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RST-421-20, Christian Worship (FA13)

INSTRUCTOR: Sharon Kanis, SSND                   

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: T-1/Thursday/6-8:45 p.m., 09/05/2013-10/17/2013

CONTENT:

The study of the history and origin of Christian worship will be situated within the broader human experience of religious worship. Sacramental theology and the development of sacraments within the various Christian Churches will be considered from Biblical, doctrinal and theological perspectives. The class will study implications of liturgy and sacraments for contemporary spirituality.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

1. to understand the nature of Christian worship and liturgy

2. to gain insight into the sacramental nature of human experience

3. to understand the interrelation between the theory and practice of Christian worship

4. to become aware of the importance of reinterpreting sacramental theology and practice for our present-day context and to understand the method for doing so.

METHODS:

1. dialogue involving class members in sharing personal experiences, research, assigned readings and activities

2. attendance and active participation in each class

3. integration/reflection papers

4. presentations by students and instructor

5. visitations to sites of worship (outside class time)

6. appropriate media resources

ASSIGNMENTS AND REQUIREMENTS:

1. Readings and class assignments/participation (15%)

2. One 3 page reflection/ integration paper on assigned topics (20%)

3. Comparative analysis of Christian worship services (25%)

4. Creative research project and oral presentation (30%)

5. Final exam (10%)

REQUIRED TEXTS:
Noll, Ray R. Sacraments: A New Understanding for a New Generation. (Mystic, CT: XXIII Publications, 1999, 3rd printing, 2003.) Accompanying CD required.

RECOMMENDED ASSIGNMENT PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

-Bring a one-page description of an event of worship that you have attended. Include your reaction to the experience.

-You will be required to visit three Christian churches representing denominations different from your own. Although you cannot begin these visits until given the specific details when class convenes, you may want to plan ahead to determine your three choices.