Vancouver School of Theology

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Summer 2019

ispM. Div.  ISP-THX1/550 – 21st Century Theology: Modern, Postmodern and Indigenous

ISP-THX1/550 – 21st Century Theology: Modern, Postmodern and Indigenous


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July 1st-5th 9am-12pm (all) & 2pm-5pm (M.Div only) This course introduces the student to the major theologians and theological movements of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  It will include especially the perspective of liberation theologies, including feminist, postmodern, and indigenous, including emerging Pacific/Oceania theologies. Rev. Dr. Randall Furushima, President Emeritus and theology faculty of Pacific . . .

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ispM. Div.  ISP-EDX1/500 – Indigenous Education and Leadership

ISP-EDX1/500 – Indigenous Education and Leadership


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July 1st-5th 9am-12pm (all) & 2pm-5pm (M.Div only) This course will introduce students to historical and Indigenous perceptions of leadership and education, the effects of colonization and current movements and decolonizing initiatives that promote reconciliation. Dr. Jaqueline Ottman, Anishinaabe (Saulteaux) member of Saskatchewan’s fishing Lake First Nation, serves as the first vice-provost of Indigenous engagement . . .

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ispCont. Ed.  ISP-SPX101 – Understanding Northwest Culture, Arts and Healing Tools

ISP-SPX101 – Understanding Northwest Culture, Arts and Healing Tools


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July 1st-5th 2pm-5pm This course will explore the cultural understandings of  the Pacific Northwest First Nations People. Students will learn about regalia history, traditional plants, how to gather cedar and spruce root, and first nations food as a valuable aspect of spiritual awareness and healing. Sessions will also cover medicine wheel teachings, genograms (family mappings . . .

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ispM. Div.  ISP-NTX1/501 – Pauline Texts and Teachings

ISP-NTX1/501 – Pauline Texts and Teachings


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July 8th-12th 9am-12pm (all) & 2pm-5pm (M.Div only) This course will examine both disputed and undisputed Pauline texts, and place them into conversation with their sociopolitical contexts at the time, and in context of Native/First Nations communities today. We will examine various theological themes and their implications for Native/First Nations ministries. We will pay special . . .

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ispM. Div.  THX1/503 – The Doctrine of Discovery

THX1/503 – The Doctrine of Discovery


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July 8th-12th 9am-12pm (all) & 2pm-5pm (M.Div only) This course is an exploration of the religious and secular manifestations of a doctrine known as the Doctrine of Discovery, beginning with papal bulls and coming to the 21st century.  Students will explore the theological underpinnings of the doctrine, and follow the doctrine as Christianity made its . . .

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ispCont. Ed.  ISP- INTX102 – Woven Together: Intercultural Communication and Cultural Humility for Our Intersecting World

ISP- INTX102 – Woven Together: Intercultural Communication and Cultural Humility for Our Intersecting World


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July 8th-12th 2pm-5pm Ever since the dawn of time people have traveled creating cultural intersections that are new and unique.  Some of these intercultural experiences have been beautiful and life giving, while others have been fraught with abuse and exploitation.  This course will explore some of those interactions and provide learners with skills for intercultural . . .

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cclNT5/711 – The Book of Acts: Reflections on Discipleship, Racial Identity, and Community

NT5/711 – The Book of Acts: Reflections on Discipleship, Racial Identity, and Community


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The Book of Acts speaks of the beginnings of a Christianity so revolutionary and so path breaking that we Christians have often failed to capture its vision. The book of Acts positions Christian life between two abiding concerns, Diaspora and Empire, between those concerned with building and sustaining the nation-state and those concerned with sustaining . . .

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cclIPC/HOM510 – Storytelling for Preaching, Teaching, and Chaplaincy

IPC/HOM510 – Storytelling for Preaching, Teaching, and Chaplaincy


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Storytelling helps us articulate the sacred in everyday life. Adding to your spiritual tool chest, this participatory experience will elevate both your sacred telling and sacred listening skills, and be a lot of fun!   Co-founders of the Multifaith Storytelling Institute (www.multifaithstorytellinginstitute.org), Renée Brachfeld and Rabbi Mark Novak are masters at teaching the art of storytelling . . .

