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Enrichment Courses for Fall 2021

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Try a Course with Garrett this Fall!

Online, in-person, hybrid, and hyflex options available. Application deadline extended to August 15th!

Course Offerings                         Course Syllabi

Need to meet continuing education requirements? Want to learn more without getting a whole degree? Try on a course with Garrett this fall! 

For Fall 2021, Garrett is offering courses in a variety of formats: online, in-person, hybrid, and hyflex modalities. These options allow more flexibility to fit in to your schedule. With a low audit fee ($75/credit hour, or $225 for most 3-credit hour courses), and options to take courses for credit, now is the perfect time to try something new! 

Want to "try out" seminary before committing to a full degree program? Try one of our introductory courses, like “Introduction to New Testament” or “Teaching for Biblical Faith.” 

Already have a theological background? Try something you might have missed in seminary, like “Liturgies for Resistance and Repair,” “Intercultural Theology,” or one of our language courses. 

We also offer courses that fulfill ordination requirements! 

Courses taken for credit can transfer into certificate or degree programs at Garrett and many other institutions. 

How to Apply

To apply as an enrichment or audit student, complete our application here, and submit copies of your undergraduate transcript or bachelor verification form to getadmitted@garrett.edu. If you are a Garrett-Evangelical alum who would like to audit a course, please complete this form instead.

Applications are due in full by August 15th to start this fall. Use the fee waiver code GETS2021 to waive the $75 application fee. 

Link to Application Form

Questions

Questions? Feel free to reach out to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment at getadmitted@garrett.edu

Some of the Courses Available

Introduction to New Testament

Instructor: Dr. Dong Hyeon Jeong

Course Modality: Hyflex

Course Dates: September 7th - December 7th, Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (CDT)

Course Description: This course seeks to equip students to critically, (de)constructively, and creatively engage the New Testament. Students will examine key foundational issues in New Testament scholarship, closely read primary and secondary texts, and reflect upon the interpretative processes and ideologies of various (especially one’s own) communities. 

Course Learning Outcomes: Through reading, listening, discussing, reflecting, and writing, students will be able to:

  • Identify fundamental concepts, historical contexts, and ideological issues and interpretations of the New Testament.
  • Comprehend the literary, theological, and socio-ethical contours of select New Testament texts.
  • Recognize select biblical criticisms and hermeneutics.
  • Reflect upon the role of contexts and faith in influencing biblical interpretation. By doing so, this class seeks to assist the participants in evaluating contemporary appropriation(s) of the New Testament as a sacred text or an ancient document (depending upon one’s perspective).
  • Synthesize self-reflexive arguments on select issues that intersect with the New Testament. 

Introduction to Theology

Instructor: Dr. Brian Bantum

Course Modality: Online (Synchronous)

Course Dates: September 13th - December 13th, Mondays 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. (CDT)

Course Description: Christian theology is the purposeful reflection upon God and God’s world. Our beliefs about who God is (or is not) are bound to the way we live and who we live among. Theology shapes us as we struggle to discern the meaning of our lives in relationship to God, to one another, and to creation itself. This course serves as a starting point in exploring the questions, approaches and themes of systematic and constructive theologies.

By systematic I mean there is an interrelationship between the beliefs and doctrines that shape Christian faith. Sometimes these doctrines are explicit and sometimes they are implicit. But our faith and lives as disciples are animated by how we describe who God is, what we believe creation to be, what are human beings, what has gone wrong in our world and what does God do to “save” or “heal” or “restore” or “judge.” Depending on the phrase we associate with salvation we already see implicit assumptions about who God is and what’s gone wrong. Systematic theology is the process of thinking about these interrelationships with respect to who we believe God to be, and who we believe our ourselves to be.

By constructive I mean that theology is not simply a process of describing what others have said, the systems that some traditions or denominations or believers have articulated over time. While there are many ways of describing constructive theology, my invocation of thee term implies that theology is a creative and co-creative process. Theology is a way of being and a way of describing that draws from the descriptions, problems, formulas, and performances of theology that precede, but also speaks from its moment. In this speaking, we draw from the artists, theories, sciences, and histories that help us to describe our moment more faithfully and then discern what it might mean to say that God is acting and present in our moment.

And by theologies I mean that descriptions of God working in this world are always multiple. Sometimes they intersect, sometimes they are in conversation, and sometimes they are in opposition. If we confess that our God is transcendent, that God is one who cannot be known or captured within our language or knowledge or experience, then we might begin to open ourselves to all of these descriptions as offering us an insight into who God is. And yet we are also confronted by a God who brings a people into being, who is called by a name, who has a particularity, a personhood. How do we begin to discern who God is in the midst of this transcendence and personhood?

Throughout this course we will examine theology through many of the central doctrines of Christian confession (God, creation, humanity, the fall, Christology, etc.), attending to various treatments (or lack of treatment) of these doctrines, and the historical development of early creeds and confessions.

