An Episcopal Center for Learning & Discipleship


Course Catalog

2016-2017 Anglican and Episcopal History HT320

This course provides an introduction and overview to history and development of the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion, with particular attention given to Anglicanism as as a diverse, globalized communion.

2016-2017 Anglican Formation PSF300

A monthly gathering of students and faculty for retreat-like setting for prayer, mutual support, and holy conversation on topics related to the Anglican Christian tradition, inculcating spiritual practices that integrate heart, soul, and mind.

2016-2017 Anglican Spirituality and Ethos PSF302

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.

2016-2017 Anglican Theology and Ethics HT340

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.

2016-2017 Canon Law ML335

This online-only course covers the basics of the canon law and polity of The Episcopal Church. This is a not-for-credit course that meets ordination requirements in The Episcopal Church.

2016-2017 Community Organizing for Missional Living ML577/677

This course assists participants to develop leadership skills in relationship building and community change through engaging in the fundamentals of community organizing. Attention is paid to biblical goundings and practical approaches to congregational renewal.

2016-2017 Congregational Systems ML560/660

This course will provide an introduction to systems and organizational theory in relation to congregations and other church groups. It will explore issues in organizational and ministry development as well as strategies for systemic change.

2016-2017 Congregations in the 21st Century ML561/661

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.

2016-2017 Death of the Beautiful Young Man CC431/CC631

Why is Jesus so often portrayed as young and beautiful in his suffering and death, in spite of our lack of information about his age or appearance? What systems of belief are encoded in artistic renderings of the crucifixion? What hierarchies of value persist in our ongoing representations? What is at stake in the depiction of the death Christians call redemptive? This course will look at these questions from a variety of perspectives—art historical, anthropological, theological and philosophical—and in dialogue with a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, music and film. Participants will be asked to become thoughtful critics of the explicit and implied messages inherent in the iconography of Jesus’ death.

2016-2017 Diversity and Context CC560/660

In this course, we will increase participants’ intercultural competency for congregational development in a diverse changing world. Through experiential activities and lectures, participants will gain a deeper understanding of two major cultural differences—communication styles and perception of power—and their consequences for congregational vitality and stewardship. Participants will also access and identify their level of intercultural sensitivity and how this knowledge impacts their ministries. Participants will gain skills, tools, and processes for small group ministry and constructive conflict resolution. Participants will also gain an in-depth understanding of how to create a “Grace Margin” by which community members can explore new ideas and fresh expression of ministries in a gracious environment.