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Medieval English liturgy features three important characteristics. First, as an insular nation, separated from the European Continent, it developed its own unique forms of worship and piety. Secondly, in spite of the Norman Conquerors attempt to extinguish Anglo Saxon ways and even less successfully to impose liturgical innovations, the Church in Medieval England maintained a secure culture of its own. Perhaps most significant of all, Medieval English liturgy served as the foundation for the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. In this course students will research primary texts, archeological evidence, and the socio-political contexts in which these liturgies developed.
The Rev. Arnold Klukas, PhD, Adjunct Professor of Liturgics, Nashotah House
Between roughly 1400 and 1750, Christianity in Europe experienced a reorientation of its liturgical, theological, ecclesiastical, and ascetical life in addition to the dissolution of Latin Christendom. While attention is regularly paid to the reformation of doctrine and church polity, this course will offer a sustained discussion of the development of distinct and rich patterns of prayer and devotion in the Early Modern world. Covering a range of regions and personalities, this course will examine attitudes toward art and the material context of devotion, the role of music and silence, and the increasingly didactic character of public worship during an axial period. Throughout, we will consider the dynamic relationship between Christian thought and Christian practice to better appreciate the ascetical background of many contemporary Christian churches today. A particular concern will be for the English context and early Anglicanism. Research methods and tools will also be discussed as students prepare final papers
The Rev. Calvin Lane, PhD, Affiliate Professor of Church History, Nashotah House
In this course, Fr. Peay will examine the history and development of the sermon – its influences and its influence – on the Church from the Reformation forward. Special attention will be given to the reading and critique of important examples of sermons from the period(s).
The Rev. Steven Peay, PhD, Professor of Homiletics and Church History/Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Nashotah House
This course will focus on understanding the process of developing new faith communities in the Anglican Tradition. Students will explore several models currently in use and to develop a comprehensive strategy from conception to reproduction for planting a church utilizing one of those models. Central to the implementation of this strategy will be such skills as recruiting, training and deploying an effective church planting team, developing effective strategies for evangelism and discipleship, and providing for the care of the new congregation through the first 5 years by creating healthy patterns for growth, development and reproduction. Developing a missional theology that works in a transitional, secular culture will be lie at the heart of this course.
The Rev. Tom Herrick, DMin, Director of the Titus Institute for Church Planting
This three-credit introductory overview to DMin research science is required for all new/in-coming Doctor of Ministry students and is recommended for the second year of the process. It will cover all aspects of design for the Doctor of Ministry Degree. The module will equip students for the process of exploring, researching and reflecting theologically on a specific ministry concern in context in an effort to advance the faithful ministry of the Church. It includes a Handbook as a reference guide for use during the Doctor of Ministry process.
The Rev. Jack Gabig, PhD, Associate Professor of Practical Theology, Nashotah House
The Rev. David Jones, ThD, Affiliate Professor of Pastoral Theology, Nashotah House
In spite of the calamities of Conquest, multiple reformations and the English Civil War, the Church of England was able to develop a dignified and beautiful liturgy which continues to the present day. In relationship to the Book of Common Prayer and its traditions, we will look at the visual arts - in particular, vesture and liturgical furnishings and architecture, as well as other special characteristics that are unique to the Anglican Aesthetic.
The Rev. Jeremy Haselock, DMus, Canon Precentor and Sub-Dean of Norwich Cathedral, England
In this course, Dr. Carey will give an overview of the Christian teaching on humanity and its relationship to God, world, sexuality and the common life. The teaching of key theologians will be explored in the context of inter- reactive teaching.
The Most Reverend and Right Honorable George Carey of Clifton, PhD, Archbishop of Canterbury (retired)
This course will explore the way exegesis of St. Paul's epistles contributed to the Trinitarian doctrine that was given definitive shape at the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, as well as the way that developed Trinitarian doctrine may also serve as a hermeneutical rule for reading Paul theologically today. Along the way, attention will be paid to the preaching and teaching of Paul's letters in contemporary pastoral settings.
Wesley Hill, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, Trinity School for Ministry
Through study of the ancient Church’s principles and methods of catechesis – appreciating not only its doctrine, but also its use of ancient rhetorical theory—this course aims to provide students with: 1) an introduction to the Patristic understanding of Christian formation, especially as preparation for baptism; 2) greater insight into the content and methods appropriate to Christian instruction; and 3) a deeper understanding of how and why the priest’s own spiritual development contributes to or detracts from the task of catechesis. Though the course will primarily focus on the writings of St Augustine, students will also become familiar with other ancient texts, both Christian and classical.
The Rev. Jeremy Bergstrom, PhD, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Savannah, GA
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