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TEL Courses & Seminars

The TEL program includes courses and seminars in a variety of lengths and formats. All courses are open to any learner, and are available entirely online. They may be taken individually, or as part of a certificate. Because courses are not taught at graduate-level intensity, TEL courses do not count toward graduate-level academic credit (see CTEL below for exception).

Courses
 

Christian History August 4 - 11, 2015 
Christian Education September 1 - 8, 2015
Theological Thinking September 22 - 29, 2015
Christian Worship October 13 -20, 2015
UMOJA October 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2015
Biblical Interpretation November 10 - 17, 2015
Preaching January 2016
Spiritual Practices
February 2016
Church Administration (Seminar) February 2016
Christian Ethics March 2016
Loving God by Loving Ourselves: Self-Care (Seminar) March 2016
Pastoral Care April 2016 
Survey of the Old Testament May 2016
Survey of the New Testament June 2016

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Dr. James F. LawrenceThe Great Story of Your Faith:
Defining Moments in Christian History


with Dr. Jim Lawrence
August 4 - 11, 2015  

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Course Description 
By focusing on fateful events that decisively shaped Christianity the immense landscape of Christian history can be brought into view. Using a lens of progressive Christianity, we will engage four such defining moments in the two thousand years of the world’s largest faith tradition: the first-century expulsion from synagogues that launched organized Christianity; the fourth-century Council of Nicaea that inaugurated Christianity as a world empire religion; the sixteenth-century Protestant breakaway that created entrepreneurial religion; and the 1974 Lausanne Conference that still seeks global evangelization.

Schedule
This is a course.
Opening live seminar; 6:00 - 8:00pm PDT
Closing live seminar;  6:00 - 8:00pm PDT.
The interim section of the course will be self-paced.

Cost
$120 CTEL certificate students and PSR students / $200 general public.

About the Instructor 
Rev. Dr. James F. Lawrence is Dean of the Swedenborgian House of Studies and Assistant Professor of Spirituality and Historical Studies at Pacific School of Religion. During 17 years in parish ministry in rural, suburban and urban settings, Dr. Lawrence helped three congregations re-energize, and he continues to have a special interest in the renewal of traditional ministries. In addition to Swedenborgian Studies, he teaches in the field of spirituality and has special interest in the varieties of Protestant religious experience, the radical margins of Protestant history, the dialogue between science and religion, and biblical spirituality. He has contributed as publisher, editor and author to more than 30 works. He describes his philosophy of teaching in this way:

“I help students understand and develop the resources for an engaged spirituality in the practice of ministry. Both vertical and horizontal extensions are required for spiritual leadership in tomorrow’s world, and these can be developed by engaging the stories of transformative faith: the communities that shape it, the theologies that nourish it, the practices that sustain it, and the moral life that embodies it.” 



Michael CamposTelling Our Stories: 
An Introduction to Christian Education


with Dr. Michael Sepidoza Campos
September 1 - 8, 2015

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 Course Description 
This course invites learners to survey main themes of Christian teaching, religious education and curriculum practices as they relate to ministry. Specific attention will be given to the different versions and processes of religious education and theoretical explorations on shifting roles between student-teacher. Care will be given to discerning approaches to religious education, particularly the emergence of social biography, conscientization and liberative/transformative reflection Christian education.

(this course approved for the MCC L.E.A.D. program)

Schedule
This is a course.
Opening live seminar: Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:00 pm PDT
Closing live seminar: Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:00 pm PDT
This course will feature live, Zoom opening and closing seminars.
The interim section of the course will be self-paced.

Cost
$120 CTEL certificate students and PSR students / $200 general public.

About the Instructor 
Michael Sepidoza Campos has taught Introduction to Christian Education through CMS (and now TEL) since 2009. His research interests include Filipino-American diaspora, postcolonial theory, queer theory and critical pedagogy. Michael's work in Catholic education both constitutes his ministerial context as well as provides the theoretical space at which he investigates the intersection of pedagogy, theology, ethnicity and gender. He has taught at high schools in Boston, Guam, Honolulu and San Francisco; he also served as adjunct faculty at both PSR and the University of San Francisco.



