Course Catalogue 2016-2017

Meditation and Prayer in Comparative Context - Cancelled on Apr 14, 2016

RGP6274HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2016 INSTRUCTOR(S): Stoeber, Michael

Basic degree students enrol in RGP3274HF

COLLEGE: Regis College SCHEDULE: Thu TIME: 9:00 to 11:00

PRE-REQUISITES: Completion of one world's religions survey course CREDITS: One Credit

The course will explore in theory and practice various types of meditation and prayer of major religious traditions, including: Christian Lectio Divina, Recollection/Centering Prayer, Taize. and Quaker Worship; Buddhist Mindfulness/Insight meditation; Sufi Contemplation; Hindu Mantra meditation; and certain kinds of Yoga. It will outline and analyze the practices and goals of these types of prayer and meditation, with attention to: particular similarities and differences; their effects on the body, emotions and mind; and their relationship to other aspects of these religious traditions. It will attend to questions pertaining to the possible relevance of prayer and meditation to interreligious dialogue and comparative theology.

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Preaching in Ministry


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

CREDITS: One Credit

This course is designed to expose students to the breadth and depth of homiletics and offer a range of preaching opportunities and challenges of the sort that might be experienced in serving a church throughout the year. In addition to allowing students to pursue their own interests, the course will explore preaching the church year, preaching on special holidays or occasions like funerals and weddings, key doctrines, social justice and diversity in preaching, culture and the preacher, various sermon forms, topics, social locations and homiletical theories.

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Laudato Si: Foundations for an Integrating Spirituality - Cancelled on Sep 9, 2016


Basic degree students enrol in RGT3345HF

COLLEGE: Regis College SCHEDULE: Tue TIME: 9:00 to 11:00

CREDITS: One Credit

The recent encyclical of Pope Francis reaches across conventional religious and secular distinctions/divisions to offer foundational terms for a new, human community—a community fostering a shared ecological vision that acts on behalf of healing the earth and constituting the terms for both individual and communal conversion, as viewed through a Christian, ecological lens.

This course will entail a detailed study of the encyclical especially in light of the wide theological anthropology proposed by Pope Francis: namely, that there is no credible project for ‘saving’ or ‘sustaining’ the earth that does not acknowledge and embrace the need for a ‘saving’ of humanity as well from currently accepted ‘reductionisms’ in our public view of what constitutes a genuine path for becoming human. Pope Francis notes the intimate connection of economic, political, cultural and religious features required for advancing care for the world and care for human development in light of forming a more and more consensually chosen ‘common good’ for the good of all. At the heart of this course lies the view that our human and ecological vision and goal could be expressed in the terms suggested by philosopher John Macmurray, that: “All meaningful knowledge is for the sake of action, and all meaningful action is for the sake of friendship.”

Authors consulted within this study: John Macmurray, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Leonardo Boff, Naomi Klein, George Monbiot, the work of the Forum on Ecology and Religion, with reference to documents of the Anglican, Roman Catholic and United Churches of Canada as well as the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission regarding Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.

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Facing the Darkness: The (Human) Nature of Evil

ICT6352HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2016 INSTRUCTOR(S): Ansell, Nicholas

Basic degree students enrol in ICT3352HF

COLLEGE: SCHEDULE: Thu TIME: 9:30 to 12:30

CREDITS: One Credit

We shall discuss the origin and nature of evil by engaging various biblical, theological, and anthropological resources. Topics will include lament literature (e.g. Job), natural evil, idolatry and the demonic, original sin and the correlation between victim and agent, and the relationship between justice and mercy. The course will consist of seminars in which participants will engage key readings relevant to the practice of interdisciplinary theology.

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Spirituality and Ecology: Integration and Implications - Cancelled on May 24, 2016


Basic degree students enrol in SMT3370HF

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

CREDITS: One Credit

The course provides an exploration of how Christianity has understood the relationship among God, creation, humanity and spirituality, and how that understanding has contributed to the ecological challenges we currently face as well as can contribute to a helpful response. The course begins with an overview of our understanding of spirituality and creation during the patristic, medieval and reformation periods, then shifts to contemporary understandings drawing from current discussions of Christology, creation-centred spirituality, eco-feminism, deep ecology, and the healing of nature and the healing of self.

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Bread, Wine, and Water: Baptism and Eucharist as Sacraments of the Gospel

WYT6406HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2016 INSTRUCTOR(S): Mangina, Joseph

Basic degree students enrol in WYT3406HF

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

CREDITS: One Credit

The Church baptizes and catechizes. The Church celebrates Eucharist. What does it mean to perform these actions? How can we perform them more faithfully? This course provides a 'systematic' theological overview of the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist, incorporating biblical and historical perspectives along the way. Although the goal of the course is to develop a constructive Anglican theology of the sacraments, we will engage texts and authors from across the ecumenical spectrum. Some attention will also be paid to the 'other' sacraments, such as penance and holy orders.

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RGT6410HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2016 INSTRUCTOR(S): Dadosky, John D.

Basic degree students enrol in RGT3410HF

COLLEGE: Regis College SCHEDULE: Tue TIME: 14:00 to 16:00

CREDITS: One Credit

This course will provide an introduction to the theology of the Church and the Church’s understanding of itself as a principal mediator of the mystery and grace of God in the world. The approach of the course will be threefold: 1) a study of the historical development of ecclesial structures with special emphasis on understanding the ecclesiology of the second Vatican Council. This will include, a discussion of some pertinent issues arising from the Council such as the magisterium, collegiality, and ministry; 2) an understanding of the diverse ‘theologies’ of Church through some of the
primary images and models in which it understands itself; and 3) an attempt to understand the ecumenical emphasis of Vatican II that has given rise to a renewed interest in interdenominational—interreligious dialogue, mission and inculturation, and the emergence of contextual approaches such as the feminist and liberationist methodologies.

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Catholic Education Documents - Cancelled on May 24, 2016


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

CREDITS: One Credit

This course introduces students to Catholic documents that have both explicit and implicit implications for Catholic education. The objective of the course, therefore is to enable students to read these texts closely with a view to drawing out the implications, particularly he first-principles, cultural context, and the key educational issues. Attention will be paid to the pedagogical, theological, cultural, social and foundational issues contained in these texts. The text will also be read through an applied hermeneutical method. As this is a course in reading primary texts, students will be expected to become very knowledgeable of the texts assigned each week.

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The Educator and Theology


Basic degree students enrol in SMP3446HF

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

CREDITS: One Credit

The course deals with the relationship between the Catholic educator and theology. This course is distinct from a theology of education, but there are common themes. Students will be introduced to the themes that draw out the relationship between theology and the role of the educator in the context of Catholic education. Students will read texts on the nature of theology and how it informs and shapes the mission and vocation of the educator, and the place of theological reflection specific to the educator.

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Ways of Learning


Basic degree students enrol in ICP3483HF


CREDITS: One Credit

Participants in the course will investigate and evaluate significant perspectives on the learning process in order to understand the assumptions of various theories and to interpret these from a biblically- informed standpoint. They will review current research into child development and learning (e.g. brain research, cognitive processes, multiple intelligences, learning styles ) in seeking to develop a coherent understanding of the relationships between various learning theories, on the basis of a Christian view of the person and of the knowledge. An action research project will enable participants to test an approach to learning that is relevant to their educational responsibilities

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