Spring Term Courses Offer Unique Learning Opportunities at General Seminary
January 21, 2010
World Religions Prayer Practicum
In our increasingly pluralistic society, Christian spirituality is being strengthened by the encounter with other faith traditions. Participants in this course will gain a basic familiarity of the world religions and an ability to guide others in authentic Christian spiritual practices informed by interfaith understanding. Adjunct Prof. C. McPherson. Six Saturdays: February 12 & 26, March 12 & 26, April 2 & 16, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon.
A theological, experiential and practical exploration of Christian discernment from New Testament times to the present, with special emphasis on its social and political implications. Human embodiment and desire are also studied as special influences on the process of discernment. Prof. Elisabeth Koenig. Thursdays 6:30-8:30 p.m.
What is Islam?
This course is an introduction to the common religious, cultural and political base of what is popularly called Islam, concentrating on fundamental origins of the faith found in the Quran and in the career of the Prophet Muhammad, considering as well the beliefs and observances shared by most Muslims and some of the differences among them. Adjunct Prof. Frank Peters, Wednesdays 1:30-3:20 p.m.
Faith, Film, and Popular Culture
Participants will discover the homiletical, scriptural, theological insights that movies can offer those who preach and teach the faith in the North American context. Screenings are followed by insightful analysis and interpretation. Prof. Mitties DeChamplain, Mondays 1:30-4:20 p.m.
Children’s Spirituality in Literature and Film
The voices of children in literature and film are drawing keen interest from scholars around the world utilizing new models of literary, filmic, cultural, multi-cultural, psychoanalytic, theological, and feminist criticism. Students will examine books and films for children and those capturing experience of childhood for adults while learning to apply recognized critical standards, in addition to insights from their own perspectives. Prof. Elisabeth Koenig, March 7-11 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 pm.
In God we Trust: Theology and the Marketplace
An engaging exploration of the marketplace where religion and economics meet, using theology to connect a vision of the world as an expression of God's grace with economic measures that account for future generations and the sustainability of the whole environment. Adjunct Prof. Susan Lee. Mondays 7:00-9:00 p.m.
The General Theological Seminary, located in the heart of New York City, educates and forms leaders for the church in a changing world. Founded in 1817 as the first theological seminary of the Episcopal Church, General offers certificate and degree programs including the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Theology. The Seminary is also home to the Desmond Tutu Center, a full-service conference center with sixty modern guest rooms.
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