Jay JohnsonTheological Thinking: God-Talk for Community Building

with Rev. Dr. Jay E. Johnson
September 22 - 29, 2015

Registration will open closer to the date of the class
 

Course Description
Theology invites us deeper into an adventure with God and with each other. Theology also provides tools for that adventure as we explore the mystery of our own lives in relationship to the God who creates, redeems, and sustains us. In this course, we’ll consider the many forms of theological language – expressed with songs,poetry,prayer,arguments, laughter, tears, sermons, laments, intimate conversations,and so much more. We’ll also consider how such “God-talk” can help us build communities of faith, hope, and love in the world. We’ll do this through interactive exercises with Scripture, multi-media “lectures” on Christian traditions, engagements with various art forms, and shared investigations of the many questions each of us has about who God is and who we are in relationship with God.

Schedule
This is a course.
Opening live seminar: Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:00 pm PDT
Closing live seminar: Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:00 pm PDT
This course will feature live, Zoom opening and closing seminars.
The interim section of the course will be self-paced.

Cost
$120* CTEL certificate students / $200* general public.

About the Instructor 
Jay Emerson Johnson, a theologian and Episcopal priest, is a member of the core doctoral faculty of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) and teaches courses at Pacific School of Religion and the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, both member schools of the GTU. He is senior Director, Academic Research & Resources at PSR's Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies in Religion and Ministry CLGS).

Since 2006 Dr.Johnson has been a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Theology and Sexuality. He has also served as a parish priest in the Episcopal Dioceses of Chicago and California and is currently a clergy associate at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Berkeley. Jay's first book, Dancing with God: Anglican Christianity and the Practice of Hope, was published in 2005.

His current research and writing interests involve the intersections of critical social theory and Christian traditions. Jay is a popular retreat leader and facilitator of adult education programs, both in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the country. Jay also maintains a blogging site: Peculiar Faith.


Dr. Sharon FennemaLet the Church Say, "Amen!": An Introduction to Christian Worship

with Dr. Sharon Fennema
October 13-20, 2015 

Registration will open closer to the date of the class
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Course Description 

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Schedule
This is a course.
Opening live seminar: Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:00 pm PDT
Closing live seminar: Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:00 pm PDT
This course will feature live, Zoom opening and closing seminars.
The interim section of the course will be self-paced.

Cost
$120* CTEL certificate students / $200* general public.

About the Instructor 
Dr. Sharon Fennema is PSR Assistant Professor of Christian Worship and Director of Worship Life. Her research and teaching addresses the intersections of critical and gender theories with Christian worship as a practice which forms identity, performs theology, and shapes engagement in the public and political sphere. Drawing on the work of Judith Butler and queer theory, as well as performance theorist Richard Schechner, she has engaged in an historical ethnography of the worship practices at a San Francisco community of faith during the height of the early AIDS crisis in the United States, using it as the source for the creation of what she calls “a liturgical theodicy in practice,” which she is currently developing into a book manuscript. Her essay, "Practicing Purity: The Colonizing Force of Invisible Whiteness in Christian Worship" will appear in the collection Liturgy in Postcolonial Perspectives: Only One is Holy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).


UMOJA: The Bible, Sexuality & Gender for African-American Faith Communities

with Rev. Roland Stringfellow
Every Thursday in October 2015 

This course is part of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS) curriculum

Registration will open closer to the date of the class
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Course Description
“UMOJA” is a Swahili word that means unity. African-American communities, however, are deeply divided over homosexuality. Many families and congregations are unsure about supporting loved-ones who come out as lesbian,gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT), especially if and when church authority teach to the contrary. Many are brokenhearted and confused in the midst of hurtful words and damaged relationships. This 5-week series is designed to help repair, restore and rediscover the kinship of families and churches.

Each class session will cover the Umoja: Unity in the Community curriculum to help participants learn how to use this study in their local church context. These sessions are ideally suited for an adult education forum on Sunday morning or a mid-week Bible study:

Session 1: “Introduction – Our Theology and Tradition.” The facilitator will review the goals of the program, establish group norms and administer the assessment tool (optional). Participants will examine their own theological beliefs and traditions that form their position around sexual expression and gender identity. 

Session 2: “Unity in the Community.” A film that includes testimonials from theologians and pastors in support of LGBT inclusion in faith communities followed by an exploration of the theological arguments addressed in the film. 

Session 3: “Mamma and the Church.” A consideration of the social arguments in the African-American community concerning why LGBT people are not accepted in some families and churches as juxtaposed with the emotional toil it takes on the individuals. 

Session 4: “The Content of a Person’s Character.” Comparing and contrasting the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and today’s Gay Rights Movement. 

Session 5: “For Faith, For Love, Forever.” An overview of same-gender love and marriage in the African-American community. 

