2014 Summer Session Course Descriptions

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REGISTRATION OPENS APRIL 7th
Courses by Date:
June 9June 30July 7July 10July 14July 21July 28August 4

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Summer 2014 courses in order by start date:

Beginning June 9

[ONLINE] Introduction to Christian Education

Instructor: Rev. Dr. Boyung Lee, Associate Professor of Practical Theology, Education and Spiritual Formation
Dates & Times: ONLINE, June 9 - August 15 (10 wks), asynchronous 
Credits:
3.0 academic credits / 4.0 CEUs (40 contact hours)
Course Number:
ED-8130 (for credit) or ED-0001 (for CEUs)
Description:
This course explores five themes: who, what, why, where, and how of Christian religious education. Theories and contexts of religious education will be framed through readings, praxis and discussion. The goal is to review and renew each participant's approach to educational ministries by critically reflecting on the sometimes uncomfortable relationship between the having of novel/great ideas and pragmatism. A participatory and empowering approach to religious education will be utilized throughout the course. Each participant is strongly encouraged to have a specific educational setting for praxis.  [Maximum enrollment: 20 students]
Technology: This ONLINE course meets asynchronously using Moodle. It has no required meeting times. High-speed internet connection required. See http://moodle.gtu.edu/mod/resource/view.php?id=22717 for full technology requirements.

Required texts: 

  • Tye, Karen. Basics of
    Christian Education
    . (Chalice). ISBN: 978-0827202290
  • Groome, Thomas. Christian
    Religious Education
    . (Jossey-Bass).
    ISBN:
  • Lee, Boyung.Transforming Congregations through Community.(Westminster/John Knox). ISBN: 978-0664233303
  • Harris, Maria.Fashion Me a People.(Westminster/John Knox). ISBN: 978-0664240523
  • Freire, Paulo.Pedagogy of the Oppressed. (Bloomsbury).ISBN:978-0826412768



Beginning June 30

Scripture

Biblical Hebrew I

Instructor: Robert Kramish
Dates & Times: June 30-July 18, 2014 (3 wks), 9:00am - 1:00pm
Credits:
3.0 academic credits / 4.0 CEUs (40 contact hours)
Course Number: Academic Credit BS-1135 / CEUs BS-0001
Description: This is the first half of a six-week intensive course in which students will work through an entire first-year Hebrew grammar book, preparing them to enter an Intermediate Hebrew class upon completion of the course. Students who plan to take the entire course should sign up for both Hebrew I and Hebrew II. By the end of the two-part course, students will have acquired a command of the basic principles of Hebrew phonology, morphology and syntax. Students will be able to translate the text of the Hebrew Bible with the aid of lexicons and other grammatical resources.
Required texts (Purchase here):

  • Garrett, DeRouchie: A Modern Grammar for Biblical Hebrew. B&H Academic, 2009.
  • Garrett, DeRouchie: A Modern Grammar for Biblical Hebrew Workbook. B&H Academic, 2009.

See also: Biblical Hebrew II



Beginning July 7

[HYBRID: BERKELEY & ONLINE] Introduction to Theology

Instructor: Dr. Jay Johnson
Dates and Times
: July 7-11, 9:00am - 1:00pm, on campus plus 4-week online session from July 14-August 8
Credits: 3.0 academic credits / 4.0 CEUs (40 contact hours)
Course Number: ST-2160 (for credit); ST-0001 (for CEUs)
Description: This course emphasizes liberatory and contemporary thought, through brief but in-depth encounters with historically pivotal or influential essays, texts, thinkers, and ideas. Students will learn to use and interpret basic theological concepts and models, using traditional vocabularies (doctrine of God, creation, theological anthropology, Christology, suffering and evil, soteriology, pneumatology, eschatology) by engaging a variety of theological texts critically and creatively. Students will be invited to participate as theologians while gaining a sense of how theology is a temporal, contextual, ongoing and imaginative endeavor, in which present articulations are flooded with, produced by, argue with, extend, contradict, and depart from inherited claims about the relations between God, Jesus/Christ, the Holy Spirit, humanity, life, and the universe(s). On-campus participation for the first week (July 7-11) is strongly encouraged but alternate distance learning arrangements can be made. The online session will meet asynchronously via Moodle. Contact Dr. Johnson with questions about the course format. [Maximum enrollment: 30 students]
Technology: The online portion of this course meets asynchronously using Moodle. It has no required meeting times. High-speed internet connection required. See http://moodle.gtu.edu/mod/resource/view.php?id=22717 for full technology requirements.

