Spring 2018 Courses

Regular Spring Semester Classes Run January 16 – May 14. Registration for Spring 2018 courses will be open October 30 – November 10, 2017. (Please note: two weeks only.) Beginning November 11, 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 $85 registration fee must be submitted at the time of registration. 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.)

The following courses are scheduled for the Spring 2018 term. For a succinct listing of the requirements and textbooks for each course (formerly known as the “Green Book”), a link to a Full Course Description will be provided beneath each brief description below. A Course Schedule Matrix is available at the bottom of this page.

Spring 2018 Course List and Description

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

Early Spring Intensive Course

PT653    Trauma and Healing
Intensive Course, January 6 – 13, plus 1 session on February 24 (Click here for days and times.)

Pat Fosarelli, MD, DMin/John Hayes, PhD
Intensive January course that explores the origins of and types of trauma across the lifespan, highlighting both psychological and spiritual effects on individuals, along with the spiritual and psychological factors necessary for healing. PR = none.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

Regular Spring Semester Courses

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

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)

BS614   Introduction to New Testament Greek II
Monday (on campus)  6:00 – 7:30 pm; Thursday (online) 8:00 – 9:00 pm

Karen Carducci, PhD (cand.)
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, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
(A 1-credit Spiritual Practice module is available. Click here  
for details.)
Drew Strait, PhD
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.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

BS693  Readings in Biblical Hebrew
Tuesday, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Rebecca Hancock, PhD
A one-credit course in reading, translating, and analyzing texts from the Hebrew Bible, as well as examining Hebrew vocabulary and grammar. PR = At least one year of basic Hebrew grammar and vocabulary.

BS733   Romans
Thursday, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Michael Gorman, PhD
An historical, theological, and literary exploration of Paul’s most significant letter, with attention to its contemporary implications for faith and life. PR=BS600, TH601
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

ES/MT621   Hospitality
Tuesday, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Arthur Sutherland, PhD/Rabbi Nina Cardin
An articulation of the nature and value of sacred hospitality, broadly defined, from Jewish and Christian perspectives, in contrast to the modern cultural and societal norms of hospitality. PR = none.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

ES/PT718    Christian Worship: Principles and Practice
Thursday, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Mark Gorman, PhD
A biblical, theological, historical, and contemporary study of Christian worship, emphasizing commonalities, denominational distinctions, and current issues.  PR/CR = TH601.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

H603   Modern Church History
Monday, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
(A 1-credit Spiritual Practice module is available. Click here for details.)

Emily Bailey, PhD
A survey of modern Christianity from the 16th century Reformation to the present, examining the ideas and historical traditions that shaped Catholicism, Orthodoxy, and Protestantism, with attention to its global contexts.  PR/CR = TH601.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

MT600   Fundamentals of Theological Ethics
Tuesday, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Fr. David Fulton, PhD
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)

MT/H703    Life & Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr. – study trip
On campus: Saturday 2/10 and 4/28 (9:00 am – 1:30 pm), Thursday April 12 (6 – 8:30 pm). Study trip: Sunday-Friday, April 15-20 (Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma, Alabama).

C. Anthony Hunt, PhD
An historical, theological, and socio-cultural analysis of King’s writings, with particular focus on the implication of King’s work for the contemporary church and society. A study trip to Alabama on this, the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination, is part of the course.  Please note, this course will meet on several days before the study trip to Alabama; the remainder of the hours will take place on site in Alabama. PR = TH601.
Full (Revised 12/5/17) Course Description (“Green Book” page)

PT629    The Church as Instrument of Change in the Metropolitan Community
Thursday, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Jeff Anderson, EdD
How can the church bring transformation in the city outside its doors?” To answer this question, students will explore Biblical and contemporary approaches to civic engagement, personal leadership styles, methods of leadership within the community, and effective ways to bring about change.  Practical skills will be emphasized, such as determining which social issues (crime, violence, youth disenfranchisement, education, unemployment, mass incarceration, racial prejudice, income disparity, etc.) can best be addressed by the student’s church and its community. PR = none.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

PT799    Ministry-in-Context
Tuesday,  6:00 – 8:30 pm

Pat Fosarelli, MD, DMin
A supervised field placement experience and concurrent theological reflection seminar, open only to MACM candidates who have completed at least 39 credits.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

