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RELIGION & CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION
CERTIFICATE (PRE-APPROVED COURSES)

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.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Daniel Joslyn-Siemiatkoski

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

Prerequisites?

Y

Notes

Fundamental Theology or Theological Foundations in Practical Perspective, or similar course.

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMST8564

Reconciliation in a World of Conflict

BTI Category

Semester

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

FA24

The twentieth century's legacy is marked by social conflict and war: more than 200 million people killed because of political repression, ethnic or religious wars. Enlisting a theological lens, this seminar examines the Christian resources and contribution to the problem of reconciliation. After examining the most important secular approaches to the problem of personal and social conflict, we will focus on the main Christian theologies of reconciliation, including the works of Robert Schreiter, Miroslav Volf, John de Gruchy, and Jon Sobrino. Their theologies will be examined through individual case studies of the Balkan region, South Africa, and El Salvador.

Professor

Class Day & Time

O. Ernesto Valiente

W

6:30-9:00

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

Y

Online?

N

Prerequisites?

Y

Notes

A course in theological foundations or fundamental theology; Department Permission Required

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO5574-01

Ethics, Religion, and International Politics

BTI Category

Semester

Ethics (all traditions)

FA24

An examination of the role of religion in international politics and of ethical approaches to international affairs. Special emphasis will be given to religion as a source of conflict, religious communities as transnational agents for justice, protection of human rights, and peace; the historical development and contemporary formulations of ethical norms for the use of force; and ethical and religious contributions to reconciliation and solidarity.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Owens

MW

1:30-2:45

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

4

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

GRAD/UGRAD SPLIT, REQUIRED DISCUSSION: THEO5574-03 (T, 1-2p), -04 (R, 2-3p), -05 (R, 3-4p), -06 (R, 4-5p)

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO7055-01

Global Politics, Political Theology, and Ethics

BTI Category

Semester

Ethics (all traditions)

FA24

This course addresses important ethical issues that arise in international politics including issues of equality, poverty, and conflict. Specific attention will be given to the work of theology both the secularized theologies of international politics and the more explicit theologies of religious actors in international politics. In considering the theologies at work and the ethical issues that arise, sustained attention will be given to the global history of colonialism and the resulting imperial and racialized relations that are constitutive of international politics today.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Wambui

W

1-3:50p

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Boston University School of Theology

STHTT 898

Theology and Trauma

BTI Category

Semester

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

FA24

This course aims to bring the recent studies in the interdisciplinary study of trauma to bear on the field of theology. What unique challenges does the phenomenon of trauma pose to contemporary theology? The first part of the course explores recent studies in trauma, focusing on three areas of research: 1) neurobiology of trauma, 2) clinical/therapeutic studies, and 3) literary approaches to trauma. The second part of the course examines theological engagements with issues of radical suffering. The third part brings together the insights from the first two and focuses on the question of what it means to witness theologically to individual, societal, and global trauma. We will look at issues and contexts such as the criminal justice system, war, poverty, and racism. In this final part, students will be working towards constructive theological engagements with issues of trauma through interaction with a variety of mediums: art, literature, spiritual practices, and film. The course is not a counseling course. It aims to provide rich theological reflection around issues of suffering, violence, and trauma, both individual and global.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Shelly Rambo

R

3:30-6:15pm

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Harvard Divinity School

HDS 2362

Blacks, Jews, and Palestinians

BTI Category

Semester

Sociology/Ethnography/Research Methods

FA24

The late mystic and theologian Howard Thurman once characterized human engagement as a long and winding journey leading to the human heart, where the Augustinian interiority opens itself to the divine and the stranger. “Ultimately there is only one place of refuge on this planet for any [human] —that is in another [human’s] heart. To love is to make of one’s heart a swinging door.” Establishing a place of refuge for another is an ethical imperative, what Thurman called humankind’s “responsibility” to God and humanity. But what happens when the other, neighbor, or stranger has ancestral (or immediate) connections to the destruction, displacement, and death of your familial, cultural, or religious community? Is love possible or justifiable within this context? The course will explore both the ethics and theological grammar of prayer, piety, and ‘sacred songs’ in post-Enlightenment Quakerism and the Abrahamic religions to imagine the possible epistemic grounds for contemplative and deliberative human interaction among groups holding competing and colliding conceptions of memory, truth, moral responsibility, and exile/freedom/ fugitivity. With an emphasis on theory and practice, the course will investigate the tension between what John Rawls called comprehensive beliefs and public reason as well as interrogate the ethics of responsibility and love.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Johnson, Terrence

M

03:00pm-04:59pm

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

4

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

Prerequisites?

Y

Notes

Students must have prior coursework in one of the following areas: African American Studies, Jewish Studies, or Middle East Studies.

School

Hartford International

IP-511 (Non-MAP)

Healing Trauma from the Inside Out: Using Reflective Practice to Support Self, Community, Systemic, and Global Healing

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

Fall 2024

Just as personal trauma can impact individuals, collective trauma can color and shape how groups of people experience reality and relate to one another. This course will inform our peacebuilding work through deepening our understanding of the effects of collective trauma and how to respond to it. This is a history course, but we will engage with ideas and methods drawn from theology, psychology, neurobiology, sociology, and literature as we seek to understand the enduring legacies of trauma and its impact on current relationships. Formerly offered as "Restorative History: Building Peace After Collective Trauma".

