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A Virtual Taste of Seminary

Urbana Theological Seminary's Taste of Seminary lecture series is back this spring! It will be held virtually and everyone is welcome to join. Please register at to receive your Zoom link or visit for more information.

Summer 2021 Courses

Summer courses start on the dates noted below in the course descriptions. All of our classes can be taken for credit, audit, or CEUs. All classes are graduate level classes unless otherwise indicated. Add/drop dates vary depending on the course start date. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to e-mail We hope you can join us!



CH 740 450: Ancient Wisdom from Early Christianity

  • Start date: May 27, 2021

This 5-week course will explore the lives and thought of the early church on such key topics as sexuality, slavery, spiritual formation, cosmic worldview and relations between Christians and the government. The ancient wisdom of early Christianity is sure to provide helpful insights as we grapple to understand how the Christian faith supplanted the mores, spirituality and basic cosmology of the Roman world. This study of the first Christians is sure to aid us in formulating answers to the perplexing questions of our own day as well.

Taught by Dr. Joe Thomas from Urbana Theological Seminary and Mark Draper from Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Class session dates: May 27, June 3, 17, 24 and July 8

  • Time: Thursday, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
    Credit: 2 hours
    Location: Online
    Instructors: Joe Thomas and Mark Draper
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PM 530 100: Listening with Jesus in a Pluralistic Society

  • Start date: May 27, 2021

Sharing the good news of Jesus is challenging in today’s pluralistic and contentious world. This experiential class will empower you to convey love and empathy through non-anxious listening, resulting in true reconciliation and sturdy friendship bridges.

Class session dates: June 1, 8, 22, 29; July 6, 13, 20 & 27

  • Time: Tuesday, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
    Credit: 2 hours
    Location: Online
    Instructor: Anne Alexander
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FM 740 105: Spiritual Discernment for Individuals and Groups

  • Start date: June 7, 2021

A study of historical and practical approaches to Christian spiritual discernment for personal and group decision-making. Consideration of the definition, aim, models, and practices for discernment from the broad Christian tradition. Exploration of factors bearing on discernment including Scripture, theology, tradition, community, science, nature, experience, personal history, memory, reason, intuition, imagination, physical body, desires, spiritual affections, virtue, and spiritual practices. Special attention to holistic, integrative discernment approaches, Ignatian discernment, desire, community, and questions of vocational integrity.

Class session dates: June 7, 14, 21, 28; July 5, 19, 26; Aug 2 (no class July 12)

  • Time: Monday, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
    Credit: 2 hours
    Location: Online
    Instructor: Peter Spychalla
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