A study of the confessions of the Lutheran Church as set forth in the Book of Concord. The documents of the reforming movement, viewed in the historical settings, are explicated in the light of their witness to the centrality of the gospel of justification by faith. Consideration is given to the contemporary importance of this witness for the life and mission of the Lutheran Church in a post-secular age. A central question of the course focuses on what it means to confess today in ecumenical engagement, in culturally diverse situations and interfaith contexts, and how that confession is shaped by those contexts.
This course introduces students to the complex realities of forming and leading Christian communities in a pluralist era. Students engage biblical and theological traditions for understanding the triune God's mission in the world and how this shapes the church's missional identity and leadership. Insights from sociology help students interpret persons and communities similar to and different from them for the sake of witness and service. Through attending carefully to specific Christian communities and their contexts, students develop imagination, practices, habits, and skills for faithful and innovative public leadership. MUST HAVE REGISTERED FOR J-TERM SG0405-01 IN ORDER TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE.
This course explores the emerging field of postcolonial theologies as they have arisen within global Christianity, both in the majority world and in various locations within Western societies. Students will come to understand the meaning and scope of postcolonial theologies and their interest in attending to minority and subjugated theological voices which have been lost, overlooked, or suppressed. Attention will be given to the role of Scriptural interpretation and theological formulation as it undergirds colonial and postcolonial dynamics and realities. Students will also explore how postcolonial theologies might shape their own practices as evangelical public leaders who forming Christian communities of faith, hope, and love seeking justice, reconciliation, and peace.