Course Descriptions

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Summer 2017 Course Descriptions

 

CERTIFICATE COURSES (Starting June 12, 2017)

 

The Seven Ages of the Kingdom: Salvation History and the Bible (Fr. Deacon Daniel Dozier, Word of Life Institute)

This post-baccalaureate course explores the main elements of the Bible’s great story of the Kingdom of God from Genesis to Revelation, most especially in light of the Byzantine Christian theological and liturgical tradition. Using the catechetical framework of the Seven Ages of the Kingdom, students will learn the pivotal stories and central themes of the Bible’s grand narrative of salvation history from the ages of Creation, Patriarchs, Exodus, Empire, Exile, Messiah, and Church.  Register Now

 

History of the Eastern Churches in America (Joel Brady, PhD)

In this course, we will explore the history of the Eastern Churches—Eastern Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Assyrian—in the Americas, with a particular focus on the United States. Themes include missions and colonialism, parish and diocesan formation, migrant transnationalism between migrant communities and “Old Country” parishes and church hierarchies, internal ethnoreligious conflicts, Eastern Churches elsewhere in the Americas (Canada, South and Central Americas), and ethnicization and Americanization. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the various Eastern Catholic Churches, especially those affected by ethnic tensions between Ukrainians, Carpatho-Rusyns, and Russians, and the so-called “Back-to-Orthodoxy-Movements.”  Register Now

 

Fall 2017 Course Descriptions

 

SPIRITUALITY 101/102: FOUNDATIONS OF SPIRITUALITY (Holet)

This two semester course studies the universal aspects of spirituality and mysticism, distinguishing it from the forms held by other world religions and divergent popular notions. The Christian masters East and West will direct this exploration and demonstrate the process of leading a Godly life in union with the Eternal Word. 2 hours; 2 semesters

SACRED SCRIPTURE 100: INTRODUCTION TO SACRED SCRIPTURE (Collins)

This course provides a theological and methodological foundation in Sacred Scripture for students beginning graduate studies in theology but also background and skills required to read, interpret, discuss and critically assess Bible passages in a manner appropriate to intelligent people of faith. The course is intended to provide a solid scriptural foundation for later theology studies. 3 hours; 1 semester

PHILOSOPHY 101/102: SOURCES FROM ANTIQUITY (Washut)

This two semester course introduces the two minds that shaped Western Civilization, Plato and Aristotle and how their thought was taken up by the Church Fathers in theological development. Course will examine philosophical cosmology, ontology, epistemology and ethics that become Trinitarian Theology, Christology, Pneumatology, Ecclesiology, Spirituality, Morality, and Canon Law. 2 hours; 2 semesters

LITURGICAL THEOLOGY 100: INTRODUCTION TO LITURGY/SACRAMENTS (Petras)

This course presents a historical, theological, and methodological introduction to the study of the Byzantine Christian Liturgy and Sacraments of the Church. The course will examine such themes as the nature of liturgical theology, mystagogy, liturgical prayer, styles and reform as well as the history and theology of the seven sacraments, sacramental symbolism and the understanding of sacraments as mysteries expressing the central Mystery of Christ. 3 hours; 1 semester

PASTORAL THEOLOGY 104: INTRODUCTION TO RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (Nester)

This introductory course is a practical introduction to religious education focusing on ministries of learning and teaching in Catholic communities. It will explore the dynamics of individual and communal faith formation in diverse contexts, drawing on a range of perspectives from theology and the philosophy of education. Students will analyze the education offerings of religious communities, evaluate educational resources, practice effective teaching approaches, and design educational strategies appropriate to the Catholic faith. 2 hours; 1 semester

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