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PRACTICAL & PASTORAL THEOLOGY

School

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

PAST 6011 A

Theology of Pastoral Care I Field E

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

FA24

Filed Education

BTI Category

Professor

Stavroula Gurguliatos

TBA

TBA

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

0

Online?

N

Online?

TBA

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMPS7006

Grief & Loss

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

FA24

Grief may be understood as the response to a significant loss. We will explore pastoral, theological, religious, and secular perspectives on grief and loss and seek to integrate these perspectives where appropriate. We'll consider important new research in thanatology and review traditional psychological theories of grief in light of contemporary critiques. We will explore the experience of grief in light of context and culture and consider which features may be universal. We will attend to often unrecognized dimensions of grief�disenfranchised grief and the grief born of injustice. We'll focus on how to respond pastorally to grieving individuals and communities.

BTI Category

Professor

Melissa Kelley

T

12:30-3:20

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMPS7182

Pastoral Care in/with Communities of Faith: Creating Networks of Care

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

FA24

Life is in inherently relational, multidimensional, interconnected, and located within larger systems and structures � i.e. communities. Thus, our practices of pastoral care and counseling must likewise attend to the multidimensional and systemic nature of relationality. This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to explore personal, pastoral, and communal processes of creating networks of care in communities of faith and para-church organizations. Both pastoral and lay leaders will learn how to engage and utilize systems theory, conflict theory, therapeutic skills and processes, and theological and spiritual resources to navigate conflict, foster dialogue, and build constructive solutions and possibilities in community as part of an overarching practice of pastoral care. Particular attention will be given to one’s self-in-relationship and the capacity to remain a non-anxious, non-reactive constructive presence.

BTI Category

Professor

William Roozeboom

ASYNC

ASYN

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

ASYN

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMPT8106

Spirituality and Justice: 20th Century Writings

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

FA24

This course will survey spiritual writings from the twentieth century, examining the generative themes that are suggestive for our time and foundational in the construction of a contemporary spirituality. Authors will include Thomas Merton, Evelyn Underhill, Teilhard de Chardin, Dorothy Day, Annie Dillard, Johannes Baptist Metz, and Martin Buber. The course is taught with an eye toward leadership in spiritual formation.

BTI Category

Professor

Colleen M.�Griffith

R

9:30-11:50

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

Y

Online?

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMST7057

Theological Foundations in Practical Perspective

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

FA24

Taught from a pastoral perspective, this course offers an overview of contemporary Christian theology, introducing basic theological themes reflected in Co-Workers e.g. the cultural context in which we do theology, God, being human, Jesus, reign of God, Church. It considers theological methods and investigates the sources that contribute constructions of theological positions.

BTI Category

Professor

Colleen M. Griffith

T

9:30-12:10

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

School

Boston University School of Theology

STHTE 811

Doing Theology Aesthetically

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

FA24

Not Yet Available

BTI Category

Professor

Courtney Goto

A-Term course: August 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, and Sept 12

ARR- see note

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

School

Boston University School of Theology

STHTC 839

Suffering and Healing

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

FA24

This course will examine the understanding of human suffering in personal and communal space and explore the possibilities of healing in church and ministry. Through a range of readings, films, case studies, and a church or non-profit organization site visit, students will critically reflect on various conditions of human suffering including sickness, joblessness, homelessness, racial prejudices, immigration issues and others. The course will employ interdisciplinary study methods, from pastoral/practical theology to cultural studies. Building from these experiences and reflections, students will work to develop practical ministries that aim to restore and heal individuals and communities.

BTI Category

Professor

Hee An Choi

9:00am-4:00pm

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

Meets Sept 13, 14, Oct 11, 12, Nov 15, 16

School

Boston University School of Theology

STHTC 909

Spiritual Autobiographies

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

FA24

Participants in this course will read selected spiritual autobiographies in order to gain an understanding of the varieties of religious experience and the interrelationship between spirituality, theology, and historical and cultural context. We will examine the nature of religious experience and the difficulties in translating this experience into language. Moreover, we will explore the important issue of how spirituality relates to the institutional churches, and the various shapes spirituality takes outside these institutions. Through close, empathetic, and critical examination of the texts, participants also will reflect on their own spiritual journeys and spiritual identities. They will prepare written analyses of course texts and, by the end of the course, will write a portion of their own spiritual autobiography.

