EF1107 Practicum in Children's Ministry
This course is open to students whose field education involves children's ministry, and to all M.A. students. One-hour meetings with a pastoral facilitator. Using a praxis-based model of education, students practice ways to approach ministry with children theologically. The class serves as a mentor group with which students can process their experience outside the field education setting under the guidance of a pastor/mentor. Weekly discussions focus on theological reflection on actual experience of pastoral ministry.
EF1109 Youth Ministry Practicum for Field Education
This course is open to students in the dual-degree program in youth ministry and to those whose field education involves youth ministry. Students meet weekly for one hour with the director of the Institute for Youth Ministry. Using a praxis-based model of education, the director, along with a faculty member, assumes the primary responsibility for helping students approach their ministry with young people theologically. The class serves as a mentor group within which students can process their experience from outside the field education setting, under the guidance of a pastor/mentor. Weekly discussions focus on theological reflection on actual experiences in pastoral ministry.
EF1200 Introduction to Christian Education and Formation
This course provides an introduction to the ministry of Christian education and formation in congregations. Course participants will consider the pedagogical dimensions of Word, baptism, and Eucharist in relation to both the formation of Christian identity and constructive engagement in pluralistic and rapidly changing contexts.
EF1500 Introduction to Spirituality and Missional Formation
This course explores the potential contribution of traditions of Christian spirituality to Missional formation in contemporary congregations. Special attention is given to the upbuilding of congregations in prayer and biblical formation and their sending in evangelism and social action.
EF2352 Theological Foundations for Youth Ministry
Explores the theological foundations of ministry with young people, ranging from those in early to those in late adolescence and emerging adulthood. Primary attention will be given to the role faith plays in adolescent development and identity formation, and to the church's responsibility to young people in and beyond congregations. This course emphasizes incarnational and missional approaches to the gospel, as well as young people's own agency as participants in the total mission of the church.
EF/ET3212cr Ethics of the Ten Commandments
This course explores the intersection of theology, ethics, and Christian education through an examination of the Ten Commandments and their significance for Christian life. Attention will be given to such issues as the commandments in the public realm, Sabbath-keeping, and truth telling, as well as to theories and methods of Christian education. The course will equip students with educational frame- works and skills necessary for effective teaching of the Ten Commandments to a range of learners. Some attention will also be given to cultural presentations of the Ten Commandments through books, movies, billboards, and television.
EF3215 Educational Psychology
This course will examine major theoretical perspectives, themes, and issues pertaining to the psychology of learning in practical theological perspective. Special attention will be given to traditional developmental psychologies as well as to recent developments in the learning sciences.
EF3310cr Christian Humanism in Theology, Philosophy, and Education
This course examines the liberal arts tradition in Greco-Roman culture, the Renaissance, and the modern period. Drawing on the theological appropriation of this tradition by theologians like Augustine and Calvin, it explores the potential of Christian humanism for theology and education today.
EF3366 Curriculum and the Methods of Teaching
The content and the pedagogical strategies of the teaching-learning process are deeply intertwined. This course will cover major issues in curriculum theory and practice. It will also introduce participants to a wide range of available teaching methods. Attention will be given to the theological and pragmatic dimensions of both curriculum and teaching methods. Participants will be expected to engage in curriculum evaluation exercises as well as in experimentation with unfamiliar teaching methods.
EF3456 Dialogical/Imaginative Prayer in the Ignatian Tradition
This course explores the rich Ignatian tradition of lectio divina, by focusing on "colloquy" (dialogical prayer) and imaginative prayer (picturing oneself within the Gospel narratives). It will begin with understanding Ignatius's own teaching on these two prayer forms, in particular, and then look toward contemporary appropriations of Ignatius's Spiritual Exercises. Enrollment is limited to twenty-five students.
EF3473 Readings in Evangelism and Mission
Explores in depth the writings of one theologian on the areas of evangelism and mission. This year the theologian will be Lesslie Newbigin.
EF3558 Practicing the Presence of God: Spirituality and Prayer in the Christian Tradition
This course explores a wide variety of prayerful practices, and the way in which saints of old "practiced the presence of God" (e.g., Brother Lawrence). It draws from resources in classical Christian texts, as well as insights from contemporary movements of prayer. It also examines the interplay between contemplation and action, spiritual disciplines and social outreach. The course invites students into prayerful expressions of their own, through theologically reflective prayer practica, and a soul-friendship practicum.
