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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:  February 7, March 7, April 4 and May 2
Location: Columbus
Instructor:  The Rev. Canon Karl Ruttan
Course number:  HTS2041

 

Anglican Liturgy & Music: Theology and 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: February 14-15, March 28-29, May 2-3
Time: 1 pm on Friday until Saturday at 4:30 pm with online work between meetings
Location: Chicago
Instructor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and Victor Conrado
Course number:  MN1087

Class documents:

pdfSyllabus
pdfReading list

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This course will also include two sessions that are open to the public for $10 each. Learn more and register online.

Life Among Buildings

Life Among Buildings: urbanism, city planning and the church

This course introduces students to the basic ideas behind urban planning, particularly through the lens of what is known as 'the New Urbanism', in order to think about order, community, sustainability and livability in the built environments we inhabit: cities and their neighborhoods, suburbs, and towns. Alongside this introduction, students will develop skills in analysis, evaluation and theological assessment of places. Further, the class will work to assess the relation of urbanism to the gospel, the common good, and the church’s mission, working to think more explicitly about the place of the church building in the urban built order, the church community in the urban political order, and how the values of the New Urbanism might influence the shape of the church’s buildings, mission and context. The course will include three required local field trips to observe and assess built environments in place. (Three credit hours)

Dates: Spring 2014 semester, Monday and Wednesday 1:30 – 2:45 pm

Location: Columbus


Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Jason Fout

Course number:  HTS2764

Liturgics 2

An introduction to the history and development of worship, including the eucharist, daily prayer, baptism, and other sacramental rites.

Dates:  February 14-15, March 14-15, April 25-26
Time: 1 pm on Friday until Saturday at 4:30 pm with online work between meetings
Location: Columbus
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Elise Feyerherm
Course number:  MN1038

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Death of the Beautiful Young Man

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 — painting, sculpture, music and film, asking participants to become thoughtful critics of the explicit and implied messages inherent in the iconography of Jesus' death.

Dates:  February 7-8, March 7-8 and April 4-5
Time: 1 pm on Friday until Saturday at 4:30 pm with online work between meetings
Location: Chicago
Instructor:  The Rev. Dr. John Dally
Course number:  HTS2137

This course will also include six sessions that are open to the public for $10 each. Sign up for one or more. Learn more and register online.

Class documents:

pdfSyllabus

pdfReading List

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Field Education Seminar

The Field Education Seminar in Columbus provides an opportunity for those in field placements to reflect on the lessons learned on site.  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 change and how the Church might function in a rapidly changing cultural landscape.

Instructor:  The Rev. Stephen Smith
Course Number:  MN2062

 

Anglican Theology & Ethics

In Spring 2014, this course will be offered as a semester-long course in Columbus and a weekend intensive in Chicago:

Columbus

In this course students learn about the distinctive history of Anglican theology and its dynamic, diverse contemporary practice; 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 the Anglican thinking about the good life, especially in its connection with worship, the sacraments, and its outworking in everyday life.

Dates: Spring 2014 semester
Location: Columbus
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Jason Fout
Course number:  HTS2054-1

Class documents:

pdfSyllabus
pdfReading list

Chicago

In this course, students 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:  February 21-22, March 21-22 and April 25-26
Time: 1 pm on Friday until Saturday at 4:30 pm with online work between meetings
Location: Chicago
Instructor:  The Rev. Dr. Ellen Wondra
Course number:  HTS2054-2

Class documents:

pdfClass schedule
pdfSyllabus
pdfReading list


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Global Anglicanism

Explore 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:  February 28-March 1, April 4-5, May 9-10
Time: 1 pm on Friday until Saturday at 4:30 pm with online work between meetings
Location: Columbus
Instructor:  The Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer
Course number:  HTS4135, HTS5135

Class documents:

pdfSyllabus

 

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Non-Profit Management 1

Business savvy and theology dovetail in this innovative leadership program tailored to meet the distinctive needs of lay and clergy leaders. Through lecture, case examples, interactive exercises, classroom dialog and theological reflection, participants will explore values-based leadership for organizational change as well as tools for effective team building, marketing, and constituent-focus. In conjunction with Kellogg School for Management, Center for Nonprofit Management.

Dates: June 16-20, 2014
Location: Chicago
Instructor: Faculty with the Kellogg School for Management, Center for Nonprofit Management
Course number:  MN4116, MN5116

Community Organizing for Missional Living

This course assists participants to develop leadership skills in relationship building and community change through engaging in the fundamentals of community organizing. Attention is paid to biblical goundings and practical approaches to congregational renewal.

Dates: June 8 (evening)-June 14, 2014
Location: Chicago
Instructor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Michael Gecan
Course number:  MN4166, MN5166

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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 2-6
Location: Chicago
Instructor: The Rev. Dwight Zscheile
Course number:  MN4162, MN5162

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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

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:  TBD
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

Atheism 101

The premise of this course is that Christians in general and seminary-trained leaders in particular ought to know why people who have heard the gospel and understand it choose not to be a part of the Christian community.  If we are truly “mission-minded,” we should be curious to know what motivates people who have turned away from Christianity. 

Dates:  Weekend Intensives (Oct 10-11, Nov 7-8, Dec 12-13)
Location:  Chicago
Instructor:  The Rev. Dr. John Dally
Course number:  HTS2776

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

Field Education Seminar I

The 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: Wednesdays, 1:30-4:15 pm (September - December)
Location:  Columbus
Instructor:  TBD
Course number:  MN2061