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.

To learn how to register for these courses or for more information, please contact Cecelia Cull, registrar, at registrar@eds.edu, or call 617-682-1525.

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

Fall 2014 Courses | January 2015 Courses

Fall 2014

Hebrew Bible (HT)

HB 1030.OL01: Introduction to Hebrew Scriptures (Online)
Gale Yee
Live Sessions, 7:00pm-9:00pm
September 4, October 9, November 6, and December 11

An introduction to the literature and theologies of the First Testament/Hebrew Bible, as well as to the history, society, cultures, and religions of ancient Israel in the context of the ancient Near East from the Exodus to the Exile. Enrollment Note: This course is limited to EDS DL students only.

NT (HT)

NT 1020.CR01: Introduction to New Testament
Larry Wills
Monday, 2:00pm-3:30pm; Wednesday, 3:00pm-4:30pm
Sherrill Hall, Room 153

An introduction to the literature of the New Testament in its historical, social, and theological context. Attention will be given to learning basic exegetical techniques.

NT (HT)

CH PT 2502.SC01: History, Polity, Canon Law (Simulcast)
Instructor The Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge
Mondays, 2:00-4:00PM
Sherrill Library, Room 250

This survey course will give students a working knowledge of the history (histories), ethos, and cultures of The Episcopal Church including an appreciation of both the highlights and the challenges of Anglicanism in the United States.  Included will be a study of the practice of The General Convention and an investigation into The Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church.  The history and polity of The Episcopal Church will be placed within the context of the global Anglican Communion. The ability to apply insights as religious leaders to pastoral and missional contexts will guide the course.

Enrollment Note: Limited to 15 in-seat and 10 online students. Preference is given to EDS Final Year students.

Liturgy (L)

L1234.CR01: Singing the Faith
Ellen Oak
September 3 - December 19, 2014
Wednesdays, 12:45-2:45PM 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 BOTH Wednesday 12:45-2:45PM rehearsal AND Thursday 11:30AM-1:15PM warm-up and worship. In addition, a modest amount of reading and writing are required.

L PT 2310.CR01: Ordination Studies: Public Representative Ministry with the Community of the Baptisimal Covenant
The Rev. Dr. Stephen Burns
September 3 - December 19, 2014
Mondays, 9:30-11:30AM
Sherrill Library, Room 250
3 Credits

Using the core texts Paul Bradshaw, Rites of Ordination (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014) and Gordon W. Lathrop, The Pastor: A Spirituality (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2006) this course will explore contemporary theologies of ordained ministry in an ecumenical context, but with special attention to contemporary Anglican theologies, and a particular focus on the Berkeley Statement "Equipping the Saints" and critique of the Book of Common Prayer 1979's sometimes inconsistent convictions about ordination and the ministry of the baptized.

Theology (T)

T 1044.CR01: Introduction to Liberation Theology (Simulcast)
Dr. Kwok Pui Lan
September 3 - December 19, 2014
Thursdays, 9:30-11:30AM
Sherrill Library, Room 250
3 Credits

What is liberation theology? Who does it? Why is it important to the church? How do traditional theologians and critics respond to it? This introductory course will discuss the many strands of liberation theology from different global contexts. The focus will be on liberation theology’s methodologies, its relation to the social context, and its challenges to the theological discipline.

Enrollment Note: This course is available for in class students as well as up to 12 students enrolled as online simulcast students.

T CH 2710.SC01: 20th Century Anglican Theologians (Simulcast)
The Rev. Dr. Stephen Burns; Dr. Kwok Pui Lan
September 3 - December 19, 2014
Mondays, 7:00-9:00PM
Sherrill Library, Room 155
3 Credits

This course discusses the development of theologies in the Anglican Communion in the twentieth century through studying the works of representative Anglican theologians from diverse contexts. We will focus on Anglican identity, Gospel and culture, struggle for justice for minorities and the marginalized, relation between the local and the global, and issues facing the Communion today.

T PT 2165.CR01: Mission, Ministry, and Sacraments: Re-visioning the Church Inside-Out
The Rev. Dr. Christopher Duraisingh
September 3 - December 19, 2014
Tuesdays, 2:00-4:00PM
Sherrill Library, Room 250
3 Credits

This course seeks to construct a theology of the Church the essential nature of which is its 'inside-turned-outness' for the life of the world. In the light of this basic stance of a church as a people – externally focused and God's-Reign oriented – a theological re-visioning of the central elements of the Church's sacramental life, worship, witness, and ministry is undertaken. A central question is how we can recover the basic calling of the Church to be a sign and instrument of a God-intended 'alternative humanity' and an agent of transformation in a world characterized by oppressive, exclusivist, and fragmenting forces. Faith-filled resistance, compassionate solidarity, and creative hope shall serve as significant categories in such a re-visioning. Participants will explore the practical and pastoral implications of such a re-visioning for the empowerment of local congregations as change agents.

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
The Rev. Dr. Stephen Burns
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