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Byzantine Online Course Descriptions

Byzantine Online Course Descriptions

Summer 2019 Credit Courses

Accelerated 7-week program (2 lectures each week)

LT 205:  The Theology and Ministry of the Christian Diaconate (Dcn. Daniel Dozier) (Summer 1, begins Monday June 3rd)

Since the days of the Apostles, Deacons have served as public ministers of the Church, ordained to the service of the Word, Worship and Charity. And yet, despite their great antiquity, the identity and ministry of the Deacon have been a source of debate and controversy throughout history. This graduate course will explore the biblical, liturgical, patristic, magisterial and pastoral roots and fruits of diaconal ministry in the common life of the Churches of East and West. Students will gain an appreciation for the identity and role of the Deacon in the Church in the past, the present and the future.

(3 Credits)

WR 101: RESEARCH METHODS (Mark Collins, M.F.A.) (Summer 1, begins Monday June 3rd)

This research class provides the basics for successfully performing graduate-level research as well as developing skills for critical reading and writing. This includes analysis and evaluation of print primary as well as secondary resources, online databases, Internet sources and proper research sources and authorities. In addition, students will learn the basics of formatting a document in Microsoft Word including pagination, table of contents, use of linked headings, footnotes and endnotes, inserting images, and captioning. Short lessons on PowerPoint and Excel as research aids are also included. By the end of this course, the learners should be able to:

  • Summarize, paraphrase and quote useful data from a variety of sources.
  • Critically evaluate data/information.
  • Format complex Word documents.
  • Successfully utilize PowerPoint and Excel in support of research.
  • Analyse, comment on and critique scholarly theological literature.

(2 credits)

DT 105:  Ecumenism:  Orientale Lumen Conference (Summer 2, begins Monday, July 1st)

Lectures and discussion based on content from the Orientale Lumen Conference (Washington, DC, June 17-20, 2019):  “One City, One Bishop:  Church Boundaries Past, Present and Future.”

 Invited speakers include:

  • Cardinal Kurt Koch /Fr Hyacinthe Destivelle.
  • Father John Erickson, Dean Emeritus, St Vladimir’s
  • Father Andriy Dudchenko, Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Kyiv
  • Deacon Daniel Galadza, Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Kyiv
  • Dr. Adam DeVille, St Francis University
  • Dr. Anastacia Wooden, The Catholic University of America
  • Dr. Will Cohen (moderator), University of Scranton

(1 hour; 1 semester)

Summer 2019 Certificate Course

BO-DT 202:  Byzantine Perspectives on Social Justice (Abouna Justin Rose) (Begins Monday June 3rd)

St. Basil the Great teaches that justice and love constitute the Christian community. He criticized the life of hermits by asking, “whose feet do they wash?” Reflecting on John 13, Basil taught the importance of care for others. Following in his footsteps, this course will engage both Scripture and the Fathers to address contemporary justice issues. Is there a uniquely Byzantine view of Social Justice? Can Eastern Christians make a contribution to the excellent tradition of Social Justice found in Roman Catholic and some of the other Western Churches? This course will argue for a “yes” answer to both questions.

Fall 2019 Credit Courses

WR 201: Thesis Writing (TBA) 

This is intended as the first semester research class to prepare students to identify and research their thesis topic. Guidance is provided for research design, synthesis of information and constructing an appropriate research methodology. By the end of this course, the learners should be able to:

  • Identify and formulate researchable topic or question.
  • Write research proposals; identify relevant resources for research.
  • Construct an appropriate research design.

(1 hour; 1 semester)

CL 100: Introduction to Canon Law (TBA)

This course is designed to familiarize students with the law of the Byzantine Church. Students will learn principles of interpretation and the canonical implications of membership in the Church, the notion of governance, the teaching office, the administration of temporal goods, as well as sanctions and penalties. The students will learn the following:

  • The history of canon law in the Christian East from the New Testament and Roman law to the provisions of Pius XII and the modern code.
  • Preliminary canons and canons concerning sui juris churches.
  • Canons on the supreme authority of the Church and on the patriarchal churches.
  • Canons on major archbishops, metropolitans, eparchies.
  • Canons on clerics, lay persons, monks, and religious.
  • Canons on the Magisterium.
  • Canons on the temporal goods of the Church.
  • Canons on the penal sanctions in the Church.

