In order to meet requirements for your degree and have a beneficial learning experience, our Academics Department has suggested the following Spring Term courses for those entering the program in Fall 2020. If you are already enrolled in the Fall 2020 cohort, please schedule an advising appointment with our Associate Registrar, Robyn Sodders, to register for one or more of the following courses:
C.S. Lewis: Theological Perspectives for Spiritual Formation
April 22 – June 17, 2020, Wednesdays, 9:00am-12:00pm (2 credits | SFD 522)
Taught by Dr. Chelle Stearns, this course will examine the literary legacy of one the twentieth century’s foremost Christian authors. More specifically, it will explore the theological perspectives of C. S. Lewis:perspectives that speak of God, humanity, nature, love, heaven, hell, prayer, pain and suffering, and ethics. Students will critically reflect on how these insights might inform, nourish, challenge and support their own relationship with God and God’s work in the world.
Toward a Spirituality of Contextual Listening Amidst COVID19
April 21—June 16, 2020, Tuesdays, 5:00-6:30pm (1 credit | TCE 575A)
Many of us are discovering new levels of fear and loneliness, finding ourselves navigating complex emotions, and profound changes to our living situations. Part of loving our neighbors is anticipating the changes that may affect them tomorrow. While we can’t know for sure how COVID19 will alter our world, we can listen deeply.
Taught by Dr. Dwight Friesen, this elective online course invites participants to develop a practical spirituality for following Christ by loving God through loving their neighbors amidst COVID19. Participants will engage in listening exercises, equipping them to understand how the relational ecosystem of their neighborhood is being transformed through the reality of the pandemic. Participants will also learn how to listen to their respective context using forecasting skills to anticipate how their neighborhood may be impacted, and design ways of bringing neighbors together to move toward becoming a more resilient community together.
Research: the Dialogical Context of Knowledge
April 25—June 19, 2020, Thursdays, 9:30am-12:30pm (2 credits | CSL 516B)
Taught by Dr. Misty Anne Winsenried, this course is an introduction to psychological research. The student is introduced to quantitative and qualitative research designs and statistical methodologies. Research is studied in its dialogical context: researcher to subject, researcher to interpretation, and researcher to the community within which the research is relevant. Students will also receive guidance and practice in the use of research to inform their therapeutic work.
Christ & Hospitality
April 20—June 15, 2020, Mondays, 12:00-3:00pm (2 credits | TCE 542)
Taught by Dr. Darren Sumner, this course looks at the relationship between the Christian Church and Jesus Christ. At stake in this conversation is how our doctrines about the person and the work of Christ impacts how persons are formed in the practice of the Church and its liturgy. Doctrine, in this context, is not just an abstract exploration of proper belief about sin, atonement, soteriology, or ecclesiology, but, instead, the location of questioning, and sometimes reforming, how theory and practice are related to one another in the daily life of the body of Christ. The aim of this class is to show that all study of theology should lead to doxology (worship) and all doxology should lead to the fullness of life in Jesus Christ.