. Special attention is given to ecclesiological themes and issues which are critical for life in the church today and especially Mary, the mother of the church.
This course offers an historical and contextual approach to the key themes of theological anthropology including creation, nature, grace, sin, and eschatology, among others. Special attention is given throughout the course to the relationships between theology and science, traditions and cultures, as well as contemporary questions, concerns, and insights about the human person from a Christian perspective in the world church.
The scandalous reality of an unequal world compels theology to recognize a kairos, an opportune time, in which it is called to read the signs of the times and interpret them in the light of the Reign of God. Two eminent Dominican theologians bear special witness to this call: Peruvian theologian Gustavo Gutierrez, OP, a leading figure in liberation theology, the ecclesial-theological movement that emerged from the cruel context of Latin America; and Dutch scholar Edward Schillebeeckx, OP, who proposed to be a Western dialogue partner to liberation theology in his later, praxis-oriented theology.
The course is an exploration of the continuing relevance of Schillebeeckx and Gutierrez, and how they may be brought to a critical and creative dialogue through the prism of an option for the poor. Counted among the great theologians of the twentieth century, with more than four hundred published works, Edward Schillebeeckx addresses a wide range of theological questions with great depth and a passionate concern for humanity.
The stark reality of human suffering has challenged the minds of philosophers and religious thinkers through the ages. It also engages the minds and hearts of pastoral ministers. The course looks at two important but different theologians. Thomas Aquinas draws from an Aristotelian and medieval world-view. Karl Rahner presents a theology fashioned from the modern world of self and history. Each theologian will be studied out of his historical context and in light of his sources. The focus for both theologies is the presence of God in the world within and beyond creation: what Jesus calls the reign of God and Christians call grace.
Other theological areas flow from this. The cross is the central symbol of the Christian faith. BD Feminist Hermeneutics in Bible and Theology 3 credits A team-taught seminar that investigates biblical texts and doctrinal themes such as God, Christ, Trinity, creation, theological anthropology, sin and evil, Mary, church, and ministry from a feminist perspective. A seminar intended for doctoral and M.
It serves also as a methods course for D. Much misunderstood, inculturation will be carefully explicated, theoretically and practically. Study methods by which Christianity and a culture may actually encounter each other. The outcome with the Spirit and local people is a new reality: the People of God Transformed.
Begins with a historical perspective and then looks at the theologies and forms of interreligious dialogue today. The actual praxis of dialogue will be integral to the course. This course is an invitation for students to journey into a deeper understanding of God the Trinity whom Christians witness through their lives. It offers a critical and constructive theological reflection on the mystery of the Triune God—a plenitude of self-giving love—in ways that are relevant to the concrete realities of our present world.
The course is informed by the perspectives of the practice of ministry, theological method, the history of doctrine, and contextual-intercultural perspectives. An investigation of the meaning of the person and work of Jesus Christ for Christian faith today. Special emphasis given to emerging christologies in the World Church, constructing christologies today, and the final consummation of all things in Christ. As locus theologicus,— a site for theological discovery—cinema can inspire our theological imagination so that we are able to clarify and integrate a trinitarian vision of living together interculturally.
This elective is an invitation for students to deepen in their understanding of God the Trinity whom Christians witness as Diversity-in-Communion. As Christianity becomes post-western, the church in Asia will have an increasingly significant role in the church of the future. This course is an introduction to the theology emerging from the Asian church. It begins by looking at the context of Asia and then explores how theology addresses the realities of the many poor, many religions, and many cultures of Asia.
Explores the theory and praxis of interreligious dialogue, including the influence of personal, social, and extra-religious factors. A doctoral seminar in emerging issues in theological anthropology in the World Church today, as well as new challenges to the Christian understanding of the human being.
Emphasis is placed on the different contexts in which these issues and challenges are encountered. This course focuses on the historical, critical, and comparative study of religions. It begins by looking at what has come to be known as the History of Religions and especially the history of the academic study of religion. The second part of the course is Comparative Theology and entails reflection on theological themes and methods across religious traditions.