(2 hours; 1 semester)

LT: 100  Introduction to Liturgy (Fr. David Petras)

This course presents a historical, theological, and methodological introduction to the study of Byzantine liturgical prayer and worship in general, with a particular emphasis on the Eucharistic Liturgy, and a systematic introduction to the Sacraments of the Church. By engaging in the learning activities of this basic introductory course on the Liturgy and the Sacraments, the students will:

  • Acquire a methodology of critical thinking and basic insight into liturgical concepts, the historical development of liturgy, and liturgical theology, which will allow them to ask relevant questions and pursue further research in this area.
  • Relate liturgy to life and, specifically, to historical, anthropological, sociological, and spiritual realities lived by Christians.
  • Attain a level of proficiency with regard to liturgical and sacramental language needed to pursue research and further liturgical studies.
  • Become conversant with the liturgical sources, books, objects, and actions used in liturgical worship.
  • Deepen their familiarity with the Eastern Christian liturgical tradition, which will form a foundation for the other liturgical courses in the students’ respective programs, and to enhance both their scholarly and ministerial vocations.

(3 hours; 1 semester)

MT: 100 Introduction to Moral Theology (Dr. Matthew Minerd)

This course introduces the tradition of moral theology of the Byzantine East into the greater context of the Western ethical tradition. It includes material representing the Eastern Catholic moral tradition and an in-depth understanding of the foundations of Eastern Christian morals. Students will analyze theological principles and provide appropriate pastoral application. By means of the readings, class discussions, and other coursework, at the end of the semester students will be able:

  • To articulate and explain foundational concepts of Christian Ethics with special emphasis throughout the course given to the notion of theosis/divinization as a unifying theme for moral theological reflection. In light of the Christian vocation to the divine life, the following topics will be discussed: virtue, the cardinal and theological virtues, precepts, counsels, beatitudes, happiness, freedom, passions, law, natural law, conscience, the components of a human action (as expressed by both Scholastic thinkers and the Eastern Monastic tradition), discernment, the foundations of man’s moral capacity, and the monastic ideal and ascetical virtues.
  • To recognize and utilize the sources and teachers of Christian Ethics as a basis for ethical reflection: Scripture, the Patristic (especially Eastern) witness, the liturgical life of the Church, and the Magisterium (especially Veritatis Splendor).
  • To evaluate moral actions in terms and concepts utilized by the modern Magisterium: object, circumstances, species, intrinsic evil, etc. Likewise, to integrate this discussion into a framework of ethics that is not act-centric but, instead, is virtue-centric and ultimately centered on the life of grace and theosis.
  • To undertake extensive discussions of the role of conscience in forming moral objects and provide the student with tools for applying these discussions to difficult case-studies in contemporary ethical problems.
  • To account for what Christian ethics is, why it is necessary, and to know how to respond to some Christian objections to systematic Christian ethics, but in a way that takes into account Eastern monastic and patristic traditions.

(3 hours; 1 semester)

SS 100:  Introduction to Sacred Scripture (Helenanne Hochendoner, M.A.T.)

This introductory course examines the foundations for the study of the Bible. It will introduce methodologies like the historical-critical method as well as typology, allegory and other interpretive methods as well as a thoroughgoing introduction to the various genres of Scripture. The building blocks of Biblical work (academic as well as homiletic) will be achieved through a word study. Students of this course will develop the following skills:

  • Read the Bible spiritually and historically as well as critically.
  • Understand and explain the role of Scripture as witness to God’s revelation for both Old and New Testament communities.
  • Identify important issues in contemporary Eastern Christian Biblical study.
  • Begin to articulate the Catholic view of revelation, inspiration and canonicity.

(3 hours; 1 semester)