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Course Catalog

HTS2041 - Anglican Formation

A monthly gathering of students and faculty in MDiv program 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.

HTS2054-1 Anglican Theology & Ethics (Semester)

In this course students learn about the distinctive history of Anglican theology and its dynamic, diverse contemporary practice; 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 the Anglican thinking about the good life, especially in its connection with worship, the sacraments, and its outworking in everyday life.

HTS2054-2 Anglican Theology & Ethics (Weekend Intensive)

In this course, students will focus on the breadth and variety of theologies and ethics in the worldwide Anglican Communion as well as “classic” Anglican theologians and moral theologians.

HTS2137 - Death of the Beautiful Man

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 — painting, sculpture, music and film, asking participants to become thoughtful critics of the explicit and implied messages inherent in the iconography of Jesus' death.

HTS2764 - Life Among Buildings

Life Among Buildings: urbanism, city planning and the church

This course introduces students to the basic ideas behind urban planning, particularly through the lens of what is known as 'the New Urbanism', in order to think about order, community, sustainability and livability in the built environments we inhabit: cities and their neighborhoods, suburbs, and towns. Alongside this introduction, students will develop skills in analysis, evaluation and theological assessment of places. Further, the class will work to assess the relation of urbanism to the gospel, the common good, and the church’s mission, working to think more explicitly about the place of the church building in the urban built order, the church community in the urban political order, and how the values of the New Urbanism might influence the shape of the church’s buildings, mission and context. The course will include three required local field trips to observe and assess built environments in place. 

HTS2776 - Atheism 101

The premise of this course is that Christians in general and seminary-trained leaders in particular ought to know why people who have heard the gospel and understand it choose not to be a part of the Christian community. If we are truly “mission-minded,” we should be curious to know what motivates people who have turned away from Christianity. 

HTS3022 - Anglican & Episcopal History

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.

HTS3023 - Canon Law

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.

HTS3142 - Christ and Atonement

A study of classic and contemporary Christian perspectives on the person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ, including the historical development of the doctrine of the two natures of Christ; the meaning of Christ’s life, ministry, suffering on the cross, death resurrection and ascension; and the shape and meaning of the “good news” of Christ for today. The course explores these issues in relation to other core doctrines and to the mission and ministry of the church. A systematic theology option.  

HTS3144 - Our Humanity: Creation and the New Creation

This course considers classic and contemporary Christian perspectives on the human, including: creation, creaturehood, the image of God, sin and evil, will, providence, race, gender and embodiment. The course explores these issues in relation to other core doctrines and to the mission and ministry of the church.