Theological Studies (TS) courses

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TS 600-level courses

TS 600 - Thinking Theologically (0.50) - LEC

Consideration of the various disciplines, approaches, issues and methodologies that inform graduate theological studies.

TS 601 - Special Topics in Theological Studies (0.50) - LEC

Students may request permission to participate in a senior undergraduate course and complete graduate level requirements as specified in a separate syllabus. Students in the coursework and applied options may be given permission to take up to three courses in this way. Formerly MTS 601 A-Z. Instructor consent required.

TS 603 - Intermediate Biblical Hebrew (0.50) - LEC 

This course is intended for students whose major area of research will be Hebrew Scripture and who have at least two terms of Hebrew studies.
Instructor consent required.

TS 607 - Intermediate Biblical Greek (0.50) - LEC

This course is intended for students whose major area of research will be Greek Scripture and who have successfully completed at least two terms of Greek Studies. Formerly MTS 521 - New Testament Greek. Instructor consent reuired.

TS 610 - Reading and Teaching the Old Testament (0.50) - LEC 

A study of the literary genres, the history of composition, and the canonization of the Old Testament texts. The course will examine various hermeneutical approaches to the Old Testament, focusing on their implications for Christian theological interpretation. It will introduce some methods of teaching the Old Testament in various settings.

TS 611 - Reading and Teaching the New Testament (0.50) - LEC 

A study of the literary genres, the history of composition, and the canonization of the New Testament texts. The course will examine various hermeneutical approaches to the New Testament, focusing on their implications for Christian theological interpretation. It will introduce some methods of teaching the New Testament in various settings.

TS 613 - Special Topics in Old Testament Themes (0.50) - LEC 

An analysis and discussion of selected ethical, ritual, sociological, or theological issues recurrent in Hebrew Scripture, with attention to their historical meanings and contemporary relevance. Formerly MTS 513 - Old Testament Themes.

TS 617 - Unity and Diversity in the New Testament (0.50) - LEC 

A study of both distinctive and shared ways authors of the New Testament view Jesus, law, ministry, authority, worship, and Jewish and Gentile traditions. Formerly MTS - 517.

TS 619 - The Bible and Peace (0.50) - LEC 

An examination of diverse biblical views of peace in relation to war, justice, and salvation with attention to their relevance for the contemporary quest for peace. Formerly MTS - 576.

TS 621 - Special Topics: Pastor's Theology Seminar (0.50) - LEC 

This seminar is for pastors, graduate students and others interested in reading and discussing theological texts relevant to understanding Christian faith and the church in the contemporary world. The focus varies annually. The class is normally held once a month from September to April. Students may be given permission to take the course more than once depending on their program and the focus of the course. Formerly 621 A-Z. Department consent required.

TS 631 - Contemporary Christian Theology (0.50) - LEC 

This is an examination of major theological movements of the 20th and 21st centuries. The focus in a year may be on one or more thinkers like Barth, Bonheffer, Grant, Gutierrez, Hauerwas, Kung, McFague, Motmann, Niebuhr, Pannenberg, Rahner, Ruether, Ramm, Tilich or Yoder. Formerly MTS 531.

TS 632 - Modern Christian Thought (0.50) - LEC 

A biographical and thematic approach to the study of the major nineteenth century thinkers who shaped modern theology, including Schleiermacher and liberalism, Kierkegaard and existentialism, Troeltsch and historicism. Formerly MTS 522.

TS 633 - Contemporary Mennonite Theology (0.50) - LEC 

The course will focus on some of the central themes of the Anabaptist-Mennonite theological tradition: adult baptism, separation from the world, biblical authority, peace and non-resistance, and discipleship as a way of life. Formerly MTS 533.

TS 635 - Christian Ethics (0.50) - LEC 

An examination of the basis, scope and dynamics of Christian ethics that includes such theological and philosophical topics as Scripture, natural moral law, conscience, reason, freedom, responsibility, obedience and discipleship. It addresses the interplay between individuals, communities of faith and their social contexts.

TS 636 - Christian Approaches to Peacemaking (0.50) - LEC 

A study of the foundations, history, and practice of peacemaking within the Christian tradition, including an exploration of the roots of present practice and the ecumenical and practical diversity of contemporary peacemaking. Formerly MTS 526.

TS 637 - War and Peace in Christian Theology (0.50) - LEC 

Christian teachings on war and peace from the early church to the present, including crusade, just war, and pacifist traditions, as well as twentieth century discussions of realism, just revolution, nuclear pacifism, and non-violent resistance. Formerly MTS 527.

Antirequisite: students may not receive credit for both TS 670 and TS 637.

