King David’s story and legend are fundamental in the Bible and even more so in Judeo-Christian tradition. In this course we will read the biblical David story again, in a new way: asking not just what the text says, but why it tells the story the way that it does.
Explore works on prayer from the early, medieval, and modern church. Authors will include Origen, the Desert Fathers and Mothers, Maximus Confessor, Bernard of Clairvaux, and Evelyn Underhill. All are welcome and no experience is required.
Christian worship is no benign activity. To come into the very presence of God in worship is to encounter God’s soul-challenging, life-changing, radicalizing love. Christian worship should frame the Christian life as urgent, charged and consequential.
Few questions are more vociferously argued within the African American community than the identity and mission of the black church. Analyze what black and womanist theologians have had to say about the black church and to examine what the churches and their pastors say in response.
A guided tour of some of the spiritual practices (or exercises) developed by early Christians. Such exercises were for them potent technologies, powerful bearers of Christian wisdom, and arguably the primary form of self-care in antiquity.
Improving skills for writing about belief – writing publishable articles or essays about personal faith or the spiritual life of the wider world. The course invites participants to expand their own public witness or sense of personal vocation by writing for a reading public.
Five sessions on how to make worship engaging, creative, and participatory; how to tailor worship to specific and existing congregational settings; and how to create worship for new environments.
Explore “nuts and bolts” best practices for planting, nurturing, and growing transformative ministries with youth: relational youth groups that nurture the foundations of joyful, flourishing lives.
The phenomenon of apocalypticism offers a vision of a world beyond this one, which human beings may attain after death. The emphasis of this literature is on understanding that the world is not what it seems to be and on the disclosure of hidden reality.
The purpose of the course is to study several texts assigned by the Revised Common Lectionary Year C. We will pay some attention to each of the assigned texts but will concentrate on one OT and one NT text for each week. Our hope is that this will be both exegetically stimulating and homiletically helpful.
Explore the richness and power of the Psalter through an examination of the relationship between Scripture and music. What happens to the biblical text over time and as it is interpreted in different musical and religious traditions?
Explore the impact of trauma on the meaning of spirituality for those who have gone through a traumatic event, and what this implies for the ministry of the church. Participants will learn skills to develop a more trauma-informed ministry and increase their comfort level in addressing religious and spiritual issues with those who have been traumatized.
An intensive, critical reading of Jonathan Edwards’ famous sermon series, “Charity and Its Fruits,” based on I Corinthians 13, delivered to his congregation at Northampton, Massachusetts, in 1738.
Combines the riches of the Bible with some of Yale’s greatest treasures. Each day we will explore a different theme through academic study and lively conversation about a biblical text. We will then continue our study with a field trip to a site on Yale’s campus that relates to the day’s theme.
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 “doing theology”?