EMU2412:  Sacred Response to Sexual Violence: A Transformative Theological & Educational Framework; 2 Cr.  (Elective)

Prof. Maritza Ortiz-Cruz.          mocruz@mail.nyts.edu             Rm. tba

Dates: Jan. 6, 8, 13, 15, 22 (6-9:30pm) & Sat. Jan. 11, 18 (8:30am-4:30pm)

The course will provide a historical examination on human sexuality informed by culture and society. It will explore social and religious ideologies and theologies that have historically influenced sexual attitudes in the public and domestic sphere of society. The course work will also examine the role of religion generally and the Christian church specifically as entities that sacredly respond to victims/survivors of sexual violence by offering shalom justice within a sacred transformative educational framework.

Prof. Insook Lee                                                                                   islee@nyts.edu

Dates: Jan. 6, 8, 13, 15, 22 (6-9:30pm) & Sat. Jan. 9, 16 (8:30am-4:30pm)

This course is designed to provide an in-depth approach to the understanding of personality disorders in adults. Topics to be addressed include historical considerations of personality disorders, clinical presentations, diagnostic challenges, epidemiology, patterns of comorbidity,
theoretical models, assessment strategies, and intervention models. This course mostly focuses Borderline, Narcissistic, Antisocial, and Histrionic personality disorders, but discusses other personality disorders as well. In addition, students will learn the diagnostic criteria for personality disorders as addressed in DSM-5 and examine representative treatment plans.

MRL2242:  Practical Church Leadership in a Season of Crisis; 2 Cr.

Prof. Alfred Johnson                  ajohnson@nyts.edu                             Rm. tba

January 5, 7, 12, 14, 19 (6:30-9:30pm) and Saturdays January 9 and 16 (8:30a-4:30pm)

This course will identify and describe the crisis of cultural shifts that affect all human organizations, and especially the church in the urban environment. We will review together several movements of change in our society and how they affect the very practical practices to which faith leaders must attend as they go about daily and special moments in the life of the church. We will cover the leadership competencies needed in order to be relevant and effective in such internal areas as: leading worship services, visitation ministries, administering the sacraments, receiving new members, managing aging buildings, etc. We will likewise explore such external issues, such as: gentrification, community organizations, social problems, etc. We will be a laboratory of learners, learning new concepts while pooling our experiences to create new paradigms of church leadership.