Summer 2021 Courses

Summer courses will run from Saturday, May 15, 2021 through Monday, June 28, 2021 (unless otherwise noted). Though we hope to return to in-person classes in the Fall, Summer 2021 courses will continue to be online only. The regular registration period for Summer 2021 courses is April 12 – April 23, 2021. (Please note: two weeks only.) Beginning April 24, a $90 late-registration fee will go into effect (not applicable to new students).  
PR = Prerequisite

BS/SP629 Scripture & Spirituality

Mondays & Thursdays (May 24 – June 28), 6:00–9:00 pm
Dr. Derek Olsen
This course will explore the intersection between Scripture, theology, and spirituality in a variety of practices including lectio divina, monastic psalm-singing, medieval Books of Hours, the hymnody of Protestant writers like Isaac Watts, and the African American Spiritual tradition. We will experience each practice together, then examine the interpretive and theological principles—as well as the pursuit of beauty—that contribute to the spiritual purpose and efficacy of each.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

BS693 Readings in Biblical Hebrew
Thursdays, 6:00–8:00 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.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

DM815 Enculturating Ministry
May 13-14, June 10-11, July 15-16, August 5-6 (Thursdays, 6:00-8:30, and Fridays 9:30-12:00 and 1:00-3:30)
Dr. Emily Ralph Servant
This course will attempt to equip the student to understand the big picture of our contemporary Western world view as well as the more local culture(s) in which the student serves, so that the student-minister is able to sensitively and effectively speak and embody the good news in that setting.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

DM817 Embodying Scripture
May 13-14, June 10-11, July 15-16, August 5-6 (Thursdays, 6:00-8:30, and Fridays 9:30-12:00 and 1:00-3:30)
Dr. Dennis Edwards & Dr. Rebekah Eklund
An exploration of how Scripture finds embodiment in Christian thinking, feeling, and acting, in personal and communal/social dimensions. The course explores how the biblical text, engaged as Scripture, 1) frames how we see and engage the world; 2) forms our character and communities; and 3) patterns our performance of the gospel. Embodying Scripture integrates the traditional disciplines of Christian formation, spirituality, and ethics/moral theology, as well as theo-cultural hermeneutics.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

PT750 Urban Ministries
Saturdays, 9:00 am–2:00 pm
Dr. Tony Hunt
This course provides a foundation for the application of best practices in urban ministry, with particular focus of the impact of urban ministry on congregational vitality, social justice and community building.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

PT/SP738 Faith Development through the Life Cycle
Mondays &Thursdays (May 24 – June 28), 6:00–9:00 pm
Dr. Pat Fosarelli
This course will explore how faith develops over a lifetime. To do this, we will examine all ages, exploring several areas of human development. This holistic approach will permit us to better understand how to teach, preach, and minister to individuals of various ages in health and in situations of adversity, since faith is affected by experiences in life. 
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

ST582 Christianity and Its Critics
Saturdays, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Chris Dreisbach, PhD
Taking both an historical and a theoretical approach, this course examines some of the more influential critics of Christianity, their arguments, and the contexts for these arguments, with an eye toward deepening our understanding of Christianity.
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

ST689 Readings in Systematic Theology
Date & Time TBD (negotiable based on professor and students’ schedules) 
Mark Gorman, PhD
This one-credit seminar focuses on reading an advanced text in systematic theology (this time Gilles Emery and Matthew Levering, eds., The Oxford Handbook of the Trinity). Take three times to equal one elective requirement.
PR = ST601 and either BS621 or BS622
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)

TH603 Philosophy for Understanding Theology
Tuesdays: May 18, 25; June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; July 6, 13, 20. 6:00–9:00 pm

Eric Mabry, PhD
This course introduces students to significant thinkers and ideas in the history of western philosophy. It is designed to encourage and promote philosophical questions and initiate habits of inquiry and reflection by teaching students how to make perennial philosophical concepts and methods their own, with the particular aim of engagement in theological discourse. 
Full Course Description (“Green Book” page)