Online Courses - Spring 2014

Introduction to Jainism

Course ID: LDT 3011/4011
Professor: Staff

Jainism is a small but influential Indic tradition centered on nonviolent living. This class will provide a comprehensive introduction to the history, tenets, scriptures, practices, culture, and contemporary activism of lived Jainism around the world.

Chaplaincy in Contexts

Course ID: LSC 3035/4035
Professor: Duane Bidwell

An introduction to the theory, practices, and major issues of chaplaincy as a specialized form of spiritual care. The arts and challenges of interreligious and intercultural care are a particular focus. The course is appropriate for those preparing for ministries in hospital, hospice, military or corporate chaplaincies.

Interfaith Care and Counseling

Course ID: LSC/LIR 3064/4064
Professor: Kathleen Greider

An exploration of spiritual care and counseling in interfaith relationships and multi-faith communities or contexts. Attention is given to: necessities, limits, and values related to interfaith caregiving; history and socio-religious contexts significant for contexts of interfaith caregiving; differences between religious traditions significant for issues in and practices of interfaith caregiving; competencies related to interfaith caregiving and caregivers' reflexive self-assessment of their competency in practice.

United Methodist Doctrine

Course ID: TDS 3000
Professor: Jack Jackson

An examination of Wesleyan theology focusing on the early Methodist movement and major theological transitions in the 19th and 20th centuries. The course will also highlight recent transitions in United Methodist theology and is designed to meet the doctrine requirement for ordination in the UMC.

Money, Mission, and Ministry

Course ID: TLA 3007
Professor: Bruce Barkhauer

This course will provide a basic Biblical, theological, and practical introduction into the spiritual discipline of stewardship and provide best practice principles for guiding the financial and fiduciary responsibilities of the pastor as church leader. Students will explore the issues of stewardship that relate to care for the earth, the practice of Sabbath keeping, the care for self and the care for the Gospel. The course will introduce students to the importance of personal practice of these faith disciplines as a matter of ministerial integrity and as a means to authentic pastoral leadership.

The New Testament in Context: An Introduction

Course ID: TNT 3003
Professor: Greg Riley

This course is designed to introduce students to the study of the New Testament and includes an overview of its Greco¬-Roman and Jewish contexts, intense exposure to New Testament literature, and an introduction to critical methods for interpretation, especially historical and literary criticisms. By the end of the course the student will have read the core literature of the New Testament and will be able to locate important texts in the books that they represent.

Theologies of Liberations and Preaching

Course ID: TWP 3055
Professor: Lincoln Galloway

Examines theologies of liberation (i.e., their emphases on liberation from social, economic, racial, sexual, environmental/religious oppression). The course prepares students to design sermons that are informed and shaped by their critical reflection and engagement of the various perspectives on liberation.

Mission in Global Perspectives (Hybrid)

Course ID: TDS 3018
Professor: Jack Jackson

This course examines theological, biblical, and historical foundations for Christian mission. Current practices and models of mission are analyzed and critiqued, with a special emphasis on the history and role of mission in the country or region visited for the course. Students will articulate a theology of mission, and develop a practice of mission, appropriate for local congregations. This course is designed to meet various denomination requirements for mission, including that of the United Methodist Church.

Exploring the Worship Landscape (Hybrid)

Course ID: TWP 3059
Professor: Jack Coogan

Analyzes the various forms of worship that have emerged since Vatican II. We will discuss “Consensus Liturgies,” “Contemporary Worship,” “Emerging Worship,” “Multiethnic Worship,” and Feminist Liturgy among others. The use of various art forms and media in these services will be highlighted. Students will be expected to integrate art/media into their projects.

Biblical Hebrew II (Hybrid)

Course ID: LHB 3003
Professor: Shelley Long

Continuing study of biblical Hebrew.

Religious Leadership (Hybrid)

Course ID: TCE/LLA 3075/3002
Professor: Karen Dalton

An introduction to contemporary approaches to leadership practices and basic essential administrative tasks and processes in churches and non-profit organizations. Course outcomes include knowledge and skill in these areas as well as understanding of cultural, contextual, and ethical issues and implications.

Introduction to Religious Education (Hybrid)

Course ID: TRE 3001
Professor: Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook

This course provides students with a basic introduction to religious education within faith communities. It is designed to give students skills to facilitate religious education in a range of contexts, as well as locate and develop resources and ideas to enhance educational ministries. This course will also examine religious education from the perspective of various groups including adult learners, youth and young adults, children, families, etc. from the perspective of historical and contemporary models. Multicultural religious education as well as interreligious education will be addressed.

Vocational Praxis (Hybrid)

Course ID: TRE 3040
Professor: Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook

This is a required course for all master’s of divinity students in their final year at CST, and it is an opportunity for individual and community-based integration and assessment of learning and vocational goals. The class will form a community and assessment will be organized around Institutional Learning Objectives of CST, focused in particular on the MDiv Program Learning Objectives (PLOs): Demonstrate religious intelligence gained through the study of theological disciplines; Embody ethical integrity in one’s vocation; Engage in dialogue across cultures and religions; Provide effective ministerial, community and/or public leadership.