Inspired by the outstanding women who have presented the prestigious St. While classes will provide an overview the variety of key contributions from these women, opportunities will be provided for students to have direct contact with one of a select group of theologians in person or through IT and sustain a dialogue with her as the student studies her work. Public theology attempts to identify the criteria by which theology can guide public behavior, influence public policy, and shape public discourse.
This course will focus on the Catholic tradition of public theology from the New Testament down to the twenty-first century with a particular emphasis on the practical dilemmas these choices raise in ministry. In this course, students will become acquainted with the principal methodologies that have been used in recent Roman Catholic theology: in systematic theology, and in theological ethics. Students will be able to compare the strengths and limits of the different methodologies and become more proficient in the critical reading of theological texts.
It will then reflect on the four major Constitutions that the Council produced—documents on the Liturgy, Revelation, the Church, and the Church in the Modern World—and on selected additional documents, such as those on the Laity, Missionary Activity, Non-Christian Religions, and Religious Freedom. The course will be conducted in two periods.
Period One will consist in an hour fifteen minute presentation by a CTU faculty member on a particular document. Then, after a break, students taking the class for credit will spend the remaining time discussing the assigned document and readings. This course examines the historical and theological origins, development, and spirituality of the ministerial priesthood in consecrated religious life within the context of the common priesthood of all believers and the nature of ministry in the church.
It gives special attention to the teachings of Vatican II, post-conciliar theologies of the priesthood, and the identity of the religious presbyter. Furthermore, this course focuses on the spirituality of religious priesthood as expressed in universal church documents and as understood according to the charisms of the particular religious orders, congregations, societies of apostolic life or secular institutes represented in the given semester. An exploration of the theology and ministry of individual and social reconciliation in a variety of settings today: domestic violence, the Church, immigration and urban issues, and post-conflict settings.
Issues treated include trauma, healing of memories, truth telling, justice, and forgiveness. This Seminar will reflect on the history and theology of the Second Vatican Council as found particularly in the four major Constitutions and in selected Decrees and Declarations. In this course students read and reflect on a selection of the most influential Christian spiritual classics from the Patristic Era the first six centuries of the Christian era. Students will have opportunities to practice methods of approaching these texts for spiritual benefit, academic study, and pastoral re-appropriation.
Themes of history, development of doctrine, physical environment, culture, and gender are also highlighted. What if cinema can kindle our theological imagination so that we are able to clarify a vision of human hope and solidarity within the contradictions of the world? The course represents an interdisciplinary dialogue between systematic theology and cinema studies. Noteworthy examples of global cinema that spotlight the interweaving issues of culture, class, race, gender, and ecology, are brought into an open-minded but reasoned conversation with a range of theological perspectives that explore the theme of human experience.
This seminar explores sources and methods developed by Latin theologians and biblical scholars in their constructing of theological perspectives that recognize this intrinsic connection between theology and ministry. E Introduction to Moral Theology 3 credits An introduction to the basic themes of the Christian moral life, including its personal, social, and cosmic dimensions. Attention is given to sources, authorities, and methods used in Roman Catholic theological ethics as well as concepts fundamental to the discipline such as freedom and moral agency, moral norms, and moral reasoning.
The course teaches and utilizes the pastoral spiral steps of experience, social analysis, faith reflection and action. Input, methods and practical ways are offered for parishes, schools, churches and other faith based social service groups to consider the social issues of the day within a faith context. The course examines how we might look at issues such as environmental concerns, immigration, and trafficking of women and children, among others.
Practical aims of the course are to give each participant the skills needed to engage various issues and to bring this method to the classroom, the parish and the community. The process is theological and practical and can be used in various faith communities. A global perspective will be taken in examining selected topics.
E Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching 3 credits This course introduces students to the fundamental dimensions of Catholic social ethics. The four dimensions of Divine Revelation, Magisterial Teaching, theoretical considerations from the social sciences, and the wisdom gleaned from the ministerial experience of the community of faith are the sources introduced here. Students are introduced to the corpus of the major social encyclicals that guide committed Christian ministry with peoples struggling for justice and yearning for reconciliation in an ecologically threatened and violent world.
