An Episcopal Center for Learning & Discipleship

Courses

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

Formation is the heart of our Christian discipleship and connection to the Divine. It is articulated through the royal priesthood of all believers as well as through the priestly administration of the Sacraments of the Church. Students will deepen their spiritual practice through personal exploration, theological self-reflection, and interaction with the daily practice of ministry. Guided by readings and reflections within the context of community, students will be supported in their understanding of self and of life events that stretch us both as disciples and as ordained leaders of the Church. This is a one-credit-hour course that includes a retreat on campus at the beginning of each term and a monthly online assignment.

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 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.

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 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.

2016-2017 Field Education Seminar ML320/321

This course assists students in their transition from seminary student to professional practitioner by integrating practical, personal experience gained in the ministry field with methodology introduced through required readings, online presentations, and local/regional projects and activities, online. The seminar focuses on the understanding and application of systemic analysis, contextual interpretation, leadership style, and active reflection.