Vancouver School of Theology

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Fall 2017

cclirscispIPI5/700—IIS Integrating Seminar: Valued Wisdoms, New Conversations

IPI5/700—IIS Integrating Seminar: Valued Wisdoms, New Conversations


cclirscisp Instructor(s): Rev. Raymond C. Aldred  Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan 

This seminar addresses the “inter” in “inter-religious studies.” Together, we will respectfully explore multiple approaches to understanding connections between the beliefs and practices of four world religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Indigenous North American. Approaches may include deep ecumenism, awareness of social complexity, shared study of sacred text, and exploration of shared action on shared . . .

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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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January Interterm 2018

cclirscHB6/740 —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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Spring 2018

cclirscIPI5/710 – 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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cclirscispIPT5/712 – 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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Summer 2017

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

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


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

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

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Fall 2016

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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Spring 2016

cclirscisp IPT/C5/712 – Sacred Texts & Oral Traditions

IPT/C5/712 – 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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Summer 2016

cclirsc IPI5/715 – Religions and the Other

IPI5/715 – Religions and the Other


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

Format:  Attendance at the Inter-religious Studies Conference, “Encountering the Other” on May 15 (evening), May 16 (day and evening), May 17 (day), for a total of 20 hours, plus one pre-conference class session, (May 6) and one post-conference class session (May 27) for a total of 10 hours. This course offers an opportunity to receive . . .

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cclirsc Kabbalah: A Jewish Theology

Kabbalah: A Jewish Theology


cclirsc   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Jason Brown

Course Dates: July 4-8 Kabbalah (“received tradition”) is a metaphorical tapestry of Jewish texts, practices, and ideas that invite deep spiritual and theological reflection. Together, we will enter this tapestry, following the shape of its historical development. Using primary and secondary texts along with reflective experiences, we will explore kabbalistic interpretations of creation, God’s nature, . . .

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cclirsc Understanding Islam: Scripture, Theology, Law and Ethics

Understanding Islam: Scripture, Theology, Law and Ethics


cclirsc   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Jason Brown

Course Dates: July 11-15 This course provides basic knowledge of Islam, one of the three major Abrahamic faiths, with particular emphasis on key points about Islamic laws, theology, ethics and scripture. Dr. Syed Nasir Zaidi has a Ph.D in Islamic Philosophy and Theology. Currently he serves as a Muslim Chaplain at UBC; Religious Consultant at . . .

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January Interterm 2015

cclirscisp LS510—Sacred Ceremony and Ritual

LS510—Sacred Ceremony and Ritual


cclirscisp   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Private: Rev. Dr. Paula Sampson

Human beings of all cultures use ceremony and symbol to communicate with the divine, mark important life events and form communities. This course will explore a variety of understandings of how sacred ceremony and public ritual operate in various cultures and religious traditions. It will employ theologies of imagination, ritual and the semiotics of culture . . .

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Spring 2015

irsc IPI/PT510—Nurturing Strong Youth

IPI/PT510—Nurturing Strong Youth


irsc   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): The Rev. Dr. Martin Brokenleg, OSBCn

For a century, the positive youth movement has been using the best psychological and educational practices to create strong youth, no matter the youth’s background or ethnicity. What many in this movement do not say is that it is deeply spiritual work that creates resilient youth and adults. This course will review positive youth practices . . .

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cclirsc SP522—Clothed in God: Women Mystics and the Christian Tradition

SP522—Clothed in God: Women Mystics and the Christian Tradition


cclirsc   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Jason Brown

Instructor: Lynne McNaughton Mysticism, as Dorothee Soelle defines it, is the seeking of experience of direct union with God. It is not for a few select heroic spirits or mentally unstable visionaries who flee the world, but a call for all of us as human beings to see the divine in our connection and service to . . .

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cclirsc IPC/TH 572—Foundational Traditions in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

IPC/TH 572—Foundational Traditions in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam


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

In this introductory-level course, we will explore stories of the formation and early development of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We will examine both traditional and historical accounts; compare and contrast common characteristics, e.g., founders, sacred sites, defining events, male and female figures, and embedded counter-narratives; explore ways in which the three religions’ stories dialogue with . . .

