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WCHR 605W [BC]

A Faith That Sustains: Exploring Church and Community in Rural Ghana, Winter 2014

Elizabeth C. Nordbeck

In Ghana, community relationship, not productivity and accomplishment, is a dominant cultural value. This Border-Crossing Immersion will introduce participants to community life in rural Kpenoe (“Penway”), offering first-hand experience of the way in which Christian faith sustains, informs and offers hope to many impoverished and pre-literate residents. The group will converse with traditional chiefs and elders; participate in worship; interact with seminarians, professors, and residents of a “cured lepers’ village;” and experience the rich but unhurried pace of rural village life. A day trip to a coastal “slave castle”—the last African stop before shipping slaves to the west in the 19th century—will also allow participants to consider slavery and its effects on community from the perspective of the place of origin. Our primary conversation partners will be members of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana – a partner denomination of the United Church of Christ. The class will be co-led by the Reverend James Christensen, an Andover Newton graduate with more than a decade’s intimate work with, and experience of, the people and culture of Kpenoe. Limit: 8.

For more information on fees, cost and applications, see the Border-Crossing Immersion Handbook.
Deadline for submitting Applications: September 27, 2013

Winter - Winter Session 1, 2014 – January 9-21, OFF CAMPUS

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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.