January Term 2016

Wesley annually holds a two-week session in between the New Year's holiday and the start of the Spring Master's semester. Much like the summer term, this session is comprised of several one-week and two week intensive courses. Credits taken by a student during  J-Term count toward the Spring semester total hours for the purposes of student loans, financial aid, student loans, and continuing enrollment. Courses are held at both the Wesley Downtown location and the main campus at 4500 Massachusetts Avenue.

The dates for J-Term 2016 are Monday, January 4 through Friday, January 15, 2016.

Registration for J-Term opens on October 19, 2015.  The first two weeks of Registration are "Limited Enrollment" which means students must add themselves to the waitlist for J-Term classes designated as Limited Enrollment.  On November 2nd, those waitlists will be sorted according to student proximity to graduation.

Registration for J-Term classes closes on December 18, 2015.  J-Term courses have pre-course assignments due on the first day of class.  Drops between December 18, 2015 and the first day of the J-Term class will result in a $100 late drop fee.  Drops after the first day of a given J-Term class will result in the assessment of full tuition and may result in a failing grade for the course. 

For the Complete J-Term and Spring 2016 Schedule visit www.wesleyseminary.edu/schedule.

Christian Ethics/Sociology

ES-280-JT Human Sexuality & the Christian Faith (2 credits, 3 CEUs)

The class explores the intersection of Christian faith and human sexuality through reading some contemporary writers and  will seek to integrate various disciplines to establish a conceptual framework for conversations and work in ministry around topics of human sexuality.

Monday, January 4 - Friday, January 15, 2016 | 6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

Instructor: Robert Vaughn, Jr.

Syllabus for ES-280 coming soon

Biblical Interpretation

BI-235-JT  Divine Violence in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Sacred Traditions: The Legacy of the Biblical Joshua (2 credits, 3 CEUs)

A descriptive overview of divine-violence in the main Abrahamic faiths, with illustrations from the Conquest Narrative of Joshua (Josh. 1-12).

Monday, January 11 - Friday, January 15, 2016 | 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Instructor:  Ovidiu Creanga

Syllabus for BI-235 coming soon

Congregational Life & Ministry

CM-135-JT Personal Finances for Religious Professionals (Online) (1 credit, 1.5 CEUs)

Introduction to basics of financial management, including link of financial health to overall health, consumerism, debt management, tax considerations, legal issues, saving and investing, risk management and insurance, and health care and retirement benefits.

Monday, January 4 - Friday, January 15, 2016  | 

Instructor: Lovett Weems

Syllabus for CM-135 coming soon

CM-315-JT  Conflict Resolution (2 credits, 3 CEUs)

Skill building in listening, responding, asserting self, problem solving, and dealing with conflict. Intentionality and skill building in the resolution and management of difference and conflict resolution in various church outcomes and contexts. Intentionality about the role of emotions in group setting. Details about the difference between and implication of IQ and EQ (Emotional Quotient).

Monday, January 4 - Friday, January 15, 2016 | 6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

Instructor:  Matthew Braddock

Syllabus for CM-315 coming soon

Pastoral Care & Counseling

PC-214-JT  Older Adult Ministry (2 credits, 3 CEUs)

The course will confront the various issues of aging and will model ways to instruct, serve and meaningfully relate to and with aging parishioners. Issues to be explored include: Health Concerns and Home Safety; Care Options; Elder Abuse; Utilizing Older Adults Gifts in Ministry; Sexual Needs and Issues, Family Relationships, Financial Concerns, and End of Life.

Monday, January 4 - Friday, January 15 2016 | 9:00 A.M. - Noon

Instructor: Benjamin Pratt

Syllabus for PC-214 coming soon

Preaching and Worship

PW-315-JT  Liturgics Practicum (2 credits, 3 CEUs)

Prereq: Introduction to Corporate Worship; Foundations of Preaching; Introduction to Hebrew Bible I & II; Introduction to New Testament I & II

The pastor as leader of Sunday worship, both eucharistic and non-eucharistic, and as leader of the occasional rites (including initiation, marriage, and burial). Emphasis upon the planning and conduct of the services within the various denominational traditions represented in the class. 

Monday, January 11 - Friday January 15, 2016 | 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Instructor: Gina Campbell

Syllabus for PW-315 coming soon

Religion and the Arts

RA-112-JT  The Holy in Washington, D.C. Art: Art as Embodiment (2 credits, 3 CEUs)

Theological themes and major styles of art encountered through studio lectures, slide presentations, and field trips to this city's painting, sculpture, manuscript illumination, icons, and stained glass. Application of learnings to local church.

Monday, January 4 - Friday, January 8 2016 | 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Instructor: Catherine Kapikian

Syllabus for RA-112 coming soon

RA-180-JT  Community-Building Through Drama(2 credits, 3 CEUs)

Improvisational techniques and scene study for community in church or ministry settings. Includes personal storytelling and role playing from biblical and theological sources.

Monday, January 4 - Friday, January 8 2016 | 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Instructor: Deryl Davis

Syllabus for RA-180 coming soon

World Religions

WR-207-JT Religion and Violent Extremism: The Case of Terrorism In the Name of Islam

Explores methods and processes that would advance the positive peaceful role of religion and religious institutions (including Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, in various types and levels of conflicts, and which are suitable for the realities of the 21st century.

Monday, January 18- Saturday, January 23 2016 | Meeting times vary. Please look at the notes below.

Instructor: Dr. Amr Abdalla

NOTES: Class meets Monday-Friday January 18-22, 2016 4PM-9PM; Saturday January 23, 2016 10AM-5PM. Class will be held at the downtown campus.

Cross-­register through home registrar, or call 202-834-2675. Course is open to Consortium students, NGO workers, policy makers and the public.

Syllabus for WR-207 coming soon

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