Explores methods of teaching in higher education settings, such as colleges and seminaries. Prepares students for teaching assistant responsibilities that are a required part of the PhD program. Three follow-up observations with written reports will occur throughout the rest of the first and the second years. Open only to students in the PhD program.

A seminar for DMin students in which case studies are used to explore theological and pastoral issues in ministry

What are the markers of hospitality and hostility around the sacraments? What does the rite of baptism have to do with issues of health, ecology, inclusion, justice and the poor? How is the celebration of the Eucharist associated with notions of international power, race, land/food, world migration and non-documented immigrants in US? This course seeks to
help students to become aware of philosophical, social, political, racial, class, and sexual references that mark the Christian faith but usually go unnoticed in the theological thinking and the liturgical practices of the sacraments. In order to do that, this course intends to offer tools for the students to make connections between the sacraments and historical
processes of globalization, under the rubrics of hospitality

This course will examine the Old Testament prophets and, more generally, the phenomenon of biblical prophecy, including popular attempts to use the prophetic material for end-of-world predictions. To organize our study, we will make use of three main rubrics: 1) The Good—prophetic teachings and experiences of God’s mercy, compassion,
salvation, and justice; 2) The Bad—prophetic teachings and experiences of God’s judgment, discipline, punishment, and rejection; and 3) The Ugly—prophetic use of the metaphors which depicts God as an avenging rapist/abuser of “His” wife, Israel/Judah/Jerusalem. Throughout the course we will attend to how these texts have been used in misguided and
hurtful ways, and particularly, how we might instead teach and preach them helpfully and well in congregational settings.

An examination of the particular contribution that Lutheran hymns and songs have made to the history, theology, and music of the Church. Attention will be given to the historical origins of such hymns, to the development of the chorale, and to contemporary congregational singing. Free elective.