Iliff Winter 2014 Course Schedule

Iliff - Winter 2014

Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 24/40

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


This course is designed to develop a spiritual, psychological, neurological and ethical understanding of human development as it relates to the practice of skillful pastoral care for children and families.


Advising Req.: Relig Practices Breadth
Enrollment: 14/40

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


Christian corporate worship is explored in relation to tradition, symbol, music and new forces that are having an impact on the church's ritual life. Close attention is given to the theology, planning and leadership of services, including Sunday liturgies, weddings, funerals and other services that mark life transitions.


Find out more about Eunjoo Kim.

Advising Req.: Foundations of SC
Enrollment: 10/18

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


An interdisciplinary critical review of social change strategies and their historical and contemporary contexts. Students will identify and share their own motivations for social change as part of a critical attempt to identify and understand the meaning systems behind social change strategies such as: social movements, legislative and political systems, violence-based conflict, market systems and economics, education and multimedia, direct service, and alternative communities.


Advising Req.: Sacred Texts Depth
Enrollment: 2/40

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


None


Find out more about Mark George.

Advising Req.: Comp Relig Trads Depth
Enrollment: 23/40

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


A survey of the world views of Native American people as these pertain to both inter-tribal beliefs and Native American ceremonial life, with an attempt to show how Native American practice proceeds from their world view.


Find out more about Tink Tinker.

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

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


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.: Internship phase 2
Enrollment: 6/10

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


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.: Constructive Theo Depth
Enrollment: 8/40

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


The primary sources of Latino/a theological and ethical thought will be read to discover its foundational tenets. The course will explore this contextual approach to religion to discover how it could serve to liberate the Latino/a community from prevalent oppressive social structures. Comparisons will be made with Eurocentric ethics and theology. (THEO 6359)


Find out more about Miguel De La Torre.

Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 7/25

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


Principles and methods of organization used in major Protestant churches (UCC, Baptist, PCUSA, Disciples, UU, etc.). Designed for non-United Methodists to prepare them for organizational leadership and to meet polity requirements of various denominations, according to student need and interest.


Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 9/25

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


Principles and methods of organization used in major Protestant churches (UCC, Baptist, PCUSA, Disciples, UU, etc.). Designed for non-United Methodists to prepare them for organizational leadership and to meet polity requirements of various denominations, according to student need and interest.


Advising Req.: Identity, Power & Diff
Enrollment: 17/18

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


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.


Advising Req.: Vocation and Orientation
Enrollment: 8/8

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


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.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 5/6

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


Prepare, receive and integrate feedback from your team, preach Iliff worship. Learn to take your current preaching and worship collaboration to a new level.


Find out more about Cathie Kelsey.

Advising Req.: Social Analysis Depth
Enrollment: 14/40

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


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.: Comp Relig Trads Depth
Enrollment: 14/40

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


This is a comparative course that examines the dynamics of pilgrimage from a number of different angles - theoretical, doctrinal, ritual, social - and which utilizes a variety of sources - including classical, ethnographic studies of actual pilgrimages, and focused studies of particular pilgrimage places - with the goal of gaining a thorough understanding of the phenomena of pilgrimage in all of its complexity. (THEO 6447)


Find out more about Sophia Shafi.

Advising Req.: Identity, Power & Diff
Enrollment: 16/18

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


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 Katherine Turpin.

Advising Req.: Sacred Texts Breadth
Enrollment: 32/40

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


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.


Find out more about Pamela Eisenbaum.

Advising Req.: Constructive Theo Breadth
Enrollment: 14/40

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


This course: (a) introduces students to the main movements in Christian theology since the late nineteenth century and their particular historical foundations; (b) introduces students to the tasks of Christian theology: its varying criteria, methods and substantive proposals on what it has often taken to be the fundamental human questions; and (c) enables students to develop a systematic statement of their own theological perspective, with attention to: (1) its clarity, coherence and capacity to illuminate experience; (2) its relationship to the resources and limitations of a particular historical tradition and the interests of a particular social location; (3) its relationship to alternative Christian perspectives, especially those of a traditionally excluded peoples; and (4) its possible implications in terms of social and personal praxis.


Find out more about Edward Antonio.

