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Course Descriptions

 Theological Studies


3500-Q Methods for the Study of Theology

Equips students with fundamentals for the study of theology. It will expose them to essential skills such as basic logic, critical thinking, distributed learning and on-line research. The skills will be acquired while exploring basic philosophical and theological concepts and producing papers that demonstrate a grasp of the concepts and use of the skills.

The course can be counted as two 2000 level courses for those who have completed the Associate in Theology and are preparing for the Bachelor of Theology by Distance. The course can also count as one 3000 Level course credit.

The course is designed to be completed in an on-line format.

 

3510-Q Systematic Theology: Understanding Doctrines of the Christian Faith

Provides an organized survey of basic doctrines such as our understandings of God, Trinity, Christ, creation and salvation by examining sources, authorities, and the historical and philosophical context in which these ideas are formulated. 

3511-Q Systematic Theology: Texts and Themes in Systematic Theology

Focuses on selected theologians and their historical context and influence. The course will provide students with opportunity to further explore the ideas of theologians and topics of interest.

3555-Q Theology and Popular Culture

Explores and critiques a “popular culture” understanding of religion, the Christian Church and ourselves.  Participants will have an opportunity to examine how we interact with and contribute to “pop” culture and to consider if and how the Gospel may well be put in conversation with it.

3560-Q Theology of the Environment

This course introduces the student to Christian approaches to the environment and environmental ethics. We will begin by examining the roots of the global environmental crisis in Western culture, taking note of the charge which has been made by some (most notably Lynn White Jr.) that Christianity has played a leading role in the development of this crisis. We will then consider a variety of contemporary Christian responses to this crisis which draw from scriptural, doctrinal, philosophical, spiritual, and ethical resources of the tradition in order to promote a more authentic relationship with the earth which is our home. Among those approaches which we will consider are: Christian eco-justice, stewardship, ecological spirituality, and sacramental approaches. Attention will also be given to some typical differences between western Christian (Catholic, Anglican, Protestant) approaches and eastern Christian (Orthodox) ones, with a view towards ecumenical cooperation in working together to heal the earth.

3570-Q Theology of Mission

Explores how our understanding of God shapes the identity and mission of the church. The course will consider the essential connection of theology, ecclesiology mission, and evangelization. The course will examine the themes in light of the entire biblical scope of scriptures and the vocation of the people of God as call to find and respond to the needs and struggles of people everywhere.

3575-Q Theological Hermeneutics

Provide students with methods to understand and appreciate how meaning is related to context and interpretation. While the course will pay attention to biblical hermeneutics, it will also consider other conduits of meaning such as literature, film, and art.

3590-Q Directed Study and Research

The student selects a topic in the field of Theological Studies and pursues a course of reading and research in consultation with an instructor.

3592-Q Directed Study and Research

The student selects a topic in the field of Theological Studies and pursues a course of reading and research in consultation with an instructor.

3900-Q Integrative Seminar

This course will provide students an opportunity to integrate their learning in a manner appropriate to their area of study. Upon completion of this seminar and in consultation with the instructor, the student will be expected to present an integrative project in an appropriate setting. All integrative projects and presentations must include an interactive oral component.

Moral Theology


3600-Q Foundations and Perspectives

An examination of the basis, scope and dynamics of Christian ethics that includes such theological and philosophical topics as Scripture, natural moral law, conscience, reason, freedom, responsibility, obedience and discipleship. It addresses the interplay between individuals, communities of faith and their social contexts. The course format includes some lectures, seminars, presentations and pastoral applications.

3602-Q Ethics and the Contemporary Church

A study of the ethical issues facing the Church today such as our history and identity, our national and international bodies, and the realities of local ministry.

3640-Q Contemporary Issues in Public Theology

Public theology seeks to relate a Christian understanding of the Kingdom of God to social conditions in the societies in which Christians live. This course will examine critically the biblical and theological foundations for liberal societies’ historic emphasis on freedom and respect, tolerance and human rights, along with the accelerating effects of globalization.  Specific attention will be given to issues in areas of medical ethics, justice systems, equality and inequality, exclusion & inclusion, and various kinds of political interaction both global and local.

