We are engaging in thoughtful discussion, embracing religious doubt, actively recovering from spiritual estrangement, and undergoing changes to our beliefs. These courses are designed to curate real, accessible, theological learning in small cohorts.
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Each eight-week course is only $299.
We want to offer you real, accessible theological learning with these courses. This commitment means seeking out guest faculty that are experts in their field to teach and fairly paying them for their instruction. We think this is a unique opportunity for a local church to offer and have intentionally priced these courses much less than a Seminary level course. We think each course's ideas and discussions will be worth at least $299 to your theological education. We hope this then impacts your soul personally and enlivens your spiritual framework in the world.
That being said, we will also give every willing learner the chance to participate.
What does this mean? We recognize that some learners will be able to pay full tuition for the course and others will not.
We will not allow anyone's financial situation to prohibit their participation in any course.
The bottom line is: we want to give you a seat in the class for whatever you can afford even if it's nothing at this time. Use the link below to discuss with us whatever you are willing and able to pay even if it's $1. If you are a part of the Holy Family community you may have the opportunity to volunteer in some way during the class duration (maybe it's data entry, picking up coffee for church, helping pop-up on a Sunday morning, etc).
By contracting with theologians, we think you'll have a better learning environment. By offering every learner a spot even if they are unable to pay full tuition, we think we'll have a better learning community.
So. Enroll and join us. We can't wait to learn with you.
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Fall 2019 Courses
Take the Bible Seriously but not Literally
Mondays, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Begins October 7 - December 2
Led by @fatherbreeze
M.Div. from Duke University
"God said it, I believe it, that settles it." If you've ever felt that this way of thinking is unsatisfying or cheapens the beautiful thing that the Bible is…we think so too. We face troubling, confusing, and confounding ideas in the Scriptures. When we read these texts, we must deploy reading strategies to aid us. The most popular Bible reading strategies ultimately tell us that we are either stuck with the Scriptures, or, we must-ethically-move on without the Scriptures.
If we are stuck with the Scriptures…does this mean we must suspend other learnings from science, and commitments to inclusion, equity, and liberation? If we move on without the Scriptures…doesn’t this feel like we’ve lost something of vital identity and importance?
For five sessions we will explore serious-but-not-literal reading strategies that neither force us to feel stuck with the Scriptures nor encourage us to move on without them. In the final three sessions we will apply these reading strategies to Scriptures concerning: Violence in the Bible; Gender & Human Sexuality; and Slavery.
This is a core-foundations course.
Introduction to Liberation Theologies
Tuesdays, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Begins October 8 - November 26
Led by The Rev. Dr. Cleve V. Tinsley IV
Ph.D. from Rice University
Various theological discourses, newer forms of “god-talk,” emerged in the twentieth century based upon the experiences, concerns, and needs of historically oppressed groups. The perspectives provided by these discourses sought to address the “doings and sufferings” of these communities, and more positively—properly—received the appellation liberation theology. It would be impossible to give attention to all of the developments in liberation theology during our brief time this semester.
Consequently, this course will only seek to acquaint participants with particular examples of liberation theology within the North American context, giving particular attention to the sociopolitical, historical, and cultural contexts that shaped them.
This course is discussion driven. These conversations will be shaped by participant interests and concerns and will be guided by the instructor. Our discussions will involve various formulations of group conversations. These discussions will explore particular themes and ideas (e.g., notions of salvation, sin, and humanity) developed in these theological traditions. Participants are also encouraged to analyze contemporary religious movements in light of these themes and ideas.
Mondays, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Begins October 7 - November 25
Led by Dr. Cole Jodon
Ph.D. from Aberdeen University
For many Christians throughout time, the question of how one is saved has been a central and defining question for faith. The interesting truth is that the church has never definitively come to a conclusion on the exact details of salvation. That Christ saves has long been assumed within Christian thought, but a definitive account of salvation has never been established.
The course examines eight major models of salvation: recapitulation, satisfaction, liberation, and more. Over the course of this study, we will consider significant soteriological questions like: How do we grapple with the idea that there are many models of salvation? Are any of these models compatible with one another? Is there a single true model of salvation? Can more than one model be true? Is one model perhaps truer than the rest? What would that mean for the other models? By the end of the course, participants will have a firm grasp of a wide swath of soteriological thought.