This course will examine the ethical principles and methods of the Catholic moral tradition as they are applied in medical and sexual ethics. Prerequisite: E-3xxx Introduction to Moral Theology. As so many issues around us ask for responses that flow out of a moral stance, it is essential to be persons who practice discernment on a daily basis. This course looks at various methods of discernment for decision-making which faith-based persons and communities may utilize.
We consider various methods both in theory and practice for looking at ethical issues in the world today. The methods include personal and communal levels of discernment and decision-making. Case studies will be used as we engage different methods. A comprehensive survey of social and political issues anchored in the theology of the human person, especially as developed after Vatican II and by Paul VI. Emphasis on the integration of ethical with theological and political perspectives in the developing understanding of contemporary social relationships among persons.
This course addresses racial justice using the methods of theology, ethics, and the social sciences. Periodically this course is also offered as a level seminar for advanced research MA and D. This course will examine the theological and scriptural warrants for radical hospitality as well as consider some of the qualities and characteristics of hospitality that point to ways to cultivate virtues and practices that expand our capacity to live a life of radical hospitality.
This course will examine the general ethical principles and methods that concern the medical profession and the Ethical and Religious Directives issued by the US Catholic Bishops Conference. Consideration will be given to topics such as beginning of life and end of life issues, experimentation with human subjects, genetic engineering, access to health care, and patient autonomy. Prerequisite: E Introduction to Moral Theology. This course will examine the impact of globalization on economic life in light of Christian faith and the call for justice.
Consideration will be given to the ethical dimensions of economic activity, to understandings of justice, particularly as expressed in the Catholic social tradition, and to proposals for addressing inequities. E Spirituality, Liturgy, and the Quest for Justice 3 credits. It will examine how classical forms of spiritual development such as the Ignatian Exercises as well as more recent forms of liberationist, ecological and feminist spiritualities can aid the quest for justice.
Key figures such as Thomas Merton will also be highlighted. This course will examine the issue of poverty among women in light of the call for global justice found in Catholic Social Teaching. E Care for the Earth: Ethics and the Environment 3 credits. This course is a basic introduction to environmental ethics. The focus is on the need for Christians to respect the environment and the behaviors that need to follow from that reverence. Various environmenta1 ethics methods are explored. Christian and Jewish sources, especially the Franciscan tradition and Catholic magisterial statements are plumbed.
Attention is given to issues to which those in pastoral ministry are often called to respond. This course first uses an historical approach to examine critical junctures in the development of biblical and Catholic social teachings, as well as classical Catholic social thought concerning war and peacemaking.
This inter-disciplinary course will explore the many dimensions of the relationship between the Bible and Ethics in the Catholic tradition. It will examine the integration of Scripture and Tradition as a basis for ethical reflection, moral imagination, and pastoral ministry. Topics such as justice, violence, reconciliation, and love will be addressed.
Consideration will also be given to strategies developed to alleviate poverty, especially poverty among women. First, as building peaceful communities requires a long-term commitment toward developing communities and societies, we will look at practices for reconciliation as an essential component. Third, as increasingly efforts toward reconciliation utilize the arts in various formats, we will examine the use of the arts for fostering reconciliation.
An examination of major ethical issues arising within the Nazi Holocaust. Topics include anti-Semitism the loss of personal morality, God and ethical decision-making, the importance of ritual in shaping ethical behavior, ethics and unjust structures, and human rights. Ethical issues in modern genocides, such as Rwanda, Bosnia, and Cambodia, are also considered.
Catholic theological ethics has always considered care for the Earth as moral imperative. Key theological and ethical sources and norms are explored using case studies. Students focus their learning on an actual case project in which they demonstrate ways of achieving conversion from our abusive relationships with the Earth, to moral, sustainable and reverential ways of living. Underlying all talk of power are assumptions that have ruled with unsuspected hegemony.
Mutuality is a corrective normative category which delimits the role of the moral agent, the use of power, and what is included in moral deciding. This course will explore what is understood by mutuality and seeks to discover the difference in the process and end of ethical deciding when mutuality is utilized as a formal norm within a Christian ethical framework.