TS 638 - Doing Development: Issues of Justice and Peace (0.50) - LEC 

This course focuses on current issues in international development, and examines how various interpretations of justice and peace help to understand these issues and to address the constraints to development in the global community. Formerly MTS 575.

TS 640 - The Mennonite Tradition in Historical Context (0.50) - LEC 

This is an examination of the historical emergence and development of the Mennonite tradition within the larger context of the Church.

TS 642 - The Radical Reformation (0.50) - LEC 

A study of Anabaptism and its place in the history of the Christian Church and of the Reformation period. Formerly MTS 542.

TS 645 - Reformation History (0.50) - LEC 

A study of the major sixteenth-century reformers and their intellectual background in humanism and late medieval scholasticism. Special attention will be given to the Lutheran and Reformed traditions and their ideological, social, political expressions. Formerly MTS 545.

TS 647 - Global Christianity (0.50) - LEC 

This course examines the scope and character of contemporary global Christianity, especially its diversity of expression and its varied interactions with culture.

TS 651 - Christian Worship (0.50) - LEC 

This course examines the historical and theological dimensions of those symbols and rituals which relate to people's corporate experience of God. The relationship of Christian worship to ethics and inter-faith dialogue will also be examined. Formerly MTS 686.

TS 652 - Christian Hymnody (0.50) - LEC 

The origins and development of the Christian hymn (including contemporary hymn styles) considered as theological, poetic, musical, cultural and spiritual expression, and the use of hymns in a variety of worship settings. Formerly MTS 558.

TS 653 - Worship and Music (0.50) - LEC 

The nature of worship and music in historical, theological and cultural perspective. The course will include field trips to services of various traditions. Formerly MTS 559.

TS 662 - Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Life and Thought (0.50) - LEC 

This course examines the theological writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the context of his life - his studies and teaching, and his involvement in the World Council of Churches, the Confessing Church movement, and the resistance to Hitler.

TS 670 - War and Peace in Christian Thought (0.50) - LEC 

An examination of Christian teaching on war and peace from the early Church to the present, including the "just war" theories of Augustine, Aquinas, the Reformers and recent Catholic statements, as well as the pacifist views of Quakers, Mennonites and Brethren.

Antirequisite: students may not receive credit for both TS 670 and TS 637.

TS 674 - Church Mission (0.50) - LEC 

This course examines the development and meaning of the "missional church" paradigm as a way of articulating the relationship between communities of faith and their cultural settings, in both contemporary and historical contexts.

TS 677 - Church and Ministry (0.50) - LEC 

This course explores the development of a theology of ministry, which includes the church's mission and institutional life and the personal calling to a life of ministry. The Believers Church tradition provides the primary perspective, augmented by the experience of the global and ecumenical church.

TS 678 - The Minister in the Church: Supervised Experience in Ministry I (0.50) - SEM 

This is a supervised program in ministry. Each student will require a congregational context for ministry, a negotiated supervisory contract with a pastor or comparable person, and approval of tradition. This course is normally taken after the student has completed TS 677 and at least two of the program core courses. Formerly MTS 578.

Prerequisite: TS 677 and at least two core courses.

TS 679 - The Minister in the Church: Supervised Experience in Ministry II (0.50) - SEM 

This is a supervised program in ministry. Each student will require a congregational context for ministry, a negotiated supervisory contract with a pastor or comparable person, and approval of the program director. This course blends the Supervised Education tradition with the academic tradition.

Prerequisite: TS 678.

TS 681 - Personal Spirituality: Practices for Daily Living (0.50) - LEC 

This course examines the theology and practice of personal spirituality, in the context of personal temperament, life situation and religious tradition.

TS 684 - Pastoral Care (0.50) - LEC 

This course examines biblical and historical perspectives on pastoral care as a basis for articulating a theology of pastoral care and pastoral care skills, and for developing a model of pastoral care for congregations or faith communities.

TS 689 - Aging and the Spiritual Life (0.50) - LEC 

Through experiential, reflective and theoretical learning, this course will explore spirituality as a central aspect of growth and development in later life. The perspectives of various faith and humanistic traditions will be included. Topics will include: religious beliefs and spiritual concerns later in life; a theology of aging; ministry to persons in later life; spirituality and dementia; death and dying. Formerly MTS 584.

TS 690 - Seminars in Theological Studies (0.50) - SEM 

Course topics and instructors will be announced annually. Department consent required.

TS 691 - Selected Special Topics in Theological Studies (0.50) - RDG

The scope, focus and requirements of a reading course are determined by the professor in consultation with the student. Permission for a reading course must be obtained at the time of registration, prior to the term in which the course will be conducted. Formerly MTS 590-593, MTS 690-693. Department consent required.

