"Let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest-time, if we will not give up." Galatians 6:9
The following classes are offered through ABSW during Summer 2013 and are open to degree and special students and to the generatl public.
BIBLICAL CHARACTERS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE - BSOT-3500 (3.0 units)
Book of Ruth-Text & Modern Contexts
Monday- Friday 6:10-9:40 pm (two-week evening intensive)
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ETHICS IN FILM - CERS-5040 (3.0 units)
The relationship between theology and film is an interfaith dialogue. Accordingly, film is able to help us think more imaginatively about the meaning, value and attitude of Christian life. This is a seminar style course which focuses on theological and socio-ethical reflection on films. It is not about film theories or filmography. The participants in the class are expected to view some films for learning, inquiring, writing, and sharing themes and issues. And after viewing a film, each student is asked to write a review/reflection papers. DMin and upper level masters students.
Monday-Friday 6:10pm-9:40 pm (two week evening intensive)
MINISTRY AND MENTAL HEALTH - PS-2108 (1.5 units)
Peter Yuichi Clark
In the United States, it is reported that persons who are facing mental illnesses consult a clergyperson for help more often than any other profession. To help prepare themselves for these careseeking encounters, students will learn about commonly diagnosed mental illnesses (e.g., depression, borderline personality, schizophrenia, bipolar), explore their own personal/cultural/familial awarenesses about mental health and illness, engage in theological reflection on illness and healing, and practice strategies for offering spiritual care with persons dealing with mental disorders. Course format includes discussions, lectures, simulated
pastoral encounters, films, and student presentations. Evaluation will be based on class participation, reflection papers, and a case study. [20 max enrollment]
Monday-Friday 6:10pm-9:45 pm (one week evening intensive)
Location: ABSW - Berkeley
POWER, POLITICS AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN RELIGION - DM-6075 (3.0 units)
This course will explore some of the most important recent trends in American religion with a particular focus on how these trends dovetail with the dynamics of power and the possibilities for political influence operative within the United States today. To advance this aim, we will do a careful reading of Robert Putnam and David Campbell's timely and important book American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us (Simon & Schuster, 2010) and supplement this work with a modest number of relevant articles. In the process of investigating these texts, certain topics will arise that should prove to be of particular interest to D.Min. students and about which this course will serve as a useful introduction. These include: sociological research methods for studying religion (e.g., survey, in-depth interview, etc.); key conceptual categories (e.g., power, culture, etc.); influential theoretical frameworks (e.g., secularization theory, political process theory, etc.); and so forth. Format: lecture; discussion; some documentary footage. Requirements: class preparation, attendance, and participation; a final paper due within one month of the class's completion.
LEADERSHIP IN URBAN COMMUNITIES – DM-5050 (3.0 units)
The course is designed to acquaint participants with the socio-cultural dynamics that affect the quality of life, inform theology and challenge the manner in which ministry is conducted in our urban world. Using the San Francisco Bay Area as a case study, an analysis of the urban context and ministry strategies will be examined through multi-disciplinary readings, discussions, interviews with community leaders, and site visits. Required for ABSW DMin students.
Location: DMin Cohort in Los Angeles - First Baptist Church of LA
21ST CENTURY MINISTRY – DM–6042 (3.0 units)
Hyo Shick Pai
This course offers the 21st century contemporary ministry with the various issues which are directly related to church ministry and Christian life. All the selected issues are going to be examined and concluded according to the biblical
principles. All the Scriptures are viewed as the primary sources while dealing with the changing modes of values and Christian life standards, introducing the methods of integration between faith and practice in the changing world, the
21st century. The selected issues are: (1) Ministry for the Contexualization of the Christian life in the changing world; (2) the Bible-based Ministry; (3) Keeping Christ in Ministry; (3) Spirit-filled Leadership Ministry; (4) Mentoring Ministry through Christian Education; and (5) Eschatological Ministry.
ECCLESIOLOGY - DM-6041 (3.0 units)
Contact: Hyo Shick Pai
This course offers the Doctrine of the Church, dealing with various issues: (1) Nature of the church; (2) Function of the Church; (3) Purpose of the Church; and (4) Missions of the Church. Besides of the selected topics, other issues are going to be taught in relation to the changing standards by worldly views on the principles of the church. All the issues are discussed according to the principles of the Scriptures. The purpose of this course is to help students understand the reason why the church is existed, expecting to motivate, encourage, and aid them to develop their sound theological formation from the dogma of the church.
Persons outside ABSW/GTU:
Download and complete the "Auditors/CEU/Special Student Status Form" found in the left column of our Application page. Mail/Email/Fax as instructed on the form. You will be contacted by the Admissions office to complete registration and payment.
For further questions, contact the ABSW Office of Admissions at 510.841.1905 x229 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that some courses have limited spaces for non-degree persons, so register early.