Iliff Winter 2015 Course Schedule

Iliff - Winter 2015

Advising Req.: Relig Practices Depth
Enrollment: 6/12

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


This course examines the historical development, transmission, related theories, and methodologies underpinning this African American cultural art form, while articulating its placement in the broader study of Christian Homiletics. Black Preaching may be understood as a critical religious message, delivered in a communal context; a message of cultural relevance, informative, educational, entertaining and motivating. A biblically centered message delivered in the vernacular of the people to whom the message is sent and, at its best, is communicated on three distinct levels of understanding: the cognitive, the intuitive and the emotive.


Advising Req.: Social Analysis Depth
Enrollment: 11/25

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


An historical survey of the role of racism, sexism and classism in shaping the oppressive institutional structures of the existing world order and of how sociological analysis of these structures can help justice and peace activists direct effective action toward the elimination of race, gender and class oppression. The systemic link between racism and other forms of structural oppression, including sexism and classism, will be addressed. (THEO 6304)


Find out more about Tink Tinker.

Advising Req.: Constructive Theo Depth
Enrollment: 10/25

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


Consideration of the theology of Friedreich Schleiermacher. Analysis of the philosophical and theological predecessors of Schleiermacher as well as the tradition of theological liberalism that followed him.


Find out more about Theodore Vial.

Advising Req.: Internship phase 2
Enrollment: 8/10

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


During an academic year MDIV students engage in the supervised practice of ministry in a congregational or agency setting for a minimum of 14 hours per week. In addition, they participate in a two and one-half hour weekly reflection seminar on campus or online led by an adjunct faculty member with ministry experience. Prerequisite: Vocation and Orientation; Identity, Power and Difference; and Phases I & II of Consultation and Guidance. All three quarters must be successfully completed in sequence within a single academic year. 4hrs per quarter (12 in total), Pass/Fail


Advising Req.: MA Seminar II
Enrollment: 2/25

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


One of two required 4 credit courses taking place over two quarters. They each meet for four hours per week in a seminar setting. Its purpose is to introduce students to the study of religion, its history, approaches and contemporary issues. It also introduces students to their particular sub-disciplines, enabling them to locate themselves within their particular fields. It works with students to develop research skills, identify thesis topics and develop a programmatic identity as MA students. Both seminars are required of all MA students. The MA Seminars are typically offered Fall and Winter Quarter each year.


Find out more about Jacob Kinnard.

Advising Req.: Internship phase 2
Enrollment: 4/10

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


During an academic year MDIV students engage in the supervised practice of ministry in a congregational or agency setting for a minimum of 14 hours per week. In addition, they participate in a two and one-half hour weekly reflection seminar on campus or online led by an adjunct faculty member with ministry experience. Prerequisite: Vocation and Orientation; Identity, Power and Difference; and Phases I & II of Consultation and Guidance. All three quarters must be successfully completed in sequence within a single academic year. 4hrs per quarter (12 in total), Pass/Fail


Advising Req.: Relig Practices Breadth
Enrollment: 6/35

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


This course will prepare persons planning to be leaders in either religious or non-religious settings and/or serve as a skills enhancement tool for persons already serving in leadership roles.


Advising Req.: Sacred Texts Breadth
Enrollment: 13/35

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


An introduction to the literature of Christian origins that begins with a look at the context out of which the New Testament emerged, then turns to the earliest extant texts, Paul's letters and covers the Gospels, Acts, and post-Pauline epistles.


Advising Req.: Vocation and Orientation
Enrollment: 0/6

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


The course allows students to explore the ongoing process of vocational discernment, with particular attention to how vocational journeys intersect with the experience of formal theological education.


Advising Req.: Identity, Power & Diff
Enrollment: 9/18

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


This course focuses on the implications of social location and professional identity formation within the cultural matrices of identity, power, and difference. The class aligns formational work with Iliff’s commitments to diversity across the curriculum.


Find out more about Sophia Arjana.

Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 4/35

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


Workshop format, students learn and perform a particular, well-tested design process for developing sensory Christian liturgy as part of a team – including responsibilities for liturgy, music, hospitality, and promotion.


Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 0/0

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015

Prerequisite: TXDEPTH requirement met


A number of methods and theories currently are in use in biblical studies, expanding the conversation and questions being asked of the texts and materials. This course examines the critical study of biblical texts and contexts through consideration of different methods and theories of interpretation. Prerequisite: TX-Depth/Instructor’s permission for Masters students.


Find out more about Mark George.

Advising Req.: Relig Practices Depth
Enrollment: 13/25

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


A study of tragic and theological literature for use in pastoral care in tragic circumstances.


Advising Req.: Comp Relig Trads Depth
Enrollment: 6/25

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015

Prerequisite: CRBRDTH requirement met


This course examines the assortment of attitudes, rituals, and orientations that fall under the umbrella of tasawwuf known in the West as “Sufism.” Special attention will be placed on pilgrimage (ziyarat) and its mediation between believer, saint, and Allah.


Find out more about Sophia Arjana.

Advising Req.: Social Analysis Breadth
Enrollment: 7/35

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


Introduction to ethical reflection about contemporary moral issues in an ecumenical and global context drawing on ethical and sociological theory and analysis and on theological and psychological perspectives.


Find out more about Miguel De La Torre.

Advising Req.: Constructive Theo Breadth
Enrollment: 10/35

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


This course explores models of practical theological reflection and methods of reflective professional practice as frameworks for religious leadership in the variety of contexts in which students will work. Students will be introduced to disciplined modes of embodying the integration of theory and praxis that allow them to place their coursework across the curriculum into regular conversation with their practice as religious leaders and ministry professionals in a variety of institutional and cultural contexts.


Find out more about Eunjoo Kim.

Advising Req.: Constructive Theo Breadth
Enrollment: 13/35

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


This course provides an introduction to the history of Christian thought in its political, social, and institutional contexts, during Protestantism’s formative period. We will cover late medieval theology, the main Protestant Reformers, the Radical Reformation (Anabaptists et al), the Catholic Reformation, and end with Wesley. The focus is on the development of theology, which provides the basis for contemporary theological reflection.


Find out more about Theodore Vial.

Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 3/25

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


This course examines Unitarian Universalist history from precursers in early Christianity to the present day. The course will pay particular attention to the rise of Unitarian and Universalist movements in America, to the history of the last 45 years, and to the prospects of the movement.


Advising Req.: Identity, Power & Diff
Enrollment: 10/18

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


This course focuses on the implications of social location and professional identity formation within the cultural matrices of identity, power, and difference. The class aligns formational work with Iliff’s commitments to diversity across the curriculum.


Find out more about Edward Antonio.

Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 13/25

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


An exploration of the doctrinal heritage of United Methodism: its sources, distinctive marks, development in the United States, relation to contemporary doctrinal standards and practices of the UMC and role in ecumenical dialogue. This course meets the disciplinary requirements for ordination to elder or permanent deacon or diaconal ministry in the U.M.C. Offered each year.


Find out more about Cathie Kelsey.

Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 6/25

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


Continuation of IST 2084 Hebrew I (offered every other year).


Advising Req.: Internship phase 2
Enrollment: 6/10

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


During an academic year MDIV students engage in the supervised practice of ministry in a congregational or agency setting for a minimum of 14 hours per week. In addition, they participate in a two and one-half hour weekly reflection seminar on campus or online led by an adjunct faculty member with ministry experience. Prerequisite: Vocation and Orientation; Identity, Power and Difference; and Phases I & II of Consultation and Guidance. All three quarters must be successfully completed in sequence within a single academic year. 4hrs per quarter (12 in total), Pass/Fail


Advising Req.: Vocation and Orientation
Enrollment: 1/6

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


The course allows students to explore the ongoing process of vocational discernment, with particular attention to how vocational journeys intersect with the experience of formal theological education.