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cclPT527 – Dreams and Schemes: Creativity, Innovation, and Strategy for Church Planters and Renewers

PT527 – Dreams and Schemes: Creativity, Innovation, and Strategy for Church Planters and Renewers


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Rooted in the instructor’s experience as a church planter, students will explore a theology of creation and develop skills applicable to any situation in which a new thing is coming into being: from a new ministry for an established congregation to a not-for-profit start-up; together, we will explore a six-part process of creation: void, hunger, . . .

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cclTH5/729 – Thank Goodness, God is NOT in Control!

TH5/729 – Thank Goodness, God is NOT in Control!


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Open and Relational theologies come in many forms. They provide winsome resources for answering the biggest questions of our lives. They share an emphasis upon God’s love and relationality and a rethinking of classical views of omnipotence. Beginning with the core of open and relational thinking, this course explores a variety of subjects subsumed under . . .

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cclIPS511 – Wisdom and Compassion as a Way of Life in the Buddhist Tradition

IPS511 – Wisdom and Compassion as a Way of Life in the Buddhist Tradition


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Class Dates: July 8-12th, 2019: 2:00 – 5:00pm Buddhist practitioners seek to ease the suffering found in world by giving life to wisdom and compassion through vows and practices that cultivate the virtues of generosity, ethics, patience, joyful effort, meditative concentration. Michael Newton was ordained as a Zen priest in the Japanese Soto Zen tradition . . .

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cclIPT/TH5/710 A Theology of Subversive Friendship

IPT/TH5/710 A Theology of Subversive Friendship


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Class Dates:  July 8-12th, 2019 – 2:00-5:00pm Rooted in the idea of God as Friendship, this course proposes a constructive ecclesiology that is interfaith, risky, subversive, and clowning in character. Joas Adiprasetya is the Dean of Public Relations of Jakarta Theological Seminary where he also teaches Constructive Theology and Theology of Religions.

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cclHOM5/718 – Ministry for Decades, Not Just Next Week: The Preaching Life for the Long Haul

HOM5/718 – Ministry for Decades, Not Just Next Week: The Preaching Life for the Long Haul


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Class Dates:  July 15-19th, 2019 – 9am-12pm The preaching life is the best gig in the world. Sustaining it takes disciplined attention and a village. This class considers practices, resources – and menaces.   Catherine Faith MacLean is pastor of St. Paul’s United Church in Edmonton, AB; she holds a  DMin in Preaching and she is . . .

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cclINT510 – Indigenous Awareness 101: Becoming Indigenous Friendly in your Life and Ministry

INT510 – Indigenous Awareness 101: Becoming Indigenous Friendly in your Life and Ministry


ccl  View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rev. Raymond C. Aldred 

Class Dates: July 15-19, 2019 – 9am – 12pm New comers to North American have been captivated by Indigenous people. This course aims at helping build a healthy respect for Indigenous identity as “other” neither vilifying or idealizing but seeking to become an ally. To this end the learner will be guided to explore the . . .

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cclHOM/NT5/712 – Revelation, Mission, and the Spirit: The Apostle Paul’s Journeys into Unexpected Spaces

HOM/NT5/712 – Revelation, Mission, and the Spirit: The Apostle Paul’s Journeys into Unexpected Spaces


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Class Dates: July 15-19, 2019 – 2:00 – 5:00pm This course begins with Paul’s theological vision–which lies at very the basis of the church–as that unfolded and developed through his extraordinary missionary work. But this vision developed over time into a supremely practical program that successfully planted and nurtured churches in a forbidding pagan context. . . .

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cclSP/PT511 – Spiritual Care with Older Adults

SP/PT511 – Spiritual Care with Older Adults


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Class Dates:  July 15-19, 2019 – 2:00 – 5:00pm Join lay people, clergy, and chaplains to explore opportunities for spiritual care with older adults, including people who live with dementia, in congregational and clinical contexts of ministry. Jean Morris is an associate minister for pastoral care at Grace Presbyterian Church in Calgary, AB and former . . .

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irscIPI5/717 – Inter-religious Seminar: Religion & Violence

IPI5/717 – Inter-religious Seminar: Religion & Violence


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

This course offers an opportunity to prepare for, attend, and reflect on VST’s Inter-Religious Conference on Religion and Violence. At the conference, participants will discuss religious violence and non-violence, recognizing that religious groups have been both perpetrators and victims. Violence will be understood in spiritual, theological, historical economic, linguistic, political, sexual, and psychological contexts. Multiple . . .

