This course invites students to put their theological/biblical thinking in conversation with educational thought and practice. It also involves thinking together about theological education as a profession.

Prerequisite: Restricted to PhD students.

Note: Required for teaching fellows normally before or during their first year as a teaching fellow.

The course provides a basic introduction to biblical Hebrew and Greek for the purpose of assisting future clergy, religious leaders, activists, therapists, chaplains, and budding academics, who wish to explore the biblical text in its original languages. Not a replacement for biblical language study, this course seeks to familiarize students with a range of ancient language resources to aid in biblical study and interpretation of biblical texts. Students learn both the Hebrew and Greek alphabets and gain experience with lexical tools including interlinear bibles, dictionaries, concordances, and computer resources.

Notes: Pass/fail. Intended for students with no prior Greek/Hebrew instruction.

This course examines past and present connections between spirituality and environmental ethics in American culture. Students explore how Americans have understood the relationship between their inner and outer worlds- between mind, body, heart, and the world around them; between their own health and that of the earth.

Note: Fulfills MASJ eco-justice requirement. Enrollment limited to twenty students.
This course explores Latinx Religious Activism in the 20th Century with a focus on the 1950s through 1980s. Students explore how religion shaped various social movements in the period including the Farm Workers Movement led by César Chávez and Dolores Huerta, the Land Rights Movement led by Reies López Tijerina, various church occupations in the period including actions by Católicos Por La Raza and the Young Lords Organization, the Sanctuary Movement of the 1970s and 1980s, and more. In each, students use historical methods to contextualize these movements within a broader history, making note of how shifting contexts forced shifting tactics and analyses from Latinx activists. At the conclusion of the course, students draw lessons from this history for a modern audience, especially present-day activists who still negotiate many of the same challenges as the previous generation.

Note: Fulfills MASJ racial/ethnic justice requirement. Formerly CH 485J.
This course explores the teaching and practice of the Lotus Sūtra. Students closely read the Sūtra so as to better understand a new spiritual orientation known as the Great vehicle or Mahāyāna. Topics of discussion include the career of the bodhisattva, the lay/monk distinction, attitudes toward women and other Buddhists, and the development of Buddhist utopias and transcendent buddhas.

Note: Recommended for Buddhism and Interreligious Engagement students. Identical to STX 218J.

At the convergence of womanist theology, Black feminist thought, and critical race theory, this course interrogates race and gender as theological problems. How do our theological questions change when Black women’s experience is privileged? How does Black critical theory grapple with the paradox of race as both material reality and ideological illusion? How do womanist perspectives on the divine-human relation complicate hegemonic visions of liberation, freedom, and ethical relation? What does Black feminist discourse have to say about the erotic? Readings cover the politics of radical Black subjectivity, the aesthetics of blackness, Black sexual politics, and theories and theologies of justice.

Note: Fulfills concentration requirement for Religion and the Black Experience. Fulfills MASJ gender/sexuality justice, and racial/ethnic justice requirements.