This course encourages theology students to take advantage of opportunities for practical experience in area churches and/or other related organizations as an extension of their theological training in the School of Theology. A credit- bearing course, Field Practicum is established as an elective course that can be taken for one-half credit in any semester. Any student may enroll in CT 800 for a maximum of four semesters, or 2 total credits. A maximum of 2 credits can be applied to degree requirements for a master's-level degree (MDiv, MTS, MSM) as free electives. These elective credits may not be substituted for major or minor coursework in a STM, DMin, ThD, or PhD program but can augment any of these post-master's degrees.
This course explores diverse perspectives and practices of religious leadership and community transformation, drawing upon recent research and literature in dialogue with participants' experiences as community leaders. Students will explore their personal leadership strengths and goals, theological perspectives and social science findings as regards leadership and transformation, and the insights of living communities. The purpose is to engage with critical issues and to construct new approaches to leadership that can contribute to thriving and society-serving communities.2015FALLSTHDM901 A1, Aug 4th to Aug 13th 2015
Contextual Analysis and Transformational Leadership
This course aims to provide students with theories and practices of leadership and ethics that will assist them in coming into a sense of who they are as transformational leaders and to prepare them for the multiple contexts in which they will lead. Students will have a growing sense of their public role in respect to religious and faith-based communities and to religion as it operates in a variety of contexts.
DMin Research Methods Seminar2015FALLSTHDM903 A1, Aug 9th to Aug 15th 2015
DMin Project Colloquium
Music in World Religions I: The Abrahamic Traditions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam)
Music is an integral part of the liturgies of almost every major religion. It is a traditional element of many rituals connected with the life cycle, and is often used as a way of mediating one's relationship to God. This course seeks to put both religion and its music in cultural and historical context. It will use interdisciplinary methodologies including theological studies and musical analysis. It aims to provide a basic framework for understanding the issues surrounding the duties and practices, rituals, scriptures, articles of faith, holy days, prayers, and denominational differences for each religion in a way that is comprehensible to the non-musician.
Music of the World's Religions II: The Asian Traditions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikkhism)
Music is an integral part of the liturgies of almost every major religion. It is a traditional element of many rituals connected with the life cycle, and is often used as a way of mediating ones relationship to God. This course seeks to put both the religion and its music in cultural and historical context. It will be using interdisciplinary methodologies including theological studies and musical analysis. It aims to provide a basic framework for understanding the issues surrounding the duties and practices, rituals, scriptures, articles of faith, holy days, prayers and denominational differences for each religion in a way that is comprehensible to the non-musician. Musical training is preferred but not essential.
Intended for organ majors, but open to others, this course covers repertoire, organ building and maintenance, technique, performance practice, and keyboard skills (sight-reading, score-reading, transposition, harmonization, improvisation and continuo). This is a two semester course. MSM organ majors must enroll in both semesters.2015FALLSTHTA715 A1, Sep 14th to Dec 7th 2015
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Open to all students who are interested in singing. Participation in one weekly chapel service, all concerts, and tours. Credit given only on completion of the second consecutive semester's work.2015FALLSTHTA721 A1, Sep 2nd to Dec 9th 2015
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Open to all students who are interested in singing. Participation in one weekly chapel service, all concerts, and tours. Credit given only on completion of the second consecutive semester's work.
Methods and Materials in Sacred Music (online)
Students will critically engage with materials and approaches in the principal areas of present-day church musicians including: choral and vocal techniques, conducting, the organ and other instruments, alternative and contemporary worship, and professional concerns. This course will enable students to gain greater competencies needed to function at optimal levels as a music minister or director in worship, religious, pastoral and educational settings. This will be accomplished through engagement with the methods and materials of church/synagogue (sacred) music and worship.
Seminar: Anthems for the Church Choir
Historical survey of music repertory for American church choirs: study of performance of various periods and genres of music. Consent of instructor with special consideration given to MSM and SFA students.
Music Ministry for Church Leaders
Music ministry is an essential part of a healthy church, providing beauty in worship, means of community and avenues for evangelism. This course offers methods and materials to help you integrate, develop, support and sustain a good music program and your music leaders by helping with practical and technical matters as well as larger issues of theological integration and the quality of the music used in the service of the church. 2CR [Meets only for the first half of the semester]
Marsh Chapel Choir
Audition required. Schedule includes Sunday worship in Marsh Chapel and several major concerts.2015FALLSTHTA808 A1, Sep 3rd to Dec 10th 2015
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Hymns and Their Music
Study of the history of congregational song from biblical practice to the present day. Emphasis will be given to the development of theological, textual, and musical patterns, with special attention to incorporating both historic and emerging materials in worship. Strongly recommended for all MSM students; valuable for MDiv and doctoral students with special interest in worship.
World Religions in Boston
In an increasingly pluralistic society it is essential to have some understanding of the beliefs and worship patterns of other religions and to be able to engage in dialogue with them. This course utilizes the Pluralism Project at Harvard to explore new forms of interfaith engagement. Seven weekly lectures introduce the issues surrounding interfaith work and a basic understanding of the tenets and practices of five major religions. Site visits (to Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist and Jewish worship services) offer first- hand experiences and the opportunity for discussion and interaction with religious leaders and lay people.2015FALLSTHTA815 A1, Aug 22nd to Aug 28th 2015
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The Church and the Arts
Aims to facilitate understanding of sacred art for its intrinsic worth and to assess how it may be used to enhance worship in the future. It will deal systematically with the theology of architectural space, church furnishing, vestments, stained glass, and decorative work. Students will be taught to look, interpret, and use the technical vocabulary of art and architecture and will develop skills for making value judgments about quality and content of art. Includes field trips to area churches and to the Museum of Fine Arts.
Seminar in Music of the 20th Century
Course not being offered in 2014-2015 School Year.
Passions & Requiems
An examination of the legacy of music written for liturgical and non-liturgical use, using longer text, tracing the origins, formulary, and development of the texts (including discussion of the authors). Case studies will form the basis of further inquiry. Cultural, social and historical context of the first performance will be discussed, along with an examination of the theology behind the text setting. There will be comparative analysis of other examples of the same genre, discussion of post-Reformation changes in text and approach, and national differences in style and technique.
In the course, students will explore classic and contemporary spiritual autobiographies. These autobiographies reveal the diverse paths of religious seekers, the crises and epiphanies that became focal points of meaning and revelation. Students will learn about the practices of faith that sustained and challenged religious people from Augustine to Teresa of Avila to Tolstoy. Through close, empathetic, and critical examination of the texts, students will reflect on their own spiritual journeys and identities. They also will engage first-hand in the crafting of spiritual autobiography, and students will have the opportunity to work intensively in small groups throughout the writing and sharing process. Throughout the course, students will explore potential uses of spiritual autobiography as pathways of discernment and growth in congregational and retreat settings, small faith groups, spiritual formation and companionship.