Various ethical systems have developed around the central theme of love or of justice or their interaction. Differences in the understanding of these concepts constitute different approaches to morality. This seminar analyzes, compares, and critically assesses the ways in which these themes function in Christian ethics and theology.
E Conscience: Historical and Contemporary Views 3 credits. This course will explore the concept of conscience. It will examine historical accounts of conscience and the way in which understandings of conscience have developed in the Catholic moral tradition. The relationship of conscience to mature moral development and virtuous character formation will also be considered.
The faith filled contributions of Catholics from a variety of fields of endeavor beyond theological disciplines have shaped key principles of Catholic social thought, teachings and action. Their faith-filled action, strategy building, and personal witness has brought to the Church more effective and persuasive means for living the values of the Reign of God in the world and across time. Human-forced global climate change is a reality that Christians cannot ignore.
While engaging the scientific, economic, and political realities that show the urgency of climate change issues, the deeper spiritual and moral resources available in the Christian and Roman Catholic traditions explore are explored. Students are assisted in finding ways to integrate their spirituality and ethical practice and to engage in concrete actions that seek resolutions to the many issues global climate change presents to our world. EMP Management and Leadership 1. The course gives particular attention to the theological and ethical foundations of pastoral leadership as well as management theory and practice, communications and marketing skills, fundamental principles of human resource management, and basic budgeting and financial management skills.
It also examines best practices in compliance and organizational ethics with emphasis on mission integration and ongoing professional development of staff. Weaving together a systematic theology with mission at its core and a global history of the world Christian movement, this course traces the patterns by which theological constants are shaped in changing contexts in developing relevant mission theologies.
An investigation of Christian-Muslim relations from the early seventh century CE to the present. Specific contexts of focus include but are not limited to: the early Muslim conquests, the Crusades and the fall of Constantinople, the Bosnian genocide, twentieth-century Algeria, contemporary West Africa, contemporary Southeast Asia, contemporary Palestine, and the rise of Islamophobia in contemporary Europe and the U. A handful of significant cities have been the backdrop for many of the important events and people that have shaped our Christian faith.
This interdisciplinary course studies significant moments, movements and figures pertaining to our history and spirituality. This two-week course takes place in the Italian cities of Rome, Assisi, and Florence. Students learn on site about the role of art and architecture in promoting the Christian faith. Taught every two years. An introduction to the basic themes of the Christian moral life, including its personal, social, and cosmic dimensions.
This course explores the responsibility of those called to ministry to provide effective administrative and managerial leadership whether they serve in increasingly complex parishes, religious congregations, diocesan offices, or other Church related organizations. The course gives particular attention to the theological and ethical foundations of pastoral leadership as well as management theory and practice, communications and marketing skills, and fundamental principles of human resource management.
This course introduces students to the fundamental dimensions of Catholic social ethics. Students will explore how historical and cultural context shapes religious experience, in general, and how it shapes ways of being Christian, in particular. Special attention will be given to diversity within the Catholic tradition, the diversity of other Christian confessions i.
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Thea Bowman and theologian Dr. Howard Thurman. The class will focus on their writings on the spiritual life, community and justice and through prayer, lecture, small group discussion, multimedia presentations and other various methods, offer the student resources for understanding the impact of Sr. Thea and Howard Thurman on the spiritual life of contemporary Christians.
Those who complete the course will have had the experience of studying Judaism, Christianity, and Islam from the perspectives of history and theology and also in an experiential setting with faculty and colleagues of all three faiths. This course looks at a variety of ways in which Christians and Buddhists have learned from one another.
It culminates in an exploration of two complementary types of moral agents: the prophet and the bodhisattva. This is a six-week crash course in the epidemic of Islamophobia in contemporary U. American society. Catholic church. This course privileges Latin theological scholarship and explores the histories, experiences, and diversity of these communities and the implications for pastoral ministry. Black spirituality engages the mind, heart and spirit in a dynamic union with the transcendent and immanent God, as experienced in the heart of community. It is rooted in the history and experience of African peoples in the United States as well as in the Caribbean, and Latin America.
