Spring 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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>> For information about registration see the Academic Handbook

Dates to remember:
  • General Registration for Spring Semester Jan. 20-31
  • UC Berkeley Spring Semester begins Jan. 21
  • PC(USA) standard ordination exams Feb. 7-8
  • Instruction begins for Spring Semester Feb. 3
  • Late registration period $100 fee for initial registration in this period Feb. 1-14
  • UC Berkeley Cross-registration forms due to GTU registrar by noon Feb. 7
  • End of late registration period Feb. 15
  • Deadline for making changes in enrollment without fee and for paying spring tuition without incurring late fee Feb. 15
  • Deadline for GTU thesis or dissertation defense without paying tuition Feb. 14
  • GTU MA applications for Fall due Feb. 15
  • Presidents’ Day holiday Feb. 17
  • Housing applications due from returning students March 14
  • Intent to graduate in May ’14, forms due to SFTS registrar March 14
  • Last day to change enrollment $50 fee for changes April 4
  • Deadline to file GTU theses/dissertations, etc. April 4
  • Early Registration for Fall April 7-18
  • Summer registration opens April 7
  • Good Friday April 18
  • Financial aid applications for ’14-15 due from returning students April 15
  • Spring Semester ends; SFTS Baccalaureate Service (afternoon) May 23
  • SFTS Commencement (morning) May 24
  • Last day to make up incompletes for Spring Semester June 13
  • Grades due June 13
Courses taught in San Anselmo unless otherwise noted.
Area I: Biblical Studies
   
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: Class day and time, TBA
Textbooks: N/A
   
BS-4003 Advanced Hebrew Reading ll (3 Units) - Reading of poetic and advanced texts. [At least four semesters of biblical Hebrew]
Professor: Annette Schellenberg
Class Schedule: Thursdays 12:40-3:30 p.m. at CDSP, Room 225
Textbooks: Click here for textbook info
   
OT-3275 Old Testament Exegesis (3 Units) - The main purpose of this course is to introduce methods of critical study of the Old Testament and the application of these methods to the interpretation of biblical texts with a view to preaching or teaching in the church. This course also offers the opportunity to continue the study of Hebrew by reading passages at an introductory level. Course format: seminar. Evaluation: Classroom participation; written assignments; ordination exam of PC (USA). [2 semesters of Hebrew]
Professor: Annette Schellenberg
Class Schedule: Mondays and Thursdays 8:30-10:00 a.m. at SFTS
Textbooks: Click here for textbook info
   
NT-1004 New Testament Introduction (3 Units) - The Gospels emerge in social and complex political context of the Roman Empire. This course examines the Gospels and contemporaneous texts within their first-century Greco-Roman contexts (especially Jewish contexts), pays attention to archaeological and inscriptional materials of the time, and demonstrates contemporary hermeneutical strategies, including feminist and postcolonial. Students will also consider the controversial contemporary contexts in which they and others interpret the New Testament. MDiv, MA
Professor: Annette Weissenrieder
Class Schedule: Fridays 2:10-5:00 p.m. at SFTS
Textbooks: Click here for textbook info
   
NT-8004 In-carnation into the World (3 Units) - This course is the online section of NT-1004, NT Introduction. The Gospels emerge in social and complex political context of the Roman Empire. This course examines the Gospels and contemporaneous texts within their first-century Greco-Roman contexts (especially Jewish contexts), pays attention to archaeological and inscriptional materials of the time, and demonstrates contemporary hermeneutical strategies, including feminist and postcolonial. Students will also consider the controversial contemporary contexts in which they and others interpret the New Testament. For non-GTU students, please go to sfts.edu and click on the "Online Courses" section to download registration forms.
Professor: Annette Weissenrieder
Class Schedule: N/A
Textbooks: Click here for textbook info
   
NT-2000 New Testament Exegesis (3 Units) - This is an introduction to the basic hermeneutical theories from Romanticism to postmodernity and the standard exegetical methods currently practiced in New Testament interpretation. Theoretical discussion will be followed by interpretation of selected passages from various parts of the New Testament. Due attention will be given to the ordination exam of the PCUSA, while the course aims at wider applicability. Format: Lectures and discussions. Evaluation: Final exegesis paper. Intended Audience: MDiv, MA/MTS. [Introductory Greek]
Professor: Annette Weissenrieder
Class Schedule: Mondays 2:10-5pm CDSP-113