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Fall 2019

cclPT651—Studio for Strategic Leadership

PT651—Studio for Strategic Leadership


ccl  View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rev. Dr. Steven Chambers 

Theologically trained professionals serving congregational or social ministries, agencies, organizations, and other institutions are continually presented with a changing context and the need for their organizations to respond. One of the critical leadership challenges is to identify opportunities which are truly strategic and then to assist the organization to embrace the occasion. This complex skill . . .

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cclTH500—Christian Theology 1

TH500—Christian Theology 1


ccl  View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rev. Dr. Richard Topping 

The purpose of this course is to further critical understanding and appropriation of major Christian doctrines in loving engagement with God and the world in the context of the contemporary church. It treats principally central themes of Christian doctrinal reflection (e.g., revelation, scripture, Trinity, creation, sin, Christ, reconciliation, Holy Spirit, church and hope) as well . . .

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cclHB6/710—Timeless Inquiries: Biblical Wisdom Literature & Contemporary Values

HB6/710—Timeless Inquiries: Biblical Wisdom Literature & Contemporary Values


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

Biblical wisdom literature engages with a surprisingly modern set of concerns, including creation, ecology, feminine faces of God, sexuality, money, and responsibility. Using a variety of text-centered and reader-centered interpretive techniques, we will explore the lessons and questions of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, and Ben Sirach. Pre-requisite: HB500 This course is available via . . .

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cclHB500—Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

HB500—Introduction to the Hebrew Bible


ccl  View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rev. Dr. Patricia Dutcher-Walls 

This first half of the full-year Foundational Core Course will be based in a serious and scholarly engagement with the literature of the Hebrew Bible. Several lines of approach and areas of knowledge will be developed through the year. First, the study of the history of ancient Israel in its ancient Near East context will . . .

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cclNT6/711—De/Colonizing Jesus: Jesus Against the Backdrop of the Roman Empire

NT6/711—De/Colonizing Jesus: Jesus Against the Backdrop of the Roman Empire


ccl  View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Dr. Harry O. Maier 

Drawing on recent scholarship applying post-colonial studies to the interpretation of biblical texts, this course will approach New Testament understandings of Jesus, his mission, and the communal identities that arose around his memory to relate emergent Christian identity to the questions of empire, domination, and resistance. The oddly expressed “de/colonizing” in the course title expresses . . .

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cclNT500—Synoptic Gospels

NT500—Synoptic Gospels


ccl  View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Dr. Harry O. Maier 

To introduce students to a critical study of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) and related literature (for example, The Gospel of Thomas) and the issues entailed in interpreting them in their ancient context and appropriating their meaning for multiple contemporary contexts. Students will begin by addressing the critical and theological issues that arise . . .

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cclPT500—Spiritual and Theological Foundations

PT500—Spiritual and Theological Foundations


ccl  View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rev. Dr. Jason Byassee 

This course is designed for students approaching ministry in pastoral and public contexts. We will attend to contemplative prayer, to the practice of faith in ordinary life, and to the shape of specifically Christian mission. The claim is not that Christian mission is the only appropriate way to do ministry. The goal is rather for . . .

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cclBIBL500—Biblical Language Tools for Exegesis

BIBL500—Biblical Language Tools for Exegesis


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This course is designed to introduce Biblical Hebrew and Koiné Greek (NT) for students who have no background in biblical languages and who will need language tools to accomplish exegesis. The course includes a basic introduction to each language, emphasizing understanding the basic elements of a sentence to be able to analyze how a sentence . . .

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cclHOM500—Homiletics

HOM500—Homiletics


ccl  View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rev. Dr. Jason Byassee 

Every week and often more the preacher stands to address the congregation. What does the preacher say? How? On what sources do we draw—whether ancient or contemporary, sacred or secular, communal or personal? What’s the goal here? How do we tell if the preacher has done well and how we might improve? Once in parish . . .

