Course Catalogue 2013-2014

Sources of Orthodox Pastoralia: Devotional and Pastoral Writing from 1st to 12th C

TRH2451HF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2014 INSTRUCTOR(S): Ladouceur, Paul

COLLEGE: Trinity College SCHEDULE: Mon, Thu TIME: 19:00 to 22:00

CREDITS: One Credit

This course explores the fundamentals of Orthodox spirituality and pastoral guidance, from the Biblical foundations of the Christian spiritual life and the origins of Christian ascetic and spiritual practices in the early centuries, to St Gregory Palamas in the 14th century. The course emphasizes the theological aspects of spirituality and its historical development, illustrated by readings from the great spiritual writers to the late Byzantine period.

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Eastern Christian Thoughts, Doctrine and Theology from 15th to 21st C - Cancelled on Aug 11, 2013

TRH2452HF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2014 INSTRUCTOR(S): Ladouceur, Paul

COLLEGE: Trinity College SCHEDULE: Mon, Thu TIME: 19:00 to 22:00

CREDITS: One Credit

Study of the principal theologians, themes and writings of modern Orthodox theology,from the end of the Byzantine Empire to the present,with a focus on the Orthodox theological and spiritual revival in the 19th and 20th centuries, especially the Russian religious renaissance and neopatristic theology. Emphasis on readings and discussion of major primary texts. Recommended preparation TRT2401H.

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Integral Mission and Theology in the African Context

WYP2462YF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2014 INSTRUCTOR(S): Kupp, David

COLLEGE: Wycliffe College SCHEDULE: Irregular

CREDITS: Two Credits

This course is a deliberately cross-disciplinary* and exploration of Christian life, thought, and ministry in Africa. Students will combine reading and writing about African history and theology (with a professor of African Church History), living in an African village, working in a parish, and visiting and learning about the social issues surrounding the nearby mine. (with the help of a professor of international development).
In addition to a program of orientation and cross-cultural awareness, the students will complete an online course on African Church history and theology prior to traveling to north central Tanzania and the Anglican diocese of Tarime, where they will live for a month in an agricultural centre. There they will have lectures with Professor Akiri, talk to leaders of the Church and the Mother's Union, and young people.Outcomes: (1) be able to integrate learnings from different disciplines, (2) grow in appreciation of the distinct contribution of the African Church to world Christianity (3) see one's own church better in its light.
*Pending approval from Theology and History Departments

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Self, Family, Congregation - Cancelled on Aug 28, 2013

KNP2548HF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2014 INSTRUCTOR(S):

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

CREDITS: One Credit

This course introduces students to practices and theories of pastoral care with an emphasis on self awareness and pastoral practice in an intercultural context. The first half of the course will focus on systems theories - family of origin, cultures of origin and social identity. Students will explore and present their own families of origin and social identity as a means to learn the theory, consider ministry implications and develop self awareness. The second half of the course will provide hands-on opportunities to practice pastoral skills while learning theory regarding grief and loss, death and dying, ethical decision making, spiritual care, developing pastoral relationships. Lecture, discussion, small group work, mid-term paper, case studies.

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Counselling Adolescents and Their Families

WYP2551HF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2014 INSTRUCTOR(S):

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

CREDITS: One Credit

This course will strive to equip students to understand adolescent issues at a deeper level and to respond in a way that truly promotes health and wholeness. Class time will be built around lectures supplemented by case study evaluations, group discussions and media critiques. Students will be evaluated on the basis of reading reports, a real-life adolescent profile and the development of a parent workshop as a final summary project. Issues such as eating disorders, substance abuse, depression, suicide and anxiety will be discussed. Youth workers, teachers, parents, pastors and counsellors will benefit from this practical class as it explores the importance of hope in caregiving relationships. NOTE: Pre-course assignment due on first day of class. See syllabus on Wycliffe website.

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Theological Anthropology

SAT2600HF L6101 SESSION: Summer 2014 INSTRUCTOR(S): Gittens, Peter

COLLEGE: St. Augustine's Seminary SCHEDULE: Online

CREDITS: One Credit

Exploration of the following themes in the light of Christian revelation: creation, community, body & soul, humanity as male and female, sin, grace, eschatology. Lectures, readings, presentations, final exam.

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Religions in Dialogue - Cancelled on Jun 5, 2013

KNT2608HF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2014 INSTRUCTOR(S): Fensham, Charles James

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

CREDITS: One Credit

This course will explore major approaches to the relationship between the Christian faith and other religions in the context of the plurality and diversity of the contemporary world. Evaluation: paper/assignment. Prerequisite: A basic introductory theology course

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Eco-Theology Faith and Practice

SMT2610HS L4101 SESSION: Summer 2014 INSTRUCTOR(S): Gregg, Linda

COLLEGE: St. Michael's College SCHEDULE: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri

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.

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Community Development: Tools and Practices for Transformation

WYP2641HF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2014 INSTRUCTOR(S): Kupp, David Rowe, W. Clayton

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

CREDITS: One Credit

In the last three decades, disappointment with traditional "top-down" international development delivered by external experts began to propel community-driven approaches from the margins to the centre of development practice. This family of community development approaches includes a range of siblings with names such as grassroots development, people-centred development, participatory learning and action (PLA), capabilities-based development, and assets-based community development. Marginalized communities are offered capacities to shape the directionof their own lives, and to challenge and change unjust social, political and economic structures.
These participatory approaches elevated local people and their organizations to central roles in decision-making and implementation of development strategies. To be sustainable and effective, community transformation requires local agents of change who focus on developing local capacities and skills. These change agents - whether local church or community organization leaders or practitioners - need to be well-equipped with knowledge and tools to inspire, guide and facilitate change processes that match well the local context and conditions. Through the rich past and present of community development, a range of tools and practices have emerged worthy of study and application. This course introduces participants to a selection of these approaches that have proven valuable to organizations and practitioners involved in mobilizing, building and catalyzing community development initiatives. At the heart of community development processes stands the development facilitator, her/his effectiveness depends on a this set of knowledge, skills and tools.

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Gospel of John

SMB2673HS L0101 SESSION: Summer 2014 INSTRUCTOR(S):

COLLEGE: St. Michael's College SCHEDULE: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri TIME: 1730 to 2100

CREDITS: One Credit

John offers a contemplative and summary Gospel for those who have already journeyed through the earlier stages of Christian experience. This course will consider the distinctive theological and literary character of the Gospel of John with special attention to the evangelist's creative reshaping of tradition in response to the circumstances of the church at the end of the first century. The social and ecclesial situation in which the fourth gospel was written will provide the context in which to locate the theological, pastoral and rhetorical strategies used by the evangelist. Weekly assignments, final paper, class preparation and participation. Prerequisite: SMB 1501 (or equivalent).

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