Global Theological Perspectives
Together in this course we will engage theologies coming from Asian American, Black liberation, Dalit, feminist, indigenous/Naga, Korean, L’Arche, womanist, and other perspectives. Through these encounters, students will have ample opportunity to grapple with and articulate their own theologies, and will gain facility with navigating multiple, complex theological ideas that help enliven theologically diverse and spiritually robust communities. Students will also cultivate spiritual practices, informed by insights from The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, that will serve as long-term resources for spiritual, emotional, and professional wellbeing. We will engage in theological reflection in light of contemporary issues of injustice to create frameworks for hopeful, strategic justice work. Learning is facilitated through regular written assignments, small group and paired discussions, and prayerful disciplines.
Women’s Studies in Religion
Fall 2019 with Mahjabeen Dhala and Sheryl Johnson
All oppression is connected. All liberation is connected. Now more than ever we need to be adept at analyzing how gender, class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, education, and immigration status affect social conditions. This course will equip you with the tools you need to be engaged in effective advocacy work for social justice and liberation. A life-transforming class and a core required course for the Women’s Studies in Religion academic certificate program at the Graduate Theological Union.
Writing a Personal Rule of Life
Your time in seminary is extremely busy with a lot of new demands made on your time, energy, and wallet. Sometimes you might think if you can just get through this experience, then once you graduate, you will start taking care of yourself again, get some rest, and stop pushing 24/7. But the rhythm you set now is most likely one you will continue after graduation. This course will encourage you to set your new rhythm now, a rhythm of the spirit that will sustain you and ground you for the long journey ahead—both in seminary and after you graduate. Embracing an ancient Christian practice of crafting a Rule of Life, this course will guide you through a process of creating a life-giving rhythm centered on God through prayer, work, study, spiritual companionship, care of your body, reaching out, and hospitality. This course was inspired by retreats I have offered in partnership with Brad Berglund and Rhythms of the Spirit.
Theology as Living Conversation
Did you know theology can be ordinary, practical, public, and creative? Did you know theology and science don’t have to be sworn enemies? This innovative online course will introduce you to a bunch of different ways that you can be a theologian—find the one that resonates with you the most, discover how other people identify, try on new approaches. Take your place at the table, and join the conversation!
A course designed to foster and affirm students’ identities as theologians who will make a commitment to lifelong theological reading and writing in whatever form their ministries take. Profoundly diverse theological perspectives–including Dalit, Minjung, Black Liberation, Womanist, Pentecostal, Catholic, Baptist, and more. Taught from a liberative and contemplative pedagogical approach.
Black Lives Matter: The Spirit of Protest
Investigating the historical and contemporary reasons for the emergence of this movement and analyzing intentional intersectionality and strategies for solidarity from multiple social locations.
Pedagogy for Teaching Worship
A doctoral-level seminar course that examines and develops pedagogical strategies for teaching worship in diverse classrooms and/or congregations. We pay attention to how pedagogy shifts when teaching practices as well as theologies of worship.
Worship in All Seasons
This course draws out the connections between liturgy and time. How does worship shape, and get shaped by, various seasons. Here, the word seasons is understood expansively to include liturgical seasons such as Advent, Lent, and Easter; but also seasons of life, including times of crisis and tragedy and times of celebration. Students develop skills at creating meaningful liturgies and rituals for their own contexts.
Prayer in Public Worship
This course explores different forms of prayer in worship and how they help to bring us into deeper intimacy with God. Particular emphasis is given to: theologies of prayer; historical perspectives on prayer in worship; the relationships between personal prayer and public prayer; and different genres of prayer in public worship, including intercessions or Joys and Concerns.