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Using various resources and methods prayers, slave narratives, autobiographies, and more this course will engage students in a critical examination of the roots, development and characteristics of the spirituality of African peoples primarily in the United States. It is rooted in the history and experience of African American peoples in the United States.
Using various resources and methods Prayers, preaching, song, spiritual autobiographies, biographies, slave narratives, spiritual interviews and film , this course will engage students in a critical examination of the roots, development and characteristics of the spirituality of African Americans, as well as a participative experience of Black spirituality as found in the religious expression of the community and ministries.
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Particular attention will be given to the themes of historical development, inculturation, evangelization and social justice. The course will be a conducted in a combination of lecture, group discussion and student led Marian celebrations. After studying the general characteristics of Christian initiation and other types of initiation as cultural-religious phenomena in a variety of historical contexts, this seminar focuses on theological, cultural, liturgical and pastoral issues in the holistic process of contextualizing initiation in particular Christian contexts.
The goal is a better understanding of the African-American experience and a greater sensitivity to the strength and needs of this cultural tradition. This course provides a process for deeper understanding of the experience through theological reflection and integration of the past, present, and future. This introduction to the faith tradition of nearly one-fifth of humanity includes: the life of Muhammad s. Designed to introduce the most important aspects of Jewish practice and belief, particularly stresses questions and problems relevant to contemporary Jews, while setting them within a historical context.
Considers issues in the relationship between Judaism and Christianity, including the dialogue that has developed in recent decades. Participants investigate forms of dialogue with other religions developed in Catholic Christianity since Vatican II. Attention is given to the dialogue of religious experience and a comparative theology arising from the practice of dialogue. Field trips and various media formats are employed. This course is designed to afford students in-depth experience-based preparation for intercultural mission and ministry.
The course focuses on the necessity of developing and maintaining a commitment to on-going personal transformation from all forms of ethnocentrism and prejudice as an indispensible element of such preparation. The three principal components of the course are: preparation and orientation for an intensive field experience; an actual field experience; and post-experience integration. Offered as a study trip to the diocese of San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, this course includes a series of lectures and community visits to give participants an overview of the relation between the Church and the Indigenous peoples of the Americas, through the experience of different Mayan Christian communities in that region.
Organized in collaboration with several organizations in that local church, a main focus of the course is to help participants understand the past and present struggle of the Indigenous peoples for justice, peace and dignity in the church and society. A special attention will be given to studying the emerging processes of intercultural theology and pastoral ministry in this context. This course has two basic aims. Not open to audit. The course examines key historical and cultural developments of Christianity in what is today known as the Middle East since the late modern period.
Students are introduced to the history of the relation between Eastern Christians communities and the West, particularly during the colonial period. A main focus of the second part of the course is on the current situation of the Christian communities and on the emerging theological and cultural debates concerning their identity and future mission. This course explores discipleship in the New Testament, seeking its applications amid changing lives and in a changing world. First, we are called, then sent; the initiative and the agenda are not our own. Ponder the implications and applications.
Constructing local, contextual theologies of peacemaking is necessary for developing relevant pastoral responses to complex conflicts and experiences of violence—economic, cultural, military, political, religious, ethnic, ecological, etc. Realizing that the ministry of peacemaking is often an ecumenical, intercultural, and interreligious task, building on case studies from different parts of the world this seminar will help students develop theological imagination and pastoral methods for promoting praxes of peacemaking as an integral part of the mission and ministry of local churches.
It also explores the spectrum of such movements ranging from progressive to extremist. This course explores the histories, experiences, and diversity of these communities and the implications for pastoral ministry. This course privileges Latin theological scholarship and explores the histories, experiences, and diversity of these communities, and the implications for pastoral ministry.
This course reviews the history of Guadalupe and other American Marian events in light of their socio-implications on Christian spirituality. WC Liturgy in a Multicultural Community This seminar explores the complex situation of liturgical celebration in communities comprising people of diverse languages and cultural backgrounds. It takes up the dynamics of intercultural engagement; assumptions, principles, and critiques relating to multiculturalism; importance of popular religiosity; and contemporary models for liturgy that embrace the plurality of cultures in a respectful, inclusive way.