Advising Req.: Sacred Texts Depth
Enrollment: 4/25

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015

Prerequisite: TXBRDTH requirement met


The book of Deuteronomy for centuries has been viewed as laying out a political view of Israel’s life together. Josephus, for example, described Deuteronomy as Israel’s politeia or “form of government.” Government certainly is an issue in the book, particularly as it involves the conduct of self and others. More recently, Deuteronomy is understood to play a foundational role in the books of the Former Prophets within the theory of the Deuteronomistic History. This course examines these and other critical issues in the study of Deuteronomy. Prerequisite: TX-Breadth.


Find out more about Mark George.

Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 4/35

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


This course explores representative attempts at queering Christian theologies and at developing queer theologies. It will include a survey of modern theological projects with the emergence of queer theory as a critique of modern Western culture, and an exploration of aims and methods of queer theory and its differences to e.g. gay and lesbian studies. We will explore “queer approaches” to theology and biblical interpretation, especially where notions of identity (esp. gender and sex, but also race, ethnicity, class, ability) are concerned. Investigations into the potential of queer insights into Christian theology and biblical interpretation will include, but move beyond, apologetic arguments regarding inclusion of sexual minorities into Christian communities. In this course, we will learn to engage in "queering" Christian theology and biblical interpretation, and test the benefits and usefulness of queer theory as a tool for constructive theological projects and Christian practices.


Advising Req.: Relig Practices Depth
Enrollment: 5/25

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


Explores the interactions between religion and film. Students relate reading in film criticism, aesthetic theory and theological reflection to a range of popular and art films from diverse cultures.


Find out more about Jeffrey Mahan.

Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 22/30

Meeting Dates: Thu, Dec 11, 1:00PM-4:30PM
Fri, Dec 12, 9:00AM-4:30PM


This spiritual care praxis seminar prepares students, clergy, lay pastoral caregivers and mental health practitioners to use an intercultural approach to spiritual care to help careseekers in particular contexts to draw upon their religious faith and spirituality to cope with particular kinds of suffering.


Find out more about Carrie Doehring.

Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 7/12

Meeting Dates: Fri, Jan 23, 1:00PM-4:30PM
Sat, Jan 24, 9:00AM-4:30PM


Students will learn principles for the organization of information and elements of the research process. They will learn how to conduct research in a systematic, efficient and effective manner, using both print resources and electronic databases targeted to religion and theology. They will begin developing a habit of using a Research Journal.


Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 18/18

Meeting Dates: Mon-Fri, Dec 1-5, 9:00AM-Noon
Mon-Tue, Thu, Dec 1-2, 4, 1:15PM-2:45PM


This course wil be experiential, guiding participants to find their grounding in God from which spiritual leadership springs. In addition to presentations, a variety of teaching/learning methods will be used icluding guided imagery, self reflection, small group sharing, class discussion, movement, music and prayer. Brief readings will be required during the class as well as reflective homework assignments, followed by a final reflection paper.


Advising Req.: Social Change Praxis
Enrollment: 5/20

Meeting Dates: Fri, Jan 9, 2:30PM-5:30PM
Fri, Jan 16, 1:00PM-4:30PM
Fri, Jan 30, 1:00PM-4:30PM
Sat, Jan 31, 9:00AM-4:30PM


There are many paths to social change. This course focuses on the legislative and public policy avenue. How do advocates get elected and appointed officials to change laws and policies to address social concerns? We will use sample issues of concern to course participants in order to understand the policy process and pratice the elements of a successful effort to shape public policy. ***Jan 9th class is OFF SITE at the AFDC Coatlition **** Please visit the Canvas site or contact the instructor for more details. chaerrobert@hotmail.com.**** Students MUST attend all four dates for full credit.1/9, 1/16, 1/30 and 1/31 The second three sessions on are on campus.


Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 6/19

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


A consideration of the theology and development of Anglican worship as reflected in The Book of Common Prayer with particular attention to the Rites of Initiation and the Eucharist. The role of symbol and ritual in worship will be examined.


Advising Req.: Social Analysis Breadth
Enrollment: 25/26

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015

Gathering Days: Fri, Feb 6, 1:00PM-5:00PM
Sat, Feb 7, 8:00AM-Noon


An introduction to the social scientific literature on congregations. Students learn basic methodology for analyzing congregaitons and their surrounding communities. A review of the empirical literature on congregations covers such issues as congregational cultures, leadership styles, adaptation to community change, racial/ethnic diversity, fund-raising, and membership growth and decline. Will substitute for Christianity in Contemporary American Society.


Find out more about Antony Alumkal.

Advising Req.: Clin Pastoral Educ
Enrollment: 0/0

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


CPE is the required form of internship for MAPSC students and an additional experience available to MDiv students under supervision and directed by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. Students making this course a part of their Internship requirement must submit a petition to the director of Professional Formation before enrolling. 8 hours (may be spread over two quarters), Pass/Fail


Find out more about Jeffrey Mahan.

Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 14/14

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


The aim of this course is to explore issues of war and peace-making from religious perspectives, employing a multi-disciplinary approach. To that end, the course is designed to have different Iliff faculty approach the issue of war and peace from their specific area of expertise, allowing the student to wrestle with a comprehensive approach to this crucial issue


Find out more about Miguel De La Torre.

Advising Req.: Pastoral/Spirtiual Care
Enrollment: 25/25

Course Dates: Jan 05-Jan 31, 2015

Gathering Days: Fri, Jan 30, 1:00PM-4:30PM
Sat, Jan 31, 9:00AM-4:30PM


Bringing psychological and theological perspectives on substance abuse and dependence into dialogue, we will explore ways to draw on religion and spirituality to help people moderate their use of alcohol and addictive substances.


Find out more about Carrie Doehring.

Advising Req.: Vocation and Orientation
Enrollment: 2/6

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


The course allows students to explore the ongoing process of vocational discernment, with particular attention to how vocational journeys intersect with the experience of formal theological education.


Advising Req.: Relig Practices Depth
Enrollment: 9/9

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


This course explores new approaches to Christian worship in multicultural contexts. Through reading major resources and the cross-cultutal experince of worship, students will develop their theological understanding of multicultural worship and gain liturgical insights into multicultural worship.


Find out more about Eunjoo Kim.

Advising Req.: Comp Relig Trads Breadth
Enrollment: 13/13

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015

Gathering Days: Wed, Feb 4, 1:00PM-5:00PM
Thu, Feb 5, 8:00AM-Noon


This course focuses on the main developments and expressions of Hinduism in India. First, we begin with a discussion of the pre-Aryan, indigenous religious context of the Indus Valley, and then turn to the emergence of the Vedas, the earliest stratum of the Hindu tradition. We will then examine the development of the Hindu Upanisads, a highly philosophical genre of literature that significantly questions the religious efficacy of the sacrificial, ritual-based Vedas. Finally, we will turn to the devotional and ritual contexts of the many gods and goddesses, and what is sometimes called "popular Hinduism." along the way, we will explore such major topics as: the changing conceptions of sacrifice; the inquiries into the nature of the self, the nature of the Ultimate, the role and development of devotion; mythology; ritual and its functions; the influence of Buddhism and Islam; and the character of Hinduism in modern India.


Find out more about Jacob Kinnard.

Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 0/0

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


A brief examination of various financial management concepts relevant to church leaders, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and various social and community activist positions. The class will explore important debt, equity, and fundraising issues critical to success in these fields and introduce basic financial terms such as forecasting, budgeting, and cash flow.


