Spring 2022 Courses

Earlham School of Religion is the primary Quaker seminary for the Religious Society of Friends. We provide a Christian theological education to all who wish to participate in a spiritual and academic journey for good. Earlham School of Religion seeks to help you discern your unique talents and develop your own forms of ministry for today’s world. From social work to creative writing, entrepreneurship to healthcare, our graduates work to heal the world both from behind the pulpit and beyond it.

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wdt_ID Course Prefix Course Number Course title Timing Course type Year Institution Course description Teaching Faculty Class Day(s) Class Time
1 M 211 Ritual and Reflection in the Life of Faith January 2022 Two-week Intensive 2.022 Bethany Students will study the biblical, theological, and anthropological bases for various rituals and ordinances of the church. Focusing on such practices as child and parent dedication, baptism, Love Feast, communion, anointing, the laying on of hands, weddin Ottoni-Wilhelm Jan 3-15 8:30 a.m. - Noon
2 B 242 Interpreting Romans as a Resource for Peacemaking January 2022 Two-week Intensive 2.022 Bethany Peacemaking is both a central theme and a purpose of Paul’s letter to the Romans. In the late 50s CE, the letter laid a theological foundation for peace among ethnically diverse communities of Christ-followers. Today it continues to guide and inspire read Gava/Ulrich Jan 3-15 8:30 a.m. - Noon
3 M 355 Place of Refuge in an Urban Context January 2022 Two-week Intensive 2.022 Bethany This course represents an educational partnership with Pastor Bruce Deel and City of Refuge Ministries©. However, other faith-based ministries of the city will also be explored, which will expose students to a variety of styles, strategies, and ministry n Poole Jan 3-15 Full day
4 T 268 1968: A Case in Public Theology January 2022 Two-week Intensive 2.022 Bethany In 1968, as many barricades went up around the world, more religious, cultural, and political borders and boundaries were freely transgressed. This course will use the music, movies, art, literature, and political discourses of 1968 as a window into the c Holland Jan 3-15 1:30 - 5 p.m.
5 QS 340 Quaker Beliefs January 2022 Two-week Intensive 2.022 Earlham This course seeks to provide: working definitions of some of the particular terms used in Quaker discourse, such as “light,” “testimony,” “distinctives”; an understanding of the reasoning behind Quaker doctrines and practices; and an assessment of how Qua Angell Jan 3-15 8:30 a.m. - Noon
6 SP 350 New Frontiers in Spirituality January 2022 Two-week Intensive 2.022 Earlham This course will explore the expanding frontiers of contemporary spirituality beyond conventional religious boundaries. It will consider the phenomenon of spiritual independence or “spiritual but not religious”. The course will look at the spiritual pract Birkel Jan 3-15 8:30 a.m. - Noon
7 TS 360 Interfaith Dialog January 2022 Two-week Intensive 2.022 Earlham This is an introduction to the vision and theology of faith traditions, as well as the Christian theological responses to other religious traditions. Students will finish the course with some basic understanding of other traditions as well as developing t Valentine Jan 3-15 8:30 a.m. - Noon
8 PC 258 Anger, Guilt, and Shame January 2022 Two-week Intensive 2.022 Earlham This course is a holistic investigation of three of the most powerful and misunderstood human experiences. The psychological and sociological dynamics as well as theological and Biblical perspectives of these feelings are explored. The class also examines Higginbotham Jan 3-15 1:30 - 5 p.m.
9 WR 230 Creative Non-Fiction January 2022 Two-week Intensive 2.022 Earlham This course will give you an opportunity to explore the rich possibilities of creative non-fiction, one of the most popular and quickest growing forms of literary writing practiced today. It will introduce you to some of the subgenres of creative nonficti Brazil Jan 3-15 1:30 - 5 p.m.
10 B 242 Interpreting Romans as a Resource for Peacemaking January 2022 Blended 2.022 Bethany Peacemaking is both a central theme and a purpose of Paul’s letter to the Romans. In the late 50s CE, the letter laid a theological foundation for peace among ethnically diverse communities of Christ-followers. Today it continues to guide and inspire read Gava/Ulrich Jan 3-15 8:30 a.m. - Noon