3645-Q Faiths and the Common Good

A cross-cultural exploration of the notion of the Common Good, this course will draw on the perspectives of a variety of religious traditions.  The role faiths play in the pursuit of the common good will be the focus through dialogue with various faith leaders, readings, seminars and scriptural reasoning.

3660-Q Theology of the Environment

This course introduces the student to Christian approaches to the environment and environmental ethics. We will begin by examining the roots of the global environmental crisis in Western culture, taking note of the charge which has been made by some (most notably Lynn White Jr.) that Christianity has played a leading role in the development of this crisis. We will then consider a variety of contemporary Christian responses to this crisis which draw from scriptural, doctrinal, philosophical, spiritual, and ethical resources of the tradition in order to promote a more authentic relationship with the earth which is our home. Among those approaches which we will consider are: Christian eco-justice, stewardship, ecological spirituality, and sacramental approaches. Attention will also be given to some typical differences between western Christian (Catholic, Anglican, Protestant) approaches and eastern Christian (Orthodox) ones, with a view towards ecumenical cooperation in working together to heal the earth.

3680-Q Ethics for the 21st Century: Body, Mind and Spirit

An interdisciplinary exploration of current ethical issues. Themes will be explored from theological, philosophical, and psychological perspectives. Course designed around collaborative conference fall 2017.

3690-Q Directed Study and Research

The student selects a topic in the field of Moral Theology and pursues a course of reading and research in consultation with an instructor

3692-Q Directed Study and Research

The student selects a topic in the field of Moral Theology and pursues a course of reading and research in consultation with an instructor

3900-Q Integrative Seminar

:  This course will provide students an opportunity to integrate their learning in a manner appropriate to their area of study.  Upon completion of this seminar and in consultation with the instructor, the student will be expected to present an integrative project in an appropriate setting.  All integrative projects and presentations must include an interactive oral component.

Pentecostal Studies


3700-Q Pastoral Seminar

This course is designed to teach Pentecostal pastors to experiment with new missional ministry models while balancing the traditional core values of Pentecostalism. A pastoral candidate entering ministry today must be equipped with a myriad professional skills. As such, this course examines specific pastoral aptitudes such as conflict resolution, team building, and vision casting, as far as they relate to providing the pastoral/missional leadership necessary to evidence pastoral proficiency.

3710-Q Eschatology-A Pentecostal Perspective

This course studies the doctrine of eschatology – the end times. It explores in detail the key areas of eschatology, from the Rapture of the Church to the Millennial Reign of Christ, relying primarily on Scripture, but with an eye to Church History as well. Various perspectives on the end times are considered, though traditional Pentecostal eschatological thought is given prominence in the course and will conclude with a Pentecostal understanding of the Book of Revelation.

3720-Q Pentecostal Distinctives

This course explores Pentecostalism from a theological perspective. It examines the understanding of the person and work of the Holy Spirit within a classical Pentecostal theological framework. Special attention is given to those doctrines for which Pentecostalism is most widely known, such as Spirit-baptism (subsequence and initial evidence), healing, worship, and spiritual gifts.

3730-Q Pentecostal Ecclesiology

This course explores the theological foundations of the church with a special focus on Pentecostal ecclesiological interpretations, models, and practices. Emphases are placed on the nature, marks, and purposes of the church, church government, practices and sacraments, spiritual gifts in the gathered community, worship, and missional focus. Other theological foci are also explored.

3740-Q Christianity and Culture-A Pentecostal Perspective

This course examines the diversity of the Christian experience and prevailing cultural distinctiveness which are evidenced in society. It demonstrates how the traditional values and thought of Pentecostalism are of use in aiding pastors to address and interact in an ever changing multicultural society.

Liturgical Studies


3808-Q Liturgical History

This introductory course surveys the history of liturgical development in the West from New Testament times to the present. Students are introduced to methods, sources and basic concepts of liturgical studies including ritual and symbol. Included within this course are sessions in elocution and church music.

3818-Q The Eucharist

An introduction to the Eucharist as theology and as prayer from its Jewish origins to contemporary liturgical renewal. The Eucharist is considered in its biblical, ritual, historical, and theological dimensions. Special attention is given to developments within the Anglican tradition.