Advising Req.: Relig Practices Depth
Enrollment: 16/40

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


An exploration of the foundational issues in religious education with specific attention to theories and practices of teaching and learning. Teaching practicum experience is included in the course to facilitate the advancement of teaching skills.


Find out more about Katherine Turpin.

Advising Req.: Comp Relig Trads Depth
Enrollment: 10/40

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


Abrahamic traditions have yielded complex religious responses to oppression and social injustice. This course examines some of those responses in relationship to governance, economics, war, health, and sexuality through the lenses of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.


Find out more about Sophia Shafi.

Advising Req.: Constructive Theo Depth
Enrollment: 4/15

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


Kierkegaard and the origins of existentialism; twentieth-century forms of existentialism and recent developments; the decline of neo-orthodoxy and resurgence of phenomenology. (THEO 6407)


Find out more about Edward Antonio.

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

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


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 Todd Berzon.

Advising Req.: Fundamentalism
Enrollment: 1/10

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


DU course


Advising Req.: Buddhism
Enrollment: 1/10

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


DU course


Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 1/1

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


DU course


Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 7/20

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


Continuation of Greek I.


Advising Req.: Vocation and Orientation
Enrollment: 8/8

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


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.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 1/1

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


DU course


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

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


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: 23/40

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


While the term heresy has a particular Christian connotation, the history of the term tells a far more complex story. This course investigates the development of the Christian discourse or language of heresy in the ancient world. With particular attention to its Jewish and Greek antecedents, students will discover just how Christians transformed a neutral, descriptive term, which meant “choice,” into a pejorative, proscribed title of error and falsity. Students will come to see that Christian authors consciously and carefully gendered, Judaized, Hellenized, and racialized heresy and the heretics. Students will read a range of primary and secondary sources, which reveal this process of creating a Christian taxonomy of heresy.


Find out more about Todd Berzon.

Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 10/40

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


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.: Social Change Praxis
Enrollment: 10/25

Course Dates: Jan 06-Feb 22, 2014

Meeting Dates: Fri, Feb 21, 1:00PM-4:30PM
Sat, Feb 22, 9:00AM-4:30PM


Graffiti is a public marker in most urban landscapes, but what does it signify? In this course, students will engage theory and practice in order to understand, interpret, and practice contemporary graffiti and its history; public voice as a component of U.S.-American Democracy; and relationships between race/ethnicity, gender/sexuality, poverty, youth, power, public voice, permission, and art. The course will culminate in a public voice graffiti art project during the praxis weekend.


Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 32/35

Meeting Dates: Mon, Dec 9, 1:00PM-4:30PM
Tue, Dec 10, 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 Larry Graham.

Advising Req.: Constructive Theo Depth
Enrollment: 19/19

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


“Who do people say the Son of Man is?” (Matthew 16:13). It is a question asked since Jesus roamed the Galilean countryside. This course will examine how people have responded to that question over the centuries since Jesus. After surveying the efforts of the historical “questers” over the last couple of centuries to describe Jesus and his relationship to his religious, social, and political environment, we will follow the theological efforts of the church to understand his nature and his work, including the doctrinal conflicts of the fourth and fifth centuries, medieval and Reformation soteriological considerations, and modern Christological reflections that speak to new understandings of human experience and history, special concerns about individual and collective evil, and globalization. The course will conclude with Jesus’ other question, “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15)---with each student developing his or her own Christology.


Advising Req.: Social Change Seminars
Enrollment: 18/19

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


This class focuses on what it means to work collectively across differences for peace, justice and freedom. Students will examine the idea and practice of solidarity in theological and political terms. Students will explore models of working across differences and building coalitions of various kinds, from both historical and contemporary, local and global examples. As solidarity implies working across differences of identity and power, students will interrogate their own social location and analyze dynamics of difference and power within the social change organizations and communities to which they belong.


Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 19/19

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


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.: Comp Relig Trads Breadth
Enrollment: 17/17

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014

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


A brief introduction to the history and doctrines of some of the world's religious traditions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, African Religions, North American Indian Religions, Islam, Christianity and Judaism. The course is meant to give students ano verview that can then be built upon in other courses. This course is a prerequisite for Comparative Philosophy of Religion.


Advising Req.: Relig Practices Breadth
Enrollment: 19/19

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


Draws on social theory, ethnography and reception studies to examine how religion is embedded in media, and how ritualized media practices function as religion.


