Course Overview and Descriptions

 

Friday, March 25, 2022

Experiencing God

9:00 a.m. - 3:55 p.m., all-day course, in-person only

Jaime Clark-Soles, Professor of New Testament, Director, Baptist House of Study, Perkins School of Theology

A lot of us know about, talk about, think about, and study about God, all of which is vitally important to our faith. But what about experiencing God? What does that entail for us today? How do our Scriptures help to shape the conversation and set us up for such divine encounters? Grab your Bible and let’s explore!

Read in preparation: 1 Corinthians 13, 15; 2 Corinthians 4:7-5:17; John 13-17

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Cultivating Communities of Resilient Joy

9:00 a.m. - 11:55 a.m., half-day course, virtual only

Angela Gorrel, Assistant Professor of Practical Theology, Truett Theological Seminary

This class will help participants understand obstacles and gateways to joy so they can help others and themselves to become more open to joy.

 

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How to Love Scripture and Support Same-Sex Marriage

1:00 p.m. - 3:55 p.m., half-day course, in-person only

Charles L. Aaron, Jr., PhD., Director of Internship Program, Associate Professor of Supervised Ministry, Perkins School of Theology

In the debate over human sexuality, those who wish to ban same-sex marriage often describe those who support same-sex marriage as ignoring the clear teaching of scripture. This workshop will challenge that assumption. We will address such matters as how to interpret the texts about marriage and sex in scripture and how we use scripture to make decisions about contemporary ethical issues. This workshop will affirm that scripture remains the inspired message for the mission of the church, and that the church should fully embrace loving, healthy, nurturing, faithful marriage between persons of the same sex. 

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Testimony as Community Engagement

1:00 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.,  half-day course, virtual only

 Priscilla Pope-Levison, Research Professor of Practical Theology, Director of Testimony HQ, Perkins School of Theology

Testimony – a story about God’s presence and activity in one’s life – has a long and venerable tradition. Consider the Samaritan woman (John 4). After her conversation with Jesus, she ran back to town and proclaimed – “He told me everything I’ve ever done.” The result: “many believed because of her testimony.” During our time together, we will dig deep into testimony, both ancient and new, and investigate its relevance for building connection with God and with others, both inside and beyond the church. 

 

 

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Saturday, March 26, 2022

Spiritual Autobiography: Writing Our Faith

9:00 a.m. - 3:55 p.m., all-day course, in-person only

Rebekah MilesSusanna Wesley Centennial Professor of Practical Theology and Ethics, Perkins School of Theology

In this workshop, we will look at the genre of spiritual autobiography, survey some examples, and, through guided exercise, begin to write our own.  In both our reflections and writing, we will explore spiritual autobiography as a form of prayer and spiritual practice. 

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Cultivating Communities of Resilient Joy

9:00 a.m. - 11:55 a.m., half-day course, in-person only

Angela Gorrell, Assistant Professor of Practical Theology, Truett Theological Seminary

This class will help participants understand obstacles and gateways to joy so they can help others and themselves to become more open to joy.

 

 

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Please note that online registration will close March 15, 2022. Refunds (less $25 fee) will be available up to 7 days prior to the event.