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Pierced by Love: Retrieving Lectio Divina

Dr. Hans Boersma

HT719/819
Course Dates: Jan. 3-28, 2022
Residential Week: Jan. 3-7
Tuition: $1500 (Credit) / $500 (Audit)

The famous 13th-century hymn Stabat Mater addresses the Virgin Mary with the words, “Holy Mother! pierce me through, / in my heart each wound renew /of my Savior crucified.” The painful piercing of Mary’s soul is reproduced within our hearts when we meditate upon Christ’s suffering on the cross. Lectio divina (divine reading) longs for this painful piercing, for it is the piercing of God’s love, witnessed upon the cross. This course does two things. First, every day we will practice the four steps of lectio divina together: reading (lectio), meditation (meditatio), prayer (oratio), and contemplation (contemplatio). Second, we will read and discuss the draft of a new book I have written on the topic, titled Pierced by Love: Retrieving Lectio Divina.

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Scripture & the Sacraments in 16th Century Anglicanism

The Rev. Canon Dr. Ashley Null

HT712/812
Course Dates: Jan. 3-28, 2022
Residential Week: Jan. 3-7
Tuition: $1500 (Credit) / $500 (Audit)

In this seminar we will explore the unfolding of the English Reformation through its key documents. We will begin with the last flowering of late-Medieval English scholasticism, as combined with emergent Catholic Humanism in the writings of John Fisher. We will then examine the three most important doctrinal texts of the Henrician erathe Assertion of the Seven Sacraments, the Bishops’ Book and the King’s Booktracking how such key concepts as penance, justification, the nature of the church, and the Eucharist are variously described. Next, we will examine the Edwardian Formularies, noting both the continuity and discontinuity with prior texts and considering again the perennial question of Cranmer’s understanding of the Eucharist and its relationship to the prayer books. As part of the latter, we will examine seldom-used archival sources, including a 1549 BCP used by the 1552 revision committee. For Mary, we will consider Eamon Duffy’s revisionist assessment of her reign and read selections from official homilies.  Finally, we look at the Elizabethan formularies and Jewel’s enduring defense of the new Protestant church established in England by law.

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The Bible & Christian Formation

Dr. Garwood Anderson

BI710/810
Course Dates: Jan. 3-28, 2022
Residential Week: Jan. 3-7
Tuition: $1500 (Credit) / $500 (Audit)

The genesis of this course is the humbling observation that, as it concerns Holy Scripture, we

(Anglicans) have largely “got it right,” while countless others “do it better.” Our robust theory is paired with an attenuated praxis. In the life of most parishes, the Bible is like unto a leafy yet fruitless fig tree. Biblical illiteracy is the default. Very few lay people possess even rudimentary skills in Bible study and even fewer could lead and train others. Many parishes have not even a single layperson who could be trusted or feels him/herself competent to lead others into the Scriptures. The parishes that do the best in biblical catechesis often have a person or two (normally clergy) who will catch, clean, and serve fish but have nowhere to learn how to fish. But even many clergy are insufficiently trained for exegesis or in biblical theology. “Spirituality” resources and paradigms often elide Scripture, favoring less robust alternatives. To quote St. James, “Brothers (and sisters), this should not be.”

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Anglican & Episcopal Church History

The Rev. Dr. Thomas Buchan

CH601 (Masters Level Course)
Course Dates: Jan. 3-28, 2022
Residential Week: Jan. 10-14
Tuition: $1500 (Credit) / $500 (Audit)

This is an intermediate course in Anglican church history covering important events, figures, movements, and religious, social, and intellectual developments from the time of the English Reformation through the development of the global Anglican Communion to the present day. It is normally the third course in church history taken by students in residential and hybrid-distance degree programs. It presupposes prerequisite Masters level work in church history or basic competence in the subject area.

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Introduction to Biblical Interpretation

The Rev. Dr. Travis Bott

BI501 (Masters Level Course)
Course Dates: Jan. 3-28, 2022
Residential Week: Jan. 10-14
Tuition: $1500 (Credit) / $500 (Audit)

This class is an introduction to the interpretation of Holy Scripture that lays the foundation for future biblical study and ministries of teaching and preaching in the church. It has four interlocking topics: the doctrine of Scripture, the theory of hermeneutics, the unity of the Bible, and the practice of exegesis. Students learn to evaluate the biblical interpretations of others and to perform faithful exegesis for themselves and those whom they serve.

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Moral Theology

The Rev. Dr. Stewart Clem

MT503 (Masters Level Course)
Course Dates: Jan. 3-28, 2022
Residential Week: Jan. 10-14
Tuition: $1500 (Credit) / $500 (Audit)

This course provides an introduction to the foundations of a contemporary Anglican approach to Moral Theology, or “Christian Ethics.” Primary attention is given to an exploration of basic Christian moral principles, and the course includes reflection upon the scope and purpose of moral theology, the importance for moral theology of the basic structure of Christian Doctrine, and the consequences for moral theology of various alternatives in theoretical or philosophical ethics. The course concludes with two short units, one on the use of Scripture in ethics, and the other on moral principles and public policy.

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Additional Information

HOUSING & MEALS
To request housing and meals for a winter residential week, fill out the housing and meals form by November 22. If you have questions about housing, please contact Kelly Medina at kmedina@nashotah.edu.

REFUNDS
Full refunds for winter term tuition fees will not be given after December 27, and full refunds for housing and refectory fees will not be given after two (2) weeks prior to arrival on campus. If you have questions about fees related to your course, please contact Anne Pardee at apardee@nashotah.edu.

OTHER INQUIRIES
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CURRENT STUDENTS
Current students should register for winter courses in Populi.