Schedule
This is a course.
Opening live seminar: Thursday, 4:00 - 5:30 pm PDT
Closing live seminar: Thursday, 4:00 - 5:30 pm PDT
This course will feature live, Zoom seminars every Thursday.
The interim section of the course will be self-paced.

Cost
$120* CTEL certificate students and PSR students / $200* general public.
Group discount available - call for more information about being a host site for this class

About the Instructor 

Rev. Roland Stringfellow earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Master of Science degree in Counseling from Indiana University. He later earned a Master of Arts degree in Ministry from Grace Theological Seminary and in 1990 became a licensed minister in the Baptist Church. In 2005, Roland was ordained with the Metropolitan Community Church and in 2006 he earned his Master of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion with a certificate in Religion and Sexuality.  In 2011, Roland became licensed with the United Church of Christ and The fellowship of Affirming Ministries, a predominately African-American coalition of congregations with an outreach to LGBT individuals.  He has worked as a pastor in Indiana and California and currently serves as senior pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit.  In addition to all his work within church contexts, Roland also worked in the field of education in a variety of capacities – teacher, guidance counselor, college advisor, and vice-principal. 



Katy ValentineBiblical Interpretation: An Ancient Text for Today's World

with Dr. Katy E. Valentine
November 10 - 17, 2015
 

Registration will open closer to the date of the class
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Course Description
This course will introduce learners to the basic tools and strategies for interpreting the Bible.  The Bible is a huge book—or rather collection of books—that shapes our religious communities, our political landscapes, as well as our personal lives; therefore, learning strategies for interpretation is important.  The course will build on what you already know concerning the Bible and give you constructive tools and strategies for expanding your understanding of the Bible. In our time together we will focus specifically on historical interpretation (who wrote it, when, where and why) and literary and metaphorical interpretation (what is this story about? what are its features?).  We will also take into consideration our own social locations to see how our own lives, and those of our communities, become part of our interpretations. By the end of the course, you will have a toolbox for doing Biblical exegesis, which will lead you to your own interpretation of Scripture.

Schedule
This is a course.
Opening live seminar: 5:30 - 8:00 pm PST
Closing live seminar: 5:30 - 8:00 pm PST
This course will feature live, Zoom opening and closing seminars.
The interim section of the course will be self-paced.

Cost
$120* CTEL certificate students and PSR students / $200* general public.

About the Instructor
Katy E. Valentine, Ph.D. has lectured at St. Mary's College of California(Moraga, CA) and at the Pacific School of Religion (Berkeley, CA) and is a frequent guest teacher at local churches.  Katy is a passionate teacher of Biblical Studies who engages students in the relevance and importance of the Bible in our culture today.

Katy's work embodies the following:
“I am a teacher in every sense of the word. Committed to my undergraduate students, I design courses to help the Bible come alive in its ancient context and also become relevant to our modern society.  In the seminary context, I work closely with graduate students so that they become informed theological leaders.  With other adult learners, I partner with individuals and groups so that they become passionate about the
relevance of the Bible to their communities.”


PreachingI'm Gonna Preach:
Finding Voice in Church and World

with Rev. Dr. Mary Donovan Turner
January 2016
(exact dates TBD)

Registration will open closer to the date of the class
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Course Description
The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) records words of the prophets who spoke challenging and hopeful words to the people of Israel and Judah. In the New Testament Jesus  teaches in the synagogues and preaches to the masses who gathered around him. Early church leaders like Peter and Paul
proclaim the good news to the crowds. And, as the early church developed, teaching and preaching the word became an important and formative part of Christian worship.

In our differing traditions and denominations preaching has developed in sometimes unique and interesting ways. What is a sermon in your tradition? Are sermons based on scripture – why or why not? What do you hope for when you listen to a sermon?  What is a good process for sermon writing?  What forms do sermons come in and why does it matter?  What does your tradition think about prophetic preaching that engages community, social and political concerns?

Together we will explore these historical and ontemporary issues related to proclamation in worship.

(this course approved for the MCC L.E.A.D. program)

Schedule
This is a course.
Opening live seminar; Tuesday, 5:30 - 7:30 pm PST
Closing live seminar;  Tuesday, 5:30 - 7:30 pm PST
The interim section of the course is self-paced.

Cost
$120* CTEL certificate students and PSR students / $200* general public.

About the Instructor
Dr. Mary Donovan Turner is the PSR Carl Patton Professor of Preaching. Dr.Turner is a highly regarded preacher in churches nationwide. As an ordained minister, she served congregations of the Christian Church(Disciples of Christ) before beginning her full-time teaching career. Her educational background in Old Testament and homiletics enables her to research and teach methodologies whereby the lives of the preacher and the community come into a responsible en-counter with the biblical text.

