Fall 2014 Courses

September 3, 2014 - December 19, 2014
Offered by


Hebrew Bible (HT)

HB 1030.OL01: Introduction to Hebrew Scriptures (Online)
Gale Yee
Live Sessions, 7:00pm-9:00pm
September 4, October 9, November 6, and December 11

An introduction to the literature and theologies of the First Testament/Hebrew Bible, as well as to the history, society, cultures, and religions of ancient Israel in the context of the ancient Near East from the Exodus to the Exile. Enrollment Note: This course is limited to EDS DL students only.


NT 1020.CR01: Introduction to New Testament
Larry Wills
Monday, 2:00pm-3:30pm; Wednesday, 3:00pm-4:30pm
Sherrill Hall, Room 153

An introduction to the literature of the New Testament in its historical, social, and theological context. Attention will be given to learning basic exegetical techniques.


CH PT 2502.SC01: History, Polity, Canon Law (Simulcast)
Instructor The Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge
Mondays, 2:00-4:00PM
Sherrill Library, Room 250

This survey course will give students a working knowledge of the history (histories), ethos, and cultures of The Episcopal Church including an appreciation of both the highlights and the challenges of Anglicanism in the United States.  Included will be a study of the practice of The General Convention and an investigation into The Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church.  The history and polity of The Episcopal Church will be placed within the context of the global Anglican Communion. The ability to apply insights as religious leaders to pastoral and missional contexts will guide the course.

Enrollment Note: Limited to 15 in-seat and 10 online students. Preference is given to EDS Final Year students.

Liturgy (L)

L1234.CR01: Singing the Faith
Ellen Oak
September 3 – December 19, 2014
Wednesdays, 12:45-2:45PM and Thursdays 11:45AM-1:15PM
St. John’s Memorial Chapel
1 Credit

Through preparing choral music with the Chapel Choir for Thursday community worship and special events, students will integrate body, mind, and spirit; develop their leadership skills; expand their view of the theological, liturgical, cultural, and musical diversity of Christian sung prayer; and deepen their understanding of the transforming power of the arts in both personal and public spheres. Students MUST participate EACH WEEK in BOTH Wednesday 12:45-2:45PM rehearsal AND Thursday 11:30AM-1:15PM warm-up and worship. In addition, a modest amount of reading and writing are required.

L PT 2310.CR01: Ordination Studies: Public Representative Ministry with the Community of the Baptisimal Covenant
The Rev. Dr. Stephen Burns
September 3 – December 19, 2014
Mondays, 9:30-11:30AM
Sherrill Library, Room 250
3 Credits

Using the core texts Paul Bradshaw, Rites of Ordination (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014) and Gordon W. Lathrop, The Pastor: A Spirituality (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2006) this course will explore contemporary theologies of ordained ministry in an ecumenical context, but with special attention to contemporary Anglican theologies, and a particular focus on the Berkeley Statement “Equipping the Saints” and critique of the Book of Common Prayer 1979’s sometimes inconsistent convictions about ordination and the ministry of the baptized.

Theology (T)

T 1044.CR01: Introduction to Liberation Theology (Simulcast)
Dr. Kwok Pui Lan
September 3 – December 19, 2014
Thursdays, 9:30-11:30AM
Sherrill Library, Room 250
3 Credits

What is liberation theology? Who does it? Why is it important to the church? How do traditional theologians and critics respond to it? This introductory course will discuss the many strands of liberation theology from different global contexts. The focus will be on liberation theology’s methodologies, its relation to the social context, and its challenges to the theological discipline.

Enrollment Note: This course is available for in class students as well as up to 12 students enrolled as online simulcast students.

T CH 2710.SC01: 20th Century Anglican Theologians (Simulcast)
The Rev. Dr. Stephen Burns; Dr. Kwok Pui Lan
September 3 – December 19, 2014
Mondays, 7:00-9:00PM
Sherrill Library, Room 155
3 Credits

This course discusses the development of theologies in the Anglican Communion in the twentieth century through studying the works of representative Anglican theologians from diverse contexts. We will focus on Anglican identity, Gospel and culture, struggle for justice for minorities and the marginalized, relation between the local and the global, and issues facing the Communion today.

T PT 2165.CR01: Mission, Ministry, and Sacraments: Re-visioning the Church Inside-Out
The Rev. Dr. Christopher Duraisingh
September 3 – December 19, 2014
Tuesdays, 2:00-4:00PM
Sherrill Library, Room 250
3 Credits

This course seeks to construct a theology of the Church the essential nature of which is its ‘inside-turned-outness’ for the life of the world. In the light of this basic stance of a church as a people – externally focused and God’s-Reign oriented – a theological re-visioning of the central elements of the Church’s sacramental life, worship, witness, and ministry is undertaken. A central question is how we can recover the basic calling of the Church to be a sign and instrument of a God-intended ‘alternative humanity’ and an agent of transformation in a world characterized by oppressive, exclusivist, and fragmenting forces. Faith-filled resistance, compassionate solidarity, and creative hope shall serve as significant categories in such a re-visioning. Participants will explore the practical and pastoral implications of such a re-visioning for the empowerment of local congregations as change agents.

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