Curriculum & Course Descriptions
Curriculum Snapshot Overview:
- Reconsider common understandings of the Old Testament story of Creation and the subsequent separation of Humanity from the Created Order.
- Rebuild a Christian practice and lifestyle of cooperation with the Created Order.
- Immerse students in a formational experience of natural Creation and the practices of simplicity and sabbath.
- Reconsider worldviews that are rooted in dispensationalism and insufficient Kingdom Justice theology.
- Rebuild an ethic for EarthKeeping that is rooted in the mutuality of Trinitarian community.
- Equip students to contextualize this ethic pastorally in their local communities.
- Immerse students in a formational experience of the effects of communal and systemic sin.
Green - Fall/Spring, 3 credits
Course Title: Theology and Stewardship of Creation
This course seeks to wrestle with Old Testament theologies of Creation, stewardship and the role of humanity in the Created Order. Students will engage the history and development of these ideas within the Church, and consider how this legacy relates to the current state of the world. Students will explore Sabbath economics and the spiritual disciplines of Sabbath-keeping and simplicity.
Green - Summer, 3 credits
Course Title: Theology and Ethics of the Land
This course immerses student in the natural world during a five-day retreat. Students will abide in Creation and experience the beauty and hope of our immanent God. They will consider a Native American understanding of the land and the relationship between science and faith. They will engage current issues such as agriculture, conservation, land use and consumption of natural resources.
Blue - Fall/Spring, 3 credits
Course Title: Eschatology, New Creation and Communal Ethics
This course addresses New Testament theologies of eschatology, Trinitarian community, soteriology, and Jesus' Kingdom. By considering the historical currents of these theologies, students will identify how this legacy relates to the current state of the world. Students will engage communal ethics and the role of the local Christian church in addressing ecological issues.
Blue - Summer, 3 credits
Course Title: Poverty and Restorative Earthkeeping
This course immerses students during a five-day retreat that illustrates the integral relationships between earthkeeping, global systems and issues such racism, sexism and poverty. Students encounter the tension between the devastating nature of these relationships and the potential and hope for restoration in the Created Order.