Textbooks: Click here for textbook info
   
HS 1081 History ll MODERNITY & THE EMERGENCE OF DIVERGENT RELIGIOUS
SUBJECTIVITIES, COLLECTIVITIES, SPIRITUALITIES & PRAXES IN THE AMERICAS (3 Units)
- This course will analyze the how the historical development of Christianity in the Americas was
affected by the its participation in the colonization process entailed in European settlement, dynamics internal to Protestantism and other features of modernity so as to generate a diversity of religious subjectivities, collectivities, spiritualities and praxes that interacted with and sustained such things as
nationality, race, gender, class and regional identities. The course assumes that invoking the banner of pluralism in no way renders the balkanization of Christianity into various sectarian groups closely associated with such sociological entities as race, ethnicity, nationality, and gender (sexual orientation) as for theological reflection, biblical interpretation, ecclesiology and ministry unproblematic.
Professor: James Noel
Class Schedule: Tuesdays 2:10-5:00 p.m. at SFTS
Textbooks: Click here for textbook info


Area II: Church History, Theology & Ethics
   
HS-3325 The African Diaspora: 1490-1990 (3 Units) - Comparative historical study of blacks in West Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Offered in the Black Church Africana Religious Studies program.
Professor: James Noel
Class Schedule: Thursdays 11:10 a.m.-2:00 pm. at CDSP, Room 116
Textbooks: Click here for textbook info
   
HSHR-4800 History of Religion Seminar (3 Units) - This year's theme for the Muilenburg-Koenig
History of Religion Seminar at SFTS will be "Spirit." Cross-disciplinary study of Spirit in the Ancient Near East, early Christianity, medieval and early modern Europe, and "knowledge societies" today, from the perspectives of history, cultural criticism, exegesis, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, psychology, and theology. The seminar includes an international two-day workshop in which students are required actively to participate. Final paper. The seminar may be used to satisfy SFTS's capstone requirement for the M Div degree. PIN code required; 15 max enrollment]
Professor: Christopher Ocker
Class Schedule: Thursdays 7:00-10:00 p.m. at SFTS
Textbooks: Click here for textbook info
   
HSHR-8480 History of Religion Online (3 Units) - This is the online section of HSHR-4800 - for students who do not live on the SFTS campus. This year's theme for the Muilenburg-Koenig History of
Religion Seminar at SFTS will be "Spirit." The seminar investigates a theme from various
historical periods from the perspectives of the many disciplines relevant to theological study. The
theme for this Spring semester is "Spirit", and will involve a broad, cross-disciplinary study of
spirit - divine, human, and everything in between - from a variety of cultural and historical, and
theological perspectives. The seminar may be used to satisfy SFTS's capstone requirement for the
MDiv degree. The on-line class will primarily consist of weekly readings, interactive exercises, short
papers, contributions to a course Wiki, web conferences, and a final paper, coupled with a
mandatory two-day workshop on the SFTS campus. Online students must attend this February 23 -
February 24 workshop, in which scholars from around the country and world will come to SFTS to
discuss their current research on spirit. On-campus housing for this event will be available starting at $50/night. Please go to sfts.edu and click on the "Online Courses" section for housing information and to download registration forms for non-GTU students. [10max enrollment; PIN code required]
Professor: Christopher Ocker
Class Schedule:  
Textbooks: Click here for textbook info
   
HSHR-4801 and HSHR-5801 Jews, Christians, Muslims (3 Units) - CONFLICTS AND INTERACTIONS 1400-1600 The seminar will examine interactions across the frontiers (both cultural and geographical) that distinguished Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the early modern period. This will include interactions within Europe, including Iberia, and between Europe and the Ottoman Empire during the "Renaissance" and "Reformation." Particular attention to travel literature, polemical literature, and implicit intellectual exchanges. Sources in English translation. Term paper. Students taking the seminar at the 5000 level will be expected to do some work on primary sources in original languages. [PIN code required; 10 max enrollment].
Professor: Christopher Ocker
Class Schedule: Tuesdays, 2:10-5:00 p.m. at CDSP, Room A
Textbooks: Click here for textbook info
   