Find out more about Jeffrey Mahan.

Advising Req.: MTS Capstone Project
Enrollment: 1/1

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


An integrative and summative essay of 20 to 25 pages in length, with a peer learning component.


Find out more about Miguel De La Torre.

Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 1/10

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


Two year weekly training program leading to certification as a spiritual director. Iliff degree students may earn up to 8 credit hours over the two years. The program broadens and personalizes students’ understanding of Christian beliefs and trains students who discern a call to become spiritual directors in practices of listening and discernment. Students apply directly to BSFP for admission.


Find out more about Cathie Kelsey.

Advising Req.: Vocation and Orientation
Enrollment: 6/8

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


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.: Thesis 6000 words
Enrollment: 1/1

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


MA Thesis Project/Research


Find out more about Mark George.

Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 20/23

Meeting Dates: Mon-Fri, Dec 2-6, 9:00AM-Noon
Mon-Tue, Thu, Dec 2-3, 5, 1:15PM-2:45PM


At the heart of both individual and group spiritual direction is deep listening and discernment. For all of ministry to follow that model church leaders, lay and ordained, need to become people who know how to hear with the heart. This class will explore and practice the basic tenets of spiritual direction and then transfer them to other areas of ministry such as pastoral care, preaching, stewardship, and administration. The class is experiential and will include large and small group discussions, personal reflection, dialogue and prayer.


Advising Req.: Clin Pastoral Educ
Enrollment: 8/8

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


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: 11/16

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


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.


Find out more about Amy Erickson.

Advising Req.: Vocation and Orientation
Enrollment: 6/8

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


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.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 16/20

Meeting Dates: Fri, Jan 10, 1:00PM-4:30PM
Sat, Jan 11, 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.: Thesis 6000 words
Enrollment: 2/5

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


MA Thesis Project/Research


Find out more about Amy Erickson.

Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 3/10

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


Two year weekly training program leading to certification as a spiritual director. Iliff degree students may earn up to 8 credit hours over the two years. The program broadens and personalizes students’ understanding of Christian beliefs and trains students who discern a call to become spiritual directors in practices of listening and discernment. Students apply directly to BSFP for admission.


Find out more about Cathie Kelsey.

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

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


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.: MTS Capstone Project
Enrollment: 1/1

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


An integrative and summative essay of 20 to 25 pages in length, with a peer learning component.


Find out more about Amy Erickson.

Advising Req.: Social Analysis Breadth
Enrollment: 10/19

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014

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


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.


Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 29/60

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


Ministry Praxis Seminars are one hour weekend courses offered quarterly that focus on specific aspects of the practice of ministry with attention given to the integration of theory and practice. Topics will vary and may include issues such as life cycle rituals, budgeting and finance, ministry in particular settings, etc. The course may be repeated for credit.


Find out more about Jeffrey Mahan.

Advising Req.: Master's Recital
Enrollment: 9/25

Meeting Dates: Wed, Feb 26, 6:00PM-8:30PM


The masters recital allows graduating students in the professional masters’ degrees to reflect upon and synthesize the learning that they have experienced throughout their degree program. Engagement with concrete situations, such as case studies and current events, will provide opportunities to connect classroom learning to professional settings. Students will also have the opportunity to name their vocational hopes and directions with their peers and faculty, and participate in other communal conversation and celebration as their degree draws to a close. This is a requirement for graduation for all graduates, as it serves as the primary means for gathering learning outcomes assessment data for our accrediting body.


Find out more about Katherine Turpin.

Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 4/10

Course Dates: Nov 14-Nov 29, 2013


This course is 15 day immersion trip to Zimbabwe and South Africa. Students can take the course for two credit hours. The course is designed to provide participants with first-hand exposure to social justice problems in global contexts. Participants will attend expert seminar presentations on global social justice issues in the context of Southern Africa and undertake site visits to areas of concentrated poverty, selected development projects, HIV/Aids clinics, orphanages and youth and women’s self help projects.


Find out more about Edward Antonio.

