Course Catalogue 2017-2018

Fundamentals of Orthodox Spirituality


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

CREDITS: One Credit

This course will explore Orthodox spiritual theology from both thematic and historical perspectives, drawing on the principal writings that have contributed to its development over the centuries. From a consideration of the goal of Orthodox spirituality as union with God or deification (theosis ), the course will examine the contribution of the Old and New Testament; the experience of early Church; monasticism; ancient philosophy; liturgical and sacramental elements; the mystical and contemplative aspects; and patristic theology.

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Pastoral Care

SMP2501HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2017 INSTRUCTOR(S): Anderson, Anne

COLLEGE: St. Michael's College SCHEDULE: Tue TIME: 19:00 to 21:00

CREDITS: One Credit

Foundational elements for pastoral care: theology of ministry, acceptance of self, relationships, grief and loss, prayer, suffering, art of listening, care with the sick and infirm at home and in institutions.

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Early Fathers/Mothers: Eastern Thought, Doctrine and Theology to 431 - Cancelled on Sep 8, 2017


COLLEGE: Trinity College SCHEDULE:

CREDITS: One Credit

A study of the primary texts of the Church's first five centuries from the perspective of Eastern Christians, to identify and apply the vision of God and persons forged by the early doctors of the Church.

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Mindfulness and Counselling in the Community - Cancelled on May 19, 2017


COLLEGE: Emmanuel College SCHEDULE: Sat TIME: 9:30 to 16:30

CREDITS: One Credit

The course investigates, Buddhist Mindfulness related to Anapanasati and Satipatthana; awareness of breath, body, feelings, mind and phenomena/dhamma. Through exploration of Buddhist spirituality/philosophy/psychology related to these two discourses class members will draw links to everyday life. Focusing on mindfulness of breathing, speech, feelings and thoughts members will examine the pedagogy of mindfulness attributed to the historical Buddha and his associates along with its contributions to contemporary counselling. The class will be conducted in a lecture/seminar style drawing on key points from the readings including interest from class participants. Each class will begin with a 5 minute silent meditation followed by a summary/discussion of key theoretical concepts based on weekly readings. The second half of the class will begin with another 5 silent meditation, and progress to include other mindfulness meditation exercises. Class members' will also have the opportunity to share and discuss their weekly response papers as it relates to mindfulness pedagogy and experiential practice. Invited guest speaker(s) will speak on the practice of meditation.

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Intermediate Hellenistic Greek I

WYB2521HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2017 INSTRUCTOR(S): Sider-Hamilton, Catherine

COLLEGE: Wycliffe College SCHEDULE: Tue, Thu TIME: 16:00 to 17:30

PRE-REQUISITES: Intro to Hellenistic Greek or 2 semesters of Greek CREDITS: One Credit

This course provides practice in reading and exegesis of the New Testament in Greek. It follows upon Elementary New Testament Greek (or one year of Greek) and presumes a basic knowledge of Greek. The aim is to increase the student's proficiency in Greek through regular translation and analysis of the New Testament texts, to introduce more advanced grammatical and syntactical concepts, and to unlock the potential of the Greek text for preaching and for scholarly research.

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A History of Christianity in the British Isles - Cancelled on Mar 2, 2017

WYH2531HF L6101 SESSION: Fall 2017 INSTRUCTOR(S): Otto, Sean

COLLEGE: Wycliffe College SCHEDULE: N/A Online


Tracing the history of Christianity in Britain and Ireland from Roman limes to the dawn of the second millenium, this course looks at the developments that have shaped the various expressions of Christian faith in the British Isles, including Celtic Christianity, the Anglo-Saxon and Norman churches, the Protestant reformation(s), Anglicanism, Roman Catholicism, Puritanism, Wesleyianism, partisanship in the Church of England, Evangelicalism, and secularization.

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Analysis of the Mind in Abhidhamma Buddhist Psychology

EMP2538HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2017 INSTRUCTOR(S): Toneatto, Tony

COLLEGE: Emmanuel College SCHEDULE: Thu TIME: 18:30 to 21:30

CREDITS: One Credit

The Pali term Abhidhamma means higher, subtle or ultimate teaching (of the Buddha) or the ultimate truth. Abhidhamma is often described as the core features of Buddhist psychology, dealing mainly with mental phenomena and explaining how our mind works. The Abhidhamma is the third great division of the Palicanon, the other two consisting of the Suttas (discourses) and the Vinaya (ethics). Unlike the Suttas, in which the Buddha adapts his teaching to his audience and speaks in conventional terms and concepts, in the Abhidhamma, the Dhamma is presented from the vantage point of ultimate reality. All phenomena are analysed into their ultimate constituents (dhammas) which are defined, classified and systematically arranged and discussed. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of the Buddha's teachings of the mind and all its functions and structures within the more general knowledge of the Buddhism found in the Suttas. This course will survey the understanding of the mind (both mundane and supramundane consciousness), the qualities of mental functioning (distinguishing ethical and skilful aspects of mind from those considered non-ethical or unskillful), the causal and conditioned relations between aspects of mind, the continuity of consciousness from moment to moment, and the nature of unconscious and latent psychodynamic factors. In addition the psychological analysis of meditation, both the concentrative and wisdom aspects, will be presented.
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Pastoral Counselling

SAP2545HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2017 INSTRUCTOR(S): Lombardi, Josephine

COLLEGE: St. Augustine's Seminary SCHEDULE: Thu TIME: 14:00 to 16:30

CREDITS: One Credit

Pastoral Counselling for the non-professional counsellor engaged in ministry. The goals of the course include acquiring basic counselling skills, developing awareness of counter-transference and exploring how to refer to other professionals. Class format includes lectures and peer counselling.

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Church Planting & Fresh Expressions of Church


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

CREDITS: One Credit

Beginning new churches to serve areas and cultures where no church exists is a historic expression of the missio dei. The practice begins in the Book of Acts and has continued through Christian history, but is currently taking fresh and sometimes unconventional forms in Western society. This course lays foundations for church planting and fresh expressions of church in scripture and theology, and then looks at contemporary practice through exposure to current resources and practitioners.

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Theology and Evangelism in the Wesleyan Heritage

KNT2571HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2017 INSTRUCTOR(S): Heo, Chun Hoi

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

CREDITS: One Credit

By examining major elements of John Wesley theology in his sermons, journals and diaries, this course will explore the heritages of Wesley theology within the tradition of Reformation theology and recognize the contribution of Wesleyan theology to the development of theology in general. Because Wesley attempted, about 200 years later after Luther and Calvin, to revitalize Reformation theology and overcome its limits in various contexts, both Wesleyan and non-Wesleyan (especially Calvinist) students will have a chance to learn and exercise the traditional theology in the present post-modern world. The course will be in seminar format with lecture input, analysis of readings, student presentation and class discussion. Attention is given to the nuances of the denominations represented by those who enrolled in the course.

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