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cclLS500—Introduction to Christian Worship

LS500—Introduction to Christian Worship


ccl  View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): The Rev. Canon Dr. Dawna Wall 

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the historical, theological and pastoral dimensions of Christian worship. By participating in and completing the class, students will achieve familiarity with the language and content of liturgical theology and will have developed a working knowledge of how Christian worship has developed and changed over the . . .

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cclCont. Ed.  PT127 – Rituals and Practices for an Inter-Generational Worshipping Community

PT127 – Rituals and Practices for an Inter-Generational Worshipping Community


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Faith formation research is pointing us to focus on inter-generational ministry being the heart of the faith community.  This short intensive will focus on specific spiritual practices and other rituals that sustain a worshipping community and nurture the faith formation of all ages. Students will spend time engaging in and leading spiritual practices.  We will . . .

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cclSAH-PT501 – Personal Foundations for PPL: Leadership and Awareness of Self and Others

SAH-PT501 – Personal Foundations for PPL: Leadership and Awareness of Self and Others


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

Awareness of oneself and others is a foundational requirement for public and pastoral leaders. When we know ourselves—our personality tendencies, our emotions, our identity in relation to God, and how our personal history and faith shapes our perceptions and behaviours, we can see more clearly how we impact others and how others may perceive and . . .

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cclPT611 – Leadership Skills for Community Ministry

PT611 – Leadership Skills for Community Ministry


ccl  View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Christina Ray 

Whether in religious, secular, or border-crossing contexts, practitioners need skills that will enable them to put caring and conviction into effective practice. Leaders inspired by faith to work in community development and social entrepreneurship need experience in foundational skills such as writing proposals, implementing projects, supporting innovation, and building community partnerships. Building on the skills . . .

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cclSAH-DS515 – Confessing the Faith: Worship, Creeds and Subordinate Standards (PCC)

SAH-DS515 – Confessing the Faith: Worship, Creeds and Subordinate Standards (PCC)


ccl  View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rev. Dr. Ross Lockhart 

This courses will examine the three subordinate standards of The Presbyterian Church in Canada: “The Westminster Confession of Faith” (1645, adopted in 1875 and 1889), “The Declaration of Faith Concerning Church and Nation” (1954), and “Living Faith” (19884, adopted in 1998) to discover the development of a Reformed theology which is responsive to changing times . . .

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cclLS/SP503 – Anglican Retreat: Baptism

LS/SP503 – Anglican Retreat: Baptism


ccl  View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rev. Grant Rodgers 

For Anglicans, Baptism has been understood as the primary sacrament, the symbolic entry point into life in Christ.  Whether or not it is a definitive sacrament depends on a lot of factors. In addition to understanding the history and theology of Baptism in the Christian tradition, Anglican priests are expected to be competent leaders in . . .

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cclPT610 – Practical Theology and Pastoral Ministry

PT610 – Practical Theology and Pastoral Ministry


ccl  View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rev. Grant Rodgers 

PURPOSE  Situated on the threshold of professional ministry, at the crossroads of theory and practice, the purpose of this senior integrative seminar is to deepen one’s capacity for leadership in faith communities through continued attention to three core issues affecting the practice of ministry: identity, theology, and context.  Designed to guide students’ preparation of the . . .

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cclED500 – Catechesis and Community in Post-Christendom

ED500 – Catechesis and Community in Post-Christendom


ccl  View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rev. Dr. Ross Lockhart 

Catechesis is the process of transmitting the Gospel in a variety of intercultural contexts, as the Christian community has received it, understands it, celebrates it, lives it and communicates it in many ways. Catechesis, within the Christian community, educates and equips people for missionary discipleship and evangelical witness by building up the Body of Christ . . .

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cclSAH-TH6/724 – Imagining Mission: Critical and Constructive Studies

SAH-TH6/724 – Imagining Mission: Critical and Constructive Studies


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

The mission of the church in its many historical forms and current expressions is often imagined to be something it is not. It is sometimes idealized, with missionaries regarded as spiritual super-heroes and certain historic figures achieving legendary status. It is sometimes demonized, with missionaries vilified as religious agents of colonialism. Some see missions as . . .

