Course Catalogue 2017-2018

Spirituality of Work: Faith-Life in Your Profession


COLLEGE: St. Augustine's Seminary SCHEDULE: N/A Online

CREDITS: One Credit

This course provides the perspectives within which the participants can identify theÿvariables in their work, craft or profession that become the basis for developing a spirituality that could be deepened by the Christian tradition.

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Supervised Practice and Appropriation of the Ministry of Spiritual Direction

RGP3269HY L0101 SESSION: Fall 2017 INSTRUCTOR(S): Mongeau, Gilles M.


PRE-REQUISITES: Practicum in Spiritual Direction RGP3661H, Retreat in Everyday Life RGP3248Y, RGP3687H & RGP3688H. Co-requisite: On-going participation in the practice of spiritual direction. CREDITS: One Credit

This course is designed to intensify the experience of individual spiritual direction and supervision initiated in Practicum in Spiritual Direction: RGP3/6661 and Retreat in Everyday Life: RGP3/6248. Through supervision and discernment the director grows in a deeper awareness of responses to a perceived presence or absence of God in the ministry of spiritual direction. Supervision is valued as a way to enable the spiritual director to help others recognize and integrate God's presence and direction in every aspect of life. Through an integrative theological reflection paper and a pastoral competency interview, the course is intended to reveal the spiritual director's appropriated theology and practice of spiritual direction as a ministry.

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The Spiritual Journey

RGP3272HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2017 INSTRUCTOR(S): Williams, Geoffrey (Monty)

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

CREDITS: One Credit

The course will look at the spiritual journey as it is depicted from scripture to the present day. It will examine texts from different religious traditions and cultures to explore the basic human understanding of a person as pilgrim. Learning objectives: 1. An exploration through spirituality of what it means to be human; 2. An examination of a history of spirituality; 3. An examination of some guides, compasses, maps and techniques of exploration of the territory called ?the spiritual life.? The course is of note: to those interested in 1. spirituality both theoretical and practical; 2. discernment; 3. cultural history; 4. Narrative theology; 5. Interdisciplinary studies.

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Religion at Ground Zero: Speaking of God in Times of Crisis


Graduate degree students enrol in TRT6281HF

COLLEGE: Trinity College SCHEDULE: Wed TIME: 9:00 to 11:00

CREDITS: One Credit

Where was God when this happened?! How can religious people commit such atrocities?! What can a religious leader say after such a horrendous event?! This course explores such questions by analyzing theological responses to human tragedy and cultural shock. Discussion will attend to issues of theodicy, religious terrorism and natural disasters through the perspectives of systematic theology, ethics, and practical theology. The course focuses on popular reactions to the terrorist attacks on the USA in 2001, but includes attention to the First World War, the Holocaust, Hurricane Katrina, Fukushima, and contemporary terrorism. Attention will be given to themes such as the meaning of suffering, the function of religious discourse in the face of tragedy, the nature of ideology, and the relationship between religion and violence. The course concludes by moving from these analyses to an exploration of the peril and promise of speaking of God in times of terror.

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Doing Justice with Spirit


Graduate degree students enrol in RGT6320HF

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

CREDITS: One Credit

Theological perspectives and spiritual practices for integrating faith and the work for justice, peace and a healthy environment.

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Transformative Dynamics of Grace

RGT3333HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2017 INSTRUCTOR(S): Rixon, Gordon A.

Graduate degree students enrol in RGT6333HF

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

CREDITS: One Credit

Explores the transformative dynamics of grace in Scripture, representative early theologians, early doctrinal development, medieval theology and the Reformation period. Participants develop a contemporary systematic approach, especially with respect to ecumenical and interfaith issues. Draws on the thought of Bernard Lonergan.

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Confessing Our Faith

EMT3412HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2017 INSTRUCTOR(S): Bourgeois, Michael

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

PRE-REQUISITES: Minimum of one introductory course each in Bible, history of Christianity, and theology. CREDITS: One Credit

Through analysis of doctrinal statements of The United Church of Canada, their historical origins and contemporary theology, this course will enable students to become acquainted with United Church theology and the processes by which it has been developed, and to articulate their own faith in relation to their own experience, the faith of the church, and the practice of ministry in the context of challenges of today. Students will participate in the process by which "Christians of each new generation are called to state [the faith of the church] afresh in terms of the thought of their own age and with the emphasis their age needs" (Preamble, A Statement of Faith, 1940). Doctrinal statements on which the course will focus include the Doctrine section of the Basis of Union (1925), A Statement of Faith I1940), and A Song of Faith (2006); theological statements from other United Church documents will also be considered. Course methods include readings, discussions, and papers, and will incorporate students' reflections on their experience and integration of theory and practice into discussions and papers.

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Religious Education Practicum & Globalization

SAP3420HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2017 INSTRUCTOR(S): Graham, Donald G.

COLLEGE: St. Augustine's Seminary SCHEDULE: Thu TIME: 18:30 to 20:30

PRE-REQUISITES: Completion of ten courses in the MRE degree program. CREDITS: One Credit

The MRE Practicum offers participants the opportunity to reflect upon and integrate the theological, philosophical, historical, and pedagogical areas of study, to practice the knowledge and skills, to profit from a supervised peer-supported group and to relate teaching contextually in a post-modern globalized reality.

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Approaches to Teaching Bible

KNP3426HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2017 INSTRUCTOR(S): Song, Nam Soon

COLLEGE: Knox College SCHEDULE: Tue TIME: 11:00 to 13:00

CREDITS: One Credit

What are unique, creative, effective and meaningful ways of teaching Bible in the church today? This course will explore and experience various approaches of teaching Bible in the church, assessing appropriateness to the church, to the world we live in, a variety of social and cultural dynamics, and various age levels. Also, the students will be expected to apply Biblical interpretation skills to actual teaching.

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Mission and Religious Pluralism - Cancelled on Mar 27, 2017

EMT3451HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2017 INSTRUCTOR(S): Reynolds, Thomas E.

COLLEGE: Emmanuel College SCHEDULE: Thu TIME: 14:00 to 16:00

CREDITS: One Credit

Taking into account recent paradigm shifts in the theology of mission, this course invites participants to consider the relationship of mission to biblical sources, culture and context, unity and diversity in the church, post-colonism and intercultural engagement, and especially religious pluralism. The goal is to foster critical theological reflection on how the church might best understand and embody its mission in a multifaceted and globalizing world situation today. Methodology: lectures/discussions. Evaluations are based upon a mid-term paper, final research paper, and class participation. Prerequisite: Completion of first credit group or Level II.

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