Classes for Spring 2020 | Hartford Seminary

Classes for Spring 2020

SEMESTER BEGINS TUESDAY, JAN. 21

ON CAMPUS

NEW SPRING COURSE!
Sunnis, Shias, and Others in Islamic History | Professor Hossein Kamaly
Mondays, 4-6:45 p.m. | It’s a topic with significant impact on today’s world affairs. Join Professor Hossein Kamaly and expand your knowledge. Learn more about this course and register.

Hebrew Bible Survey | Professor Deena Grant
Tuesdays, 4-6:45 p.m. | This overview course will look at, among other things, how the Hebrew Bible has been interpreted by different faith communities. Learn more about this course and register.

The Essential Writings of Howard Thurman | Professor Benjamin Watts
Mondays, 4-6:45 p.m. | This course never fails to transform students. Learn about the mystic, poet, philosopher, and theologian from Professor Benjamin Watts. Learn more about this course and register.

Encountering World Christianity | Professor Brian Clark
Wednesdays, 4-6:45 p.m. | “To study contemporary Christianity is to study change.” So goes the description of Professor Brian Clark’s class. Join us this spring to listen to music, watch films, and hear the voices of Christians around the world as we look at the big picture. Learn more about this course and register.

The Salvation of Non-Christians | Professor Najib George Awad
Thursdays, 4-6:45 p.m. | In the light of the multi-religious and multi-faith worldly context wherein we live today, the questions of how the Christians view other religions and how they view God’s stance on other faiths become of a crucial importance and primary relevance. Join Professor Najib George Awad as he looks at critical questions around the theology of religions. Learn more about this course and register.

The Pauline Letters | Professor Shanell T. Smith
Mondays, 7-9:45 p.m. | The Apostle Paul. Legendary? Father of Christianity? A “man’s man”? A misogynist? Anti-Jewish? Who is he? What texts has he written, and why? Tackle these provocative questions and more this spring with Professor Shanell T. Smith. Learn more about this course and register.

NEW SPRING COURSE!
God in Muslim Thought | Professor Hossein Kamaly
Tuesdays, 7-9:45 p.m | How do Muslims conceptualize the divine? Learn this and much more with Professor Hossein Kamaly this spring. Learn more about this course and register.

Introduction to Islamic Law | Professor Suheil Laher
Wednesdays, 7-9:45 p.m. | This course will provide a critical overview of the history and practice of Islamic law. Learn more about this course and register. 

Women and Gender in Islam | Dr. Colleen Keyes
Thursdays, 7-9:45 p.m. | We are fortunate to have Dr. Colleen Keyes with us this spring to teach this important topic. “Concepts of maleness, femaleness, masculinity, femininity, and positions on social questions such as marriage, divorce, slavery, modesty and veiling, and homosexuality articulated by traditional scholars and the responses of contemporary Muslim female scholars will be analyzed.” Learn more about this course and register.

The Salvation of Non-Christians | Professor Najib George Awad
Thursdays, 4-6:45 p.m. | In the light of the multi-religious and multi-faith worldly context wherein we live today, the questions of how the Christians view other religions and how they view God’s stance on other faiths become of a crucial importance and primary relevance. Join Professor Najib George Awad as he looks at critical questions around the theology of religions. Learn more about this course and register.

The Pauline Letters | Professor Shanell T. Smith
Mondays, 7-9:45 p.m. | The Apostle Paul. Legendary? Father of Christianity? A “man’s man”? A misogynist? Anti-Jewish? Who is he? What texts has he written, and why? Tackle these provocative questions and more this spring with Professor Shanell T. Smith. Learn more about this course and register.

NEW SPRING COURSE!
God in Muslim Thought | Professor Hossein Kamaly
Tuesdays, 7-9:45 p.m | How do Muslims conceptualize the divine? Learn this and much more with Professor Hossein Kamaly this spring. Learn more about this course and register.

Introduction to Islamic Law | Professor Suheil Laher
Wednesdays, 7-9:45 p.m. | This course will provide a critical overview of the history and practice of Islamic law. Learn more about this course and register. 

Women and Gender in Islam | Dr. Colleen Keyes
Thursdays, 7-9:45 p.m. | We are fortunate to have Dr. Colleen Keyes with us this spring to teach this important topic. “Concepts of maleness, femaleness, masculinity, femininity, and positions on social questions such as marriage, divorce, slavery, modesty and veiling, and homosexuality articulated by traditional scholars and the responses of contemporary Muslim female scholars will be analyzed.” Learn more about this course and register.

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NEW SPRING COURSE!
Environmental Ethics | Dr. Leah Schade
Dr. Leah Schade speaks with authority about environmental ethics, a topic today’s religious leaders can’t afford to ignore. This course will talk about the roots of the climate crisis, suggestions for moving forward, and how to communicate with houses of worship and/or faith communities. Learn more about this class and register.

Faith in the Neighborhood: World Religions | Professor Lucinda Mosher
Professor Lucinda Mosher is a pro at introducing religious leaders to foundational information about the belief and practices of the world’s religions as part of the fabric of 21st-century America, that they might be better equipped to serve in the midst of that diversity. Learn more about this class and register.

Religion and Social Movements | Professor Erica Dollhopf
You don’t have to be in Hartford to discuss religion and social movements, and how they are intertwined, in this topical class. Learn more about this class and register.

Islamic History II | Professor Timur Yuskaev
This course (Islamic History I is not required) explores the history of Islamic societies and civilization, from the beginnings of the major pre-modern Islamic empires (Ottoman Turkey, Safavid Iran, Moghol India, Morocco) and Islam’s expansion into Africa and South-Asia until the colonization of most of the Islamic world by European powers, the struggles for independence, and the creation of contemporary Muslim nation-states. Learn more about this course and register.

Women, Religion, & Future of Faith Communities | Professor Adair Lummis
Join this important discussion about women and their role in faith communities, both historically and in the future. Learn more about this class and register.

She Did That!: Women’s Agency in New Testament Texts | Professor Shanell T. Smith
Here’s how Professor Shanell T. Smith describes this class: “The depiction of women in New Testament texts…well, for many, it just ain’t right! And with its ongoing influence on the lives of women today it’s time we set the record straight.” Learn more about this course and register.

The World of the Prophets | Professor Deena Grant
Delve into the world of prophecy in the Hebrew Bible. Themes include social justice, divine anger, and adultery as a metaphor for idolatry. Learn more about this course and register.

Theology and Contextuality | Professor Najib George Awad
If your aim is to lean about the nature of contextual theological reasoning, this class is for you. Join Professor Najib George Awad as he explores this thought-provoking topic. Learn more about this course and register.

ALL-DAY

Theologies of Chaplaincies: Working on the Edge of Religion | Professor Donna Schaper
Jan. 28; Feb. 18; March 17; April 21; May 5 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | This course will help chaplains clarify their roles as they represent religion on the edge of religious institutions. Learn more about this course and register.

Resilience for Spiritual Leaders | The Rev. Dr. Tracy Mehr-Muska
Jan. 29; Feb. 19; March 18; April 22; May 6 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | This course is designed for people of any faith background who are leading faith communities, providing chaplaincy care, working on justice issues, or seeking additional self-care practices. Learn more about this course and register.

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