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cclispTH5/714 – Indigenous Theologies and Epistemologies

TH5/714 – Indigenous Theologies and Epistemologies


cclisp  View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rev. Raymond C. Aldred 

This course is an exploration of Indigenous ways of knowing and being. The course foci include Indigenous identity, Indigenous ways of teaching,  ceremony and their implication for the practice of theological reflection. The course focuses primarily upon North American Indigenous groups through dialogue, media, assigned reading and an extended retreat. Students will meet for 5 . . .

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cclirscIPS/SP510 – Liturgy, Ritual and the Sacred

IPS/SP510 – Liturgy, Ritual and the Sacred


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

An introduction to the theory and practice of ritual, focused on elements shared by multiple traditions. Humans use ceremony to approach the divine, build community, mark important life events, and more. Together, we will explore theological, psychological, sociological, anthropological, and philosophical theories of ceremonial activity. We will apply those theories as we study effective ritual facilitation . . .

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Previous Terms

January Interterm 2018

cclirsc HB6/740 —Social Justice: Prophet and Reformer

HB6/740 —Social Justice: Prophet and Reformer


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ccl IPI/INT5/700 – Research Methods

IPI/INT5/700 – Research Methods


ccl   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Daniel Baek

This colloquium provides an opportunity for students to receive instruction in a variety of research methods appropriate to their course of study. Research methodologies will be explored, and students will be given an opportunity to develop their skills in the application of these methods. The dates and times for this year’s Research Methodologies will include . . .

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ccl DS521 – UCC Education, Culture, Identity and Ministry in the Postcolonial World

DS521 – UCC Education, Culture, Identity and Ministry in the Postcolonial World


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ccl DS500 – Anglican Polity & Ethos

DS500 – Anglican Polity & Ethos


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ccl TH6/750 – Reformed Theology in the 19th/20th Centuries

TH6/750 – Reformed Theology in the 19th/20th Centuries


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ccl DS525 – United Church Polity

DS525 – United Church Polity


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Summer 2018

ccl TH5/728 – Is God Cross?: Theologies of Atonement

TH5/728 – Is God Cross?: Theologies of Atonement


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cclisp Cont. Ed.  ISP-PTX112 – The Art of Listening in the Midst of Ministry

ISP-PTX112 – The Art of Listening in the Midst of Ministry


cclisp   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Daniel Baek

Eloecea, Ph.D. July 16 – 20 Lecture: 2pm – 4pm Small Group Practice: 4pm – 5pm Hearing involves the physiological ability of the auditory system to receive and understand sounds. Listening is the ability to accurately receive and interpret messages in the communication process. We will explore the art of listening to self, to the . . .

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ccl SAH-PT5/720 – Worldwide Christianity Today

SAH-PT5/720 – Worldwide Christianity Today


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cclisp Cont. Ed.  ISP-PTX150 – Suicide in our Land: A Pastoral Care Resource

ISP-PTX150 – Suicide in our Land: A Pastoral Care Resource


cclisp Instructor(s): Daniel Baek

Debbie Royals and Ginny Doctor July 16 – 20 Lecture: 2pm – 5pm The high rate of suicides in our communities has compelled not only a response but action. The Indigenous Theological Training Institute and the Office of the National Indigenous Anglican Bishop, Anglican Church of Canada collaborated in publishing this resource. Its focus is . . .

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cclisp Cont. Ed.  ISP-SPX115 – Healing & Spirituality: History, Issues & Tools

ISP-SPX115 – Healing & Spirituality: History, Issues & Tools


cclisp   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Daniel Baek

Arlene Roberts July 23 – 27 Lecture: 2pm – 5pm This week long session focuses on issues: from residential schools, generational trauma, healing and health to developing tools for your community and family each day students will open each session in a healing circle final day will be Understanding our Matrilineal society: Women & the . . .

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cclisp M. Div.  ISP-PTX551 – Indigenous Christian Urban Faith Communities: The Work and Ministry

ISP-PTX551 – Indigenous Christian Urban Faith Communities: The Work and Ministry


cclisp   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Daniel Baek

Robert Two Bulls July 16 – 20 Lecture: 9am – 12pm Tutorial: 2pm – 5pm For the last sixty years Indigenous peoples in the U.S. and Canada have relocated from the remnants of their homelands to the urban centers. This movement occurred mainly for economic reasons. And as the people moved to the cities, large . . .

