Fall 2014 Course Schedule
Below you will find a complete listing of SFTS courses for Fall 2013. As one of the founding members of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, SFTS is proud to be able to offer our students the opportunity to take GTU classes as well.

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Dates to remember:
  • General Registration for Fall Semester Aug. 18-Aug. 29
  • UC Berkeley Fall Semester begins Aug. 21
  • PC(USA) Bible content exam Aug. 29
  • Instruction begins for Fall Semester Sept. 2
  • Late registration period $100 fee for initial registration in this period Sept. 2 -Sept. 12
  • UC Berkeley Cross-registration forms due to GTU registrar Sept. 5
  • End of late registration period Sept. 12
  • Deadline for making changes in enrollment without fee and for paying fall tuition without incurring late fee Sept. 12
  • Deadline for GTU thesis or dissertation defense without paying tuition Sept. 12
  • GTU MA applications for Spring due Sept. 30
  • Reading Week Oct. 20 – Oct 24
  • Early Registration for Spring Nov. 10- Nov. 21
  • Thanksgiving Holiday Nov. 27-Nov.28
  • GTU Fall Semester ends Dec. 12
  • Christmas Break Dec. 22-Jan. 5
  • Last Day to make up Incompletes from Fall Semester Jan. 2
  • Courses taught in San Anselmo unless otherwise noted.
Courses taught in San Anselmo unless otherwise noted.
Area I: Biblical Studies
   
BS-1120 Basic Hebrew (3 Units) - An introduction to the basic phonology and morphology of biblical Hebrew. This course or the equivalent is a prerequisite for Basic Hebrew II, the intensive course given in January Intersession. This course is offered by SFTS.
Professor: Bob Kramish
Class Schedule: Mondays and Thursdays 10:20-11:50
Textbooks: Click here for book info
   
BS-2006 Readings in Biblical Hebrew (1 Unit) - Readings from the Hebrew Bible. 60 minutes a week. Pass/Fail only. No tests or papers. Please note: this course takes place in San Anselmo. If you are interested to participate, please email Annette (aschellenberg@sfts.edu). [2 semesters of Biblical Hebrew]
Professor: Annette Schellenberg
Class Schedule: One hour per week TBA
Textbooks: Click here for book info
   
BS-2008 Intermediate Greek I (3 Units) - The class will read Greek texts from different parts of the New Testament and the Septuagint to facilitate reading comprehension of Koine Greek. Pertinent intermediate level Greek grammar will be discussed as needed. Evaluations will be based on class performance, midterm exam and final exam. [Elementary Greek]
Professor: Eugene Park
Class Schedule: Tuesdays 9:40-12:30 in Berkeley
Textbooks: Click here for book info
   
OT-1070 Introduction to the Old Testament (3.0 Units) - This course offers a critical introduction to the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. Students will learn about the ancient Near Eastern context of the OT/HB, the history of ancient Israel, the different parts and books within the OT/HB, the processes from oral original to canonical books, different streams of tradition (theologies) within the OT/HB, etc. Evaluation method: classroom participation, several short exams, three short papers.
Professor: Annette Schellenberg
Class Schedule: Tuesdays, Fridays 8:30-10:00
Textbooks: Click here for book info
   
OT-4139 Justice and Righteousness (3.0 Units) - CONCEPTS OF JUSTICE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS IN THE HEBREW BIBLE This course explores the topic of justice and righteousness in the Hebrew Bible. The focus will be on distinguishing different concepts within the Hebrew Bible (Deuteronomy and other legal texts; Wisdom and Psalms; Prophets; narrations) and connecting them with general Ancient Near Eastern ideas as well as with particular theologies of given writings. Fulfills SFTS capstone requirement. Format: seminar style. Evaluation method: classroom participation; classroom presentation; papers. [OT introduction]
Professor: Annette Schellenberg
Class Schedule: Thursdays 2:10-5:00 in Berkeley
Textbooks: Click here for book info
   
