Vancouver School of Theology

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Summer 2019

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 (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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Class times: July 8-12th, 2019:  9am – 12pm Course description TBA   Emily Scott was the founding pastor of St. Lydia’s Dinner Church in Brooklyn, NY.

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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 – The Buddha Way

IPS511 – The Buddha Way


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Class Dates: July 8-12th, 2019: 2:00 – 5:00pm Course descriptions TBA   Michael Newton was ordained as a Zen priest in the Japanese Soto Zen tradition fifteen years ago and is a guiding teacher of the Mountain Rain Zen Community in Vancouver.

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cclPT5/728 – Ministry in a Perplexing Time

PT5/728 – Ministry in a Perplexing Time


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In times of perplexity, God’s call to ministry endures – what do the roots of ministry and our contexts offer for vocational understanding in this new moment?   Steven Chambers is a retired United Church minister who served congregations in Ontario, British Columbia and Kingston, Jamaica   Class Dates: July 8-12th, 2019: 2:00 – 5:00pm

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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   Course Description TBA   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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cclPT5/729 Leading through Rapid Change

PT5/729 Leading through Rapid Change


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Many of us as leaders feel the pressure of never-ending expectations and are dealing with rapid change.  This course will enable you to stand back and reflect on how you handle the expectations on you, how you lead well in demanding times, how you lead yourself and others through rapid change, and how you address . . .

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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   Course Description TBA   Catherine Faith MacLean is pastor of St. Paul’s United Church in Edmonton, AB  

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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


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Class Dates: July 15-19, 2019 – 9am – 12pm   Course description TBA   Ray Aldred is the director of Indigenous Studies Program at the Vancouver School of Theology.

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cclSP/PT5/710 – The Contemplative Parish

SP/PT5/710 – The Contemplative Parish


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Class Times: July 15-19, 2019 – 9am – 12pm   Course description TBA   John Pentland is pastor of Hillhurst United Church in Calgary, AB

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cclHOM/NT5/712 – Jailhouse revelations: the apostle Paul’s journeys into unexpected spaces

HOM/NT5/712 – Jailhouse revelations: the apostle Paul’s journeys into unexpected spaces


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Class Dates: July 15-19, 2019 – 2:00 – 5:00pm   Course Description TBA   Douglas Campbell teaches New Testament at Duke Divinity School

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cclPT530 – Creating a Functional, Holistic, & Compassionate Youth and Family Ministry

PT530 – Creating a Functional, Holistic, & Compassionate Youth and Family Ministry


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Class Dates: July 15-19, 2019 – 2:00 – 5:00pm   Course description TBA   Montegomery Tugwete is a PhD Candidate in Pastoral Psychology, Leadership and Human Development at Chicago Theological Seminary   Free Public Lecture: Tuesday, July 16th, 7-9pm The Case for an Authoritative Community: Even Boy Jesus Needed One Epiphany Chapel 6030 Chancellor Blvd, . . .

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cclPT531 – Food and Faith

PT531 – Food and Faith


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Class Dates:  July 15-19, 2019 – 2:00pm – 5:00pm   Course Description TBA   Matt Humphrey is the educational director for A Rocha Canada in Surrey, BC.

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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   Course description TBA   Jean Morris is an associate minister for pastoral care at Grace Presbyterian Church in Calgary, AB and former moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Canada

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Spring 2019

cclTH6/753 – Imagination and Interpretation in Post-Liberal Theology

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


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

Postliberal theology features imagination as a primary human faculty in both constructive and deconstructive theological endeavour.  In this course, we will examine the work of a range of postliberal theologians, philosophers, pastoral theologians and biblical scholars on the role of imagination in interpretative and constructive engagement.  Particular attention is paid to the intellectual conditions that . . .

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cclPT653—Leadership Here and Now

PT653—Leadership Here and Now


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

Theological trained leaders in small and large organizations must attend to a wide range of issues, and must develop competencies in four key areas: spiritual discernment, self-awareness and control, interpersonal and group communication, and organizational identity and mission within the larger context of community and the world. This course provides analytical tools for identifying key . . .

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cclSAH-DS510—Presbyterian Heritage, Polity & Practice

SAH-DS510—Presbyterian Heritage, Polity & Practice


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

The course will begin with a brief overview of the Presbyterian heritage in Canada in order to offer a better background for the unique nature of our Presbyterian governance rather than a congregational or episcopal model. The Book of Forms will be a main focus of our time together: its background, its theological and biblical . . .

