Lifelong Learning at EDS

Lifelong Learning makes most EDS courses (both traditional and simulcast) available to anyone with a bachelors degree, regardless of whether you have previous theological education. Courses are available to audit for $300, or for credit at $585 per course credit.

Interested in registering for courses? Please complete and submit our registration form, and send it to

For questions, or further information, please contact Cecelia Cull, registrar, at, or call 617-682-1525.

Fall 2015 Lifelong Learning Courses
(September 9–December 23, 2015)

HB 1030.CR01: Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures
Monday, 2:00–4:00pm; Wednesday, 3:00–4:00pm
Sherrill Hall, Room 250
3 Credits

An introduction to the literature and theologies of the First Testament/Hebrew Bible, as well as the history, society, cultures, and religions of ancient Israel in its ancient Near East contexts. A focus on the hermeneutical issues that arise from reading the text from different social locations.

NT 1530.CR01: Gospel of John
Thursday, 2:00–4:00pm
Sherrill Hall, Room 250
3 Credits

An exegesis course on John’s Gospel, emphasizing the literary development of the Gospel, the reconstruction of the author’s community, and its relation to Judaism.

CH L 2321.SC01: The Book of Common Prayer (Simulcast)
Thursday, 7:00–9:00pm
Sherrill Hall, Room 155
3 Credits

This course provides an overview of the development of the Book of Common Prayer beginning with sixteenth-century England and leading up to the Book of Common Prayer 1979 of The Episcopal Church. Attention will be paid especially to the content and theology of the current BCP and the supplemental materials found in Enriching Our Worship, as well as to current discussions about ongoing liturgical revision in The Episcopal Church.

L 1234.CR01: Singing the Faith
Wednesday, 1:00–3:00pm; Thursday, 11:30am–12:00pm
St. John's Memorial Chapel
1 Credit

Through preparing choral music with the Chapel Choir for Thursday community worship and special events, students will integrate body, mind, and spirit; develop their leadership skills; expand their view of the theological, liturgical, cultural, and musical diversity of Christian sung prayer; and deepen their understanding of the transforming power of the arts in both personal and public spheres. Students must participate each week in both Wednesday 1:00-3:00pm rehearsal and Thursday 11:30am-12:00pm warm-up and worship. In addition, a modest amount of reading and writing are required.

T 1025.SC01: Introduction to Systematic Theology (Simulcast)
Monday, 7:00–9:00pm
Sherrill Hall, Room 155
3 Credits

This course is an introduction to the sources, methods, and major doctrines of Christian theology. Topics to be covered include revelation, the persons and functions of the trinity, sin and grace, the church and sacraments, missiology, and last things. Particular attention will be paid to the historical development, as well as the contemporary reconstructions of such doctrines.

T CS 3020.CR01: Advanced Theology Seminar: Contextual Theologies—Methods, Issues, and Comparisons
Tuesday, 2:00–4:00pm
Sherrill Hall, Room 153
3 Credits

Progressing from two key assumptions that no theology is disinterested, and that any theology done outside of its context(s) is both parochial and inadequate, this seminar will explore the sources, methods, and pertinent issues in doing Christian theology in particular contexts. It will draw into dialogue selected theologies, such as “Dalit” (India), Minjung (Korea), Liberation (Latin America, U.S. Latino/a), Black (Africa, U.S.), Womanist/Feminist and Indigenous peoples’ theologies (Americas, Pacific). Post-colonial, economic, gender, race, and other historically non-dominant identity markers will provide the lenses for analysis of a pluralistic world both in terms of religions and cultures. G

E T 1280.SC01: Basics in Anglican Moral Theology (Simulcast)
Wednesday, 7:00–9:00pm
Sherrill Hall, Room 155
3 Credits

The focus on this course is the historical, theological, and ethical development of Anglican moral theology and contemporary concerns of The Episcopal Church. Foundational thinkers, methods, themes, and related aspects of the moral life will be outlined and students will participate in class presentations. This course serves as an introductory course for competence in the field.

CS PT 2045.CR01: Local Congregations and Neighbors of Other Faiths: Worship, Caring, and Other Pastoral Issues
Friday, 9:00am-12:00pm (Bi-weekly, including site visits)
Sherrill Hall, Room 155
2 Credits

This bi-weekly 2-credit course will alternate visits to spaces of worship and pastoral care of Muslim, Jewish, and Hindu neighbors of local Christian congregations with in-class discussions of differences and similarities in worship, caring, and other pastoral issues. Interfaith chaplaincy will also be explored. G

PT 2540.SC01: Queer Theologies and Pastoral Care with Youth and Young Adults (Simucalst)
Thursday, 4:00-6:00pm
Sherrill Hall, Room 155
3 Credits

This course will engage theological, theoretical, contextual, and practical resources for doing queer-affirming pastoral care with and for LGBTQI youth and young adults. Together we will consider how queer theologies might assist Christian leaders and communities in bearing supportive witness to the complex, evolving identities of these chronologically contiguous yet distinct groups. We will explore some of the contextual and developmental specificities that can inform pastoral care with these groups. We will also consider how, in addition to pastoral conversations, such care can invite queer individuals and communities into creative theological expression through modes such as narrative, image, and ritual. Course materials—readings and other media—will draw from the fields of queer Christian theology, pastoral theology, queer theory, and critical childhood and sociological studies. Course assignments will invite the creation of practical theological resources as well as call for careful, critical reflection upon course materials.