The next session of the Advanced Degrees Program will take place from June 6 through 24, 2022.
Recap of the 2021 Session
Classes began on Monday, June 7, and ran through Friday, June 25, 2021.
The School of Theology offered the following courses for the 2021 session:
Jeffrey Lee and James Turrell
Course Description: The preparation of candidates for baptism has been accomplished in various ways, ranging from benign neglect to intensive training in the Christian faith and life. In this course, we will study the catechumenate, which originated in the ancient church as a means of baptismal preparation. We will focus particularly on its revival in the late twentieth century, reflecting on its theory and practice, and looking at the dynamics of its implementation in the parish. Students will gain an understanding of the history, structure, and theory of the modern catechumenate, as well as learning practical approaches to deploying it in their congregations.
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.