NT-1005 New Testament Introduction (3.0 Units) - PAULINE EPISTLES: This course is an introduction to the life, work, and theology of Paul as they are reflected in his seven undisputed epistles in the New Testament and in other related documents within and outside the NT. The course will reconstruct Paul's life and ministry and survey his letters in their chronological order. Special attention will be paid to the particular historical circumstances and theological concerns of each letter. The primary mode of inquiry in this course is historical-critical, but hermeneutical questions will also be raised with regard to the application of Pauline theology to current theological issues. Lecture and discussion. Midterm exam and final research paper. MDiv, MA/MABL/MATS (This will be a hybrid course consisting of face-to-face sessions and on-line components).
Professor: Eugene Park
Class Schedule: Thursdays 8:10-11:00
Textbooks: Click here for book info


Area II: Church History, Theology & Ethics
   
HS-1080 History I (3 Units) - CHRISTIANITIES: FROM JEWISH SECT TO COLONIAL RELIGION An introduction to Christianity in the context of world history and religions, from the second century to 1700. Particular emphasis on the Mediterranean world, Central Asia, North Africa, and Europe as pluralistic social and cultural environments. Lectures, work with and discussion of primary sources, including materials drawn from the visual arts and music. Midterm examination, final examination. Term papers may be substituted for each. Extra-credit book reviews also possible.
Professor: Christopher Ocker
Class Schedule: Tuesdays, Fridays 10:20-11:50
Textbooks: Click here for book info
   
HS-8010 History I ONLINE (3 Units) - CHRISTIANITIES: FROM JEWISH SECT TO COLONIAL RELIGION An introduction to Christianity in the context of world history and religions, from the second century to 1700. Particular emphasis on the Mediterranean world, Central Asia, North Africa, and Europe as pluralistic social and cultural environments. Lectures, work with and discussion of primary sources, including materials drawn from the visual arts and music. Midterm examination, final examination. Term papers may be substituted for each. Extra-credit book reviews also possible. This course is the online section of HS 1080 for students who do not live on the SFTS campus. Mostly asynchronous format. Weekly reading in primary sources, lectures by audio file, and written posts to a discussion forum on Moodle. Three live-streaming conferences. Mid-term and final examinations. [20 max enrollment; PIN code required]
Professor: Christopher Ocker
Class Schedule: NA
Textbooks: Click here for book info
   
ST-1085 Systematic Theology II (3 Units) - This course is the second semester of a two-semester introduction to Christian theology. The purpose is to help the student gain a basic knowledge of the principal topics of the theology of the universal church, especially as these topics are understood in the Reformed tradition and in conversation with feminist and other contemporary theologies. Beginning with the doctrine of humanity, we look at our original goodness and our fall into relational forms of sin as pride, despair and denial. Next, we look at the person and work of Jesus Christ, from a variety of perspectives. We look deeply at the meaning of our being "saved by grace through faith alone," and the roles of the divine Spirit and human spirit in bringing about our healing. We conclude with the nature of the Christian spiritual life, including sanctification and vocation, the church and its mission in the world and sacraments. [ST 1084; Auditors with faculty permission]
Professor: Greg Love
Class Schedule: Tuesdays 2:00-5:00
Textbooks: Click here for book info
   
STPS- 4100 God, Suffering and Pastoral Care (3 Units) - If God is good and loves us as a mother and father deeply loves her or his child, then why do we--or those we love--sometimes go through experiences of utter hell? Where is God? We will investigate several Christian responses—two classic and three contemporary--to the relation between God and human suffering. Class discussion of the texts, various arguments, and our own positions. Three optional movies. Two drafts of a 5-7 page midterm paper, and a 10-12 page final paper. Students may develop their own response to God and suffering in the final paper. This course meets at SFTS in San Anselmo for four intensive weekends during the fall semester, on Friday evening from 7-10 PM, and the following Saturday, 9 AM-4:30 PM. The four weekends are as follows: September 12-13; October 10-11; November 7-8; December 5-6. Please visit www.sfts.edu for more information. [PIN code required]
Professor: Greg Love
Class Schedule: see course description
Textbooks: Click here for book info
   