Advising Req.: C&G Phase 2
Enrollment: 24/35

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


Consultation and Guidance- Phase II


Advising Req.: C&G Phase 3
Enrollment: 9/35

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


Consultation and Formation- Phase III


Advising Req.: Clin Pastoral Educ
Enrollment: 0/0

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


CPE is the required form of internship for MAPSC students and an additional experience available to MDiv students under supervision and directed by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. Students making this course a part of their Internship requirement must submit a petition to the director of Professional Formation before enrolling. 8 hours (may be spread over two quarters), Pass/Fail


Find out more about Jeffrey Mahan.

Advising Req.: MTS Colloquium
Enrollment: 3/16

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


The MTS Colloquium will help students to relate learning from various modes and forms of theological discourse to contemporary issues and questions, particularly those relevant to the student’s own professional practices and personal life.


Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 25/25

Course Dates: Jan 05-Feb 14, 2015

Gathering Days: Fri, Feb 13, 1:00PM-4:30PM
Sat, Feb 14, 9:00AM-4:30PM


Through the integration of theology, theory, and practice, this course will invite students to consider and analyze the minister’s role in planning and carrying out weddings and premarital counseling. This course is hybrid and includes both online and face-to-face components. $75 premarital certification fee required.


Advising Req.: Social Change Seminars
Enrollment: 9/19

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


Students will engage (primarily Christian) theologies, theories, politics and practices of (non)violence that have influenced progressive social movements in the United States from the 20th century until today. Opting to formulate the term “(non)violence” in the course title indicates that we will consider how social change happens (or does not) related to the interplay between theories and tactics of both violence and (non)violence. To examine the dichotomy violence-(non)violence implies 1) questioning the dichotomy itself and clarifying definitions/usage of the terms violence and (non)violence; 2) understanding the structures of power and violence within which violence-(non)violence as social change strategies operate; 3) comparing “strategic” versus “principled” approaches to (non)violence. By discussing justifications and implications for the use of so-called violent means of social change, students will deepen their understanding and practice of (non)violence itself.


Advising Req.: Internship phase 2
Enrollment: 5/10

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


During an academic year MDIV students engage in the supervised practice of ministry in a congregational or agency setting for a minimum of 14 hours per week. In addition, they participate in a two and one-half hour weekly reflection seminar on campus or online led by an adjunct faculty member with ministry experience. Prerequisite: Vocation and Orientation; Identity, Power and Difference; and Phases I & II of Consultation and Guidance. All three quarters must be successfully completed in sequence within a single academic year. 4hrs per quarter (12 in total), Pass/Fail


Advising Req.: Historical Dev Depth
Enrollment: 8/8

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015

Gathering Days: Thu, Feb 5, 1:00PM-5:00PM
Fri, Feb 6, 8:00AM-Noon


In the European Middle Ages a number of clergy and lay believers—female and male—were convinced that the divine realities of the faith could be intimately experienced. They were the practitioners of long-cultivated mystical traditions that took on new directions and forms in their experiences and writings. Representative figures like Hildegard of Bingen, Bernard of Clairvaux, John Bonaventure, Marguerite Porete, Meister Eckhart, Julian of Norwich, Catherine of Siena, and others sometimes claimed to have visions, often emphasized mystical union with Christ or Being itself, were frequently strong supporters of the Church or, at other times, seen as threats to the faith, and usually promoted the ideals of simplicity, poverty, and compassion. In this course we will read the writings of some of the medieval mystics; discuss their key ideas in the context of their social, political, and religious world; describe the prominent types of mysticism in the period; and draw some connections to the contemporary world.


Advising Req.: Internship phase 2
Enrollment: 7/10

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


During an academic year MDIV students engage in the supervised practice of ministry in a congregational or agency setting for a minimum of 14 hours per week. In addition, they participate in a two and one-half hour weekly reflection seminar on campus or online led by an adjunct faculty member with ministry experience. Prerequisite: Vocation and Orientation; Identity, Power and Difference; and Phases I & II of Consultation and Guidance. All three quarters must be successfully completed in sequence within a single academic year. 4hrs per quarter (12 in total), Pass/Fail


Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 0/19

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015

Prerequisite: Intro to Islam


This course approaches Islamic themes through art and architecture by examining particular expressions of visual culture from a variety of Muslim societies around the world. Particular attention is placed on calligraphy, geometry, animal and anthropomorphic imagery, and icons. Students will gain an appreciation of the diversity of religious expressions through this course.


