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WYP1111HF - Life Together: Christian Formation
This pass/fail first-term required course presents an overview of living the Christian faith in community, with an emphasis on spiritual formation for leadership. It places this overview within the context of the church's visible witness and an understanding of its mission as participation in Christ's mission. It hopes to help students think through the intersection of contemporary motions of spirituality and piety and the Christian life lived in the community of the church, with its disciplines and practice. It also hopes to begin to prepare students for continued growth and formation in Christ, through the gifts the church offers, as they begin to be trained and formed as Christian leaders. Tutorial will run from 10:00-11:00
WYP1501HF - Boundaries & Bridges: Care of Self, Care of Others (previously Basics of Pastoral & Personal Care)
This course builds and replenishes the inner resources that are essential to providing effective, ethically responsible pastoral care. This course introduces students to the basics both of attending to their own wellness and to providing pastoral care to others. The class format is a combination of theoretical/ conceptual learning as well as experiential skills training and practice
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 8 · Max: 15
WYP1615HF - International Development: Global Issues, Power & Players
This course provides an overview and introduction to global issues, power and players at the heart of international development. As an overview to the macro features, challenges and practices of the humanitarian aid and assistance wor1d, the course helps students build a platform for understanding the field's numerous dimensions and complexity. History, worldviews, approaches and actors are explored across the international development spectrum, as are the patterns and lenses of several Christian perspectives. Understanding is built around the nature and dynamics of poverty and power, and their relationships to the spectrum of development approaches and practices, along with the roles of international agencies, governments, and civil society players in working with the marginalized and vulnerable. Students engage in the sectorial, technical and thematic challenges faced by development organizations in a range of settings. Key features of the course include focus on: - Overview of the development studies world and research methods - Worldviews, meanings and values in international development - Understanding development history - The Millennium Development Goals - The state of human development: UNDP HDR, World Bank Development Report - Poverty and development -definitions, causes, alternative models, biblical perspectives - Adult Learning Approaches: Pedagogy & Development - Understanding the development spectrum: theories and practices - Global, State and Private Actors - Multilateral actors: UN Conventions, CRC, IFis-SAPs, debt - Civil Society: Grassroots and Local Development - Mainstream, alternative and grassroots definitions and solutions - Development that transforms: holistic approaches, the place of spirituality.
Residents of urban at-risk communities often have ministry done to them by well-meaning people. Organizations (non-profits, churches, government, etc.) swoop in with money, people and resources and tell the community what they need. Playgrounds are erected overnight, murals painted over, or gardens appear without anyone asking the people who live there what they want. The message that no one listens is reinforced in their minds. God's concept of "shalom" is not one of doing to people but one of inviting people to participate in their own community development. Students in this course will develop the skills necessary to engage a local community. This approach is guided through the development tools of community assessment (listening to the community) and project design, monitoring and evaluation (responding with the community to a limitation). At the end of this course students will have the skills necessary to involve the community in its own restoration.
An introduction to the art of planning and leading the liturgy, including pastoral offices, in the Anglican Church of Canada. Acquaintance with the current liturgical trends in the Anglican Church of Canada and with general principles of liturgical leadership. Ability to plan Morning Prayer and Holy Communion according to the Book of Common Prayer and the Book of Alternative Services. Class sessions include lectures, discussion and student field reports. Class participation, readings, multiple choice exam.
Schedule: Wednesday, 9:00 to 11:00 Tutorial. W 11-12.
Enrollment Notes: Tutorial to follow class from 11:00 to 12 noon
WYP2210HF - Benedictine Spirituality & Foundations of New Monasticism
St. Benedict's "Little Rule", written in the fourth century, is the primary source of Anglican spirituality, liturgy and ecclesiology. Since the mid-twentieth century it has had a profound influence on the "New Monasticism", Fresh Expressions, and the Emergence movement. The course will examine the historical roots of Benedictine spirituality in the desert tradition, the spread of the Benedictinetradition across Europe and the British Isles, the clash between the Roman Benedictine tradition and Celtic spirituality, the profound influence of Benedictine liturgy during the English Reformation especially in the shaping of the Book of Common Prayer, and the influence of Benedict's Rule on the development of Anglican and ecumenical religious communities. As we follow the tradition into the 20th and 21st centuries we will examine the increasing interest in Benedictine monastic spirituality among lay people, and the evolution of monastic life into the "mixed economy" of traditional and emerging "new monastic" communities and fresh expressions of monasticism.
Schedule: Tuesday, 19:00 to 21:00
Instructors: Sr Constance Joanna Gefvert
Course Syllabus: Click here to see the course syllabus
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
WYP2301HF - Basics of Preaching
The student will develop a theological framework regarding the character and place of preaching in the life of a local Church. This includes the place of the Church within the mission of God, the importance of analyzing and engaging with the way culture shapes the local community, and the understanding of what it means to be faithful to God in the way we handle the biblical text. The student will also learn to identify and implement the basic skills that are foundational to preaching. Weekly reading, listening to sermons by a variety of preachers, class participation, preparation, delivery and critique of sermons. Tutorial 11-12.
Clergy and lay leaders often encounter people struggling to cope with psychological difficulties. It is important that they be able to recognize common psychological problems and have the basic skills to respond constructively and compassionately. This is not a counseling course; it provides psychological knowledge key to providing effective pastoral care. The course is offered in seminar format, and course evaluations will be based on a set of written assignments and a group presentation.
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 10 · Max: 30
WYP2560HF - Church Planting & Fresh Expressions of Church
Beginning new churches to serve areas and cultures where no church exists is a historic expression of the missio dei. The practice begins in the Book of Acts and has continued through Christian history, but is currently taking fresh and sometimes unconventional forms in Western society. This course lays foundations for church planting and fresh expressions of church in scripture and theology, and then looks at contemporary practice through exposure to current resources and practitioners. Requirements include book reviews, field observation, and a detailed church planting proposal.
