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Anglican and Episcopal History

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

Dates:  Weekend Intensives (Sept 19-20, Oct 24-25, Nov 14-15)
Location:  Chicago
Instructor:  The Rev. Dr. Tom Ferguson
Course number:  HTS3022

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Anglican Formation

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. 

Dates: September, October, November, December
Location:  Columbus
Instructor:  The Rev. KyungJa (KJ) Oh
Course number:  HTS2041

Anglican Liturgy and Music: Development and Theology

This course is an introduction to the principles and practices of Anglican worship with particular focus on the Episcopal Church.  The course will cover the nature of worship and the history of its evolution; and the theology and use of music in worship. 

Dates:  Tuesdays, 1:30-4:15 pm
Location:  Columbus
Instructor:  The Rev. Dr. Jason Fout
Course number:  MN1083

Anglican Spirituality and Ethos

This course offers an introduction to Anglican spirituality and the Anglican ethos in theology, liturgy, music, poetry and the visual arts. We will pay special attention to the implications of baptismal and Eucharistic theology for spiritual life; the roots of Anglican Christianity in the Benedictine tradition; the relation of Anglican social witness to the life of prayer; and new expressions of Anglican community life and liturgy. Participation in this course is experiential. Class sessions will include regular times for corporate prayer, drawing on Anglican Prayer Book traditions. We will pay particular attention to the implications of global Anglicanism for our own North American practices and assumptions about race and ethnicity, human sexuality and social justice.  

Dates: Weekend Intensives (Sept 26-27, Oct 31-Nov 1, Dec 5-6)
Location: Chicago
Instructor:  The Rev. Dr. Roger Ferlo
Course number: MN1091

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Episcopal Canon Law and Polity

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.

Required for Bexley Hall M. Div. Students

Dates:  August 25 - December 13 
Location: Online only
Instructor:  The Rev. Dr. Ellen Wondra
Course number:  HTS3023-OL

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Field Education Seminar I

The Field Education Seminar provides an opportunity for those in Field Placements to reflect on the lessons learned on site. Topic include everything from the basics of running a vestry meeting, planning a funeral and reading a spreadsheet to the broader issues of leading and managing adaptive change and how the Church might function in a rapidly changing cultural landscape.

Dates: Wednesdays, 1:30-4:15 pm (September - December)
Location:  Columbus
Instructor:  The Rev. KyungJa (KJ) Oh
Course number:  MN2061

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Preaching the Gospel of John

The Gospel of John, the last of the four gospels to receive canonical status, continues to be a source of dis-ease for the contemporary church. Witness the fact that even the Revised Common Lectionary gives us a Year of Matthew, a Year of Mark, and a Year of Luke, but no Year of John. The Fourth Gospel is parceled out in bits and pieces through these other canonical years, ensuring that the Christian congregation never gets a coherent sense of its distinctive theology and implying that its perspective is harmonious with the synoptic gospels. In fact, the Gospel of John is a running commentary on the benightedness of the synoptic gospels, and probably shouldn’t have been squeezed in alongside them as it was. But there it is, and the lectionary still presents the Fourth Gospel to us for preaching. This course will immerse participants in the theology of John’s gospel and suggest concrete approaches to preaching it to contemporary congregations.

Dates:  Weekend Intensives (Oct 10-11, Nov 7-8, Dec 12-13)
Location:  Chicago
Instructor:   The Rev. Dr. John Dally
Course number:  MN4284/MN5284 

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Anglican Liturgy and Music: Development and Theology

This course is an introduction to the principles and practices of Anglican worship with particular focus on the Episcopal Church. The course will cover the nature of worship and the history of its evolution; and the theology and use of music in worship. 

Dates:  January 12-16 weeklong intensive 

Location: Chicago

Instructor:  The Rev. Dr. Elise Feyerherm and Mr. Milner Seifert

Course number: MN1083

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Anglican Theology and Ethics

This course 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.

Dates:  January 5-9 weeklong intensive

Location:  Chicago

Instructor:  The Rev. Dr. Ellen Wondra

Course number:  HTS2054-2

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Congregational Systems

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.

Dates:  January 12-16 weeklong intensive

Location:  Chicago

Instructor:  The Rev. Dr. Emlyn Ott 

Course number:  MN4117, MN5117

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Diversity & Context

In this course, we will increase participants’ intercultural competency for congregational development in a diverse changing world.

Dates:  January 19-23 weeklong intensive

Location:  Chicago 

Instructor:  The Rev. Eric Law

Course number:  IC4002, IC5002

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Learning from London: Mission and Evangelism in the 21st Century

Sold out for 2015! Talk with Professor Fout to put your name on the waiting list or to sign up for 2016.

This is a travel course. Since 1990, the Diocese of London in the Church of England has grown by 70%, in terms of average weekly attendance. Since 2000, giving has increased by 50%. This has come about through a combination of dynamic local parish programs, strategic planning for planting and renewing churches, and an inspiring vision set forth by the diocese. All of this has taken place in the midst of one of the most diverse, vibrant, cosmopolitan, multi-faith and secularized urban centers in the world. How has this come about? And what may be learned from London’s methods for our own context? This course will provide an in-depth introduction to the many facets of the mission and evangelism taking place in the Diocese of London through learning best practices from seasoned practitioners.

Dates:  January 16-24, 2015

Location:  United Kingdom

Instructor:  The Rev. Dr. Jason Fout

Course number:  MN4681, MN5681

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Non-profit Management and Community Development: Making Mission Possible in Tough Times

This course will explore how mission-focused fundraising and greater neighborhood involvement can breathe new life into congregations at a time when many are struggling with shoe-string budgets and exploding social needs in their communities. 