She notes, “I have three major areas of interest that intersect in my teaching, research, and service. The first is preaching. The second, Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. The third, women’s studies/voices. A look at my most recent publications and course offerings demonstrates how these three take precedence in my research and writing and how in an almost seemingly endless number of ways are put in conversation with each
other.”

In addition to publishing numerous articles, she is the author of Old Testament Words: Reflections for Preaching (2003) and The Storyteller’s Companion to the Bible: Prophets I, vol. 6 (1996). With Mary Lin Hudson, she is co-author of Saved from Silence: Finding Women’s Voice in Preaching (1999).



Rev. Dr. Christy NewtonWells of Living Water:
Spiritual Practices for the Journey of Life

with Rev. Dr. Christy Newton
February 2016
(exact dates TBD)

Registration will open closer to the date of the class
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Course Description
All around us, there are messages of scarcity that claim there is simply not enough. Not enough time, energy, or money. Not enough creativity,intelligence, beauty, hope, wonder… Not enough to share. These messages deplete our spirits on multiple levels and leave many of us as faith leaders trying to quench our spiritual thirsts with the dust of dry wells. This course will introduce a selection of spiritual practices capable of replenishing dry wells and quenching the deep spiritual thirsts of individuals and communities of faith. Students will engage in experiential spiritual practices and critical reflection on those practices. Together we will explore why certain spiritual practices resonate with us and how these spiritual practices might be incorporated into the life of a community of faith.

Schedule
This is a course.
Opening live seminar; Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:00pm PST
Closing live seminar; Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:00pm PST
The interim section of the course is self-paced.

Cost
$120* CTEL certificate students and PSR students / $200* general public.

About the Instructor
Christy Newton is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) who has served local Disciples and United Church of Christ congregations in Arkansas and California and worked in campus ministry/church relations at Chapman University in Orange, California. An alumna of Texas Christian University (B.A.),Nanzan University (Nagoya, Japan), Monash University (Melbourne, Australia—M.A. Art History/Film), and Pacific School of Religion (M.Div.), Christy also received her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Graduate Theological Union in May 2011. Her soon-to-be-published dissertation, entitled Saving at Wal-Mart: Theology and Relationships in Consumer Culture, reflects her sincere passion for connecting the world of ideas with the everyday lives that people lead. Currently, Christy serves as the Senior Minister at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Vallejo, California, and teaches courses on spirituality, ethics,and theology for Lexington Theological Seminary, as well as Pacific School of Religion.

 



Rev. Kim Smith

Called to Lead:
The Care and Administration of Church

with Rev. Barbara Essex
February 2016 (exact dates TBD)

Registration will open closer to the date of the class
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Course Description
Every religious community or church requires management and administration. Management that is deeply rooted in the church's vision of ministry and the church's understanding of its own calling, moves beyond paper and numbers becomes a ministry itself.  This course is designed to help participants discern their own community's vision and how it directs and impacts the various acts of administration, including finances,personnel, planning, volunteer management and leadership. Sensitivity to culture and context are critical as pastors and leaders create a theological and spiritual basis for the work of church management.

(this course approved for the MCC L.E.A.D. program)

Schedule
This is a seminar.
February 5:30 - 8:30pm PST

Cost
$30 CTEL certificate students and PSR students / $60 general public.

About the Instructor
The Rev. Barbara J. Essex is best-selling author of such works as: Krazy Kinfolk: Exploring Dysfunctional Families in the Bible; Bad Girls of the Bible: Exploring Biblical Women of questionable Virtue; and Women in the Bible: Insights Bible Study for Growing Faith. She has served as Minister for Higher and Theological Education at the United Church of Christ, and for ten years as the Minister and Director of Pastoral Services at Pacific School of Religion. Essex also was professor of philosophy and religion at Contra Costa Community College in San Pablo, CA and has served as adjunct faculty for the Hartford Seminary’s Women Leadership Institute in Connecticut since the late 1990s.

Her other professional work includes serving as Program Director and Co-Convener for the National Religious Leadership Program, co-sponsored by Pacific School of Religion and Hartford Seminary. She has provided consultant assistance in the areas of leadership, education, spirituality, and program development and evaluation for individuals, diverse congregations, denominational agencies, seminaries and other institutions across the nation.  Rev. Essex was also the 2013 Earl Lectures' Conference Preacher.


