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Immigration and Storefront Churches: State Policies, Social Resistance and New Theology, Spring 2014

Nimi Wariboko

This course examines the life, experiences, theologies, and practices of resistance of immigrants and immigrant churches in the United States. It will enable students to appreciate the sufferings, social actions, liturgies, and theologies of immigrants in this country, the impact of state policies on their wellbeing, and the practices of resistance of host-community churches against hardline government immigrant policies.

The course has three parts: (a) it begins with a study of World Christianity to inform students about the faith contexts and theologies of immigrant Christians in their home countries; (b) in this part of the course we will investigate the life experiences and sufferings of immigrants, government immigration policies and programs, and the responses of faith-based organizations to the plight of immigrants, and (c) finally, the course examines the everyday forms of resistance, liturgical practices, and theologies and social ethics of immigrant churches and communities to reveal how they are responding, resisting, adapting, and challenging the conditions and hardships they face in the United States.


Spring - E-Learning

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.