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Summer 2017

cclTH5/713 – Governmental Oppression and Ecclesial Resistance

TH5/713 – Governmental Oppression and Ecclesial Resistance


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July 3-7, 2017, 9am-12pm The course will address what Bonhoeffer called “putting a spoke in the wheel” of a tyrannical state’s politics vis-a-vis targeted groups of people. The resistance deeply rooted in Christian discipleship that characterized the church-struggles in Nazi Germany and Apartheid South Africa will be discussed and serve as ways of illustrating “theology . . .

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cclIPS/SP5/711 – “…with Christian mantras and a great sense of destiny…”: Thomas Merton’s Travels in Eastern Religions

IPS/SP5/711 – “…with Christian mantras and a great sense of destiny…”: Thomas Merton’s Travels in Eastern Religions


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July 3-7, 2017: 9am-12pm After introducing Merton’s life and thought, we shall survey the chronology and extent of his interest in Eastern religions. We will touch on Hinduism and Taoism, but our focus will be Buddhism, exploring what Merton did and did not know about its traditions and how it influenced his aesthetics, his prayer . . .

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irscIPI5/717 – Inter-religious visions of the End Times

IPI5/717 – Inter-religious visions of the End Times


irsc  View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan 

Eschatological themes feature prominently in contemporary religious discourse, politics, and the arts. These themes are rooted in longstanding religious traditions about messianic hopes, day of judgment, and perfection of the soul. This course offers an opportunity to receive credit for attending and participating in VST’s Inter-Religious Studies Conference on the theme “Visions of the End Times,” May 23-25, 2017. Two additional class meetings . . .

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cclPT5/724 – Going Deeper/Reaching Wider

PT5/724 – Going Deeper/Reaching Wider


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July 3-7, 2017: 2-5pm Which is it, going deeper into the great treasure house of Christian faith, theology and practices or reaching wider into an increasingly diverse and pluralistic world? How about both? The theme we will explore and flesh out in this week is the Going Deeper into our faith and its rich tradition . . .

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cclSP111C – The Art of Holy Listening: Contemplation and Accompaniment

SP111C – The Art of Holy Listening: Contemplation and Accompaniment


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Thursday – Saturday July 6-8, 2017: Thurs 7-9pm; Fri 9-4; Sat 9-4 The desire of contemplatives – to discern and be attuned to the movement of Spirit – shapes their way of being in the world. Contemplatives come alongside as soul friends, intentionally holding space for others to be ever more attuned to the movement . . .

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cclPT5/725 – Sacred Dying: Pastoral Care, End of Life, and the 21st Century

PT5/725 – Sacred Dying: Pastoral Care, End of Life, and the 21st Century


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July 10-14, 2017: 9am-12pm How do we, as people of faith, offer pastoral care for our dying in a complicated 21st Century? How we die is changing. While people are living longer, they struggle with cancer, dementia, and caregiving for loved ones. Serious illness is managed over months and sometimes years, so that prolonged death . . .

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cclPT526 – The Unfolding of Christian Community in the 21st Century

PT526 – The Unfolding of Christian Community in the 21st Century


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July 10-14, 2017: 9am-12pm If you want to design Christian ministry for the new world that is rapidly emerging around us this course is for you. Utilizing Spiral Dynamics as a means of framing the current changes in North American culture, this class will offer church leaders a clear vision of what’s coming next, so . . .

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cclSP/TH5/712 – Practicing God’s Presence: A Theology of Prayer

SP/TH5/712 – Practicing God’s Presence: A Theology of Prayer


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Mon-Wed, July 17-19, 2017:  9am-3pm daily “Prayer… is a special case of the more general relationship between God and the world. In prayer, we self-consciously make ourselves aware of God’s presence – listening for the voice of God in calling us to realize our possibilities for the greater well-being, and offering our prayers to God, . . .

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cclHOM5/715 – Preaching: Igniting the Heart or Losing the Will to Live?

HOM5/715 – Preaching: Igniting the Heart or Losing the Will to Live?


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August 11-14, 2017 Have you ever wondered to yourself ‘Is the sermon still relevant?’ ‘Why am I doing this? ‘Is it even connecting?’ In this conference we will look at these issues, consider the relationship between preaching and imagination, reflect on preaching as art form, and explore the connections between preaching and comedy. We will . . .

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