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cclHB600—Introduction to the Hebrew Bible: II

HB600—Introduction to the Hebrew Bible: II


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

This full-year Foundational 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 help us focus on how . . .

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cclHIS600—North American Church History

HIS600—North American Church History


ccl  View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): The Rev. Dr. Brian Thorpe 

This course will explore the history of Christian churches in North America. The written histories of the churches will be studied in dialogue with the social context of such histories and the reflections of both church and context in popular culture. There will be a particular emphasis on the experience of those on the margins . . .

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cclNT501—Paul

NT501—Paul


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

To introduce students to the major themes of Pauline theologies represented by New Testament texts and, where appropriate, other New Testament and extra-canonical literature. To situate these theologies in the social matrix of antiquity and to identify the interaction of theology and culture implicit in these theologies. To assess the relevance of these theologies for . . .

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cclPT551—Pastoral/Spiritual Care and Practice

PT551—Pastoral/Spiritual Care and Practice


ccl  View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rev. Dixie Black 

Purpose To facilitate the development of pastoral identity, including what it means to begin to function as a pastoral professional To begin to develop competence and confidence in initiating and developing pastoral relationships To increase knowledge about and understanding of pastoral care To develop the skills necessary to provide effective pastoral care This course meets . . .

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cclHIS500—Christianity and Judaism in Greco-Roman Antiquity

HIS500—Christianity and Judaism in Greco-Roman Antiquity


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

“To be sure, we need history. But we need it in a manner different from the way in which the spoilt idler in the garden of knowledge uses it, no matter how elegantly he may look down on our coarse and graceless needs and distresses. That is, we need it for life and for action….” . . .

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cclispTH6/700 – Christology

TH6/700 – Christology


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

The centre of Christian theology is Jesus Christ. Therefore, this course will focus on thinking through the scriptural and ecclesiastical traditions concerning the person and work of Christ. This will provide the basis for a discussion about the implication of Christology for the present and future Church. Thus, the course will seek to engage the . . .

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cclPT652—The Studio for Strategic Leadership

PT652—The Studio for Strategic Leadership


ccl Instructor(s): Rev. Brenda Fawkes 

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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cclIPT5/720 – Topics in Interfaith Engagement: Gender & Sexuality in Religious Traditions

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


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

Today’s spiritual leaders will confront questions about gender and sexuality. These affect our experience of our own traditions as well as our perception of other traditions. In this introductory course, we will focus on three issues common to Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Indigenous traditions. (1) Origin stories of the first human beings and their implication . . .

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

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


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

In the context of a residential retreat, participants will enter a discipline of corporate prayer throughout the day, observing the offices, becoming conscious of themselves and others in the context of community and of God. In this more contemplative setting, participants will be invited to examine their experience and theology of death in light of . . .

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cclLS/SP502b – Anglican Retreat: Ordination

LS/SP502b – Anglican Retreat: Ordination


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

This 5-hour course (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.), held at VST on Friday March 29th, encourages participants to consider the history and ongoing rationale of holy orders in the Anglican Church.  We examine the ordinal and other resources to consider the current mandate for ministry being articulated by the Anglican Church of Canada.  We reflect . . .

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cclHIS6/740 – Reformation History

HIS6/740 – Reformation History


ccl  View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): The Rev. Dr. Axel Schoeber 

This course will familiarize students with the work of major personalities and movements of the Protestant Reformation as these arise and flourish in the social and historical context of Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Europe. While students will be exposed to the family resemblance between the various Protestant Reformation trajectories, an appreciation of the range of . . .

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cclNT6/713 – Creating Jesus: The Historical Jesus in Scholarship, Film and Fiction

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


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

This course will take up the figure of Jesus from three different angles: historical scholarship, film, and fiction. In each case we will consider the role of culture and context in accounts of the historical Jesus. The interest is as much in the historians, directors, and authors of Jesus as it is in the historical . . .

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cclHB611 – Prophecy in Ancient Israel

HB611 – Prophecy in Ancient Israel


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

A chronological survey of the Hebrew Bible prophets, this course will emphasize the interplay between the prophets’ contexts and their message and theology. How Biblical texts can be appropriately related to contemporary contexts and issues will also be discussed. A variety of pedagogical methods will be used in class to provide students an opportunity to . . .

