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2018 Spring Courses

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The 2018 spring semester begins Tuesday, January 16th.

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Course Descriptions

Education of Christians (3 credits)
with Hosffman Ospino
The history of the church's educational ministry serves to enlighten its present pastoral praxis. Students in this course read original and classical documents as a treasury of wisdom for religious education and pastoral ministry. The course will closely parallel the history of theology, of the church, and of Western education.
Wednesdays, 4:00pm - 6:20pm

Just Sustainability (3 credits)
with Andrea Vicini, S.J.
Sustainability is one of the global challenges facing humankind and its survival. Avoiding apocalyptic rhetoric, the course studies both what threatens and what promotes sustainable conditions of life on the planet. Hence, from its ethical standpoint, the course analyzes the issues that concern both the environment and human agency, locally and globally. It also analyzes individual, institutional, and collective practices that aim at promoting just sustainability around the world. The course?s theological perspective is interdisciplinary and integrates contributions from sciences, human experience, biblical scholarship, theological insights and debates (both Catholic and Protestant), and the Catholic Magisterium.
Fridays, 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Church and Interreligious Dialogue (3 credits)
with Catherine Cornille
Dialogue between religions has become one of the urgent yet intractable challenges of our time. In this course, we will focus on the engagement of the Catholic Church and Catholic theologians in interreligious dialogue. The first part of the course will deal with topical issues, such as the history of, and the theological foundations for dialogue, intermonastic dialogue, scriptural reasoning, etc. The second part will focus on the particular dialogues between Christianity and Islam, Christianity and Judaism, Christianity and Hinduism, and Christianity and Buddhism.
Mondays, 3:00pm- 5:00pm

Culturally and Multiculturally Competent Pastoral Care and Counseling (3 credits)

with William Roozeboom
Each human being is multilayered, complex, and culturally embedded. Simultaneously, each person is like all others as a universal level (as a human being), like some others at a communal level (as a member of larger groups such as race and gender), and like no other at a personal level (unique and particular). To be ethical and effective, practices of pastoral care and counseling must attend to all three layers of identity (universal, communal, and personal) and be mindful of contextuality and particularity. Therefore, this course presents an approach of cultural and contextual awareness and analysis as a way to enrich practices of pastoral care and counseling. Emphasis is given to one's ability to examine the influences of culture of norms and values, power dynamics, self-awareness, and issues of relational justice. Students will learn to deconstruct culturally informed value-laden biases in one's own culture and reconstruct just, multi-culturally competent way of providing past care.
Wednesdays, 1:00pm - 3:50pm

Pastoral Care of the Family
with Melissa Kelley
This course presents specific topics that are important for effective and compassionate pastoral care of families today. We will examine challenging realities that may shape and/or disturb families and lead members to seek pastoral care, such as domestic violence, substance abuse, imprisonment of a family member, grief and loss, and family caregiver stress. We will consider the specific needs of families affected by injustices and harsh difficulties such as poverty and immigrant/refugee status. We will consider the specific roles and strategies of the pastoral caregiver and the faith community in helping families to negotiate challenges and create stability and well-being.
Fridays, 9:00am - 12:00pm

one-credit modules

Leadership for Ministry (1 credit)
with Jacqueline Regan, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and James Gartland, S.J., Rector, St. Peter Faber Jesuit Community
In this one-credit module, students will engage with leadership models, styles, and skills that are essential for effective leadership in a variety of ministerial settings. Particular attention will be given to the spirituality of leadership, identifying one's own strengths and areas of growth, team development, collaboration, the art and skill of dialogue, the role of discernment and data in decision-making, and leading for change.
The class will meet 4:00-6:30 p.m. on the following Wednesdays:
January 24, February 7, February 28, March 14, April 4, and April 18

Prenuptial Investigation and Preparation (1 credit)

with James Conn, S.J.
This one-credit module will survey various programs of preparation for marriage in the Catholic Church, with ample attention to mixed (ecumenical) and interreligious marriages. Various roles and levels of involvement of already married couples, lay ecclesial ministers, and clergy will be surveyed. Problems arising from prior unions will be considered. The content of prenuptial investigation forms and dispensation petitions and the method of completing them will be explained. Various options for the celebration of marriage will be presented including the involvement of non-Catholic ministers.
The class will meet over two weekends: Feb 9 & 10 and Feb 16 & 17, 2018. Friday 5-8 pm and Saturday 9-3 pm which includes a one hour break for lunch. Participants attend both weekends.

to register for a spring course

If you have previously taken courses at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, please contact the Admissions Office in order to register: or 617-552-6506.

If you have never taken courses with us before, we ask for the following application materials:

Application form
Application fee
Personal statement
Resume or curriculum vitae
Official transcripts

If you have any questions about these materials, do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Office.