Summer courses at AMBS-Kansas Center Plains
Sermon on the Mount GP:BIB520
Occasional — Three hours — Jerry Truex
This course will closely examine the historical, literary, religious, and ethical dimensions of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5–7. No religious text has influenced the world more. It the most quoted text in Mennonite confessions of faith since 1526. This course will address several questions. Why was the Sermon on the Mount written? Should it be called a sermon? What unifying themes or purpose hold it together? How was it understood by the first readers of Matthew’s Gospel? How has it been understood over the centuries by various Christian groups? In what way is it relevant for 21st-century Christians?
Conflict, Communication, and Conciliation GP:CHM633
Annual — Two hours — Kirsten Zerger
Conflict is an inevitable part of interpersonal relationships, including relationships within the church. This course prepares students to navigate interpersonal conflict more fruitfully through a focus on conflict analysis, personal style in conflict, communication skills, conciliation and conflict transformation, and developing spiritual foundations for working with conflict. Emphasis will be placed on training through simulations and role plays. The course is approved by the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration for core mediation training.