This course will consider definitions of Gospel, church and culture, and some of the different ways Christians have historically understood the relationship between the three. We will consider worldviews as a tool for understanding cultures, and look specifically at what the shift from modernity to post modernity means for the church and its mission. The course will include Biblical material, reference to the experience of overseas missionaries, and expressions of contemporary culture such as movies. These will form the backdrop for discussion about what it means to be a missional church in contemporary North America. Lectures, guest speakers, class discussion. Evaluation: book reports, journal, movie report, paper.
Reviews the challenges faced by urban development facilitators today. Engages urbanisation and migration across the planet (especially the global South), the data on urban poverty, and today's blurring of rural and urban into a continuous, dynamic rural-urban continuum. Looks at the role of NGOs, churches and other partners in working with the urban poor, and reviews a range of urban community-based development approaches. Also considers the five types of urban communities, the new physics
Schedule: Thursday 9:00 -11:00
Instructors: David Kupp
Course Syllabus: Click here to see the course syllabus
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
WYP1501HS - Boundaries & Bridges: Care of Self, Care of Others (previously Basics of Pastoral & Personal Care)
Personal wellness builds and replenishes the inner resources that are essential to providing effective, ethically responsible pastoral care. This course introduces students to the basics both of attending to their own wellness and to providing pastoral care to others. The class format is a combination of theoretical/conceptual learning as well as experiential skills training and practice. Grades are based on the evaluation of students' written assignments and audio/video taped demonstrations of the basic skills of pastoral care learned over the course of the semester.
WYP1609HS - Community Development: The Art of Facilitation and Workshop Design
At the core of every community developer is a commitment to transformational teaching which unleashes with in people the competencies to change their local community. Individual and group learning is possible when community members are treated with respect, fell sage to explore new ideas and can readily apply new learning to their present context. Base on both the theory and practice of adult learning and the biblical principle of discipleship, participants will step closer to peace and well-being.
This course is also valuable for lay and ordained leaders in the church who may be called to lead adult Christian education courses, focus groups or other organizational meetings.
WYP1610HS - The Church, The Faith and Our World (previously Leading Missional Congregations)
Exploration of leadership and ministry in the context of a theological understanding of the nature of the Church and the scope of its ministry. Weekly readings, class participation, critical review assignments, book review, major paper.
WYP1616HS – Poverty, Development & Transformation II: Introduction to Global & Local Issues, Power & Players
This course is Part 2 of an introduction and overview to the issues and practices of community development, as practiced locally and internationally. It continues to develop students' knowledge, attitudes and skills as required for effective local and global engagement. Contemporary issues and subjects are explored across the international development spectrum, as viewed through the patterns and lenses of several Christian perspectives. Students engage in an overview of possible approaches to theology and development, and review the sectoral, technical and thematic challenges faced by development facilitators in a range of settings. Evaluation includes papers, reflection, research participation and term project. Prerequisite: WYP1615HF (Poverty, Development, Transformation Part 1).
WYP2111HS Christian Worship: Foundation, Framework & Freedom Building on theological, biblical and historical foundations, students will explore both the function and framework of Christian worship as it is lived out in a particular context. Students will be equipped to reflect theologically on the scope, shape and practices of worship and apply that as a foundation for shaping and being shaped by the ministry of word and sacrament in the context of the community gathered and the community sent.
A missional spirituality is, "an attentive and active engagement of embodied love for God and neighbour expressed from the inside out." (Helland and Hajalmarson, 2011). In modern spiritualities the interior life of personal devotion is emphasised. A needed corrective is our recovery of the outward movement of God into the world: missio Dei. The life of devotion and mission are inseparable. We are formed by the Spirit in community for the sake of others, where inner life both forms and feeds mission. Requirements include book reviews, a reflective journal, and an integrative paper.
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit · Max: 30
WYP2636HS - Rooted in God: Personal Prayer as the Soil of Ministry
This course focuses on personal contemplative prayer as essential for our relationship with God and the soil out of which healthy and effective ministry grows. The course covers Biblical teaching on prayer; the contemplative tradition arising from the early desert fathers and mothers; spirituality, theology and psychology of prayer; and various Christian traditions of prayer including lectio divina, Ignatian prayer, other forms of scripture prayer, centering prayer, Christian meditation, and the awareness examen. The course concludes with suggestions for planting and growing a prayer-based parish ministry. Lectures, small group and plenary sharing, and practicum. Two reflection papers and a final paper designing a course to be taught in a ministry seeting. Also self-evaluation based on a learning covenant ons of prayer including lectio divina, Ignatian prayer, other forms of scripture prayer, centering prayer, Christian meditation, and the awareness examen. The course concludes with suggestions for planting and growing a prayer-based parish ministry. Lectures, small group and plenary sharing, and practicum. Two reflection papers and a final paper designing a course to be taught in a ministry seeting. Also self-evaluation based on a learning covenant which includes a daily prayer requirement. This course will be held at St. John's Convent, 223 Cummer Ave., North York. Schedule: Saturday, 9:00 to 16:00 Jan 9, 30, (Feb 13 Optional day), Feb 20, Mar 12, Apr 2.
Instructors: Sr. Constance Joanna Gefvert
Course Syllabus: Click here to see the course syllabus
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Max: 20
WYP2672HS - Ministry of Evangelism
An introduction to the theology and practice of evangelism in contemporary society. We will look critically at different evangelistic practices in light of scripture and culture, and consider how healthy evangelism might affect leadership, parish life, worship, preaching, lay ministry, outreach programs and personal relationships. Requirements include book reviews, field work, and an integrative paper.