The General Theological Seminary is now accepting registrations for two special learning opportunities during the January, 2013 Epiphany term: Practical Peacebuilding and Cartoons, Theology and Relationship with God. Learn to engage in conflict as a catalyst for positive change! Read the funny papers and political cartoons through a theological lens to nurture your spiritual life!
Practical Peacebuilding, offered jointly with Candler School of Theology, is a four-day program, Janaury 9-12, 2013, at General Seminary's Desmond Tutu Center designed to teach skills and spiritual practices for conflict transformation. Conflict is simmering within congregations and communities, yet it can be the catalyst for positive change. Led by Candler's Luther E. Smith, Jr., Professor of Church and Community, and Ellen Ott Marshall, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation, Practical Peacebuilding will teach participants to engage conflict constructively, strengthen skills necessary to facilitate a conflict transformation process, and identify spiritual practices and resources vital to sustaining this work. The opening keynote address will be given by the Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald, the Anglican Church of Canada's first National Indigenous Bishop who is deeply involved in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission addressing the abuses and hardships suffered by students of the residential schools for Aboriginal peoples in Canada. A second keynoter will be the Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Jr., a longtime civil rights activist and leading authority on nonviolent social change. Continuing Education Units are available for program participants. Register now.
Cartoons, Theology and Relationship with God is a three-day intensive-format course, January 22-24, 2013 that will examine the religious and spiritual character of cartoons. Whether political or comic, cartoons often convey theological messages and, by their portrayal of God and religion, shape the spiritual life of the reader-viewer. As both literature and art, cartoons provide a medium for engaging the holy through both imagination and gaze. Cartoons can also tap into the gift of humor in the spiritual life. The course is appropriate for anyone who enjoys cartoons, who is interested in the influence of cartoons on the religious understanding and spiritual lives of adults, teens and children, or who may feel called to prayer through cartoon-making. Course reading will include the now-classic The Gospel According to Peanuts by Robert L. Short. Making a guest presentation will be the Rt. Rev. Andrew M. L. Dietsche, the new Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, himself an accomplished cartoon artist. Register now.