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cclPT502 – Practical Foundations for PPL: Leadership in Context

PT502 – Practical Foundations for PPL: Leadership in Context


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

Building on the skills and understanding of Leadership Foundations: Self As Leader, Leading In Context will provide method and opportunity to explore potential studio practicum sites that combine leadership challenges, ministry opportunities and demonstrate best practices in pastoral and public ministry. To be effective in ministry practice and leadership in the public sphere it is . . .

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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


ccl   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): The Rev. Dr. Brian Thorpe

The goal of this course is explore the eighty-five year history of The United Church of Canada through the accounts of major events and controversies within the denomination, through the accounts of church leaders and reflections upon the ethos of the church by theologians. Equally important this course will reflect on the lived history of . . .

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ccl NT6/740—John

NT6/740—John


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

To introduce students to the major themes of the Gospel of John and issues entailed in the critical study of it and, where possible, Johannine literature generally. To learn to recognize the distinctive vocabulary of John’s Gospel and to begin to gain an understanding of its semantic domain. To situate the theologies of the Fourth . . .

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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


ccl   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rev. Brenda Fawkes

One of the most powerful ways a community of faith understands itself is through our spiritual practices and our articulation of the work and vision of God in our liturgy. The United Church of Canada finds its identity in the reformed tradition and in the contextually relevant ways it expresses praise and relationship to the divine. . . .

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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): Jaycelyn Tey

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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cclisp SP513 – Indigneous Spirituality and Christian Faith

SP513 – Indigneous Spirituality and Christian Faith


cclisp   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): The Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne

Indigenous people take seriously their Indigenous and Christian heritage but room has not always been made for the former by the latter. This course will investigate the historical relationship between the two with the goal of offering possible models for telling the two stories “side by side, until they can be told together.” In an . . .

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Fall 2018

ccl PT651—Studio for Strategic Leadership

PT651—Studio for Strategic Leadership


ccl   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rev. Brenda Fawkes

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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ccl Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) – Vancouver Coastal Health

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) – Vancouver Coastal Health


ccl   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Jaycelyn Tey

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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ccl TH500—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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ccl HB500—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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cclirsc IPS/SP500—Spiritual Formation in Communities

IPS/SP500—Spiritual Formation in Communities


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

This course explores spiritual formation within three different faith communities or wisdom traditions with a focus on the specific forms of spirituality brought by instructors from each of the communities or traditions. Study of specific spiritual practices will develop the student’s skills in understanding the sources and practices of spirituality in general. Research shows this . . .

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ccl NT500—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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ccl PT500—Spiritual and Theological Foundations

PT500—Spiritual and Theological Foundations


ccl   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rev. Janet Gear

The time is one of “great turning,” “emergence,” a “threshold time” characterized by a recognized shift in inherited patterns of thinking and acting. The place is right here where your feet are planted and your relationship to those around you matters deeply. The task is preparation for contributing to the collective spiritual work of embracing . . .

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ccl BIBL500—Biblical Language Tools for Exegesis

BIBL500—Biblical Language Tools for Exegesis


ccl   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Dr. Maryann Amor

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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ccl HOM500—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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ccl LS500—Introduction to Christian Worship

LS500—Introduction to Christian Worship


ccl   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): The Rev. Dr. Canon Travis O’Brian

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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ccl LS/SP502a – Anglican Retreat: Vocation

LS/SP502a – Anglican Retreat: Vocation


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

This brief retreat, conducted during Orientation Week, will engage students about the meaning and purpose of vocation in the Anglican Communion, in relation to their own.  Invited resource persons, who have experience in various forms of ministry, will offer their insights and experience relating to pursuing and practising their sense of calling. Retreat date: Friday . . .

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ccl LS/SP501 – Anglican Retreat: Marriage

LS/SP501 – Anglican Retreat: Marriage


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

Marriage today is under considerable pressure to adapt and change and there are now numerous socially acceptable ways of approaching and living in committed relationships. What can and should the Church expect, bless and support? Is there a norm or standard of Christian marriage? Marriage has been seen as a powerful symbol of reconciliation, as . . .

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ccl HIS/TH6/715 – Theology and Biblical Interpretation

HIS/TH6/715 – Theology and Biblical Interpretation


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

The last generation or two in theology has seen an explosion of proposals to return to ancient Christian ways of interpreting. This course will examine what I call the “back to allegory” movement. What are these interpreters reclaiming that they imagine had been lost or neglected in the church’s practices of interpreting? How might our . . .

