Lifelong Learning Courses

Lifelong Learning makes most EDS graduate courses available to anyone with a bachelors degree, regardless of whether you have previous theological education. January and June intensives meet five days a week for two weeks, weekend courses meet for two or three Friday and Saturday sessions, online courses meet once a week for a semester, and traditional courses meet once a week for a semester. These courses are available to audit for $300, or for credit at $585 per course credit.

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*Online-only courses are designated by (Online). Simulcast courses are designated by (Simulcast).

January 2015 Courses

January 2015

Hebrew Bible (HT)

HB 1130.CR01 The Book of Genesis
Dr. Gale Yee
January 5 - January 16, 2015
Monday to Friday, 2:00-4:00PM
Sherrill Library, Room 153
3 Credits

This exegesis course is an intensive study of the traditions in the book of Genesis regarding the primeval history: creation, "fall," flood, and Tower of Babel (Genesis 1-11); and the mothers and father of ancient Israel: Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob, Leah and Rachel, and Joseph and Asenath (Genesis 12-50). Students will be introduced to the various historical, sociological, and literary critical methods of biblical interpretation.

New Testament (NT)

NT 2050.CR01: Paul in the 21st Century
Dr. Lawrence Wills
January 5 - January 16, 2015
Monday to Friday, 2:00-4:00PM
Sherrill Library, Room 250
3 Credits

This course will introduce Paul’s theology in three steps. First, we will read parts of 1 Corinthians, Galatians, and Romans to try to understand Paul in his ancient context. Second, we will consider the changing ways that Paul was understood in the twentieth century, leading up to the so-called New Perspective on Paul. Third, we will conclude with a consideration of how recent approaches, such as critical race theory, feminist criticism, postcolonial criticism, queer theology, and so on have uncovered new challenges for Paul in the twenty-first century, but new promises as well.

Liturgy (L)

L 1025.CR01: Liturgical Theology and Practice
January 5 - January 16, 2015
Monday to Friday, 4:10-6:00PM
Sherrill Library, Room 155
3 Credits

This course maps the contours of contemporary liturgical theology, noting numerous historical developments whilst concentrating on engagements between inherited traditions of Christian assembly and our current inter-cultural, multi-religious and shifting spiritual contexts. The rites and resources of The Episcopal Church are embedded in the course, yet situated in a wider frame that takes in ecumenical consensus and dissent from it—with a range of liberation theologies welcomed to animate optics on each topic in the schema of study.

L1234.CR01: Singing the Faith
Ellen Oak
September 3 - December 19, 2014
Monday to Thursday, 8:30-9:15AM and Thursdays, 11:45AM-1:15PM
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 rehearsal Monday-Thursday 8:30am-9:15am, and Thursdays 11:30AM-1:15PM warm-up and worship. In addition, a modest amount of reading and writing are required.

Theology (T)

T 2411.CR01: Eros, Sexuality, Spirituality
Dr. Kwok Pui Lan
January 5 - January 16, 2015
Monday to Friday, 4:10-6:00PM
Sherrill Library, Room 250
3 Credits

What has sexuality to do with spirituality? Why are Christians afraid of Eros? Why is it difficult to talk about Eros and sexuality in the church? Why are mainline denominations preoccupied with issue of human sexuality? What has the erotic to do with our spiritual practice? This course introduces recent writings on these issues, including novels, autobiographies, theological and spiritual writings.

Theory Practice/Ministry (PT)

PT L 1420.CR01: Unleashing Our Voices: Voice, Identity, and Leadership
Suzanne Ehly
January 5 - January 16, 2015
Monday to Friday, 9:30-11:30AM
Tyler Room, Burnham Hall
3 Credits

A course for the courageous, who wish to explore first-hand the liberatory and transformative power of their voices in community. Using the classroom community as a laboratory, the course will combine (1) practical work on voice production and the body/mind/soul as human instrument with (2) in-class discussion and small team exploration of readings on voice, identity/community membership and leadership. Voice work will include group exercises for freeing the body and voice, as well as individual work in front of the group using prepared spoken texts and/or sung pieces. Readings will be drawn from writings on the physical voice and voice as an element of social location from womanist, feminist, anti-white supremacist and other anti-oppression perspectives. Participants will engage questions of voice and power in pastoral, liturgical, theological, educational and spiritual contexts.

Limited to 12 students. No auditors. Students will attend all sessions, even if registering for the two credit option.

Prerequisite: FTP 1010: Foundations for Theological Praxis