Take A Class – Summer 2019

Brite Divinity School’s Summer 2019 schedules offer a variety of classes on diverse topics taught by our permanent and adjunct faculty. Individuals interested in enrolling in a specific class without pursuing a degree may be eligible to enroll as an auditor or Special Student. 

May Term Module One (M-I) Course

Classes in this module meet May 13-17, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (1 week)

PTPC 75970 – Special Topics in Pastoral Care –  Military Moral Injury: Resources for Spiritual Care with and by Faith Communities

Dr. Nancy Ramsaywith Dr. Nancy Ramsay, Professor of Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Care

PREREQUISITES: Master of Divinity degree or Master’s level “Introduction to Pastoral Care” course required to enroll. Transcript information will be needed.

DESCRIPTION: This course will equip students with resources and particular skills for responding to those affected by military moral injury and their families. The course will include a review of the concept of military moral injury as recently defined and as recognized in ancient cultures. Students will engage current research and proposals regarding effective spiritual care in faith communities and other contexts such as hospital chaplaincy and hospice. Where possible our discussions will draw on interreligious resources and consider intersectional analyses. Our course will frame military moral injury as personal, relational, generational, systemic, and contextual. These five aspects will inform the range of strategies we explore Military moral injury also implicates citizens who benefit from the efforts of those who serve in the military and related capacities who bear the brunt of war’s violence. The course will include lecture, film, class discussion, guest presentations, and skills development. 


May Term Module Two (M-II) Course

Classes in this module meet May 20-24, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (1 week)

HEBI 75970 – Special Topics in Hebrew Bible and Literature of Early Judaism – Refashioning Community and Self: Liturgies and Prayer in Second Temple Judaism

Dr. Carol Newsomewith Dr. Carol Newsome, Barnett Scholar in Jewish Studies


DESCRIPTION: In the Persian and Hellenistic periods forms of psalmody and prayer undergo striking changes. Communal penitential prayers significantly displace laments, psalmody becomes a means for forming community around a set of encapsulated historical memories, and liturgical cycles and psalmic cycles begin to be developed. Individual psalms and prayers are also transformed, displaying a newly articulated concern over the pervasive sinfulness of the individual and the necessity for radical transformation. 


HOML 70970 – Special Topics in Preaching – Preaching Economic Justice

Dr. Lance Papewith Dr. Lance Pape, Granville and Erline Walker Associate Professor of Homiletics


DESCRIPTION: This course explores biblical, theological, and rhetorical resources for preaching that addresses social and economic injustice. The course proposes close readings of biblical texts as an essential grounding for prophetic preaching that empowers concrete action on behalf of the impoverished for whom God shows special concern. 


RECU 70970 – Special Topics in Religion and Culture: Militarization and/at the Borders of Being

Dr. Melissa Paganwith Dr. Melissa Pagán, Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Religious Studies, Mount Saint Mary’s University

DESCRIPTION:  This intensive course examines the multiple and intersecting discourses (historical, theological, political, etc.) that have functioned to support increasing surveillance and violence—epistemic, physical, and sexual—against persons at the US/Mexico border and analyzes the ways that this surveillance and violence is reflective of a broader interest in securing ideological borders of being. Theological and ethical implications will be explored and students will critically evaluate the ways that Christian theological frameworks, while having the liberative potential to subvert, have perpetuated, the patrolling that occurs at both physical and ideological borders. The course analyzes issues that include but are not limited to: the construction and crossing of borderland spaces, borderland temporalities, family separation and detention of migrants, and sexual violence against women and LGBTQ+ persons. 


June Term

Classes in this module meet June 11-14, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (1 week)

WRSP 70970 – Special Topics in Christian Worship – Congregational Song

Dr. Paul Westermeyerwith Dr. Paul Westermeyer, Professor Emeritus of Church Music at Luther Seminary


DESCRIPTION: An historical survey of the church’s congregational song,
focusing on hymnody and its underpinning of psalmody.


July Term

Classes in this term meet July 29-August 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (1 week)

RECU 70970 – Special Topics in Religion and Culture – Mission Today: Justice, Mutuality and Partnership

Dr. Jonathan S. Barneswith Dr. Jon Barnes, Executive for Mission Education at Global Ministries


DESCRIPTION: Despite our rapidly changing context, both locally and globally, many Christians continue to use inherited and antiquated understandings and practices when engaging in cross-cultural mission.
This course will explore the changing perceptions of the church’s nature and mission, and the implications for ecumenicism, interfaith dialogue, evangelism, and justice work. Through exposure to a variety of voices and perspectives, including those from the Global South, students will better understand their own theological/ethical presuppositions around mission as well as gain knowledge and skills to assist local churches in approaching both domestic and international mission through a lens of partnership, mutuality and justice centered relationships. (Read the Course Prospectus) 

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