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ccl DS601 – Anglican Polity, Ministry & Mission

DS601 – Anglican Polity, Ministry & Mission


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

People entering into leadership in the Anglican Church need to have an understanding of how things work in our particular denomination (or at least how they are supposed to work); they have to know something about the nature and limits of the authority they will be granted and the expectations and responsibilities attached to the . . .

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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


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

This course introduces the historical-cultural context and key voices that shaped a missional theology movement in the late-twentieth century, and the implications of this distinctive perspective for contemporary church leadership in North America. This course is available via Adobe Connect for off-site students Prerequisite: TH500 or permission from the instructor

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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


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

Midrash is a Hebrew word for “Biblical interpretation.” Over the centuries, Jewish interpreters have used close reading, Hebrew wordplay, and generous imagination to recover legends, address theological questions, define ritual practices, and adapt to social trends while preserving historical continuity. Through our study of midrash, we will expand our understanding of Hebrew Bible’s complexity, spirituality, . . .

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ccl HOM6/701 – Learning from African American Preaching

HOM6/701 – Learning from African American Preaching


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

Black preachers are our culture’s “last folk poets.” So says Richard Lischer of the black church tradition that nourished Martin Luther King Jr. The preaching of the black church is a magnificent rhetorical tradition, among many other things. And we notice that when we bring up African American preachers to Canadian students and congregations, they . . .

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ccl SAH-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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ccl PT611 – 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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ccl SAH-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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ccl PT610 – Practical Theology and Pastoral Ministry

PT610 – Practical Theology and Pastoral Ministry


ccl   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rev. Janet Gear

To lead from the heart of a community’s lived faith requires a capacity to read and interpret the theologies operative within a given context. The purpose of this senior seminar is to allow us to practice our skills as practical theologians – as interpreters of the implicit and explicit theologies shaping and expressing the belief . . .

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Summer 2018

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

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


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

Week One: July 9-13 (afternoons 2:00 – 5:00) Many mainline Christians express discomfort with the doctrine of the atonement. Yet for the New Testament, Christ’s saving work is central to our identity as Christians. What do we do with it then? Ignore it? Redo it? Creatively retrieve fragments from the tradition and re-implement them in . . .

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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): Jaycelyn Tey

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


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

Week 2: July 16-20  COURSE CANCELLED 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 . . .

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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): Jaycelyn Tey

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): Jaycelyn Tey

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): Jaycelyn Tey

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): Jaycelyn Tey

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): Jaycelyn Tey

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): Jaycelyn Tey

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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irsc IPI5/717 – Inter-religious Seminar: Spiritual Perspectives on Death and Dying

IPI5/717 – Inter-religious Seminar: Spiritual Perspectives on Death and Dying


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

This course offers an opportunity to receive credit for attending and participating in VST’s Inter-Religious Studies Conference on the theme “Spiritual Perspectives on Death and Dying,” May 22-24, 2018. Over the last century, medical care has increasingly provided a key cultural framework for understanding death and dying. Technological innovation has prolonged life, but also hidden the reality . . .

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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): Jaycelyn Tey

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): Jaycelyn Tey

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): Jaycelyn Tey

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): Jaycelyn Tey

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): Jaycelyn Tey

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): Jaycelyn Tey

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): Jaycelyn Tey

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): Jaycelyn Tey

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


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

This course offers an in-depth exploration of the Christian doctrine of God, with particular attention to recent contributions to and developments in Trinitarian theology by Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox thinkers. While we make reference to the origins of the doctrine (teaching) of the Trinity in the biblical and early Church period, the primary focus of . . .

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

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


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

In her classic book on evangelism Out of the Saltshaker Rebecca Pippert confesses that there was a time when, “there was a part of me that secretly felt evangelism was something you shouldn’t do to your dog, let alone a friend.” On the surface many kind-hearted mainline Protestants in Canada today would agree. Many folks . . .

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cclirsc IPI5/710 – Encountering the Other

IPI5/710 – Encountering the Other


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

This course encourages students to identify issues in multi-cultural communication, become aware of personal barriers, and develop skills for working with them. Students will be introduced to (1) critical concepts about the politics of identity and cultural complexes; (2) philosophical discussion of inner stances towards welcoming the other; and (3) practical techniques for listening and . . .