Required texts:

  • Hodgson, Peter and Robert King.Readings
    In Christian Theology
    .(Fortress
    Press) ISBN: 0800618491
  • Keller, Catherine.On the Mystery.(Fortress Press)ISBN:0800662768
  • Soelle, Dorothee.Thinking About God: An Introduction to
    Theology
    .(Bloomsbury, T&T Clark).
    ISBN: 0334024765


Akko

[CANCELED] Israel: Archaeology and Heritage

Instructor: Dr. Aaron Brody
Dates & Times: July 10 - 27 (17 days - NEW START DATE)
Credits: 3.0 Academic Credits or 8.0 CEUs
PSR/GTU/credit students contact contexted@psr.edu
Description:
This 2-week intensive in Akko, Israel will introduce participants to archaeological fieldwork at a biblical city. The overall project is co-sponsored by Penn State University and the University of Haifa, Israel.
Contact:  PSR/GTU/credit students contact contexted@psr.edu.  General public contact summer@psr.edu and/or complete the Application Form.


Beginning July 14

Library

[ONLINE] The Art and Technique of Effective Academic Writing

Instructor: Elizabeth Ritter-Conn
Dates & Times: July 14 - August 1 (3 wks), asynchronous
Credits: 1.5 academic credits / 2.0 CEUs (20 contact hours)
Course Number: IDS-8100 (for credit) / IDS-0001 (for CEUs)
Description: This writing course is designed to orient students to the primary types of academic writing they will be asked to do during their years at PSR and the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), including reflection papers, research papers, critical essays and exegetical papers. The course is intended to help students learn or “dust off” the writing skills they will need to succeed academically while in seminary.
     Through online lectures and discussions, extensive exercises, and brief homework assignments, participants will learn the art and technique of composing critical writing in a U.S. academic setting. Among other topics, this course will cover: developing a topic; identifying reliable resources; reading and note-taking; constructing a thesis; writing and revising the outline, body, introduction and conclusion of a paper; formatting footnotes and bibliography; and preparing an audience-oriented summary of a paper. Participants will also learn how to identify and use the online resources of the GTU library. Finally, the course will introduce PSR’s Plagiarism Policy and will offer students strategies for avoiding plagiarism.
Technology: This ONLINE course meets asynchronously using Moodle. It has no required meeting times. High-speed internet connection required. See http://moodle.gtu.edu/mod/resource/view.php?id=22717 for full technology requirements.
Required Text:
Turabian, Kate L.: A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers; 7th or 8th Ed. University of Chicago, 2007. Purchase here.


Spong: Fourth Gospel book coverThe Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic

Instructor: Bishop John Shelby Spong
Dates and Times:  July 14-18 (1 wk), 9:00am-1:00pm
Credits: 1.5 academic credits / 2.0 CEUs (20 contact hours)
Course Number:
NT-2221 (for credit) or NT-0001 (for CEUs)
Description:
This class will lift the Gospel of John out of the Bible in general and away from the other gospels, in particular, so that it can be studied in its own integrity. We will identify the unique themes found in the Fourth Gospel and seek to understand those themes in the light of the context of the history of the late first century when this gospel was being written. This means we will spend some time analyzing the different patterns of thought revealed in the Fourth Gospel, from the low Christology of the earlier part of this book to the higher Christology of the latter parts. We will speculate on the number of authors that might be revealed in the analysis. The course will proceed by breaking John’s Gospel into its constituent parts and studying each in turn.