EF3560 Contemplative Listening: An Introduction to the Art of Spiritual Direction
This course introduces students to the basic principles of spiritual direction and contemplative listening (both in personal prayer and communal conversations). It explores the rich history of the tradition of spiritual direction and makes connections between the wisdom of that ancient path and today's practices in the church. It also nurtures attentive, careful listening in students as they seek to integrate theory and life.
EF4334 Pastoral Formation through Fiction and Memoir
This course explores the formation, vocation, and cultural location of the pas- tor through the medium of story. Students will explore fiction and memoirs that provide a glimpse into the ways in which clergy have been understood by their society and culture, or ways in which they have understood themselves, over time and in different contexts, providing "case studies" for understanding the formation of pastoral identity and vocation, seasons of the pastoral life and career, expectations and perceptions of clergy, as well as the joys, challenges, and possibilities of pastoral ministry.
EF4335 Using the Arts in Christian Formation
Truth, goodness, and beauty are the three traditional divisions within philosophy. This course will attend to the aesthetic dimensions of Christian formation, especially in the educational practices of congregations. Readings will explore the connection between aesthetics, Christian education, and spirituality. In order to create opportunities for discernment and spiritual reflection, students will take part in artistic practices and field trips to local artistic events.
EF4800 Sabbath and Youth Ministry: Theology and Practice
With an eye toward ministry on behalf of young people in the context of contemporary culture, this course will examine the interrelation of Christian formation, theology, and practice, using Sabbath theology and practice as a case study. The course will operate under the following three assumptions: first, the culturally situated nature of all practice; second, the inseparability of theology and practice; third, the tremendous potential for faith formation coinciding with theological reflection and Christian practice. Students will read, reflect, and write on prominent theologians' writings on Sabbath (Barth, Moltmann, Calvin, etc.), as well as biblical texts relevant to Sabbath. Students will also covenant to practicing Sabbath in some form throughout the semester. As students think theologically about Sabbath in the context of ongoing practice, they will have the opportunity to formulate their own provisional understandings of the relationship between Christian theology, practice, and formation.
EF5312 Philosophy of Education
What is the purpose of education? What should be taught? What methods should be used? What are the roles of the teacher and the learner? These foundational questions will be explored by means of a close reading of education-related texts of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Rousseau, Kant, Marx, Kierkegaard, Dewey, and selected contemporary contributors to the philosophy of education. This course will be valuable for both future pastors and church educators who desire to think deeply, systematically, and historically about their role as leaders in the teaching ministry of congregations. It will also provide useful preparation for those with a teaching vocation in higher education.
EF5554 Rhythms of Prayer in the Christian Tradition
Students will read deeply from classical texts on prayer and will reflect prayerfully on themes that emerge from those texts as they pertain to their own lives. While students will be introduced to a variety of prayer traditions in the history of the church, the Benedictine rhythms of prayer will serve as primary exemplar. The class will also include a weekend prayer retreat (on-site at a Benedictine retreat center), where students will be able to engage in daily rhythms of prayer, reading, and worship. After the conclusion of that retreat, students will continue to reflect on both text and practice and will interpret the semester's learning in light of future steps for personal growth and ministry.
EF/TH5557 The Face of the Other
What does it mean to confront the "face of the other?" Dostoevsky's character Ivan Karamazov complains, despite his alleged "love of humanity," that it is impossible to love one's neighbors, for they have "smelly, ugly faces." Theologians have argued, however, that it is in the practice of embracing the other that one's imago Dei is most fully realized. This course investigates various writings on this theme throughout recent centuries, focusing on key theological texts, as well as readings from philosophy, literature, and our contemporary world (both religious and secular). Implications for service and life-in-community will also be explored. Field education experiences will be incorporated into class discussion.
EF5800 Leading Change through Discipleship Formation
Capstone course for dual and M.A. degree students, which will focus on disciple- ship as an agent of ecclesial and cultural change. Emphasis is placed on integrating students' curricular experience at Princeton Seminary with discipleship ministries. Issues of current importance in congregational ministries and discipleship will be discussed (e.g., ordination, ethics, congregational spiritual formation, etc.). Participation in two educational immersion experiences during the semester is required (one of which is the Forum on Youth Ministry in April).
