Course Listings

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Courses scheduled for the 2015–16 academic year are subject to change. Students enrolled at EDS who wish to register for courses should login to SelfServe for complete and up-to-date course information. The last day to add/drop courses in Spring 2016 is February 5, 2016. 

Registration for Boston Theological Institute and Lifelong Learning students opens on December 1, 2015. 

Online-only courses are designated by (Online). Simulcast courses are designated by (Simulcast).

Questions? Contact Cecelia Cull, Registrar, at, or call 617-682-1525. 

 Spring 2016 Courses | June 2016 Courses

Spring 2016 (January 25May 10, 2016)

T CS 1710: Feminist Theories and Theologizing
Instructor: Dr. Gale Yee   
Monday, 2:00–4:00pm   
Sherrill Hall, Room 153

This course introduces the student to varieties of feminist and gender theories and theorists, e.g., liberal feminism, radical feminism, Marxist feminism, post-colonial feminism, womanist theories, and Asian American feminism, in order to provide a theoretical foundation for theologizing on behalf of women. This course fulfills the feminist theory requirement for the MATS student concentrating in FLT.

NT 1020.SC01: Introduction to New Testament (Simulcast)   
Instructor: Dr. Larry Wills
Wednesday, 6:00–9:00pm   
Sherrill Hall, Room 155

An introduction to the literature of the New Testament in its historical, social, and theological context. Attention will be given to learning basic exegetical techniques.

CH L 2250.CR01: Anglican Spirituality and Witness
Instructors: Ms. Julia Slayton/the Rev. Dr. Charles Hefling
2 Weekends: February 26 and 27; April 8 and 9
Fridays, 4:00pm–6:00pm; Saturdays, 9:00am–4:00pm
Sherrill Hall, Room 250

This seminar course will offer selected soundings in Anglican spirituality. Attention will be given to questions of continuity and innovation; pervading influences of historical, liturgical, and theological elements as well as practices in prayer and worship. Topics will include stages in the life of prayer, the formative significance of the Book of Common Prayer, and poetic and prophetic voices of witness and devotion. Our exploration is perhaps best conveyed in these words of T. S. Eliot: “Hints followed by guesses; and the rest is prayer, observance, discipline, thought and action.”

Requirements: Attentive and critical reading of assigned texts in advance; active participation in seminar discussion and reflection; one independent-study paper (15 pages) of a significant Anglican divine, or a project approved by the instructors, submitted and presented at the concluding class meeting. [2 credits]

CH CS 2120.SC01: Critical Issues in the Anglican Communion (Simulcast)   
Instructor: Dr. Kwok Pui Lan
Thursday, 4:00–6:00pm   
Sherrill Hall, Room 155

Evolved from a colonial beginning, the Anglican Communion has to meet the challenges of the postmodern and postcolonial world. This course explores issues such as the crisis of Anglican identity; the shift of Christian demographic to the Global South; autonomy and interdependence, mission and partnership, economic justice, women’s struggle for leadership, and human sexuality.

L 1025.CR01: Liturgical Theology and Practice   
Instructor Ms. Ellen Oak
Tuesday, 2:00–4:00pm
Sherrill Hall, Room 153

This course maps the contours of contemporary liturgical theology, noting numerous historical developments whilst concentrating on engagements between inherited traditions of Christian assembly and our current inter-cultural, multi-religious, and shifting spiritual contexts. The rites and resources of The Episcopal Church are embedded in the course, yet situated in a wider frame that takes in ecumenical consensus and dissent from it—with a range of liberation theologies welcomed to animate optics on each topic in the schema of study.

