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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.

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.

3020-Q The Psalms and the Worship of Israel

This course will introduce the students to the Psalter in its variety of literary forms.  Consideration will be given to the cultic setting of individual psalms as far as it can be determined.  Emphasis will be placed on the exegesis of selected representative psalms.

3022-Q An Introduction to the Psalms

This course introduces students to the psalms as scripture and their role within the liturgical life of their times and ours.

3070-Q: Reading Job

A study of the book of Job in English, focusing on the history of its interpretation by both scholars and artists. Particular attention will be given to the literary and theological nature of the work.

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.

New Testament

3200-Q Introduction to the New Testament

This course provides 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 a pre-requisite to all other New Testament and Intertestamental courses except 3295/96-Q  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

This course provides 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.

3285-Q: Revealing Revelation: John's Apocalypse Then and Now

This course offers an in-depth study of the Book of Revelation in its historical context. Particular attention will be given to exegesis and interpretation for the post-modern congregation. Other topics of interest will include the place of Revelation within the genre of the apocalyptic literature, the effects of varying interpretations of Revelation on past and recent history, and a closer look at Revelation’s place in modern society and spirituality. This course will include a combination of lectures and student-led seminars.

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.

3295-Q Introduction to Biblical Greek I

An introduction to the basic elements of New Testament Greek, with readings of simple passages from the New Testament.

3296-Q Introduction to Biblical Greek II

A continuation of New Testament Greek I (3295-Q) with readings of further passages from the New Testament.

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

Intertestamental

3305-Q Apocalyptic Literature

A study of Biblical apocalyptic movements and literature from their origins in the sixth and fifth centuries BCE down to their flowering in Hellenistic and Roman times. A variety of texts from both the Old and New Testaments are examined. Special attention is given to the traditions found in these texts, the origins of those traditions in biblical and extra-biblical sources, and the use of those traditions in the literature under study.

3310-Q Women in the Ancient World

An examination of the lives and roles of women from Greek classical mythologies to the early Roman Empire. Special attention is given to women in the Old and New Testaments. Literary, epigraphical, artistic, historical, archaeological and legal sources are analyzed to shed light on the private and public lives of women from all classes of society. (cross-listed with 3110-Q Church History) Prerequisite: Biblical Studies 3000-Q and Biblical Studies 3200-Q

3315-Q Hermeneutics

This course will offer a survey of the art of hermeneutics from the early church to the 21st century. It will also focus on current trends in postmodern hermeneutics, especially the contemporary challenge of discovering meaning in biblical texts.

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.

3110-Q Women in the Ancient World

An examination of the lives and roles of women from Greek classical mythologies to the early Roman Empire. Special attention is given to women in the Old and New Testaments. Literary, epigraphical, artistic, historical, archaeological and legal sources are analyzed to shed light on the private and public lives of women from all classes of society. (cross-listed with 3310-Q InterTestamental) Prerequisite: Biblical Studies 3000-Q and Biblical Studies 3200-Q

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.

3135 -Q The History of Anglican Sacramental Theology

This course will explore the history of the development of sacramental theology in the Anglican tradition. The course will take an in-depth look at Eucharist, Baptism, and Reconciliation and how they relate to the practice of ministry today.

3140-Q The Anglican Church in Newfoundland and Labrador 16th - 21th Centuries

This course traces the development of the church in Newfoundland since the seventeenth century. Particular attention is given to the Church of England/Anglican Church of Canada during the twentieth century.

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.

Pastoral Studies

3405-Q Spirituality at Midlife

This course explores the major spiritual tasks encountered during mid-life with reference to developmental psychology, contemporary spirituality, and Christian belief.  Students will be given the opportunity to reflect on their own spiritual journey in light of their particular spiritual tradition.  Weekly readings, active participation in classes and journaling will be required.

3415-Q: Religion in the 21st Century B Major Trends and Movements

This seminar offers an overview of some of the major influences affecting religion in our contemporary culture. Attention will be paid to the influences of science, the Gaia Hypothesis, the Holiness Movement, liberation theology, feminism, spiritual quest, spiritual marketplace, tensions between fluidity and groundedness, and moral vision and values. Their impact on and significance for traditional religious affiliation and practice will be explored and critiqued.

3420-Q Conflict Management Skills in Pastoral Ministry

This course focuses on the issue of conflict management. The topic is explored from the perspective of the pastoral worker as a community leader and the types of problems that cause personal and community conflicts. Theoretical and practical approaches to conflict management are examined and practiced. The course content blends current management skills and practices, Gospel values and personal development.

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

This course will examine 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

The course will examine 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

This course offers 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.

3446-Q Not Your Grandmother's Sunday School: Youth and Christian Education

This course sets the stage for an approach to Youth Ministry that goes beyond the traditional approach of the churches toward young people, the old Sunday- School model. The course will consider the theological foundations, cultural influences and approach of practical theology in meeting the needs of today’s believers as it impacts youth ministry and Christian Education for young people between the ages of 12-35.

3447-Q Core Pastoral Counseling Theory and Skills

This course presents an overview of pastoral counseling as a ministry that utilizes counseling and pastoral skills. Emphasis is given to the history, purpose, basic concepts and principles and available services. Through lectures, experiential activities and class presentations, students explore the role of the pastoral care worker as counselor. The course will also familiarize students with some specific types of counseling and therapies. Role plays and other experiential activities provide opportunity for practice in assessment and counseling

3450-Q Theology and Pastoral Care

This is a study of 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.