PC4110 Summer Clinical Pastoral Education
Supervised clinical pastoral education (full time) in various types of hospitals and other health and welfare institutions, under the guidance of chaplain-supervisors approved by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. Enrollment in a one- semester course in pastoral care during the academic year prior to the summer is required
PC4111 Yearlong Clinical Pastoral Education
Supervised clinical pastoral education in various hospitals and other health and welfare institutions on a part-time basis (16 hours per week) during the academic year. Supervision is under the guidance of chaplains approved by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. Requirements include a written appraisal at the end of the spring semester and enrollment in a one-semester course in pastoral care during the year.
PC5202 Theory and Practice of Pastoral Care
Focus on the congregation's ministry of pastoral care, the art of theological interpretation in pastoral care, and caring for yourself in the context of the ministry's demands. Topics include: bereavement and loss, suffering, depression, alcoholism, sexual abuse and domestic violence, and pastoral care to families.
PC5204 Minister as Counselor
This course is based on the assumption that ministers are expected to give coun-sel in a variety of situations and contexts. These include, but are not limited to, counseling individuals who are experiencing personal distress. The first half of the course focuses on the "how-to's" of giving counsel (creating an active listening environment, constructing a conversation, thinking systemically, interpreting stories, and managing boundaries). The second half expands on this "how-to" focus by exploring various other topics and themes relevant to pastoral counseling, including reframing methods, biblical forms in relation to grief, premarital, and marital counseling, caring through the funeral, the pastoral as an agent of hope and other pastoral images.
PC5248 Family Stories and Ministry
This course explores family loss and major tragedies (abandonment, rape, incest, accidental death, suicide, alcoholism, mental illness, homicide, adoption, sexual identity disclosure, extra-marital affair, non-ID MSM, racial identity conflict, and physical disability) as interpreted by a family member through personal (autobiographical) account. The course will engage in issues related to the experiences of the suffering endured by the author and other family members, their efforts in alleviating such suffering, the role of religious convictions in their coping with the suffering, and implications for pastoral care of families in pain. In addition, such experiences of the suffering will be reflected in light of family systems theory.
PC5250 Marriage and Family in the Christian Community
This course is a study of marriage and family within the Christian community. Biblical and theological reflection will be combined with psychoanalytic, family systems, and interpersonal communications theory to provide a varied set of perspectives by which to think about pastoral care and counseling to couples and families in the contemporary world.
PC5261 Pastoral Care with Older Adults
This course focuses on the later decades of the human life cycle. Topics covered include life process metaphors (journey, seasons and eras, chapters, etc.) with particular attention given to Erik H. Erikson's life cycle model; the aging process and the creativity of older adults; societal attitudes toward older adults and the issue of ageism; the downside of older adulthood (i.e., depression, dementia, disabilities, and death); relating to and connecting with older adults and their families; and hope and humor as resources in older adulthood.
PC5266 Pastoral Care of Men
This course examines theoretical and practical concerns in pastoral care and counseling with men. Particular emphasis is on struggles that men face in work, parenting, intimacy, faith, and friendship, as well as on unique dilemmas that male ministers face today. This course explores images of masculinity in the biblical witness and in contemporary culture.
PC5280 Pastoral Counseling: Specialized Ministry
This course is designed for those students who intend to pursue pastoral counseling as a specialized ministry. Attention will be given to the theological foundations of pastoral counseling as a ministry of the church, to a variety of psychological theories and approaches to counseling, and to the development of clinical skills.
PC5285 Pastor as Person
Examines aspects of the self-experience of ministers and the formation of pastoral identity, integrity, and leadership. The development of essential communication skills in relation to various forms of pastoral care and counseling (crisis, bereavement, premarital, couples, children, and family) is emphasized throughout, toward enabling flexibility, confidence, and sound theological assessment for entering diverse situations of need in parish and institutional settings of ministry.
PC5320 Prayer and Pastoral Care
This course will focus on prayer as a practice of Christian discipleship and spiritual care and on how pastors work with people so that their pastoral care both emerges from prayer and leads to prayer. Attention will be given to the development of individual prayer as a spiritual discipline as well as to practices of communal prayer. Various forms of prayer, including petition, intercession, lament, confession, praise, and thanksgiving, will be studied.
