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Summer Courses

Summer Term 2013 At a Glance

 
This is a complete list of the courses for Summer 2013. All courses are 2 credits unless otherwise noted. (Scroll down to see more information.)
Full schedule of summer 2013 courses can be viewed here.

Textbook lists can be both viewed and ordered directly from Amazon via the Wesley Virtual Bookstore.  Click here to go to the bookstore.  In addition, textbooks for each class are also listed on WesleyWeb. ** Please note: We will continue to update this information as we receive book lists from faculty.
 
Courses being offered this summer are listed below by discipline.  Click on the carrot to the right to reveal the courses.  Here you will be able to e-mail faculty directly, see a course description, course schedule information and view any pre-course assignment.  Identical information is also posted on Blackboard. If you have any questions about the summer term, please contact Sara Sheppard. 202-885-8688.
 

Biblical Interpretation

BI-213 Biblical Hebrew
Intensive introduction to Hebrew grammar, vocabulary, and syntax. (6 credits or 9 CEUs) Credit only.

June 3– July 12 | 1pm- 4pm; Registration Deadline May 20 | Summer Term 1
Denise Hopkins, Professor of Hebrew Bible

No pre-course work for this course.  Be sure to check the Blackboard site for information from the professor.

BI-214 Social and Material World of the New Testament - This Course has been Canceled
Reconstruction of everyday life in the first century based on archeological and social scientific research, supplemented by primary sources. Emphasis on grounding exegesis in the actual settings of the early Christian communities. (2 credits or 3 CEUs)

May 28 (Tues)-June 1 (Sat) | 9 am - 12 noon Registration deadline May 14| Summer Term 1
Carol Wilson, Adjunct Faculty

 

 

BI-293 Hebrew Bible Goes to the Movies
Critical analysis of feature films as a mode of interpretation of the Hebrew Bible; discussion of films in dialogue with critical exegesis.
(2 credits or 3 CEUs)

June 3-7 | 9 am - 4 pm Registration deadline May 20 | Summer Term 1
Bruce Birch, Professor of Biblical Theology and Dean 

One book is required for this course: Semeia 74: Biblical Glamour and Hollywood Glitz.  It is only available through the Society of Biblical Literature.  Please click here to order.

BI-341 Practicum in Biblical Interpretation
Practice in the use of the tools and methods of exegesis with particular attention to the hermeneutical issues relation to biblical theology and the role of the Bible in the church. (2 credits or 3 CEUs) Prereq: Introduction to Hebrew Bible and Introduction to New Testament- Gospels and Epistles.

June 10 - 21 | 1pm - 4pm & July 12 9am - 4pm Registration deadline May 27 | Summer Term 1
Carla Works, Assistant Professor of New Testament

Download syllabus - includes pre-courses assignment here.

Christian Teaching and Formation

CF-130 Spiritual Formation in the Parish
A theoretical and practical examination of the purpose of spiritual disciplines and practice within the parish and the ways in which these practices inform the nurture and formation of Christian believers within a particular setting. (3 credits or 4.5CEUs) Fulfills UM Certification Christian Education Requirement. Limit 30 students.

May 28 (Tuesday) -June 1(Saturday) | 9am - 5 pm; Registration deadline May 13 | Summer Term 1   ** Please note correction for the time of this course.
Jana Strukova, Adjunct Faculty

Pre-course assignment is here.

Syllabus is here.

 

 

CF-206 Hope and Healing for Creation
Discovery of more harmonious relationship with creation through study of, and spiritual experience in, the local Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. (2 credits or 3 CEUs) Fulfills Christian Teaching and Formation M.Div. requirement. Fulfills UM Certification Christian Education Requirement. Limit: 25 students.

June 10 - June 21 | 9 am - 12 noon ; Registration deadline May 27 | Summer Term 1
Beth Norcross, Adjunct Faculty

Download the pre-course assignment here

Download syllabus here

History of Christianity

CH-210 The Life and Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr.
A historical, theological and socio-cultural analysis of some of the major people, places and events of the Civil Rights Movement, with particular focus on the implications of the movement on the contemporary church. (2 credits or 3 CEUs)

July 8 - July 19 | 6 pm - 9 pm; Registration deadline June 24 | Summer Term 2
C. Anthony Hunt, Adjunct Faculty

Before coming to class, please read Lewis V. Baldwin, There is a Balm in Gilead: The Cultural Roots of Martin Luther King, Jr., 1 - 158.

Congregational Life and Mission

CM- 133 Best Practices of Church Leadership

Positive models for approaching specific leadership and administration issues typically faced by pastors in the first years of ministry; emphasis on local church experience and the constant need to filter that experience through the lenses of vocation, polity, and theological reflection. An introductory level course that will help students identify particular issues.