RSBS-3010 African-American Biblical Hermeneutics - Course designed to teach students how to interpret the Bible (primarily the New Testament) through the lenses of African American historical/religious realities while critically employing historical critical methods of interpretation. This course is offered under the auspices of the Black Church/Africana Religious Studies program.
Professor: James Noel
Class Schedule: Thursdays, 11:10-2 in Berkeley
Textbooks: Click here for book info


Area III: Pastoral Care, Homiletics, Spirituality, Worship
   
PS-2057 C/PC Structures, Processes and Dynamics (1.5 Units) - ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURES, GROUP PROCESSES AND FAMILY DYNAMICS: Pastoral practice is enhanced when pastoral care providers function out of a consistent and coherent theoretical base. This class is intended to enhance the theoretical basis of pastoral practice, and its application in pastoral care. Students will learn how families, groups and organizations function, how to most optimally use group processes, and how they function within groups. The purpose is to afford students the opportunity to grow in their capacity to observe how they and others function within families, groups, and organizations, and how to develop and maintain meaningful connections within group structures. The goal is to understand the factors that undermine as well as contribute to building a healthy community. New levels of self-awareness, prompted by theoretical development, will invite greater interpersonal awareness about self-in-groups, group dynamics, and how organizational structure affects group behavior. Learning strategies include lecture and/or video accompanied by discussion, discussion of assigned reading, written reflection in response to a series of questions (done outside class time), and assigned reading. Participants must commit themselves to the weekly class and to the process of theoretical/practical integration in order to receive credit. Priority to SFTS M.Div. C/PC Concentration students; SFTS M.Div. and GTU students admitted on a space available basis. [12 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]
Professor: Laurie Garrett-Cobbina
Class Schedule: Tuesdays 10:10-11:40
Textbooks: Click here for book info
   
PS-2061 C/PC Clinical Pastoral Education (0 Units) - The Pastoral Care Service Project provides a way to live out the Christian conviction that pastoral care is ultimately a theology of service. Out of involvement with persons in need, and feedback from peers and instructor, students develops new awareness of themselves as persons and of the needs of those they serve. From theological reflection on specific human situations, students gain a new understanding of pastoral care ministry. Participating student will choose one of the following (as available and with permission of service site administrator): (a) Assist the SFTS Chaplain or SFTS Professor of Pastoral Counseling by serving as the student chaplain on-call, reporting to both the Shaw Chair for CPE (for support and performance feedback) and the SFTS Chaplain or Professor of Pastoral Counseling (for administrative direction and performance feedback); or (b) A service mission directed by the Shaw Chair for CPE that may be on or off campus, public or hidden, and that stresses leadership and service. This service mission will directly engage care-giving with the disadvantaged and address structural issues which underlie unjust systems. Participants must commit themselves to the provision of pastoral care through the service project in order to receive credit. SFTS M.Div. C/PC Concentration students only. [PIN code required; 8 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]
Professor: Laurie Garrett-Cobbina
Class Schedule: Tuesdays 8:30-5:00
Textbooks: Click here for book info
   
PS-5041 Trauma, Loss and Grief (3 units) - Caring for the bereaved has been at the heart of pastoral ministry. In more recent times, the incident of trauma, violent death and complicated grief is growing. This course explores current psychological, relational and theological perspectives on loss and grief, life and death, trauma and trust, and healing and hope, as they manifest themselves in individuals, families and congregations. We will give special attention to the appropriate use of pastoral tools, like ritual, scripture and prayer, in a ministry that focuses on these challenges. [10 max enrollment; PIN code required]
Professor: Scott Sullender
Class Schedule: Mondays 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Textbooks: Click here for book info
   