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cclisp M. Div.  ISP-HISX500/600 – Re-imagining Faith and Theology through An Indigenous World View

ISP-HISX500/600 – Re-imagining Faith and Theology through An Indigenous World View


cclisp   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Daniel Baek

Randy Woodley July 16 – 20 Lecture: 9am – 12pm Tutorial: 2pm – 5pm An examination of North American Indigenous spirituality and worldview in the Jesus Way, as compared to Western colonial Christian perspectives. The course seeks to provide an alternative lens for viewing church history and theology from another paradigm other than Western Christian . . .

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cclisp M. Div.  ISP-THX571 – Religious Pluralism

ISP-THX571 – Religious Pluralism


cclisp   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Daniel Baek

Laura Duhan-Kaplan July 23 – 27 Lecture: 9am – 12pm Tutorial: 2pm – 5pm Canada today hopes to welcome multiple religious traditions into the public sphere. Indigenous Canadians are re-discovering traditions and confronting a history of oppression. How should Indigenous people and their fellow travellers participate in religious pluralism? Together, we will develop answers as . . .

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cclisp M. Div.  ISP-NTX611 – De/Colonizing Jesus: New Testament Colonial and Postcolonial Christology in the Context of the Roman Empire

ISP-NTX611 – De/Colonizing Jesus: New Testament Colonial and Postcolonial Christology in the Context of the Roman Empire


cclisp   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Daniel Baek

July 23 – 27 Lecture: 9am – 12pm Tutorial: 2pm – 5pm This course introduces students to first century confession of Jesus in the Roman Empire where Churches lived out their faith in a situation of occupation. At the same time, since First Contact, colonizing powers have often used the New Testament to promote settler . . .

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ccl HB5/742 – Ecclesiastes on Living and Dying

HB5/742 – Ecclesiastes on Living and Dying


ccl   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Daniel Baek

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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ccl HOM516 – Preaching for Growth: A Progressive Approach

HOM516 – Preaching for Growth: A Progressive Approach


ccl   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Daniel Baek

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

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


ccl   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Daniel Baek

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

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


ccl   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Daniel Baek

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

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


ccl   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Daniel Baek

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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ccl SP525 – Thomas Merton’s Advice for Peacemakers

SP525 – Thomas Merton’s Advice for Peacemakers


ccl   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Daniel Baek

Weekend Course: July 12-14, 2018 (Thursday afternoon & evening; 9-3:30 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 . . .

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ccl HB5/741 – Zechariah’s Dreams of the Apocalypse

HB5/741 – Zechariah’s Dreams of the Apocalypse


ccl   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Daniel Baek

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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ccl TH5/727 – Speaking of Faith: A Jewish-Christian Dialogue About the Ineffable

TH5/727 – Speaking of Faith: A Jewish-Christian Dialogue About the Ineffable


ccl   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Daniel Baek

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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Spring 2018

ccl TH6/780—Contemporary Trinitarian Thought

TH6/780—Contemporary Trinitarian Thought


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ccl SAH-L500 – Practicing Evangelism in a Post-Christendom World

SAH-L500 – Practicing Evangelism in a Post-Christendom World


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cclirsc IPI5/710 – Encountering the Other

IPI5/710 – Encountering the Other


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ccl LS/SP504 – Anglican Retreat: Eucharist

LS/SP504 – Anglican Retreat: Eucharist


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ccl HIS650 – Anglican History, Theology & Spirituality

HIS650 – Anglican History, Theology & Spirituality


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ccl HIS/NT6/701 – Space, Time & Practice in the New Testament and the Early Church

HIS/NT6/701 – Space, Time & Practice in the New Testament and the Early Church


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cclirscisp IPT5/712 – Sacred Texts & Oral Traditions

IPT5/712 – Sacred Texts & Oral Traditions


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ccl ETH500 – Christian Ethics

ETH500 – Christian Ethics


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ccl DS624 – UCC Theology and Doctrine

DS624 – UCC Theology and Doctrine


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Fall 2018

ccl Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) – Vancouver Coastal Health

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) – Vancouver Coastal Health


ccl   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Daniel Baek

C.P.E. is an experiential action/reflection model of education. It is in many respects a hybrid blend of the pastoral/spiritual-tradition and modern sociological and psychological approaches to care. As a member of an inter-professional team, each student’s educational experience involves providing pastoral care to patients, families and staff. Learning occurs through direct experience, use of reflective . . .