June 24 - June 28 | 9am- 4pm; Registration deadline June 10 | Summer Term 1
Lovett Weems, Distinguished Professor of Church Leadership and Ann Michel, Adjunct Faculty

Download pre-course assignment here

 

CM-251 Polity of the United Methodist Church
Provides persons with a working knowledge of the Book of Discipline and an appreciation for the objectification of Methodist history and theology of church law. (2 credits or 3 CEUs) Fulfills UMC Ordination Requirement.

May 28 (Tuesday) - May 31 | 8:30 am - 4:30 pm; Registration deadline May 13 | Summer Term 1
Lewis Parks, Professor of Theology, Ministry & Congregational Development

Syllabus is here.

 

CM-273OL Evangelism and Emerging Generations
An exploration of the theology and practice of Christian evangelism in relation to youth and young adults in a postmodern, post Christendom world culminating in development of a practical theological response to evangelism with young people in particular socio-cultural contexts. (2 credit or 3 CEUs) Fulfills UM certification Evangelism Requirement

June 17- July 5 | Online Registration deadline June 3| Summer Term 1

Drew Dyson, Adjunct Faculty

Download the syllabus here

Christian Ethics, Sociology and Politics

ES-214 Social Entrepreneurship and the Church This course has been canceled 5/14/13
An examination of the literature and practice of social entrepreneurship and its relevance for the church. (2 credits or 3 CEUs) Counts toward 3 credit Practices of Leadership requirement.

June 24-28 | 9am - 4pm; Registration deadline June 10 | Summer Term 1

Shaun Casey, Professor of Christian Ethics

 

 

ES-251 Sociology of Religion
An introduction to the social scientific study of religion with emphasis on understanding the organization and function of the church as a social institution. (3 credits or 4.5 CEUs) Limit: 25 students. Fulfills Ministry and Social Sciences Requirement.

June 10 - June 21 | 6 pm - 9 pm; Registration deadline May 27 | Summer Term 1
James Shopshire, Professor of the Sociology of Religion

Download syllabus here

Pastoral Care and Counseling

PC-201 Introduction to Chaplaincy: An Overview
An introduction to the history, skills, and knowledge necessary for this specialized ministry. Includes an overview of chaplaincy in healthcare, colleges, prisons, and the military and chaplains self-care and personal ethics. (2 credit or 3 CEUs)

June 3 - June 7 | 9 am— 4 pm; Registration deadline May 20 | Summer Term 1
Terry-Thomas Primer and Woodrow Rea, Adjunct Faculty

Pre-course assignment and overview here.

 

PC-226 Spirituality of Pastoral Care and Counseling
Investigation of interrelationship between spirituality, care, and counseling. The theoretical and professional development of religious leaders and care givers including attention to: nature of spirituality and spiritual well-being and assessment; spiritual care and pastoral conversations; spiritual direction and relationship to pastoral care and counseling; religious problems in pastoral care and counseling. (2 credit or 3 CEUs)

July 22-August 1 | 9 am—12 noon; Registration deadline July 8 | Summer Term 2
Michael Koppel, Professor of Pastoral Theology and Congregational Care

Download pre-course assignment and booklist here

Preaching and Worship

PW-101HB Introduction to Corporate Worship

Theological foundations, history, and practice of Christian worship with particular attention given to the sacraments and the liturgical calendar; ecumenical and related to congregational life and faith. (3 credits or 4.5 CEUs) This course requires access to Blackboard

June 10- June 21 | 9am - 12 noon On-campus; June 24 - June 28 On-line (Summer Term 1); Registration deadline May 27 | Summer Term 2
Carol Cook Moore, Professor of Worship and Preaching

Pre-course assignment click here

 

PW-273 Writing for Worship  This course has been canceled  (updated 5/20/13)
History and contemporary uses of liturgical languages; services for specific occasions; writing and analyzing prayer texts, responsive readings, and other spoken corporate worship material; attention to rhetorical style, inclusive language, and ease of readability.

June 3- June 7 | 9 am - 4 pm; Registration deadline May 20 | Summer Term 1
Deborah Sokolove, Director of the Henry Luce III Center for Arts and Religion

 

 

PW-301 Pastoral Liturgics Practicum
The pastor as leader of Sunday worship, both Eucharistic and non-Eucharistic, and as leader of occasional rites. Planning and conducting services from a variety of faith traditions represented in the class.
(2 credits or 3 CEUs) Fulfills M.Div. requirement. Limit: 20 students. Prerequisite: PW-101.

June 10 - June 21 | 1 pm - 4 pm; Registration deadline May 27 | Summer Term 1
William B. McClain, Professor of Preaching

Booklist and syllabus will be provided the first day of class

 

PW-340 Preaching Practicum
Development of the skills of sermon preparation, delivery, and critical analysis based on sermons written for and preached to the class.
(2 credits or 3 CEUs) Fulfills M.Div. requirement. Limit: 15 students. Prerequisite: PW-325.


