Course Catalogue 2016-2017

Gospel , Church & Culture

WYP2618HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2016 INSTRUCTOR(S): Paulsen, Judy

COLLEGE: Wycliffe College SCHEDULE: Wed TIME: 11:00 to 13:00


This course will explore the relationship between the gospel, church and culture, and what their interaction means for leadership in today's church. It will begin by examining the role of culture in human society, and will then discuss four key doctrines of the church that inform an understanding of culture. Worldview will be examined as a tool for understanding culture, and the course will look specifically at what the shift from modernity to post-modernity means for the church and its mission. This course will include Biblical material, reference the experience of cross-cultural missionaries, and examine aspects of Canadian and American culture. These will form the backdrop for discussion about what it means to be a missional church in contemporary north America.

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Buddhist Ethics


COLLEGE: Emmanuel College SCHEDULE: Wed TIME: 11:00 to 13:00

CREDITS: One Credit

Buddhism is a response to what is fundamentally an ethical problem -the perennial problem of the best kind of life for us to lead. The Buddha was driven to seek the solution to this problem and the associated ethical issues it arises. This course introduces students to explore whether an Asian religion such as Buddhism can shed any light on problems that the West has found difficult and controversial. The course applies Buddhist ethics to a range of issues of contemporary concern, including abortion, euthanasia, suicide, war, environmentalism, etc., and discusses the Buddhist response to ethical dilemmas confronting our modern societies. It also develops a careful, probing analysis of the nature and practical dynamics of Buddhist ethics in the particularities of different Buddhist traditions, and compare that against the Christian perspective. Since Buddhist ethics is an unfamiliar subject in the West, the course will take on various issues from a Christian perspective first as a point of departure. This allows students to examine the different ethical standards sparked from different religious orientations. Through such discussions, students will develop an in-depth understanding of the Buddhist moral teachings and how many of these ancient, Indian approaches could be modified and remained meaningful in our contemporary society. The class format will take on a variety of styles, including lectures, critical reading of canonical texts, academic works and films, exploring and examining the Buddhist principles in different contexts through class discussion, and the comparative reading of Buddhist ethics against the "norm" of Christian ethics in the Western world.

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Foundational Tenets and Practices of Buddhism


COLLEGE: Emmanuel College SCHEDULE: Mon TIME: 18:30 to 20:30

CREDITS: One Credit

This survey course provides students with an overview of the basic tenets, major figures, important developments, and the meditative principles of Buddhism. It will serve as an important foundation for the understanding of the various forms of applied Buddhism. Students will learn to appreciate the traditional Buddhist critique of our human condition and its aspiration to attain a transcendental spiritual goal. On that basis, students will also come to an understanding of the meanings behind the Buddhist practices and cultures. Such a foundation is important for the students to understand the needs for the modern developments of engaged Buddhism, Buddhist Ethics, dialogues with Western psychologists on the Buddhist view of the mind, and Buddhist contemplative care. The major Buddhist doctrines in the course are introduced through important works of scholarly studies, alongside with the reading of the English translation of passages from the Buddhist canon. This allows the students to examine the primary sources, instead of relying entirely on scholarly interpretation of the teachings. It is also important to remind students that Buddhism is not just a philosophy or a school of thought, but a spiritual tradition that emphasizes the cultivation of meditative states. Therefore, different forms of meditation are examined to see how they are employed as a means to realize the various levels of enlightened mind.

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Church and Evangelism: Towards Building a New Relationship

TRP2631HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2016 INSTRUCTOR(S): Lazerte, Darcey R.

COLLEGE: Trinity College SCHEDULE: Sat TIME: 9:00 to 14:00

CREDITS: One Credit

This course will offer historical, biblical and theological foundations to the ministry and practice of evangelism in order that church leaders can exercise this ministry in their ministry setting.

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Principles and Practice of Liturgy

TRP2641YY L0101 SESSION: Fall 2016 INSTRUCTOR(S): Neelands, David

COLLEGE: Trinity College SCHEDULE: Tue TIME: 19:00 to 21:00

CREDITS: Two Credits

A five semester long preparation for active worship leadership in the Anglican Church. Supervised "worship teams" prepare for and preside at a variety of services. Music and homiletics (theory and performance), phenomenological and theological reflection on the practice of ministry.

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Orthodox Missions and Evangelism - Cancelled on Sep 9, 2016


COLLEGE: Trinity College SCHEDULE: Wed TIME: 19:00 to 22:00

CREDITS: One Credit

This course will educate students to understand the central spirit of missions and evangelism in the Orthodox Church. The first part of the course will focus on the lives, ministries and methods of the greatest Orthodox missionaries - the Apostle Paul and the early Christians, Cyril and Method ius, Innocent Veniaminov of Alaska, Nicholas Kasatkin of Japan- along with exemplar contemporary missionaries like Archbishop Anastasios of Albania. The second part of the course will apply the studied missionary methods to evangelism in the contemporary North American context. How should the Orthodox Church carry on this spirit of evangelism in its present reality in North America?

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The Good News of Mark - Cancelled on Sep 6, 2016


COLLEGE: St. Michael's College SCHEDULE: Tue TIME: 17:00 to 19:00

CREDITS: One Credit

A study of the Gospel of Mark with attention to its claim to be a story of gospel, or good news. Particular attention to the narrative and oral features of the Gospel, to its Christology, its inner tensions, its characterizations, and the kinds of conflicts it might have been addressing in its own time.

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Who is Jesus? (NT II)


COLLEGE: Wycliffe College SCHEDULE: N/A Online TIME: NA to NA

CREDITS: One Credit

An introduction to the content of a portion of the New Testament: 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 Corinthians, Galatians, Romans, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Peter, Hebrews and Revelation. The guiding question of the course is "Who is Jesus?".

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Introduction to Philosophical Anthropology

SAT2705HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2016 INSTRUCTOR(S): Mulrooney, Sean

COLLEGE: St. Augustine's Seminary SCHEDULE: Fri TIME: 11:00 to 13:00

CREDITS: One Credit

In this course, we will examine different theories of human nature. We will be guided by two focusing questions: 'What makes me happy?' and 'What keeps me from being happy?'. We will address these questions on both individual and communal levels. Students will constantly be encouraged to connect the theories discussed in class with their own experience.

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Introduction to Moral Philosophy

SAT2707HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2016 INSTRUCTOR(S): Mulrooney, Sean

COLLEGE: St. Augustine's Seminary SCHEDULE: Thu TIME: 11:00 to 13:00

CREDITS: One Credit

An examination of three different approaches to ethics. First, we will look at the foundations of Western morality through reading Plato's Gorgias; second, at Nietzsche's attack on Western morality in Beyond Good and Evil; and third at Aquinas' treatment of the virtues.

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