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Summer 2018

cclSAH-PT5/720 – Worldwide Christianity Today

SAH-PT5/720 – Worldwide Christianity Today


ccl Instructor(s): The Rev. Dr. Robert (Bob) Paul 

Week 2: July 16-20 The North Atlantic nations of Europe and North America once were the unquestioned center of Christianity. Over the past century, however, the Church has significantly declined in the North Atlantic region and only vestiges of European Christendom remain. In sharp contrast, the Christian movement has grown dramatically in the global South, . . .

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cclHB5/742 – Ecclesiastes on Living and Dying

HB5/742 – Ecclesiastes on Living and Dying


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Week 1: July 9-13, 2018 This course is a topical study of the book of Ecclesiastes. We will read sections of Ecclesiastes in order to reflect on a series of topics, including the history of Israel, the ethics of work, enjoyment and imperial rule, end of life, and faith in a time of social dislocation. . . .

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cclHOM516 – Preaching for Growth: A Progressive Approach

HOM516 – Preaching for Growth: A Progressive Approach


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Week 2: July 16-20, 2018 The divide has long been clear. Evangelicals care about conversion, church growth and individual salvation. Progressives care about systemic sin, social justice, and christian engagement with the world. These features, while exaggerated, have impacted the approaches each camp has towards preaching. But what if evangelism was no longer the property . . .

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cclTH5/724 – Brilliance and Blindspots: C.S. Lewis’s Theology of Love

TH5/724 – Brilliance and Blindspots: C.S. Lewis’s Theology of Love


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Week 1: July 9-13, 2018 The “four” loves Lewis famously distinguished were affection, friendship, eros, and charity or agape. Deceptions and distortions can render the first three dangerous without character and grace. But are there really “four” loves? Is there really such a thing as superior “Christian” love? What exactly is the difference between love . . .

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cclPT5/723 – Re-imagining Ministry with Children and Youth

PT5/723 – Re-imagining Ministry with Children and Youth


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Week 1: July 9-13, 2018 This course will explore the spirituality, theology, and practices surrounding holistic faith formation with children and youth. By digging deep into the purposes, goals, and presuppositions we carry with us into our experiences of ministry, students will learn about and generate best practices for walking alongside young people on the . . .

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cclHOM517 – Loosening the Tongue: The Practice of Preaching without Notes

HOM517 – Loosening the Tongue: The Practice of Preaching without Notes


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Week 1: July 9-13, 2018 In this 5-day course, preachers will preach 5 short sermons composed and prepared and preached in class, receiving feedback on: listeners’ experience that the sermon speaks to them, the sermon’s ability to evoke a “metanoia experience”, the preacher’s presence, and the preacher’s use of the voice and the body in . . .

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cclTH5/725 – Prophetic Presence: What’s God and the Church’s Role During a Time of Transitional Civilization?

TH5/725 – Prophetic Presence: What’s God and the Church’s Role During a Time of Transitional Civilization?


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Week 1: July 9-12, 2018 For centuries Christians have affirmed the providence of God, the unique value of Jesus’ life and teachings, and the special status of the church. What does it mean to affirm these things in an age of pluralism, when all is in flux and the planet itself is threatened? In this . . .

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cclSP525 – Thomas Merton’s Advice for Peacemakers

SP525 – Thomas Merton’s Advice for Peacemakers


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Weekend Course: July 12-14, 2018 (Thursday evening lecture; 9-4:30 Friday and Saturday) Thomas Merton has been a source of inspiration, wisdom and sound advice for countless people, from Pope Francis to the Dali Lama. Peacemaking was a major concern for him. Jim Forest draws of his visits and intense correspondence with Merton during the last seven . . .

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cclTH5/726 – The Return of the Virtues

TH5/726 – The Return of the Virtues


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Week 2: July 16-20, 2018 Stanley Hauerwas will teach from his forthcoming book The Character of Virtue: Letters to a Godson (Eerdmans). The book compiles letters he wrote to Laurie Wells, his Godson, commending a virtue every year on the anniversary of Laurie’s baptism. Hauerwas will also do an evening lecture on Bonhoeffer entitled “Why . . .

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cclHB5/741 – Zechariah’s Dreams of the Apocalypse

HB5/741 – Zechariah’s Dreams of the Apocalypse


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Week 2: July 16-20, 2018 The prophet Zechariah’s apocalyptic dreams have challenged interpreters of Hebrew Bible for centuries. In our class, we will rise to the challenge! We will explore Zechariah’s relevance to our own challenging times, as we study Biblical prophecy, history, justice, dreams, eschatology, symbolism and intertextuality. Rabbi Laura Duhan Kaplan, Ph.D., is Professor . . .

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cclPT124 – Fundamentals of Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers

PT124 – Fundamentals of Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers


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Week 2: July 17-20, 2018 (Mornings July 17, 18 & 20; full day July 19th) Develop Your Skills in Dealing with Financial Information. This course is designed to help managers with little or no experience in accounting or financial management to develop a working knowledge of these critical business areas. Build your confidence in reading . . .

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cclTH5/727 – Speaking of Faith: A Dialogic Approach to the Ineffable

TH5/727 – Speaking of Faith: A Dialogic Approach to the Ineffable


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Week 2: July 16-20, 2018 This seminar will use facilitated dialogue and discussions of key readings to trace the growth of faith-based dialogue from ancient Greece to today. From Plato’s Laws, to Hume’s Dialogues, to the dialogic method of H. G. Gadamer, we will explore how religious dialogue has been – and remains – essential . . .

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