This course introduces students to the fields of disability studies and disability theologies. Students examine “disability” as a historical and social construction with embodied material consequences and explore theological imaginations and practical ethical dimensions at the intersections with other bodily and social markers, such as gender, race, sexuality, class, and nationality. Themes and issues engage students’ professional and personal communal contexts, and consider practical applications for inclusion and justice.

This introduction will explore the Pāli language in three aspects: study of the basics of pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar, chanting of traditional Pāli texts with discussion of their relevance, and in-depth analysis of key doctrinal terms used in Pāli suttas. By the end of the course students will be equipped to recite Pāli texts freely, to begin reading texts in the Pāli language, and use them as inspiration for contemporary practice.

Prerequisite: Familiarity with basic English language grammatical terms and the general concept of Pāli Case is recommended.

The times we live in can’t help but teach and form us as human beings and as providers of spiritual care; this time, a time of pandemic, might become truly and positively formative if we engage it with courage and intention. Using guided readings, group spiritual direction and contemplative writing, participants will explore their personal and professional reactions and responses to this historic experience with an eye towards developing increased self-awareness and compassion as spiritual caregivers in a time of pandemic.

This intensive course offers an immersion experience for students who wish to engage and cultivate necessary prophetic voices with communities on the margins - communities contending against systemic injustices that directly impact children and youth. Theological education in collaboration with public theology and contextual practice allow for direct engagement in communal struggles for social justice.

Note: Requires attendance at the week-long annual gathering of the Proctor Institute at the Dale P. Andrews Freedom Seminary in addition to two synchronous class sessions both before and after the intensive. Fulfills MASJ general social justice requirement.

This course considers several theological and spiritual practices that can contribute to advocacy for greater justice for LGBTQI+ communities. Students examine significant themes in the practices of embodiment, hospitality, testimony, discernment, and stewardship of creation to create new theological interpretations and expressions of these practices for greater inclusivity and justice.

Note: Fulfills MASJ gender/sexuality justice requirement.

The word "eugenics," first used in the 1880s means "well born" and was used to develop a great variety of pedigree studies aimed at improving "the breed of man." In the United States, eugenics represented a reaction to the diversity, racial and ethnic that was becoming a great concern to those who held power in the nation. This course examines the development of the eugenics movement in the United States focusing on three key issues: impact on laws created to govern "racial purity", issues of citizenship and national identity, and how liberal Protestant theology intersected with eugenic ideals.

Note: Fulfills MASJ gender/sexuality justice, and racial/ethnic justice requirements. Formerly CH 307Q.

This course investigates ways that Black women’s spirituality reflects hybrid religious identities and practices. Students examine issues of syncretism, multiple religious belonging, transreligious spirituality and pragmatic ethics in light of womanist religious ideals. Religious experiences in Black women’s religiosity are considered through narrative, memoir, motivational literature, and interviews.

Note: Fulfills concentration requirement for Religion and the Black Experience students. Fulfills MASJ interreligious engagement justice requirement. Total enrollment limited to thirty students. Identical to TS 303Q.

An introduction to Rabbinic methods of reading Scripture in the first millennium with a focus on peacebuilding. Students read primary sources in English translation, tracking the Rabbinic exegetical techniques used to elevate the Bible as a manual for reconciliation and healing at both the individual and communal level.

Note: Identical to IE 237Q.

The Biblical Hebrew Intensive is designed to introduce students to the first two semesters of Biblical Hebrew, equivalent to the first year of Hebrew language study. The course focuses on mastery of the grammar and vocabulary tools necessary to read the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament in its original language.