PC5461 Pastoral Care and the Life Cycle
This course presents Erik H. Erikson's life cycle model as a conceptual framework for understanding the opportunities and challenges of childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, adulthood, and old age, and for insights into the intentions and goals of pastoral care ministry in congregational and other institutional settings. Connections will be drawn between his life stages and the journey of life metaphor in popular Christian writings and Christian models of moral struggle. The course also focuses on Daniel J. Levinson's life structure model, considering its emphasis on adult developmental issues, especially professional formation.
PC5472 The Minister and Mental Illness
This course centers on selected mental or emotional illnesses, including mood disorders (especially depression), anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders (especially schizophrenia), somatoform (psychosomatic) disorders, personality disorders, and dementia (Alzheimer's type). Clinical diagnoses are supplemented with autobiographical accounts of mental illness by the afflicted and family members. Attention is given to the minister's role as a member of the health team and to ways in which ministers can provide pastoral care to relatives and friends of the mentally ill. Consideration is also given to ministers' vulnerability to mental or emotional ill- nesses (e.g., depression) and to the contention that they are especially susceptible to narcissistic personality disorder.
PC5475 Confession and Forgiveness in Pastoral Perspective
Explores theological and psychological dynamics of repentance, confession, forgiveness, and reconciliation in relation to God, self, and others. The genre of autobiography as a confession of faith and of sin, an examination of penitential rites in church history, and contemporary studies of shame, guilt, self-revelation, and forgiveness will be included. Relevance to pastoral care of individuals, families, congregations, and communities will be considered throughout.
PC5480 Compassionate Communication: A Spiritual Practice
Based on Marshall Rosenberg's model of nonviolent communication (NVC), this course will focus on basic skills and theological reflection related to developing compassionate communication in the church: listening with empathy, speaking honestly, mediating conflict, responding to criticism, working through congregational impasses, and building teamwork for common tasks. Experientially based, the course includes role playing, journaling, small group work, and structured exercises.
PC5490 Conflict Transformation: Vital Leadership Practice
This course will explore basic concepts and recent developments in conflict transformation. Through case studies, role playing, and practical skill development, students will have opportunities to connect the theory and practice of restorative processes as they learn vital leadership skills for communities in conflict.
SC1100 Spring Play Seminar
Textual analysis of the play to be produced by the speech area of the Practical Theology Department in the subsequent spring semester. The issues raised by the playwright, explicitly and implicitly, the linguistic concerns, and the theological world of the play will be explored. Textual survey and analysis will range from the meaning of a single word to the atmosphere of the whole work. The class will attempt to develop a consensual twenty-first-century interpretation of the text. Ideas as to how the thematic content of the text can be realized in production will be explored. The course will culminate in a written reflection or the presentation of a speech or scene from the play. This course is not a prerequisite for audition for the speech production of the play in the spring, nor is it limited to those planning to be in the speech production.
SC2101 Speech Communication in Ministry
Weekly workshops on speech communication in the context of ministry emphasizing critical and empathic study of biblical and other literature as encountered in the spoken word. Exploration of principles involved in perceiving and expressing denotative and connotative meaning through verbal, vocal, and physical gesture. Course will focus on helping students to develop technical, theoretical, and theological evaluation skills. In addition to weekly workshops and required outside reading, required lecture-demonstrations may be scheduled live or by video at the discretion of the professor.
SC2102 Speech Communication in Ministry II
Weekly workshops offering practical exploration of the interpretive and theological dynamics in speaking scriptural and other texts, and in presenting one's own creative work. Continuing attention to vocal and physical gesture and the evaluation of one's own work and the work of others. In addition to weekly workshops and outside reading, lecture-demonstrations may be scheduled live or by video at the discretion of the professor. Students are expected to remain in the same section as SC2101.
SC3340 Practical Theology as Drama
Dramaturgical and theological analysis, criticism, and production of a play from the repertory of religious drama.
SC/WR3390 Word and Act: Service for the Lord's Day
Exploration of the interpretative and situational dynamics of the spoken word in the conduct of services of worship from the call to worship to the benediction. Includes the reading of the scriptures, the preparation of prayers, and the preparation and conduct of Advent and Lenten services of the Word following the traditional ante-communion order. Lecture-demonstration, workshops, videotaping, and critique.