3825-Q Beyond Kumbaya: Youth, Worship and the Church

The goal of the course is to develop a realistic, holistis and practical approach to worship with youth in the context of the community of faith. The focus will be on developing theoretical and practical ministry skills in areas such as spiritual disciplines, sacraments, music and retreats with young people that can also be shared with the whole faith community.

3828-Q Initiation and Pastoral Offices

This course traces the historical development of Christian initiation (water baptism, laying on of hands, and Eucharist) and the Pastoral Offices (reconciliation, ministry to the sick, matrimony, ordination). Students discover how and why changes in practice and theology took place, and in the light of this, consider critically modern forms of these rites. (Prerequisite: Liturgical Studies 3808-Q)

3840-Q Homiletics - Preaching on the Scriptures

This course will provide an introduction to the field of homiletics.  It will offer an opportunity for students to explore both the theoretical and practical aspects of preaching.  Students will develop the necessary skills for biblical preaching and will exercise these skills in both classroom and chapel settings.

3850-Q Homiletics - Approaches to Preaching

Builds on the student’s knowledge and experience in the field of homiletics, this course offers an opportunity for students to explore more fully both the theoretical and practical aspects of preaching. Students will be encouraged to examine various theologies and practices of preaching. Students will discover approaches to proclamation in settings and at times where not conducive typical homilies and preaching. They will consider preaching in a postmodern context, as well as non-traditional memorial services, civic events and community gatherings on special occasions as well as homilies for weddings, funerals, and anniversaries. They will be given the opportunity to exercise their skills in both classroom and chapel settings.

3890-Q Directed Study and Research

The student selects a topic in the field of Liturgical Studies and pursues a course of reading and research in consultation with an instructor.

3892-Q Directed Study and Research

The student selects a topic in the field of Liturgical Studies and pursues a course of reading and research in consultation with an instructor.

3900-Q Integrative Seminar

This course will provide students an opportunity to integrate their learning in a manner appropriate to their area of study.  Upon completion of this seminar and in consultation with the instructor, the student will be expected to present an integrative project in an appropriate setting.  All integrative projects and presentations must include an interactive oral component.

Integrative Seminar


3900-Q Integrative Seminar

This course will provide M.T.S. students an opportunity to integrate their learning in a manner appropriate to their area of study.  Upon completion of this seminar and in consultation with a faculty advisor, the student will be expected to present an integrative project in an appropriate setting.  All integrative projects and presentations must include an interactive oral component.

Vocational Development Seminar


Anglican Mission and Ministries

An opportunity to examine and appreciate the distinct ministries within the Anglican Church. There will be particular attention to the Marks of Mission, Ministry with Indigenous; Primates World Development and Relief Fund, Church Governance.

 

Elocution

An opportunity for group instruction and individual coaching to ensure their manner of speaking and reading are appropriate for the important ministry of proclaiming the Word of God. Individual sessions are voluntary and arranged as needed.

Hospitality

An exploration of the biblical and theological dimensions of hospitality in a Christian setting with particular attention upon current practices in Newfoundland and Labrador and in the Church outside the province. Students will be challenged to see Christian Hospitality as a fundamental ministry for the Church today with the capacity to transform relationships between Christian communities and the world around them. 

Liturgical Practicum

An exploration of the presiding role at the various liturgical rites in the Anglican Church from both a theological and practical perspective. Topics include the gestures, movements, and preparation that go into being a prayerful presider who is personally present to the people of God and their ritual action. We will try to understand not only the rubrics but the theology behind the rubrics.

Matters Liturgical

An exploration of the theological and practical aspects of presiding at liturgies. It will provide opportunity to explore revisions and trial liturgies.

Priesthood

Facilitated discussions to help students appreciate the call to Priesthood by reflecting on their observations and the experiences shared with them by visiting priests.

Research Methods

An introduction to the basic skills required for advanced research. These include time management, critical reading/thinking, assessment of data, internet/computer-based research, structure in writing, footnotes and annotated bibliographies.

Spiritual Direction

An introduction of students to a range of Christian spiritual disciplines and options for guidance and direction on the spiritual journey. Individual spiritual direction, peer support groups, and group spiritual direction are among the options to be explored in the seminar. 

Spiritual Resilience

This seminar will expose students to the importance of integrating beliefs, values, practices, workload and lifestyle as a means to not only survive or endure the challenges of ministry, but joy in the activities of ministry.