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If you are a returning student who has a valid Royal User Login (MyEMU, Moodle, Gmail) then you will register by selecting the Returning Student box above. (Detailed instructions on how to register can be accessed here)

If you have never taken a course with EMU or have not used your login credentials for over a year, you must select the New Student Box. If you attempt to register for a course and run into problems or if you have any questions, please contact Lisa Sauder.  

Textbook list for Fall 2018

Tuition: $500 per credit hour 
Audit: Audit - participatory is $250 per credit hour and the Audit-non participatory is $90 per credit hour
Technology fee: $50 per semester
Textbooks not included. 
Note: Any course you take from another program will be invoiced at the rate of your home program.

Please note the following:

Fall 2018 - registration closes on August 28
Spring 2019: registration is open from October 3 to December 15

2018 Fall Courses 

FS 501L:  Formation in God’s Story I   (Traditional Classroom Course - 2 credits)
Listen to your life narrative and locate your personal story within the larger picture of God’s story as recorded in scripture. Through engaging with different spiritual practices, you will also discern and reflect on God’s presence and action in your life. Participation in guided small group sessions are designed for listening and soul care.
Schedule:  Tuesdays, 6:00-9:00 pm, Sept 11, 25; Oct 9, 23, Nov. 6, 20, Dec 4, 18
Location:  EMU at Lancaster
Instructor: Jason Kuniholm, D.Min

BVOT 511L:  Old Testament: Text in Context   (Traditional Classroom Course - 3 credits)
This Old Testament survey attempts to set the texts in their ancient Near Eastern context: history, culture, and religion. Attention is also given to the context(s) in which present day readers find themselves. Additional considerations include reading the O.T. as literature and also as the authoritative Word of God. Lectures, readings, inductive study questions, and limited class discussion are used.
Schedule:  Thursdays, 6:00pm-9:00pm, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 15, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec. 6, 13
Location: EMU at Lancaster
Instructor: Mark Fretz, PhD

SMCL 652L:  Managing Congregational Conflict    (Traditional Classroom Course - 3 credits)
This course will focus on managing conflict in churches. Attention will be given to ecclesiology and theology related to conflict, development of skills for dealing with interpersonal conflicts, managing polarities, teaching communication in the congregation, and intervention skills for addressing deeper, more difficult conflicts in the congregation. The course will be taught with primary attention to the role of pastors, congregational leaders, conference ministers and overseers in managing congregational conflict and creating healthy churches. Class sessions will include lectures, videos, case studies, role plays and sharing of personal experience.
Schedule:  Fri.-Sat, sessions, 9:00am-5:00pm, Sept 14-15; Oct 26-27; Nov 30/Dec 1
Location:  EMU at Lancaster
Instructor: Christine Sharp,  PhD (candidate), PCC

CTT 633L:  Anabaptist History and Theology   (Traditional Classroom Course - 3 credits)
This course is a descriptive and analytical study of sixteenth-century Anabaptist history and theology. We will look at a variety of issues such as peacemaking, discipleship, the church, and spirituality. The central purpose of the course is to help us better understand the relevance of the Anabaptist heritage for Christians today. This course fulfills the Mennonite conference's Gateway requirement.
Schedule:  Fri.-Sat. sessions, 9:00 am-5:00pm, Sept. 7/8; Oct. 19/20; Nov. 16-17
Location:  Conestoga Mennonite Church, Morgantown, PA
Instructor:  Steve Kriss, PhD

 

Additional online  & hybrid courses available through the Virginia campus: 

FS 701:  Formation in Missional Leadership I    (Hybrid, 2 credits)
This course serves as a two-semester long capstone experience for all Master of Divinity students. In the course students will: 1) continue and deepen the formational work begun in the earlier formation courses (Formation in God’s Story and Formation in Ministry); 2) participate in direct assessment experiences related to the four guiding principles of the curriculum (wise interpretation, mature practice, discerning  communication, and transformational leadership), 3) identify and embrace a missional understanding of leadership, and 4) focus on the transitional dynamics associated with finishing a seminary course of study and engaging a new context for life and ministry.
Schedule:  Friday-Saturday,  October 5-6,  9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Location: EMS, Harrisonburg, Va. 
Instructor:  Brenda Martin Hurst, PhD 


BVNT 641:  Gospel of Luke and/or Book of Acts   (Hybrid, 3 credits)
This course focuses on the Gospel of Luke and/or the Book of Acts (English text). Beginning with inductive study of the Lukan text(s), the course concludes with consideration of “critical questions” (authorship, purpose, original readership, historical/social/cultural context). Special attention is given to the question of synoptic relationships (Luke) and the “history vs. theology” question (Luke/Acts). Primary emphasis lies on the final literary form of Luke/Acts and the characteristically Lukan “story of Jesus and the early church” recounted in these writings. The course approaches the text in both sequential and thematic fashion.
Schedule: August 20-24, 2018
Location: EMS, Harrisonburg, Va.
Instructor:  Reta Halteman Finger, PhD

