Summer Courses 2019

The Harrisonburg, Va. campus offers summer courses in May and June.

To take summer courses contact either the office of seminary admission 540-432-4257 or the registrar 540-432-4274

FS 502  Formation in God's Story II - Hybrid

Instructor: Lonnie Yoder
Schedule: on campus: May 13-15, Monday 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Credits: 2

Formation in God’s Story II continues the exploration of and engagement with the biblical story. Students will engage in the practice of spiritual disciplines, develop a rhythm and rule of life that can bring a sense of wholeness and balance to the various parts of their life. They will continue to participate in the same small groups as they attend to their spiritual formation in the context of God’s story. Guidance will be offered as they develop a life purpose statement and discern vocational goals that give shape to the learning process and selection of a ministry track for the remainder of their seminary studies.

BVOT 710 Jeremiah

Instructor: Andrea Dalton Saner
Dates: May 13 - 24, Mon – Fri 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Credits: 3

The book named for this prophet is studied for its themes, content and theology (English text). The study of the literary features of the book and its historical context(s) serve to sharpen the message and contribution of the prophet. Inductive study supplements and evaluates the mass of scholarship that has grown up around the study of this prophet.

CM 613 Cross Cultural Experience

Instructor: David Evans
Schedule: May 10, 13, 20,  9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Credits: 3

This seminar involves at least three weeks of immersion in a cultural setting distinctly different from one’s past experience. This includes interaction with religious, social, cultural, political, economic and commercial groups and their leaders. The basic goals of the seminar include becoming a learner at the feet of the people of this community, acknowledging that they alone know what their world is like. Approaches to learning in this seminar emphasize the methodology of “participant observation ” with careful attention to personal reactions and responses to one’s experiences through journaling and group reflection. Special attention is given to how the Christian gospel is communicated and expressed in that setting and how it engages the realities of that world. The particular characteristics and requirements of a given seminar vary depending on the particular setting and who is leading the seminar. The seminar does not assume other-than-English language capability, but learning the basics of another language is sometimes a part of what we learn through participant observation. Descriptions of specific cross-cultural seminars offered are circulated each year.

SMCL 561 Ministry in Times of Trauma

Instructor: Mary Thiessen Nation
Dates: May 13  - 17,  Mon-Friday. 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Credits: 2

Traumatic life experiences come in many forms, touch multiple networks of relationships and systems, and call for a complex set of responses. The church must be equipped to respond. This course examines the physiological, psychological, spiritual and social impact of trauma. It explores how the Christian narrative/community with its transforming practices of truth-telling, forgiveness, reconciliation, restorative justice and peacebuilding can lead to the shalom of God’s present and coming kingdom, both within the church, and through the church, to the larger world. Pastors, church leaders, missionaries, counselors and others who seek to become agents of trauma healing will examine a healing path that integrates theology, spiritual practices and counseling skills.

SMFE 601 Clinical Pastoral Education

Instructor: Penny Driediger
Schedule: May 28 – Aug 2,  Mon - Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Credits: 6

Clinical Pastoral Education is professional education for ministry. The learning process includes group seminars and the practice of ministry in an institutional or congregational setting with the guidance of an ACPECertified Educator. From encounters with persons in need, and the feedback from peers and educators, students develop new awareness of themselves as persons and of the needs of those to whom they minister. From reflection on specific human situations utilizing the resources of theology and the science of human functioning students expand their understanding of ministry. In addition to the practice of ministry program components include the writing of verbatims, lectures, reading, journaling, individual supervision and the interpersonal experience of a group of peers in a common learning experience.

CM614  Middle East Cross-Cultural- Places, People, and Prayers

Instructors: Dorothy Jean Weaver and Kevin Clark
Dates: May 9-June 1, 2019
Credits:  3

Our study tour, will visit biblical sites: Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Hebron, Beersheba, Masada, the Dead Sea, Nazareth, Capernaum, the Sea of Galilee, and more. And we will relive the story of Jesus as we walk the land that Jesus walked. We will engage in conversations with Christians, Jews, and Muslims; Israelis and Palestinians. We will have regular times of reflection, a daily service of Evening Prayers, a Shabbat service in a synagogue, and Sunday worship with Palestinian Christians. Our tour will end with a retreat in Tiberias, on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Cost: $4885 Complete Brochure and application. 

Summer Institute for Spiritual Formation

* FS 633 Spiritual Direction: Seasons of Impasse

Instructor: Kevin Clark
Schedule: June 17-28, Mon - Fri 1 p.m.  -  4 p.m.
Credits: 2

The kingdom of God —as seen within the biblical text and especially within the life and practice of Jesus—will offer us a graced place to stand as we discern what we bring to the spiritual discipline and art of discernment within congregational life and practice. Lectures, discussions, and prayerful reflection will assist us in discerning our root systems, our understandings of God, how we recognize God’s voice, how we discern gifts and callings, the climate for decision-making, how we reflect on our discerning, and how we live in faithful response to the gospel in all of life—within and beyond the congregation in this post-modern age.

SMCL 642 Congregational Worship

Instructor: Amy Fetterman
Schedule: June 17-28, Mon - Fri 1 p.m.  -  4 p.m.
Credits: 2 or 3

This course explores the biblical, historical, and theological issues underlying sacramental life in the church. A comparative study of ecumenical experience provides the student with critical tools to examine specific liturgical practices within his/her own faith tradition. Students will gain an appreciation of the underlying issues that help shape Christian worship in its various forms, and practical guidance in leading that shaping. This course will assist in growing attention to the awareness of God in worship as a spiritual practice.  

NOTE: This course meets the worship course requirement for ordination in elder or deacon track for the United Methodist Church. 

* FS 543 Spiritual Guidance in Life and Practice

Instructor: Kevin Clark
Schedule: June 17-28, Mon - Fri 8:30 a.m.  – 12 p.m.
Credits: 1

Grounded in the understanding that God in Jesus Christ is inviting us to be reconciled- to God, to ourselves, to each other, and to God’s creation- this course is designed to offer learning in three areas: a biblical foundation and historical overview of spiritual formation; an understanding of spiritual discernment; and learning the practice of spiritual guidance.

* FS 613 Home Based Practicum

Instructor: Kevin Clark and Sandy Wenger
Schedule: Yearlong practicum
Credits: 1

Students engage in 50 hours of practice in leading spiritual direction or formation at home between August and May. Three practicums, one after each summer, are required to complete a certificate. Students will receive individual guidance from faculty based on their project.

* FS 663 Spiritual Direction Peer Group

Instructor: Sandy Wenger w/ Kevin Clark
Schedule: June 17-28, Mon - Fri 8:30 a.m.  – 12 p.m.  
Credits: 1

This class offers guidance for depth listening, reflection, spiritual discernment, and discovery in our journey as emerging spiritual directors. We will be engaging in spiritual direction conversations, and in-depth listening to verbatim.

* FS 756 Oasis

In place of coursework, Oasis offers intentional Sabbath and space for pastors and church leaders. They may use Oasis time for soul care and reflection, accompanied by one-on-one guidance in spiritual reading, discernment, and spiritual direction as desired, or by doing a directed study focusing on a spiritual formation subject area of personal or ministry interest. They may also sit in on classes, worship and other parts of the Summer Institute for Spiritual Formation.  Learn more about Oasis.

* These courses are part of the Summer Institute Spiritual Formation (SISF). All students are invited to be part of the SISF. All students in SISF will be charged a $60 fee for snacks and retreat day

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