Who were Adam and Eve, how exactly are we related to them, and does it really matter? What role, if any, should science have on a serious engagement with Scripture?
October 23rd and 30th from 9am to 3pm at Cornerstone Fellowship in Urbana. Click for more info!
Taste of Seminary: Ritual and Reality: Constituting Ourselves through Everyday Symbolic Actions with Dr. Peter Spychalla
We do more than meets the eye in religious and everyday rituals. Join us as we explore human meaning-making in ritual.
Summer 2022 Courses
CHRISTIAN HISTORY & THOUGHT
PM 740 105: Faith, Art and Devotion
- Start date: June 22, 2022
The creative arts (music, visual arts & poetry) can enhance and broaden our personal worship of God, the original creator. In this class we will explore ways that the arts can be a whole-person participation in expanding our relationship with Him, while also learning to help others worship God.
- Time: Wednesday, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Credit: 1 hours
Instructor: Judy Webb
PM 760 650: Sharing Jesus without Fear
- Start date: June 1, 2022
A Biblical and practical analysis of what it means to share Jesus in a world that is increasing hostile to Christianity. We will look at motivations, barriers, and fear factors in communicating the Good News. The relationship between discipleship and evangelism, the differences between witness and evangelism, and dealing with the power of the Bible and prayer will be explored. Models of presentations will be considered, and there will be opportunities to try them out.
This class will run Mondays and Wednesdays in June.
- Time: Monday and Wednesday, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Credit: 2 hours
Instructor: Mike McQueen
FM 740 130: Celtic Christian Spirituality
- Start date: May 31, 2022
Join us in exploring the spirituality of the native Christian faith of the British Isles. The course gives special attention to the forms, content, and emphases of Celtic Christian prayer and how these can be applied today. Theological themes include God as Trinity; the goodness, grace, and presence of God in creation; and a theology of place and journeying. Get acquainted with Patrick, Brigid, Columba, Iona, Aidan, Brendan, Columbanus, Lindisfarne, Anamchara (soul friend), the Book of Kells, Carmina Gadelica, and more. We will explore how Celtic Christian theological, ascetical, and devotional themes are expressed in Celtic spiritual practices, poems, hymns, literature, artwork, and symbols. We also examine contemporary appropriation of early Celtic themes in the imaginative literature of George MacDonald, church work of George MacLeod, and current revival of interest among Christians in all things Celtic.
- Time: Tuesday, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Credit: 2 hours
Instructor: Peter Spychalla