SC/WR3391 Word and Act: Sacraments, Funerals, Weddings
Administration of the sacraments of baptism and communion, and leadership in the conduct of marriage and funeral services. Particular attention is given to non- verbal elements. Includes case analysis of pastoral situations and the preparation and presentation of complete services for Christian marriage and memorial services (i.e., witness to the resurrection). Lecture-demonstration, workshops, videotaping, and critique.
SC/PR3460 Preaching the Sermon
In a workshop setting, the relationship between speech performance, content, form, style, and context in preaching will be explored. Particular attention will be given to introductions and conclusions, writing for the ear, preaching with and without a manuscript, visual and vocal engagement, body movement, confidence, and authenticity in the role of the preacher. Each student will be provided with a digital video recording of her/his final sermon.
PR/SC3500 Preaching Paul
A focus on the special opportunities and challenges in preaching from the Pauline and deutero-Pauline corpus, including particular attention to difficult texts. We will consider a dialogical hermeneutical and homiletical method for the development of sermons. There will be an emphasis on competence in the oral performance of texts and its relationship to the interpretation of texts for preaching. Oral performance preparation will be workshop-based; two to three sermons will be preached.
PR2100 Introduction to Preaching
An intensive introduction to preaching and the designing and delivery of sermons. Weekly sessions include lectures, discussion, and/or student preaching with critique.
PR3261 Exploring Women's Preaching Traditions
Students will study major theological themes, hermeneutical strategies, and rhetorical characteristics of the preaching of Christian women, consulting both primary sources and recent scholarly studies of women's preaching. Students will compose sermons that draw on the distinctive themes and strategies of this body of work. Two sermons will be preached in class.
PR/SC3500 Preaching Paul
A focus on the special opportunities and challenges in preaching from the Pauline and deutero-Pauline corpus, including particular attention to difficult texts. We will consider a dialogical hermeneutical and homiletical method for the development of sermons. There will be an emphasis on competence in the oral performance of texts and its relationship to the interpretation of texts for preaching. Oral performance preparation will be workshop based. Two to three sermons will be preached.
PR5240 From Text to Sermon
This course will focus on the movement from biblical texts to sermons on those texts. Several types of texts will be examined, such as historical narrative, proverb, miracle story, parable, lament, and epistle.
PR3280 Preaching in a Global Context-Travel Course
This course will focus on preaching in diverse contexts through dialogue with Indian professors and students, sermons preached in Indian Christian communities, as well as exposure to and interaction with the broader Indian culture. The goal is to gain some understanding of how the Christian gospel might address matters of poverty, the environment, immigration, the global economy, health care, education, and so forth in a developing nation such as India, thus enabling students to preach on these topics with integrity both abroad and at home in the North American context.
PR5370 Preaching to Shape a Practicing Church
This preaching course focuses on crafting sermons that seek, both in their theological claims and in their rhetorical strategies, to equip a congregation to "jump the gap" between Lord's Day worship and the Monday-to-Saturday world, imaginatively and through faith-grounded action. Readings include practical ecclesiology, theological and rhetorical studies of imagination, public issues preaching theory, and practice theory. Written work will include bi-weekly response papers, exegesis of preaching contexts and biblical texts, and four sermons (accompanied by exegesis), each designed for a specific congregation context. At least one sermon (and possibly two) will be preached in class, depending on enrollment.
WR1100 Chapel Choir
Introduction to fundamental musical resources used in Christian worship. The focus of the course is on the function and creative use of the hymnal, the psalter (metrical and responsorial), global music, and service music. Open upon vocal placement with instructor.
WR3101 Introduction to Christian Worship
A survey of the history, practice, and theology of Christian worship, with particular attention to ecumenical developments in North American contexts. Topics will include the service of the Word, the celebration of baptism and the Lord's Supper, weddings, and funerals. Must be taken with one of the following courses for a minimum of three credits total: Christian Worship and Artistic Languages, Christian Worship and the Presbyterian Tradition, Christian Worship and the Methodist Tradition, Christian Worship and the Lutheran Tradition, Worship in the African American Traditions, Worship as Resistance, or Word and Act in Christian Worship.