PS-5151 Theories of Counseling (3.0 Units) - HOW DO PEOPLE CHANGE: THEORIES OF PASTORAL COUNSELING In this course we will explore the major schools of counseling and related theories of personality. As we move through this survey course, two questions will guide us. One, how do people change and grow, and how do we understand change both psychologically and theologically. Psychotherapy and religion both claim to be systems that help people change. Secondly, what is pastoral counseling today? How do we define pastoral counseling in the 21st century? Through this course, each student will be able to build her or his personal theory of pastoral counseling, including a theory of change. Our eye will be toward building an integrative theory of pastoral care and counseling that fits the context of today's pastoral counselor and the needs of today's parishioner. This is a doctoral seminar. Regular student attendance and full participation are expected. [10 max enrollment; PIN code required]
Professor: Scott Sullender
Class Schedule: TBA
Textbooks: Click here for book info
   
LSFT-2525 Reformed Worship (3.0 Units) - Fulfills most PCUSA presbyteries' requirement for a course on worship and sacraments and prepares candidates to take the PCUSA standard ordination exam in worship and sacraments. [25 max enrollment]
Professor: Jana Childers
Class Schedule: Thursdays 2:00-5
Textbooks: Click here for book info
   
RA-4565 Postcoloniality and Modern Art (3.0 Units) - This seminar will bring formerly enslaved and colonized peoples' perspectives into conversation with aesthetic theories regarding the aspect of modernity referred to as the "sublime" in aesthetic theory while also gazing upon the West through the social history of its art.
Professor: James Noel
Class Schedule: Tuesdays, 9:40-12:30 in Berkeley
Textbooks: Click here for book info
   
SP-2527 Spiritual Life and Leadership (1.0 Unit) - FALL 2014: CLEARNESS COMMITTEE This class introduces participants to some theological and spiritual foundations of discernment through learning about and engaging in Clearness Committee. This spiritual practice originated in the Society of Friends to assist believers to discern within a faith-group context. Participants will read and discuss several historical and contemporary Quaker texts. The center of the class, however, will consist in small groups functioning as Clearness Committees for each of its members. Each participant will serve in all the roles within the Clearness Committee structure and have the opportunity to "seek clearness" on an issue of his/her own. Ideal for persons discerning, and also for those who will lead decision-making groups. Learning strategies: lecture, discussion, role-play, reflective reading, small group process, reflection paper. Grading: pass/fail only. No unexcused absences and no more than two excused absences. [PIN code required; 24 max enrollment]
Professor: Elizabeth Liebert
Class Schedule: Wednesdays, 8:30-10
Textbooks: Click here for book info
   
FT-2070 Presbyterian Polity (1.5-3.0 Units) - This course will familiarize students with the Book of Order of the Presbyterian Church (USA), with particular emphasis on the Form of Government and the Book of Discipline. Lecture/seminar format. Evaluation by participation, presentations and ordination-type exams. The course will be approached from a mission perspective. Intended for PC USA M. Div. students.
Professor: Robert Conover
Class Schedule: Wednesdays, 7-10 PM
Textbooks: Click here for book info
   
FT-1071 Advanced Academic English (1.5 Units) - Weekly workshop in writing essays for core MDiv courses. Pass/Fail only.
Professor: Heather Weidemann
Class Schedule: Tuesdays, 7-10 PM
Textbooks: Click here for book info


Integrative Studies
   
FT-1061 Integrative Studies (3 Units) - This is a required course for first year students at SFTS. It is an introduction to ministry and the life and work of the church, based upon a contextualized understanding of theology, mission, pastoral care and spiritual formation situated in the realities of race, gender and class. We will look at particular congregations and contexts for ministry in the Bay Area in dialogue with the texts and readings introduced in the course. The course will make use of a variety of learning activities and styles of interaction, including lectures, small groups, site visits and audio-visual presentations. The focus of the course papers and group project is the student's own sense of vocation in conversation with the pastoral and prophetic challenges of Christian ministry today.
Professor: Faculty
Class Schedule: Mondays 2:00-5:00
Textbooks: Click here for book info
   