BTI Category

Professor

Claire Wolfteich

T

12:30-3:15pm

Credits

Letter

Professor

4

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

Y

Online?

School

Boston University School of Theology

STHTY 842

Pastoral Psychology of Healing

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

FA24

Every person, in her or his personal relationships and professional activities, is guided by a complex, often tacit, theory of healing, comprised of judgments about illness/suffering (what's wrong?); health/well-being (what's possible? what's ideal?); the trajectory from one to the other (how do we get there?); and factors that enhance as well as inhibit movement along that trajectory (what should we do?). Examining and comparing a range of theories of healing--in psychology, medicine, Christian traditions, world religions, and non-Western cultures--equips us critically to reflect upon, amend, if not reconstruct our respective theories of healing.

BTI Category

Professor

Chris Schlauch

M

2:30-5:15pm

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

School

Boston University School of Theology

STHTY 926

Couple and Family Dynamics (Doctoral)

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

FA24

This course includes a comprehensive overview of the field of family systems and family therapy. It will serve as an introduction to the theory and techniques of couples and family therapy. An attempt will be made to integrate theory and practice through assignments, class activities, and personal and professional self-reflection. Students will have the opportunity to reflect upon how they might actually use course content professionaly in their respective disciplines.

BTI Category

Professor

Steven Sandage, Sarah Crabtree

W

6:30-9:15pm

Credits

Letter

Professor

4

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

Y

Online?

School

Saint John's Seminary

THMT613

Theology of the Body

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

FA24

This course will engage students in a close reading of key texts by Pope Saint John Paul II: Love and Responsibility and, in particular, the theology of the body. It will examine the relationship between nature and person in the anti-Humanae Vitae worldview and indicate its roots in the thought of Bacon and Descartes before contrasting this Cartesian perspective with that of Paul VI in Humanae Vitae and John Paul II.

BTI Category

Professor

Dr. Franks

R

2:45-4:45 pm

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

School

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

PAST 6011

Theology of Pastoral Care I

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

FA24

As one part of your journey here at Holy Cross, this course, the Theology of Pastoral Care I, is intended to help you integrate and apply the knowledge you have acquired in other classes into your own life and in pastoral care situations. As a Field Education Course for hospital ministry, you will be placed in a local hospital for the semester. Specifically, we will explore hospital ministry as one aspect of pastoral care, as we develop a theology of pastoral care. The intent of this class is not to provide you with the right answers for pastoral situations. Rather, this course is designed, with the readings, class discussions, theological reflection groups, and assignments to develop your knowledge and skills related to hospital ministry as well as your personal identity as an Orthodox Christian seminarian and future minister or priest. Course is cross-listed as FLED 6101.

BTI Category

Professor

Rev. Fr. Gregory N. Christakos

TR

9:10-10:30 AM

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMPS7093

Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

FA24

In this foundational course, we develop an understanding of critical dimensions of competent and compassionate pastoral care and counseling today. Drawing substantially on a narrative approach to care, we explore pastoral care and counseling from contemporary pastoral-theological, social-scientific, and cultural perspectives. Particular topics addressed are family systems theory; implicit bias and racism; domestic violence; suicide; power and boundaries; resilience and self-care; and skills for pastoral care.

BTI Category

Professor

Melissa Kelley

F

9:00-12:00

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMPS8151

Resisting Anti-Judaism: Practices for the Church

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

FA24

The purpose of this class is to develop practices by which the anti-Judaism endemic to Christian traditions can be recognized, resisted, and replaced. As part of a commitment to anti-oppression work, this course will begin with an examination of the development and workings of Christian anti-Judaism with connections drawn to relationships between racism and antisemitism. Attention will then turn to how church teachings require examining preaching, worship, catechesis, and pastoral ministry for manifestations of anti-Judaism and antisemitism in North American and global contexts. The course will conclude with workshopping approaches to resisting anti-Judaism in Christian contexts and public spaces.

BTI Category

Professor

Daniel Joslyn-Siemiatkoski

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

Y

Online?

