Christian History 2
This course explores Christian history from the later Middle Ages to the late 20th century. Highlights include the wisdom of medieval theology, the Protestant and Catholic reformations, European Christianity encountering new continents and cultures, shock waves of the Enlightenment, and the great age of missionary activity.
This course is intended for those on the path toward ordination to the diaconate in order to help you to develop an understanding of the diaconate in the Church in general, and the Episcopal Church in articular. Specifically, this course examines the history, evolution and theology of the diaconate from the time of the first-century church to the present. The class also emphasizes the roles of the deacon in the Sacraments of the Church, especially the deacon’s role in the Eucharist, as well as the call of the deacon to ministry in the world, particularly the poor, the weak, the sick, and the lonely.
Forms of Christian Ethics (P)
Throughout Christian history, Christian ethics has come in many forms, rooted in different historical circumstances, cultural milieus, and theological traditions. With the goal of appreciating and applying this diversity, this course will explore the “Christian stance” in ethics through two lenses: a philosophical lens that considers ethics in terms of goals, duties, and virtues; and a specifically Christian lens that considers ethics in Robin Lovin’s terms of synergy, integrity, realism, and liberation.
With these two categorical lenses, the class will consider the perspectives of several different thinkers within the history of Christian ethics, including Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, Martin Luther, John Wesley, William Temple, Karl Barth, Reinhold Niebuhr, H. Richard Niebuhr, Stanley Hauerwas, and James Gustafson. The ultimate goal is for these various thinkers and the various forms that Christian ethics can take to become tools which can be used in our 21st century context.
Social Ministry I
This course will explore the Biblical, theological, and historical foundations of social ministry in an Episcopal/Anglican context. Participants will also gain a basic understanding of contemporary issues related to poverty in our communities such as, but not limited to, hunger, education, senior citizens, housing, mental health, refugee resettlement, and other issues which push persons to the margins of society.
BKSM welcomes you to take courses with us for personal enrichment or continuing education. Classes are richer with occasional students around the table. We encourage you to experience this remarkable, uplifting community of learning, worship and fellowship for yourself!
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