Discussing examples of actual praxes of dialogue from different parts around the world will be integral to the course. This historical-contextual approach will provide a framework for inquiring to what extent there can be said to be implied spiritualities in the form, structure and performance of these prayer patterns, and how such might shed light on the evolving prayer practices of these traditions today.
Historical work will be complemented by shared theological reflection on the patterns we examine. This is a reading course on the writings of key Christian theologians— especially on how they address the issues arising from the context and realities of Asia. Among the major themes examined from an Asian perspective are post-colonialism, contextualization, hermeneutics, theological methods, inculturation, integral liberation, and interreligious dialogue. This course is an advanced seminar designed to introduce students to the development and content of two major research traditions which continue to have tremendous influence on the study of religious pluralism, and especially the nature and substance of interreligious dialogue.
MP Theology and Practice of Ministry 3 credits Explores ministry as daily lived experiences of accompanying particular communities and individuals within the diversity of the Roman Catholic tradition. Students develop means and resources for cultivating ministerial identity, collaborative leadership, pastoral strategies, intercultural and contextual competencies. The course considers theological foundations of ministry as accompaniment; develops critical and analytical skills necessary for ministry; and examines cultural and contextual dimensions of ministerial and communal identities.
Theological Reflection is a critical tool for ministry. Students will explore multiple current methods, adapt them for various ministerial contexts, and develop skills in forming and facilitating theological reflection in their ministry praxis.
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Integrating courses integrate the four perspectives that make up the foundational courses: pastoral identity, methodological skill, contextual awareness and knowledge of Christian Tradition. Attention is given to means and resources for cultivating effective leadership styles, developing pastoral plans and strategies, creating and sustaining networks, and addressing conflict and boundary situations. Each of these aspects of ministry is examined with respect to the skills, resources, networks, and theological understandings necessary for effective pastoral responses.
Attention is given to Catholic social teaching as it is lived in witness and in practice. Practical skills and competencies include but are not limited to community organizing, preaching and teaching. Pastoral responses that address specific and developmental needs will be considered as well as those creating opportunities for nurturing healthy intergenerational relationships.
SMP — Spirituality of Family for Ministry This course takes a look at spirituality and ministry through the lens of family. That to me was proof that you come into the power of whatever name you are healed in, so to be healed outside Christ puts you in danger of being more and more divorced from your commitment to Christ. The interview ended when I brought the underlying issues into focus by saying, 'As far as I am concerned better to lie sick in the arms of Jesus than to be healed in any other name' - whereupon he hung up on me and went his way.
Most certainly that christocentric focus is at the heart of what I want to put before you in these articles. The healing that I am interested in is that brought to us by the incarnate Son in the name of the heavenly Father and in the power of the Holy Spirit in the context of the gospel of the new covenant in which God restores wholeness to us by being our God all the way to the cradle and the cross, and shaping us into his people in the image of his Son and by the power of his Spirit.
That is where the mystery of healing can be coped with because that is where it belongs. This christocentric focus has important practical implications for what we say to those people who come to us for healing. The expectations that we arouse in them have to take account both of God's faithfulness to his promises and of his freedom in the way that he keeps them. To tell somebody that if they believe enough the healing that they seek is guaranteed is to court disappointment if it does not happen, but even worse it is to misrepresent healing as a cause and effect process rather than a personal transaction, a prayer in which we let what concerns us pass from our hands into his and wait for an answer that we cannot control but that we have good reason to believe will always be gracious even when it is not the one we were looking for.
On the other hand blessed are they who expect nothing because they will not be disappointed because nothing will happen! We have to steer a careful and delicate course between not encroaching on God's freedom and at the same time firmly trusting in God's promises. That is what we do in healing because that is what we do in all prayer. We shall not go far wrong when we remember that a ministry of healing is always a ministry of prayer, and intercessory prayer is the surrender of control from us to God.
