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An inter-faith book sharing project

This course is designed to acquaint the beginnning student with the variety of methods used to interpret the Scriptures within the wider Church community today. We will examine how the Church has understood the Bible throughout history. We will also examine the question of literal and fundamental interpretations of Scripture as well as the concepts of inerrancy and divine inspiration. Through an analysis of select passages we will look at methods used by the Church to develop its theological and pastoral understanding of today's world.

From their earliest recorded moments Christians have celebrated their faith in the risen Lord Jesus with a meal which was both physical and spiritual.  This course examines the development of this uniquely Christian ritual meal tracing its roots from the earliest biblical record through its late antique, medieval and modern forms.  We will also explore the varied Eucharistic theologies and liturgical expressions evident in contemporaray Christian communions today, but special attenetion will be paid to the theological and historical dimensions connected with the Eucharistic practice as evidenced in the Roman Catholic Mass. Half-Course  (Option to upgrade to full credit with additional readings and coursework to be specified by the instructor).

The course closely examines Archbishop Romero's spiritual development and psychological growth as a prototype for reflection on conversion. The complexities of the phenomenon of conversion will be developed integrating the pastoral theology of Irenaeus of Lyons and the systematic theology of conversion of Bernard J. Lonergan.Option to upgrade to full credit with additional readings and work to be specified by the professor.

Reflecting the US Bishops priority to recognize cultural diversity in light of the changing religious demographic of the nation today, this course explores Church's identity and mission to engage cultures for the sake of the Gospel, evangelization, and ecclesial integration. Particular focus on USCCB documents and Catholic theological resources on cultural diversity, intercultural competence and anti-racism. The course will consider Hispanic/Latino, African-American, Asian and Pacific Islander, Native American and Deaf Catholics in the United States. Option to upgrade to full credit with additional readings and written work to be specified by the professor. 

A historical, anthropological and theological investigation of Christian worship and sacrament with special attention to the Roman Catholic Sacraments of baptism and eucharist.  Examination of liturgical practices, texts, and theology from scriptural origins to the Vatican II reforms. Focus is on basic principles of liturgical and sacramental theology which provide the pastoral minister with the basis for interpreting liturgical documents and ritual texts. Contemporary concerns for ministry will be explored.

Exploration of what is known of the historical St. Paul and the three generations of Pauline literature found in the New Testament. Particular attention to Paul's theology, survey of rhetorical forms used, and the socio-anthropological assumptions that informed Paul's understanding of the Christ event as the turning point of human history.

A general introduction to the social history, content, and theological themes of the Hebrew Scriptures along with a basic orientation to methods of biblical study.

Exploration of ecclesial ministry in its variety of leadership roles, with special concentration on the ministry and service of church law in providing good order for the ecclesial community in today’s church. In addition to a study of the Roman Catholic Church’s structures, offices, and processes, the course will seek to integrate sacramental, stewardship, personnel and temporal goods issues within the context of ecclesial structures and procedures.

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