Topics, Dates, & Leaders
I. Psalms: The Gymnasium of the Soul
Monday, January 28, 2019
St. Ambrose called the Psalter a gymnasium for the soul. This course will consider how the regular use of psalms in worship can serve to stretch and strengthen the prayer muscles of the congregation.
II. The Art of Soul Care
Monday, February 4, 2019
In the western religious landscape, shaped by the marketplace, the success of a pastor is often determined by membership size and budget growth. In a culture shaped by consumerism, how can we imagine soul-care for the pastor in a way that preserves her humanity? Or, in the current sociopolitical environment, characterized by incivility, human calamity, and forgotten voices at the margin, how can the pastor engage in self-care in a way that preserves a coherent sense of identity in the wake of tragedy and trauma? Join Dr. Danjuma Gibson to explore the art of soul-care for the 21st century pastor. By engaging the lens of depth psychology, the contemplative work of theologian Howard Thurman, the literary genius of James Baldwin, and other genres in the liberal arts, Dr. Gibson will explore ways that pastors can engage in life giving soul-care for themselves as they strive to serve in their communities.
III. Visually Speaking: Proclaiming the Gospel in a Digital Age
Monday, February 11, 2019
If our brains receive 90% of information visually and we retain 80% of what we see and 10% of what we hear, should the sermon still be offered as an auditory rather than visual experience? Are there other ways to communicate? Can pastors and church leaders “visually speak”? Join Lynn and Mark Barger Elliot to explore how to proclaim the gospel in a digital age by reflecting on the Caves of Cueva de Los Aviones, the Boolean Algebra theory and Claude Shannon, and the elusiveness of the individually networked GenZ.
Schedule for Each Monday
Cost & Registration
Daily rate: $65
Full series: $175
Offered with support from the Baer, Morasch, and Kirk in the Hills Seminar funds.