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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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Congregations in the 21st Century

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.

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 preaching" in the context of the earliest linking of "sending" and "preaching" in the New Testament. "[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 preaching 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. This course is offered for academic credit only.

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.

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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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Canon Law

This online-only, not-for-credit course covers the basics of the canon law and polity of the Episcopal Church. Knowledge of the material is required for ordination in the Episcopal Church.

Dates: Weekly beginning Aug. 31, 2015
Location: Chicago
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Ellen Wondra
Course number:  HTS3023

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Pastoral Offices

While learning the history, purpose, and liturgical forms of the pastoral offices in use in the Episcopal Church, students will consider inculturation and social context in assessing the effectiveness of prayer book offices and related rites in a post-modern culture.

Dates: Sept. 11-12, Oct. 9-10, Nov. 6-7, 2015
Location: Chicago
Instructor: The Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer
Course number: MN3185

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Anglican Formation

MDiv students and faculty meet monthly in a retreat-like setting for prayer, mutual support, and holy conversation on topics related to the Anglican Christian tradition and how to inculcate spiritual practices that integrate heart, soul, and mind.

Dates: Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 13, Dec. 4, 2015
Location: Columbus
Instructor: The Rev. KyungJa (KJ) Oh
Course number: HTS2041

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Liturgy & Music: Development and Theology

This course introduces students to the principles and practices of Anglican worship with particular focus on the Episcopal Church and how worship principles and practices have evolved, and the theology and use of music in worship.

Dates: Weekly beginning Aug. 31, 2015
Location: Columbus
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Jason Fout
Course number:  MN1083

Register for this course for continuing education (CEUs) or enrichment (audit/no credit)

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Field Education Seminar

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 in the classroom. The seminar focuses on the understanding and application of systemic analysis, contextual interpretation, leadership style, and active reflection. Primarily intended for MDiv students, but open to all.

Dates: Weekly beginning Aug. 31, 2015
Location: Columbus
Instructor: The Rev. KyungJa (KJ) Oh
Course number: MN2061

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Forming Gospel-Shaped Mission

This course will consider the four gospels as missional documents expressing what each author/community believed Jesus was sent to be and do, and therefore what they themselves are sent to be and do. Designed for MDiv students who have completed basic Bible courses and for practicing clergy and lay leaders, but open to all.

Dates: Sept. 11-12, Oct. 30-31, Dec. 11-12, 2015
Location: Columbus
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. John Dally
Course number:  MN4163, MN5163

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Ecclesiology and Ecumenism

Many Christian communities find organic, tangible unity difficult to realize. This course will consider possibilities for greater communion (short of the Kingdom), by examining what Christians tend to agree on, differences that are hard to reconcile, and a variety of ecumenical and doctrinal documents.

Dates: Sept. 25-26, Oct. 23-24, Dec. 4-5, 2015
Location: Columbus
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Ellen Wondra
Course number:  HTS4341, HTS5341

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Anglican and Episcopal History

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

Dates: Sept. 18-19, Oct. 16-17, Nov. 13-14, 2015
Location: Columbus
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Tom Ferguson
Course number:  HTS3022

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

This is a travel course. A multi-faceted approach to mission and evangelism in the Diocese of London, Church of England, has led to 50% growth in weekly attendance since 1990. 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, situated in one of the most diverse, multi-faith and secularized urban centers in the world. How? And what may be learned for our own context? Students will learn best practices from seasoned practitioners and explore how to apply them at home.

Dates:  January 16-22, 2016

Location:  United Kingdom

Instructor:  The Rev. Dr. Jason Fout

Course number:  MN4681, MN5681

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Thesis Proposal

This hands-on seminar is designed to help DMin students create a thesis proposal, and start the research and writing process for their thesis projects.

Dates: Jan. 15–17, 2016
Location: Chicago
Instructor: The Rev. Canon Suzann Holding and The Rev. Dr. Ellen Wondra
Course number:  THD5011

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Research and Writing

This hands-on seminar is designed to help DMin students develop the research and writing skills needed to complete their ministry projects and thesis requirements.

Dates: Jan. 8–10, 2016
Location: Chicago
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Roger Ferlo, The Rev. Canon Suzann Holding and The Rev. Dr. Ellen Wondra
Course number:  THD5001

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Making Mission Possible in Tough Times

This course will focus on the needs of lay and clergy leaders in the midst of rapid change and uncertainty by presenting concepts and tools to manage congregations, and even help them thrive. How might we identify capacities and engage our neighbors and local partners to be catalysts for renewal and change?

Dates: Jan. 11–15, 2016
Location: Chicago
Instructor: The Rev. Canon Suzann Holding and Dr. Jody Kretzmann
Course number:  MN4161, MN5161

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Diversity and Context

This course helps students increase intercultural competency, a needed skill for success in congregational development in a diverse and dynamic world.

Dates: Jan. 18–22, 2016
Location: Chicago
Instructor: The Rev. Canon Eric Law
Course number:  IC4002, IC5002

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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. Students will explore issues in organizational and ministry development as well as strategies for systemic change.

Dates: Jan. 4–8, 2016
Location: Chicago
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Emlyn Ott
Course number:  MN4117, MN5117

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The Sermon as Art Form

What if the sermon was less like an essay or lecture, more like a short story, a lyric poem, or a country-western ballad? What if preachers thought of themselves as creative artists? Designed for MDiv students who have completed basic preaching preparation and for practicing clergy and lay preachers, but open to all.

Dates: Jan. 11–15, 2016
Location: Columbus
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. John Dally
Course number:  MN4121, MN5121

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Anglican Spirituality and Ethos

This experiential course explores Anglican spirituality and ethos in theology, liturgy, music, poetry, and the visual arts, and implications of global Anglicanism and assumptions about race and ethnicity, human sexuality, and social justice.

Dates: Jan. 19–23, 2016 (Tue-Sat due to Martin Luther King Day)
Location: Columbus
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Roger Ferlo
Course number:  MN1091

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Liturgy & Music: Theology and Practice

This course deals with the principles and practices of worship in the Episcopal Church. The course covers the theology and practice of worship according to the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, its supplements, and supporting musical resources. Students will have an opportunity to develop competencies in leading worship, understanding it to be both expressive of and formational for those who gather for worship.

Dates: Feb. 12-13, March 18-19, April 29-30, 2016
Location: Chicago
Instructor: The Rev. Victor Conrado and Mr. Milner Seifert
Course number:  MN1087

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Anglican Theology & Ethics

This course is an exploration of the diverse theologies and ethics reflected in the worldwide Anglican Communion. Students will also consider the work of “classic” Anglican theologians and moral theologians and their impact.

Dates: Feb. 19-20, March 11-12, April 15-16, 2016
Location: Chicago
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Jason Fout
Course number:  HTS2054-2

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Anglican Formation

MDiv students and faculty meet monthly in a retreat-like setting for prayer, mutual support, and holy conversation on topics related to the Anglican Christian tradition and how to inculcate spiritual practices that integrate heart, soul, and mind. Primarily intended for MDiv students, but open to all.

Dates: Feb. 5, March 4, April 1, May 6, 2016
Location: Columbus
Instructor: The Rev. K.J. Oh
Course number:  HTS2041

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Field Education Seminar

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 in the classroom. The seminar focuses on the understanding and application of systemic analysis, contextual interpretation, leadership style, and active reflection. Primarily intended for MDiv students, but open to all.

Dates: Weekly beginning Feb. 1, 2016
Location: Columbus
Instructor: The Rev. K.J. 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 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.

Dates: Weekly beginning Feb. 1, 2016
Location: Columbus
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Jason Fout
Course number:  HTS3142

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