Course Catalogue 2019-2020

Introduction to Theological Ethics and Moral

RGT1905HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2019 INSTRUCTOR(S): Berkman, John R.T.

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

CREDITS: One Credit

Basic principles of Christian ethics, with special attention to the pastoral application of moral theology.

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Moral Theology

SAT1905HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2019 INSTRUCTOR(S): Belgrave, Kevin P.

COLLEGE: St. Augustine's Seminary SCHEDULE: Sat TIME: 9:00 to 14:30

CREDITS: One Credit

An introduction to Catholic moral theology, including the fundamental theological meaning of the moral life, a brief survey of the history of Catholic moral thought, the sources of moral knowledge and action: reason, faith, and the role of the magisterium; freedom and law; conscience, virtue, grace and sin; and the elements of moral action - object, intention, and circumstances. Particular attention will be given to the teaching of the 1993 Encyclical Letter Veritatis splendor.

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Buddhist Mindfulness Approaches to Mental Health

EMP2010HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2019 INSTRUCTOR(S): Monteiro, Lynette M.

COLLEGE: Emmanuel College SCHEDULE: Irregular TIME: 9:30 to 15:30

PRE-REQUISITES: Basic Concepts of Buddhism CREDITS: One Credit

Current Buddhist views of mental health incorporate the Dharma and Western psychological approaches to mental health that include a broad range of behavioural, cognitive, and experiential approaches. Key features of approaches using mindfulness are the cultivation of a fluid sense of self, emotion regulation and the modulation of the causes of stress. These parallel the Buddhist concepts of non-self, skillful or appropriate responses, and the understanding of the causes of suffering. This understanding of mental health has shifted concepts of mental illness with promises of success and cautionary tales of risk. Buddhist and Western psychological perspectives of mental health share a commonality of being culturally influenced. To understand the impact and implications of the Buddhist view of mental health, the root Buddhist teachings need to be understood in their cultural context. Because we are embedded in a culture vastly different from the Buddha's time, the exploration must include our perspectives of mental health and how our own views are socio-cultural constructions. From this platform, we can examine how Buddhist teachings and their integration with Western models seek to sustain mental health. Secularized adaptations of the Dharma for psychological treatment will be examined with consideration of risks of appropriation, dilution, and distortion as well as potential negative effects of mindfulness-based therapies.

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Biblical Foundations

ICB2010HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2019 INSTRUCTOR(S): Ansell, Nicholas

COLLEGE: Institute for Christian Studies SCHEDULE: m TIME: 13:30 to 16:30

CREDITS: One Credit

This course will explore the Bible as the ongoing story of and for God and creation, paying special attention to the way in which God's story is intertwined with that of humanity and the world. In asking whether and in what way the Bible is also our story, we will attempt to identify which hermeneutical methods might help us discern its significance for present day life, including the academic enterprise.

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History of Christianity II (843-1648) - Cancelled on May 17, 2019

SMH2010HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2019 INSTRUCTOR(S): TBA

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

CREDITS: One Credit

Development of thought and piety; monasticism and mendicants; crusades, parish life; papacy, princes and church councils; Byzantium; East-West relations; relations with Jews and Muslims; Renaissance and reformations; reformers; missionary expansion; confessionalism.

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Church and Ministry

CGP2011HF L4101 SESSION: Fall 2019 INSTRUCTOR(S):

COLLEGE: Conrad Grebel SCHEDULE: Fri TIME: 9:00 to 12:00

CREDITS: One Credit

This course explores the development of a theology of ministry, which includes the church's mission and institutional life and the personal calling to a life of ministry. The Believers Church tradition provides the primary perspective, augmented by the experience of the global and ecumenical church.

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Buddhist Contemplative Care - Cancelled on Jul 9, 2019

EMP2011HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2019 INSTRUCTOR(S): Shiu, Henry C.H.

COLLEGE: Emmanuel College SCHEDULE: Mon TIME: 17:00 to 19:00

CREDITS: One Credit

Barely existed just a decade ago, Buddhist contemplative care has now become a full force that changes the contemporary practice of Buddhism all over the world, bringing the insights of the ancient wisdom into practical services not only in hospitals, hospices, and prisons, but also through counseling in education and work places. Such pioneering works have redefined the meaning and relevancy of Buddhist practice in the modern world, and has enriched the scope of chaplaincy and ministry which were available only in the Judea-Christian context. This course introduces students to the theory and professional practice of Buddhist contemplative care, through scholarly literature, on the roots of this form of Buddhist engaged practice in various Buddhist traditions, as well as the educational foundations of Buddhist pastoral and spiritual care, the understanding of the Buddhist approach to death and dying, and the art of end-of-life care. Students will also learn from the experiences of successful models of Buddhist contemplative care in North America and Asian countries like Taiwan. The knowledge will also be practical to professional medical caregivers, to allow them to understand the anxiety and fear of their patients with a Buddhist worldview, so as to provide more suitable and meaningful palliative care. The course examines research literature to introduce to the students the developing practice of Buddhist Contemplative Care. Its first section introduces theoretical concepts of contemplative care from the Buddhist tradition, which will be clarified in class through examining various areas of its application. As the student becomes familiar with these theoretical and conceptual propositions, the course will gradually introduce discussions and participation as learning tools to examine twentieth century and current cases.

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Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation

EMP2019HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2019 INSTRUCTOR(S): Toneatto, Tony

COLLEGE: Emmanuel College SCHEDULE: Mon TIME: 19:00 to 21:00

CREDITS: One Credit

The numerous meditative practices described in the Buddha's teachings during the historical period (Pali canon) and in the subsequent Mahayana and Vajrayana schools are considered essential to the attainment of optimal mental health and well-being. All of these approaches to meditation invite the meditator to work with every aspect of their mind. In this course the major meditative practices will be interpreted within the context of current models of psychological transformation and transcendence. In addition, a theoretical understanding of the manner in which meditation produces its benefits within modern psychological theories will also be described emphasizing affinities with psychoanalysis, Jungian analytic psychology, cognitive science, cognitive-behavioral psychology and positive psychology.

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Introduction to Preaching

TRP2031HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2019 INSTRUCTOR(S): Rois, Judy

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

CREDITS: One Credit

This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of preaching. The student will learn to read a text closely, exegete a passage, and develop dynamic oral communication skills. Attention will be paid to the postmodern context, contemporary homiletical theory, and different sermonic forms. The student will be encouraged to be creative and find his/her own voice in a supportive environment. Expectations: written assignments, class exercises, one full length sermon, and one short homily.

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The Birth of Theology

TRH2061HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2019 INSTRUCTOR(S): Neelands, David

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

CREDITS: One Credit

An introduction to Patristic thought to 451 AD, surveying principal writers East and West. Detailed study of Athanasius On the Incarnation and The Tome of Leo.

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