General Learners Course Spotlight
Theological Reflection as Spiritual Discipline
Professor of Ecclesiology and Ethnography, St John’s College/Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University
2 credits or audit
June 4-8, 2018
The course re-envisions Theological Reflection by making connections to prayer and the ordinary spiritual lives of believers. The idea of ordinary theology or operant theology lies at the heart of this shift in direction in Practical Theology. Students will be introduced to ways of generating theological reflection through qualitative empirical methods. The spiritual discipline of theological reflection is explored through an extended empirical case study of operant theology in personal prayer.
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Spiritual Companionship and Digital Media Practicum
Spring (Easter) Term. January 23 - May 11, 2018
Mondays, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm. Class will meet 7 times during the term; dates will be announced.
This spring Adjunct Professor Lindsay Boyer will offer AT 393, Spiritual Companionship and Digital Media Practicum, a one credit course exploring the use of digital media in spiritual community and practices. During the first few weeks the course will meet by digital means using video, Skype, teleconference, email, and Facebook, and the second half of the course will meet more traditionally on campus. We will explore how to be present to each other through online worship and prayer and brainstorm ways to reach communities in new and creative ways. Students will prepare online prayer or worship experiences in which the class can participate using video, mp3s, Skype or webinar and they will design projects and prototypes using digital media. Examples might include Compline by Skype, videos for a youth ministry website, prayers for a Facebook ministry, or mp3s for guided meditations.
Lindsay Boyer comments, “This course provides a laboratory environment for students to experiment with ideas about how to use digital media in imaginative ways and take risks before trying things out in their own communities. Many people are surprised by how powerful digital community can be and the innovative ways it can meet the needs of those who might not always be reached by more traditional forms of community. For example introverts or those who have physical difficulties getting to church may find themselves in the center of community in new ways in the digital universe.”
Spring (Easter) Term. This course is offered in intensive format. Class meets Friday, April 20, 2018 from 9:50 am - 5:30 pm, and Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9:30 am - 5:00 pm.
Students will explore how congregations, in keeping with the Jesus Movement, empower the Baptized in their calling in the world. They will discover opportunities for growing awareness and faithfulness to the Baptismal Covenant in daily life as well as in the context of the congregation.