FE-4011 Internship (0-9.0 Units) - The internship provides a supervised ministry context in which the student develops and hones gifts and skills for ministerial leadership. The internship experience is designed to integrate studies and form M.Div. students in the art of ministry--an interactive learning process reflecting the Spirit's work of weaving together the person that God has created and called in Christ through the practice of ministry, theological reflection, spiritual formation, constructive feedback, critique and evaluation.
Professor: Faculty
Class Schedule: NA
Textbooks: NA


Doctor of Ministry
   
DM-6017 Pastor as Person (3.0 Units) - This foundational seminar considers each student's experience as a ministry practitioner-with her/his unique personal traits, relationships, talents, and limitations-- as he or she confronts the expectations, tensions, and other complex realities that accompany the practice of ministry and leadership. Serving as an opportunity to share personal and professional issues with ministry peers, the course focuses on the themes of calling, spiritual leadership, self awareness, family and congregational systems, and spiritual disciplines.
Professor: Virstan Choy
Class Schedule: Mondays, 9:00-12:00
Textbooks: Click here for book info
   
DM-6018 Theology of Ministry (3 Units) - FALL 2014 This foundational seminar explores the challenges of and opportunities for ministry in the 21st century, and encourages students to develop the critical skill of theological reflection. Students critique their ministerial role through their own theological experience of content, context and motifs in Christian ministry. This course honors diversity and the reality of our shared community with its plethora of experiences, beliefs, and values. Foundational seminar required for SFTS Doctor of Ministry students. [24 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]
Professor: Virstan Choy
Class Schedule: Mondays, 2:00-5:00
Textbooks: Click here for book info
   
DMPS-6041 Trauma, Loss and Grief (3 units) - PASTORAL CARE: CRISIS AND TRAUMA This course consists of an in-depth practical-theological exploration of pastoral care ministry in crisis situations. It includes principles-dependable guides to practice-of prevention, early intervention, and recovery, in light of a vision of pastoral wisdom and of the church as an ecology of care, healing and wholeness. Those whose ministry focuses on the spiritual nature and care of God's people in congregations and other ministry settings (e.g. health care centers) will find the course particularly useful in terms of their ongoing personal-spiritual, academic, and professional-ministerial formation. [PIN code required; Auditors with faculty permission]
Professor: Scott Sullender
Class Schedule: Mondays, 8:30-11:50
Textbooks: Click here for book info
   
DMPS-6051 Theories of Counseling (3.0 Units) - HOW DO PEOPLE CHANGE: THEORIES OF PASTORAL COUNSELING In this course we will explore the major schools of counseling and related theories of personality. As we move through this survey course, two questions will guide us. One, how do people change and grow, and how do we understand change both psychologically and theologically. Psychotherapy and religion both claim to be systems that help people change. Secondly, what is pastoral counseling today? How do we define pastoral counseling in the 21st century? Through this course, each student will be able to build her or his personal theory of pastoral counseling, including a theory of change. Our eye will be toward building an integrative theory of pastoral care and counseling that fits the context of today's pastoral counselor and the needs of today's parishioner. This is a doctoral seminar. Regular student attendance and full participation are expected. [Introductory course in pastoral care and counseling; 10 max enrollment; PIN code required]
Professor: Scott Sullender
Class Schedule: Mondays 1:30-4:30
Textbooks: Click here for book info
   
DM-6010 D.Min. Supervision (3.0-9.0 Units) - For SFTS D Min students, preparation of the dissertation/project. Pass/Fail only. [PIN code required]
Professor: Virstan Choy
Class Schedule: NA
Textbooks: NA
   
DM-6013 D.Min. Supervision II (3.0-9.0 Units) - Dissertation/project stage of the SFTS DMin program. Pass/Fail only. [PIN code required]
Professor: Virstan Choy
Class Schedule: NA
Textbooks: NA

 
 
 

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