A series of seven one-day seminars/workshops exploring various facets of educational ministries in congregations. Each day-long seminar is taught by a qualified practitioner and aims to provide a concentrated focus on a theme. Credit requires completion of readings prior to seminars and submission of written assignments. Students may also register for single seminars without credit by paying a single-day registration fee for each seminar (registration through Adult
Learning Coordinator Kathie Afflerbach (kafflerbach@ltsp.edu).

Drawing on classic and contemporary theories ranging from Sigmund Freud to William Worden, from death by disease, disaster or deliberation, this case-based seminar course will explore pastoral resources and responses to complicated and difficult grief.
Monday through Friday, Jan. 6–10

This course examines the development of African American religious education tradition from the slavery to the present period. Through the reading of selected texts, examining documents by and regarding key leaders, participating in field experiences, and conducting structured interviews with educational leaders, participants will develop strategies for the enhancement of religious education in African American communities of faith.
Monday through Friday, Jan. 13–17; 8:30–noon and 2:00–5:30 pm

The discourse of multiculturalism has drawn our attention to the importance of safeguarding the cultural rights of religious or ethnic communities in a modern democracy. Yet often, tension between cultural rights of a group and the rights of women as individuals has raised interesting dilemmas for the feminist scholars. This course will explore, through an analysis of their representative writings, how some feminist scholars have responded to this tension between the rights of a group and the rights of women.
Monday through Friday, Jan. 13–17; 8:30–noon and 2:00–5:30 pm

Christian worship has always been related to the mission of the church. The ways Christians believe and enact their faith shapes their life in the world and influences cultural/social structures. With the guidance of two Brazilian liturgists, this course is intended to help students think about liturgy/worship from examples of social movements in Latin America and
how liturgy/worship can deeply influence the social-cultural-economic life of communities and countries. [EC, GL, ME]
Old Curriculum: MDiv global option, MDiv, ecumenical option, MAR global/ecumenical/interfaith option, or free elective.
New Curriculum: Free elective. [EC, GL, ME]
One week: January 13–17, Monday–Friday, 8:30 am–5:30 pm

An introduction to the practice of Christian ethical reflection.

Old Curriculum: MDiv ethics requirement, or free elective.
New Curriculum: MDiv Theology 3 (Engaging the Faith in the World) option, MAR theology option, or free elective.
Two weeks: Jan. 13–24; Mondays–Fridays, 2:15 pm–5:15 pm (no class meeting on January 20) plus online coursework in advance of and during two weeks of class

The purpose of this course is to identify and study some of the major issues that emerge from the permeation of the gospel in various cultural contexts in different parts of the world. Recognizing the complex political, social and cultural realities that characterize different geographical contexts, the course will examine how the presentation of the gospel
transformed such contexts and assess the implications of such transformation. The course will examine issues regarding the gospel and multifaith realities and seek to draw out consequences for the mission and ministry of the church today. May be taken either for full credit or half credit (see section notes below).

Old Curriculum: MDiv global option and/or MDiv interfaith option (both only if taken for full unit of credit), MAR
global/ecumenical/interfaith option, or free elective. May additionally be used toward the Multicultural Ministry concentration.
New Curriculum: If taken for full unit, MDiv Church History 3 (Interreligious Contexts) option and MAR Church History option, or free elective. [IF]. May additionally be used toward the Multicultural Ministry concentration.
Two weeks: Jan. 13–24; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 8:30 am–Noon.