For centuries, effective church leaders in most Christian traditions have found inspiration in the classic texts on pastoral ministry from the patristic period.
How do we help the members of our congregations reclaim or cultivate their own musicianship? This is an important pastoral ministry, and an essential aspect of liturgy.
The nature of human grief has not changed, but the challenges and opportunities of putting together a funeral or memorial service are quite different from what they were a thousand, a hundred, or even twenty years ago.
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Bread has a unique place in biblical tradition. It is central to the Israelite celebration of Passover and to the Christian Eucharist. It features in narratives involving Cain and Abel, Abraham, Ruth and Naomi, David and many others in Hebrew scriptures.
Do the evolving ways we use media attempt to meet needs that are ultimately spiritual, including those that have historically been met in church, such as community, worship, spiritual formation, support, meaning, and continuity?
Ministry is both deeply fulfilling and incredibly exhausting. When we accepted the call to minister to God’s people, we opened ourselves up to the most vulnerable, beautiful and heart-wrenching moments of life.
Designed at the request of students who have taken the first Bible through Art and Artifact course, this class offers more opportunities to engage the biblical text and enjoy Yale’s stunning collections.
The Gospel According to John has engaged, inspired, and often baffled its readers. It tells the story of Jesus in its own unique way, combining elaborate symbolism, dramatic techniques, and the exploration of profound theological claims.
This course explores the ways in which Christ—as a character in the gospel narratives, an object of Christian theological reflection, and a living presence in the life of the Church—informs Christian visions and practice of the good life.
‘To reach something good’, reflects Teresa of Avila, ‘it is very useful to have gone astray, and thus acquire experience.’ This observation by the sixteenth-century Spanish mystic is found in her account of a life transformed by God’s intervention.
This course explores the ways in which Christianity is responding to environmental degradation. Environmental problems pose not just new challenges where humans connect with nature, but they also give rise to new social and spiritual problems.
We will discuss two related issues. First, how do Christians preach on texts that prove to be theologically and practically problematic, such as texts that raise questions of supersession; texts that seem to condone violence; texts that deal with Israel as prom
This course will explore how faith-consistent investors (asset owners and asset managers) are working to build a “more just and sustainable world”, from addressing climate change to ending labor exploitation. Acquire a first-hand knowledge from the perspective of the Nation’s oldest and largest coalition of practitioners – the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR).
What is the relationship between theology and the arts, and what does it look like to bring these into conversation with each other? Can reading poetry, for example, be one way of thinking theologically or even of ‘doing theology’?
This intensive course will consist of primary and secondary readings from and on Edwards’s use of Scriptures supplemented by selections from other writings in his corpus, focusing on his biblical exegesis, various Scripture commentaries, such as Edwards’s B