Eden Theological Seminary offers courses at Gables UCC to meet the growing need for degree and non-degree seminary education in the state, filling a void among the progressive Protestant churches. Eden, with its main campus in the St. Louis area, is one of the seven affiliated seminaries of the United Church of Christ, and has been educating women and men for church leadership for over 160 years.
Distance Education Opportunities
The following courses are offered as synchronous distance courses. Taught by full-time or adjunct Eden faculty, the courses combine face-to-face classroom instruction with online learning.
Students must have tele-conference capability including a webcam.
These courses are open to lay, ordained, and ministerial track candidates. For further information, please contact Tiffany Pittman, Director of Admissions, at 314-918-2501 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPRING 2016 COURSES
February 1 – May 5, 2016
B112B Biblical Studies II: Latter Prophets and Writings
Professor Clint McCann
Monday; 6:00 – 9:00pm
The course will provide a general introduction to the Latter Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, The Book of the Twelve) and the Writings (with emphasis on the Psalms’, Proverbs’; Job, and the Five Scrolls). Attention will be given to historical context, literary style, and canonical shape, as well as a theological appropriation of the material for teaching and preaching in the church.
M260 Leading a Church to LGBTQ Inclusivity
Dr. Jill Baker
Thursday; 2:00 – 5:00pm
If you’d like to pastor a church that’s LGBTQ-friendly, you may need to light a path for the congregation to get there. This course will begin with how to start the conversation; ways to address scripture and differing levels of Biblical authority; and incorporating the enneagram in ministry. It will move to creating educational programs for those who are interested, and examine ways to approach those who aren’t. It will also include expanding the discussion to a broader understanding of inclusivity; reviewing available resources; and provide an overview of the Building an Inclusive Church curriculum. Congregations often undertake a process of study and reflection before extending an intentional public welcome to the LGBTQ community. Students in this class will gain practical ways to support their congregation in such a process, through practice and discussion of exegetical work, sermons and sample Christian education classes. The coursework is adaptable to any denomination- Welcoming, Reconciling, More Light, Affirming, or Open and Affirming.