L 1234.CR01: Singing the Faith   
Instructor Ms. Ellen Oak
Wednesday, 1:00–3:00pm; Thursday 11:30am–Noon   
St. John’s Memorial Chapel

Through preparing choral music for weekly Eucharist and special events, students will develop skills in musical presidership; study church history and theology in diverse repertoire of sung prayer; and deepen their understanding of the power of music and the arts in both personal and public spheres. [1 credit per term]

PT CS 1119.CR01: Encountering the City: Urban Ministry   
Instructor: Mr. Byron Rushing
2 Weekends: March 11 and 12; April 29 and 30
Fridays, 4:00pm–6:00pm; Saturdays, 9:00am–4:00pm
Sherrill Hall, Room 250

This course will introduce students to the many significant ways the church is engaged with the realities and pains, assets, and possibilities of life in the city. The course will usually meet off campus with individuals and agencies ministering in “street and shop and tenement.” Some urban issues which will inform the course include: homelessness, gentrification, violence, community organizing, welfare rights, health care and drug rehabilitation, AIDS, environmental justice, and education reform. Students will be expected to develop their own pastoral approach to the mission of God in the urban context and nurture relationship with networks of individuals and organizations committed to justice and peace in the city. [2 credits]

PT L 1420.CR01: Unleashing Our Voices: Voice, Identity, and Leadership
Instructor: Ms. Suzanne Ehly
3 Weekends: February 5 and 6; March 4 and 5; April 15 and 16
Fridays, 6:00pm–9:00pm; Saturdays, 9:00am–4:00pm
Burnham Hall, Tyler Room

A course for the courageous, who wish to explore first-hand the liberatory and transformative power of their voices in community. Using the classroom community as a laboratory, the course will combine: (1) practical work on voice production and the body/mind/soul as human instrument with (2) in-class discussion and small team exploration of readings on voice, identity/community membership, and leadership. Voice work will include group exercises for freeing the body and voice, as well as individual work in front of the group using prepared spoken texts and/or sung pieces. Readings will be drawn from writings on the physical voice and voice as an element of social location from womanist, feminist, anti-white supremacist, and other anti-oppression perspectives. Participants will engage questions of voice and power in pastoral, liturgical, theological, educational, and spiritual contexts. Limited to 10 students. No auditors. [Pre-requisite: FTP 1010: Foundations for Theological Praxis]

W 1235.CR01: Writing Theology Well: From Theological Reflection to Biblical Exegesis
Instructor: Dr. Lucretia Yaghjian   
Friday, 10:00am–Noon
February 5–March 11, 2016     
Sherrill Hall, Room 153

This six week course provides an introduction to writing in a theological context, focusing on the standard theological genres of theological reflection, theological argument, the constructive theological essay in its various applications (church history, Christian ethics, pastoral studies), and biblical exegesis, including a biblical exegesis research workshop with EDS Senior Research Librarian Aura Fluet in conjunction with the course. Weekly theological memos will offer opportunities to experiment with these theological genres, and to integrate their requirements with the resonances of the student’s voice. Toward that end, students will choose a paper assigned for one of their EDS courses in one of these genres to be submitted concurrently for completion in this course. The course format will feature PowerPoint presentations based on Lucretia Yaghjian’s Writing Theology Well, “hands-on” writing workshops, and writing consultation sessions with the instructor. [1 credit]

W 2240.OL01: Writing Theology and Research Online (Online)
Instructors: Dr. Lucretia Yaghjian/Ms. Aura Fluet   
Times and Dates TBA

This eight-week, 2 credit hour, online mini-course provides an introduction to writing and research in theology in a digital environment, focusing on the standard theological genres of theological reflection, theological argument, the theological research paper, biblical exegesis, and the online genres of email, course discussion posts, and blogs. The course will be co-taught by Aura Fluet, EDS research librarian, and Lucretia Yaghjian, director of the EDS WRITE Program.  Students interested in taking this course will be asked to prepare a Learning Contract articulating their own writing/research goals for the course, and to choose a paper assigned for one of their Spring 2016 courses to be submitted concurrently for completion in this course.