The Dash Between the Nitty and the Gritty: Practical Parish Ministry

Instructor: Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper
Dates and Times:  July 14-18 (1 wk), 9:00 am - 1:00pm
Credits: 1.5 academic credits / 2.0 CEUs (20 contact hours)
Course Number:
FT-2532 (for credit) or FT-0004 (for CEUs)
Description:
This course shows how to make pastoral ministry work the best job in the world. It relies on an ecclesiology of parish as the hands and feet of Jesus, an incarnational hope that our worldly work can carry heavenly hopes to human beings, an eschatological witness that now is the time when we can see the realm of God, and a Eucharistic meeting of transformed people and elements into a world of plenty for all. While it is very practical, even mundane in many of its subjects, not one of these areas lacks a sense of God. It teaches the daily life of a parish minister in such a way as to reveal the informal job descriptions inside the formal ones. It teaches how to custom-design the job description in a variety of denominational, racial, cultural and class settings.
     For full-time or part-time pastors, this course will result in an extravagant and manageable job description for the pastor. The outcome of the course is to lessen the role confusion of pastoral ministry and to give the pastor a democratically-won authority to do the actual work and job of “shepherding a flock”—and to enjoy the heaven out of it. This course will be particularly useful to pastors who are overwhelmed by their jobs and are wondering if they dare continue in parish ministry. It will also be useful for seminarians who wonder if they are called to the reality of parish ministry. At the end of the course, students will be able to define parish ministry for themselves in their contexts.
Required texts:
Students will select their own readings from an extensive list of book and journal options.


Moral injuryMoral Injury, Veterans of War, and Community Responsibility for Soul Repair

Instructor: Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock
Dates and Times:  There are two registration options:
a) 1 week course:July 14-18
b) 2 week course, including conference: July 14-23, 1:30-5:30 + conference July 24-26
Conference Only: See the Events page on this website for information about the Moral Injury CONFERENCE planned in conjunction with this course.  Registration for the conference only is available on the Events page.  1.5 CEUs may be awarded for conference participation.
Credits:
   There are three options:
a)  1 week course:1.5 academic credits / 2.0 CEUs (20 contact hours)
b)  2 week course:  3.0 academic credits / 5.0 CEUs (50 contact hours)
Course Number: PSED-4010 (for credit) or PSED-0001 (for 2.0 CEUs)or PSED-0002 (for 4.0 CEUs)
Description: Recent works by Veterans Affairs clinicians have suggested that moral injury, which remains largely unaddressed, may be a greater factor than PTSD in alarmingly high veteran suicide rates (at least 3 times the general population). In examining the distinctions and relationship between the two and their relation to conditions of extremity in a number of professions, we will study aspects of moral formation in general and in military training, theological understandings of soul and conscience, affective neuroscience on empathy and ritual, the power of ritual in soul repair, and civilian moral responsibility for the aftermath of war. The goal of the first week of the seminar will be to study these ideas as they assist in helping communities in the work of soul repair after war, violence, and other conditions of extremity that challenge moral conscience. During the second week, participants will continue researching areas of interest with a focus on effective pedagogies for educating religious leaders and their communities, designing rituals for soul repair, and creating a two day conference to implement this work, not only in content, but also in conference design. The last two days of the course will be the conference itself.
Required texts:

  • Brock, Rita and Gabriella Lettini. Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury After War.Beacon Press. ISBN  978-0807029077
  • Goodell, Jessica with John Hearn. Shade it Black: Death and After in Iraq.  Casemate. ISBN  978-1612000015
  • Shay, Jonathan. Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character. Scribner.  ISBN 978-0684813219
  • Sippola, John,  Donald Tubesing, and Amy Blumenshine. Welcome Them Home, Help Them Heal: Pastoral Care and Ministry with Service Members Returning from War.  ISBN 1570252467
  • Powers, Kevin. The Yellow Birds. Little, Brown. ISBN 978-0316219341
  • Rambo, Shelly. Spirit and Trauma: A Theology of Remaining. Westminster. ISBN 0664235034

Optional texts:

  • Croft, Harry and Chrys Parker. I Always Sit with my Back to the Wall. Stillpoint Media.  ISBN 978-1890498436
  • Dewey, Larry. War and Redemption: Treatment and Recovery in Combat-Related Traumatic Stress Disorder. Ashgate. ISBN  978-0754641650



Sexuality Issues for Religious Professionals

Instructor: Debra Haffner
Dates & Times: July 14-18 2014 (1 wk), 1:30 - 5:00pm
Credits: 1.5 academic credits / 2.0 CEUs (20 contact hours)
Course Number: RSFT-2493(for credit) or RSFT-0001 (for CEUs)
Description:  "Sexuality Issues for Religious Professionals" is designed to offer students the knowledge and skills they need to address sexuality issues in their future ministries.  The course will begin with opportunities for students to reflect on their own sexuality attitudes, values, and beliefs, as well has how their sexual identity and personal sexual history may affect their ministry.  The course will cover foundational knowledge about sexuality issues, the interrelationship of sexuality and religion, and opportunities for the development of skills to provide counseling, education, preaching, and public witness on sexuality issues.  This course includes professional boundaries, handling sexual attractions during minister, and religious leader misconduct prevention, and counts as a professional misconduct prevention course required for UU ministerial candidates.
     **The combination of Sexuality Issues for Religious Professionals and the Sexualities Immersion course fulfills PSR's 3.0 credit contextual immersion requirement, upon individual approval from the Contextual Learning office.
Required Texts:

  • Ellison, Marvin and Kelly Brown Douglas, editors. Sexuality and the Sacred. WJK Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0664233662
  • Knust, Jennifer W. Unprotected Texts: The Bible's Surprising Contradictions About Sex and Desire. Harper One, 2010. ISBN 978-0061725395 \


Beginning July 21

CLGS logoSexualities Immersion

Instructor: Dr. Justin Tanis
Dates and Times: July 21 - 25 (1 wk), 1:30 - 5:00 pm
Credits 1.5 academic credits / 2.0 CEUs (20 contact hours
Course Number: RS-2481(for credit) or RS-0006 (for CEUs)

Description: This course will provide students with the opportunity to engage face-to-face with people who are part of the rich sexual geography of the San Francisco Bay Area.  The class will visit sexually-affirming spaces, such as a display of sex-positive art and a sex club, and engage in direct conversations with sex workers, BDSM practitioners, and others who are a part of San Francisco’s alternative sexual communities. We will consider sexual health through conversations with professionals providing reproductive health care and HIV and STD prevention, harm-reduction, and treatment efforts.  Each encounter will be framed with selected readings and a period of individual and group theological and ministerial reflection. Students are expected to have previously taken a sex-education class at a college level or gained equivalent knowledge and be committed to engaging the topics of the class with an open mind. Students should be prepared to hear adult language and conversations and may see nudity and but will never be asked to view or participate in any sexual activity. This is a unique opportunity to consider our theological and ministerial response to real-world sexual cultures and practices. [Maximum enrollment: 25 students]
     **The combination of Sexuality Issues for Religious Professionals and the Sexualities Immersion course fulfills PSR's 3.0 credit contextual immersion requirement, upon individual approval from the Contextual Learning office.
Note: This immersion requires one of three prerequisites for enrollment:

  1. Complete the Sexuality Issues for Religious Professionals course offered the week prior to this immersion (July 14-18. with Debra Haffner).  - or -
  2. Have completed an Introduction to Sexuality course at another institution  - or -
  3. Obtain permission from the instructor to substitute other experience for this prerequisite.  Email Justin Tanis to request permission to waive this requirement.