Find out more about Sophia Arjana.

Advising Req.: Constructive Theo Breadth
Enrollment: 14/14

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015

Gathering Days: Fri, Feb 6, 1:00PM-5:00PM
Sat, Feb 7, 8:00AM-Noon


What does it mean to be human? This question lies at the heart of every worldview and theological system. Students will begin to formulate their own sophisticated answer to this question in conversation with important thinkers on this topic from the Christian theological tradition, philosophy, and anthropology.


Find out more about Edward Antonio.

Advising Req.: Sacred Texts Breadth
Enrollment: 25/26

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015

Gathering Days: Thu, Feb 5, 1:00PM-5:00PM
Fri, Feb 6, 8:00AM-Noon


An introduction to the literature and history of ancient Israel and early Judaism with special attention to the various methods appropriate to studying the Hebrew Bible.


Find out more about Amy Erickson.

Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 8/8

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


Organization and methodology of The United Methodist Church. This course meets the disciplinary requirement for diaconal ministry or ordination to elder or permanent deacon in the U.M.C. (offered each year).


Advising Req.: C&G Phase 1
Enrollment: 17/25

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


Consultation and Guidance- Phase I


Advising Req.: Interdisciplinary Seminar
Enrollment: 11/18

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


The purpose of the course is to explore how the disciplines of theological/religious studies work together to generate significant knowledge about war and peace that matters to the world. Faculty members will collaboratively discuss critical questions and issues pertaining to war and peace on which they focus in their research. Students will learn how to use a comprehensive approach to crucial issues of war and peace, gain skills in doing research on religious and theological studies pertaining to war and peace, and will practice how to listen and respond by being respectful of each other’s experiences, beliefs, and values related to religion, war, and peace. FIRST YEAR STUDENTS ONLY.


Find out more about Carrie Doehring.

Advising Req.: Sacred Texts Depth
Enrollment: 11/11

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015

Prerequisite: TXBRDTH requirement met

Gathering Days: Wed, Feb 4, 1:00PM-5:00PM
Thu, Feb 5, 8:00AM-Noon


Interpretation of selected New Testament literature. Each course focuses on a book or selected topic. Different courses are offered each year. TX-BREADTH is a prerequisite for all New Testament literature courses.


Advising Req.: Internship phase 2
Enrollment: 3/10

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


During an academic year MDIV students engage in the supervised practice of ministry in a congregational or agency setting for a minimum of 14 hours per week. In addition, they participate in a two and one-half hour weekly reflection seminar on campus or online led by an adjunct faculty member with ministry experience. Prerequisite: Vocation and Orientation; Identity, Power and Difference; and Phases I & II of Consultation and Guidance. All three quarters must be successfully completed in sequence within a single academic year. 4hrs per quarter (12 in total), Pass/Fail


Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 4/19

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


This course offers an introduction to the critical questions, disciplinary perspectives, and skills needed for initial engagement with graduate theological education. It serves not only as an introduction to the Iliff curriculum and faculty, but also to broader issues of theories, approaches, and disciplinary boundaries within the field. This course is designed to be particularly useful for students in their first two terms at Iliff and will use extensive audio interviews with the Iliff Faculty in order to introduce students to the relevant academic profiles of individual faculty members.


Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 8/8

Course Dates: Jan 05-Mar 13, 2015


An exploration of the doctrinal heritage of United Methodism: its sources, distinctive marks, development in the United States, relation to contemporary doctrinal standards and practices of the UMC and role in ecumenical dialogue. This course meets the disciplinary requirements for ordination to elder or permanent deacon or diaconal ministry in the U.M.C. Offered each year.