January 2011 Course Offerings
January Courses Offer Unique Learning Opportunities at General Seminary
Jesus Wept: When Faith and Depression Meet
No leader of a faith community and no spiritual director can afford not to know about the quiet devastation of clinical depression, which affects twenty million Americans. People of faith may have a unique relationship to this condition, including a profound shame that makes them reluctant to seek treatment and the popular insistence on perpetual cheeriness as a necessary condition of faith. This class will examine depression as it is currently understood, as well as the ways in which its despair has been treated in Christian tradition. Adjunct Prof. Barbara Crafton, January 10-14, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Greenfaith: Earth Spirituality, Stewardship, and Justice Practicum
Imagine a world where in every community religious leaders speak influentially on the environment; where houses of worship use renewable energy, produce no solid waste, press for clean-ups of local toxic sites, and lead community efforts for environmental sustainability; and where religious educators teach children that caring for the earth is an ethical obligation. This course will offer participants theological and practical training to make this world a reality. Adjunct Prof. Fletcher Harper, January 24-28, from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Biblical Theology for the Spiritual Guidance of Children
Biblical Theology is a discipline that studies the narratives, poetry and other literature of the Bible to discover how the writers of biblical texts understood interrelationships among God, humans, and the world. Such critical study will enable participants to reflect on how the biblical theologies influence our own theologies today. Students explore several foundational stories in the scriptures, focusing on how these give rise to our thought and talk about God and creation. Through lectures, discussions and small group exercises the class will consider the ways children hear, wonder about and interpret biblical stories. Prof. John Koenig, January 15-16, from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Practicum in the Spiritual Guidance of Children
This practicum teaches the art of inviting children into the Christian language system in a way that honors their wonder and undifferentiated awareness of God’s presence. It is in this context that the skills of observation, the relationship of child development to the spiral curriculum, and the awareness of method, fluency in the curriculum, and foundational theory are experienced and critically reflected on. Godly Play is the centerpiece of this supervised experience with special attention to key core presentations found in Volumes 2, 3, and 4 of The Complete Guide To Godly Play. Distinguished Visiting Prof. Jerome Berryman, January 10-14, from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
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