Carol ManahanFor the Bible Tells Me So?
An Intro to Christian Ethics

with Rev. Dr. Carol Manahan
March 2016  (exact dates TBD)

Registration will open closer to the date of the class
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Course Description
Early in our lives we begin to discern right from wrong, fair from unfair. As we grow up, we discover the complexity and ambiguity that accompany our lives in the church and the world. When we can no longer find simple answers, we turn to ethical reflection, the spiritual practice of bringing life and faith together for making difficult choices.

“For the Bible Tells Me So?: an Introduction to Christian Ethics” will introduce learners to the tool and methods for choosing action in unfamiliar or controversial situations. Drawing on the Bible, Christian
tradition, experience, and reason, we bring our own lives into the ongoing conversation about how to live as Christians in our families, churches, and communities. This course will allow students to explore methods of ethical reasoning which can help us act compassionately,wisely, and faithfully.

Schedule
This is a course.
Opening live seminar: Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Closing live seminar: Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
The interim section of the course is self-paced.

Cost
$120* CTEL certificate students and PSR students / $200* general public.

About the Instructor
Carol Manahan, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, received a B.A. in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic, an M.A. in Art from San Francisco State University, and an M.Div from Pacific School of Religion. An interdisciplinary scholar in green studies who draws on the fields of environmental and agricultural ethics, religious studies, art, and geography, Carol teaches environmental ethics and natural history at California College of the Arts in Oakland And San Francisco.

She completed her PhD in Interdisiplinary Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in 2006, where she brought together environmental ethics, biblical studies, and ecology. Her dissertation on the ethics of genetic engineering in agriculture considered the scientific, economic, political and ethical concerns raise by the introduction of genetically modified corn.

Rev. Manahan also served for five years as associate conference minister for the Northern California Nevada Conference of the UCC, and she continues to consult with congregations
on transition issues and to lead workshops and retreats.



Toni DunbarLoving God by Loving Ourselves: Self-Care for the Selfless

with Rev. Dr. Toni Dunbar 

March 2016 (exact dates TBD)

Registration will open closer to the date of the class
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Course Description 
How can we love our neighbor if we do not love ourselves?  Recent studies of religious professionals have found that Protestant clergy have the highest degree of work-related stress.  In another study, Lutheran clergy and lay leaders (ELCA) have self-reported problems with depression, relations with family and friends, finances, and personal devotional life.  Can we, the pastoral leaders in our churches, learn to love ourselves and care for ourselves as we love and care for our neighbors?  A topic not just for clergy – lay leaders who are concerned about the well-being of their pastors can benefit.

About the Instructor

Toni Dunbar is a long-time resident of the Bay Area. She is an Associate Pastor of City of Refuge United Church of Christ in San Francisco and a former Associate Conference Minister of the Northern California Nevada Conference. She earned her Doctor of Ministry degree from Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, California. Toni is the author of Blessed! Sermons from the Edge, and believes that the voice of faith has a prominent place in the public discourse. She is a member of several alliances, boards and consortia promoting the role of communities—including communities of faith—in the reclamation of their most marginalized and highly at-risk members.

Schedule
This is a seminar.
Monday, 6:00 - 8:00 pm PDT 

Cost
$30* CTEL certificate students and PSR students / $60* general public.



Still Waters and Streams: 
An Introduction to Pastoral Care

with Rev. Dr. Horace Griffin

April 2016 (exact dates TBD)

Registration will open closer to the date of the class
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Course Description
This course is a brief introduction to pastoral care.  Students will be introduced to the history of pastoral care and the Church’s tradition regarding the “cure of the soul.”  Drawing from readings, class lectures and a case study, 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, death and dying.  Students will understand and observe pastoral care as a spiritual undertaking involving lay members as well as clergy within a faith community.  Pastoral care will be explored in the context of theological issues such as theodicy (problem of evil in a "good" world),  God as a benevolent being and sin.  

Schedule
This is a course.
Opening live seminar: Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:00 pm PDT
Closing live seminar: Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:00 pm PDT
The interim section of the course is self-paced.

Cost
$120* CTEL certificate students and PSR students / $200* general public.

About the instructor

Horace L. Griffin is Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia in 1983; the Master of Divinity in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Boston University School of Theology, Boston, Massachusetts in 1988; and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Religion and Personality from Vanderbilt University Graduate Department of Religion, Nashville, Tennessee in 1995.

