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Spring 2022 Graduate Courses

The spring semester runs from January 18 through May 6. 

 Spirituality, Morality, and Ethics /  LIM G704 Y01 

Traditional Catholic ethics are examined in the light of Vatican II. Students study the nature of the human person and the meaning of freedom and sin. They also explore the role of Scripture, reason and the natural law, norms, conscience, and Church authority in making moral decisions. Throughout the course, Christian living is placed in the context of personal spirituality and the call to discipleship. Sexual ethics and Catholic social teaching are discussed at length in the course. This is a theological core course.


 Christian Origins / LIM G712 Y01
Instructor: George Rodriguez, Ph.D.

This course introduces students to the literature, history, and theology of the early Christian scriptures commonly known as the New Testament. It examines the historical context of Jesus’ teachings, his parables and preaching of the “reign of God,” and the theology of Paul and the Gospels. Particular attention is given to the experience of faith that was engendered by Jesus among his first disciples and the lived faith of the earliest Christians. This is a theological core course.


 Church, Sacraments, and Liturgy / LIM G722 Y01
Instructor: Thomas F. Ryan, Ph.D. 

This course presents the experience and theology of church, sacraments, and liturgy as they have unfolded throughout Christian history. A major part of the course is dedicated to a deeper understanding of the meaning of sacramentality and the theology of the individual sacraments in the Catholic tradition. Special emphasis is given to Vatican II and post-conciliar developments in the church’s self-understanding and in the theology and practice of ministry, sacraments, and liturgy. This is a theological core course. 


 Inner Life of SCCs / LIM G809 Y01
Instructor: Alphonce Omolo, Ph.D.

A true Christian community is both gathered (faith’s internal life) and sent (faith’s public life). This course examines the internal life of small Christian communities: their leadership, communications, worship, and decision making. It includes historical and theological perspectives of the functioning of Christian communities inside their own boundaries. This is one of two courses in the Small Christian Community Focus Area.


 Digital Media and Ministry / LIM G826 Y01
Instructor: John Osman, Ph.D.

This course explores the question of communicating faith online. Using the social communication tradition of the Roman Catholic Church as well as current ecumenical scholarship, this course offers critical theory for engaging in social communication for ministry, as well as exploring the practical, pastoral implications of this for our digital culture and context. This is one of two courses in the Digital Culture and Ministry Focus Area.


 Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling / LIM G849 Y01
Instructor: Michael A. Cowan, Ph.D.

This course is a religious and social psychological introduction to the basic stance of pastoral care and counseling. It explores how pastoral counseling is like and not like secular counseling practice and articulates the unique characteristics of forms of counseling calling themselves pastoral. This is one of two courses in the Pastoral Care Focus Area.


 Pastoral and Educational Praxis / LIM G886 Y01
Instructor: Tracey Lamont, Ph.D.

In this capstone course, students employ the method of practical theology to reflect on concerns related to their ministerial and educational praxis. Careful analyses that include the social and cultural circumstances surrounding their identified praxis will be undertaken, as well as an appreciative and critical retrieval of the voice of the faith tradition. Based on that reflection, possible educational and ministerial interventions that meet criteria of pragmatic feasibility and religious faithfulness will be imagined and articulated verbally and in writing for evaluation and feedback.



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