In this course, participants will explore the Hebrew Bible using historical critical methods and other tools of Biblical interpretation. Participants will learn the interpretive tool of Midrash (sanctified imagination) and apply Biblical insight to 21st century issues.
- Facilitator: Danny Spears
In this course, participants will explore the New Testament using historical critical methods and other tools of Biblical interpretation. Participants will learn the interpretive tool of sanctified imagination and apply Biblical insight to 21st century issues.
- Facilitator: Brice Thomas
The purpose of this course is to explore the history, polity, theologies, and practices of the United Church of Christ and its predecessor denominations. The course will include an exploration of denominational identity, hidden histories within the denomination, case studies around current issues of polity and structure, current ecumenical conversations, emerging trends within the United Church of Christ, and more. Successful completion of this course will fulfill the history and polity requirement for authorized ministry in the United Church of Christ in many associations and conferences.
- Facilitator: Valerie Coe Lowder
This is an introductory course in analyzing, writing, and preaching sermons in the Christian tradition. Participants will draw on their past experiences of biblical study and listening to sermons, as well as engage current homiletical theory and practice to craft compelling, biblically and theologically sound sermons. Participants will practice assessing others’ sermons for biblical and theological content. They will also assess the sermons of others for the stated or implied behavioral purpose. This is a major focus of the method emphasized by the authors of the texts.
Using two texts by Rev. Dr. Henry Mitchell and by Rev. Dr. Martha Simmons, participants will go through the components of a sermon as they prepare to write two sermons. The components include: the behavioral purpose, lectionary preaching, genres, holistic encounters, sermon outlines, introductions, celebrations, and title.
- Facilitator: Lavetta Ross Hall