penWriting as a Healing Ministry

Instructor: Sharon Bray
Dates and Times: July 21-25 (1 wk), 9:00am-1:00pm
Credits: 1.5 academic credits / 2.0 CEUs (20 contact hours)
Course Number: SP-2988 (credit); SP-0001 (CEUs)
Description: Writing is an art form that belongs to every one of us. It is also a powerful tool for healing. In recent years, a growing body of research shows that the simple act of writing down thoughts and feelings helps people with chronic illness improve their health. But the healing power of writing extends well beyond physical illness. Writing also reduces stress, discharges complex emotions and helps us gain perspective. When we suffer pain or loss, writing about our feelings can help to relieve our burdens, establish a perspective, and cope more effectively with life’s hardships. Writing helps us integrate our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. It can be a kind of prayer—one in which you don't ask for anything, except to know your own experience and to make meaning of it.
      “Writing as a Healing Ministry” is designed to provide an overview of the field of therapeutic or healing writing for lay ministers, clergy, healthcare or helping professionals. In this intensive week-long course, we will explore how writing can heal ourselves and others. Class activities will include an overview of the research on therapeutic writing, review of several different writing methodologies used to help individuals heal from pain, suffering and trauma, small group discussion and individual writing exercises. [Maximum enrollment: 12 students]
Required text:
  DeSalvo, Louise.  Writing as a Way of Healing.  Beacon Press. ISBN 978-0807072431


Pastoral Care and Congregations

Instructor: Dr. Horace Griffin
Dates and Times: July 21-August 8, 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Credits 3.0 academic credits / 4.0 CEUs (40 contact hours)
Course Number: PS-1060 (for credit); PS-0001 (for CEUs)
Description: This course is an introduction to pastoral care and counseling. Students will be introduced to the history of pastoral care, pastoral care thinkers and leaders and the Church's tradition regarding the "cure of the soul." Drawing from texts, class lectures and case studies, students will develop skills for pastoral conversations and spiritual care. This course will provide a special focus on assisting others in crises, such as illness, troubled relationships, loss and death and dying. Students will develop a pastoral theology addressing such issues as theodicy, benevolence, sin and evil. Spiritual healing and palliative care will also be examined in hospital and hospice settings for chaplaincy. Intended audience: MDiv. [Maximum enrollment: 20 students]



Feminist Theologies of the Global South

Instructor: Dr. Kwok Pui Lan
Dates and Times
:July 21 - August 1 (2 wks), 9:00am-1:00pm
Credits
3.0 academic credits / 4.0 CEUs (40 contact hours)
Course Number:
STHR-4220 (for credit) or STHR-0001 (for CEUs)
Description
:A critical study of the challenges and the contributions of feminist theology from the Global South to the theological discipline. Topics will include the impact of globalization, postcolonial discourse, religion and culture, sexuality and spirituality, and ecological concerns. The works of representative figures in feminist theology from indigenous traditions and from Africa, Latin America, and Asia will be studied.[Maximum enrollment: 20 students]
Required texts:

  • Kwok, Pui-lan. Introducing Asian Feminist Theology. Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2000. ISBN 978-1841270661
  • _____, ed. Hope Abundant: Third World and Indigenous Women’s Theology. Maryknoll: Orbis, 2010. ISBN 978-1570758805.
  • Oduyoye, Mercy Amba. Introducing African Women’s Theology. Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2002.  ISBN 978-1841271439
  • Other articles in the course website.

Recommended:

  • Ashcroft, Bill, Gareth Griffiths, and Helen Tiffin. The Post-Colonial Studies Reader. New York: Routledge, 1995. ISBN 978-0415345651
  • Fabella, Virginia, and Mercy Amba Oduyoye, eds. With Passion and Compassion: Third World Women Doing Theology. Maryknoll: Orbis, 1988. ISBN 978-0883446287
  • King, Ursula, ed. Feminist Theology from the Third World. Maryknoll: Orbis, 1994. ISBN 978-0883449639
  • Oduyoye, Mercy Amba, and Musimbi R. A. Kanyoro, eds. The Will to Arise: Women, Tradition and the Church in Africa. Maryknoll: Orbis, 1992. ISBN 978-1597524742
  • Mananzan, Mary John, et al, eds. Women Resisting Violence: Spirituality for Life  . Maryknoll: Orbis, 1996. ISBN 978-1592449736
  • Tamez, Elsa, ed. Through Her Eyes: Women’s Theology from Latin America.     Maryknoll: Orbis, 1989    ISBN 978-1597524995


