Classes will begin on Monday, June 7, and run through Friday, June 25, 2021. The format for the classes (in-person or online) has not yet been decided.
The School of Theology is offering the following courses for the 2021 session:
Liturgy and Ethics
Course Description: An exploration of the interrelated roles of sacrament, word, and ethics in the praxis of Christian faith in both church and society. Focused on theological methods and practical implications, the course will attend to history, major theologians, and current constructive proposals in the areas of early Christian sources, fundamental and political theology, liturgical and sacramental theology.
Preaching and the Anti-Racist Gospel
Gerald Liu and David Stark
Course Description: This course aims to empower doctor of ministry students with questions and research skills to proclaim the promises of God in the face of the unrelenting evil of racism. The class will explore theodicy—the believability of God’s justice and mercy within the reality of human suffering—with one focus in mind: the problem of American racism, including but not limited to the lens of the Black-White binary.
—To think deeply about how to name, identify, and address evil of racism in preaching.
—To articulate the problem of theodicy as it relates to racism and to engage it sermonically.
—To preach pastorally sensitive but theologically profound sermons about the persistence of God’s grace and mercy in the face of widespread, overt, and implicit sophisticated racial prejudice.
—To articulate reflexive and communal homiletic theology and homiletic imagination with close reading, clear writing, and speech.
—To embolden life-long journeys toward becoming courageous preachers and proclaimers who do not shy away from the plague of racism.
The People of the Land: Biblical Visions for Justice and Ecology
Rebecca Abts Wright and Andrew Thompson
Course Description: At the root of social, political, and ecological injustices in our society is a vision of people and land fundamentally at odds with the Biblical testimony. This course explores Biblical understandings of the relation of people to land and their implications for social justice and ecological sustainability. Particular attention is given to agrarian and political ecological perspectives.