Course Catalogue 2012-2013

The Life and Thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

EMT2532HF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2013 INSTRUCTOR(S):

COLLEGE: Emmanuel College SCHEDULE: Tue, Thu TIME: 19:00 to 21:00

CREDITS: One Credit

This course is an exploration of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) and an examination of his select writings. The course investigates the wider socio-political and theological contexts of Germany’s Weimar Republic, the ascendency of Hitler and Nazism, the Confessing Church, and the covert resistance to Hitler that Bonhoeffer later joined. The course also asks how these realities, together with Bonhoeffer’s writings, inform our 21st-Century North American context of Christian existence. Lectures, discussions. Seminar presentation, multiple choice exam, research paper.  This course counts as a designated elective in Theology or an open elective.

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Theology of Ministry

SMP2600HF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2013 INSTRUCTOR(S):

COLLEGE: St. Michael's College SCHEDULE: Irregular TIME: 1700 to 2000

CREDITS: One Credit

This course will explore the foundations of ministry in the New Testament, the manifold expressions of ministry in the history of the Church, and a variety of contemporary issues related to the theology and practice of ministry from a Roman Catholic perspective. Also important will be the relationship of ministry to other aspects of theology, such as Christology, pneumatology, grace, mission, ecclesiology, and sacraments.

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Theology and the Arts

TRT2606HS L0101 SESSION: Summer 2013 INSTRUCTOR(S):

COLLEGE: Trinity College SCHEDULE: Irregular TIME: 13:00 to 16:00

CREDITS: One Credit

This course will explore key themes in recent discussions about the relationship between theology and the arts. Though some historical perspective on the place of the arts in the Christian church will be noted, the focus of our attention will be on the wide range of current conversations on arts and theology. Themes such as spirituality and art, liturgy and art, God and beauty, the place of imagination, and art as a resource for engaging issues of justice will be among the topics we consider. Though there will be a lecture component in the course, the classes will take the form of a seminar where assigned readings will serve as the context for our discussions.

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The Challenges of World Christianity Today

WYT2606HF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2013 INSTRUCTOR(S): Sumner, George R.

COLLEGE: Wycliffe College SCHEDULE:

CREDITS: One Credit

In a time of enormous upheaval, what challenges and opportunities are posed for the Christian mission?  Two missiologists will tackle this question, one a theologian and the other an historian, with the help of guest scholars from Asia and Latin America, as they look at the contemporary scene continent by continent.

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Adolescents at Risk

WYP2609HF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2013 INSTRUCTOR(S):

COLLEGE: Wycliffe College SCHEDULE: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri TIME: 9:00 to 15:00

CREDITS: One Credit

This course is designed to address specific personal behavioural, emotional and relational issues faced by new millennium adolescents. It is meant to prepare students who are planning to be involved in parish youth ministry for a greater level of relational effectiveness through a deeper understanding and awareness of a number of specific adolescent struggles. They will develop a greater freedom to address and discuss these issues with both adolescents themselves and the adults who intersect with the adolescent world. Class content will be presented in an accessible, practical, usable way for front-line youth workers and the volunteers on their teams.

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Eco-Theology Faith and Practice

SMT2610HS L4101 SESSION: Summer 2013 INSTRUCTOR(S): Gregg, Linda

COLLEGE: St. Michael's College SCHEDULE:

CREDITS: One Credit

Through lecture, discussion, prayer and eco-praxis, course participants will develop a solid academic foundation in eco-theology, skills to analyze contemporary social and ethical issues in ecology, and an integration of theology, spirituality and practical applications including organic gardening to support the formation of Christian identity and mission in the world today. July 3 (7 p.m.) to July 10 (1 p.m.) with residential component. 

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Israel-Sinai, People, Story, Land

TRH2641HY L4101 SESSION: Summer 2013 INSTRUCTOR(S): Neelands, David

COLLEGE: Trinity College SCHEDULE:

CREDITS: One Credit

On-site study of Israel and the Sinai, studying the people, the story and the land of Israel and the Sinai as it can be known by history, archeology, anthropology, liturgy, and social study. The course will be offered in spring 2013.  Please note that for reason of personal security the group will not visit Sinai in 2013.  We will spend five days in Jordan including desert experience.  Tentative dates for the trip, April 20 to May 4.  Separate payment is required, amount to be established.

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Politics, Planning and Parishes: Making the most of church facilities

WYP2701HS L0101 SESSION: Summer 2013 INSTRUCTOR(S): Sumner, George R.

COLLEGE: Wycliffe College SCHEDULE: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri TIME: 9:00 to 15:30

CREDITS: One Credit

Urban congregations exist within a community where all land uses are coordinated through official plans to ensure the future provision for all land uses, infrastructure and services for the community. Urban parish leadership must know how to engage both these documents and the political processes that shape the urban form and are the context for all urban ministry. This course will examine and explain the political, physical and social context of an urban parish church ministry and the processes and polity of their urban community. Extensive use will be made of examples, and the class will have the opportunity to meet and interview experienced professionals and politicians in the local political and planning scene. The course will include at least one major case study, involving field work, of an existing urban congregation with a report to be prepared outlining opportunities and challenges for the congregation. The course will use lectures, case studies, interviews, site visits and seminars. Participants will be evaluated through their class participation, a documented case study and a final examination. 

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Reading Paul Inside and Out

EMB2702HF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2013 INSTRUCTOR(S):

COLLEGE: Emmanuel College SCHEDULE: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri TIME: 9:30 to 12:30

CREDITS: One Credit

It is often the case that people in the church do not know what to do with difficult biblical tests.  This applies especially to the letters of Paul.  This course will give students an opportunity to clarify their own hermeneutical approach to biblical texts by looking at three passages from Paul’s letters that are often seen as particularly controversial, difficult or troublesome. It will also give them an opportunity to explore how contemporary biblical scholarship can be assistance in reading texts like these.

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New Testament Responses to Imperial Violence

EMB2801HF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2013 INSTRUCTOR(S):

COLLEGE: Emmanuel College SCHEDULE: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu TIME: 9:30 to 12:30

CREDITS: One Credit

This course surveys various points at which a number of New Testament authors encountered the Roman Empire – directly or indirectly.  It aims to acquaint students with the political world of the New Testament and to aid students in the development of a biblical hermeneutic conscious of its implications.  The class will involve a combination of lecture, full class discussion, and small group discussion.  Students will be assessed by a book review assignment, two summary papers, a final research paper, and classroom participation.

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