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Topics in Anglican Theology: Rowan Williams and Sarah Coakley

We will explore in depth the theology of Rowan Williams and Sarah Coakley, two significant contemporary theologians—both connected to the
Church of England, deeply involved in ministry, and representative of broader trends in Anglican theology. The seminar format, engaging in close readings and discussions of Williams’ and Coakley’s central texts, will be enriched through poetry, praying with icons, and contemplative prayer.

Dates: Sept. 30-Oct. 1, Nov. 4-5, Dec. 2-3, 2016
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Jason Fout
Course number:  HTS2041

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The Death of the Beautiful Young Man: The Erotics of Redemption

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.

Dates: Sept. 30-Oct. 1, Nov 4-5, Dec. 2-3, 2016
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. John Dally
Course number: CC431/CC631

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Liturgy and 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: Sept. 23-24, Oct. 21-22, Nov. 18-19, 2016
Instructors: Dr. Therese DeLisio and Mr. Milner Seifert
Course number: ML301

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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 Sept. 6, 2016
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Ellen Wondra
Course number:  ML335

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Anglican Formation

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.

Dates: August 31, 2016
Instructor: The Rev. KyungJa (KJ) Oh
Course number: PSF300

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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. 16-17, Oct. 14-15, Nov. 11-12, 2016
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Tom Ferguson
Course number:  HT320

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The Art of Preaching

Preachers are asked to be writers, actors/performance artists, composers, dancers, painters, and sculptors all at one time, yet they are rarely given the tools they need to make good on these expectations. What if preachers thought of themselves as creative artists who employ many artistic disciplines to craft and deliver their sermons? This course is open to beginning, intermediate, and advanced preachers who would like to draw both their preparation and execution from the right sides of their brains.

Dates: Jan. 23–27, 2017

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. John Dally

Course number: ML332/632

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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:  Begins online October 2016, in London January 14-20, 2017
Instructor:  The Rev. Dr. Jason Fout
Course number: CC450/650

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Thesis Proposal Seminar

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. 13-15, 2017
Instructor: The Rev. Canon Suzann Holding and The Rev. Dr. Ellen Wondra
Course number: ML690

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Research and Writing Seminar

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. 6-8, 2017
Instructor: The Rev. Canon Suzann Holding and The Rev. Dr. Ellen Wondra
Course number: ML691

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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. 16-20, 2017
Instructor: The Rev. Canon Eric Law
Course number: CC560/660

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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. 9-13, 2017
Instructor: The Rev. Canon Suzann Holding and Others TBD
Course number: ML575/675

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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. 9-13, 2017
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Emlyn Ott
Course number: ML560/660

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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: March 3-4, March 31-April 1, May 5-6, 2017
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Roger Ferlo
Course number: PSF302

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Strategies for Teaching the Bible

Seminarians learn a great deal about the history and content of the bible but post-seminary can find it difficult 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:  Feb. 24-25, March 24-25, April 28-29, 2017
Instructor:  The Rev. Dr. John Dally
Course number:
ML451/651

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Liturgy and 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. 17-18, March 17-18, April 21-22, 2017
Instructor: The Rev. Victor Conrado and Mr. Milner Seifert
Course number: ML302

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Anglican Theology and 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.10-11, March 10-11, April 7-8, 2017
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Jason Fout
Course number: HT340

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Anglican Formation

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.

Dates: January 28–29, 2017
Instructor: The Rev. KyungJa (KJ) Oh
Course number: PSF300

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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 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.

Dates: To Come
Instructor: The Rev. KyungJa (KJ) Oh
Course number: ML320/321

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The Structures of Community: Cities, Neighborhoods and the New Urbanism for Church Leaders

How do order, community, sustainability, and livability in the built environments we inhabit affect us as we lead communities of faith? Participants will develop skills in analysis, evaluation and theological assessment of places, and will assess the relation of urbanism to the gospel, the common good, and the church’s mission. The course involves several local field trips.

Dates: June 12-16, 2017
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Jason Fout
Course number: CC461/661

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Non-Profit Management and Leadership

This course is available for academic credit only.

Business savvy and theology dovetail in this innovative leadership program. Topics include: leadership; leading and following; leveraging generational differences in your organization; stewarding resources; difficult conversations; branding. Participants will take away practical tools to implement in their ministry contexts. Offered in conjunction with the three-day Bexley Seabury Leadership Institute at the Kellogg School. Meets in downtown Chicago.

Dates: June 19-23, 2017
Instructors: Northwestern University Kellogg School Faculty, The Rev. Dr. Roger Ferlo, The Rev. Canon Suzann Holding
Course number: ML580/680

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Community Organizing for Missional Living

This course helps participants develop relational leadership skills and learn how to engage others in community change. Attention is paid to biblical groundings and practical applications for congregational and community renewal.

Dates: June 12-16, 2017
Instructor: TBD
Course number: ML577/677

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Congregations in the 21st Century

This course explores inherited assumptions and patterns of Christian congregational life in light of new apostolic environments. Perspectives on missional ecclesiology offer a framework for renewing congrergational identity and practice. Students engage insights from organizational, leadership and innovation theory.

Dates: June 5-9, 2017
Instructor: TBD
Course number: ML561/661

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