Weekend intensives meet three weekends during the semester, Friday 2:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Theopoetics, T 315 Scott Holland
September 2-3, September 30-October 1, December 9-10
In recent years several theologians and scholars of religion have contended that “theology, after all, is a kind of writing.” Moving beyond older models that present theology as a metaphysics or systematics, those influenced by both the postmodern turn in philosophy and the intercultural emergence of spirituality studies are suggesting that theology can be imagined as a poetics. This course is situated at the intersection of religion and literature and will study recent genres of theological, spiritual, and religious writings known as theopoetics. 3 semester credits.
Brethren Beliefs and Practices, T 207 Denise Kettering-Lane
September 9-10, October 14-15, November 18-19
This course examines major beliefs and doctrinal interpretations along with practices that shape the Church of the Brethren. The course will study Brethren beliefs and practices across the span of time, with reflection on historical theology and in ecumenical conversation with other interpretations of Christianity significant to the study. The course will engage students in discussing the present life and faith of the Church of the Brethren. 3 semester credits.
History of Christianity I, H 101 H. Kendall Rogers
August 26-27, October 7-8, November 4-5
This course gives an overview of the history of Christianity from the apostolic period to the eve of the Reformation. Topics addressed include theoretical issues in studying the history of Christianity, early Christianity, the Constantinian shift, Augustine’s influence, asceticism, the Middle Ages, medieval lay piety and dissent, monastic orders, the papacy, and the beginnings of the Renaissance. 3 semester credits.
Exegisis of Chronicles and Ezra-Nehemiah, B 314 Steven Schweitzer
September 23-24, October 14-15, December 2-3
The books of 1-2 Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah were written during the postexilic period of ancient Israel in the midst of cultural change. Following the traumatic experience of exile, the community in Judah struggled to form a new identity as the people of God. Chronicles attempts to construct a better alternate future by creating a distinct view of the past. Ezra-Nehemiah presents the recent history of this group from the perspective of those elite who returned to bring leadership and a new vision. Often avoided as irrelevant or only being historical in nature, these books contain rich contributions to a wide range of topics, such as theology, worship, spirituality, prayer, joy, identity formation, community life, God’s involvement in history, inclusivity and exclusivity, the reinterpretation of previous biblical traditions, the function of the law, and the relationship to empire. Methodological approaches to these texts addressed in this course include historical criticism; source, form, and redaction criticisms; rhetorical, narrative, and reader-response criticisms; feminist criticism; queer theory; utopian literary theory; postcolonial criticism; canonical criticism; spacial theory; and theological readings. Prerequisite: BS 101. 3 semester credits.
Restorative Justice, P 235 Debbie Roberts
Weekend dates to come
Restorative justice, a comparative response to retributive justice, is a means of conflict facilitation and engagement used when harm has been done. It focuses on the needs of the victims and the offenders as well as the involved community of both parties. This course will provide the framework and theory of restorative justice, as well as praxis of its components and process, in order to explore a conflict engagement model for encountering damage, repairing harm, and working at the transformation of people, relationships, and communities. The course will also explore the role of forgiveness in this model, and comparisons of other methods of conflict engagement, including negotiation, mediation, and circle processes. 3 semester credits.
Music in the Church, M 213 Adjunct
Weekend dates to come
This course is designed to explore the importance of music in worship, both as an aid to worship and as an act of worship itself. Designed for both musicians and nonmusicians, the course will look at the roles of pastor and church musicians in planning and leading worship services, with special emphasis on the music. Topics covered will include an Anabaptist understanding of music in worship, choosing music for worship services, contemporary worship music, hymns, the teamwork of minister and musician, and technology. 3 semester credits.