Become a General Learner - Study This Summer at GTS

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General Theological Seminary is now accepting registrations for exciting courses to be offered in the Summer 2014 term and especially welcomes General Learners to become part of the seminary community. To learn more and register, 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, faith leaders seeking ministerial development, people discerning new calls to ministry, people discovering a religious commitment, young and young-at-heart wishing to try graduate-level studies, and individuals seeking spiritual growth through learning. Especially during the summer months, when courses are designed in varying day/time formats to meet busy schedules and invite travel to New York City, General Learners can study alongside seminarians, gain familiarity with the Seminary's library, and experience the gift of theological education.

AT 1 - INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY: EXPLORING THE CLASSIC TEXTS AND PRACTICES

In this foundational course, the classical texts of Christian spirituality are explored, with lectures and discussions grounded in biblical, historical and theological perspectives, and experiences in meditation and prayer based on the readings. Integrating theory and praxis, both critical thought and spiritual growth are pursued. The syllabus includes integral works by such Christian writers as Ignatius of Antioch, Irenaeus, the Cappadocians, the Latin Fathers (and Mothers) as well as the Desert Dwellers, the medieval mystics and teachers, Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Avila, through to modern searchers such as Simone Weil. There will also be frequent reference to the expression of spirituality through the arts of poetry, visual art, and music.

Prof. Clair McPherson. 3 credits. Two weeks: June 16 - 23. Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

SGC 30 - CHILDREN'S SPIRITUALITY IN WORSHIP

In the liturgy, the Church both encounters and responds to the Presence of God. The Divine is mediated through the things of creation - human bodies, human touch, words spoken and sung, music played and heard, food and drink blessed, divided and shared, fragrant oil and smoke, deep silence. All who celebrate the liturgy together, especially children, experience the Holy One not only with the intellect, but also with senses and intuitions. In this course, we will explore the liturgy as children experience it. We will also examine the principal structures - the liturgical day and year, and the worship space - that give order and meaning to the Church's Common Prayer.

Prof. Patrick Malloy. 3 credits.One Week: Monday-Friday, July 7 – 11. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

SGC 75/ST 75 - LIVING THE MYSTERIES:CONTEMPLATIVE THEOLOGY FOR SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

This introductory course in Christian theology is intended for those in the Spiritual Direction and Spiritual Guidance of Children programs. We will explore the mysteries of God, Jesus Christ, salvation, the Church, and the sacraments - all from the perspective of their central connection to contemplative prayer, spiritual practice, and our common life of prayer in liturgy.

Prof. Joshua Davis. 3 credits.One week: Monday-Friday, July 14 – 18. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

AT 361 - BECOMING A MISSIONAL CHURCH: THE THEOLOGY AND PRACTICE OF JOINING GOD IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

The “mission field” was once considered to be across the globe, but now it’s around the corner. How will our churches respond? This three-session module equips leaders to guide ministries from maintenance mode toward embracing God’s mission and reimagining their own. Developed and led by the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers and the Missional Vitality Team in the Diocese of Long Island, this interactive course draws on practical leadership development tools grounded in Anglican theology and biblical study and covers the following topics:

Introduction – What Is a Missional Church and How Do We Get Started? Evangelism – Being Good News in the Neighborhood Radical Welcome – Embracing and Being Embraced by the Neighborhood Asset-Based Relationships – Loving and Serving God Together Conclusion – Leading Change Back Home

Adj. Prof. Stephanie Spellers. 2 credits Three Fridays: July 18, July 25, and August 1. 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Please note the dates have changed.

CH 138 - OF GOD AND THINGS: MATERIALITY AND CHRISTIAN PRACTICE IN THE MIDDLE AGES

This course has been canceled.