WR3103 Christian Worship and the Presbyterian Tradition
Christian worship as practiced in the Presbyterian Church (USA), with special attention to the Book of Confessions, the Directory for Worship, the rites of ordination, and the liturgical responsibilities of the ministerial office. Strongly advised for those preparing for ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
WR3104 Christian Worship and the Lutheran Tradition
Christian worship as practiced in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, with special attention to the services and sacramental rites in the Lutheran Book of Worship and Evangelical Lutheran Worship and the liturgical responsibilities of the pastoral office. Strongly advised for those preparing for ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
WR3105 Christian Worship and the Methodist Tradition
Christian worship as practiced in the United Methodist Church, with special attention to the history of Methodist worship, the United Methodist Hymnal, Book of Worship, By Water and the Spirit (a United Methodist understanding of baptism and Christian initiation), This Holy Mystery (a United Methodist understanding of Holy Communion) and the liturgical responsibilities of the pastoral office. Strongly advised for those preparing for ordination in the United Methodist Church or pan- Methodist denominations.
WR3129 The Psalms in Christian Worship
An exploration of the use of the Psalms in Christian worship. Consideration will be given to liturgical practices of the early church and the Reformation traditions and to the influences of the liturgical renewal movement, as well as to emerging developments in contemporary worship practices. The basic course is offered for one credit but may be expanded to two credits through participation in a series of practica on the musical performance and leadership of psalm singing.
WR3145 Collaborative Preparation for Worship
A practice-based study of collaborative worship preparation. Enrollment for the course will draw from Master of Divinity students (Princeton Theological Seminary) and Master of Sacred Music students (Westminster Choir College of Rider University). Through lectures, seminars, readings, and common participation in Seminary chapel services, students will explore models and strategies for pastors and church musicians to prepare collaboratively for worship.
WR3146 Musical Resources for the Congregation
An exploration of the clergy's role in fostering congregational involvement in church music. The focus of this course will be on the use of the psalter and hymnal in planning and leading corporate worship. Other components of this course include clergy-musician relations, issues in the accompaniment of congregational song, and theological reflection on musical style.
CH/WR3150 The Liturgical Year: History and Theology
Theologically the Christian faith takes time seriously on the grounds that God has taken it seriously. Historically, Christians have devoted considerable effort to understanding and practicing the worship of God in the time(s) in which they live. The course provides an overview of the historical and practical developments of Sunday and daily worship, the Easter and Christmas cycles, holy days and piety, with their biblical and theological and cultural sources and/or influences. Group and individual projects and applications are significant components.
PT9000 History and Method of Practical Theology
A study of essential readings in the history and method of practical theology, including emerging contemporary investigations. Constructive positions are developed by the students for discussion in the seminar.
PT9003 Philosophies of Practical Reason and Practical Theology
This seminar examines a range of philosophical perspectives on practical reason and the various ways in which such perspectives inform approaches to practical theology. The seminar focuses on such issues as views of what it means to be human, the distinctive character of practical reason, construal of the complex inter- play between theory and practice, the role of social context, strategies for effective action, and the ultimate horizons of practical reason. Close readings of relevant texts from a number of sources including but not limited to Aristotle, Greco-Roman Moralists, Kant, Marx, Dewey, and Habermas. Particular attention is paid to the deployments of various conceptions of practical reason in the theory and practice of practical theology and its sub-disciplines.
PT9024 Practical Theology and Empirical Research
Explores the role of empirical research in practical theology. Introduces students to theory and practice of quantitative and qualitative research. Students will design and conduct research, focusing on their specific areas of interest in practical theology.
PT9028 Theories of Teaching in America: 1860-present
This seminar will consider contemporary theories of teaching in America from the late nineteenth century through the present, from Bushnell through contemporary theories of informal learning. Special attention will be given to the influence of these theories on approaches to Christian formation and discipleship, and vice versa. Students will examine their own approaches to Christian formation in light of the theoretical literature.
PT9033 Christian Spirituality
This seminar will introduce students to the research field of Christian spirituality. It will also introduce some methodologies appropriate to this interdisciplinary field, and promote skills in research, organizing, and writing. Students will explore the implications of several current understandings of Christian spirituality as an academic field, and integrate readings from church history (classical texts on spirituality), theology, and contemporary spirituality.
