Distance Learning Online at EMS

Eastern Mennonite Seminary has offered online courses for over a decade in the areas of Anabaptist theology, church history, and the practice of ministry (pastoral care, missional church, and leadership). More than a dozen online courses are offered on a two-year cycle, with several course offerings each semester as well as during the summer.

Tuition

Tuition for online courses is the same tuition as courses on EMS main campus in Harrisonburg, Va. Online courses may be available for participation audit. To learn more about our audit policy for online classes email

Spring 2015

Race, Nation and Religion in America

In this course we will explore the inter-related nature of racial, religious, and national categories of Identity. We will enhance our understanding of race, nation, and religion through engaging histories of cross-racial, cross-national, and cross-religious encounters in North America. In our efforts to understand the braided realities of these categories of identity, we will use a socio-historical approach while keeping the present in mind. Our purpose is to discover ways that racial, religious, and national histories haunt our lives, churches, and communities in the present.

  • Instructor: Dr. David Evans
  • Credit Hours: 2

Interpreting the Biblical Text

This course is concerned with the question of how biblical authority is made effective in the church today through proper interpretation. Such interpretation attempts both to uncover the inherent meaning of the text and to contextualize that meaning in contemporary life. The course gives attention to reading the biblical texts in their original context while attending to the way interpreters read from the perspective of their own cultural context. Methods are learned that preserve the normativity of Scripture in the process of relevant application to the life of particular cultures.

  • Instructor: Dr. Andrea Saner
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Dates: Jan 3- April 24, 2015

Mennonite Faith and Polity

This course examines two aspects of Mennonite reality. First, what has it said and what is it 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.

  • Instructor: Dr. David Boshart
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Dates: Jan 5- March 14, 2015

Old Testament: Text in Context

This is an introduction to the Old Testament literature. The approach gives major consideration to the ancient Near Eastern context: history, culture and religion. Other considerations include reading the Old Testament as literature and as the authoritative Word of God. Lectures, readings, inductive study questions and class discussion are used.

  • Instructor: Dr. Laura Brenneman
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Dates: Jan 3- April 24, 2015
  • Dates: Jan 5- March 14, 2015