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Summer 2012

BA 101 Beginning Hebrew I

Instructor:  Dr. Christine Mitchell
Dates:  May 7 – 25, 2012
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12 Noon
Location:  St. Andrew’s College, RM 326

BA 102  Beginning Hebrew II

Instructor:  Dr. Christine Mitchell
Dates:  June 4 – 22, 2012
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 12 Noon
Location:  St. Andrew’s College, RM 326

BE 334/434  Agrarianism and the Bible

Instructor:  Dr. Matthew Thiessen
Dates:  May 7 – 11, 2012
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12 Noon; 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location:  Emmanuel & St. Chad/Lutheran Theological Seminary, RM 3

Agrarianism stresses the need for us to structure our lives in order that we might live in healthful relationship with everything around us: humans, animals, plants, and the land. The purpose of this course will be to read biblical passages in light of the recent agrarian thinking of writers such as Wendell Berry, Wes Jackson, and Norman Wirzba. How does the Bible portray humanity’s relationship to the earth and other living creatures? Can we find resources within scripture to help us live more peaceably and justly with all aspects of our world? The course will focus closely on questions such as these within a specifically prairie context.

BL 332    Intimacy with God: Faith and Piety in Biblical Tradition and Beyond Biblical Roots of Jewish and Christian Spiritual Practice/Faith and Piety

Instructor:  Dr. Kristine Ruffatto
Dates:  May 14 – 18, 2012
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12 Noon; 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location:  Lutheran Theological Seminary, RM 209

This course explores the biblical roots of some Jewish and Christian understandings of the spiritual life.  We will examine key biblical texts about vision and transformation, paradise, temple, heavenly throne and celestial liturgy, “rest,” holy war, and bodily discipline – texts that influence later Jewish and Christian devotional, mystical, and ascetical beliefs and practice.

PA/SA 362  Race, Colonialism, Canadian Identity and Intercultural Ministries

Instructor:  Dr. HyeRan Kim-Cragg/Lynn Caldwell
Dates:  June 3 – June 7, 2012
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location:  St. Andrew’s College, RM 322

This course will engage students in a critical study of race, racism and intercultural ministry. Content will take an ecumenical, interdisciplinary and global perspective on the issues related to, and interpretations of, intercultural ministry. Perspectives from critical race and postcolonial theories will be studied and engaged with to support students' development of strategies for anti-racist intercultural praxis in church contexts.

Fall 2010


BE 155 Early Christian Scriptures I (W. Richards)
            (replaces BL 150 Intro. to Biblical Studies)
BE/BL 272  Galatians (Matthew Thiessen)
            (replaces BL 275 Romans)
BA 221 Pentateuch (C. Mitchell)


HA/HL 111  Story of Christianity I (S. Beardsall/C. Beish)
HA 335 Historical Portraits of Parish Life (S. Beardsall)

Systematic Theology

SL 210  Theology I (G. Jensen)
SL 120  Lutheran Confessions (G. Jensen)
SA 273 Integration Seminar (L. Caldwell)
SA 327 The Self (D. Schweitzer)
SA 340  The Holy Spirit (D. Schweitzer)
SA 152 Introduction Christian Ethics (N. Wiebe)


PL 346  Pastoral Integration (C. Harder)
PE 131 Spiritual Formation (B. M. Murphy)
            (Replaces PL 140  Formation)
PL 215  Intro. Homiletics (J. Boyd)
PL 319  God’s Secretaries:  Devotional Literature (Boyd)

PA 210 Introduction Christian Worship (H. Kim-Cragg) @ STM
PE 233  Introduction Pastoral Care  (B. M. Murphy)
            (replaces PL 230 Intro. to Pastoral Care)


PA 381 Learning Circle I (S. Beardsall)  Nov. 16-25
PA 384 Learning Circle IV (H. Kim-Cragg)  Nov. 15-24
PE 485 Healthy Rural Communities (D. Mundel) Nov. 22-26  Camrose, AB

On-Line Courses

SA 113 Invitation to Christian Theology (D. Schweitzer)
HA/HL 111  Story of Christianity I (S. Beardsall, C. Beish)

J Term 2011

BE 368/468     The Gospel According to Matthew
Dates:  January 10 – 14, 2011
Time:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Instructor:  Dr. Matthew Thiessen, The College of Emmanuel and St. Chad
This course will examine the Gospel of Matthew in its historical and social context. What issues was the author attempting to address in his account of the life and death of Jesus? How did he portray Jesus in order to address these problems? We will explore these issues and others with a particular eye to appropriating the Gospel of Matthew in our preaching of the lectionary.

SL/HL 346/446     Food and Water Fights:  Sacramental Controversies in  the early 16th  Century
Dates:             January 10-12 and 17-18, 2011
Time:            9:00am-12:00pm, 1:30pm -4:30pm
Instructor:             Dr Gordon Jensen, Lutheran Theological Seminary
As the fledgling reformation movements took root, one of the main areas of disagreement among the reformers was the understanding of the two sacraments that had not been discarded by them; Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The different understandings of these sacraments reveal the different theological presuppositions of the reformers. In this course, we will cover the debates from the beginning of the reformation to the signing of the Wittenberg Concord of 1536.

