The School of Theology. Sewanee: The University of the South

Core Courses

LTCM 507 Singing the Word

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Music is a force of immense power in the church’s worship. This course lays the foundations for students to participate in and oversee the ministry of music in the parish in collaboration with persons skilled in music. It includes theological engagement with music, the role of music in the liturgy and the congregation, a working knowledge of The Hymnal 1982, vocal techniques for the student’s own singing of the liturgy as deacon and priest, and, for those who do not have it, basic music literacy and skills. Participation in this course is required for functioning as a cantor in the Chapel of the Apostles.

LTCM 511 The History of Christian Worship

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This course introduces students to the history of Christian ritual activity. It is historically driven but topically organized. Students acquire a basic knowledge of the history of Christian worship and will develop the skills of thinking critically and historically about liturgy.

LTCM 521 Pastoral Liturgics: The Prayer Book in the Episcopal Church

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This course introduces students to the history, theology, and pastoral use of The Book of Common Prayer (1979 edition). Students learn the liturgical theology undergirding The Book of Common Prayer (1979 edition), as well as the principles governing the conduct of services. Through a mix of academic work and practical exercises, students demonstrate mastery of the church’s basic liturgical texts.

Electives

LTCM 511 The History of Christian Worship

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This course introduces students to the history of Christian ritual activity. It is historically driven but topically organized. Students acquire a basic knowledge of the history of Christian worship and will develop the skills of thinking critically and historically about liturgy.

LTCM 536/HIST 370 Ritual and Worship in the Long English Reformation

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This course examines the role of ritual and worship in the religious history of England, ca. 1530 to ca. 1700. It studies the transformation of a traditional religion based on rituals into a religious system based as much on word as on rite. The course draws connections between these religious changes and the larger political, social, and cultural contexts in which they occurred. Students engage in weekly readings and discussion and prepare a research paper.

LTCM 537 Senior Chant Practicum

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There are over 200 items contained in the Altar Book, its Musical Appendix, and The Hymnal 1982, volumes 1 and 2, which may be sung by deacons and/or priests. This course will provide a broad overview of those sung portions and their place in the liturgy. The student will concentrate on vocal technique and the practical skill needed in the successful performance of the most commonly used of these musical settings.

LTCM 538 United Methodist Worship

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This course covers theory and practice of United Methodist worship and liturgy: planning and conducting services of worship; the administration of the sacraments; special services of worship including Christian marriage, service of death and resurrection, healing services, and others; the selection and use of music, visuals, and other elements in services of worship. Some attention will be given to the antecedents of United Methodist worship. This course is required for United Methodist students in the M.Div. degree program and is open to all students.

LTCM 539 Medieval Liturgy

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This course addresses the ritual life of the medieval church, covering the development of liturgical texts, liturgical practices and performance, para-liturgical practices, and popular piety. Students study the riches of medieval religious practices, including the mass, penance, and Corpus Christi festivities, as well as unofficial activities such as lay persons “shoplifting” the consecrated host for their own use after Mass.

LTCM 540 Ritualizing Relationships

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This course considers ways in which the church ritualizes relationships between persons, looking principally at the marriage liturgies and their cognates, official and unofficial. Students examine foundational issues in gender and sexuality, the historical evolution of the marriage rites and ancillary marriage practices, and emerging frontiers in the ritualizing of relationships, such as ritualizing divorce and same-gender unions.

 

LTCM 541 Christian Initiation

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This is a topical seminar on Christian initiatory rites, focusing primarily on baptism and confirmation. The course examines the anthropological structure of the rites, their historical development, and their theological underpinnings. Particular attention is paid to the twentieth-century reforms of initiatory practice in the Episcopal Church and the Roman Catholic Church, in the revival of the catechumenate and the adoption of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

MNST 583 Pastoral Spanish I

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This course will introduce the student to basic conversational and liturgical Spanish as well as Latino cultures. It is intended to give a priest entering a church the ability to conduct services in Spanish, respond to basic pastoral situations, and learn cultural and social information. Students will participate in the Spanish Evening Prayer (weekly) and the Spanish Eucharist (bi-weekly) services. There will also be readings from The Book of Common Prayer, the Bible (Spanish), and from typically Latino services (e.g. La Quinceañera).

MNST 584 Pastoral Spanish II

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This course is a continuation of Pastoral Spanish I. Classes will open and close with a student-written prayers in Spanish. Review of the liturgy and related terminology should lead to students being able to actively participate in the Eucharist and officiate the weekly Oración Vespertina. We will review and study commonly used phrases from The Book of Common Prayer that are applicable to pastoral situations. We discuss cultural differences that exist within Latin America and also the emerging Latino culture in the U.S.

MNST 585 Intermediate Pastoral Spanish I

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Advanced conversational course in Spanish in which grammar and syntax will be reviewed; and, cultural and liturgical topics will be discussed in Spanish via discussion groups. Active exposure to Hispanic/Latino Ministry will be achieved through participation in Spanish services (Evening Prayer and the Holy Eucharist), speaker engagements, and field education.

MNST 586 Intermediate Pastoral Spanish II

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Continuation of Intermediate Pastoral Spanish I.

MNST 592 Introduction to Liturgical Spanish and Latino Cultures

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This course is geared primarily for seniors who are interested in: learning basic Spanish pronunciation and communication skills; the Liturgy in Spanish; and, gaining general awareness and knowledge of Latino cultures.

Basic communication and reading skills will include:

  • The Spanish Alphabet
  • Rules regarding syllable emphasis
  • Key vocabulary (every day words as well as liturgical terms)
  • Basic grammar structure including the present indicative and commands.

The Liturgy, all in Spanish, shall include learning phrases from The Book of Common Prayer that can be used in pastoral situations, different blessings, key prayers, Morning and Evening Prayer Services, and the Eucharist. About one third of the class will be devoted to discussion of Latino cultures prevalent in Latin America as well as the emerging Latino culture in the U.S. This portion of the course will be in English.

Voice Practicum

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Instruction in learning to sing the cantor and officiant parts in liturgical services.