As a pastoral theologian, Griffin  teaches courses in pastoral care, counseling, leadership and gender and sexuality.  His scholarship uses narrative pastoral care and contemporary theological discourse to explore issues of race, gender and sexuality.  An ordained Episcopal priest and author of Their Own Receive Them Not: African American Lesbians and Gays in Black Churches (2006 Lambda Literary award winner), Griffin is involved in progressive Christian conversations on race and homosexuality currently taking place in the Church and society.  In addition to this work, he is writing his second book, Dishonor, which explores the abusive power of Jim Jones and the race dynamics in the Peoples Temple and Jonestown.



Dr. Steed Davidson

Text and Culture: A Survey of the Old Testament

with Dr. Steed Davidson
May 2016 (exact dates TBD) 

Registration will open closer to the date of the class

Course Description
This course examines the Old Testament in the context of the ancient near east as a product of its time. Attention will be paid to the historical, social and cultural forces that shaped the texts and the ways Jews and Christians have read these texts. Coming to an appreciation of the content of selected books and their relevance for contemporary culture will also be a focus of this course.

Schedule
This is a course.
Opening live seminar: 5:30 - 8:30pm PDT
Closing live seminar:  5:30 - 8:30pm PDT
The interim section of the course will be self-paced.

Cost
$120* CTEL certificate students and PSR students / $200* general public.

About the Instructor 

Steed V. Davidson is associate professor of Old Testament at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley,CA. His research interests center on Israelite prophetic literature and postcolonial studies. His book Empire and Exile offers a postcolonial treatment of the book of Jeremiah. As well as contributing to other publications on the issue of postcolonial readings, he teaches contextual readings of the Bible. In his classes he pays critical attention to reader and text as they interact in varying contexts as a means of developing competencies in reading from multiple contexts. Dr. Davidson received his PhD from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. 



Dr. Tat-siong Benny LiewText and Culture II: A Survey of the New Testament

with Dr. Tat-siong Benny Liew
June 2016 (exact dates TBD)  

Registration will open closer to the date of the class
 

Course Description
This course intends to explore the literature and background (thus “text and culture”) of the early Christ-following movement.  Our study will basically progress in two steps: first, an overview of the socio-cultural and religious contexts out of which Christianity developed; second, a selective survey of New Testament books (mainly Paul and Mark, and to a lesser degree, the other canonical Gospels) to emphasize the theological diversity within the canon of Scriptures.  We will also give special attention to the contextual and ideological nature of textual interpretation.

Schedule
This is a course.
Opening live seminar: 6:00 - 8:00pm PDT
Closing live seminar: 6:00 - 8:00pm PDT
The interim section of the course will be self-paced.

Cost
$120* CTEL certificate students and PSR students / $200* general public.

About the Instructor 
Tat-siong Benny Liew is Professor of New Testament at College of the Holy Cross,Worcester, MA. Dr. Liew is most interested and invested in transdisciplinary study of the New Testament. Alongside New Testament studies, his scholarly interests include literary theory, postcolonial studies, gender/sexuality studies, and ethnic studies (particularly Asian American history and literature). Dr. Liew is the author of What Is Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics? Reading the New Testament(2008), and Politics of Parousia: Reading Mark Inter(con)textually (1999). He also editedReading Ideologies:  Essays on the Bible and Interpretation In Honor of Mary Ann Tolbert(2011), Postcolonial InterventionsEssays in Honor of R. S. Sugirtharajah (2009), They Were All Together in One Place? Toward Minority Biblical Criticism with Randall Bailey and Fernando Segovia (2009), and the last issue of the journal, Semeia, with Gale Yee on "The Bible in Asian America" (2002). Dr. Liew also serves on several international editorial boards, and is currently the book review editor of the journal, Biblical Interpretation.

*Plus service fees of approximately 6%.


Formats


Courses
Courses provide in-depth, introductory explorations of topics that comprise the core of theological understanding and ministerial competence. Each course includes twelve hours of learning over eight days, including two live online seminars surrounding a week of self-paced online learning.

For professionals seeking certification of continuing education, CEUs are available.

Courses offered annually:

  • June: Old Testament Survey
  • July: New Testament Survey
  • August: Church History & Theology
  • September: Christian Education
  • September: Thinking Theologically 
  • October: Christian Worship
  • November: Biblical Interpretation
  • January: Preaching 
  • February: Christian Spirituality
  • March: Christian Ethics
  • April: Pastoral Care


Seminars
Seminars address a wide variety of topics in one- to three-hour live interactive sessions. Some seminars are offered occasionally, some annually. For professionals seeking certification of continuing education, CEUs are available.

Seminar offered annually:

  • February: Theology of Church Management (3 hour seminar)

Certificates

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