Lifelong Learning at EDS

Lifelong Learning makes most EDS courses (both traditional and simulcast) available to anyone with a bachelors degree, regardless of whether you have previous theological education. Courses are available to audit for $300, or for credit at $585 per course credit.

Interested in registering for courses? Please complete and submit our registration form, and send it to

For questions, or further information, please contact Cecelia Cull, registrar, at, or call 617-682-1525.

Spring 2016 (January 25May 10, 2016)

Registration for Spring 2016 courses will close on Friday, February 5.

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.

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.

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.

June 2016 (June 6June 17, 2016)

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.

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.

PT 2030.CR01: Death, Grief, and Resurrection: Pastoral Care and Homiletics   
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Thomas Eoyang
Monday-Friday, 2:00pm-4:00pm   
Sherrill Hall, Room 153

This ambitious intensive course will invite the learner into a deeper personal understanding of the human experiences of death and grief in light of the Christian doctrine of resurrection, with the specific intention of relating this understanding both to effective pastoral care and to preaching at funerals, memorial services, and celebrations of life. Much of the course content will be explicitly from Episcopal liturgical and theological traditions, though students from other traditions are welcome to apply. Because each participant will be asked to preach two short sermons during the course of the two-week term, enrollment is limited to 12. Rising seniors and rising middlers will be given preference in that order. Prior CPE experience recommended.