Advising Req.: Constructive Theo Breadth
Enrollment: 4/10

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014

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


A brief survey of classic texts in the history of Christian thought, with particular emphasis on the period from the Reformation to the early modern period. Designed as an exploratory introduction to the major themes, movements and key thinkers which have shaped the Protestant tradition and the ever-changing landscape of modern theology. It seeks to enable students to develop a critical appreciation of the historical basis of the different ways in which the presuppositions and assumptions of traditional Christian thought have interacted with the challenges of modernity. The first part of the course (1500-1750) will describe and articulate the theological causes and consequences of the emergence of the Reformation, the intersecting and conflicting pathways through which subsequent Protestant thought traveled and the reaction of Catholic theology through the Council of Trent. The second part of the course (1750-1834) will explore the entry of Protestant theology into the modern period, especially its confrontation with the intellectual forces which defined that period and were eventually to culminate in the Enlightenment.


Find out more about Theodore Vial.

Advising Req.: Thesis 6000 words
Enrollment: 2/2

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


MA Thesis Project/Research


Find out more about Alberto Hernandez.

Advising Req.: Historical Dev Breadth
Enrollment: 16/19

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


An introduction to the social, institutional and intellectual history of Christianity in Europe from the 9th century to the eve of the Reformation. Topics include: the schism between East and West, the growth and reform of the papacy, the medieval monks and friars, Scholasticism, the rise of the universities, the breakdown of the Thomistic synthesis, the decline of the papacy, conciliarism, medieval mystics, late medieval church and people, the Renaissance and Christian humanism.


Advising Req.: Sacred Texts Breadth
Enrollment: 27/28

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014

Gathering Days: Fri, Feb 7, 1:00PM-5:00PM
Sat, Feb 8, 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.: Historical Dev Depth
Enrollment: 9/19

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014

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


Looks at the emergence of Christianity in the modern world, from the colonialism of the late fifteenth century to Christianities in the Americas, Asia and Africa. An examination of the Aboriginal-Euro-African culture of North America; the impact of Christian missions on indigenous cultures and religions; Christianity in Latin America, Asia and Africa, and the non-Christian world; contemporary theologies in their various contexts.


Advising Req.: Thesis 6000 words
Enrollment: 1/1

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


MA Thesis Project/Research


Find out more about Jeffrey Mahan.

Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 11/16

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


This course surveys the history of the American Episcopal Church, the development of American Book of Common Prayer, polity, and the relationship of Episcopal Church USA to the Anglican Communion.


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

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


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.: Social Analysis Depth
Enrollment: 17/18

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


This course examines the contributions of African American life to the tradition of social ethics by examing black struggles to define moral and political agency, the meaning and purposes of Christianity, and the shape and character of liberation.


Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 11/19

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


This class will explore the relationship between religion and the cultural actions and ideas of the book. What role do books play in producing and reproducing religious identities? How do differences in forms and performances of books generate and maintain religious differences? How are notions of scripture related to book culture? How do depictions of books generate and reinforce religious ideas and identities? What impact do major transitions in book technologies have on religious practice and identity, such as the rise of the codex, the invention of the printing press, and the growing predominance of ebooks?


Advising Req.: Interdisciplinary Seminar
Enrollment: 17/20

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


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.


Find out more about Carrie Doehring.

Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 3/10

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


Independent Project in Field Education


Find out more about Jeffrey Mahan.

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

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014

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


This course aims to help students understand the nature and function of preaching in relationship to Christian spirituality and develop their preaching skills for the formation and nurture of the congregation's spirituality. It has three phases: 1) Historical, theological and cultural discussions about Christian spirituality. 2) The introduction of homiletical methods in relation to biblical interpretation, designing the sermonic form, and the use of verbal and nonverbal language. 3) The practice of Spiritual Preaching with peer evaluation. Half the course will be the actual practice of Spiritual Preaching. Preliminary study in biblical exegesis or theology is strongly encouraged. Online, Gathering Days plus in order to complete course requirements, students must preach two sermons at a ministerial site which must be videotaped and posted to Canvas. Students unable to fulfill these requirements cannot enroll in this course.


Find out more about Eunjoo Kim.

Advising Req.: Elective Course
Enrollment: 13/18

Course Dates: Jan 06-Mar 14, 2014


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 06-Mar 14, 2014


Principles and methods of organization used in major Protestant churches (UCC, Baptist, PCUSA, Disciples, UU, etc.). Designed for non-United Methodists to prepare them for organizational leadership and to meet polity requirements of various denominations, according to student need and interest.