Level 1 offers a broad background in theology, ethics, history, caring and respecting, faith formation, the Bible, world religions, the church, and leadership.

Ministry in the 21st Century is characterized by bridging sometimes wide and sometimes subtle differences in beliefs, languages of faith, and individual experience. The dimensions of those differences can be rooted in theological understanding and reflected by different cultural, ethnic, and life experience. This course allows participants to explore the evolution of differences within theiown experience while also considering several dimensions of diversity and difference likely to be encountered in ministry today.

In this course, participants will learn how to reflect critically on their lives and the world around them using the resources of traditional Christian theology. They will learn to differentiate between embedded and deliberative theologies; articulate their own theology at this point in time; differentiate between their theology and those of others; and reflect on the importance of doing theology in community.

Progressive ChristianityWhat are the essentials of the Christian faith? How do you understand the realm of God, salvation, and the message of Jesus? What is Christianity’s role in the pluralistic role? These are foundational questions for Christian life and theological formation. Over the next six weeks, you will explore, reflect on, and discuss these aspects of Christian theology from a progressive perspective. You will be asked to trace how your theological understandings have evolved as a result of church experience, study, and growth. You will also consider these topics and integrate them with the coursework already completed in the PATHWAYS program.

World ReligionsAs religious diversity in the United States heightens, individuals, congregations, and civic leaders wrestle with how to do what is right and good. This course introduces students to Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam, while tracing contrasting historical aims such as assimilation and pluralism to present day concerns.