Lifelong Learning Courses

Lifelong Learning makes most EDS graduate courses available to anyone with a bachelors degree, regardless of whether you have previous theological education. January and June intensives meet five days a week for two weeks, weekend courses meet for two or three Friday and Saturday sessions, online courses meet once a week for a semester, and traditional courses meet once a week for a semester. These courses are available to audit for $300, or for credit at $585 per course credit.

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

Spring 2015

T CS 2913.CR01: The Sacred and the Self in World Religions: Explorations in Comparative Theology
The Rev. Dr. Christopher Duraisingh
January 26-May 12, 2015
Tuesdays, 4:00-6:00PM
Sherrill Library
3 Credits

Now more than ever, it is an imperative that Christian theological task is undertaken in active dialogue and cross-reference with one or more of the other religious traditions of the world. This course will undertake a "dialogical" theology around two central themes, namely, the Sacred and the Self in comparative conversation with selected major religious traditions of the world. An adequate method for such a theological task will be explored through examining the recent development of the discipline known as "comparative theology." At the heart of the course lies the conviction that any formation for theological and ministerial leadership today is parochial and poorer if it is not done in serious dialogue and comparative study of other religious traditions.

June 2015

HB NT 4120.CR01: Jews and Christians
Dr. Lawrence Wills
June 8-19, 2015
Monday to Friday, 4:00-6:00PM
Sherrill Library
3 Credits

Modern Christian identity is largely based on an understanding of Judaism in the first century and the "Jesus revolution" as reflected in the New Testament, but there has been another revolution in knowledge about the complexities of Judaism and earliest Christianity. Research on the variety of Jewish and Christian groups in the first century, along with reflections on what constitutes religious identity, have given rise to bold new theories of how Christianity gradually differentiated from Judaism. This course begins with an exploration of Hebrew Bible passages and post-biblical Judaism, and proceeds to a fresh questioning of how the followers of Jesus related to the varieties of Judaism. This process will illuminate modern-day inter-faith dialogue as well.

L PT 1320.CR01: Feeding the Fire of Sung Prayer in Christian Communities
Ellen Oak
June 8-19, 2015
Monday to Friday, 10:00am-12:00pm
St. John's Memorial Chapel
3 Credits

This course is for clergy, professional musicians, and laypeople. It will address these questions: What will we sing on Sunday morning? Why does it matter? How will we choose? Who are the stakeholders in the decision-making process? The goal is growth toward competency in: 1) Building an intellectual scaffolding (includes theological, historical, cultural, ritual, and musical considerations) for the study of christian sacred music to support lifelong learning; 2) Using relevant research tools; 3) Learning a packet of representative songs well enough to be able to teach them to a congregation; 4) Developing best practices for creative and rewarding collaborative ministry among musicians, clergy, and the communities they serve.

T PT 2323.CR01: Spirituality of Healing
Dr. Kwok Pui Lan 
June 8-19, 2015
Monday to Friday, 2:00-4:00PM
Sherrill Library
3 Credits

This course explores the spiritual foundations of healing, including mind and body connection, breaking the cycle of violence, and developing life-­affirming spiritual practices. Particular emphasis will be on healing from internalized racism, homophobia, and other forms of structural oppression. There will be opportunities to study Chinese approaches to healing.

E T 1430.CR01: African American Christian Social Ethics: Sex and Sexuality
The Rev. Dr. Joan Martin 
June 8-19, 2015
Monday to Friday, 2:00-4:00PM
Sherrill Library
3 Credits

There is a growing recognition and movement within Black churches and among Black and Womanist theologians to bring sex, sexuality, and the erotic 'out of the closet' in African American Christianity and into the light. This course will explore some of the strands of black sexuality and their relation to the Black Church, with the intention of addressing the implications and possibilities for developing a more healthy attitude and approach to issues of sex, sexuality, and ethical leadership for ministry. The course pedagogy will, in part, be determined by interest and class enrollment.