Academics

*These courses are found in the Student Handbook but are not offered every semester.

THEOLOGY AND ARTS CLASSES (MASTERS LEVEL)

TA 05702 THE MARRIAGE OF MICAH AND THE MUSE:COUPLING OF PROPHETIC VISION AND ARTISTIC IMAGINATION  3 hrs.

This course explores the biblical prophetic paradigm in conversation with the western aesthetic tradition. Students will consider the prophetic role in ministry through artistic imagination. The hermeneutical approach will be interdisciplinary and will explore the role of the minister as “social critic.”

 

TA 05547 “GONNA CHANGE MY WAY OF THINKING”: BOB DYLAN ON THE BIBLE, SIN AND VIRTUE 3 hrs.  

This course proposes to look at how Bob Dylan used biblical references in his lyrics as an artist, his vision of sin, and his understanding of virtue. Special consideration will be given to his “Christian albums” for their soteriological content. A multimedia approach will be taken, using musical recordings, documentaries, and taped interviews. Class participants will also be encouraged to prepare musical performances of Dylan’s works. (See TH 05547)

 

TA 04219 INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHRISTIAN ART 3 hrs.

This course will examine the roots of Christian art and its progression in Christendom. Art works considered will include catacomb paintings, sarcophagi frontals, as well as early and medieval ecclesial art in the East and West. By studying the visual progression and development of early Christian art, students will gain a deeper understanding of the conflicts early Christians faced before and after the peace of Constantine. (See CH 04219)

 

TA 03564 READINGS IN BLACK THEATER AND THEOLOGY: THE AMEN CORNER 3 hrs.

Students will investigate the religious and secular meanings and implications in James Baldwin’s 1954 play, The Amen Corner. This course invites students to explore the deep and historical relationship between drama and Religion. Students use lectures, in-class readings, Team Lecture/Demonstrations and brief selected readings of historical spiritual and religious drama that relate to the fundamental issues raised in Baldwin’s drama. Moreover, students will investigate these issues in terms of their personal ministries. (See AA 03564)

 

TA 03438 MOTHERHOOD, WAR AND JUSTICE: EARLY ETHICAL DRAMAS BY BLACK PLAYWRIGHTS 3 hrs.

In the early 20th century, just before, during, and just after World War One, a number of black women writers posed in their dramatic works ethical questions about motherhood and war within the larger context of justice, or more specifically, social justice. Accordingly, this workshop course is designed to examine the ethical and theological implications of four plays written by three historical black women authors. (See AA 03438 or ET 03438)

 

TA 03318 ART ACTIVISM 3 hrs.

This course exposes students to specific, bi-partisan, world issues of health, wholeness, justice, and equality. Students will become acquainted with and create their own personal and ensemble performing art, including song writing, movement, poetry, drama and speech.

 

TA 03260 FALL OF THE IDOL: ART AND VISUAL CULTURE DURING THE REFORMATION 3 hrs.

The aim of this class is to study the multifaceted and changing nature of art and visual culture in northern Europe just prior to and during the Reformation period. By examining primary and secondary texts of artists, theologians, and publishers in conjunction with various visual productions, students will witness the divergent ways in which art was praised and damned, employed and destroyed.

 

TA 03251 INTERPLAY: A COMMUNITY-ART APPROACH TO WORSHIP, EDUCATION AND SOCIAL ACTION 3 hrs.

InterPlay is deep fun and surprisingly revolutionary. It creates democracy and freedom between bodies of people. It is an inspiringly simple systematic tool-set that leads people to tell their own stories, move as they are moved, sing and be still. InterPlay is a philosophy and spiritual practice used by individuals and groups in many contexts: chaplaincy, worship, therapy, social action, business and education. The five-day class includes a balance of presentation, experiential practices, conversation and reflection. (See EM 03251 or WP 03251)

 

TA 03220 GRACE AND DISCIPLINE: THE ART OF WRITING POETRY 3 hrs.

The purpose of this course is to provide participants with the opportunity to write poetry in conversation with the larger community of poets, both living and dead. Students will read poems, try their hand at writing poems that will enable them to learn more about themselves, and they will study the creative process in general, the art of revision and what poetry may or may not have to do with God and the revelation of God. No previous art experience necessary. (See SR 03220)

 

TA 03189 CREATIVE ACTIVITY FOR BIBLE STUDY 3 hrs.

This course explores and analyzes the character/make-up of chosen biblical figures. The course is designed to take the “tried and true” Bible study curriculum to the next level. Utilizing techniques that actors are taught, the student will learn the fundamentals of character analysis. The goal is to ~93~ provide additional interactive ways to explore the biblical texts while deepening the students’ understanding and creating a personal connection with the figures studied. (See EM 03189)

 

TA 03181 THEOLOGY AND ARTS INSTITUTE: “THE RETURN BEAT” 3 hrs.

This is a two-week institute on the arts in worship for clergy, laity, and seminarians. Seminarians receive 3-hour course credit for work successfully completed. This course explores a theology of arts in worship through examining the role of art to lead us into understanding and knowing God; and hands-on workshops in which practitioners of art forms will help lead students, and help students practice ways to incorporate art appropriately into the worship life of a congregation. (See WP 03181)

 

TA 02992 ART AS COMMUNICATION IN EDUCATIONAL MINISTRY 3 hrs.

This course is designed to provide an exploration of arts in educational ministry. Students in this class will study and use a variety of the arts, giving attention to their application in ministry and educational situations. This course requires no previous art experience or expertise. (See EM 02992)

 

TA 02420 THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY CHURCH MUSICIAN 3hrs.

This foundational course is to develop an understanding of the theology of church music and its implications for the twenty-first century church musician. Attention will be given to the historical development of church music, the role of the church musician in the planning and implementation of diversity in worship and the relationship between the church musician and the minister; how this relationship can enhance or hinder the twenty-first century worship experiences. (SeeWP02420)

 

TA 02151 AFRICAN SPIRITUAL WISDOM THROUGH STORYTELLING, DANCE, DRUMS AND MUSIC 3 hrs.

We Will share our own stories from our lives and our ancestry, and discuss how they illuminate our cultural and spiritual lives. We will also learn ancient dances from Africa: dances for healing, nature, and community life. The course will include cultural and spiritual films that come out of Africa and the African Diaspora.  (See AA 02151)

 

TA 02100 BODY PRAYER 3 hrs.

This course melds the creative artists’ imagination with the need to cultivate a rich inner life in the midst of a chaotic world. The class will be active and interactive, giving students information by which to locate embodied prayer on a theological spectrum; however, the bulk of the course will be informed interactive experience. (See TH 02100)

 

TA 01875 PERFORMANCE AND PULPIT RHETORIC 3 hrs.

This course will explore the oral presentation of texts to congregations. Language will be explored as it relates to meaningful transmissions of the message. The class will focus on articulation, interpretation, embodiment and intent. Accordingly, the class will utilize theatre and acting techniques designed to strengthen vocal/speech clarity, body awareness, as well as body language awareness. (See WP 01875/SR 01875)

 

TA 01514 SURVEY OF ISLAMIC ART 3 hrs.

This course introduces students to various aspects and manifestations of art in the Islamic civilization through a humanities approach. Lectures will focus on art, architecture, calligraphy, poetry, ceramics and folk dancing. Students will acquire knowledge through analyzing a myriad of primary source materials such as images, audio clips, and sayings of Muhammad, excerpts from the Quran. (See CM 01514)