ESR Certificate – Writing as Ministry

The written word is a powerful undercurrent flowing through Quaker history. We offer the Writing as Ministry Certificate to help writers develop a vital ministry in this field. The certificate is designed for those who are engaged in writing as a vocation, and for those who are interested in exploring this powerful public ministry. Studies span the practice of writing for multiple genres, as well as understanding writing in a theological, biblical and historical context. The Writing as Ministry Certificate is a six-course program that can be completed in as little as two years, and includes four courses from the Ministry of Writing program, and two from other classes within ESR such as Biblical Studies, Christian History, Quaker Studies, Spirituality, and Theology.

Writing courses include:

  • WR 101 – Introduction to Writing as Ministry (required)
  • WR 220 – Writing the Story
  • WR 230 – Creative Non-Fiction
  • WR 240 – Public Theology
  • WR 250 – Writing for God and God’s People
  • WR 290 – Special Topics (recent topics include Writing Mental Illness and Writing as Craft as Mindfulness)
  • WR 350 – Writing Seminar (required)

For the remaining two courses, students may choose two introductory courses or focus more narrowly on a field, pairing an introductory and intermediate course. Possible introductory courses include:

  • BS 101 – Introduction to Old Testament History and Literature
  • BS 102 – Introduction to New Testament History and Literature
  • HS 101 – History of Christianity I
  • HS 102 – History of Christianity II
  • PJ 101 – Introduction to Peace and Justice
  • TS 101 – Introduction to Theological Reflection

See complete course listings at Student Academic Services web site.

Apply online.