Requirements and Grading
final grade for this course will be on a Pass-Fail system.
The grade is based primarily on the final paper, but also on
consistently thoughtful work on the shorter class assignments and
readings. Students are
expected to participate in class in ways that show careful, thorough
preparation and a conscious effort to learn with and from others.
Attendance at all sessions is one measure of this.
final paper will be on “A Theology for Practicing Ministry,” or,
more specifically, “My Ministry as I Make Sense of It with the Aid
of Theological Motif X.” Details
about this will be provided later.
The final paper is due January 16.
OF TOPICS AND READINGS:
The readings indicated for each class date are to be read for that
14: Embedded Theologies and the Moral Life
Marsh, God’s Long
Summer: Stories of Faith and Civil Rights
due: Write five
theological profiles, ½ page each, describing the concept
of God found in each of the five figures presented in God’s
October 6: Types
González, Christian Thought Revisited: Three Types of Theology
Bring to class: 1) 9 copies of your denomination’s central
statement,” or its functional equivalent.
Write a 1 page analysis of it in terms of Gonzalez’s 3 types of theology.
27: Theological Method
Morse, Not Every Spirit,
We Have Been Believers,
Write a 2 page account itemizing what resources (in general
terms, e.g., scripture, prayer, newspaper, friends, etc.) you draw
on to prepare one of your better sermons, and, in
light of this, identify which of the methods of the 3 authors
you are most at home with, and explain why.
17: God and
Morse, Not Every Spirit,
due: In 3
pages, outline the lesson plan for a three session adult Sunday
class on either the doctrine of God or
Jesus Christ. The content
and tone of the lesson plan should stretch a bridge between this
session’s readings and the capabilities of your parishioners.
Bring in 9 copies of your favorite hymn about Jesus.
December 8: The Church and Eschatology
Morse, Not Every Spirit,
due: By no later than December 3, email to professor and everyone in the class a 1 page outline of your final paper,
identifying the key theological motif (e.g. God, creation, sin,
christology, ecclesiology, eschatology, etc.) which you will be
using to clarify what guides you in your practice of ministry, &
indicating your particular angle on this motif.
Attach to it a 1/2-page working bibliography.
Each student will then be asked to respond to another
Bring in 9 copies of your favorite hymn about the Church.
January 16: Final
Paper is due
Bibliography of Recent and Important Works Relevant to Course:
Barth, Dogmatics in Outline,
Borg, The God We Never Knew,
Peebles Burch, Collective
Absolute Presuppositions: Tectonic Plates for Churches, Peter
Calvin, Calvin’s Institutes:
A New Compend, ed. by Hught T. Kerr, W/JKP, 1989.
Carmody, Christian Feminist
Theology, Beacon, 1995.
Charry, By the Renewing of
Your Minds: The Pastoral Function of Christian Doctrine, Oxford,
B.Cobb, Jr., Becoming a
Thinking Christian, Abingdon, 1993.
Cone, God of the Oppressed,
Theology: A Caribbean Perspective, Africa World Press, 1998.
Evans and Thomas Parker, Christian
Theology: A Case Study Approach, Harper, 1976.
Fackre, The Christian Story: A
Narrative Interpretation of Basic Christian Doctrine, vol. 1, 3rd
edition, Eerdmans, 1996.
Gerrish, Saving and Secular
Faith: An Invitation to Systematic Theology, Fortress, 1999.
Clark Gilpin, A Preface to
González, Mañana: Christian
Theology from a Hispanic Perspective, Abingdon, 1990.
Hodgson, Christian Faith: A
Brief Introduction, W/JKP, 2001.
Hodgson and Robert King, Christian
Theology: An Introduction to Its Traditions and Tasks, Fortress,
Hodgson and Robert King, Readings
in Christian Theology, Fortress, 1985.
Johnson, She Who Is: The
Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse, Crossroad,
Paul Jones, Theological
Worlds: Understanding the Alternative Rhythms of Christian Belief,
Mowry LaCugna, ed., Freeing
Theology: The Essentials of Theology in Feminist Perspective,
Lash, Believing Three Ways in
One God: A Reading of the Apostles’ Creed, University of Notre
Dame Press, 1992.
Young Lee, Marginality: The
Key to Multicultural Theology, Fortress, 1995.
Leith, Creeds of the Churches,
Loades, ed., Feminist
Theology: A Reader, W/JKP, 1990.
MacQuarrie, Principles of
Christian Theology, Scribner’s, 1977.
Maitland, A Big-Enough God: A
Feminist’s Search for a Joyful Theology, Riverhead Books,
Migliore, Faith Seeking
Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology, Eerdmans,
Musser and Joseph Price, eds. A New Handbook of Christian Theology, Abingdon, 1992.
Peters, God—The World’s
Future: Systematic Theology for a Postmodern Era, Fortress,
Karl Rahner, Foundations of
Christian Faith: Introduction
to the Idea of Christianity, Crossroad, 1976.
Deotis Roberts, Liberation and
Reconciliation: A Black Theology, Westminster, 1971.
Ross, Extravagant Affections:
A Feminist Sacramental Theology, Continuum, 1998.
R. Ruether, Sexism and
God-Talk, Beacon, 1983.
Shinn and Daniel Day Williams, We
Believe: An Interpretation of the United Church Statement of Faith,
United Church Press, 1966.
Sobrino and Ignacio Ellacuría, eds., Systematic
Theology: Perspectives from Liberation Theology, Orbis, 1996.
Sölle, Thinking about God: An
Introduction to Theology, Trinity, 1990.
Stone and James Duke, How to
Think Theologically, Fortress, 1996.
Hewitt Suchocki, God-Christ-Church:
A Practical Guide to Process Theology, Crossroad, 1993.
Tanner, Jesus, Humanity and
the Trinity: A Brief Systematic Theology, Fortress, 2001.
Tillich, Systematic Theology
(vols.1-3), University of Chicago, 1951.