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Technology Themed Lifelong Learning Courses

Christian Theological Seminary (CTS) is excited to continue its vibrant Lifelong Learning course series for the 2023-2024 academic year. This series offers two distinct non-degree lifelong learning tracks—Skills for Flourishing Congregations and Our Life in Common Series—each designed to enrich participants’ understanding, stimulate theological reflection, and equip them for dynamic engagement in today’s world.

Skills for Flourishing Congregations: Nurturing Church Leaders 

In an ever-evolving world of ministry, the demand for continuous growth and adaptability is paramount. CTS’s Skills for Flourishing Congregations series addresses this need by providing micro-credentialing courses in practical skills for both clergy and laypeople. While formal theological degrees lay a solid foundation, these micro-credential courses offer targeted education that keeps church leaders nimble and up to date in a rapidly changing ministry landscape. These courses are designed for continuing education, offering a comprehensive learning experience outside the bounds of a formal degree program.

Skills for Flourishing Congregations Courses for 2023-2024: 

  1. Technology & Worship (October 2 – November 6, Mondays, 7-8 PM) Explore the theology behind the integration of technology into worship services. Led by Rev. Dr. Jevon Caldwell-Gross, this course examines the complex issues of online worship and guides participants in enhancing worship experiences through technology.
  2. Technology & Faith Formation (January 8 – February 12, Mondays, 7-8 PM) Discover the possibilities and challenges of online faith formation for youth and adults. Rev. Dr. Jevon Caldwell-Gross leads this interactive course, exploring best practices and new horizons in online faith development.
  3. Technology & Outreach (February 26 – April 1, Mondays, 7-8 PM) Delve into the role of the church in online spaces and its mission to communicate the gospel and offer healing presence. Dr. Katherine Schmidt, Associate Professor of Religion at Molloy College, leads a thought-provoking exploration of the church’s engagement in the digital age.

Our Life in Common Series: Theological Reflection on Today’s World 

The Our Life in Common Series offers a unique opportunity for theological exploration on topics directly relevant to today’s world. These six-week online courses foster meaningful discussions and reflections on faith, humanity, ethics, and other pressing issues. Guided by CTS’ Dr. Robert Saler and guest lecturers who are experts in their field, participants engage in theological reflection that breathes life into communities and contributes to a deeper understanding of our shared human experience.

Our Life in Common Series Courses for 2023-2024: 

  1. Technology and the Soul (October 4 – November 8, Wednesdays, 7-8 PM) Explore the concept of the soul throughout theology and philosophy and consider its relation to artificial intelligence. Dr. Robert Saler, Associate Professor of Theology and Culture at CTS, and Dr. Jon Ivan Gill, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Africana Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College, lead this thought-provoking course.
  2. Technology: Our Salvation or our End? (January 10 – February 14, Wednesdays, 7-8 PM) Investigate the role of technology in addressing existential threats such as climate change and poverty. Delve into the ethics of technology and human co-creation with the divine. Guest lectures from Dr. Monica Coleman, Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Delaware, add depth to this exploration.
  3. Christian Theology and Artificial Intelligence (February 28 – April 3, Wednesdays, 7-8 PM) Examine the intersection of Christian theology and artificial intelligence, considering the implications of AI in pastoral roles, counseling, and human relationships. Engage in conversations at the cutting edge of religion and science.

As the 2023-2024 academic year unfolds, Christian Theological Seminary invites you to embark on a journey of lifelong learning and theological exploration. Whether you are a church leader seeking practical skills or an individual interested in reflecting on contemporary topics through a theological lens, our Lifelong Learning course series offers a space for growth, discussion, and meaningful engagement.
Join us in advancing scholarship, nurturing formation, and deepening understanding as we navigate the complex intersections of faith, technology, ethics, and humanity. Enroll in one or more courses and embark on a transformative learning journey that enriches your life and your community.

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