Exploring & Dismantling Islamophobia and Christian Normativity (Ringer and Zook)
Participants will be introduced to the study of Islamophobia and examine the ways that Christianity has become established as normative to American identity and thus operates as a hegemonic force in the othering of Muslims and non-Christians. Working intersectionally, we will focus on the relationship between race and religious identity, seeing how Christianity has been deployed to create and sustain both White and Christian supremacy. By the end of the course, students will develop an effective model, training, or workshop for use in their specific context addressing Islamophobia and Christian privilege. Students will be encouraged to attend and participate in CTS’ biennial RIOTcon conference.
Introduction to Interreligious Engagement (Mikva)
Skill-building for interfaith leadership. Emphasizing personal and social transformation, the course covers theological foundations for multifaith contexts, contexts and models of engagement, interreligious literacy, conflict transformation and leadership strategies for interreligious engagement.
Learning Through the Parliament of the World’s Religions (Zook)
This immersive experience will offer rich opportunities for interreligious engagement at the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions convening in Toronto November 1 – 7. Through online coursework prior to Parliament, students will identify a particular issue they wish to explore using an interfaith methodology. Working with the instructor, each student will select sessions and workshops that allow a deep dive into their particular issue. The class will meet as a cohort during our time at Parliament. Following the conference, students will create a final research paper or project particular to their issue and engagement at Parliament. Support is available to help with travel costs.
Living into our Commitments and Effecting Social Change (Mikva)
Using the CTS “Statement of Commitments” as the basis for study, we critically examine the ways in which injustice diminishes our world, and explore strategies for personal and social transformation. The CTS community is also a living laboratory, enabling us to discuss what it means to try to live into these commitments together, how to make space for different visions of justice, and what to do when we fall short. MDiv required course.
Qur’an and Bible (Mirza)
This course will introduce students to the Qur’an (Koran), the holy scripture of Islam. We will examine its major doctrines, thematic development, literary style, and its relationship to pre-qur’anic, especially biblical traditions. Special attention is given to various methods Muslims have used to interpret the Qur’an. In providing students with a working knowledge of the Qur’an, we will look at the Qur’an as a historical source; the origin, compilation, and contents of the Qur’an; the forms of the Qur’an, as manifested in recitation, texts (mushafs), and calligraphy; and exegetical and theological analyses of (and debates surrounding) the content of the Qur’an.