ScriptureBiblical Hebrew II

Instructor: Robert Kramish
Dates & Times: July 21-August 8 (3 wks), 9:00am - 1:00pm
Credits:
3.0 academic credits / 4.0 CEUs (40 contact hours)
Course Number:
BS-1136(for credit) or BS-0002 (for CEUs)
Description:
This is the second half of a six-week intensive course in which students will work through an entire first-year Hebrew grammar book, preparing them to enter an Intermediate Hebrew class upon completion of the course. Students who plan to take the entire course should sign up for both Hebrew I and Hebrew II. By the end of the two-part course, students will have acquired a command of the basic principles of Hebrew phonology, morphology and syntax. Students will be able to translate the text of the Hebrew Bible with the aid of lexicons and other grammatical resources.
Required texts
(Purchase here.):

  • Garrett, DeRouchie: A Modern Grammar for Biblical Hebrew. B&H Academic, 2009.
  • Garrett, DeRouchie: A Modern Grammar for Biblical Hebrew Workbook. B&H Academic, 2009.
  • Brown, Driver, Briggs: Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon. Hendrickson, 2007.
  • American Bible Society: Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. American Bible Society, 1997. 

See also: Biblical Hebrew I



Beginning July 28

 Asian/Pacific-Islander Sexualities and Christian Faith

Instructor: Jess Delegencia
Dates and Times
: July 28 - August 8, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Credits 3.0 academic credits / 4.0 CEUs (40 contact hours)
Course Number: RS-2480(for credit) or RS-0005 (for CEUs)
Description:This course will explore the experiences and realities of Asian Pacific Islander (API) LGBT people across various Christian traditions (evangelical, mainline, Roman Catholic). To deeply understand the intersections between API, LGBT and Christian identities, the course will feature multiple media of learning and instruction, including readings of historical and modern texts, film and video, guest speakers, simulation activities, theater, and a field experience in an affirming API Christian church. Students will gain transformative knowledge and be equipped with tools for ministry and activism in API, LGBT and Christian contexts. Class includes one field experience on August 3, Sunday, from 10 am -1 pm off site (place TBD). Major topics will include:

  • LGBT history and realities in the United States, Asia, and the Pacific
  • Identity and coming out, as individuals and families
  • Family, parents, and parenting
  • Discrimination / marginalization / microaggressions
  • Advocacy and organizing in API faith communities
  • HIV/AIDS and stigma in API faith communities
  • Arts and culture
  • Ministry and theology in API LGBT contexts

Required texts:

  • Cheng, Patrick, Rainbow Theology: Bridging Race, Sexuality, and Spirit.    Seabury. ISBN  978-1596272415
  • Course reader (available at CLGS)
  • Eng, David, & Hom, Alice Y., eds., Q & A: Queer in Asian America. ISBN 978-1566396400   
  • Valuing Families: Christian Education for the Household of God. A CLGS Asian Pacific Roundtable Project resource. (available at CLGS)

Recommended texts:

  • AmerAsia Journal Vol. 32, Number 1, “Marriage Equality Debate" 2006.
  • Chellew-Hodge, Candace. Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians. ISBN 978-0470279281
  • Cheng, Patrick. From Sin to Amazing Grace: Discovering the Queer Christ.  ISBN 978-1596272385
  • Cheng, Patrick. Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology. ISBN 978-1596271326Chu. Jeff. Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America.  ISBN 978-0062049735
  • Jeung, Russell. Faithful Generations.  ISBN 978-0813535036
  • Kumashiro, Kevin. Restoried Selves: Autobiographies of Queer Asian-Pacific-American Activists. ISBN 978-1560234630
  • Lee, Justin. Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gay vs. Christians Debate. ISBN 978-1455514304
  • Leong, Russell ed. Asian American Sexualities: Dimensions of the Gay and Lesbian Experience.  ISBN 978-0415914376
  • Ng, David. (ed.), People on the Way: Asian North Americans Discovering Christ, Culture, Community. ISBN 978-0817012427
  • Freire, Paulo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. ISBN 978-0826412768