CM 542:  Psychology of Religious Experience   (Hybrid, 3 credits)
Many seminary courses examine theological perspectives of various realities. This course takes a unique vantage point on spiritual and religious realities by examining them from a psychological perspective. Topics considered include spiritual and religious experience in childhood and adulthood, death, conversion, mysticism, and prayer as well as social and political dimensions of faith experience. A central dimension of the course is the sharing of faith vignettes by members of the class. Opportunity is also given to explore the cultural dimensions of religious experience.
Schedule:  August 20-24, 2018
Location:  EMS, Harrisonburg, Va.
Instructor:  Lonnie Yoder, PhD


2019 Spring Courses 

FS 502L:  Formation in God’s Story 2   (Traditional Classroom Course - 2 credits)
Listen to your life narrative and locate your personal story within the larger picture of God’s story as recorded in scripture. Through engaging with different spiritual practices, you
Schedule:  
Tuesdays, 6:00-9:00 pm Jan 15, 29; Feb 12, 26, Mar 12, 26, April 9, 23
Location: 
EMU at Lancaster
Instructor: 
Jason Kuniholm, D.Min

BVG 511L:  Basics of Biblical Languages   (Traditional Classroom Course - 3 credits)
Students learn the Greek and Hebrew alphabets and enough of the basics of the languages to work with various language tools, such as lexicons, analytical lexicons, concordances and interlinear Bibles. Also treated are some of the difficulties and challenges of translating the Scriptures into modern language.  Workbook exercises, lectures, readings and class discussions serve as the basic format of the course.
Schedule:  Mondays, 6:00pm-9:00pm, Jan 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25, Mar 4. 11, 18, 25. Apr. 1, 8, 15
Location:  EMU at Lancaster
Instructor: Mark Fretz, PhD

CTT 634L:  Living Theology   (Traditional Classroom Course - 3 credits)
Theology is the essential and ongoing task of faithful reflection on our life lived with deliberation in the
presence of God. Theology involves and engages all we are and all we do, and demands our attentiveness to everything around us. The theological integrity of the Christian community is grounded in this task of disciplined, discerning examination of the meaning of daily life in Christ. When we do this task well, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, it illuminates everything we do. Through an engagement with a variety of texts, written and otherwise, this course will help us know what it means to embrace “living theology.”
Schedule:  Thursdays, 6:00pm-9:00pm, January 17 through April 18
Location:  EMU at Lancaster
Instructor: Krishana Suckau, PhD
 

CTH 527L: Bible Survey & Anabaptist Hermeneutics  (Traditional Classroom Course - 2 credits)
This course introduces students to the historical and literary sweep of the Bible as a record of God’s salvation story. Students will examine various genres of biblical literature, understand different hermeneutic approaches, and formulate a defensible personal biblical hermeneutic.
Schedule: February 15 - March 30 (Feb 15-16 and March 29-30)
Location: Dock Mennonite Academy in Landsdale, PA
Instructor: Emily Ralph Servant, PhD Candidate 
 

Additional online & hybrid course available through the Virginia campus: 

FS 702:  Formation in Missional Leadership II   (Hybrid, 2 credits)
This course serves as a two-semester long capstone experience for all Master of Divinity students. In the course students will: 1) continue and deepen the formational work begun in the earlier formation courses (Formation in God’s Story and Formation in Ministry); 2) participate in direct assessment experiences related to the four guiding principles of the curriculum (wise interpretation, mature practice, discerning communication, and transformational leadership), 3) identify and embrace a missional understanding of leadership, and 4) focus on the transitional dynamics associated with finishing a seminary course of study and engaging a new context for life and ministry.
Schedule: TBD for capstone presentations 
Location: Lancaster students in Lancaster, Virginia students in Harrisonburg, Va. 
Instructor:  Brenda Martin Hurst, PhD


BVNT 512:   New Testament: Text in Context   (Online- 3 credits)

This course is a basic introduction to the study of the New Testament. It focuses on the historical/social/
cultural/theological worlds of the New Testament Scriptures in order to discover the context out of which the Scriptures have grown and the communities to which they are addressed. The course works at these questions by means of inductive exercises which introduce a variety of methodological approaches: historical, sociological, redactional, literary. Attention likewise is given to the concepts of canon and inspiration and to the range of contemporary settings within which the biblical text is read and understood.
Schedule:  January 9, 2019 - May 2, 2019
Instructor:  Dorothy Jean Weaver, PhD