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STH TF 701: Introduction to Christian Traditions
This first course of a two-course sequence provides a basic academic orientation to the Christian movement through a survey of its history from antiquity through the Protestant Reformation. Lectures and readings on the history of Christianity will be complemented by parallel lectures and readings on great theologians of those times. Emphasis is placed on increasing students' self-consciousness of their own theological and religious identity, Christian or otherwise, relative to the first sixteen centuries of Christian history. MDIV and MTS core requirement.
STH TF 702: Christianity Engaging Modernity
Continuation of TF 701.
STH TF 703: Practicing Faith
Situated in the first semester of the MDiv program, the Practicing Faith courses aim: 1) to increase the student's self-awareness of lived faith in dialogue with cultural and religious traditions and with attention to formative spiritual and religious texts and practices; 2) to develop the student's ability to reflect critically about practicing faith. MDiv Requirement (Optional for M.T.S.) A1 (Choi) This section will explore personal and communal practices of faith through an analysis of leadership in the context of culture, religious traditions, and religious communities; and through learning how power, authority and leadership interact and are exercised in multicultural society. B1 (Goto) Addressing practices at the personal, congregational, and social levels, we will investigate the role of the physical body in welcoming and embracing God's kingdom, and our accent will be on enacting and experiencing faith. C1 (Hassinger) This section explores leadership in the context of congregations and other organizations, grounded in spiritual life practices as individuals and groups. D1 (Schlauch) This section examines the incoherence of faith as it shows itself the various ways we practice multiple faiths, often professing a faith that is in conflict with the faith we actually live. Practicing an increasingly coherent faith involves examining, critically reflecting upon, and consequently revising the varieties of faiths each of us is practicing.
STH TF 704: Practicing Faith II
Continuation of TF703.
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: Jazz in the City
STH TF 808 N1: "Jazz in the City" Using New York City as a laboratory, this course focuses on collaborative strategies for urban ministries, urban congregational development, and practical, theoretical, and theological methods for thinking about the urban condition and the church's response to it and engagement with it. Section R1 has been cancelled for Summer/Fall 2014
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.