Summer Courses 2017

The Harrisonburg, Va. campus offers summer courses in May and June.

To take summer courses contact either the 540-432-4257 or the 540-432-4274

Places, People and Prayers: Middle East Cross-Cultural

Instructors: Dorothy Jean Weaver and Kevin Clark
Schedule: May 4-27
Credits: 3

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Cross-Cultural Experience

Instructor: David Evans
Schedule: May 5, 8, and 15; 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day
Credits: 3

This seminar involves at least three weeks of immersion in a cultural setting distinctly different from one’s past experience. This includes interaction with religious, social, cultural, political, economic and commercial groups and their leaders. The basic goals of the seminar include becoming a learner at the feet of the people of this community, acknowledging that they alone know what their world is like. Approaches to learning in this seminar emphasize the methodology of “participant observation ” with careful attention to personal reactions and responses to one’s experiences through journaling and group reflection. Special attention is given to how the Christian gospel is communicated and expressed in that setting and how it engages the realities of that world. The particular characteristics and requirements of a given seminar vary depending on the particular setting and who is leading the seminar. The seminar does not assume other-than-English language capability, but learning the basics of another language is sometimes a part of what we learn through participant observation. Descriptions of specific cross-cultural seminars offered are circulated each year.

Christian Movement in the Mediterranean

Instructor: Linford Stutzman
Schedule: May 12-25, 2017
Semester Hours: 2 or 3
Cost: 2 SH – $1,975; 3 SH – $2,460 (international travel not included)

The study program includes rigorous site visits, on-site and on-board lectures and learning exercises, daily reading assignments and discussion. Participants may take this seminar for either 2 or 3 SH of credit. Seminary students will take an exam during the course, and develop a thesis on some feature of the Christian Movement and give a short presentation to the class during the final days of the course. For 3 SH of credit, students will write a research paper following the seminar. Participants wishing to audit this course are most welcome. If you are not an Eastern Mennonite Seminary student register with our part-time application.

Final costs are subject to adjustment depending on exchange rates or tax increases.
Contact director of the Biblical Lands Educational Seminars and Service (BLESS) program of Eastern Mennonite Seminary for further information and reservations.


Instructor: Andrea Dalton Saner
Schedule: May 8-19, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday-Friday
Credits: 3

The book named for this prophet is studied for its themes, content and theology (English text). The study of the literary features of the book and its historical context(s) serve to sharpen the message and contribution of the prophet. Inductive study supplements and evaluates the mass of scholarship that has grown up around the study of this prophet.

Instructor: Nancy Kauffmann
Schedule: May 9-17, Tuesday-Friday
Credits: 2 SH

This course examines two aspects of contemporary Mennonite reality. First, what the Mennonite Church has said and, especially, what it is currently saying about what it believes concerning the Christian faith; and second, how it structures itself in the light of those beliefs to carry out its ministry in the world. Focus will be on the expression of faith, its features and trends, in the last half century in the General Conference Mennonite church and the Mennonite Church, now integrated as Mennonite Church USA. Polity at the denominational, area conference and congregational levels will be studied with special interest in the emerging structures of the integration process. Particular attention will be given to polity and ethical guidelines for ministerial leadership.

Global Christianity

Instructor: James Krabill
Schedule: May 18-26, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Credits: 3 SH

This course will examine the history, missionary dynamics and current changing demographics of the Christian church worldwide. Beginning with several biblical reflections, the study will trace the expansion of the Christian movement, explore the impact of the Western colonial encounter, highlight growing efforts to embrace contextualized forms of the faith, and examine case studies of specific issues facing the church in different parts of the world. Students will have the opportunity to explore regional developments in diverse geographical settings or examine in more depth particular issues of special interest to them, such as interfaith conversations, role of women in the church, worship trends, or the witness of the church in word and deed.

Healing Ministry in the Missional Church

Instructor: Lawrence Yoder
Schedule: May 30- June 7, Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Credits: 3 SH

Jesus taught his disciples to confront the kingdom of darkness by announcing the arrival of God’s kingly reign, inviting repentance, loving enemies, embracing the excluded, forgiving sinners, and healing the sick and demonized. This course focuses on the biblical mandate for healing ministry, the current recovery of healing ministry, and the crucial place of healing ministry in the church’s life and mission. Special emphasis is placed on learning through experience some of the dynamics of spiritual ministries for healing and deliverance in collaboration with social action, psychotherapy and medical care. Special attention is given to facing squarely some of the hard questions related to healing ministry and its abuse.

Summer Institute for Spiritual Formation

Instructors: Kevin Clark and Emily Peck-McClain
Schedule: June 19-30, 2017
Credits: 1-4 SH

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The seminary also has summer course offerings during the Summer Institute for Spiritual Formation, the courses for this summer are:

Year 1: Spiritual Guidance in Life & Practice
1 Credit Hour
Instructor: Kevin Clark
Time: 8:45am-12:00pm

Grounded in the understanding that God in Jesus Christ is inviting us to be reconciled- to God, to ourselves, to each other, and to God’s creation- this course is designed to offer learning in three areas: a biblical foundation and historical overview of spiritual formation; an understanding of spiritual discernment; and learning the practice of spiritual guidance.

Years 2 & 3: Spiritual Directors Peer Group
1 Credit Hour
Instructor: tba
Time: 8:45am-12:00pm

This class offers guidance for depth listening, reflection, spiritual discernment, and discovery in our journey as emerging spiritual directors. We will be engaging in spiritual direction conversations, and in-depth listening to verbatim.

Spiritual Direction I: Journey of the Soul
2 Credit Hours
Instructor: Kevin Clark
Time: Afternoon classes: 1:15-4:15pm

Intergenerational Worship
2 Credit Hours
Instructor: Emily Peck-McClain
Time: Afternoon classes: 1:15-4:15pm

The course is part of a growing movement in Christian communities of faith who consider how to keep people of all ages together for worship. Participants will be led to think about the formative nature of worship in community – including practices of prayer, singing, proclamation of the Word of God, baptism, the Lord’s Supper, and other rituals. Together we will learn reasons for keeping all generations together for communal worship of God and will consider both the challenges and benefits of doing so. We will explore how to structure and lead worship so that all ages are welcomed and empowered to be in the space together and to participate fully. For a final project, students will create an intergenerational worship service for their communities that is intentional about how it is forming those who lead and participate in it.

Pre-class reading assignment, to complete before coming to campus: Holly Catterton Allen and Christine Lawton Ross, Intergenerational Christian Formation: Bringing the Whole Church Together in Ministry, Community and Worship, InterVaristy Press Academic, 2012.

Summer Institute for Spiritual Formation schedule
Retreat June 19: 8:30am-4:30pm at the Discipleship Center (required for all participants)
Daily Schedule
Morning worship: 8:00am
Morning classes: 8:45am-12:00pm
Lunch and break: 12:00am-1:15pm
Afternoon classes: 1:15-4:15pm
Afternoon worship: 4:15-4:45 (encouraged for all participants, required for all Intergenerational Worship students)

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