Courses

  • STH TH 870: Calvin and the Reformed Tradition
    On this eve of the 500th anniversary of John Calvin's birth, we will accomplish two things in this course. (1) We will read from Calvin in translation from his Institutes, treatises, polemical writings, and letters, and (2) we will analyze contemporary historical and theological writings on him and his era. Students will be able to read and write on any subject within the Reformed tradition that interests them from the 16th century to contemporary topics in the present such as Presbyterianism, the United Church of Christ, Unitarianism, Puritanism (in England and New England),the Great Awakening, and the impact of the Reformed tradition on the worldwide Anglican churches and their denominational offshoots, such as Methodism.
  • STH TH 876: Martin Luther King, Jr.: Leadership in Context
    This interdisciplinary course will review the life and ministry of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as other leaders of the civil right movement in the United States. The course will investigate how historical contexts of Rev. Dr. Martin King, are related to pastroal traditions and prophetic ministry of community and church through correlated study. The emphasis on the role of a cohort of religious and community leaders who worked with King will be explored. Our examination of prophetic ministry during the Civil Rights era, will be oriented to issues of race, gender, class and social justice.
  • STH TH 902: 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.
  • STH TH 910: History of Christian Mission
    A seminar in the history of Christian missions, from the early church to the present. Issues of historiography, method, and the emergence of non-western church history. Required course for doctoral students in mission studies.
  • STH TH 915: Radical Christian Spiritualities (DMin)
  • STH TH 920: History of American Theological Liberalism
    American Theological Liberalism is a doctoral-level seminar that 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 924: Gender and the Reformations
    Examination of the participation of women in the reformations of the sixteenth century and the effect of theological and ecclesiastical changes on women and gender roles in early modern society. Topics include marriage, childbirth, household management, education, authorship, exercise of power, and cloistered life amid the different confessional movements of the early modern period.
  • STH TH 925: 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 927: Early Modern Piety
    The literature and practice of Christian devotion between the Reformation and Pietism, in national and confessional contexts within Early Modern society. Catechisms, hymnals and prayerbooks in production, distribution, and use. Special attention to the relation between theology and forms of devotion, public and domestic piety, and to the devotional roles of women and children.
  • STH TH 930: History of Missiology
    Seminar on the classic Protestant mission theorists of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
  • STH TH 971: Seminar: Luther and the Radical Reformers
    Historical-social contexts, theologies, and effects of the history of the church from the Reformation to the present.
  • STH TI 801: In-Service Contextual Ed 1
    Supervised practice of ministry in a congregational setting focused on the integration of theology and practice. MDIV CORE REQUIREMENT. Background check is required. FOR STUDENTS IN THE INSERVICE M.DIV. PROGRAM ONLY.
  • STH TI 802: In-Service Contextual Ed 2
    Graduate prerequisite: STH TI 801. Continues and presupposes STH TI 801 in the spring semester. M.DIV CORE REQUIREMENT. Background check is required. FOR STUDENTS IN THE INSERVICE M.DIV PROGRAM ONLY.
  • STH TI 811: Inservice Degree Seminar: Ministry in the 21st Century Context: Challenges and Possibilities
    The rapidly changing life circumstances in contemporary U.S. society provide challenges for pastoral ministry. This seminar will engage some of the latest research and reflection on effective strategies for ministry in the 21st century and explore skills in reading one's contexts.
  • STH TI 812: Inservice Seminar: Ministries of Education and Formation
    Participants in this seminar will explore a variety of pedagogical strategies for forming youth, children, and adults as disciples in their faith tradition. Given the broad scope of this seminar topic, students' engagement with course materials in relation to their own congregational setting will be a key focus of this class.
  • STH TI 813: In-Service Seminar: Pastoral Care
    This course will introduce students to the ministry of pastoral caring, which is the work of the whole community of faith. Openness to one another through mutual care and concern and to the guidance and presence of God are central features of caring communities. Particular attention will be given to listening and communication skills together with a life span and faith community approach to issues of pastoral care and counseling. Pastoral care will be imagined as a life giving collective endeavor, requiring a tender shepherding by the pastor or leader that respects the uniqueness and diversity of each setting. Connections between theology and practice will be developed through online discussion posts, book summaries, and case studies (including theological reflections). 

  • STH TI 814: In-Service Seminar: Pastor as Spiritual Guide, Counselor, Coach
    This course will introduce students to several key aspects of the role and work of a pastor. Coaching by the pastor helps members of a faith community grow, so that all are empowered to share their full range of gifts and graces with the congregation and the world. The counseling dimensions of a pastor's work are critical, and special attention will be given to strengthening referral skills. Finally, the role of pastor as spiritual guide will be interpreted and practiced in this course as integral to the pastor's ongoing work in preaching, teaching and pastoral care.
  • STH TJ 876: Church and Theology in the Contemporary World
    Church and Theology in the Contemporary World is an advanced research seminar in practical theology. The course enables students to design and carry out a research project in practical theology under the guidance of the instructor and with constructive feedback from fellow students. Assignments are designed to help students to articulate a clear, significant, and manageable research question; to design a practical theological approach to the question; to develop relevant bibliographies and other research sources; and, ultimately, to complete a final project in practical theology. Through this work and additional readings, including careful reading of and theological reflection on daily newspapers, we will together identify and address a range of issues facing the church in diverse cultures and contexts. Students gain skills in identifying practical theological questions and interpreting contexts; critically incorporating social scientific research in a theological project; making normative judgments; and thinking through strategic practical theological responses to guide faithful Christian practice. The course is a required core course for all doctoral students majoring in Practical Theology.
  • STH TJ 910: Proseminar in Practical Theology
    This doctoral seminar for practical theology majors introduces the primary changes that are under way in practical theology as a discipline, reviews the methodologies upon which these changes are based, and examines the implications of these changes.
  • STH TJ 976: Advanced Research in Practical Theology
    In this advanced research seminar, students will explore a range of practical theology research to map the field. They will analyze the purposes, practices, and significance of this research for the field of practical theology and for the larger human community. Students will have opportunities to develop expertise with selected research tools; develop a significant research question of high personal interest; and conduct a research project that contributes to the literature and some part of the human or ecological community.