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Summer Courses

Courses during the summer of 2020 will be offered online only.  Non-JST students are encouraged to enroll in our online summer courses by submitting an application for non-degree seeking status.


How might a healthy balance between deep care for music as art, general understanding of music basics for non-musician administrators, and robust people management skills help grow a flourishing music ministry program? Through an online course format involving pre-recorded lecture, discussion forums, listening, and actual singing practice via virtual tools, this course will introduce and examine a practical application of music aesthetics in relation to Christian prayer, the Catholic liturgy, and the tools needed to realistically manage a music program. Course evaluation will consist of responses to pre-recorded lectures, online discussion forums, a music journal, a written paper, the preparation and virtual presentation of a music plan that could actually be used, and a final exam.

Instructor: Christoher Wemp
Dates: June 15 - July 17, 2020

Exegetical and theological study of Paul's letters as expressions of an early Christian contextual theology. Location of each letter in the Pauline corpus. Survey of theological themes with emphasis on their contemporary relevance. Video podcasts. Discussion forums/short assignments/research paper. This course is intended for MDiv/MTS/MA/STL students.

Instructor: Jean-Francois Racine
Dates: June 8 - July 3, 2020

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ, wrote: "God is not remote from us. He is at the point of my pen, my pick, my paintbrush, my needle — and my heart and my thoughts." This course explores the spirituality of creative inspiration and expression, our own and others, not only in art but in life. In this course, we will consider creativity as vocation, as a spiritual response and responsibility, as contemplation-in-action, and as prophetic service in the world. Our main questions will be: What do we make from that which is given? And, how are we individually and collectively called to leave things better than we find them? This online course will culminate in either an academic paper or creative project in which students will bring their own creative experience into dialog with selected course readings, discussions, online projects, and virtual gallery visits.

Instructor: Carrie Rehak
Dates: June 1- July 12, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused our churches to close and has required us to rethink how we, as the Body of Christ continue to do ministry, in particular, how we continue to effectively preach the Word of God to the people of God who are unable to gain access to the worship spaces they are most familiar with. As a result, priests, preachers, and pastors have had to learn, willingly and unwillingly, to access the technology at their fingertips in order to continue to provide ministry to their congregations during these challenging times. The main objective of this class is to assist students with becoming comfortable preaching in a digital age by identifying and accessing the tools at their disposal. Course meetings will include lectures, videos, and guest appearance(s) from preachers whose ministry are primarily digitally based.

Instructor: Tanisha Sparks
Dates: June 15 - June 24, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.