Prof: Tamara Henry  thenry@nyts.edu

Dates: Aug. 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20 (6-9:30pm) & Sat. Aug. 7, 14 (8:30am-4:30pm) Virtually

 

This course explores the intersection between youth, culture, and pedagogical practice in religious education. In particular it probes the challenges around engaging and religiously educating contemporary youth and young adults. Special attention is given to how resources that emerge out of popular music can support effective teaching/learning practices within youth and young adult ministry today.

Dates: August 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 6:00-9:30 PM (via ZOOM); plus two asynchronous self-paced Moodle sessions 

Find your passion for virtual ministry! In the august month of 2021, we will gather to sharpen our skills in sharing the word of God through modern forms of ministry that take advantage of technologies available to our generation. We will be introduced to the path and process of organizing virtual worship and providing support for faith communities. To this end, this course will provide hands-on training in electronic resources, apps of presentation, and internet-based means of communication. The scope of the course also covers administrative details including ecclesial and legal requirements necessary to provide our ministry with accountability. At the completion of the course, the members of the class will be equipped with essential tools of virtual ministry for welcoming the reign of God to the earth in our times. There is no prerequisite for this course.

June 8, 10, 15, 17 (6 pm - 9 pm); Saturday June 5, 12 (9 am- 5 pm); Guided Research Day

Professor Eleanor Moody Shepherd          emoody-shepherd@mail.nyts.edu

 

This course will seek to help students understand the role of women in the First Testament as a paradigm for salvation history. The exploration of the text will be through cultural, social, political, and theological perspectives of the time the people lived and developed the Sacred Myth that we embrace as our theological foundation. Given these realities, the class will struggle with the church’s dilemma in addressing the role of women in the leadership and cultic functions in the contemporary church. Questions to keep in mind is why have women been divested of their agency and office found in the Sacred Text?

Dates:  May 25 – 27, June 1 – 3,  (6pm - 9pm); Saturday, May 22nd (9am - 5 pm); Independent Research Day

Professor Eleanor Moody Shepherd                         emoody-shepherd@mail.nyts.edu

 

Women, particularly in the Abrahamic Traditions have been wondering about their place in religious history. They are questioning when and how women’s voices and priestly functions were destroyed. Did you know that the First Divine Being was a woman?

 

A small number of women in some traditions have broken through the “blood-stained ceiling” where they function in a marginalized place. Most of them are without office or agency. In this class we will go on a quest to uncover women’s divine heritage, and tradition.

 

June 1,3,8,10,15,17 (6pm-9:00pm)  Sat. June 5, 12  (9am-4pm)

Prof. Efrain Agosto                                                         eagosto@nyts.edu

While many turn first to Romans, Galatians and Corinthians to understand Paul, it is worth the journey to Northern Greece – Ancient Macedonia – to explore a set of Paul’s shorter letters – 1-2 Thessalonians and Philippians – in order to understand him and his followers better, especially as he ministers to these needy communities through the pastoral theology embedded in these letters. In addition, the shortest of his letters, Philemon, written apparently to a local church leader in a less identifiable region, exhibits more of an intended audience than just one person and, therefore, merits careful attention also for its embedded theology and call to justice and reconciliation. Together these four letters will be analyzed in this course for their instruction about Pauline ministry, Pauline theology and the art of writing pastoral letters in earliest Christianity.

Expected Prerequisite for the Course:  BBN 1004 – Second Testament Introduction.  Credits & Schedule: June 2021, 2 Credits (30 hours).

Prof: Jermaine Marshall    jmarshall@nyts.edu

Dates:  July 6, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21 (6:00 pm-9:30 pm); July 10, 17 (Saturday, 8:30 am- 4:30 pm)

 

This course provides a critical analysis into the origins, development, and growth of African American Christianity. The course will focus on the trajectory of African American Christianity from the traditional indigenous spirituality of Africa to the religious experiences of African Americans in the African Diaspora. While the course will focus on African American Christianity in the United States the course will also highlight the syncretism of other religious traditions in other parts of the African Diaspora such as Brazil and the Caribbean.

The course will interpret the history of the African American Church through an examination of slave religion, development of the independent Black Church movement with special emphasis on the seven historically Black denominations (African Methodist Episcopal, African Methodist Episcopal Zion, Christian Methodist Episcopal, National Baptist Convention USA, Incorporated; National Baptist Convention of America, Unincorporated; Progressive National Baptist, Church of God in Christ), the Great Migrations, the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, the development of Black and Womanist theologies, the Black Mega Church, and Challenges for the future of the African American Church.

Prof. Wanda Lundy wlundy@nyts.edu 

Dates: July 6, 8 (6 pm -9:30 pm); July 10 (9 am -3 pm); July 13 15, 20, 22 (6 pm -9:30 pm); July 24 (9 am -3 pm)

 

Come and join us on a virtual online civil rights journey in the North. Just us we do in the Going Home: Civil Rights & Southern Religion journey, we will walk the freedom trails together and listen to the wisdom of the land and our ancestors. The New York Race riots of 1964 highlighted the racial injustice and growing civil unrest existing in northern cities and served as a powerful indicator of the urgent need for social and economic reforms for African American communities outside of the South.[1] This class is a journey into the paradoxes of Northern religion, from the racist violence of the K.K.K. to the prophetic action of African American men, women and organizations that represented justice and freedom in the North. It will include a week-long field trip to sites in the tri-state area - New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The question we will continuously wrestle with is, “What lessons can we learn from yesterday that will inform the work we must do together today that will lead to a better tomorrow?”

