RLE 740: PERSONAL, COMMUNAL, AND LITURGICAL PRAYER
This course will investigate the theological foundations of prayer, while studying the biblical roots of prayer, the prayer of Jesus, and the major traditions of personal, communal, and liturgical prayer in the historical Christian communities. It will confront the distinct problems faced by contemporary men and women in their lives of prayer. It will offer guidance to ministers intent on helping people develop personal and communal models of prayer and involving them specifically in the liturgical prayer of the Church.
RLE 743: CELEBRATING THE RITES OF THE CATECHUMENATE
The rites of the process of Christian initiation of adults will be studied from historical, theological, liturgical, and pastoral perspectives. Beginning with the text of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, students will reflect on the order and integrity of each of the rites. Working from this foundation, they will explore appropriate ritual adaptation and will receive guidance for the adapting and enrichment of the rites.
RLE 745: AMERICAN WORSHIP
Students will investigate American worship patterns. The course will be based on regular visiting of Sunday and midweek liturgies. Students will analyze diverse Christian worship patterns in order better to understand the strengths and weakness of their own patterns. Particular attention will be given to worship services in Christian denominations that are usually considered non-liturgical.
RLE 749: MULTICULTURAL TRADITIONS ON LITURGY
With the increasing cultural diversity of traditional Christian churches, this course attempts to help the student explore ways to integrate various cultural traditions in the community’s worship. Appreciating the directive for inculturation of the liturgical rites in the Roman Church, students will apply the fundamental dynamic to other churches as well. The topic of incorporating different cultural traditions and offering separate worship opportunities will be explored.
RLE 751: LITURGICAL ART AND ENVIRONMENT
Focusing on both church design as well as church art, liturgical objects, and vesture, this course will examine the theology and spirituality suggested by the environment and art of different historical periods. The question will be raised, “What is appropriate art and architecture for 21st-century America?” Issues regarding contemporary church design, the reordering of space, and art appropriate to a particular community will be explored. Visits to local churches and liturgies will afford considerations of historic design and liturgical adaptation.
RLE 753: LITURGICAL MUSIC
This course offers a study of both the history of liturgical music and the practical considerations for the use of music in contemporary worshipping communities. Students will have the opportunity to apply general theory to a variety of liturgical settings.
RLE 770: SPECIAL TOPICS: MINISTRY
RLE 771: SPECIAL TOPICS: MINISTRY
RLE 775: SPECIAL TOPICS: LITURGY
RLE 776: SPECIAL TOPICS: LITURGY
RLE 780: INDEPENDENT STUDY
In consultation with the program director, a student can contract to study independently a topic not offered in the regular curriculum. The student will propose a topic, develop a tentative bibliography, and identify a faculty member from the University willing to direct the course of study. The course may be for three or six credits.
RLE 785: MINISTRY PRACTICUM
With the approval of the Program Director, a student can contract for a supervised ministry practicum. The ministry may be the student’s regular employment or a temporary position. The student will outline goals for the experience, develop a reading list, and propose a final project. A regular member of the faculty will serve as the practicum supervisor and evaluate the final project. The course may be taken for three or six credits.
RLE 790: INTEGRATIVE PROJECT AND SEMINAR
Students complete a major project exploring a topic related to their concentration in theology, pastoral ministry, or liturgical studies. The project may take the form of a major research paper, a methodological reflection on supervised experience, or a creative presentation. Students work independently with a faculty mentor and are required to meet with other participating students and mentors for periodic seminars. An initial plan for the project must be approved by the director of the program prior to establishing an agreement with a faculty member for the independent study. Students will have one year from the time of registration to complete the project. The course is for three credits.