Classes for Audit: Spring Quarter 2015

Written by Kristina Alvarado
March 19, 2015

Working professionals and pastors, retired friends, as well as family members of students are among those that audit courses on a quarterly basis at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry. Here below are the class offerings for Spring Quarter 2015. We hope to see you in class!

For more information about how to audit a class, to register, and/or to ask questions about which offering might be the best fit for you--contact Colette Casavant via or (206) 296-5333.

STMM 5910-01: Between Bible and Qur?an
Dr. Erica Martin?
Mondays, 9:00am-11:50am

This course surveys the major characters and themes of the Hebrew Bible, New Testament and Qur'?n. Here we will study the important similarities and differences between the formative scriptures of Judaism, Christianity and Islam: the Religions of the Book. We will pay special attention to historical context, literary features, the relationship of each canon to the other Abrahamic scriptures, and the maternal and paternal characters that both unite and divide the three.

STML 5640: Spiritual Values and Meaning in the Public Square
Dr. Mark S. Markuly??
Mondays, 5:45pm-8:35pm

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 5910: Theology and Practice of Interreligious Dialogue
Dr. Michael Kinnamon ?
Tuesdays, 1:30pm-4:20pm

Religious pluralism is one of the dominant characteristics of this era. Christians in western societies now live side by side with persons whose faith commitments and perspectives on life are unlike our own, persons whose claims about the world and God's will for it demand, at the very least, our attention and respect. But how are Christians to understand this experience of religious diversity theologically? In terms of the church's mission, should the relationship of Christians to people of other religions be primarily a matter of witnessing to them about faith in Christ, cooperating with them (without raising questions of faith) on projects aimed at promoting human welfare, engaging in dialogue in order to understand God more fully?? If the church is called to such dialogue, as I believe, then how is it practiced? What might Christians learn about their faith from serious, sustained conversation with Jews and Muslims, as well as persons of other religious traditions? How can the study of these matters enhance our ministries in the church? These are the questions that will be explored in this course. This will be one of Dr. Kinnamon?s final courses as Visiting Professor with Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry!

STMM 5110: Theology of Vatican II
Dr. Patrick Howell, SJ
Tuesdays, 5:45pm-8:35pm

The Second Vatican Council represented a new epoch in the development of the Church, ?the beginning of a beginning? (Karl Rahner S.J.), out of which Roman Catholicism and the whole of Christianity embarked upon a renewed pilgrimage of faith, in and through the world and its future. This course examines the theological and ecclesial environment from which the Council emerged, the foundational documents that express the vision it set forth, and the current struggle to appropriate this renewal in worship, theology and scripture, ecumenism and interfaith dialogue, and social engagement with diverse cultures and worldviews. The landscape of personal stories will give texture and resonance to the texts and pronouncements that document its history and theology, all of which shape ministry and life in the contemporary Church.

STMM 5910-02: Prophets and Social Justice
Dr. Erica Martin?
Tuesdays, 5:45pm-8:35pm

For the earliest biblical texts, the prophet?s role was primarily a calling to account of systems of power that oppress the poor: monarchy, latifundialization, Empire. This course first investigates the nature of prophecy in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, religious communities that share prophets but often interpret their roles quite differently. Focusing in on prophets in the Hebrew Bible, we will pay special attention to emerging Israelite prophecy in the 9th and 8th century BCE (such as Elijah/Elisha, Amos, Micah, 1st Isaiah, and Hosea), comparing these prophetic pioneers to the Israelite prophets of later centuries, and then returning to the prophetic voices of the New Testament and Qur?an to examine both continuity and change in the social justice role of the prophet.

STMM 5040-01: Christian Ethics
Dr. Michael Reid Trice?
Wednesdays, 3:30pm- 4:20pm

The course engages students with the dynamics of moral decision-making, moral development, and principles of Christian moral action, and the development of methodology for addressing social moral issues. This section will be taught with a reformed Protestant emphasis.