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ccl LS/SP504 – Anglican Retreat: Eucharist

LS/SP504 – Anglican Retreat: Eucharist


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

Participants will experience a live-in retreat, with time for solitude, silence and contemplative reflection, as well as observing a discipline of corporate prayer, study and community life.  In this Retreat, we will meet together for instruction and discussion to explore the history and content of the Eucharist in order to understand its place at the . . .

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ccl HIS650 – Anglican History, Theology & Spirituality

HIS650 – Anglican History, Theology & Spirituality


ccl   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): The Rev. Dr. Canon Travis O’Brian

This course sets out to explore the question ‘what is Anglican?’ We approach this question first by surveying the political and ecclesiastical history of the Anglican Church, taking time especially to study the tumultuous period surrounding the Reformation, civil war, and Restoration.  Secondly, we will read and discuss some key thinkers, documents, and movements that . . .

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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


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

NOTE: THIS COURSE IS CANCELLED FOR SPRING 2018 This course explores the various ways in which early believers constructed spatio-temporal worlds and how those formulations were created in the midst of other and often competing space-time conceptions (imperial, civic, Greco-Roman religious, and so on). The course aims to equip students to recognize the ways the . . .

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cclirscisp IPT5/712 – Sacred Texts & Oral Traditions

IPT5/712 – Sacred Texts & Oral Traditions


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

This course will provide an introduction to sacred scripture and oral narrative in four traditions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Indigenous Traditions. For each tradition, we will read selected primary and secondary sources in order to consider the content of these sacred teachings, their history and development, techniques of transmission, interpretive practices, and cultural significance. Together, . . .

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ccl ETH500 – Christian Ethics

ETH500 – Christian Ethics


ccl   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Dr. Ashley Moyse

This course will introduce participants to case histories, stories, and readings that consider the foundations of ethical thought and behavior, stressing the importance of well informed ways in which Christian life, thought, and action can serve the wider community. Our goal is to reach greater understanding of how one might cultivate moral being and deal . . .

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ccl DS624 – UCC Theology and Doctrine

DS624 – UCC Theology and Doctrine


ccl   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rev. Janet Gear

The United Church of Canada “is awash with theology.” Learning to respect, articulate, and locate one’s own place within this tradition is a demanding and necessary requirement of leaders in the church. This course will provide an arena both to acquire and practice the ability to reflect theologically on the church’s statements of faith (the . . .

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January Interterm 2018

cclirsc HB6/740 —Social Justice: Prophet and Reformer

HB6/740 —Social Justice: Prophet and Reformer


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

The theology and practice of social justice will be examined from two dialogical viewpoints. The first is that of the prophet as spokesperson of God’s justice and advocate for the poor who names and condemns social injustice. The second is that of the reformer who seeks to embody and institutionalize social justice. The issue of . . .

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ccl IPI/INT5/700 – Research Methods

IPI/INT5/700 – Research Methods


ccl   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Jaycelyn Tey

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


ccl   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rev. Dr. HyeRan Kim-Cragg

This course equips students to be educated leaders in the United Church of Canada and the other Christian communities in Canada. It invites students to map out Christianity and ethnicity in Canada, explore biblical stories taken from postcolonial approaches and articulate the issues that are central and critical to faith formation in intercultural congregational ministries. . . .

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ccl DS500 – Anglican Polity & Ethos

DS500 – Anglican Polity & Ethos


ccl   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): The Rev. Dr. Canon Travis O’Brian

The purpose of this 1 credit course is to gain familiarity with the ‘polity’ of the Anglican Church of Canada.  We will enquire into the system of institutional authority embodied in the canons of the ACC, including the governance structures active at the parish, diocesan, provincial, and national levels. The question of “authority” has been . . .

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

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


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

This course is designed to acquaint students with the evolving theological expression of the Reformed tradition in its 19th and 20th century embodiments as it responds and interacts with modernity and post-modernity in an increasingly non-western context. This will involve examination of Reformed doctrine as it finds expression in major figures, schools and movements throughout . . .

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ccl DS525 – United Church Polity

DS525 – United Church Polity


ccl   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rev. Janet Gear

The course will provide opportunity to study the polity and practices of church governance and current changes to church policies and procedures. We will review The Manual and other UCC policy documents. Within the context of external and internal challenges to the church, this course will orient students to the policies governing leadership in the . . .

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