Academic Programs

Theological Studies

TS 101/101-O Introduction to Theological Reflection

This course introduces students to the history and practice of reflecting on faith, on the Church’s theological symbols, and the way in which particular doctrines give shape to our experience. This course and Constructive Theology form two parts of students’ exposure to the expansive and diverse Christian theological tradition. Students will read and discuss texts, ancient, contemporary, and from a variety of cultural settings, concerning the themes of revelation and Holy Spirit, God, Christ, and salvation.
3 semester hours.

TS 210/210-O Theology and Worship

This course is a study of Christian worship in its many forms. Particular attention will be given to the biblical and theological basis for such practices. What is the role of adoration, awe, the physical senses, ritual, and the complexities of contemporary society in Christian worship? The course examines the premise that worship is a first-order theological act and that theology itself can be pursued as a kind of worship.
3 semester hours.

TS 262 Otherness and Belonging

This course examines theological understandings of humans in relationship to each other. Alienation, fear, cultural difference, and more, often exist as obstacles to human flourishing, but this is only part of our story. By utilizing a wide range of sources, ancient and contemporary, we will explore how we are both present to and other than the other. Additionally, we will discuss how, through grace, forgiveness, and hope, humans are called into relationship, even familial belongingness, in the community called church.
3 semester hours.

TS 264 Incarnation and Grace

This course is a theological study of incarnation, embodiment, and how these make grace concrete and visible. Students will begin by examining teachings concerning Jesus, then proceed to other teachings and practices of embodiment such as “image of God,” resurrection, sacraments, culture, and friendship. Students will read and interact with sources ancient and contemporary that explore the meaning and effects of grace and how grace incarnated is salvific.
3 semester hours.

TS 290-T Theology in Context

This course introduces students to the role of context and culture in theology and in the practice of ministry through a first hand cross-cultural experience and careful reflection upon it. Locations will vary each year and will range from international, to border site, to US rural, to US intercity. Selected readings and discussions will raise questions such as otherness, enculturation of faith, communication, theological diversity, and so on. Travel will reinforce this learning and place it in demonstrable context.
3 semester hours.

TS 336/336-T Christian Ethics

An examination of the Christian moral life and the theological convictions that animate it, including its understanding of the good, of conscience, the nature of humanity, and the faith community’s public witness.  These proposals are considered in conversation with selected issues requiring careful and responsible Christian engagement, for example, war and peace, the environment, and genetic engineering.
3 semester hours.
Prerequisite: TS 101/101-O or T 101/101-O

TS 341 Directed Readings In Denominational Polity

See HS 341.

TS 360 Interfaith Dialog

See PJ 360.

TS 364 Process Theology

Along with Liberation Theologies this course aims to develop ministry issues within a special model for doing theological reflection. Because it tries to develop a deep synthetic and holistic vision, process theology responds to an extremely broad range of problems. Some of the ones explored in this course will be the process view of God, Jesus Christ, and the nature of God’s relationship to spiritual growth, human freedom, and the environment.  The basis for this exploration requires that we first understand the work of Alfred North Whitehead.
3 semester hours.
Prerequisite: TS 101/101-O or T 101/101-O

TS 366 Liberation Theologies

See PJ 366.

TS 375 Constructive Theology

This course builds upon Introduction to Theology and continues it by exploring the themes of humanity, Church, and eschatology. Additionally, students will examine the idea of narrative participation in the story of God, and will construct a living Credo in conversation with their own histories and the range of material they have studied in seminary and beyond.
3 semester hours.
Prerequisite: TS 101/101-O or T 101/101-O

TS 390 & 390-O & 390-T Seminar In Theological Studies

Specialized advanced courses developed on the basis of faculty and student interest.
3 semester hours.
Prerequisite: TS 101/101-O or T 101/101-O

TS 400 Independent Study

See BS 400.

TS 500 Master’s Thesis

See BS 500.