1 http://crdl.usg.edu/events/ny_race_riots/?Welcome

Prof. Edward Hunt        ehunt@nyts.edu       

Dates: August 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9,10, 11, 12, 13, 2021 Saturday August 7th: an assignment project 

 

“Can you tell the story?” It’s a simple, but soul-searching question that is at the very heart of preaching.  One of the hallmarks of every great preacher has been the ability to tell a simple Bible story, explain it, and then relate it to the congregation’s spiritual needs.  This class will help you retell biblical stories with a new level of enthusiasm and excitement to enhance preaching and strengthen your presence in the pulpit.  As we journey together through the stories of the Bible, we will expect the Holy Spirit to breathe on us afresh with love, power and conviction.

Dr. Stephanie N. Arel  snarel@bu.edu and sarel@nyts.edu

Dates: July 10 and 31 (full day Saturdays); Tues/Thurs, July 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29.

 

This course considers aspects of the “inner life” – described variously as “soul,” “mind,” or “psyche” – probing questions about ultimate concerns: love, work, God, desire, identity, purpose, and meaning in human life. Psychology and religion intersect meaningfully in this effort fostering an in-depth understanding of individual expression in relationship to the self, to others, and to the sacred. This course explores the interweaving of psychological and religious experience at individual and collective levels. Attention is given primarily to Western psychology and applications of theories to contemporary life. The goal is to examine religious life psychologically and psychological life from the point of view of the sacred. In this endeavor, we delve into the Unconscious, God-images, faith development, the body, the psychological power of religious symbols, connection to the sacred, and prayer. Awareness of personal emotional, psychological, and spiritual dynamics is integral to this undertaking.

June 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23 (6pm -9:30pm); Saturday June 12 (8:30am-4:30pm)

Prof: Maritza Ortiz-Cruz                                    mocruz@mail.nyts.edu          

 

This course will introduce students to a variety of strategies, methods, and techniques for teaching religion and theology in various environments. The course also offers students the opportunity to examine each of these strategies and to evaluate the effectiveness of these strategies for meeting their school and program expectation. Students will acquire a working knowledge of contemporary models of religious education through readings, theoretical analysis, case studies and personal reflection.  They will be able to decipher methodologies, theories and models germane to their communities or congregational context that will contribute to social transformation.

Prof: Pamela Stanley  pstanley@nyts.edu

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays: July 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 (6-9:30pm); Saturdays: July 10, 17 (8:30am-4:30pm)

 

This course will examine administrative leadership with an emphasis on how biblical principles and business practices intersect. Discussions and study will include human resources, financial and facility management, risk management, staff training and development, public relations, technology and social media. Students will engage in class discussions, research and assessment projects and practice developing protocol and policies for organizational operations.  Given the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on business and the church, this course will include an examination of best practices for large scale communication, creative community outreach and conducting day to day operations using on-line technology. This study will integrate material from both spiritual and secular sources.

June 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29 (6pm – 9 pm)

Prof. Rafael Reyes                                                             rreyes@nyts.edu

This course is an introduction that explores the aims and methods of queer theology. "Queer" theology transgresses and subverts dominant constructions of sexuality and gender identity, reinterpreting and reconstructing expressions of Christian thought and practice that forces one to rethink understandings of human life, community, and the divine. We will explore queer approaches to theology and biblical interpretation, especially where notions of identity (esp. gender and sex, but also race, ethnicity, class, ability) are concerned. We will also look at arguments, as well as look beyond, concerning the inclusion of sexual minorities into Christian communities. In this course, we will learn to engage in "queering" Christian theology and biblical interpretation to inquire about the benefits and usefulness of queer theory as a tool for constructive theological projects and Christian practices.

June 7 – 10, June 12 – Retreat (6 am – 9 pm)
Prof. Humberto Alfaro                                                    halfaro@nyts.edu


The study of Christian theology today is primarily in the constructive vein, whether particular theologians or works bear the name or not of Constructive Theology. The guiding purpose of Constructive Theology is to pay attention to critical existing needs, using theological tools, to speak to a generation of young people who demand that religious and spiritual worldviews be socio-culturally and ministerially relevant. In this course we will explore the ever-evolving nature and methods of Constructive Theology, in the context of the porous boundaries between transformational leadership and spirituality. Questions guiding this course include: What exactly is meant by Constructive Theology? What are the origins, development, and the most important interdisciplinary trends of the moment in Constructive Theology? What are the methodological and hermeneutical concerns of Constructive Theology linked to the interrelationship between transformational leadership and spirituality? The course will promote love and respect for creator and creation and will provide resources, tools and strategies for transformational leadership, preparing students to engage in relevant, restorative, and revolutionary ministry in a spiraling digital culture.