Course Catalogue 2014-2015

Theology of Ministry

TSM5021HF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2015 INSTRUCTOR(S): Schner, Joseph G. Deller, Walter

COLLEGE: TST SCHEDULE: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri TIME: 9:00 to 12:00

CREDITS: One Credit

This course aims at a critical understanding of the theoretical base that informs the current practice of ministry. Theories of ministry and their practical consequences in the contemporary church are discussed.

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Qualitative Research and Design

TSM5022HF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2015 INSTRUCTOR(S): Schner, Joseph G.

COLLEGE: TST SCHEDULE: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri TIME: 9:00 to 12:00

CREDITS: One Credit

This course gives an overview of qualitative research methods in light of the students' respective research theology and design. It is focused on the elaboration of the DMin thesis proposal.

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Retreat in Everyday Life - Cancelled on Feb 25, 2015

RGP6248YF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2015 INSTRUCTOR(S): Stoeber, Michael

Basic degree students enrol in RGP3248YF

COLLEGE: Regis College SCHEDULE: TIME: 9:00 to 17:00

CREDITS: Two Credits

Secondary Practicum in Spiritual Direction: A two-week intensive course consisting of integration of theory and practice of spiritual direction. A model of non-residential Retreat in Everyday Life is used for this practicum. The course is the second phase of the Regis College Spiritual Direction Program. Discernment paper. Graded paper. Prerequisites: RGP3661HY; 8-day directed retreat, RGP3687H, and RGP3688H. Restricted to students enrolled in Diploma in Spiritual Direction at Regis College.

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Art, Religion and Theology: "Theologies" of Art in the Christian Tradition

ICH6350HS L4101 SESSION: Summer 2015 INSTRUCTOR(S): Smick, Rebekah

Basic degree students enrol in ICH3350HS

COLLEGE: Institute for Christian Studies SCHEDULE: Mon, Wed TIME: 9:00 to 12:00

CREDITS: One Credit

The course will explore significant ways that Christians have theologized the arts, artistry and art culture in Eastern and Western Christendom. The course will compare the varieties of theologies that have emerged from within the Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox traditions. The study will involve looking at paintings, icons, altarpieces, and socially and culturally engaged works of art as well as pertinent theological writings. Students will be evaluated on class participation, seminar presentations, and a research paper on an approved topic. The methodology used in the course will be a mix of lecture and class discussion on assigned readings.

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The lgnatian Theology of Religious Life

RGT6507HF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2015 INSTRUCTOR(S): Mongeau, Gilles M.

Basic degree students enrol in RGT3507HF

COLLEGE: Regis College SCHEDULE: Tue, Thu TIME: 17:00 to 20:00

CREDITS: One Credit

A close reading of the foundational texts of the following lgnatian religious communities: the Society of Jesus, the Sisters of Saint Joseph, the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Faithful Companions of Jesus, and the Xavieres Missionaries of Christ Jesus. Through a comparative study of constitutions, spiritual writings of the founders and their correspondece, we will bring to light key elements that characterize the ignatian theology of religious life: understanding of mission and ministry; purpose and structures of community living; theology of governance; theology of the vows; anthropology and soteriology; understanding of Christ and of God. Methodological questions of historical and cultural context, exegesis, and theological interpretation of spiritual and canonical texts will also be addressed.

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The Sin Seminar: Engaging Hamartiology

WYT6510HF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2015 INSTRUCTOR(S): Sumner, George R.

Basic degree students enrol in WYT3510HF

COLLEGE: Wycliffe College SCHEDULE: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri TIME: 9:30 to 16:00

CREDITS: One Credit

The Doctrine of Sin has suffered several critiques in recent times, and yet we live in an era aware of structural injustices and horrendous evil. This course will consider the major approaches to the doctrine in the tradition, the insights available in art and literature, and what a reconstruction of the doctrine might look like. Relations to contemporary subjects like psychotherapy and brain science will also be considered.

