Theology after Hours
Course Offerings Fall 2013
ST 2454: THE COMMUNITY CALLED CHURCH
Ahn Tran, S.J.
Wednesdays, 7:10 - 9:30 p.m.
The self-understanding of the Christian community though history and at present in connection with the historical, social, and cultural context. A lecture/seminar foundational course for JST. Evaluation includes book reviews, class presentations, weekly reflection papers, and a final exam or research paper.
STRS 2689: RELIGION AND PEACEBUILDING
Gaspar Sunwha, S.J.
Wednesday 7:10 - 9:30 p.m.
The aim of the course is to examine religious and ethical perspectives on war and peacebuilding. The course will examine the role and limitation of religion in the process of peacebuilding. Such a perspective will illuminate appeals to religion both in generating conflict and in the process of peacebuilding and their implications in the rise of religious fundamentalism affecting security. The course will also evaluate the role of religious and political institutions and non-governmental organizations in addressing consequences of conflict and the search for lasting peace. The required readings for the course are mainly drawn from public theology, political philosophy, social science, and political science. Topics to be explored include: 1) foundation of public values; 2) human rights and the common good; 3) politics of identity, inclusion, and multiculturalism; 4) religious conscience, political responsibility, and social organization; 5) Christian pacifism and political realism; 6) just war theory; 7) Islamic ethics of war and peace; 8) the convergence of forgiveness, justice, and politics; 9) ambiguity and limitation of religion; 10) methodologies of conflict resolution and social reconciliation; 11) peacebuilding, democratization, and governance; 12) the role of non-governmental organizations in peacebuilding. Open to students in all program. Evaluation based on class participation, written summaries of readings, one 20-25 page paper.
SP 2602: INTRODUCTION TO IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY
Hung Pham, S.J.
Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:40 pm
This course will be an introduction to Ignatian spirituality as developed by Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) and by his early companions. Reading materials will include Ignatius' own writings and those of his contemporaries as well as contributions by modern authors and interpreters. Themes will include Ignatian worldview, Ignatian discernment, contemplative in action, the practice of examen, and finding God in all things. Class format will include both lectures and discussion. Evaluative components of the course consist of, in addition to students' active participation in class, three short reflection papers (1-2 pages each) and a final term paper (15 pages).