Class Highlight: Peace & Justice in an Ecumenical Perspective

Written by Hannah Crivello
August 28, 2014

Over the years, churches have come together in agreement around many previously-divisive issues--like that of racial justice, economic justice, ecological responsibility and peacemaking. These agreements around issues of peace and justice, spanning across communions and denominations, are not very well known. This Fall Quarter, will have the opportunity to engage this topic with Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon--the school?s Spehar-Halligan Visiting Professor of Ecumenical Collaboration in Interreligious Dialogue.

This special STMA 5910 course will focus on ecumenical social ethics and the agreements achieved by churches regarding justice and peace. The course is offered as an upper-level seminar, with students taking responsibility for researching one area of ecumenical agreement in depth, in addition to our general readings in the field. Students in current ministry contexts are encouraged to register, as all course participants will be well equipped through these discussions to engage knowledgeably in ecumenical activism in their own ministries.

Dr. Kinnamon brings his years of direct experience to the class, as the immediate-past General Secretary of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA. Dr. Kinnamon has also served as General Secretary of the Consultation on Church Union and as Executive Secretary of the World Council of Churches' Commission on Faith and Order. He has published many works in the field of ecumenical studies including ?Can a Renewal Movement Be Renewed?: Questions for the Future of Ecumenism," published in 2013.

This is advanced level course; students with 12 credits or more are encouraged to register. For any exceptions, students should speak to their academic advisor.

Interested in auditing the class? Information here.

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