In addition to comparing theological claims and descriptions we will also endeavor to construct or speak of God and God’s world in light of these descriptions, asking how our theological work might contribute to drawing people into a deeper sense of God in their midst. In this class students will:

  • Examine differences and similarities in various theological systems/descriptions.
  • Identify interrelationships between doctrinal claims within theological systems.
  • Understand theological ideas as having a history and examining several examples, particularly regarding Christology.
  • Draw upon theological descriptions to articulate an emerging constructive/systematic theology

Teaching for Biblical Faith

Instructor: Dr. Débora Junker

Course Modality: Online (Synchronous)

Course Dates: September 7th - December 14th, Thursdays 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (CDT)

Course Description: In this course, participants will engage in critical and emancipatory ways of reading, understanding, interpreting, and teaching the Bible in communities of faith. Considering teaching as a sacramental and prophetic vocation, students will explore teaching strategies for Bible studies that address contemporary challenges and encourage personal and collective growth. From a holistic view of the teaching-learning process, participants are invited to live their faith in engaging, affirmative, transformative, and life-giving ways.

Course Learning Goals: 

Knowing

1. Understand how theology and the internal dynamics of the congregation are part of a broader system that is influenced by socio-cultural contexts.

2. Deepen the knowledge of the prominent authors, themes, concepts, and variety of teaching and learning approaches appropriate for a specific religious community.

3. Expand the pastoral and ecclesial imagination while exploring how the teaching-learning process can generate a new theological vision for the Church and expand its faithful testimony and mission in the world.

Doing

4. Articulate the teaching-learning process and biblical reading from a nuanced theological approach, paying attention to contextual issues and concerns that inspire liberating approaches

5. Create ministerial resources that exemplify pedagogies that are contextually appropriate for the faith community to increase the capacity for interpretation and awareness of the prophetic role of the Church in society.

Being

6. To be a theological educator who seeks to empower people to be co-creators of the kindom of God in our religiously and culturally diverse environment.

7. To understand oneself as a critical and open participant in a continuous process of a collaborative effort for the transformation of the world.

Liturgies of Resistance and Repair

Instructor: Rev. Dr. Andrew Wymer

Course Modality: In-person

Course Dates: September 7th - December 7th, Tuesdays 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (CDT)

Course Description: Christian worship has frequently functioned as a ritual site of resistance to oppression and a resource for the pursuit of reparative justice. This elective examines these themes of resistance and repair with attention to liturgical history, liturgical theology, and liturgical practice. Students will critically engage the social, political, and ethical dimensions of liturgy in oppressive contexts, and drawing on these insights we will explore contemporary, constructive possibilities of liturgies of resistance and repair.  

Course Learning Outcomes: Students completing this course will:

  • Identify themes in contemporary theological and philosophical treatments of resistance and reparation.
  • Reflect on the implications of liturgical resistance and repair on self in social and liturgical context.
  • Describe liturgical manifestations of resistance and repair in the liturgical history of Western Christianity and its Jewish antecedent.
  • Deploy Christian ritual as a critical lens for liberative interruption of sociopolitical contexts.
  • Propose a constructive engagement of Christian liturgical theory or liturgical practice of resistance and repair for use in church or the public square. 

Queer Biblical Hermeneutics

Instructor: Rev. Dr. Cheryl Anderson

Course Modality: Online (Synchronous and Asynchronous)

Course Dates: September 9th - December 14th, Thursdays 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (CDT)

Course Objectives: 

  • Familiarity with the historical development of queer hermeneutics and its current expressions
  • Understanding various reading strategies for queer biblical interpretation
  • Recognition of intersectional dynamics of race, gender, sexuality
  • Identification of these themes in contemporary media, including movies, videos, and songs 

Intercultural Theology

Instructor: Dr. Hendrik Pieterse

Course Modality: In-person

Course Dates: September 9th - December 14th, Thursdays 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (CDT)

Course Description: As a worldwide movement, Christianity is experienced, understood, lived, and propagated in thousands of cultures, myriad languages, and diverse religious contexts today. This emerging intercultural ecumenical context calls for forms of doing theology to match. Intercultural theology offers an important and promising approach to doing theology in our intercultural global theological present. This course (1) examines the origins, history, theological presuppositions, orienting principles, and methodological components of intercultural theology; (2) analyzes prominent intercultural theological proposals; and (3) engages in close reading of selected contextual theologies with a view to exploring intercultural similarities, differences, and learning opportunities. 

Course Learning Outcomes: At the end of the course, the student should:

  1. Have a substantive understanding of the history, framing concepts, scope, and aspirations of intercultural theology;
  2. Be able to judge the putative value and contribution of intercultural theology as a theological method suited to doing theology in a diverse world church;
  3. Have cultivated basic skills in employing an intercultural approach to doing theology;
  4. Have gained experience in practicing intercultural theology through a close reading of selected contextual theologies. 

Race: America's True Religion

Instructors: Rev. Dr. Barry Bryant and Professor Taurean Webb

Course Modality: Hyflex

Course Dates: September 8th - December 8th, Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (CDT)

Course Objectives: The main purpose of these class is to equip students to engage in the work of “antiracism.” To accomplish students should learn the following:

  1. Articulate their social location and how that influences their attitudes toward racial constructs.
  2. Learn the history of racialization, critical race theory, and globalized racism.
  3. To critique white privilege.
  4. What it means to engage in the work of antiracism.
  5. To engage in informed, critical, and constructive conversation regarding race that results in action.
  6. Students will also see the implications of racialization for gender, class, religion, criminal justice, and reparations.