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Online Summer Courses 2020 

If you are a new student contact Veva Mumaw, director of admissions at to register. 

SMCL 521 Teaching for Christian Community

Schedule: May 18-22, May 26-29, 2 – 4:30 pm Please contact the instructor if you are interested in adjusting these course  meeting dates. The online format allows for scheduling flexibility if it suits all students enrolled in the course.
Instructor: Sarah Bixler

What role does pedagogical practice play in cultivating community? Utilizing an experiential learning model, this  course combines theory, practice and reflection to explore the possibilities and challenges of teaching for Christian community. A basic foundation in educational theory will be established. Anabaptist theology and practices will guide the consideration of key issues such as learning, authority, mutuality and harm in  community. John’s presentation of Jesus’ theology of friendship and pedagogical formation of community will serve as a biblical guide for reflection.

BVOT 661 Wisdom Literature 

Schedule: May 11 - 29,  8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Andrea D. Saner

Students explore wisdom as literary genre, ancient practice and theological virtue.  The course will address the biblical books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, and students will study the book of Job in depth.

CM 538 Global Christianity

Schedule: May 15-22,  Friday, Saturday, Monday - Friday  9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Instructor: James Krabill

This course will examine the history, missionary dynamics and current changing demographics of the Christian church worldwide. Beginning with several biblical reflections, the study will trace the expansion of the Christian movement, explore the impact of the Western colonial encounter, highlight growing efforts to embrace contextualized forms of the faith, and examine case studies of specific issues facing the church in different parts of the world. Students will have the opportunity to explore regional developments in diverse geographical settings or examine in more depth particular issues of special interest to them, such as interfaith conversations, role of women in the church, worship trends, or the witness of the church in word and deed.

SMCL 561 Ministry in Times of Trauma

Schedule: May 26-29, June 1-5,  9 am to 12 pm
Instructor: Mary Thiessen Nation

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.

Summer Institute for Spiritual Formation

Schedule: June 15-26
Instructors: Kevin Clark, Sandy Wenger

Learn more about summer institute courses and schedule.

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