Dates:  January 5-9 weeklong intensive

Location: Chicago

Instructor:  The Rev. Canon Suzi Holding and Dr. John (Jody) Kretzmann

Course number: MN4161, MN5161

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Research & Writing Workshop

This short, hands-on seminar is designed to assist Doctor of Ministry students in developing the research and writing skills you will use in your ministry project and thesis writing.  Doctoral level work requires knowledge of appropriate research methods, including: how to develop your research questions; appropriate research methodologies; ethical criteria for working with human subjects; and what constitutes a doctoral level project design and written project.

Dates:  January 11, 14 and 15 (6:30-9:30 pm)

Location:  Chicago

Instructor:  The Rev. Dr. Roger Ferlo and The Rev. Canon Suzi Holding

Course number:  THD5001

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Thesis Proposal Workshop

This short, hands-on seminar is designed to assist Doctor of Ministry students in creating your DMin thesis proposal, and to start the research and writing process. Doctoral level work requires knowledge of appropriate research methods, including: how to develop your research questions; appropriate research methodologies; ethical criteria for working with human subjects; and what constitutes a doctoral level project design and written project.

Dates:  January 16-18 (Friday evening - Sunday 4:30 pm)

Location:  Chicago

Instructor: The Rev. Canon Suzi Holding and  The Rev. Dr. Ellen Wondra

Course number:  THD 5011

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Anglican Formation

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.

Dates:  Semester course (February, March, April, May)

Location:  Columbus

Instructor:  The Rev. KyungJa (KJ) Oh

Course number:  HTS2041

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Field Education Seminar

Field Education Seminar provides an opportunity for those in Filed Placements to reflect on the lessons learned on site. Topic include everything from the basics of running a vestry meeting, planning a funeral and reading a spreadsheet to the broader issues of leading and managing adaptive change and how the Church might function in a rapidly changing cultural landscape.

Dates: Tuesdays, 1:30-4:15 pm (February - May)

Location:  Columbus

Instructor:  The Rev. KyungJa (KJ) Oh

Course number:  MN2062

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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.  

Dates:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:45 am - 12:00 pm (Semester course)

Location: Columbus

Instructor:  The Rev. Dr. Jason Fout

Course number:  HTS3142

Global Anglicanism

Exploration of contemporary issues through an Anglican tradition of thoughtful theological reflection, dialogue, and examination of courses of action that reflect baptismal living and are applicable to daily lives and decisions.

Dates: Weekend Intensives (February 27-28, April 10-11, May 1-2)

Location: Chicago

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Ellen Wondra

Course number:  HTS4135, HTS5135

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Anglican Theology and Ethics

This course 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.

Dates: Weekend Intensives February 13-14, March 6-7, April 17-18

Location: Columbus

Instructor:  The Rev. Dr. Jason Fout

Course number:  HTS2054-1

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Anglican Liturgy and Music: Theology & Practice

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.

Dates: Weekend Intensives (March 13-14,April 24-25,May 15-16)

Location: Columbus

Instructor: The Rev. Victor Conrado and Mr. Milner Seifert

Course number:  MN1087

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Strategies for Teaching the Bible

Seminarians learn a great deal about the history and content of the bible but can find it difficult post-seminary 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. 

Dates:  Weekend Intensives (March 6-7, April 17-18, May 8-9)

Location: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Indianapolis, IN

Instructor:  The Rev. Dr. John Dally

Course number:  MN2184

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Congregations in the 21st Century

This course provides a basis for work in congregational development. Topics include analyzing congregational type and life-cycle, understanding a congregation's ethos and context, developing leadership styles for effective ministry, and discovering possibilities for redevelopment. 

Dates: June 1-5, 2015 (8:15 am Monday – 5 pm Friday)
Location: Chicago
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Dwight Zscheile
Course number:  MN4162, MN5162

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Choosing the Kingdom: Missional Preaching for the Household of God

This course will locate "missional preach- ing" in the context of the earliest linking of "sending" and "preaching" in the New Testa- ment. "[Jesus] sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal." Luke 9:2: How do we preach the kingdom of God in 2015? What needs to change, in us and in our listeners, in order for the kingdom of God to be proclaimed and received? We will reexamine our self-images as preachers and ask whether and in what ways our preach- ing offers our listeners agency to claim the kingdom for themselves.

Dates: June 8-12, 2015  
Location: Chicago
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. John Dally
Course number:  MN4661, MN5661

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Non-profit Management and Leadership

Business savvy and theology dovetail in this innovative one-week leadership program tailored to meet the distinctive needs of lay and clergy leaders. Through lecture, case examples, interactive exercises and classroom dialog, participants will gain an understanding of general management principles and how successful nonprofit organizations operate. In conjunction with Kellogg School for Management, Center for Nonprofit Management.

Dates: Three-day event, June 15-17, 2015 and Weeklong Academic Intensive, June 15-19, 2015 (8:15 am Monday - 5 pm Friday)

Location: Wieboldt Hall, 340 East Superior St., Northwestern University’s Chicago Campus

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Roger Ferlo, The Rev. Canon Suzann Holding and faculty of the Kellogg School for Management, Center for Nonprofit Management

Course number:  MN4116, MN5116

Course topics: 
Leading Change
Creativity and Innovation
Leading with Vision, Values and Purpose
Leadership and Organizational Communications
Team Building
Conflict Resolution and Negotiation

How to apply:  Complete an online application

Questions:  Please call 800-275-8235 or email the Rev. Canon Suzann Holding at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Community Organizing for Missional Living

This course assists participants in developing their power and leadership skills and in developing any congregation or voluntary organization through engaging in the fundamentals of community organizing. 

Dates: June 15-19, 2015 (8:15 am Monday - 5 pm Friday)
Location: Chicago
Instructor: IAF Leaders
Course number:  MN4166, MN5166

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