3460-Q Parish Administration

This course will explore the dimensions of leadership required by Christian leaders in a congregational setting with particular reference to Parish Administration. Students will be challenged to reflect critically upon their own understanding of leadership as well as their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to assuming leadership in today’s church. The course will investigate how clergy relate to organizations and people, perform administrative functions, and exercise pastoral leadership. Presentations by skilled and experienced individuals engaged in parish and diocesan ministry will enhance the discussion. The final part of the course will focus upon the relationship between Parish Ministry and Christian Stewardship.

3462-Q: Change Management in a Pastoral Context

Change is a normal part of life in today's world. Learning to sensitively and successfully manage change is core to successful pastoral ministry. This course offers students the opportunity of 1) understanding the change process, 2) examining and applying elements of strategic planning - visioning, process planning, and implementing 3) re-visioning change as an opportunity to influence the direction and outcome of ministry in the variety of pastoral contexts existing in the church today, 4) exploring techniques for managing change at the local level, and 5) understanding and appreciating the pastoral challenges and opportunities that come with changes in the broader community and culture.

3465-Q Pastoral Ministry to the Grieving and the Bereaved

This course introduces students 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

This course presents students with a 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 Parish Internship

The Parish Internship Program is 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

This course will explore 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

Celebrating the communion of science and faith, this course explores the promise of evolutionary Christian spirituality. We 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

This course provides 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

3484-Q: Christian Hospitality

Students will explore both 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. A half-day visit to a local parish deeply engaged in hospitality ministry will enhance learning as students spend time with people trained and equipped to provide “intentional hospitality”.

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

Theological Studies

3520-Q Systematic Theology I

An introduction to the study of the sources and methods used in the formulation and development of Christian theology from the Patristic, through the Reformation, to the Modern period. The study focuses on both the key personalities and their writings. This course is a pre-requisite to all advanced Theology courses.

3530-Q Systematic Theology II

A study of the great doctrines of the Christian faith: God, Trinity, Christology, soteriology, ecclesiology, sacramental theology and eschatology. The study also focuses on the significant historical debates around the foregoing topics, as well as the impact of the Enlightenment on subsequent developments in Christian theology. (Prerequisite: Systematic Theology 3520-Q)

3550-Q Film and Theology

Bringing together theological study and a love for the movies, the course explores what popular films say about religion, the Christian church, and the values by which we live.

3555-Q Theology and Popular Culture

This course 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.

3585-Q Theology and Literature

This course will examine some of Christian theology’s important themes through the lenses of some key writers of literature

3586-Q Theology and the Literature of Newfoundland and Labrador

This course will focus on the literature of Newfoundland and Labrador as a means to explore and critique contemporary issues in theology.

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.

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.

3605-Q Principles of Theological Ethics

This course includes a survey of Western ethical thought, and introduces students to a framework for engaging in ethical discussion and decision-making.  This framework considers various kinds of norms and standards, sources of authority, the role of character formation, and the effect of worldview and convictions, along with an analysis of situations and the larger cultural context.  Students will be expected to use the framework to work through various personal and pastoral issues.

3630-Q Social Ethics after Christendom

This course examines the role of the Church in shaping moral character and providing moral leadership within the North American context, where the relationship between Church and society has changed significantly over the past several decades.

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.

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

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

This course introduces students 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. (Prerequisite: Liturgical Studies 3808-Q)

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 I

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.

3845-Q Homiletics II

This course will build on the student=s knowledge and experience in the field of homiletics.  It will offer 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 be given the opportunity to exercise their skills in both classroom and chapel settings.  (Prerequisite: Homiletics 3840-Q)

3846-Q Preaching Doctrine

This course will examine the importance of preaching doctrine in today’s society.  It will do so through both an exploration of communication theory and a particular emphasis on the creeds.  Students will have an opportunity to prepare, preach and reflect on sermons with a doctrinal focus.  (Prerequisites: Liturgical Studies 3840-Q and Theological Studies 3520-Q)

3847-Q Preaching in a Postmodern Context

Combining workshop, seminars, and lectures this course will focus on the role and practice of preaching in a contemporary Newfoundland and Labrador context.

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.

Integrative Seminar

3900-Q Pastoral Theology / Biblical Studies

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

Mission and Evangelism

This seminar will acquaint students with recent perspectives and developments in Mission and evangelism in the Anglican Communion and beyond.  Attention will be given to ways of promoting effective parish leadership in a rapidly changing society.

Christian Spirituality and Spiritual Direction

This seminar seeks to introduce students to a range of Christian spiritual disciplines by considering three essential dimensions/movements to our spiritual life before God and each other in light of the tenets of spiritual direction.

Research Methods

This seminar will introduce students 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.

Church Planting

This seminar will provide an overview of recent developments in the church-planting movement.  The various models of church planting, re-planting and “re-booting” will be examined, with particular reference to the experience of the Anglican Church in Canada, the United States and United Kingdom.

Liturgical Practicum I

This course is intended to help students to reflect on the nature of Priesthood.

Liturgical Practicum II

In this course we intend to explore from a theoretical and practical stance presiding at the various liturgical rites in the Anglican Church.  We will look at 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

The theology and practice of presiding