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Oliver, Kyle Matthew – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2019
This article presents a pedagogical approach to training seminarians for faith leadership in the era of what Heidi Campbell has called "networked religion." It argues that the increasing digital mediation of religious practice, expression, and community represents an opportunity for students to explore and inhabit ministry sites and…
Descriptors: Theological Education, Church Related Colleges, Social Change, Religion
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Vasko, Elisabeth T. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2017
Civic learning and teaching, a form of critical and democratically engaged pedagogy, is utilized in an upper-level undergraduate sexual ethics course to leverage public problem solving around the sexual violence on a mid-size Catholic collegiate campus. Through the course, students, faculty, staff, and community members work together to deepen…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Religious Education, Rape, Teaching Methods
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Agnew Cochran, Elizabeth; Fozard Weaver, Darlene – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2017
What does it mean to teach virtue, or to learn it? We consider this question through an institutional review board (IRB) supported research study attending to student learning experiences in undergraduate ethics courses at a Catholic university with an explicit commitment to social justice. This essay draws on and interprets qualitative data…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Church Related Colleges, Catholics, Learning Experience
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Hess, Mary E.; Gallagher, Eugene V.; Turpin, Katherine – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2014
These brief essays by Mary Hess, Eugene Gallagher, and Katherine Turpin are solicited responses from three different contexts to the provocative book by Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown, "The New Culture of Learning" (2011). Mary Hess writes from a seminary context, providing a critical summary of the authors' major concepts and…
Descriptors: Theological Education, Religious Education, Liberal Arts, Online Courses
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McGarrah Sharp, Melinda; Morris, Mary Ann – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2014
Is it possible to teach pastoral care online? McGarrah Sharp and Morris describe their process of transforming a residential on-campus pastoral care course into the first online offering of the course at their seminary. They begin by describing a series of pedagogical choices made with the intent of facilitating dynamic movement between…
Descriptors: Anxiety, Online Courses, Computer Mediated Communication, Student Needs
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Bidlack, Bede Benjamin; Brecht, Mara; Krokus, Christian S.; Scheid, Daniel P.; Locklin, Reid B. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2014
Although comparative theology is a continuously growing method in the study of religion, it is still relatively new and not widely accepted in either confessional or secular institutions. Scholars may face difficulty when seeking their institutions' acceptance for a comparative theology course. One way of generating interest and approval for…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Theological Education, Instructional Design, Institutional Mission
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Kanarek, Jane; Lehman, Marjorie – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2013
This article explores assignments as a core teaching practice essential to integrating the cognitive, personal, and professional identities of seminary students. These core practices emerge in seminary curricula where there is a strong focus on the teaching of canonical texts and a goal of achieving textual mastery. We propose that carefully…
Descriptors: Theological Education, Church Related Colleges, Judaism, Jews
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Maruggi, Matthew – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2012
This paper examines the development of the concept of solidarity as expressing a sense of shared humanity, while detailing critiques of its current use, especially when it implies a privileged center setting the agenda for the sake of marginalized others. My research demonstrates how solidarity can be modified when encountering difference, and how…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Church Related Colleges, Catholic Schools, Agenda Setting
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Brigham, Erin – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2012
In this paper, I suggest that community-based learning can act as a "public space" for the exchange of religious and non-religious identities. By providing a space for the collaboration between religiously-affiliated Universities and non-religiously affiliated community partners, community-based learning offers the opportunity for the negotiation…
Descriptors: Role of Religion, Religion, Service Learning, Cooperation
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Locklin, Reid B.; Tiemeier, Tracy; Vento, Johann M. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2012
Tomoko Masuzawa and a number of other contemporary scholars have recently problematized the categories of "religion" and "world religions" and, in some cases, called for its abandonment altogether as a discipline of scholarly study. In this collaborative essay, we respond to this critique by highlighting three attempts to teach…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Online Courses, Religion, Philosophy
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Cahalan, Kathleen A. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2011
Seminary education requires that students learn a complex body of theological knowledge, engage in the practices of ministry, and develop as persons of faith and vocation. Utilizing the six aspects of significant learning experiences defined by L. Dee Fink--foundational knowledge, application, integration, the human dimension, caring, and learning…
Descriptors: Church Related Colleges, Theological Education, Clergy, Spiritual Development
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Campbell-Reed, Eileen R.; Scharen, Christian – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2011
How do seminarians move from imagining ministry to embodying pastoral imagination? Stories gathered from seminarians in their final year of study show the complexity of shifting from classroom work, which foregrounds theory and intellectual imagination, to more embodied, relational, and emotionally intense engagements of ministry. Stories about…
Descriptors: Theological Education, Church Related Colleges, Clergy, Theory Practice Relationship
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Kirkpatrick, Shane – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2010
Teaching a required introductory Bible course to non-majors at a church-related college presents a number of pedagogical challenges. When considering how to teach such a course in the context of concerns common to the liberal arts, I find myself reflecting on authority. My thoughts on the teaching of this course in my own context are organized…
Descriptors: Nonmajors, Introductory Courses, Church Related Colleges, Liberal Arts
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Willhauck, Susan – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2009
A challenging intercultural teaching experience provided an opportunity for engaging embodied pedagogies that facilitated border crossings of language, age, gender, and experience. Influenced by the work of Augusto Boal, the author describes how improvisation, role-play, music, and drawing led seminary students in Mexico into sacred time and space…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Foreign Countries, Teaching Experience, Intercultural Programs
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Blier, Helen M. – Teaching Theology & Religion, 2008
Online technologies, recently embraced by seminaries to respond to changing student needs and demographics, compel practitioners to ask questions about the content, methods, and desired outcomes of teaching/learning experiences. Indeed, as Delamarter and Brunner have pointed out in this journal (2005), many seminaries have turned to these…
Descriptors: Church Related Colleges, Theological Education, Virtual Classrooms, Outcomes of Education
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