General Theological Seminary is now accepting registrations for exciting courses to be offered in the Epiphany (Winter) and Easter (Spring) 2013 terms and especially welcomes General Learners to study, worship and share common table with the community. Registration continues through January 14, 2013. For more information about the learning opportunities in January and the Spring semester, click here. General Learners are students who are not pursuing a formal degree and who take courses to learn more about their faith, enhance their ministry or prayer, or delve into a theological topic. They include alumni/ae, faith leaders seeking ministerial development, people discerning new calls to ministry, and individuals seeking spiritual growth through learning.
Because General Learners may have full-time jobs or live at a distance, the Seminary is offering creative course formats to welcome their study.
In January, Prof. Clair McPherson will teach a three-day intensive on Cartoons, Theology and Relationship with God that will include a session with the new Bishop of New York, an accomplished cartoon artist.
In the Spring, GTS will hold several later afternoon and evening courses which will appeal to faith leaders engaging in 21st century ministry: The Art of Meditation, Leadership and the Matrix of Transformation, Twelve Step Spirituality and Addiction: The Church's Role in Recovery, a Contemplative Eucharist practicum, Liturgical Spanish for Church Leaders, and The Barnabas Principle, with Visiting Prof. C.K. Robertson, Canon to the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church. This course will introduce a holistic approach to church leadership, exploring such issues as newcomer retention and recruitment, leadership development, and visionary budgeting.
For students who cannot travel to New York City, the seminary will offer online this Spring Parables: Inviting Wonder about God, with senior Prof. Deirdre Good. Both a New Testament elective and a course in the Seminary's Spiritual Guidance of Children program, this course will utilize state-of-the-art technology to welcome, synchronously, students in the classroom and distance learners. Students wishing to take the course online are asked to register here by January 7, 2013.
Finally, General Learners may wish to express interest in Unapologetic Religion, a unique interfaith course team-taught by Lawrence A. Hoffman, Professor of Liturgy, Worship and Ritual at Hebrew Union College, Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves from the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real in California, and Patrick Malloy, Professor of Liturgy and Associate Dean of General Seminary. The course combines the diversity of the Christian and Jewish faith traditions with the common journey of American religious leaders to help students enter into meaningful conversation with main-stream, non-religious America. General Learners may sign up here for inclusion on a registration Wait List.