Spring 2021 Courses

Spring 2021 Course Schedule 

Spring courses run from January 11 through May 10, 2021. All spring classes are online only, meeting in the Zoom videoconferencing platform. Some courses will shift SOME learning engagement from the live session to flexible weekly activities. (E.g., New Testament would require 30 minutes of flex-work before the class meeting from 6-8.) 

The regular registration period for Spring 2021 courses is November 2  – November 13, 2020. (Please note: two weeks only.) Beginning November 14, a $90 late-registration fee will go into effect (not applicable to new students).  You may register by 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. For more information, please see the Registration page. Forms are available on the Forms page.

(A Course Schedule Matrix is provided at the bottom of this page.)
PR = Prerequisite; CR = Co-requisite

BS600    Orientation to Biblical Studies
Monday, 6 – 8:30 pm
Derek Olsen, 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)

BS612    Introduction to Biblical Hebrew II
Monday & Wednesday
Paul Maillet, STL, STD
A continuation of BS611. PR = BS611.
Full Course Description (“Green Book”) page 

BS622    Literature & Theology of the New Testament
Thursday, 6 – 8:30 pm
Jennifer McNeel, 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

BS711 The Gospel of John
Tuesday, 6 – 8:30 pm
Michael Gorman, PhD
An exploration of the historical context, literary features, spirituality, and theological significance of the fourth Gospel. PR = BS600, TH601
Full Course Description (“Green Book”) page 

BS/ES716    Biblical/Ecumenical Perspectives on Mary
Thursday, 6 – 8:30 pm
Rev. Janyce Jorgensen
This course traces the biblical, theological, and ecumenical significance of Mary.
Full Course Description  (“Green Book” page)

DM816 Leading Leaders (DMin only)
Jan. 21-22, Feb. 11-12, Mar. 11-12, Apr. 15-16; Thursday 6:00-8:30 pm;  9:30-3:30 on Fridays

The Rev. Jason Poling, DMin
This course investigates the unique challenges and opportunities involved in ministries of higher leadership.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page) 

DM868 Living Doctrine (DMin only)
Jan. 21-22, Feb. 11-12, Mar. 11-12, Apr. 15-16; Thursday 6:00-8:30 pm;  9:30-3:30 on Fridays
Rev. C. Anthony Hunt
An exploration of how systematic theology enlivens Christian formation, ministry, and mission. Each session takes up one article of the creed, with special emphasis on (1) Christian doctrine as script for Christian living and ministry; (2) various approaches to doing theology that is faithful to both the common Christian tradition and to specific historical and cultural contexts; (3) analyses of the challenges of our current historical situation (variously defined as modern or post-modern); and (4) the connection between systematic theology and their context and D.Min. project.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page) 

ES/PT718  Christian Worship: Principles and Practice
Tuesday, 6 – 8:30 pm
Joseph Donnella, PhD
This course serves as an introduction to the history, practices, and theology of Christian worship with particular attention to developments in North American and ecumenical contexts.  Attention will focus on the celebration of Baptism, Communion, Proclamation, Daily Prayer and Services of the Word, along with rituals of Marriage, Death and Burial, and Healing–Anointing.  Contemporary matters such as Language, African- American traditions, Feminist and Womanist traditions, Art & Aesthetics along with Architecture and Space will be explored in the hope that students will deepen their understanding of the components that shape and form public worship. PR/CR = TH601.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

H603   Modern Church History
Tuesday, 6 – 8:30 pm
Stephen Lloyd, 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
Monday, 6 – 8:30 pm
Brian Berry, 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)

PT719    Crafting Sermons for a Post-Pandemic World
Monday, 6 – 8:30 pm
Dr. Dave Greiser
A basic course in creating sermons, from selection of text to delivery of the spoken message. This class is for those who anticipate preaching regularly, and those who have little experience but may occasionally be asked to preach.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

PT799    Ministry-in-Context
6 – 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)

ST693 Readings in Systematic Theology
Wednesday, 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Mark Gorman, PhD
This one-credit seminar focuses on reading an advanced text in systematic theology (this time Katherine Sonderreger’s Doctrine of the Holy Trinity). Take three times to equal one elective requirement.  PR = ST601 and either BS621 or BS622
Full Course Description (“Green Book”) page

TH601    Introduction to Theological Study
Thursday,  6 – 8:30 pm
Mark Gorman, PhD
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: Lord’s Prayer
Monday, 6 – 8:30 pm
Arthur Sutherland, ThD
The Theology Colloquium is an interdisciplinary seminar 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 The Lord’s Prayer. In our class we examine the prayer as a biblical text and as a resource for theology, ethics, pastoral ministry, and ecumenics.
Full Course Description (“Green Book”) page

Spring 2021 Course Schedule (all courses 6:00 to 8:30 pm, except where noted):
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
BS612 – Hebrew II  H603 – Modern Church History  BS612 – Hebrew II  BS622 – Literature & Theology of the New Testament
 BS600 – Orientation to Biblical Studies  ES/PT718 – Christian Worship  ST693 – Readings in Systematic Theology  TH601 – Introduction to Theological Study
 TH799 – Colloquium  BS711 – The Gospel of John    PT799 – Ministry-in-Context
 MT600 – Fundamentals of Theological Ethics      BS/ES716 – Biblical/Ecumenical Perspectives on Mary
PT719 – Crafting Sermons for a Post-Pandemic World