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Biblical Studies

Old Testament

3000-Q Introduction to the Old Testament

An introductory overview of the Old Testament. The course examines the individual books of the Old Testament as well as such topics as people, lands, methodology, sources, composition, history, etc. Special attention is given to the Torah, and in particular, Genesis, as the foundation for understanding the Old Testament. This course is a pre-requisite to all other Old Testament and Intertestamental courses.

3005-Q Study of the Torah

An exploration of the first five books of the Old Testament that examines critical issues in the modern study of the Torah/Pentateuch. Topics include origins, composition, literary form, and canonization of the Torah, and is presented through study and discussions enriched by a close reading of the Books of Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, Leviticus and Numbers.

3022-Q An Introduction to the Psalms

An introduction to the psalms as scripture and their role within the liturgical life of their times and ours.

3065-Q Prophecy in Ancient Israel

A study of introductory issues related to the prophetic tradition as reflected in representative literature of the Old Testament. The course examines the relevant historical background, theological themes and contemporary relevance of selected Hebrew Prophets.

3075-Q Wisdom Literature

An examination of the literary style and theological themes of wisdom literature in the Old Testament books, including a move beyond collective and general themes into the unique features of one or more books. 

3090-Q: Directed Study and Research

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

3092-Q: Directed Study and Research

The student selects a topic in the field of Biblical 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.

New Testament

3200-Q Introduction to the New Testament

An introductory overview of the New Testament. Two primary aims are to introduce students to the material of the New Testament, from the historical context of the first-century eastern Mediterranean world to an examination of certain canonical books, and to give students a working knowledge of the critical methodology and tools necessary for responsible biblical research. This course is recommended as preparation for all other New Testament and Intertestamental courses.

3210-Q The Passion Narratives

An examination of the accounts of the passion and death of Jesus in their original historical and literary contexts. The historical and critical method is employed with particular emphasis on redaction-and source-criticism, although text-critical and form-critical questions are also raised. The literary patterns and theological agendas of the Synoptic passion narratives (and to a lesser extent, the Johannine Passion Narrative) are examined through a close redactional analysis.

3212-Q Portraits of Jesus

An introductory overview of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ as presented in the gospels. Particular emphasis is given to the Synoptic gospels.

3225-Q The Gospel of John

An introductory overview of the Gospel of John, developed through a series of lectures and seminars. Having examined pertinent introductory issues, special emphasis is given to major topics such as Signs, Johannine-Synoptic Relationship, Role of Women, Faith, Christology, Duality, Symbolism, and Eschatology.

3255-Q Paul and His Writing

An introduction to the Pauline corpus and Pauline thought. The course is designed to introduce students to pertinent socio-historical information concerning the first-century eastern Mediterranean world, critical methodology, problems in Pauline scholarship and major issues and themes arising from each letter. Special attention is given to the ecclesiological and theological significance of Paul's letters for Christians and Christianity.

3260-Q: Pastoral and General Epistles

An exploration of the General and the Pastoral Epistles of the New Testament. The study of these non-Pauline perspectives on the first generations of the church will enhance appreciation of the understanding of development of the theology of God, Christology, ecclesiology, eschatology and other theological themes. 

3280-Q Apocalyptic Literature and the Book of Revelation

As an introduction to the genre of apocalyptic writing and thought, this course explores the historical context and life setting of that original audience, and the meaning that this genre of literature had on its first readers. The course moves into a more in-depth study of the Book of Revelation in its historical context, and the importance of exegesis and interpretation of apocalyptic literature in academic and pastoral work.

3290-Q Directed Study and Research

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

3292-Q Directed Study and Research

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

3298-Q: M.T.S. Thesis

Equivalent to five three-credit-hours courses for students enrolled in the M.T.S. Thesis Option, which may be apportioned over two or more semesters

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.

Intertestamental

3300-Q Intertestamental Literature

The Intertestamental period (about 400 BC to 100 AD) produced a number of significant writings including the Deuterocanonical writings, Pseudepigrapha, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. The course will help students to ascertain the development of thought, language and religion between the Old and New Testaments, and may count as either an Old Testament or a New Testament elective.

Church History


3105-Q: Survey of Church History

An examination of developments within the Christian Church from its Jewish roots until modern times.  Emphasis will be given to significant personalities and important historical events.

3130-Q Anglican Church History and Ecclesiology

A survey of the core convictions and concerns that have characterized Anglican theology from the Reformers to the present. The course will include a discussion of Anglican identity today.

