Module 1, begins on July 14 and ends on September 20


Special Seminar on Cross-Cultural Communication
Taught by Fr. Michael Oleksa. This will be conducted on the UUC campus in Westminster, CA, during June 18-20, 2014 and is open to all interested. For more information contact (A syllabus is available for those wishing to take it for credit). This seminar will examine the nature of “Culture”, Cultures as “The Game of Life”, The Global Literate Culture, Traditional Local Cultures, The Clash of Worlds, and Getting Along/Making Peace.

EVG-501: Evangelism in Context
Taught by Professor Benjamin Cocar. This course is designed to help students develop a special sensitivity to the religious/spiritual background and cultural context of the people being evangelized. The course also aims to develop students for effective leadership in evangelism that is informed by critical engagement with the nature of the Gospel, Christian life and thought, and the cultures of the contemporary world. 

SFM-501: Spiritual Life Practices
Taught by Professor Deborah Loyd. This course is designed to introduce students to spiritual growth resources and spiritually reflective processes. The emphasis will be on developing a deeper inner life through increased understanding of the theological, biblical, and historical basis of spiritual formation practices. Students will practice specific contemplative practices such as, but not limited to meditation, silence, solitude, worship, sacrifice, self-examination, giving, fasting and service. Through these studies, the assigned practices and reading, the student will determine how he or she best perceives the presence of God and thus will deepen one’s connection with God. This class will major on the avenues of study, small group discussions, field trips, art projects and hands-on exercises. 

THL-514: Theology of Work: Finding Transcendent Meaning in the Workplace.
Taught by Professor Fletcher Tink. It has become apparent that most efforts of organized Christian faith have failed significantly to transform their contexts to radiate shalom to those around. Institutionalized religion has often created barriers that have excluded people rather than ministering to them. “Professional” Christians have created a lesser class that, by default, have excluded the concerns and the opportunities of those engaged in the so-called "secular world". What has resulted is a chasm between “religion” on Sunday morning and the market place on Monday, with little carryover between the two. The laity finds itself encouraged by religious inspiration on holy days without integration into the workaday world. The result relegates lay people to second-class citizenship where the “Creation Mandate” is ignored or considered inferior or irrelevant to the “Redemptive Mandate”. This seminar provides an antidote to this thinking, by offering theological, historical and practical underpinnings that disarm this bifurcation.

Finding Transcendent Meaning in the Workplace