June 2016 (June 6June 17, 2016)

FTP 1010.CR01: Foundations for Theological Praxis   
Instructors: Ms. Suzanne Ehly, et al   
Tuesday, June 6-Friday, June 10, 9:30am-4:30pm
Monday, June 13-Friday, June 17, 9:30am-11:30am   
Burnham Hall, Tyler Room

“Foundations” is Episcopal Divinity School’s way of introducing incoming master’s program students to the understandings and commitments underlying the school’s purpose statement “to form leaders of hope, courage, and vision” who “serve and advance God’s mission of justice, compassion, and reconciliation.” Students will consider vocation both as the call to personal transformation and to act as God’s agents of change and liberation in the world. Analysis will consider personal, interpersonal, institutional, and cultural power dynamics and will focus on race and racism as it informs our understanding of other forms of oppression. Through experiential learning, class presentations, and assignments, students will reflect on how their own social location shapes their actions and thinking while developing tools for theological reflection, social analysis, and engagement in the struggle for the renewal of the church and the world. Limited to EDS masters students and required of first-semester master of divinity and Master of Arts in Theological Studies candidates. Occasionally non-masters students may enroll with permission of the instructors.

HB 2536.CR01: Contemporary Approaches to the Hebrew Bible   
Instructor: Dr. Gale Yee
Monday-Friday, 9:30am-11:30am   
Sherrill Hall, Room 250

This course examines the many and varied exegetical approaches to the Hebrew Bible. It will cover some of the historical-critical methods (source, form, redaction, and social scientific criticism), as well as newer approaches (such as literary, feminist, deconstructive, ideological, post-colonial, and minority criticisms). Students will have hands on experience of these criticisms through exegetical analyses of various biblical texts.

NT 2050.CR01: Paul in the Twenty-First Century
Instructor: Dr. Larry Wills
Monday-Friday, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Sherrill Hall, Room 250

This course will introduce Paul’s theology in three steps. First, we will read parts of 1 Corinthians, Galatians, and Romans to try to understand Paul in his ancient context. Second, we will consider the changing ways that Paul was understood in the twentieth century, leading up to the so-called New Perspective on Paul. Third, we will conclude with a consideration of how recent approaches, such as critical race theory, feminist criticism, postcolonial criticism, queer theology, and so on have uncovered new challenges for Paul in the twenty-first century, but new promises as well.

CH 2040.CR01: Celtic Christianity (From 300 to 900 CE)   
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Elise Feyerherm   
Monday-Friday, 4:00pm-6:00pm   
Sherrill Hall, Room 155

An exploration of the theology, spirituality, and worship—past and present—of the Christian tradition as it emerged in the Celtic regions of England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. Attention will also be given to the current revival of Celtic Christianity in the contemporary church and its influences on prayer and liturgy through the work of communities such as Iona in Scotland.

L 3020.CR01: Challenging the Liturgical Tradition   
Instructor: The Rev. Bryan Cones
Mon-Fri, 9:30am-11:30am
Sherrill Hall, Room 153

This course consists of critical engagement with received liturgical traditions, with particular focus on those of The Episcopal Church, through the lenses of feminist, queer, postcolonial, dis/ability, and other contemporary theologies. For the purposes of this course, “traditions” includes not only official liturgical resources but also how they are received and enacted in pastoral liturgical practice. The aim of this course is (1) to explore ways contemporary pastoral liturgy might appropriate the insights of critical contemporary voices to current liturgical practice and (2) to propose pathways for renewed official liturgical resources in The Episcopal Church and beyond. This course contains a practicum component, as class participants will prepare and rework both liturgical patterns and liturgical texts in light of class content.

L 1234.CR01: Singing the Faith   
Instructor Ms. Ellen Oak
Monday-Friday, Time TBA
St. John’s Memorial Chapel

Through preparing choral music for weekly Eucharist and special events, students will develop skills in musical presidership; study church history and theology in diverse repertoire of sung prayer; and deepen their understanding of the power of music and the arts in both personal and public spheres. [1 credit]

T CS 2800.CR01: Spirituality for the Contemporary World   
Instructor: Dr. Kwok Pui Lan
Monday-Friday, 4:00–6:00pm   
Sherrill Hall, Room 250

This course explores different dimensions of a holistic and passionate spirituality for the modern world. The contribution of eco-conscious theologians, feminist religious writers, and Asian religions will be studied and the relationship between spirituality and the body, human desire, poverty, ecology, and power will be clarified. A particular focus of this course will be on how to lead a discussion group on spirituality in churches, schools, and the workplace.