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Worship, Theology and the Arts


The Jazz of Preaching, Worship, Theology and the ArtsPreaching

Kirk B. Jones

Reverend Dr. K. Jones An exploration of preaching soul and style through the music of jazz. Special emphasis will be placed on the musical/sermonic contributions of Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald.

Limit 15

Fall - Thursday 2:00 – 4:50 p.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.

WOTA 773/873F

Three Modernist Poets and Their Legacy: Rilke, Eliot, and Stevens, Worship, Theology and the Arts

Carolyn Davis

Exploration of three modernist poets through a close reading of selected poems and other writings. Focus on what poetry teaches about the function and form of language, how diverse strategies of verbal imagination operate, and the kinds of communication opened to us through poetic vision. Discussion of what constitutes properly “religious” experience considered in modern terms, and the kinds of literary forms suitable to articulate theological insight. Seminar begins with readings from the Hebrew prophets, Jesus’ parables, and other literary motifs from the scriptures; it ends by considering questions of literary and theological authority as well as the larger problem of what constitutes “scripture” in late-modern cultures. This course fulfills an upper-level elective.

Limit: 15.


Fall - Thursday 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.