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Summer 2015

cclirscisp M. Div.  Indigenous Theologies: A Hermeneutical Approach

Indigenous Theologies: A Hermeneutical Approach


cclirscisp   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Jason Brown

Rev. Dr. Randall Furushima, Dean of the Graduate School of Theology, Pacific Rim Christian University and the John P.C. Makuakane Institute of Christian Leadership (Hawai’i). Week of July 13 to 17 8:30am to 11:30am This course introduces diverse interpretive principles from an Indigenous theological perspective, rooted in cross-disciplinary contextual studies. We will learn about post-colonial . . .

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cclirscisp M. Div.  Preaching in an Indigenous Context

Preaching in an Indigenous Context


cclirscisp   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Jason Brown

Rev. Canon Robert Two Bulls, (Oglala Lakota), Vicar, All Saints Indian Mission, Minneapolis and Missioner, The Department of Indian Work & Multicultural Ministries, Episcopal Church, Diocese of Minnesota. Week of July 13 to 17 8:30AM – 11:30AM In this course we will study, read and preach on the readings from the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) . . .

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cclirscisp Cont. Ed.  Let’s Indigenize our Worship Experience!

Let’s Indigenize our Worship Experience!


cclirscisp Instructor(s): Jason Brown

Rev. Marlene Whiterabbit Helgemo (Ho Chunk), Minneapolis, MN. Ordained Lutheran Pastor of All Nations Indian Church. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Council for American Indian Ministry of the United Church of Christ. George Maurer, Musician, Composer, Arranger, and Performer. In his work, George integrates music with characters, emotions and actions. Week . . .

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cclirscisp Cont. Ed.  Let's Indigenize our Worship Experience!

Let's Indigenize our Worship Experience!


cclirscisp Instructor(s): Jason Brown

Rev. Marlene Whiterabbit Helgemo (Ho Chunk), Minneapolis, MN. Ordained Lutheran Pastor of All Nations Indian Church. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Council for American Indian Ministry of the United Church of Christ. George Maurer, Musician, Composer, Arranger, and Performer. In his work, George integrates music with characters, emotions and actions. Week . . .

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cclirscisp Cont. Ed.  An Introduction to the Emerging World Wide Movement of Indigenous Peoples

An Introduction to the Emerging World Wide Movement of Indigenous Peoples


cclirscisp Instructor(s): Jason Brown

Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald (Wyandotte), National Indigenous Bishop, Anglican Church of Canada, former Bishop Diocese of Alaska, Episcopal Church USA. Currently the World Council of Churches president for North America. Week of July 13 to 17 2:00PM to 5:00PM This is a critical time for Indigenous Peoples. Because of their unique inter-connected relationship with the . . .

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cclirscisp M. Div.  Christian Education in Intercultural Contexts

Christian Education in Intercultural Contexts


cclirscisp   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Jason Brown

Dr. Roberta Clare, director of the Presbyterian Church of Canada Elders’ Institute, St. Andrew’s Hall, Vancouver. Roberta has served as a minister, ruling elder, university chaplain, high school teacher and university instructor. Week of July 20 to 24 8:30AM to 11:30AM Christian educators take on many roles as they practice their art and craft in . . .

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cclirscisp M. Div.  Religious Pluralism

Religious Pluralism


cclirscisp   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Jason Brown

Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan, Interim Director, Iona Pacific Inter-religious Centre, Vancouver School of Theology. Week of July 20 to 24 8:30AM to 11:30AM Canada today practices “inclusive secularism,” welcoming multiple religious traditions into the public sphere. How should ministers working in Indigenous contexts, rooted in particular traditions, and confronting a history of oppression, participate . . .

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cclirscisp Cont. Ed.  Creating Culture and Community in a Preschool Setting

Creating Culture and Community in a Preschool Setting


cclirscisp Instructor(s): Jason Brown

Jenny Cross (Haida). Jenny is an Aboriginal Early Childhood Development Educator in Skidegate on Haida Gwaii where she grew up. She credits the ongoing enhancement of her cultural and language fluency to her Haida elders, particularly one with whom she works. Week of July 20 to 24 2:00PM to 5:00PM This course will focus on . . .

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cclirscisp Cont. Ed.  The Battle of Indians, First Nations, and Other Indigenous Peoples to Win Their Human Rights and Places in the World Community

The Battle of Indians, First Nations, and Other Indigenous Peoples to Win Their Human Rights and Places in the World Community


cclirscisp Instructor(s): Jason Brown

Robert T. Coulter (Potawatomi), Executive Director of the Indian Law Resource Center, he is an attorney with more than 35 years of legal experience in the field of Indian affairs. He has published numerous articles in the field of Indian law, and was the primary author of the initial draft of the UN Declaration on . . .

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