ST-1084 Systematic Theology l (3 Units) - The first semester of a two-semester introduction to Christian theology. Beginning with the meaning of religious faith, we move into the method question of the relation between divine revelation and the authority of scripture, human reason and experience. From there, we investigate the meaning of God using ancient and contemporary Trinitarian theology; Reformed theologian John Calvin, feminist theologian Elizabeth Johnson, and Latin American theologian Gustavo Gutierrez. We conclude with differing understandings of creation, and God's relationship to human suffering. Three exams (with option of substituting papers for exams). This course is the prerequisite for ST 1085, Systematic Theology II. [Auditors with Faculty permission]
Professor: Gregory Love
Class Schedule: Mondays, Thursdays, 10:20 – 11:50 a.m. at SFTS
Textbooks: Click here for textbook info
   
STPS-4365 The Theology of Paul Tillich (3 Units) - What is the human condition in its goodness and fallenness, and how does God restore humanity to wholeness? Paul Tillich, one of the most-significant theologians of the twentieth century, brought together modern relational psychology, existentialist philosophy, and the Christian tradition to reimagine the basic doctrines of the Christian story. He wanted it to speak to a contemporary audience disaffected with traditional religion. It still speaks today. This seminar will focus on Tillich's primary texts: his sermons, his social activist writings, and above all, his three-volume Systematic Theology. It will also investigate feminist criticisms of his theology. Seminar style; weekly 2-page reflections papers; one paper on each of the three volumes of the ST. This course is designed for upper-level M.Div. students; MA students in theology, psychology or spirituality; and doctoral students in systematic theology. [PIN code required; 15 max enrollment]
Professor: Greg Love
Class Schedule: Tuesdays, 2:10 – 5:00 p.m. at PSR, Room 6
Textbooks: Click here for textbook info


Area III: Pastoral Care, Homiletics, Spirituality, Worship
   
PS 1014- Introduction to Pastoral Care (3 Units) - This is an introductory course in the important ministry of pastoral care and counseling. It is designed to introduce the M.Div. student to the basic concepts, dynamics, issues and skills necessary for effective pastoral care. This course will teach both theory and the skills of pastoral care. The course will include lectures and skill practice in small groups. The course requirements include regular attendance, personal reflection papers, quizzes, and a final case study. [20 max enrollment]
Professor: Scott Sullender
Class Schedule: Tuesdays, Fridays 8:30-10:00 a.m. at SFTS
Textbooks: Click here for textbook info
   
PS-2056 C/PC Service Project (1 Unit) - 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. [Admission to the SFTS MDiv concentration in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care; 8 max enrollment; PIN code required; Auditors excluded]
Professor: Laurie Garrett-Cobbina
Class Schedule: N/A
Textbooks: N/A
   
PS-2059 C/PC Critical Self-Reflection (1.5 Units) - It is important to learn skills for pastoral care/religious leadership/spiritual mindfulness which enhance the integration of one's personal identity, history, theology, sacred texts, and spirituality. This class focuses on the integration of student's identity, theology, values, beliefs, and assumptions. Students will gain insight into self and neighbor, while employing a disciplined and applicable way to approach the Holy Mystery that binds our lives together. Students will learn to make spiritual assessments, gain self-awareness, and increase their awareness of how their pastoral care is experienced by others. Learning strategies include written and oral presentation of psycho/social autobiography, genogram, Theology of Service reflection paper, book or article review, presentation of family sculpture, small group sharing, and assigned reading. Participants must commit themselves to the weekly class and to the introspective critical reflective process 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; PIN code required; Auditors excluded]
Professor: Laurie Garrett-Cobbina
Class Schedule: Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at SFTS
Textbooks: Click here for textbook info
   
PS-2061 C/PC Clinical Pastoral Education - 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 develop 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: N/A
Textbooks: TBD
   