[ONLINE OPTION]  The Good, the Bad and the Undiscovered: Profiles in Biblical Leadership

Instructor: Dr. Jehon Grist
Dates and Times
: July 28 - August (1 wk), 1:30pm-5:30pm
Credits 1.5 academic credits / 2.0 CEUs (20 contact hours)
Course Number: BSHS-2551(for credit) or BSHS-0004 (for CEUs)
Description: The Hebrew Bible is a treasure trove of didactic stories about Biblical leaders, from kings, queens and warriors to prophetesses and priests. It presents inspiring accounts of faith and courage in the face of impossible odds, as well as resourcefulness  in making the most of available opportunities. But it also often offers blunt assessments of leaders' misguided motivations and failures.
     Our course will begin with an historical/archaeological overview of the Biblical world from 1800-100 BCE that also examines the social and ethical evolution of Israelite society. Then we will explore the lives of several Biblical leaders spanning the entire age of the Hebrew Bible, from Jacob to Moses and Miriam, Deborah, David, Hezekiah, Jeremiah, Ezra and Esther. In each case, we will employ textual analysis tools to trace out both the partially hidden, original version of the story and the interpretive content added by the later writers/editors of the Bible, using techniques pioneered by Hebrew University's outstanding Biblical studies professor, Yair Zakovitch.
     Our goal in this course is nothing less than time travel: to discover the source stories of Biblical leaders and how they were interpreted over the centuries to inspire and guide later generations in the Biblical era.
     This course is taught face-to-face in Berkeley.  Those who are unable to come to Berkeley may attend online via webconference.
For those who opt to attend from a distance:  Technology: For those who opt to attend from a distance, this course meets at posted course meeting times using webconferencing, and you must be available in your corresponding time zone to participate in class. A webcam, high speed internet connection, and the latest version of Flash is required.
Required Texts:

  • Moore, M.S. Faith Under Pressure: A Study of Biblical Leaders in Conflict. Leafwood Publishers, 2003.  ISBN 978-0971428911

  • Shinan, A. and Y. Zakovitch. From Gods to God: How the Bible Debunked, Suppressed, or Changed Ancient Myths and Legends. New York: Jewish Publication Society, 2012. ISBN 978-0827609082

  • Stevens, M.E. Leadership Roles of the Old Testament: King, Prophet, Priest, Sage. Wipf and Stock, Publishers, 2012. ISBN 978-1610974080

Additional PDFs of articles and support materials, available through Moodle and/or the Lehrhaus Judaica website.

 


Beginning August 4

FlunderPreaching

Preaching Women: Examining the (Her)story and Role of Women Preachers and Enhancing Their Craft

Instructor: Bishop Yvette Flunder
Dates and Times: August 4-8 (1 wk), 1:30pm-5:30pm
Credits: 1.5 academic credits / 2.0 CEUs (20 contact hours)
Course Number: HM-2730 (for credit); HM-0001 (for CEUs)
Description: This course will challenge the patriarchy of the pulpit and celebrate the preaching women who have contributed to building and sustaining churches and faith communities since the beginning of Christianity. The course will acknowledge the ways women have found to preach subversively in many unwelcoming environments and will encourage people of all gender identities to explore other possibilities beyond traditional methods, settings and definitions of preaching.
     We will explore crafting sermons to address current social issues and populations that have been marginalized by church and society, along with preaching that speaks to more traditional congregations.
     The course will include methods of sermon preparation, delivery and lab experience where preaching will be shared with members of the class and during worship times.
Required texts:

  • Smith, Christine. Preaching as Weeping, Confession and Resistance: Radical Responses to Radical Evil. Westminster/John Knox Press, 1992. ISBN: 978-0664252168
  • Flunder, Yvette A. Where the Edge Gathers: Building a Community of Radical Inclusion.  Pilgrim Press, 2005.  ISBN: 978-0829816389
  • Childers, Jana. Birthing the Sermon: Women Preachers on the Creative Process. Chalice Press, 2001. ISBN: 978-0827202306

 


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