STMM 569 Human Person and The Discovery of MeaningMondays 5:45-8:45pm | beginning April 1 | Rick Jackson, PhD
Students explore what it is to be human in this course. Identifying how various philosophies, theologies, and cultures create systems of meaning-making. Students name their own values and the impact of those values on their lives, their relationships, and their world. Further, students explore how symbols, metaphors, and rituals shape them and others in processes of creating collective understanding.
STML 564 Spiritual Values and Meaning in the Public SquareThursdays 9:00am-11:50pm| beginning April 4 | Mark Markuly, PhD
This course explores the complex relationship of spiritual and religious values to the common life in the United States, particularly the symbols, meanings systems and cultural mythologies that have informed, and continue to inform, the nation’s life, rhetoric and political decision-making process. Employing tools and perspectives from a number of fields in the social sciences and humanities, this course will help students create their own template for understanding the complex impact spiritual and religious systems, ideas, feelings and individual and community forces have had in shaping America’s past and present. This course will also explore the social and cultural changes that are dramatically altering the relationship of religious and spiritual values to the public commons, particularly the introduction of new religions through changing immigration patterns beginning in the late 20th century. Students will devise strategies for integrating their leadership goals with their own spiritual and religious values, and the values permeating American society.
STMA 551 Preaching the Word: AdvancedTuesdays 1:30-4:20pm | beginning April 2 | McDaniel
An advanced course in homiletics, specifically designed for those students for whom the preaching event is sacred. Lectures focus on such topics as theology of preaching, types of sermons, and the vocation of preaching. Opportunity for preaching and critique within the class setting, on-site preaching, and developing an appreciation for past and current practitioners of the art of preaching. Prerequisite: STMA 550.
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