Introduction to Christian Ethics; May 30 – June 9

Randall MillerLeading churches, social advocacy groups, and nonprofit organizations through processes of moral discernment and decision-making has never been quite so challenging. Over the past half-century churches have been pushed from their once privileged place at the very center of social and public life to the very margins. In addition, ongoing church scandals and what some view as unwarranted intrusions into the political arena have further eroded the moral authority traditionally accorded to churches, clergy, and other religiously identified leaders and fostered a profound skepticism and even hostility towards organized religion. This entry level course takes seriously the challenges and opportunities for doing Christian Ethics in a postmodern context. Rather than an “issues” or “rules” –based approach, the class will focus on the key concepts, tools, and skills that students will need to clarify their own beliefs and perspectives, understand the “art” of moral reflection and discernment, and provide ethical leadership and guidance to others. Intended audience: MDiv students.

About the Instructor

Dr. Randall Miller is a former Assistant Professor of Ethics, United Methodist Studies, and Leadership at Pacific School of Religion and currently serves as the Director of the Global Religions Program at the Arcus Foundation, supporting organizations working at the intersection of faith, social change, and inclusion. An avid social justice advocate, Randall has worked for the past twenty-five years in a variety of social justice settings, including philanthropic, academic, religious, and advocacy organizations. Randall received his PhD in Ethics and Social Theory in 2007 from the Graduate Theological Union, with specialties in theories of justice, economic ethics, critical theory, and liberation theologies.


Dates: May 30, 2017 – June 9, 2017, M-F (First class begins on Tues. in observance of Memorial Day)
Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: PSR
Room: Mudd 201
Instructor: Miller
Credits: 3.0

To Register

Current Pacific School of Religion or Graduate Theological Union students: Please search for the course on WebAdvisor in your student planning. Search for CE 1051.

For those who wish to take this course for academic credit who are not current GTU students: Please fill out this form to apply for Special Student Status.

Alumni/ae, PSR faculty, PSR staff, Field Education Mentors/Supervisors, Emeriti Faculty, student spouses, and special guests of PSR: You may qualify for a discounted rate. Fill out this form and our Registrar will be in touch.

Questions? Contact Lyndsey Reed, Registrar, at lreed@psr.edu or 510-849-8285.

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