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMPT8132

Theology, Race, and Critical Race Theory

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

FA24

A social construction at its core, the modern idea of race has been given power through the years. Accruing strength and mostly negative use over time it has cut across the private sphere and become a portentous social idea in the form of systemic racism, institutionalized within government, laws, medical science, religion, culture, and society. This course explores the historical foundations of race and racism, and ranges over different manifestations of institutional racism in the spheres of criminal justice, employment, housing, health care, political power, education, and religious and congregational life. It also looks into recent movements for racial justice in thought and practice, and considers ways in which theological ideas and church practices can be refocused to contribute to racial justice within the academy, ecclesial communities, and the larger landscape of society.

BTI Category

Professor

Benjamin Valentin

T

3:30-6:20

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

Y

Online?

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO5505-01

Sacraments and Art

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

FA24

Much of our artistic heritage was commissioned to embellish places of worship and to deepen understanding of the ceremonies celebrated there. These works of art offer often-ignored insights into Christian sacraments that complements more traditional theological approaches. This course seeks to deepen our appreciation of Christian sacraments by acknowledging painting, sculpture and architecture as a locus theologicus. Both historical and thematic in approach, it explores sacramentality, incarnation, iconoclasm, typology as well as selected themes from sacramental theology. The course will include off-site visits.

BTI Category

Professor

Bergin

W

2-4:20p

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

School

Boston University School of Theology

STHTC 829

Spiritual Autobiographies

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

FA24

In the course, students will explore classic and contemporary spiritual autobiographies. These autobiographies reveal the diverse paths of religious seekers, the crises and epiphanies that became focal points of meaning and revelation. Students will learn about the practices of faith that sustained and challenged religious people from Augustine to Teresa of Avila to Tolstoy. Through close, empathetic, and critical examination of the texts, students will reflect on their own spiritual journeys and identities. They also will engage first-hand in the crafting of spiritual autobiography, and students will have the opportunity to work intensively in small groups throughout the writing and sharing process. Throughout the course, students will explore potential uses of spiritual autobiography as pathways of discernment and growth in congregational and retreat settings, small faith groups, spiritual formation and companionship.

BTI Category

Professor

Claire Wolfteich

T

12:30-3:15pm

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

School

Boston University School of Theology

STHTC 814

Embodying the Kin(g)dom

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

FA24

Not Yet Available

BTI Category

Professor

Courtney Goto

M

2:30-5:15pm

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

School

Boston University School of Theology

STHTY 704

Intro to Spiritual Care

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

FA24

Spiritual care is the art of ministry, chaplaincy, and counseling as it relates to the theological, psychological, and sociocultural needs of individuals and communities of faith. This course introduces various theories, methods, and practices of spiritual care and cognate disciplines for students to interpret and examine individuals and their communities as they are shaped by their own communal and sociocultural contexts. Students will have an opportunity to explore some of the personal, interpersonal, and communal issues that spiritual caregivers encounter as they engage in the work of care within congregations, hospitals, schools, the military, workplaces, and faith-based agencies. Furthermore, because of its deep commitment to social justice, spiritual care pays close attention to how social advantages and disadvantages contribute to unjust policies and systems that produce injustices based on class, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or other aspects of one's social identity.

BTI Category

Professor

Eunil David Cho

M

6:30-9:15pm

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

School

Boston University School of Theology

STHTY 834

Empathy and pluralism: Understanding, developmentally, varieties of faith among and within us

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

FA24

Not Yet Available

BTI Category

Professor

Chris Schlauch

W

2:30-5:15pm

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

School

Harvard Divinity School

HDS 2161

Spiritual Formation in Community

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

FA24

This course explores how Christian communities have taught and formed their members in faith both historically and in the recent past, and charts new directions for spiritual formation in the 21st century. It is especially geared towards those who anticipate having responsibility for a community�s spiritual formation. Students will think critically about the efficacy and appropriateness of inherited educational models, and will be equipped to design and cultivate informed and innovative opportunities for spiritual formation in their own ministry context. Students should leave the course with their own holistic theology of spiritual formation across the lifespan. Readings include classic texts (Augustine, George Herbert, Bonhoeffer) alongside pastoral theologians (John Westerhoff, Maria Harris, Eugene Peterson) and studies by sociologists, developmental psychologists, and educational theorists from religious and secular contexts. May be used to meet MDiv Denominational Polity distribution requirement for Episcopal/Anglican.

BTI Category

Professor

Walton

T

03:00pm-04:59pm

Credits

Letter

Professor

4

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

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