First, we will explore the food fights (over the sacrament of the altar) between Luther, Zwingli, Oecolampadius, and Bucer, will be explored, including the major treatises beginning in 1526, written by Zwingli, Oecolampadius and Luther, and culminating in the Marburg Colloquy of 1529. The developing convergence between Bucer and Luther on the Lord’s Supper will also be explored, which led to the 1536 Wittenberg Concord. Second, we will explore some of the water fights (over the sacrament of Baptism), including the growing Anabaptist movement beginning in 1525. The primary readings will be source materials in translation, and should be completed before the seminars begin.

BA 226     The Prophetic Books of the Hebrew Scriptures
Dates:  January 10-21, 2011
Time:  9:00 am – 12 noon
Instructor:  Dr. Christine Mitchell, St. Andrew’s College
The origin and development of prophetic texts, and the formation of the prophetic canon(s).  The bulk of the time will be given to close consideration of a part of the prophetic canon.  Topic may change from year to year.  Colonialism and critique in Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi.  Prerequisite: BA 110-111 or its equivalent. 

Course schedule: Classes will be held in the mornings, Monday-Friday, for two weeks; students will be expected to read and prepare for the next day's class in the afternoons.  A book review will be prepared ahead of time and handed in on January 12 (details in course syllabus received at time of registration).  A final paper will be due at the end of April.

Rural STM Capstone
Dates:            Jan 17-21, 2011
Instructor:  Rev. Dr. Sandra Beardsall, St. Andrew’s College

SL 239  Faith & Fantasy  - Off Campus Course
Dates:  Monday evenings; January 24 – April 18, 2011
Time:  7:00 p.m. – 9:50 p.m.
Instructor:  Rev. Darren Dahl
Venue:  Resurrection Lutheran Church
For centuries the Christian theological tradition has asked what Athens has to do with Jerusalem. In this class we will ask, instead, what Jerusalem has to do with Middle Earth and Narnia. We will read and discuss portions of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia in reference to each of these authors' own explicitly theological reflections. By focusing on the way these texts offer imaginative theological construals of the world, we will consider fantasy-fiction as a mode of discourse uniquely capable of communicating crucial aspects of Christian thought that are lost in theoretical expressions of theology.

Winter Intensive

PA 396  Seminar: The Intersections of Gender, Race, & Colonialism in Christianity
Dates:  February 27-March 2, 2011
Instructor:  Kwok Pui-lan, St. Andrew’s College

This course, in conjunction with the Winter Refresher, is designed to study the writings of Kwok Pui-lan. Students will gain the feminist and postcolonial critiques as well as biblical and theological insights. At the end of the course, students will enable to navigate our Christian faith that has been rooted and is shifting (en route) at the social matrix of gender, race and Colonialism. They have a chance to have a conversation with the author! Read her work and ask her!

The course format has threefold: a class of pre-Winter Refresher (possibly on Feb 27), a class with Kwok, and a class of post-Winter Refresher (possibly March 2). The Deadline for registration is January 21 2011. The exact time of these classes (TBA). The instructor is willing to accommodate the needs of the students coming from a distance for this course.

The course requirements have threefold as well: two book reflections of Kwok Pui-lan’s work (due on the class of pre-Winter Refresher,), daily journaling during Winter Refresher, a class presentation (post-Winter Refresher), and a major paper essay (due on April 22). For those who are planning to attend the Winter Refresher will benefit from taking this extended 3 credit course!

Winter 2011


BA 110  Introduction to Jewish Bible (C. Mithcell)
            (replaces BL 110 OT Introduction)
BE 156  Early Christian Scriptures II (W. Richards)
            (replaces BL 158 NT Introduction)
BA 329/BA 227 Inner Biblical Interpretation/Isaiah (C. Mitchell)
            (replaces BL 227 Isaiah)
BL 350  Biblical Theology (M. Thiessen)
BE 102  Beginning Hebrew II (S. Lasairs) @ STM


HA/HL 112  Story of Christianity II (C. Beish/S. Beardsall)
HL 248  Historical Canadian Lutheranism & Ecumenism (G. Jensen)

Systematic Theology

SL/PL 155  Globalization/Ethics (J. Boyd)
SE 212  Anglican Foundations (W. Hannam)
SA 274  Integration Seminar (L. Caldwell)
SA 337  The Church in Contemporary Crisis (D. Schweitzer)
SE xxx  Virtue Ethics (W. Hannam)
SL/PL 318  Preaching as Mission
SL 239  Faith & Fantasy (D. Dahl)