PT9042 Advanced Pastoral Counseling
Provides doctoral students in pastoral theology the opportunity to acquire pastoral counseling experience under the guidance of an experienced pastoral counselor with supervisory credentials as a component of their ongoing research.
PT9045 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Trauma
This seminar will focus on the power of Christian theology, psychotherapy, and restorative justice as interpretive frameworks for illuminating and ameliorating trauma. The seminar will engage current research in neuroscience, selected psychoanalytic texts, and restorative justice approaches toward understanding the impact of trauma on individuals and groups. These frameworks will be brought into conversation with Christian theology and Christian practices as normative points of reference for thinking about the emotional and spiritual healing of persons in extreme or prolonged affliction. An area seminar in pastoral theology.
PT9049 The Psychology of C.G. Jung
A critical study of the basic themes of Jung's psychology with particular emphasis on his psychology of religion and critique of Christianity. Topics include Jung's approach to the psyche, the function of religion for the human psyche, the function of psychology for the religious life, the process of individuation, understandings of God, Christ, evil, and suffering. Readings in both primary and secondary texts to assess Jung's contributions to pastoral theology and pastoral counseling today. An area seminar in pastoral theology.
PT9054 Erik Erikson: Resource for Pastoral Theology
This seminar focuses on the life and writings of Erik H. Erikson, giving particular attention to his psychoanalytic orientation; his life cycle theory; his early emphasis on play therapy with children; his subsequent emphasis on the identity conflicts of adolescents and young adults; his psychosocial and psycho-historical studies of groups and individuals; his writings on gender, race, social class, and contemporary political conflict; his interpretation of the Golden Rule in the light of new psycho- logical insights; his study of Jesus; and his lifelong interest in religion. In focusing on the work of a single author, the seminar will offer an illustration of how a pastoral theology student may use the work of a prominent psychologist in the development of a dissertation topic.
PT9060 The Care of Souls
A survey of the care of souls from biblical times to the present, with particular attention to dynamics of change and transformation, the impact of unconscious processes, and assumptions of health and salvation undergirding pastoral care and counseling in various epochs and cultures. An area seminar in pastoral theology.
PT9066 Technologies of the Self
Analysis of the self, including conceptions of its madness and technologies for its transformation from biblical, theological, historical, and psychological perspectives relevant to contemporary pastoral theology. The relation of self to soul and the implications of imago Dei will shape the seminar discussion. Readings include: Foucault, Kohut, LaCugna, Lifton, Moltmann, Ricoeur, Rogers, Weiss, and others.
PT9074 Homiletical Theory I: From Antiquity to the Enlightenment
A study of representative texts from the classical rhetorical tradition, the history of preaching, and the history of theology formative for the development of homiletical theory. Among thinkers, preachers, or movements examined are Aristotle, Cicero, and Quintilian, Origen and Chrysostom, Augustine, scholasticism and the preaching orders, Luther and Calvin, Puritanism and Anglicanism, and Fénelon and the court of Louis XIV.
PT9075 Homiletical Theory II: From the Enlightenment to the Present
A study of representative texts formative for the development of modern homiletical theory. Among thinkers, preachers, or movements examined are representatives or heirs of the Scottish Enlightenment, Romanticism and Revivalism, dialectical and kerygmatic theologies, and the New Hermeneutic and the New Homiletic.
PT9080 Psychology of Religion
This seminar provides a brief historical introduction to the psychology of religion, followed by readings in classic and otherwise influential texts, with particular emphasis on texts by William James, Sigmund Freud, and Erik H. Erikson. The role of psychology of religion in the development of pastoral psychology and the uses of psychology of religion for pastoral theology will also be explored.
PT9081 Theology and Proclamation
An examination of the relation between theology and proclamation. Drawing upon theologians and homileticians representing major twentieth-century schools or movements, attention will be given to the ways theological perspectives shape the task, form, and content of proclamation and to the ways proclamation shapes the task, form, and content of theology.
PT9084 Speech Performance in Preaching
Critical theological appropriation of performance studies in speech for homiletical theory, practice, and criticism. Review of formative works in the performance of literature from the late nineteenth century to the present with attention to hermeneutical issues implicit in these works. Matters addressed include contributions to contemporary text performance studies from performance-oriented research in rhetoric and cultural anthropology, orality, interdisciplinary methodological questions, and current literature in performance approaches to preaching.