We are a robustly Christian learning community committed to whole-person, interdisciplinary training that transforms. We are known as a graduate school and seminary, but many of our courses are also open to the community for graduate credit, audit, and continuing education units. We invite you to listen, learn, and respond with us to a world in profound need of people who are courageous, embodied, and spiritually-rooted. Our winter term begins on January 11, 2021 and all courses are being held online. We encourage you to apply. All are welcome. Browse our complete list of courses.
Except for TCE 570-Book of Job which has a later start date, please note that applications to audit all other Winter 2021 classes are closed as of December 7. To see which courses are upcoming for our Spring 2021 term, please visit here.
Book of Job – Online
March 25-27, 2021 (2 credits | TCE 570)
Taught by Dr. Dan Allender and Dr. Tremper Longman III, this intensive course will consider the role of wisdom in the contexts of therapy, pastoral service, and social advocacy. Wisdom is seldom viewed in the Scripture as the mere acquisition of knowledge. Nevertheless, wisdom is not solely subjective or a matter of random, self-referential choice. It is often said, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” to imply there is no universal or essential consistency to the aesthetic impulse. The same is often assumed regarding wisdom. It is individual, subjective, and not essentially related to something greater than itself. Wisdom as found in the book of Job requires us to see the limits of wisdom, the necessity of relational dialogue, and an openness simultaneously to wrestle and submit to the work of our redeemer God.Take this course for credit I want to audit this course
Being the Word on the Street: Developing Intercultural Competency – Online
January 11 – April 9, 2021, Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30 PT (2 credits | RLM 520)
Taught by Dr. Ron Ruthruff, this course prepares the student to engage and embrace culturally diverse contexts. Through the development of an anthropological understanding of culture, this course considers new ways to navigate differences between the self and the “other”. You will examine unique interpersonal and power dynamics in diverse settings.
The Battle of Shame – Online
January 11 – April 9, 2021, Mondays, 4:00-6:00pm PT (2 credits | CSL 563)
Taught by Dr. Steve Call, this course utilizes a didactic and experiential format in which to further explore the topic of shame. Shame is often kept hidden and leads us to experience the core human fear of being left and abandoned. The class attempts to discern the origins of shame, examine how shame permeates human relationships and provide insight into how shame can be addressed within a therapeutic context.
Spirit & Trauma – Online
January 11 – April 9, 2021, Wednesdays, 9:00-11:00am PT (2 credits | TCE 541)
Taught by Dr. Chelle Stearns, this course explores the intersection of theology trauma studies. In this class, students will read and compare theologies of the cross and theologies of the Holy Spirit to investigate how different theological approaches impact one’s view on trauma, suffering, healing, redemption, witness, resilience, and community. Though the disciplines of theology and psychology utilize different vocabularies and methodologies, both seek out the wholeness and well-being of the human person, particularly in the wake of suffering, abuse, and trauma. Theology in this frame should lead persons toward liberation and shalom, especially when life and death are closely experienced and related.
Spirituality and the Arts: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Online
January 11 – April 9, 2021, Tuesdays, 3:15-5:15 pm PT (2 credits | SFD 523)
Taught by Dr. Kj Swanson, this course provides an overview of contemporary art worldview and examines its implications for a Christian’s engagement with culture. Every two years, Spirituality in the Arts focuses on a different topic on the intersection of art and spirituality. This winter, Dr. Kj Swanson is centering this Spiritual Formation course on “The Wizarding World of JK Rowling.” By exploring the spirituality of Harry Potter fandom and the world-building of JK Rowling, this course invites students to reflect on what happens when we are captivated by a shared narrative and inspired creatively to respond and to reimagine our own stories through mythological dimensions. In this primarily experiential course, students will be encouraged to create, play, and reflect on the meaning-making represented in these stories’ continued impact and spiritual relevance.
We Invite You to Listen, Learn, and Respond With Us
We offer non-degree and community audit admission for individuals desiring to get their feet wet by taking a course or two; students enrolled in other graduate programs who want to take a course for transfer credit; professionals seeking continuing education units; and curious folks who simply love learning. All are welcome. We keep the admissions process simple and relational, and there is no cost to apply.
Non-degree enrollment provides an official record and transcript of for-credit coursework, which serves as proof of seat hours for continuing education units or as documentation for transferring credits into a degree program. Non-degree tuition is $660 per credit hour.Start your non-degree application
Community Audit Enrollment
Community audit enrollment provides the opportunity to participate in our learning community by attending classes. An official record and transcript is provided but coursework is not credit bearing. The transcript provides seat hours, which serves as proof of seat hours for continuing education units. Community audit tuition is $375 per credit hour.Start your community audit application
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