I do not rule out the possibility that in the exercise of this ministry there will from time to time come to us insights and perceptions about what God is going to do or not do in a particular situation - what charismatic jargon calls words of knowledge. When these happens we have to exercise a process of discernment to see whether the source of our claimed insight is indeed God's Spirit or just our loving wish for the person's recovery.
Then we have to decide when it is appropriate to share such insights with the sick to build up their faith and when it is better to keep them to ourselves to build up our own. All this, viewed theologically, raises questions of eschatology that will pursue us at every turn and that we shall address more specifically in our last article.
What is the relationship between what God will to do to fulfil his promises to faith penultimately here and now, and that final fulfilment in the new heavens and the new earth that are the object of our hope in the parousia of Christ and the overcoming of all evil in his kingly rule? This is the question we must prepare for. So far I have concentrated on the theological connectedness of the ministry of healing to the covenant of God with his people that is the context of the whole story of his dealings with Old Testament Israel and with the New Testament people of Christ.
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That theological integration of the ministry of healing with the whole gospel has its pastoral reflection in what one of the key New Testament passages says about how and by whom that ministry should be exercised in the Church. James begins, 'Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. Those to whom we are advised to turn when we are ill and seek spiritual healing are not detached charismatic experts for whom this has become a specialty, but rather those who have overall and continuing responsibility for the ministry of the gospel in a local church.
It may be that within that local eldership there will be those who to a pre-eminent degree have those gifts of healings that Paul mentions in 1 Corinthians 12 just as there will be others who have special gifts of preaching and teaching, pastoral or administrative skills, but in principle the location of the ministry of healing is the local church and the appropriate exercisers of that ministry are the presbyteral leaders of that church. What I am interested in here is not to claim a monopoly for the ordained - I doubt if James knew or cared very much about ordination - but rather to insist in this pastoral context that the ministry of healing is itself most healthy when those who are responsible for it are the same people as those who are responsible for the ministry of word and sacrament and for the whole integrated life of the body of Christ in a particular location.
There is of course a place for para-church organisations that exist to promote the ministry of healing, but they will operate most healthily when their chief interest is the encouragement of the ministry of healing in local churches rather than setting themselves up as alternative or even superior sources of that ministry. To make a thing local is to make it real. When things happen there they get a different quality of attention and they give rise to much more rooted hopes. In the background of the encounter of the healer and the sick person there is the continuing prayer of the local community that knows and cares for them both.
In the sixties in Northern Ireland my wife and I were asked to pray with a one year old girl who had metabolic problems that were preventing her growth and, in the mercy of God, after one brief session of prayer it soon became obvious that she had started to thrive and over the months and the years she developed in a normal and healthy way. Nothing was said publicly but news of what had happened to little Rosie soon spread through that close-knit community. It was as if Jesus had stepped out of his stained glass window and started to walk through our streets and work in our homes and the Christian community began to look more like a place where the gospel was not just talked about but happened.
This kind of localised ministry is not a one-off tip and run as it is with itinerant healers. The sick person is met in the whole context of his life and there is a continuing pastoral concern for the ongoing process that ministry initiates. In such a context realism is mandatory. Itinerant healers make claims that it is hard to verify, but within the local churches there are witnesses to what happens and what does not happen that rebukes and controls over-enthusiastic triumphalism and is forced to come to terms with all the problems, questions and doubts that arise when the prayers are not answered and the healing does not happen.
Every congregation that is open to the healing ministry sooner or later has to face the situation when one of its most beloved and respected members falls terminally ill. All the resources of prayer and faith are summoned and put into operation; prophecies or assurances of healing may be given but in spite of it all the person dies and the theological questions that we have been discussing become existential and agonising.
Then the whole relationship of the community to God and his promises comes into question in a way that, in the mercy of God, will in the end be deepening rather than destructive. This will mean that the ministry of healing will be exercised not in a context of triumphalist fantasy but where people face together things as they really are, and look to whole gospel of Christ, incarnate crucified and risen, if not to answer them, at any rate to cope with them.
For all these reasons, here as in many other contexts, local is best. Finally we must look at the historical context within which the healing ministry is exercised today.