Interterm course descriptions at AMBS
Hybrid courses begin December 16 and end March 1.
They meet on campus January 13-18.
Cultural Hermeneutics (Hybrid) CHM610H
Biennial — Three hours — Andy Brubacher Kaethler
A missional church needs to be able to read and interpret the cultural contexts in which it lives and shares the Gospel message. This course will place cultural hermeneutics in context with, but distinct from, biblical and theological hermeneutics. It will focus primarily on late-modern and postmodern Western culture with special attention to themes such as spectacle and desire, but in doing so will draw on some early church and non-Western resources.
Isaiah (Hybrid) BIB533H
Biennial — Three hours — Ben Ollenburger
The English text of the entire book will be read and studied with a view to its theological coherence and its relation to both diverse historical circumstances and the rest of Scripture. Individual texts will be studied in detail, with an interpretive approach appropriate to both theological reflection and preaching. Particular attention will be given to Isaiah’s creative use of Zion as a symbol of judgment, hope, and transformation.
Campus courses meet January 6 through 24.
Christian Theology 2 HTE528
Annual — Three hours — Gayle Gerber Koontz
The course will examine how Christians have understood the experience and role of the Holy Spirit in relation to tradition; the nature, purpose, and practices of the church inducing a missional understanding of the church in relation to the world, and eschatology—convictions about the destiny of human life and the world in which it is embedded. Prerequisite: Christian Theology 1 or equivalent.
Christian Spirituality for Peace- and Justice-making HTE652
Biennial — Three hours — Ted Koontz
Cross-listed with CHM508
This course assumes an intrinsic and positive relationship between spirituality and active peacemaking. This relationship will be explored through encounters with people who have connected spirituality with social engagement, through theological reflection and discussion, and through the practice of spiritual disciplines.
Christian Ritual in Worship CHM513
Biennial — Two hours — Allan Rudy-Froese
This course explores the role of rituals and ceremonies in congregational life. It equips leaders for guiding rituals in ways that enrich the congregation’s experience of God, foster unity in the body of Christ, and strengthen the church’s witness in the world. Special attention is given to life cycle rituals, such as weddings and funerals; ongoing rituals in congregational life, such as baptism and communion; and rituals for special occasions, such as healing services or times of closure. (This course will meet the first two weeks of Interterm; a third credit hour can be earned with an additional project.)
Theological Education and Formation INT500
One-half hour — Faculty
Students who plan to apply for admissions to the MDiv degree program and advancement to candidacy in MA programs are required to enroll in this seminar. The course introduces students to the theological and spiritual formation aspects of the AMBS curriculum and the educational community.
Ministry Formation Extended INT501-EX
.5 credit hour or 1 credit hour — Rebecca Slough
This course uses students’ participation in a continuing education event, reflection on learning from the event, and the development of a ministry project based on that learning to extend their competency in ministry practice. Students work with a faculty coordinator to create a plan for the course including objectives for assessing their learning and performance. Continuing education events chosen by students must be approved by the Director of Missional Leadership Development or the Dean. The course rectifies discrepancies in hours required for the Ministry Formation sequence for students who began the MDiv program prior to fall 2013 and require courses no longer offered in the curriculum.