May 2024 Course Descriptions
This course focuses on the Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church as a prime source for personal and congregational growth in God's love.
Diversity, Justice and the Church's Mission
This course provides an introductory survey of systemic racism in America—its European and colonial foundations, as well as its costs. We will also look at the position of the Episcopal Church in that history, and explore how systemic oppression plays a role in perpetuating barriers to true diversity and racial reconciliation. Students will explore how we can help congregations move along the continuum from “exclusive” to “transformed” spaces. In their final assignment students will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of the resource materials, gain comprehension of key concepts, and to develop a personal plan for engaging in the work of transforming racist systems. (This workshop satisfies the canonical anti-racism requirements for clergy and lay leaders.)
The course is a study of the Gospels, Epistles, and other writings of the New Testament that gives consideration to their historical, literary, and theological dimensions. After taking this course, students will have gained a general understanding of the major stories and theological ideas of the New Testament, a basic familiarity with the variety of methods scholars use to interpret the New Testament, a basic sense of the origins and historical development of the New Testament, and an appreciation for variation and similarity within interpretations of the New Testament.
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