PS-4044 Issues in Pastoral Care and Counseling (3 Units) - This course will examine some of the emerging trends in pastoral counseling-issues that impact every pastor increasingly in parish ministry and in the specialized ministries of pastoral care and counseling. Many of these emerging issues are related to the dawning of the postmodern age with all of its implications. Narrative therapy is certainly one expression of the post modern age, as is the trend toward short term treatment approaches and greater sensitivity to spirituality issues. In this increasingly diverse world, we will also examine the multicultural perspective on counseling and care-giving and the implications of a multicultural perspective for the traditional theories of pastoral counseling. This course may be used to satisfy SFTS's capstone requirement for the M Div degree. [PIN code required]
Professor: Scott Sullender
Class Schedule: Tuesdays and Fridays, 8:30-10:00 a.m. at SFTS
Textbooks: Click here for textbook info
   
PS-4046 Ethics in Pastoral Care Ministry (3 Units) - This seminar will cover the full range of legal, ethical and professional issues as they impact contemporary specialized ministries of pastoral care and/or counseling. Of particular focus will be medical ethics, both how chaplains can resource hospital ethics boards and commissions and also how they can assist particular patients/families with their medical choices. Also of interest will be the legal, professional and even theological issues that impact the ministry of military chaplains. One of the common themes will be exploration of the complexity of issues involved when ministry occurs within larger, secular institutions. We will discuss ethical and professional issues that impact the practice of pastoral counseling as a specialized ministry. We will also look at the legal, ethical and professional issues that impact the work of ordained ministers when their ministry occurs at non-profit, social service agencies and social justice organizations. While the seminar will use many case examples, students will be encouraged to develop a comprehensive theory/theology of ethics, informed by but also informing the various contexts in which the student serves. [PIN code required; 12 max enrollment]
Professor: Scott Sullender
Class Schedule: Mondays, 9:00 a.m.-12 noon at SFTS
Textbooks: Click here for textbook info
   
PS-4153 Multicultural Counseling (3 Units) - In this course we will be exploring issues of culture and social location and how those issues influence psychological and spiritual well-being, and the helping process itself. The course seeks to provide students with a way of understanding people within their cultural context. By cultural context, this course means to include gender, age, class, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, cognitive and physical characteristics and religious orientation. By understanding the cultural factors operative in the counseling relationship, students will be better equipped to serve in multi cultural settings. [PIN code required; 10 max enrollment]
Professor: Lily Stearns/Scott Sullender
Class Schedule: Mondays, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at SFTS
Textbooks: Click here for textbook info
   
HM-1001 Introduction to Preaching (3 Units) - Introduction to the composition and delivery of sermons with attention given to hermeneutical and theological issues. Examination of selected homiletical models. Practice preaching. Instructor and class critique. Sermons recorded and reviewed. SFTS core course. [25 max enrollment]
Professor: Jana Childers
Class Schedule: Thursdays 2:10-5:00 p.m. at SFTS
Textbooks: Click here for textbook info
   
SP-2055 CTSC Dynamics of Trauma (3 Units) - In this first course in the Certificate in Trauma and Spiritual Care, students will explore the basic dynamics of trauma from a variety of perspectives: sociological, psychological, psychiatric, neuroscience, relational, theological and spiritual. We will begin by exploring the great variety of trauma events, the demographics of trauma, related studies from the emerging field of traumatology. From the psychological and psychiatric fields we will identify trauma symptoms, and the concept of PTSD and Traumatic Loss. We will learn how to recognize the presence of trauma. Finally, we will explore the theological, spiritual and moral dimensions to trauma and the traumatized person, including the concept of "moral injury." Along the way, we will touch on implications for the treatment and healing of traumatized persons, but a subsequent course in the certificate program will deal more directly with the dynamics of healing, recovery and treatment. We welcome to this class all who minister to and with traumatized persons. Class meets on 4 weekends in the spring semester: 2/21-22; 3/21-22; 4/25-26 and 5/16-17, from 6:00pm Fridays to 4:00pm Saturdays. Please visit www.sfts.edu for more information. Pass/Fail only. [PIN code required]
Professor: Scott Sullender
Class Schedule: Fridays, Saturdays
Textbooks: Click here for textbook info
   
