Course Catalog

Liturgy and Music: Development and Theology ML301

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.

Liturgy and Music: Theology and Practice ML302

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...

Field Education Seminar ML320/321

This course provides an opportunity for those in field placements to reflect on lessons learned. Topics 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...

The Art of Preaching ML 332/632

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...

Constitutions and 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.

Pastoral Theology ML 336

This course offers a holistic view of caring ministries focusing on the ultimate meaning and concerns of human beings. Pastoral Theology will focus on the spiritual/theological needs of persons as well as on emotional and systemic concerns. The appropriate balance of...

Pastoral Offices ML 402

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.

Strategies for Teaching the Bible ML451/651

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...

Organizational Systems ML561/661

Organizational Systems will provide a perspective on the development of leadership and belief systems through the lens of Bowen family systems theory and adaptive change. Particular attention will be paid to experiences in family as they relate to contexts of...

Reimagining Congregations in Mission ML560/660

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 congregational identity and practice. Students engage insights from...

COMMUNITY BASED WELLNESS MINISTRIES ML 571/671

This course provides a psycho/social/theological framework for understanding healing, health, wellness and wholeness and will offer ways a local congregation can offer a community based wellness ministry that serves both the congregation and the surrounding community....

Making Mission Possible in Tough Times ML575/675

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

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.

Leading Non-Profits in the 21st Century ML580/680

Nonprofit organizations face many challenges, not the least of which is the ability to be financially stable and grow in meaningful and appropriate ways.  In the 21st Century, it is clear that the ability to articulate and “live” one’s mission is intrinsically...

Thesis Proposal Development ML690

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

Research Methods ML691

This brief, hands-on seminar is designed to assist Doctor of Ministry students in developing the research and writing skills they will use in their ministry projects and thesis writing. Doctoral-level work requires knowledge of appropriate research methods, including:...