SP/ST609    Spiritual Theology
Saturdays,  Jan 27; Feb 3, 10; Mar 3, 10, 17; Apr 7, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

John Hayes, PhD
An exploration of the apophatic tradition in Christian spirituality, which is based on the assumption that God’s essence cannot be fully understood and human language is inadequate to describe God.  PR = NONE
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

ST815    Living Theology
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 6-9 pm, 
Thursday, Feb. 1, 9 am–5 pm
Thursday, Mar. 8, 1–9 pm, Friday, Mar. 9, 9 am–5 pm, Saturday, Mar. 10, 9 am–4 pm
Brent Laytham, PhD
An exploration of how systematic theology enlivens Christian formation, ministry, and mission. PR = admission to Ashland Theological Seminary DMin program.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

TH601    Introduction to Theological Study
Tuesday,  6:00 – 8:30 pm
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)

TH799 Colloquium
Tuesday,  6:00 – 8:30 pm
Derek Olsen, PhD
An interdisciplinary seminar on a theological topic with readings from Scripture, theology, philosophy, and literature that seeks to integrate and broaden the educational experiences of the MAT candidates. PR for MAT candidates = GPA of 3.5, completion of 39 credits, and intention to graduate in the current academic year.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

Opportunity for Advanced Students

SS804 Currents in Johannine Theology
Thursday, 3:00 – 5 pm (tentative schedule)

Michael Gorman, PhD
An engagement with recent developments in the study of the Fourth Gospel, including Johannine ethics, John and mission, John and empire, John and Judaism, and John and Christian theology. This is an STL seminar in the School of Theology. PR for EI students = either matriculation in the Certificate of Advanced Study or GPA of 3.5 and permission of EI dean.

TBA St. Augustine’s Confessions
Time TBA (block class, afternoon likely)

Paul Seaton, PhD
The seminar-style course will be a close reading of a classic of Christian theological and spiritual literature, Augustine’s Confessions. The guiding concept will be the notion of “theological mind” and its specifically Augustinian form.   Augustine’s “confessions” are his thoughtful exploration and fulsome praise of the presence and salvific work of the biblical God in his life.  Important themes will include faith and reason; the heart; conversion; Christian friendship; the communion of the Church; the right order of society; and Scripture, creation, history, and salvation. PR = CAS matriculation OR 3.5 GPA and permission of EI dean.


January Intensive: PT653 Trauma & Healing (Fosarelli/Hayes)
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Saturday
        January 6 
8:30 – 4:30
January 8
6:00 – 9:00
January 9
6:00 – 9:00
January 10
6:00 – 9:00
January 11
6:00 – 9:00
January 13
8:30 – 4:30
        February 24 
8:30 – 4:30

Spring 2018 Course Schedule (all courses 6:00 to 8:30 pm, except where noted):
Monday Tuesday Thursday Saturday
BS600 Orientation to Biblical Studies BS693 Readings in Hebrew BS614 Greek II
online 8-9 pm
SP609 Spiritual Theology (Hayes) 
8:30 am – 1:30 pm*
BS614 Greek II ES/MT621 Hospitality BS733 Romans MT/H703 Martin Luther King, Jr. **
BS622 New Testament MT600 Ethics  MT/H703 Martin Luther King, Jr. **  
H603 Modern Church History PT799 Ministry-in-Context PT718 Worship  
  TH601 Introduction to Theological Study PT629 The Church as Instrument of Change   
  TH799 Colloquium    

*Saturdays: Jan 27; Feb 3, 10; Mar 3, 10, 17; Apr 7 (8:30 am – 1:30 pm)
**MT/H703 will meet as follows: on campus, Saturday 2/10 and 4/28 (9:00 – 1:30 pm); Thursday April 12 (6 – 8:30 pm); study trip, Sunday-Friday, April 15-20 (Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma, Alabama).

1-Credit Spiritual Practice Courses: Spring 2018
Course # Course Title Parent Course
SP642.1 Spiritual Practice: Literature & Theology of the New Testament (Strait)
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)
SP647.1 Spiritual Practice: Modern Church History (Bailey)
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)