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Theology, Ministry and Public Life


The Theological and Economic Ethics of Globalization, JUSTTheology, Ministry and Public LifeEthics and Social Justice

Nimi Wariboko

This course is designed for students who want to develop the theological skills, language, and insights necessary to address the emerging global civilization and discern where God is (not) accomplishing something new in its various various spheres. Max Stackhouse in over 40 years has developed a form of public theology and economic ethics that addresses a world connected by trade, technology, ideas about democracy and human rights, and a host of other interdependencies. His is a theology that seeks to speak of God and God’s will in ways that fully engage the academic disciplines of the social sciences and aspires to be morally effective in the marketplace of goods and services. In studying his thoughts and methods students will come to see how theology is indispensable to the analysis of human condition and historical ethos and how theology either enhances or inhibits economic possibilities. We will also examine the works of other scholars who put his thought in the context of other views of public theology and ethics. Prerequisites: ETHI 601 or 602, and THEO 611 and 614. This course fulfills an upper-level ETHI requirement or TMPL requirement, or the JUST requirement.


Fall - Wednesday 6:00 - 8:50 p.m.

ETHI 744/844F

Economics and Ethics, Theology, Ministry and Public LifeEthics and Social Justice

Nimi Wariboko

This course is structured to provide students with the basic awareness and understanding of economic ideas, issues, and practices as they intersect with faith and ethics in all spheres of life. It will teach students the basic concepts of economics, finance, accounting, and business decision-making in ways that would equip them to not only grasp the economic foundations of Christian thinking about moral decisions, but also prepare them to minister to professionals, business executives, and leaders in a globalizing world. The course will also help students to respond to one of the major challenges in the marketplace: how can we develop frameworks and models to enable business executives live ethically and faithfully in the complex and pluralistic corporate world? This course fulfills the upper-level ETHI requirement, or a TMPL requirement.


Fall - Tuesday 9:00 - 11:50 a.m.


Screening Theology: Theological Reflection In and Through Film, Theology, Ministry and Public LifeWorship, Theology and the ArtsTheology

Benjamin Valentin

Highlighting the possibility and potential of a relevant theology of culture, this course explains the ways in which recent Hollywood movies can be used as resources to think about and even to think over the meanings of key theological concepts such as ideas of God, human nature, sin, Christ, redemption, and eschatology. Through lectures, reading materials, the viewing of movies, and class discussion, students will be encouraged to consider how an appreciative and critical engagement with popular culture can allow for a relevant and contemporary practical theology. This course fulfills the THEO upper-level requirement, or WOTA or TMPL requirement.


Fall - Tuesday 2:00 - 4:50 p.m.

Key to Course Listings

Key Description
EL "EL" following a course description indicates an E-Learning course.
F "F" following a course number indicates a course offered during Fall semester.
S "S" following a course number indicates a course offered during Spring semester.
W "W" following a course number indicates a course offered during Winter Session in January.
J "J" following a course number indicates a course offered during June.
"Y" following a course number indicates a yearlong course. Students must register each semester for year-long courses.

This listing is subject to change. Continue to check the school's eb site,, for current information about course listings, times and dates. All courses, including Church and Ministry Department courses, are now offered for 3 credits. Only students following the pre-2001 M.Div. curriculum may elect to take courses for other than 3 credits. Unless otherwise noted, courses are generally limited to 55 students.

Levels of Instruction

Level Description
500 Language courses or introductory courses meeting departmental requirements for either the M.Div. or the M.A. degree.
600 Meet departmental requirements for the M.Div., unless otherwise indicated, or program requirements for the M.A.
700 For advanced M.Div. and M.A. students with either background in an area or prerequisites completed. These courses meet some departmental upper-level elective requirements for the M.Div.
800 Primarily for D.Min. and S.T.M. students, although a limited number of seniors with the appropriate background may enroll with the instructor's permission.


Dual-numbered courses-e.g., [HIST 725/825] - indicate courses that serve more than one level. Students should register for the level appropriate to their program needs.

Example: an M.Div. or M.A. student would register for HIST 725, but an S.T.M. or D.Min. student would register for HIST 825.