PL 115  Introduction to Liturgy and Practicum (J. Boyd)
PL/SL 155  Globalization Ethics (J. Boyd)
PL 240  Vocational Formation (H. Hesje)
PL 260  Christian Education (J. Nunns) Split Intensive
SL/PL 318  Preaching as Mission (K. Ogilvie)
PE 249  Ministry in Trauma and Addiction (B. M. Murphy)
PE 251  Skills in Ministry (B. Christensen)
PE 315 Advanced Liturgy (B.M. Murphy)
PE 345  Pastoral Counselling in a Congregational Context (B. M. Murphy)
PA 396 Seminar: The Intersections of Gender, Race & Colonialism in Christianity (Kwok Pui Lan)


PA 382 Learning Circle II (D. Schweitzer)
GBS III  Great Books III  Renaissance and Reformations (W. Hannam)

On-Line Courses

SA 114  Jesus Christ and the Quest for Wholeness (D. Schweitzer)
SA 152  Introduction Christian Ethics (L. Caldwell)
BA 110  Introduction to Jewish Bible (C. Mitchell)


PA 394  Worship & Religious Education:  Post Colonial Feminist Approach
            (H. Kim-Cragg)
STU Summer Language School - May - June
PE/HE 290  Readings in Retreat (W. Hannam)
SA 333/433  God & the World (D. Schweitzer)
PL 314/414  Rites in Crisis (J. Boyd)
PA 212  Word in Worship: Preaching Practicum (H. Kim-Cragg)

*STM courses have a 400 numbering.  Courses with a 300 or 400 numbering may be taken for MDiv or STM credit.

Course Offerings
Spring-Summer 2010

Registration deadline: 23 April 2010
To register, please contact (306.966.7856)

PL 314/414: Rites in Crisis

Dr. Jann Boyd
Minimum enrolment of 7 required
May 10 - 14
3 credits

Participants in this seminar will reflect on the purposes and possibilities of Christian ritual for pastoral care both individual and corporate. Studying together ritual theory, liturgical theology, and sacramental practices, participants in this seminar will research individually their particular events and contexts of crisis for which there are no existing church rites in the ELCIC or their denominational traditions. Cases and proposed rites are presented in two steps, with re-working of the rites to incorporate the insights of the group participants. Participants will complete the class with a working foundation of principles for developing Christian pastoral rites; a role for the “crisis” of the choice and a set of proposals from their peers for other pastoral events and contacts.

SA/PA 394: Critical Race Theory & Postcolonial Intercultural Ministries

Dr. HyeRan Kim-Cragg & Dr. Lynn Caldwell
May 17 - 21
3 credits

This course will engage students in a critical study of race, racism and intercultural ministry. Content will take an ecumenical, interdisciplinary and global perspective on the issues related to, and interpretations of, intercultural ministry. Perspectives from critical race and postcolonial theories will be studied and engaged with to support students’ development of strategies for anti-racist intercultural praxis in church contexts.

PE/HE 290: Readings in Retreat

Prof. Walter Hannam
June 1 - 6
1.5 credits or 3 credits with a paper

This course is intended for any who are seeking a time of focused learning accompanied by retreat and spiritual direction and is scheduled so as to allow for significant periods of rest, reading, exercise, meditation, and prayer. The Daily Office of Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline will be said daily in the Chapel, and there will be a daily celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Readings will be focused upon one or more patristic texts of spiritual value.

SA 333/433: God and the World

Dr. Don Schweitzer
August 23 - 27
3 credits

This course explores what God means to the world and what the world means to God in Christian theology. The first section examines the salvific meaning of God for the world, and the increase that the world and its salvation bring to the life of God. The second section expands upon this, looking at the moral and transmoral nature of God's relationship to the world. The third section explores questions concerning the suffering of God and creation, the nature of evil, loss and Christian hope.

S? 4xx: Qualitative Research Methods in Rural Contexts

Dr. Lynn Caldwell
July 13 - 15
1.5 credits

This course will focus on critical issues, questions, and decisions involved in designing and carrying out qualitative research projects in rural contexts. The focus will be on engaging students with information about qualitative research in a broad sense, as well as with questions and resources particular to their own identified research interests and contexts.

Specific methods for community-based research will be presented and a researcher’s roles and responsibilities in selecting appropriate methods will be discussed. Attention will be given to critical questions about data generation, collaboration with and reporting to community members and research participants, and interpretation of research materials and experiences.

Summer Language School

Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Slavonic, and Coptic will be offered. Minimum enrolment of 7 required for Latin, Slavonic and Coptic.

Summer Language School I

May 10 - 28
3 credits

Summer Language School II

June 7 - 25
3 credits

Reformation Tour

HL 298: Reformation Tour

Dr. Gordon Jensen
May 27 - June 11 (Registration now closed)

Here is a wonderful opportunity to visit some of the most important historic sites of the Lutheran reformation of the sixteenth century. We will visit the sites where Lutheranism was born and shaped, led by people such as Martin Luther, Phillip Melanchthon, Justus Jonas and Johannes Bugenhagen. There will be time for worship, prayer, music and discussion.

Participants may also take this course for academic credit, by paying the regular tuition fee and submitting the required registration forms by the appropriate deadlines. There will be an 'online course' component for those taking the course for academic credit, which will entail readings, reflections, and two historical research papers.