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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
OPTION 1:A1 Daw- we will be looking at how drama and poetry (and other works of imaginative faith) are created and how they communicate religious and cultural values. But this lens also serves as a mirror: especially in noting how dramatists (and their characters) and poets achieve or fall short of their intentions in articulating and embodying expressions of faith, we can develop practices of self-evaluation and self-discipline that help us to live more truly what we profess to believe. OPTION 2: B1: Hassinger- Integrating Spirituality and Leadership equips students with spiritual life practices and leadership theories for use in ministry and other organizations. OPTION 3: C1-Schlauch: Drawing on contributions from theology, psychology, and religious studies, the course examines some complexities and ambiguities of "faith" and "practicing faith" that are often unidentified and unaddressed, exploring how each person practices multiple faiths OPTION 4: D1- Hickman-Maynard: This course explores the nature of social justice and its place within the mission of the church.
STH TF 704: Practicing Faith II
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) Each section of the course focuses on a different topic: A1 (Choi) Personal and communal practices of faith through an analysis of leadership, culture, religious traditions, and religious communities, learning how power, authority and leadership interact and are exercised in multicultural society. B1 (Goto) 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) Leadership in the context of congregations and other organizations, grounded in group and individual spiritual practices. D1 (Schlauch) On the incoherence of faith, and moving towards an increasingly coherent faith through examining, critically reflecting upon, and consequently revising the varieties of each of our faith. E1 (Lightsey) The expression of spirituality within the cultural traditions of enslaved African people in America, their progeny and Black people who migrated to this continent, spirituality and religion, and their influence on social justice, seen through different faith traditions and historical narratives.
STH TF 710: Stewarding a Legacy and a Promise
This course is required of all incoming MDiv, MTS, and MSM students, including transfer students, in the first fall semester of their degree program and aims at orienting students (1) to the legacy, faculty, curriculum, resources, and community principles of the School of Theology; (2) to a wholistic framework for thinking about stewardship of body, mind, spirit, finances, and the wider ecosphere; and (3) to a robust embrace of and engagement with social and theological diversity, power and privilege, and one's capacity to relate across difference. The individual sessions will also make room for answering questions students might have about the curriculum or the school.
STH TF 715: Spanish for Ministry
STH TF 799: CEDAR Capstone Seminar: Contextualizing Religion in the Contemporary World
In both the world and America of today, living with and accepting difference has emerged as one of the most salient of all public issues. Indeed, more and more policy makers, religious leaders and concerned citizens are coming to realize the challenge of difference, especially at the point of its intersection with religious and national beliefs and practices. What was once taken as a relatively unproblematic solution (of liberal-secularism) to living with difference is now seen as fraught with difficulties on both the theoretical and practical levels. This seminar aims to understand these problems to a fuller extent than mere classroom learning could provide, and it hopes to begin charting some preliminary paths towards their solution. This seminar will be conducted as a collective pursuit of knowledge. Such a collective pursuit, we believe, is the very first step to a proper understanding of the problem itself. The purpose of this seminar is thus to teach students and future communal and religious leaders how to "live with difference" without either privatizing difference, or claiming an essential "sameness" as the basis of shared social life. Rather than such approaches, the seminar places difference squarely at the top of the agenda. In fact, the key to this seminar and workshop is the requirement of all participants to confront one another's differences--and then learn how to live with them anyway. In two intensive weeks (bracketed by more formal learning situations and project development), students will experience unfamiliar religious customs, grapple with beliefs that contradict their own, re-examine lifelong assumptions, and figure out how to share time and space.
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
A1: Arizona/Mexico (Jan. 3-10) The purpose of the course is to gain a contextual understanding of U.S. immigration and border politics and to examine the theological underpinnings within the context of immigration and border justice. B1: Balkans (Jan. 1-16) This travel course will provide students with an opportunity to study transitional justice and interethnic and interreligious conflict and reconciliation processes through first-hand encounters with the post-conflict societies of the Balkans. I1: India (Dec. 28-Jan. 12) This travel seminar explores how people in South India (and by comparison, how we in our respective contexts) perceive and experience the sacred through physical sensations and performances of religious and daily life. I2: Israel/Palestine (March 1-11) This course affords students an opportunity to learn first-hand about the histories, conflicts, sociocultural dynamics, and efforts at peacebuilding in the Middle East through the lenses and narratives of Palestinians and Israelis and from a variety of cultural, political, and religious backgrounds in that region.
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 812: Immigration
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.