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cclirsc IPS/SP500—Spiritual Formation in Communities

IPS/SP500—Spiritual Formation in Communities


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ccl LS/SP502a – Anglican Retreat: Vocation

LS/SP502a – Anglican Retreat: Vocation


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ccl LS/SP501 – Anglican Retreat: Marriage

LS/SP501 – Anglican Retreat: Marriage


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ccl HIS/TH6/715 – Theology and Biblical Interpretation

HIS/TH6/715 – Theology and Biblical Interpretation


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ccl DS601 – Anglican Polity, Ministry & Mission

DS601 – Anglican Polity, Ministry & Mission


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ccl SAH-TH6/723 – Missional Theology in a Post-Christendom World

SAH-TH6/723 – Missional Theology in a Post-Christendom World


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ccl HB6/707 – How Jews Read the Bible: Introduction to Rabbinic Midrash

HB6/707 – How Jews Read the Bible: Introduction to Rabbinic Midrash


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ccl HOM6/701 – Learning from African American Preaching

HOM6/701 – Learning from African American Preaching


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January Interterm 2019

ccl DS523—History and Ethos of The United Church of Canada

DS523—History and Ethos of The United Church of Canada


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ccl NT6/740—John

NT6/740—John


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ccl DS522—Worship: Reflections and Traditions in the United Church of Canada

DS522—Worship: Reflections and Traditions in the United Church of Canada


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ccl Cont. Ed.  PT126 – The Art of Children and Youth Ministry

PT126 – The Art of Children and Youth Ministry


ccl Instructor(s): Daniel Baek

Ministry with those in the first third of life requires significant skill and creativity in order to be effective.  If we imagine this ministry as a work of art, we lean toward practices that help us create meaningful programs and facilitate the building of relationships.  This short intensive will explore practices of Children and Youth . . .

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ccl SP513 – Indigneous Spirituality and Christian Faith

SP513 – Indigneous Spirituality and Christian Faith


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Spring 2019

ccl TH6/753 – Imagination and Interpretation in Post-Liberal Theology

TH6/753 – Imagination and Interpretation in Post-Liberal Theology


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ccl PT653—Leadership Here and Now

PT653—Leadership Here and Now


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ccl SAH-DS510—Presbyterian Heritage, Polity & Practice

SAH-DS510—Presbyterian Heritage, Polity & Practice


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ccl HB600—Introduction to the Hebrew Bible: II

HB600—Introduction to the Hebrew Bible: II


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ccl HIS600—North American Church History

HIS600—North American Church History


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ccl NT501—Paul

NT501—Paul


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ccl PT551—Pastoral/Spiritual Care and Practice

PT551—Pastoral/Spiritual Care and Practice


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ccl HIS500—Christianity and Judaism in Greco-Roman Antiquity

HIS500—Christianity and Judaism in Greco-Roman Antiquity


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ccl TH6/700 – Christology

TH6/700 – Christology


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ccl PT652—The Studio for Strategic Leadership

PT652—The Studio for Strategic Leadership


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ccl IPT5/720 – Topics in Interfaith Engagement: Gender & Sexuality in Religious Traditions

IPT5/720 – Topics in Interfaith Engagement: Gender & Sexuality in Religious Traditions


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ccl LS/SP505 – Anglican Retreat: Reconciliation, End of Life & Funerals

LS/SP505 – Anglican Retreat: Reconciliation, End of Life & Funerals


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ccl LS/SP502b – Anglican Retreat: Ordination

LS/SP502b – Anglican Retreat: Ordination


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ccl HIS6/740 – Reformation History

HIS6/740 – Reformation History


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ccl NT6/713 – Creating Jesus: The Historical Jesus in Scholarship, Film and Fiction

NT6/713 – Creating Jesus: The Historical Jesus in Scholarship, Film and Fiction


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ccl HB611 – Prophecy in Ancient Israel

HB611 – Prophecy in Ancient Israel


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ccl PT502 – Practical Foundations for PPL: Leadership in Context

PT502 – Practical Foundations for PPL: Leadership in Context


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