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STH TF 715: Spanish for Ministry
STH TF 801: MTS Contextual Education Project
This is a 4 credit Contextual Action and Reflection (CAR) Group specially designed for MTS students. All MTS students fulfill a contextual education requirement that incorporates 1) active as well as reflective learning; 2) out-of-classroom as well as classroom learning; and 3) self-reflective learning in which students become aware of their position in, and effect on, the contexts in which theological education and religious leadership are performed and enacted. While this may be fulfilled through a standard contextual education internship or an STH course-related travel seminar, this course affords students the opportunity to design a customized, one-semester project that facilitates the integration of theory and practice as well as vocational discernment and leadership development in religion and theology. Guidelines for developing the project are available on the Contextual Education website at STH. Please contact the Contextual education office for more information about the process for designing the project before you register for this class.
STH TF 805: Introduction to Theological Writing
Because theology frequently makes use of multiple modes of discourse, rhetoric, and communication the goal of this class will be to exercise maximal control of written expression, primarily through the practice of essay writing. With close attention to grammar, syntax, diction, rhetoric and argument, students will work to develop both their prose style and their approach to theological writing. Students enrolled in this course will study, discuss, and evaluate a wide range of prose styles peculiar to theological discourse. The course will also include three writing seminars by Professor Kathe Pfisterer Darr.
STH TF 808: Travel Seminar: IP: Dual Narratives Israel Palestine; I1: India
IP: Israel/Palestine: This course affords students an opportunity to learn first-hand about the history, conflict, and efforts at peacemaking in the Middle East through the lenses of the dual narratives of Israelis and Palestinians and from a variety of cultural, political, and religious backgrounds in that region. The course is configured around a trip to Israel/Palestine, and the "dual narratives" approach is distinctive in that it is not privileging one narrative of the conflict but, instead, introducing students to multiple narratives, thereby asking them to interpret the layers of the conflict from multiple perspectives. I1: Travel seminar to India. Meets December 31 to January 15.
STH TF 810: Global and Community Engagement Capstone
MDiv students on the Global and Community Engagement track design a customized practicum or seminar with the help of their advisor that serves as an integrative capstone course and culmination of their degree program.
STH TF 811: Church and the Arts Capstone
MDiv students on the Church and the Arts track design a customized practicum or seminar with the help of their advisor that serves as an integrative capstone course and the culmination of their degree program.
STH TF 820: Dual Degree CAR Group (MTS/SSW)
This is a 1 credit Contextual Action and Reflection (CAR) Group specially designed for MTS/SSW Dual Degree Students. All MTS students fulfill a contextual education requirement that incorporates 1) active as well as reflective learning; 2) out-of-classroom as well as classroom learning; and 3) self-reflective learning in which students become aware of their position in, and effect on, the contexts in which theological education and religious leadership are performed and enacted. This course facilitates the integration of theory and practice as well as vocational discernment and leadership development in religion and theology. Dual degree MTS students take this CAR group course alongside their SSW required internship. Please contact the office of Contextual Education form more information before you register for this course.
STH TF 821: Contextual Education I (Dual Degree)
Integration of Theology and Practice (ITP) reflection groups for STH-SSW dual degree students in their advanced placements. Offered fall semester. 1 credit. MDIV CORE REQUIREMENT.
STH TF 822: Contextual Education II (Dual Degree)
Continues and presupposes STH TF821 for STH-SSW dual degree students. Offered spring semester. 1 credit. MDIV CORE REQUIREMENT.
STH TF 901: Doctoral Colloquium 1
All first-year ThD and PhD students at STH are required to take this two-semester doctoral colloquia associated with the Doctoral Research and Teaching Internship Program (DTRIP). The colloquia focus on (1) research methods, (2) teacher training, and (3) professional identity.
STH TF 902: Doctoral Colloquium 2
The continuation of TF901.
STH TH 526: Reformations
STH TH 569: Rel Hist Boston
The Greater Boston area contains one of the richest historical legacies in the United States. This course examines distinctive aspects of that historical legacy, by focusing upon the religious history of Boston. The course will include selected visits to specific Boston area historical sites. For undergraduate students only.
STH TH 802: Christianity Beyond Early Modern Europe
The course is dedicated to an in depth study of the reach of Christianity in the early modern period (c. 1450-c.1650). Our narrative follows the path of early modern Catholicism from fifteenth-century Europe, through the ascent of the Portuguese and Spanish seaborne empires, and examines the role of the missionary religious orders in the processes of Christianization and inculturation. (Requires TF 701/702 or equivalent)
STH TH 810: The Bible in the Reformation
Examination of the role of the Bible in the reformations of the sixteenth century, including the development and divergence of Reformation hermeneutics in late medieval and Renaissance context. Special attention will be given to the vernacular translation and popular presentation of the Bible in the sixteenth century press and pulpit.
STH TH 812: The Church in Late Antiquity
The development of the Christian Church, its institutions, theology, and social and political roles, from Constantine to Charlemagne, in the context of the transformations of late antique culture and society, East and West. COUNTS AS A MDIV CHURCH HISTORY II CORE REQUIREMENT. (Requires TF 701 or equivalent)
STH TH 817: Varieties of Ancient Christianity
Surveys the many different and often competing forms of Christianity that arose and flourished in the second to the seventh century, from the "apostolic period" to the Arab conquest in the Middle East. It is highly recommended that students have taken at least one prior course in biblical or New Testament literature.
STH TH 819: American Theological Liberalism
American Theological Liberalism provides an overview into the historical and theological development of liberal theology in the United States. Through reading a variety of primary and secondary sources, the course is designed to provide students an historical and theological overview into the development of liberalism and assess the ongoing significance of theological liberalism in church and society today.
STH TH 820: History of Western Christian Spirituality
An introduction to the historical study of Western Christian spiritual practices. The course exposes students to the historical-critical study of spiritual practices through careful examination of selected narratives of Western Christian spirituality, primary texts, and participatory observation. Participants will learn to analyze spiritual practices--such as reading, fasting, and prayer--by the twofold process of "abstracting/isolating" practices and "reading/interpreting" them in their historical context. While emphasis will be placed on the synchronic interpretation of practices, due attention will also be given to their development over time. Readings will include selected articles representative of current methodology in the field. Participants will gain a better understanding of continuity and change of spiritual practices in Western Christian traditions. (Requires TF 701/702 or equivalent)
STH TH 821: History and Doctrine of United Methodism
An exploration of Methodist origins, the Wesleys, the rise of Methodism in England, and the distinctive doctrines of Wesleyan theology. There is a particular focus on the development of the various United Methodist traditions in America and their impact on society. The course is designed to meet one of the requirements for membership in a UMC Annual Conference.