Professor

Class Day & Time

Shanmugavelayutham

W

4-7pm

Grading Option

P/F

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Hamilton

CL/MC634

Conflict Management in Life & Ministry

BTI Category

Semester

Leadership Formation & Ministry Skills

FA24

This course focuses on the dynamics of interpersonal conflict management, with principles broadened to apply to contexts of church, ministry, and other systems.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Horvath, Katherine

M

1:30-4:30pm

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

Synchronous

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

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.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Benjamin Valentin

T

3:30-6:20

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

Prerequisites?

Y

Notes

Fundamental Theology, Theological Foundations in Practical Perspective, or equivalent.

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO5533-01

Antisemitism, Racism, and Christian Nationalism

BTI Category

Semester

Ethics (all traditions)

FA24

Events over the past decade have illustrated how antisemitism, racism, and Christian nationalism are intertwined ideologies. This course will offer a historical and thematic investigation into how these three ideologies emerge within Christian contexts, the ways in which Christian theologies and institutions inform them, and modes of resistance to them. A core outcome of this class will be to recover and generate theological positions that actively counter these ideologies.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Joslyn-Siemiatkoski

T

3-5:25p

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

UNDERGRAD/GRAD SPLIT

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO5574-02

Ethics, Religion, and International Politics

BTI Category

Semester

Ethics (all traditions)

FA24

An examination of the role of religion in international politics and of ethical approaches to international affairs. Special emphasis will be given to religion as a source of conflict, religious communities as transnational agents for justice, protection of human rights, and peace; the historical development and contemporary formulations of ethical norms for the use of force; and ethical and religious contributions to reconciliation and solidarity.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Owens

MW

3-4:15p

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

4

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

GRAD/UGRAD SPLIT, REQUIRED DISCUSSION: THEO5574-03 (T, 1-2p), -04 (R, 2-3p), -05 (R, 3-4p), -06 (R, 4-5p)

School

Boston University School of Theology

STHTS 805

Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation

BTI Category

Semester

Ethics (all traditions)

FA24

This course is a response to the experience of destructive conflict in the church and in the world, as well as the experience of religion as a source of conflict. More importantly, it is a response to the call to every Christian to be ministers of reconciliation and peacebuilders. The course will introduce students to the theology, theory and practice of faith-based conflict transformation, preparing students to become religious leaders equipped with fundamental tools and skills for engaging conflict and transforming conflict in a way that advances God's goal of shalom, a culture of justpeace.

Professor

Class Day & Time

James McCarty

R

6:30-9:15pm

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

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.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Chris Schlauch

M

2:30-5:15pm

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Hartford International

IP-510 (Non-MAP)

Constructive Conflict Intervention

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

Fall 2024

This class will train each student to be a mediating presence in interpersonal and community conflicts. The instructor will teach conflict transformation ideology and tools for conflict analysis to build student’s capacity to understand and respond to conflict in ways which advance justice. In conflict transformation-inspired mediation, the primary goal is to improve the relationships between the parties to allow them to chart their own solutions. Students will learn the five-stage mediation process so that they could conduct a complete formal mediation. However, the emphasis will be on understanding the goals and practices of each stage so that they can informally and effectively intervene in the conflicts in their own lives and their own communities. The class will use case studies to build skills in conflict analysis. Students will also practice skills through partner exercises and small group mediation role plays. Students will also be asked to use the skills outside the classroom, and reflect on those experiences verbally or in writing.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Milliken

W

9-12pm

Grading Option

P/F

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Hartford International

AM-667

Faith and Leadership in Times of Crisis

BTI Category

Semester

Interreligious Learning

Fall 2024

The havoc wrought by the global onslaught of the novel coronavirus has been complexified during the ensuing years by domestic mass-casualty incidents (both naturally-occurring and human-orchestrated); by climate trauma; by warfare, asylum-seeking, and immigration; and by fierce attitudinal clashes (often exacerbated by bigotry and blaming) with regard to systemic racism, the nature and content of public education, access to certain medical procedures, and much more. As emergent occasions have melded, one into the next, the need for robust resources and strategies for sensitive leadership, deep understanding, and efficacious interreligious collaboration has become all the more apparent. This course seeks to address that need.Through engagement with case studies, anecdotal accounts, scripture, devotional literature, theological discourse, interreligious scholarship, and lived experience, this course facilitates investigation of the nature of leadership, followership, and entrepreneurship. Working asynchronously yet collegially, students in this course undertake multireligious consideration of questions such as: To what strategic and spiritual resources might we turn in times of great stress. What are we to do when access to those resources is disrupted? How can any of us provide comfort, hope, and cautious wisdom with integrity (and what actions can we take) when anxiety, grief, fear, or divisive forces threaten to overwhelm or isolate? What sorts of collaborative efforts have proven effective?

Professor

Class Day & Time

Mosher

ASYNC

Asynchronous

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

Y

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

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.

Professor

Class Day & Time

William Roozeboom

ASYNC

ASYN

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

ASYN

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

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