Fall 2019 Courses

Graduate-level courses :

(anyone may take, just email us for permission)

M5705 Interfaith Leadership
Instructor: Holli Emore, M.Div.
Course Dates: September 9 – December 15, 2019
Class Meetings: Wednesdays, 8:00 PM ET
Course Description:
Religions both unites and divides us in today’s multicultural and constantly changing society. The modern interfaith movement is said to have started at the 1893 Parliament of World Religions with religious groups meeting and getting to know each other, many for the first time. But recognizing the explosion of diversity students will encounter after graduation, has prompted growing numbers of universities to add curricula requirements which provide interreligious awareness and interfaith leadership skills. Interfaith leadership is a highly-interactive and experiential semester of community as well as self- exploration which recognizes the ways that religion and interreligious encounters are embedded in today’s cultural, political and economic systems, analyzes the intersections of religions and society in order to improve outcomes, and allows the student to develop a personal theology of interfaith cooperation.
Required Reading:
Patel, E. Interfaith Leadership: A Primer. Beacon press, 2016.
Patel, E. Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America. Beacon Press, 2016.
Putnam, R.D. & Feldstein, L. Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. Simon and Shuster, 2000.

C5141 Introduction to Pagan Theology
Instructor: Christine Hoff-Kraemer, Ph.D.
Course Dates: September 9 – December 15, 2019
Class Meetings: Mondays, 9:00 PM ET
Course Description: Theology – the study of Deity – calls us to make connections between reason and experience, history and contemporary life, and between our own traditions and practices and those of others. It is something we do – a practice by which we grow in deeper understanding of our relationships with the divine and others, not a matter of mere theory. In this class, we will explore and refine our personal theologies through encounters with significant voices in Paganism, the Western occult tradition, and earth-centered and feminist Christianity/post-Christianity, as well as develop expertise with theological terminology. Students will develop skills to engage in informed and intelligent theological discussions with clergy from other religious traditions.
Prerequisite: C5101 Ethics and Boundaries or C5121 Contemporary Global Paganisms OR permission of the instructor.
Required Reading:
Kraemer, Christine Hoff. Seeking The Mystery: An Introduction to Pagan Theologies. Patheos Press, 2012, and one additional book chosen from a list that will be distributed in class.

C5131 Spiritual Formation: Soul Work
Instructor: Deirdre Rogers, Ph.D.
Course Dates: September 9 – December 15, 2019
Class Meetings: Thursdays, 9:00 PM ET
Course Description: This course links theory and practice in personal spiritual growth, philosophy of formation and Pagan ministry in a way that is academically informed, honors the earth and sentient life, and is communally relevant. This core course focuses on a holistic spirituality – nurturing body, mind and soul life, creating a dialogue between those practices of tradition, personal health and relationships, and the concerns of ministry. The spiritual quest is the work of the human person engaging the life force and the soul enlivening one’s life. This course places creativity at the center of what the spiritual question means for each student as our means of investigation, practice and reflection.
Required Reading:  Higgenbotham, Joyce and River, Pagan Spirituality: A Guide to Personal Transformation. 2006, Llewellyn Publications.

Insights 4-week courses:

Witches on Screen: an overview of the construction of witches and witchcraft in American cinema and tv
Instructor: Heather Greene, MA
Course Dates: Monday, Sept. 9 – Sunday, Oct. 6
Class Meetings: Tuesdays, 8:00 PM ET
Course Description: this course will provide an overview of the witch and of witchcraft in American cinema and television. We will look at both narrative and visual representation within a socio-political context, including the influence of contemporary witches and Pagans. Each week will look at the witches found in a particular genre: 1. Historical fiction and the Western 2. High Fantasy 3. Comedy 4. Horror
Required Reading:
Greene, Heather, Bell, Book and Camera: A Critical History of Witches in American Film and Television. McFarland & Co. 2018.

Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Pagan religions
Instructor: Katherine Bayne, MA
Course Dates: Monday, Oct. 7 – Sunday, Nov. 3
Class Meetings: Tuesdays, 8:00 PM ET
Course Description: A review of Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Pagan Religions, as well as a survey of how they have impacted our beliefs today. Special attention will be given to corresponding modern interpretations (i.e. Ancient Greek views and the Aurum Solis, Egyptian views and the Kemetic Orthodoxy, Celtic views and modern Wicca or Celtic Reconstructionist, etc.)
Required Reading: Will be provided. 

Principles of Counseling the Bereaved in the Community
Instructor: Katherine Bayne, MA
Course Dates: Monday, Nov. 4 to Sunday, Dec. 1
Class Meetings: Saturdays, 7:00 PM ET
Course Description: A course designed for those in pastoral work, principles of tending to the needs of the bereaved in a variety of setting: pastoral and counseling intervention, community happenstance, coven groups and others. Week 1 reviews basic principles. Week 2 covers grief as it appears in community settings. Week 3 covers techniques to be used in the circumstances mentioned. Week 4 wraps up with specific concerns in bereavement counseling NMR communities.
Required Reading: Robert A. Neimeyer, Techniques of Grief Therapy (Series in Death, Dying and Bereavement), 1st edition.

Seidh, Galdor and Craeft: An Introduction to Germanic Magic
Instructor: Diana Paxson
Course dates: Monday, Nov. 4 to Sunday, Dec. 1
Class meetings: Tuesdays, 8:00 PM Eastern
Course description: Overview of Germanic magic and cosmology; spell craft and rune work; household magic; soul work.
Required Reading: TBA
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