Spring Courses at General Seminary

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There is still time to register for Spring courses at The General Theological Seminary. This Spring, GTS is offering several intensive and evening courses that fit into working schedules and can be taken for credit or for audit. For more information, email registrar@gts.edu. To register and for a list of the full course offerings click here.


Intensive Courses


CS 90 – EPISCOPALIANS, SOLIDARITY, & RECONCILIATION This course explores key moments where Episcopalians have crossed boundaries, stepped beyond traditional privilege and struggled for liberation in the company of the oppressed. From St. John's Episcopal Church-Cleveland, a stop on the Underground Railroad; to Jonathan Daniels, an Episcopal seminarian martyred during the Civil Rights Movement; to the thousands who joined South Africa's stride toward freedom, we will study first-hand accounts as well as the theological, ethical and scriptural warrant for reconciliation and solidarity. Students will also examine their own ministries and identify the boundary-crossing to which Christ calls them.

Participants may join an optional pilgrimage from New York City to Hayneville, Alabama, for the 50th Anniversary Pilgrimage commemorating the death of Jonathan Daniels and other Alabama martyrs. The journey will take place in the first two weeks of August 2015. Details are forthcoming.

Adj. Prof. Stephanie Spellers. 2 credits. Friday-Saturday, March 27-28, and Friday-Saturday, April 24-25

PT 60 – INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT FOR EPISCOPAL PRIESTS 3-day intensive. This is the first of two courses that provide an introduction to the financial management of a parish. The second course will be offered in the intensive format Spring 2015. With respect to the financial matters of a parish, this course will include canonical requirements, clergy leadership, roles and responsibilities, clarity of lexicon, parish monies, how to read church financial statements, and audits. The second course will include parish financial operations, taxes, separation of duties, fraud, internal control processes and procedures, other entities (church school, thrift store, etc.,), and what to ask when interviewing for a position. This course is highly recommended as a pre-requisite to the latter as this course prepares the participant with the proper background and language for continuing with the additional topics in the spring.

Adj. Prof. James Jordan. 1 credit. Thursday-Saturday, February 19-21

PT 65 – FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT FOR PRIESTS: ADVANCED TOPICS 3-day intensive. This is the second of two courses that provide an introduction to the financial management of a parish. This course will cover parish financial operations, taxes, separation of duties, fraud, internal control processes and procedures, other entities (church school, thrift store, etc.), and what to ask when interviewing for a position.

Adj. Prof. James Jordan. 1 credit. Thursday-Saturday, March 19-21


Evening Courses


PT180—THE BARNABAS PRINCIPLE: A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO CONGREGATIONAL LIFE

In many ways, parish leadership today remains a generalist vocation in the midst of an increasingly specialist culture. The rewards (spiritual and otherwise) in this work are substantial, but so are the challenges, and yet all too often ordained and lay leaders emerge from their theological formation with significant gaps in areas such as goal-setting, structural analysis, newcomer retention and recruitment, leadership development, community outreach, visionary budgeting, and financial stewardship.

In this course, we will use the character of Barnabas from the book of Acts as a model for the kind of innovative, holistic approach to Church leadership that is needed in our 21st century context, touching on all the areas mentioned above. Course participants will, through lecture and interactive discussions and exercises, discover theologically sound and realistically practical plans of action.

Adj. Prof. C.K. Robertson. 3 credits. Wednesdays, 6:15pm-9:15pm.

AT 337 – THE SPIRITUALITY OF ANGLO-SAXON ENGLAND & OLD ENGLISH LITERATURE Old English gives us a means of direct access to the prayers and poems of the earliest English Christians, and thus a window into their unique spiritual world. A study of Anglo-Saxon England helps us understand how the Church negotiated a creative synthesis with a pre-Christian culture. And a few week's exploration of the early medieval world in general offers us a clear understanding of one of the most significant and permanent strata in our living tradition. The three foundational texts--which can be studied even before the semester commences--are Peter Baker, Introduction to Old English; Peter Hunter Blair, An Introduction to Anglo-Saxon England; and J. M. Wallace-Hadrill, The Barbarian West.

Prof. Clair McPherson. 3 credits. Thursdays, 6:15pm-9:15pm

CH 80 — THE MAJOR REFORMERS, LUTHER, ZWINGLI, AND CALVIN, AND THEIR RELEVANCE FOR THE CHURCH OF THE 21st CENTURY For the Christian Church, and especially the western church, the sixteenth century was a pivotal time. Political, social, and theological forces from the preceding centuries caused a virtual explosion in the life and thought of the western church. It would never be the same. The appearance of a monolithic church under the papacy -- never a complete reality -- was shattered, and it would not return. This sixteenth century was marked by a series of events, now collectively described as "the Reformation". This historical occurrence deeply affected both the church of the West and the continent of Europe. Not only did "new" Protestant churches arise out of this context, but the Roman Catholic Church emerged from this setting in many ways far different from western medieval Catholicism. The sixteenth century changed Christian thought and life in every succeeding century and ultimately in every place where Christianity was to be found.

Many individuals played critical role in the developments of this century. Three figures stand out as persons of extraordinary influence in this Reformation: Martin Luther (1483-11546), Ulrich Zwingli (1481-1531), and John Calvin (1509-64). All three shaped the Reformation and its subsequent impact. Few commentators on the three have been neutral. Luther, Zwingli, and Calvin continue to occasion a wide range of reactions.

This course will explore the life and thought of these three seminal individuals as theologians and Reformers. Special attention will be given to how these three individuals have continued to influence the faith and practice of churches in the twenty-first century.

Adj. Prof. Bill Rusch. 3 credits. Mondays, 6:15pm-9:15pm

CH143—BODY AND BLOOD: EUCHARIST IN THE MIDDLE AGES Liturgy shaped the life of medieval Christians. The Eucharist in particular ordered the religious and social life of believers, both lay and ordained, women and men. It governed aspects of their daily life, and, their spiritual life, and their sense of participation in the eternal. At the same time 'the Eucharist in the European Middle Ages was 'a multimedia event' that both shaped and was shaped by developments in ritual, theology, art, architecture, popular devotion, and societal change. In this interdisciplinary course, you will discover and learn to analyze both written and material primary sources that provide windows onto the multifaceted and evolving celebration of the Eucharist in the medieval West. You will learn about key developments in the history of the celebration and in devotion to the Sacrament. You will become articulate in describing central tenets of medieval Eucharistic theology, and what was at stake in disputes of belief and in innovations in practice. You will explore connections between changes in Eucharistic practice, devotions, and social change. The course will be of interest to all interested in the history of the Church in the Medieval West, and to those seeking to deepen their understanding of the Eucharist today.

Prerequisite: CH1 or by permission of the professor. Prof. Irving. 3 credits. Thursdays, 6:15pm-9:15pm