For Christians of Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican, and many Protestant traditions, liturgy and sacramental understanding are at the very heart of Christian belief, commitment, and faith experience. In this course, taught by Fr. Thadee Barnas, a Benedictine monk of Chevtogne Monastery in Belgium, students will study the role of Liturgical theology within Ecumenical dialogue. This course will specifically focus on the monumental 1982 document, “Baptism, Eucharist, and Ministry” (BEM) released by the World Council of Churches as well as the responses from the Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant traditions concerning this document.

Study the history, development, and variations within the Protestant tradition under Dr. Ted Campbell, professor of Theology at the Perkin’s School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas (USA). This course follows a ‘historical’ progression whereby the course begins with coverage of the origins of the Reformation as well as the variants that followed the Reformation (the Lutheran, Reformed, Anglican, and Pietist traditions). This course will also emphasize the role of European Protestantism and its relationship to early stages of modernity and enlightenment as well as the continued development and variation of Protestantism within America and the broader, contemporary world.

The course will introduce you to critical theological reflection on the role of ethics in societies, states and the international community. It tries to combine substantial description and a functional perspective, because CSE is not only interested in foundational issues, but also in the functioning of CSE in social practices. Its domain belongs to theological ethics/moral theology and to practical theology/pastoral theology.

The twentieth century has been often been described as the ‘century of ecumenism.’ Within this course, students will study the forerunners and origins of the Ecumenical movement as well as the progression of this movement up to the present day. Students will consider the various aspects and ecumenical perspectives that each of the major traditions have contributed to the formation of contemporary Ecumenism. Moreover, this course will cover key movements within the history of ecumenical development such as the establishment of the World Council of Churches, theratification of significant ecclesial communions and agreements, the convening of the Second Vatican Council, and others.

Study the foundations of Catholic theology, culture, and history under Dr. Peter De Mey, professor of Catholic Theology at the Catholic University of Leuven. Dr. De Mey’s thematic approach to the great breadth of the Catholic tradition leads his students to cover key aspects such as Scriptural Tradition, Eschatology, Ecumenism, Ecclesiology, and the relationship of the Latin and Eastern (Catholic) Churches.