TS 692 - Workshops in Theological Studies (0.50) - LEC 

This course provides a framework for students to pursue specialized topics by completing intensive courses which may be available off-campus or on-line. The maximum total credit for this course will be the normal credit for a one term course. Department consent required.

Prerequisite: TS 677.

Consult with ministry option supervisor.

TS 699 - Historical/Cultural Travel Courses (0.50) - LEC 

These courses are based on experiential learning focused on a specific historical-cultural setting. Students will complete readings prior to the tour, prepare a reflective journal during the tour, and write an analytical paper following the tour.


TS 700-level courses

TS 715 - Special Topics in Old Testament Exegesis (0.50) - SEM 

This course will introduce students to methods of analysis and interpretation of biblical texts by means of a careful study of an Old Testament Book. Students may be given permission to take course repeatedly, given that focus and content changes each time offered. Instructor consent required.

TS 718 - Special Topics in New Testament Exegesis (0.50) - SEM 

This course uses a variety of methods of analysis and interpretation of biblical texts to conduct a close reading of a selected New Testament book. The focus and content may change each time the course is offered. Formerly MTS 618 A-Z. Instructor consent required.

TS 724 - Biblical Foundations of Peace (0.50) - LEC 

This course explores the various dimensions of peace in the Bible, including biblical depictions of God as judge and warrior, texts which reflect wholeness and security (shalom), texts which describe God's attempts to make peace with humanity (salvation), and the role of Jesus as foundation of peace and model for peacemaking. Formerly MTS 624.

TS 731 - Christianity's Encounter with Other Faiths (0.50) - SEM 

This course will examine several contemporary theological responses to the encounter of Christianity with other faiths. The meaning and dynamics of inter-religious dialogue and the resources within the Christian faith for such an encounter will be explored. Formerly MTS 657.

TS 735 - Theological Perspectives on Peace Issues (0.50) - SEM 

This is an advanced seminar on topics such as war in the Bible, ecology and peace theology, feminist and pacifist perspectives, and Anabaptist peace theologies. Formerly MTS 625. Instructor consent required.

TS 738 - Systematic Theology (0.50) - SEM 

A study of the basic categories of systematic theology, organized around three traditional foci: theology (God), Christology (Christ), and pneumatology (Spirit). These are examined from a Mennonite perspective within an ecumenical context and in light of contemporary issues. Formerly MTS 625.

TS 746 - Anabaptist Spirituality in Historical Context (0.50) - LEC 

This is an examination of sixteenth-century Anabaptist spirituality and its historical development, particularly as it evolved in the Mennonite tradition in Europe and North America, and in the churches of the southern hemisphere. Formerly MTS 628.

TS 751 - Worship Ritual and Ministry (0.50) - LEC 

This course examines the role of ritual in congregational life, develops a theological and pastoral understanding of congregational rituals, and equips students to carry out this aspect of worship. Formerly MTS 685.

TS 779 - Specialized Supervised Experience (0.25) -SEM 

This is a supervised advanced training experience tailored for a specific student. Formerly MTS 695. Instructor consent required.

TS 783 - Integration Seminar (0.50) - SEM 

This seminar provides a setting for personal reflection and integration of academic courses with experience in ministry. It is a context in which to test vocational direction and to gift discernment, to develop self-awareness and its implications for ministry, and to augment faith formation. Formerly MTS 679.

Prerequisite: TS 679

TS 787 - Spiritual Guidance Seminar (0.50) - SEM 

This seminar analyzes the literature and research on spiritual guidance (direction) as a ministry in the Church and then examines the practice of spiritual guidance. Formerly MTS 687.

TS 792 - Special Topics Seminars (0.50) - RDG 

A reading seminar is a reading course for more than one student, which may be initiated either by student interest or by a professor's current research. Students and professor will normally meet on a semi-regular basis. Such a seminar will be announced along with other course offerings prior to each term. Formerly MTS 595-598, 696-698.

TS 796 - Thesis Preparation (1.50) - RDG 

Students are enrolled in full-time thesis research and writing. Students register for this stage of thesis preparation after their Thesis Proposal has been accepted by the Theological Studies department. Students continue to enroll in this course during full-time thesis preparation until completion of their thesis. Department consent required.

TS 798 - Thesis Preparation (1.00) - RDG 

Students are enrolled in part-time thesis research and writing. Students register for this stage of thesis preparation after their Thesis Proposal has been accepted by the Theological Studies department. Students continue to enroll in this course during full-time thesis preparation until completion of their thesis. Department consent required.

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