SP-4055 Dynamics of Trauma (3 Units) - In this course, students will explore the basic dynamics of trauma from a variety of perspectives: sociological, psychological, psychiatric, neuroscience, relational, theological and spiritual. We will begin by exploring the great variety of trauma events, the demographics of trauma, related studies from the emerging field of traumatology. From the psychological and psychiatric fields we will identify trauma symptoms, and the concept of PTSD and Traumatic Loss. We will learn how to recognize the presence of trauma. Finally, we will explore the theological, spiritual and moral dimensions to trauma and the traumatized person, including the concept of "moral injury." Along the way, we will touch on implications for the treatment and healing of traumatized persons. We welcome to this class all who minister to and with traumatized persons. This course is offered on 4 weekends in the spring semester: Feb 21-22; March21-22; April 25-26 and May16-17. The time is: 6 p.m. on Fridays through 4 p.m. on Saturday. [PIN code required]
Professor: Scott Sullender
Class Schedule: Fridays, Saturdays
Textbooks: Click here for textbook info
   
SP-2527 Spiritual Life and Leadership (1 Unit) - SPRING 2014: BIBLICAL PRAYER THROUGH LECTIO DIVINA. This class will introduce an ancient form of Biblical prayer, Lectio Divina, and its theological foundations. We will deepen the practice over the first part of the semester in a small group setting, and then introduce several variations to the basic practice such as visual texts (icons and religious art), nature, body or daily life. All participants will lead the process one time during the semester. They will also employ the spiritual discipline called spiritual reading for the required reading, and write two brief reflection papers employing and reflecting on the lectio dynamic. Grading: Pass/fail only. Learning strategies: Reading, lecture, small group practice, reflection papers. Preference given to SFTS ministry students. [PIN code required; 24 max enrollment]

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 of 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. [24 max enrollment; PIN code required]
Professor: Beth Anderson
Class Schedule: Wednesdays 8:30-10:00 a.m. at SFTS
Textbooks: Click here for textbook info


Integrative Studies
   
FT-1061 Integrative Studies (3 Units) - This is a required course for first year students at SFTS. It is an exploration of 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: A. Vanessa Hawkins
Class Schedule: Mondays, 2:00-5:00 p.m. at SFTS
Textbooks: Click here for textbook info
   
FE-4011 Internship (0.0 – 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 MDiv 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. [PIN code required]
Professor: Deana Reed
Class Schedule: N/A
Textbooks: N/A


Doctor of Ministry
   
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: N/A
Textbooks: N/A
   
DM-6013 D. Min Supervision ll (3.0 – 9.0 Units) - Dissertation/project stage of the SFTS DMin program. Pass/Fail only. [PIN code required]
Professor: Virstan Choy
Class Schedule: N/A
Textbooks: N/A
   
DM-6014 D/P Seminar (3 Units) -

SUMMER 2013: The Dissertation/Project is the "signature assignment" in one's Doctor of Ministry studies-the capstone requirement for one's Advanced Pastoral Studies coursework and practice of ministry-oriented research. This seminar is designed to help students understand, prepare for, and complete that requirement by beginning with careful conception and development of Dissertation/Project proposals which are attentive to the Learning Objectives for the D.Min. program:

-reflect upon the issues in society, mission and ministry today through independent and critical
reflection, theological analysis, and social analysis
-build relationships of collaboration among peers in ministry characterized by openness, cooperation, and cultural competence
-use interdisciplinary and research skills to develop innovative approaches to ministry as
reflected in application of interdisciplinary thinking to project development and implementation

This seminar will be offered throughout the Summer Session. Structure and format of each two-week module will depend upon the composition of the class: introductory plenaries for students yet to select an interest or problem for the d/p studies focus; small group "incubator" sessions (and, as needed, individual appointments) for those engaged in conceptualizing a d/p topic, individual appointments for those in later stages of project design. Section 01 meets weekdays,  6/10/13-6/21/13, from 2:00pm-4:30pm at SFTS. Section 02 meets weekdays, 6/24/13-7/5/13, from 2:00pm-4:30pm at SFTS.
FALL 2013: Foundational seminar required for SFTS Doctor of Ministry students. [Auditors excluded]

Professor: SFTS Faculty
Class Schedule: Mondays 2:10-5:00 p.m.
Textbooks: Click here for textbook info
   
