Anthropologists tell us that rites of initiation provide a window into the core beliefs and symbols of a culture. This course will examine the history, theology, and present practice of Christian baptism, as well as its derivative, confirmation. By considering the development of these rites, we will point towards ways to renew the practice of baptism and confirmation in the Episcopal Church and other denominations. While either course may be taken on its own, students will benefit most from taking both this course and the summer 2021 course on the Catechumenate, which will cover models and practices of preparation for Christian initiation.
The School of Theology has decided to conduct the Advanced Degrees Program online for this session only. Should you decide to take this summer away from the program, or to take a reduced load, then you will be given an extra year to complete your degree.
Classes will begin on Monday, June 8, and run through Thursday, June 25, meeting using Zoom for two hours every weekday. There will be no orientation on the first Monday (June 8) so classes will begin on that day.
The four classes being offered this session will meet in Central Time each day:
- 8–9:50 a.m.— PREACHING PHILIPPIANS (David Stark and Paul Holloway)
- 10–11:50 a.m.— RACE, THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, AND THE UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH: FROM SLAVERY TO CIVIL RIGHTS (Ben King, Jody Allen and Woody Register)
- 1–2:50 a.m.— BAPTISM AND CONFIRMATION: PATTERNS AND PRACTICES (James Turrell)
- 3–4:50 a.m.—PANDEMIC CHRISTIANITY (Lauren Winner)
When registration opens on April 17, you are invited to register for two classes as usual. But, in this very unusual year, you may want to register for only one class. All students taking a reduced load will be given an extra year to complete their degree. For those of you who are in your third or fourth year of classes, you may choose instead to register for one class and one unit of project/thesis writing. (Note: if you haven't yet written your proposal in consultation with your advisor, or haven't had the proposal approved by the ADP committee, then you will need to do so by May 15 in order to register to do project/thesis writing in June.) If you wanted to avoid classes altogether, then those of you with a proposal approved may also register for both units of project/thesis writing.
This year's applications for financial aid are due on May 1. The deadline for registration is May 15.