The ecumenical movement has made enormous progress in resolving major doctrinal issues dividing Christian churches worldwide. Now the focus turns to the Christian moral life (ethics) which in turn is rooted in the nature of the church itself. On both of these the churches continue to be divided. This course examines the bases of church division, past and current, along with differing and at times divisive views of the church itself. This lays the ground work for discussing how and why ethics is now divisive in a way not known in the past, and what are some avenues forward to greater unity.
What is the shape of a church called into being by baptism? The liturgical renewal of the late 20th Century moved baptism to the center of the Christian life and provided a new basis for ecumenical reconciliation and shared mission. This course, taught by the entire Bexley Seabury faculty, will consider the implications of that shift from multiple viewpoints.
Business savvy and theology dovetail in this innovative leadership program tailored to meet the distinctive needs of lay and clergy leaders. Through lecture, case examples, interactive exercises, classroom dialogue, and theological reflection, participants will explore values-based leadership for organizational change as well as tools for effective team-building, marketing, and focusing on constituents. Offered in conjunction with Kellogg School for Management, Center for Nonprofit Management. This course is offered for academic credit only.
The Structures of Community: Cities, Neighborhoods and the New Urbanism for Church Leaders CC461/661
How do order, community, sustainability, and livability in the built environments we inhabit affect us as we lead communities of faith? We will develop skills in analysis, evaluation and theological assessment of places, and assess the relation of urbanism to the gospel, the common good, and the church’s mission. The course involves several local field trips.
This course helps participants to develop leadership skills in relationship building and community change through engaging in the fundamentals of community organizing. Attention is paid to biblical groundings and practical approaches to congregational renewal.
The 21st century cultural context brings major challenges to the primary form of religious association in American life, the congregation. This course explores inherited assumptions, structures, and patterns of Christian congregational life in light of today’s new apostolic environment. Biblical and theological perspectives on missional ecclesiology offer a framework for renewing congregational identity and practice. Students critically engage insights from organizational, leadership, and innovation theory with an eye toward leading local churches deeper into participation in the triune God’s mission.
This class offers an orientation to a variety of spiritual practices, with attention to principles that guide their use for personal formation and cultivation of communities. Participation involves experiential learning.
Seminarians learn a great deal about the history and content of the Bible but post-seminary can find it difficult to translate their learning into knowledge parishioners can use and share easily with others. This course will present six strategies for teaching the canonical story efficiently and impactfully in ways that lead to personal and communal transformation. Participants will both learn the content of the Bible afresh and how to teach it to others using the same methods.
This course is a further exploration of the principles and practices of Anglican worship with particular focus on the Episcopal Church. The course will cover contemporary liturgical and sacramental theology and practice. It includes a practicum through which students learn how to conduct worship in the Episcopal Church.
In this course students learn about the distinctive history of Anglican theology and its dynamic, diverse, contemporary practice. The focus will be on engaging primary texts in their historical context, as well as making sense of such texts for today’s church. We will also examine Anglican thinking about the good life, especially in its connection with worship, the sacraments, and its outworking in everyday life.