3150-Q Church History of Newfoundland and Labrador

A study of the religious history of Newfoundland and Labrador from its earliest beginnings to the present.

3190-Q Directed Study and Research

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

3192-Q Directed Study and Research

The student selects a topic in the field of Church History 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.

Pastoral Studies


3400-Q Evangelization

An opportunity to explore evangelization as an essential skill in pastoral ministry.  Students will have exposure to theoretical and practical aspects of evangelization. They will explore evangelization as a joyful proclamation of the Gospel from the pulpit, in the streets and many sacred and secular settings.

3435-Q Christian Religious Education: Mid-life and Beyond

An exploration of the challenges to the faith life of the church as congregations mature and age. This course will pay particular attention to the spiritual nurture and development of mature and senior persons.

3440-Q Christian Religious Education in the Parish

An introduction to the theory and practice of Christian Religious Education, with application to the broader parish setting

3442-Q Adult Faith Development: Challenge and Opportunity for Today's Church

An examination of the major challenges to the Christian churches which arise from the normal developmental process whereby adults move from a faith based solely on the authority of their religious tradition to a more personally owned and nuanced understanding of what it means to be a believer. Attention will be paid to the challenges and opportunities this presents to today’s churches. Weekly readings, active participation in classes and journaling will be required.

3444-Q Youth and Adults Working Together: Building Bridges between Youth and the Adult Faith Community

An examination of a model of evangelization and catechesis (Christian Education) that has (1) separate and combined educational elements for the adult and youth faith communities and (2) an approach for bringing both together in a ministry of service.

3445-Q Introduction to Pastoral Counseling

An introduction to pastoral counseling. Emphasis will be placed upon the development of basic pastoral counseling skills. The course will examine issues and opportunities for pastoral counseling interventions in the parish context.

3450-Q Theology and Pastoral Care

An introduction to basic theological concepts that give direction and meaning to pastoral ministry. The course is foundational to the “general practitioner” in ministry and allows one to understand and appreciate the uniqueness of pastoral ministry as a vocation and helping profession.

3461-Q Pastoral Leadership and Administration

An exposure to the essential skills for effective leadership in modern communities.  The course will provide knowledge and skills for stewardship exploring matters such as strategic planning, team building, conflict management, change management, performance appraisal and time management. 

3465-Q Pastoral Ministry to the Grieving and the Bereaved

An introduction to theories on grief and bereavement. Major emphasis is placed on pastoral ministries to grieving people. Students will become familiar with various types of support programs. Role plays and other experimental activities provide opportunity for practice in grief assessment and counseling.

3470-Q Clinical Pastoral Education

A twelve-week period of Clinical Pastoral Education (C.P.E.) taken at an accredited institution under the direction of a supervisor certified by the Canadian Association of Pastoral Education (C.A.P.E.).

3472-Q Supervised Practice of Ministry

A twelve-week supervised placement in an institutional setting in which the student participates in an instruction and a pastoral placement in a model of supervised spiritual direction. The focus is on self-awareness, pastoral presence, and theological reflection under the direction of qualified facilitators.

3475-Q Pastoral Ministry to Families

An historical overview of Christian marriage. It examines individual and relational dynamics in marriages and families. Students develop an understanding of family systems theories and the potential to enrich marriage and family life through effective pastoral ministries.

3480-Q Supervised Parish Internship (SPIP)

A fifteen-week unit of training with a supervisor and lay support group within a parochial setting.

3481-Q Belief to Practice Spirituality for Today

An exploration the connections between traditional and current spiritualties and the needs of individuals and faith communities in the 21st century. It will include the insights of science and the impact of our new understandings on Christian belief. Students are required to commit to experiencing and exploring various spiritual practices in light of personal and communal needs.

3482-Q Spirituality for the 21st Century

A celebration of the communion of science and faith, this course explores the promise of evolutionary Christian spirituality. It will examine the case from the perspective of over a dozen leading theologians and progressive thinkers.

3483-Q Growing in Christ: Spirituality to Foster Faith within the Christian Community

An opportunity for students to explore spiritual practices as foundational for their ministries as parents, educators, catechists, Sunday School teachers and clergy. Participants will explore the deeper connections between ministerial functions, such as how we teach, what we believe and how we worship.

3490-Q Directed Study and Research

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

3492-Q Directed Study and Research

The student selects a topic in the field of Pastoral 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.

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.