DM-6019 Cultural Milieu and Church Mission (3 Units) - SUMMER 2013: SOCIAL THEORY: This foundational seminar in the Doctor of Ministry program explores recent social theory as it informs contemporary pastoral theologians' mission and ministry. In this course students will explore developments in religiosity in the global context and in the national context, and make an effort to understand these developments as social phenomena. We will also explore the moral and theological challenges generated by the current multicultural context, reflect upon our social locations in this context, and clarify the grounding for mission. In addition to the written texts, we will use the texts of our own experiences. Course meets weekdays, 7/8/13-7/19/13, from 9:00am-12:30pm at SFTS. [PIN code required; Auditors with faculty permission]

SPRING 2014: BIBLICAL AND SOCIAL ANALYSIS OF BORDER: Nowadays borders are understood in general as more or less defined lines between cultures, languages, and political and religious systems.
In antiquity, however, a "border" might not always have been conceived as a line marking territories, dominions, or spheres. For this course, such questions as the following arise: What are the relevant conceptualities and terminologies marking political, juridical, cultural, cultic, or religious distinctions? What terms seem to represent "border" and what did they signify in antiquity and was there a major shift from the frontality concept of the pre-modern times to a more linear model of borders? Were "borders" dividing one thing from another imaginary or real? Is (Early) Christianity a "religion" without borders? We will pursue this questions in light of theoretical frameworks (Agamben, Bhabha), Social Analysis, Whiteness Studies, ancient and modern narratives, visual images. [Seminar format. Paper and Presentation. MDiv, MA/MTS, PhD/ThD [PIN code required]
Professor: Annettte Weissenrieder
Class Schedule: Mondays 8:30 - 11:50 a.m. at SFTS
Textbooks: Click here for textbook info
   
DMPS-6044 Issues in Pastoral Care and Counseling (3 Units) - This course will examine some of the emerging trends in pastoral counseling-issues that impact every pastor increasingly in parish ministry and in the specialized ministries of pastoral care and counseling. Many of these emerging issues are related to the dawning of the postmodern age with all of its implications. Narrative therapy is certainly one expression of the post modern age, as is the trend toward short term treatment approaches and greater sensitivity to spirituality issues. In this increasingly diverse world, we will also examine the multicultural perspective on counseling and care-giving and the implications of a multicultural perspective for the traditional theories of pastoral counseling. [PIN code required; interview required; 2 max enrollment].
Professor: Scott Sullender
Class Schedule: Tuesdays and Fridays, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. at SFTS
Textbooks: Click here for textbook info
   
DMPS-6046 Ethics in Pastoral Care (3 Units) - MEDICAL ETHICS, PROFESSIONAL ETHICS This seminar will cover the full range of legal, ethical and professional issues as they impact contemporary specialized ministries of pastoral care and/or counseling. Of particular focus will be medical ethics, both how chaplains can resource hospital ethics boards and commissions, and also how they can assist particular patients/families with their medical choices. Also of interest will be the legal, professional and even theological issues that impact the ministry of military chaplains. One of the common themes will be exploration of the complexity of issues involved when ministry occurs within larger, secular institutions. We will discuss ethical and professional issues that impact the practice of pastoral counseling as a specialized ministry. We will also look at the legal, ethical and professional issues that impact the work of ordained ministers when their ministry occurs at non-profit, social service agencies and social justice organizations. While the seminar will use many case examples, students will be encouraged to develop a comprehensive theory/theology of ethics, informed by but also informing the various contexts in which the student serves. This course is limited to D Min students in pastoral care and counseling; other D Min students by permission of the instructor. [PIN code required; 12 max enrollment]
Professor: Scott Sullender
Class Schedule: Mondays, 9:00 a.m – 12 noon at SFTS
Textbooks: Click here for textbook info
   
DMPS-6050 Multicultural Counseling (3 Units) - SPRING 2014: MULTICULTURAL COUNSELING AND SOCIAL ANALYSIS: In this course we will be exploring issues of culture and social location and how those issues influence psychological and spiritual well-being, and the helping process itself. The course seeks to provide students with a way of understanding people within their cultural context. By cultural context, this course means to include gender, age, class, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, cognitive and physical characteristics and religious orientation. By understanding the cultural factors operative in the counseling relationship, students will be better equipped to serve in multi cultural settings.
Professor: Scott Sullender and Lily Stearns
Class Schedule: Mondays, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at SFTS
Textbooks: Click here for textbook info

 
 
 

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