June 10- June 21 | 6 pm - 9 pm; Registration deadline May 27 | Summer Term 1
William B. McClain, Professor of Preaching

Booklist and syllabus will be provided the first day of class

 

PW-345 Embodied Preaching
The preacher's body as integral tool for preaching. Theoretical grounding through history of rhetoric and gestures, performance theory and its application to preaching and theories of embodiment. Practical training via dramatic exercises, tools for self-awareness and performed sermons.

June 24- July 3 | 1pm - 4:30pm; Registration deadline June 10 | Summer Term 1
Amy McCullough, Adjunct Faculty

Before coming to class, please read  Jana Childers, Performing the Word: Preaching as Theatre

Religion and the Arts

RA-137 Exploring the Hymnal
Examines the United Methodist Hymnal and hymnals from other major Protestant denominations, focusing on diverse cultural traditions that are part of today's worship. (2 credits or 3 CEUs) Fulfills Arts and Religion MDiv requirement.

May 28 (Tues) - June 1(Sat) | 9 am - 4 pm; Registration deadline May 14 | Summer Term 1

Eileen Guenther, Associate Professor of Church Music

Download the syllabus here

 

RA-175 Biblical Storytelling
An exploration of biblical storytelling; traditional oral presentations, electronic renderings, and a combination of the two—in various ministry settings in the context of our digital culture, including the role and practice of biblical storytelling.
(2 credits or 3 CEUs) Limit: 12 students. Fulfills Arts and Religion MDiv requirement.

June 3 - June 7 | 9 am - 4 pm; Registration deadline May 20 | Summer Term 1
Tracy Radosevic, Adjunct Faculty

Download syllabus here

Systematic Theology

ST-180 Philosophy for Theology
Introduces students to the history and questions of philosophy with special emphasis on developments that are important for understanding Christian theology. (2 credits or 3 CEUs) Fulfills Undergraduate Philosophy Requirement.

June 10 - 21| 6 pm - 9 pm; Registration deadline May 27 | Summer Term 1
Christopher Dreisbach, Adjunct Faculty

Download syllabus and pre-course reading assignment here.

 

ST-297 Process Theology
Critical analysis of openness and process theologies. Emphasis placed on relational categories for understanding God and existence. Topics of study include science and religions dialogues, theodicy, divine love, omnipotence and omniscience. Examination of the compatibility of these theologies with contemporary Wesleyan theologies.
(2 credit or 3 CEUs)

June 24-28 | 9 am —4 pm; Registration deadline June 10| Summer Term 1
Bruce Epperly, Adjunct Faculty

 

Prior to class, please read the following texts:
Bruce Epperly, Process Theology: A Guide for the Perplexed

Bruce Epperly, Tending to the Holy: The Practice of the Presence of God in Ministry

Monica Coleman, Not Alone: Reflections on Faith and Depression

As you reflect on these texts, please consider and respond briefly (no more than one page double spaced) to the following questions:

  • What theme in process theology is most intriguing to you?
  • What aspect of process theology is most challenging to you?
  •     What would like to focus on in your class project?

 

ST-463-OL United Methodist History (on-line) This course requires access to Blackboard
Introduction to the narratives forming personal and corporate identity of United Methodists today including; founders’ stories, phases of the denomination, persons representative of major developments; and stories that counter present perceptions.
(2 credits or 3 CEUs) Satisfies United Methodist History requirement for ordination. Prerequisites: CH-102.

May 20- June 14 | Registration deadline May 6 | Summer Term 1
Robert Kohler, Adjunct Faculty

Down load the syllabus here

Online History and Doctrine courses also require the purchase of DVD's from the Wesley Ministry Network. Order form available here. Questions? Call Sara Sheppard 202-885-8688

 

ST-464-OL United Methodist Doctrine (on-line) This course requires access to Blackboard
Introduction to the primary sources for United Methodist theology; experimentation in translating Methodist doctrine into sermons, lessons, and liturgy; and engaging the contemporary issue of clergy health in conversation with John Wesley.
(2 credits or 3 CEUs) Satisfies United Methodist Doctrine requirement for ordination. Prerequisites: CH-102.

August 5 - August 23 | Registration deadline July 22| Summer Term 2
David Morse, Adjunct Faculty

Pre-course assignment coming soon


Online History and Doctrine courses also require the purchase of DVD's from the Wesley Ministry Network. Order form available here. Questions? Call Sara Sheppard 202-885-8688

 

World Religions

WR-248 Jewish Thought and Theology
Exploration of aspects of ancient, medieval and modern Jewish theology and philosophy.
(3 credits or 4.5 CEUs) Fulfills World Religion MDiv Requirement.

June 10 - June 21 | 9 am - 12 noon; Registration deadline May 27 | Summer Term 1
Rabbi Fred Reiner, Adjunct Faculty


Down load pre-course assignment here

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