Fall 2017 Courses

Fall Semester Classes Run August 31 – December 11.

Registration for Fall 2017 courses will be open July 10 – July 28, 2017. After July 28, a $90 late-registration fee will go into effect (not applicable to new students).  You may register in person, by fax, scan/email, or mail. In order to reserve a place in the course, the registration fee must be submitted at the time of registration. A student must register for a course before the first class meeting. Registration forms will be available on the Forms page. (Please note that there is a separate form for auditors who are EI alumni.)

The following courses are scheduled for the Fall 2017 term. 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. A Course Schedule Matrix is provided at the bottom of this page.

Fall 2017 Course List and Description

All faculty are from St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute except where noted.
PR = Prerequisite, CR = Co-requisite

BS600    Orientation to Biblical Studies
Thursday, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Drew Strait, PhD
Jennifer McNeel , PhD

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 three-credit course is a pre- or corequisite for most other courses in biblical studies. PR = none.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

BS613    Introduction to Biblical Greek
Monday (on campus)  6:00 – 7:30 pm; Thursday (online) 8:00 – 9:00 pm

Karen Carducci, PhD (cand.)
The first of two courses designed to give students the ability to read the New Testament in its original Greek. PR = none.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

BS621    Literature & Theology of the Hebrew Bible
Monday, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
(A 1-credit Spiritual Practice module is available. Click here for details.)

Rebecca Hancock, PhD
An introduction to the theological content of the Torah, Prophets, and Writings in their historical and social contexts, with consideration of critical methodology and major themes. PR/CR = BS600, TH601.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

BS643    Proclamation of the Gospel of John
Tuesday, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

C. Edward Richardson, EdD
Gary Staszak, PhD (cand.)

An exploration of the Gospel of John as a model for and source of Christian proclamation. PR = BS600, BS622.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

BS692    Readings in Biblical Greek
Tuesday, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Michael Gorman, PhD
A one-credit course in reading, translating, and analyzing various excerpts of the Greek New Testament, as well as reviewing and exploring students’ knowledge of Greek vocabulary and grammar. PR = At least one year of basic Greek grammar and vocabulary.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

BS862    Reading Scripture (4 credits) — DMin students only.
Thursday evening/all day Friday:  September 21-22; October 12-13; November 9-10
Michael Gorman, PhD
Amy Richter, PhD
An exploration of approaches to reading Scripture for Christian faith, formation, ministries, and mission.  PR = Acceptance in Ashland Theological Seminary DMin Program.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

H601    Early & Medieval Christian Church
Thursday, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
(A 1-credit Spiritual Practice module is available. Click here for details.)

Derek A. Olsen, PhD
A survey of the major theological and historical developments of the Christian church from the early church to the eve of the Reformation. PR/CR = TH601.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

MT751    Christian Social Ethics
Monday, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Christopher Dreisbach, PhD
An examination of scriptural, theological, and ethical principles of Christian social thought, with an emphasis on current ecclesiastical statements and ecumenical approaches to social issues.  PR = TH601, MT600
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

PT601    Foundations of Christian Ministry
Thursday, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

David Greiser, PhD
A survey of the biblical, theological, and spiritual foundations of ministry, and of the expression of lay and ordained ministry in various Christian traditions. PR/CR = TH601.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

PT/SP639    Stress & Resiliency – Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Considerations
Tuesday, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Pat Fosarelli, MD, DMin
An exploration of stress and resiliency, using both science and spirituality to explain the causes, manifestations, and potential modalities for healing stress and reaching greater resiliency.  PR = none.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

PT709    Preaching in the Black Church Tradition
Saturday, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm, 9/16, 9/30, 10/14, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 12/2, 12/9

C. Anthony Hunt, PhD
A theoretical and practical introduction to preaching and the role it plays in the African-American church.  PR/CR = TH601, BS600, and an additional BS course.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

SP601    Foundations of Christian Spirituality
Tuesday, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

John Hayes, PhD
An orientation and immersion in the history of Christian spirituality, understood as the Christian’s lived response to the Gospel’s invitation to deepening conversion of heart and mind to God in Christ through the Holy Spirit.  PR = none.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

ST601    Foundations of Systematic Theology
Tuesday, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
(A 1-credit Spiritual Practice module is available. Click here for details.)

Arthur M. Sutherland, PhD
A survey of basic theological topics, such as revelation, the Triune God, sin and grace, Christ, salvation, and the church, with attention to theological method and historical development. PR/CR = TH601.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

CANCELLED ST745    Perspectives in Black Theology
Thursday, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

S. Todd Yeary, PhD
A survey of black theologians, and a consideration of their contributions to black identity and contemporary theology.  PR = TH601, ST601

Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

TH601    Introduction to Theological Study as Friendship
Monday, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Brent Laytham, PhD
Adam Urrutia, PhD (cand.)
An introduction to the study of theology. This three-credit course is a pre- or corequisite for most 600- and 700-level courses. PR = none.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

Fall 2017 Course Schedule (all courses 6:00 to 8:30 pm, except where noted):
Monday Tuesday Thursday Saturday
BS613 –  Biblical Greek I (Carducci)
on campus 6-7:30 pm
(& Thurs. online)
BS692 – Readings in Biblical Greek (Gorman) 4:00-5:00 pm BS613 – Biblical Greek I
(Carducci)
online 8-9 pm
(& Mon. on campus)
PT709 – Preaching in the Black Church Tradition (Hunt) 
9:00 am – 1:30 pm
MT751 –Christian Social Ethics (Dreisbach) BS643 – Proclamation  of the Gospel of John
(Staszak / Richardson)
BS600 – Orientation to Biblical Studies
(Strait / McNeel)
 
BS621 – Literature & Theology of the Hebrew Bible (Hancock) SP601 – Foundations of Christian Spirituality
(Hayes)
H601 – Early/Medieval  Church History (Olsen)  
TH601 – Introduction to Theological Study as Friendship
(Laytham / Urrutia)
ST601 – Foundations of Systematic Theology
(Sutherland)
PT601 – Foundations of Christian Ministry
(Greiser)
 
  PT/SP639 – Stress & Resiliency: Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Considerations (Fosarelli) ST745 – Perspectives in Black Theology (Yeary)  

1-Credit Spiritual Practice Courses: Fall 2017
Course # Course Title Parent Course
SP642.1 Spiritual Practice: Literature & Theology of the Hebrew Bible (Hancock)
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)
BS621
SP647.1 Spiritual Practice: Early & Medieval Christian Church (Olsen)
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)
H601
SP648.1 Spiritual Practice: Foundations of Systematic Theology (Sutherland)
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)
ST601

Coming in January 2018:
Trauma & Healing — 
an intensive (January 6 – 13 and a Saturday in February) course, taught by Drs. Pat Fosarelli and John Hayes.
This intensive course will introduce students to trauma in all its manifestations; its effects physically, psychologically, and spiritually; and the necessity for theological reflection, empathetic presence, and active listening in facilitating authentic healing.