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Fall 2020 Courses

Fall 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 mgreen@urbanatheologicalseminary.org. More courses will be added soon. We hope you can join us!

BIBLICAL STUDIES

BI 620 300: God’s Call to Justice, Equity, and Hope: The Message & World of the 8th Century Prophets

Are you concerned with injustice and inequities in our world today? Did you know that the 8th century prophets of the Old Testament had a lot to say about inequality and divisions in society? Join us to delve into the world and message of Jonah, Amos, Hosea, Micah, and Isaiah. Examination of their setting in a turbulent history and a deeply divided dysfunctional society as a backdrop to the powerful messages God gave to each of them. Consideration of how this parallels our day and age, and how a follower of Jesus should respond now to live prophetically and for justice.

  • Time: Tuesday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Online
    Instructor: Kenneth Cuffey
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BI 501 100: Old Testament Survey

  • Start date: August 26, 2020

An introduction to the literature of the Old Testament/Hebrew bible within the context of the history of Israel and the ancient Near East. The course will consider the interpretation of varied genres and will provide a survey of the individual books, their backgrounds and messages, and the developing revelation of God’s saving work throughout history. Emphasis placed on pivotal themes such as creation, covenant, promise, and the coming Messiah.

  • Time: Wednesday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Online
    Instructor: Kenneth Cuffey
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CHRISTIAN HISTORY & THOUGHT

CT 740 300: There and Back Again: The Work of J.R.R. Tolkien

  • Start date: August 26, 2020

This class will read and discuss the works of J. R. R. Tolkien while paying attention to not only the Christian themes in Tolkien’s work, but also to developing a Christian model for understanding and working with fiction.

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  • Time: Wednesday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Online
    Instructor: Melody Green
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CT 510 100: Christian Ethics

  • Start date: August 28, 2020

An introduction to the principles and practice of Christian ethics that examines biblical and philosophical questions surrounding the establishment of ethics, and the role of scripture in ethical reflection and character formation as it relates to contemporary cultural issues and moral problems.

  • Only meets four weekends:
    Dates: Aug 28-29, Oct 1-2, Nov 6-7, Dec 4-5
    Time: Friday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm and Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Online
    Instructor: Todd Daly
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CT 501 100: Theology I

  • Start date: August 24, 2020

This course provides an overview of the Christian doctrines of revelation, scripture, God the Father, Christ the Son and the incarnation.

  • Time: Monday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Online
    Instructor: Todd Daly
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CH 501 100: History of World Christianity I: Early and Medieval

  • Start date: August 27, 2020

A general historical survey of the Christian movement from its inception through the Medieval period. Particular attention is given to significant ideas, individuals, movements, crises, and institutions in the rise and development of Christianity prior to the Protestant Reformation.

  • Time: Thursday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Online
    Instructor: Joe Thomas
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PRACTICAL MINISTRY

PM 615 100: Christian Civic Engagement and Witness

  • Start date: August 24, 2020

This class is intended to coincide with the 2020 Presidential Election. The course will enable the student to understand biblical foundations of government and better understand historic and cultural trends in 21st century American society upon government. The purpose is to help the individual to make informed decisions concerning election year issues and create an environment for positive Christian witness. Attention will be given to the social processes that have shaped our culture, the relationship between the Church (and individuals) and the State, and the Church’s prophetic call to bring about reconciliation and transformation.

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  • Time: Monday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Online
    Instructor: Mike McQueen
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PM 760 600: On Mission: Across the Street and Around the World

  • Start date: August 26, 2020

Expressing God’s love well is a learned skill. We’re told that to understand others’ lives and truly convey love to them, we should walk a mile in their shoes. How can we “do unto others as we would have them do unto us” in our increasingly multicultural world? We’ll gain insight as we read about missionary lives, watch films about other cultures, explore the lives of those who have experienced them, and discuss the challenges of living ‘on mission’ wherever God takes us. This class will be stretching and fun!

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  • Time: Tuesday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Online
    Instructor: Anne Alexander
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FM 502 100: Spiritual Formation and Discipleship

  • Start date: August 25, 2020

An exploration of the dynamics of the spiritual life as well as the process of spiritual growth. This will lead to personal assessment of the student’s character, temperament, gifts, and other traits relevant to ministry. Emphasis will be placed both on personal spiritual formation of the student as well as on guiding and counseling others in spiritual formation. Students will explore a scriptural approach to discipleship, as well as various spiritual disciplines, including prayer, meditation, and reading of scripture.

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  • Time: Tuesday, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Online
    Instructor: Peter Spychalla
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