Current Semester Information

The following information applies to the current semester. Information for the coming semester, when available, may be found under “Registration” in the menu to the left.

Registration for the Spring 2016 term: A student must register for a course before the first class meeting. Registration forms are available on the Forms page. (Please note that there is a separate form for auditors who are EI alumni.)

For a succinct listing of the requirements and textbooks for each course (the listing formerly known as the “Green Book”), click the Full Course Description link beneath the brief description below.


3-Credit Courses: Spring 2016

BS600    Orientation to Biblical Studies
Thursday 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Rebecca Hancock, Ph.D., Ecumenical Institute of Theology
An introduction to academic biblical studies, with attention to the nature and development of biblical literature, tools for research, and methods of interpretation (exegesis). This course is a pre- or corequisite for most courses in biblical studies. PR = none.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

BS614    Introduction to Biblical Greek II
Tuesday 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Drew Strait, Ph.D. (cand.), Ecumenical Institute of Theology
A continuation of BS613, with reading in the Greek New Testament. PR = BS613.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

BS622    Literature & Theology of the New Testament
Monday 6 – 8:30 p.m.
(1-credit Spiritual Practice module available: see table below.)
Drew Strait, Ph.D. (cand.), Ecumenical Institute of Theology
An exploration of the New Testament in its historical and social settings, focusing on the unique purpose and theology of each writing, with attention to the origins of the New Testament canon. PR/CR = BS600, TH601.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

CANCELLEDBS636 Drawn into the Gospels: Oral Interpretation Skills for a Wired World
Saturday, 1/9, 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, 3/5, 3/19, 4/9 (snow date, 4/23)  8:30 am – 1:00 pm
(1-credit Praxis of Ministry module available: see table below.)
Janyce Jorgensen, Ph.D., Ecumenical Institute of Theology
Tracy Radosevic, D.Min., Ecumenical Institute of Theology

Students will reflect back on the oral (pre-Gutenberg) origins of the Gospels as a starting point for reclaiming the impact of voice and body in the interpretation and proclamation of those stories today. Emphasis will be placed on primary texts (gospels), exploration of narrative and performance criticism, and multi-media expressions. These experiences will inform practices in a multitude of formational ministry settings.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

BS768/ES768   The Ten Commandments
Tuesday 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Rebecca Hancock, Ph.D., Ecumenical Institute of Theology
Rabbi Avram I. Reisner, Ph.D., Ecumenical Institute of Theology

A look at the structure of the 10 Commandments as a whole, as well as each of the specific commandments, with attention to both to the social-historical context out of which they arose and the various ways that they have been received by both Jewish and Christian communities.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

H603   Modern Church History
Thursday 6 – 8:30 p.m.
(1-credit Spiritual Practice module available: see table below.)
Pamela Cochran, Ph.D., Ecumenical Institute of Theology
A survey of the history of Christianity from the 16th-century Reformations to the present. PR/CR = TH601.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

MT600    Fundamentals of Theological Ethics
Tuesday 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Christopher Dreisbach, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
A survey of the major foundational themes in Christian ethics, such as sin and virtue, moral development, conscience and character, Scripture and ethics, and approaches to selected contemporary issues. PR/CR = TH601.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

MT703/H703    The Preaching and Public Theology of Martin Luther King
Thursday 6 – 8:30 p.m.
(Includes Festival of Preaching, April 15-16.)
(A 1-credit Praxis of Ministry module may be available.)
Anthony Hunt, Ph.D., Epworth United Methodist Church
Students will gain an understanding of Martin Luther King, Jr. as a preacher and public theologian, and, through the practice of preaching, gain an appreciation of and competencies in preaching prophetically and in the public square. PR = TH601.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

PT602/SP602   Pastoral and Spiritual Care
Monday 6 – 8:30 p.m.
(1-credit Praxis of Ministry module available: see table below.)
David Greiser, Ph.D., Ecumenical Institute of Theology
An exploration of the theoretical and theological basis for Christian caring, with attention to practices of guiding, sustaining, healing, and reconciling. PR/CR = TH601.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

PT718  Christian Worship: Principles and Practice
Thursday 6 – 8:30 p.m.
(1-credit Praxis of Ministry module available: see table below.)
Mark Gorman, Th.D., Ecumenical Institute of Theology
A biblical, theological, historical, and contemporary analysis of worship in the classical Christian tradition, emphasizing commonalities, denominational distinctives, and current issues. Cross-listed as ES718. PR/CR = TH601.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

PT799    Ministry-in-Context
Monday 6 – 8:30 p.m. (class meets Jan. 11, 25; Feb. 8, 22; March 14; Apr. 4, 18; May 2 )
Patricia Fosarelli, M.D., D.Min., St. Mary’s Seminary & University
A supervised field placement experience and concurrent theological reflection seminar, open only to M.A. in Church Ministries candidates who have completed at least 38 credits. PR = completion of degree requirements specified here, plus permission of the instructor and the approval of the placement experience by the middle of the term prior to enrollment in the course.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

RE646    Emerging Catholic Lay Leadership (MAC-affiliated course)
MAC Conference (February 4 – 6) AND Saturdays (8:30 – 1:30) – January 23; February 20; March 5
Patricia Fosarelli, M.D., D.Min., St. Mary’s Seminary & University
This course focuses on lay leadership and is meant for Catholic students in leadership positions at their parishes; it is a requirement for students in the Pastoral Associate Fellowship Program.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

SP601    Foundations of Christian Spirituality
Tuesday 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Arthur D. Thomas, Ph.D., Ecumenical Institute of Theology
An examination of spiritual theology, conversion, means of spiritual growth, disciplines, prayer, and spiritual guidance as understood in various faith traditions. PR/CR = TH601.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

TH601    Introduction to Theological Study as Friendship
Thursday 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Edward Richardson, Ed.D., Springfield Hospital Center
An introduction to the study of theology, including a survey of its major disciplines, review of research-paper techniques, and hands-on experience with the practical tools and methods of theological research and writing. This course is a pre- or corequisite for most courses. PR = none.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

TH799    Colloquium: The Lord’s Prayer
Monday 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Brent Laytham, Ph.D., St. Mary’s Seminary & University
The Theology Colloquium is an interdisciplinary seminar, with classic readings from Scripture, theology, philosophy, and literature, that seeks to integrate and broaden the educational experiences of M.A. in Theology candidates. It is the capstone course in the M.A. in Theology. This year’s focus is a text and practice that is scripture, tradition, liturgy, catechesis, theology, morals, and prayer for the church. The course will be enriched by guest lecturers who bring the special gifts of their disciplinary specialty to bear on our common work, including Drs. Hancock, Richter, Hunt, Burnett, Fosarelli, Vicchio, Sutherland, Jorgensen and Rabbi Cardin.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

1-Credit Courses: Spring 2016

1-Credit Spiritual Practice Courses
1-credit course # Course Title Parent Course
SP642.1 Spiritual Practice: Literature & Theology of the New Testament
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)
BS622
SP642.2 Spiritual Practice: Modern Church History
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)
H603
1-Credit Praxis of Ministry Courses
1-credit course # Course Title Parent Course
PT796.2 Praxis of Ministry: Christian Worship
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)
 PT718
PT796.3 Praxis of Ministry: Pastoral and Spiritual Care
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)
 PT602 / SP602
 PT796.4 CANCELLED–Praxis of Ministry: Drawn into the Gospels: Oral Interpretation Skills for a Wired World
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)
 BS636

Students considering a 3 credit praxis (practicum) course should contact Dean Fosarelli.