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Augustine for Postmoderns

TRT6522HF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2015 INSTRUCTOR(S):

Basic degree students enrol in TRT3522HF

COLLEGE: Trinity College SCHEDULE: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri TIME: 9:00 to 12:00

CREDITS: One Credit

A seminar offered each summer on some aspect of the History of Theology with Professor James K.A. Smith, Visiting Distinguished Professor. Participants will explore one or more authors according to themes established by Professor Smith in his current research and writing. Theme for Summer 2015: What could a fifth-century North African bishop possibly have to say to us secular cosmopolitans? Why read Augustine in our "secular age?" Because, in fact, our secular age is already an Augustinian age. To tweak Faulkner just a bit, Augustine isn't dead; he isn't even past. We don't need to engage in acrobatics of "relevance" to cultivate interest in a fifth-century North African bishop because, in a sense, he's been with us this whole time: he just went underground. He is part of our cultural subconscious. And if you dig below the surface, you start to see him everywhere. You'll notice that Hannah Arendt, under the (official) direction of Karl Jaspers (and the unofficial, er, "tutelage" of Martin Heidegger) did her dissertation on Augustine. Or that a fellow north African and existentialist, Albert Camus, also wrote a dissertation on Augustine and Neoplatonism. The genealogy of an "existentialist" strain of 20th-century philosophy is quite directly Augustinian. In important ways, Heidegger's Being and Time was the stone dropped in the pond of our complacency. His analysis of our pathetic, derivative conformity to the chattering of "the they," coupled with his call for a resolute choice of a "project" that summons us to authenticity-these turn out to be Heidegger's translations of Augustine into the language of phenomenology. While Being and Time seemed to drop from the sky, sui generis, in 1927, by the 1990s, when Heidegger's early lectures from 1919-1923 began to be published in his Gesamtausgabe [Collected Works], we learned that his analysis was far from original. In fact, we can see all of Heidegger's categories emerge in an important lecture course on-you guessed it-Augustine's Confessions. This course will consider the theological significance of Augustine's enduring influence on philosophy (and culture) in the 20th and 21st century, exploring the direct Augustinian influence on contemporary theorists such as Martin Heidegger, Hannah Arendt, Albert Camus, Jacques Derrida, Jean-Francais Lyotard, Jean-Luc Marion, and John Milbank (and "Radical Orthodoxy" more broadly).

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Oliver O'Donovan's Theology of Culture - Cancelled on Jun 1, 2015

TRT6531HF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2015 INSTRUCTOR(S):

COLLEGE: Trinity College SCHEDULE: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri TIME: 9:00 to 12:00

CREDITS: One Credit

This course will engage the O’Donovan’s corpus as a portal to perennial and contemporary questions in theology of culture and moral theology.  We will also engage critical readings of O’Donovan’s work.  Students will be encouraged to pursue research projects that tackle a specific theme in O’Donovan’s corpus, putting him in conversation with other contemporary thinkers from a range of traditions. 

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Psychology & Religion

RGP6550HF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2015 INSTRUCTOR(S): Schner, Joseph G.

Basic degree students enrol in RGP3550HF

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

CREDITS: One Credit

The course will begin with a discussion of the relationship between psychology and religion. It will then explore the relationship between religion and psychology -- history, methodology, research and application. It will review psychological theories and research on personality and their relationship to spirituality, religious behaviour, individual differences and abnormality, and review research on religious development. These findings will then be applied within the context of the social and organizational psychology of the church. Students will be asked to write several reports on assigned readings and a longer essay for the end of the term. A previous course in introductory psychology would be helpful but not essential.

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Professional Ethics in Counselling - Cancelled on Mar 16, 2015

RGP6564HF L0101 SESSION: Summer 2015 INSTRUCTOR(S):

Basic degree students enrol in RGP3564HF

COLLEGE: Regis College SCHEDULE: Mon, Thu TIME: 9:00 to 12:00

CREDITS: One Credit

This course will examine a number of core issues which impact pastoral counsellors and marriage and family therapists who are currently working in a variety of private and institutional contexts. A case studies approach will be used in dialogue with the most current ethical codes of conduct outlined by several major certifying and regulating bodies in the Canada and the United States, such as the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC, formerly CAPPE), the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT/OAMFT), and the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC). The main purpose of the course will be to foster a deepening sense of the essential nature of ethical reflection and accountability to clients and the counselling profession in general. Evaluation: class participation, weekly assignments/quizzes, class presentation, major paper. This course has been pre-approved by the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC) as fulfilling the ethics requirement for their certification programs in Supervised Pastoral Education Certification (CPE & PCE).

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