PATHWAYS Courses Archives - TASC21

ESC1 What about the Bible?

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This course invites participants to think about how they relate to the Bible. They will be introduced to progressive perspectives on biblical authority and interpretation. They will experience the application of these principles in Bible studies shared with their peer group. The desired outcomes for this course are that: Participants will clarify their own theology […]

ESC3 Good Sabbath! Restoring Your Soul

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“Good Sabbath!” Hardly a greeting heard much among Christians gathering for worship.  Even the term, Sabbath, may sound “ancient” to some or “curious” to others. This course is an invitation to reflect on  the implications of Sabbath for contemporary living.  Does the Sabbath speak to us in our lives in Jesus Christ?  Is  Sabbath good […]

ESC5 Singing the Bible

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Our hymnody and contemporary music teach Biblical stories and themes. In this course, we will look at favorite hymns, Biblical stories, and Biblical themes for deepening our faith understanding. For those charged with planning worship, this exploratory course offers tips and tools for choosing music. Course Dates:  TBD (4 weeks) Register by:  TBD Facilitator:  TBD

L1.1 Thinking Theologically in the 21st Century

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In this course, participants will learn how to reflect critically on their lives and the world around them using the categories of traditional Christian theology. They will learn to differentiate between embedded and deliberative theologies, articulate their own theologies using the categories of traditional Christian theology, differentiate between their own theologies and those of others, […]

L1.2 Critical Interpretation of the Bible

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In this course, participants will learn how to approach the Bible in a manner that bridges the gap between church Bible study and formal academic Biblical interpretation.

L1.5 Caring for Self and Others

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Caring for Self and Others is an opportunity for participants to explore their understanding of self as members of a Christian community and to develop skills to teach and support others about specific aspects of the Christian tradition that support self-care.  This course blends contemporary personality psychology with traditional practices of prayer, the contemplative reading […]

L1.6 The Art of Worship

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This course explores worship in an overview that highlights but is not limited to the “Sunday morning worship service”.  It examines the theological, biblical and historical underpinnings of Christian worship, the significance of the integration of “intensive” and “extensive” worship as well as individual and corporate worship, the sacraments and current worship issues and trends.  […]

Supervised Ministry Practicum I-II (Fall)

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Supervised Ministry (SM) is a 9 month-long practicum to be taken in conjunction with a parish-related ministry context. For both SM I (Level 2 practicum) and SM II (Level 3 practicum), the 9-month is divided into three terms:  Spring (12 weeks); Summer (9 weeks); and Fall (12 weeks). In each SM term, participant learners engage […]

History, Polity, and Theology of the United Church of Christ

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The purpose of this course is to explore the history, polity, theologies, and practices of the United Church of Christ and its predecessor denominations.  The course will include an exploration of denominational identity, hidden histories within the denomination, case studies around current issues of polity and structure, current ecumenical conversations, emerging trends within the United […]