Interterm courses at AMBS
They meet on campus January 11-16, 2016, beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Monday.
Greek Exegesis: The Parables BIB612H
Three hours – Mary Schertz
A study of the parables of Matthew, Mark, and Luke that will (1) increase skills in exegesis, (2) provide a set of notes for use in ministry, and (3) develop an understanding of the function of the parables in the gospels. The parables are a unique window into Jesus’s use of imaginative language in order to invite Christian conversion and growth. They are also a window into Jesus’s subversive interests in the dynamics of powerful landowners in an agrarian society—and what all that has to do with the kingdom of God.
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 and to issues of conflict and migration.
History of Christian Spirituality HTE605H
Three hours – Lois Barrett
An introduction to the Christian experience of God through representative figures and movements, in private devotion and public worship, from the post-apostolic era to the present. The focus will be primarily on the churches of the West. Themes covered will include prayer, contemplation, confession, and discipleship. Movements covered include monasticism, late medieval women’s writings, and pietism.
Cultural Hermeneutics CHM610H
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.
Spirituality, Pastoral Care, and Healing CHM638H
Two hours – Tilda Norberg
This course considers spirituality, pastoral counseling, and the church’s ministry of healing as disciplines of pastoral care. It examines and correlates the focus and function of spiritual formation with that of pastoral care and counseling, and explores their place in the church’s concern for healing. Particular attention is given to prayer and rituals related to healing in the church.
Ethics for Organizations HTE542
Three hours — Malinda Berry
Being an ethical organization can take shape in different ways, and this course will focus in on how leadership paradigms set the tone for an organization’s “ethical ethos,” including intercultural competence. How can we uphold the values of leadership that include financial concern for the bottom line and building leadership patterns defined by Christian ethics committed to nonviolence and shalom-justice? Comparing and contrasting the servant leadership and circle process paradigms, students will consider how to use their power and enact their authority nonviolently without undermining their position as leaders to build healthy organizations that value the contributions of every member, participant, employee and/or client.
Strategic Peacebuilding HTE545
Three hours — Janna Hunter-Bowman
The course is a study that will (1) provide an overview of this conceptual framework that integrates scholarly inquiry and praxis; (2) identify critical texts from modern peace research that shape strategic peacebuilding; 3) explore the interdisciplinary character of the framework. Those interested in locating the church, religious communities, and grassroots movements in the broader landscape of peacebuilding will want to take this course.
Touring Egypt: History, Culture and Theology INT540
Three hours — Safwat Marzouk
This traveling course will take the students on a tour along the Nile where Pharaonic, Greco-Roman, Coptic, Islamic, and contemporary cultures interweave to create a complex socioreligious fabric. The primary goals will include 1) exploring the role Egypt played in different biblical traditions; 2) history of Christianity and Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations in Egypt; 3) the church’s witness in light of contemporary sociopolitical challenges. The course will involve orientation work prior to the trip to Egypt, a two-week trip to Egypt, and a time for reflection after returning to AMBS. The rich encounters with Egypt’s history and the inspiring relations with contemporary communities will transform the way you think about the Bible, theology, and the church’s witness. And yes, we will also visit the pyramids and ride on camels! Download a flier for more details.
Mennonite Polity Colloquium GP:CHM536
One hour — TBA
This colloquium focuses on the structure, organizations, governance, foundational documents, vision and goals, decision-making processes, leadership, and identity markers of Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA. Special attention will be given to the integration process (1995–2001) and recent developments, as well as to the relationship of area conferences and churches to the denominations.