Summer Institute 2014
Nourish your soul, explore your faith, develop a ministerial skill
Through our Summer Institute’s short courses you can deepen your knowledge, sharpen your skills, and broaden your perspective while studying with our renowned faculty in CTU’s state-of-the-art Academic and Conference Center. As the largest Roman Catholic Graduate School of Theology and Ministry in the United States with accreditation from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), CTU offers the assurance of the highest standards of theological preparation and formation.
Mark your calendar for the 2014 Summer Institute!
Summer Institute Class DescriptionsPlease take a look at the classes being offered at our Summer Institute 2014. Classes are subject to change and registration will be available as soon as possible. Check back in January for complete information.
WEEK I: June 9-13
P2220S CRITICAL THINKING AND APPLIED LOGIC: Herman Stark (online) The course covers the structure of argument, fallacy detection, and truth analysis. Also, it considers the role of logic in shaping worldviews, text books, media coverage and intercultural epistemology.
I4310S MAPS COLLOQUIUM: Eleanor Doidge, LoB, 9-12 p.m.
An adult learning seminar for MAPS Degree Candidates designed to facilitate the integration of ministry experience with the art form of theological reflection for ministry. Note that this class will be open online on June 2, with an assignment expected on the first day in the classroom (2 credit hrs., fulfills MAPS requirement)
E4001S INTRODUCTION TO MORAL THEOLOGY: Maria Cimperman, RSCJ 3 credit hrs.
The basic themes of the moral life including its personal, social and cosmic dimensions. Using classical texts and contemporary case studies, the course will focus on the sources, authorities and methods of the Roman Catholic ethical tradition. Note that this class will require the reading of a text before the first class meeting. See the book list on the CTU website. Fulfills area requirement.
B4501S GOSPEL PARABLES: Barbara Reid, OP 9-11:30 a.m.
A study of the dynamics of the parables as stories that challenge the hearer to conversion. Attention is given to historical, literary, cultural and theological perspectives and to insights for preaching and teaching through parables. (1-3 credits, fulfills area requirement)
SPIRITUALITY OF AFRICAN PEOPLES: Modeste Malu Nyimi, PhD1-3:30 p.m.
African peoples were enslaved, colonized and economically exploited; they were denied any rights. Still, they manage to survive only through the strength of their spirituality. The course will introduce students to this spirituality. (1-3 credits, elective)
W4019S CANONICAL ISSUES IN PARISH MINISTRY: Msgr. Pat Lagges 9-11:30 a.m.
An examination of the laws of the Church as they pertain to pastoral ministry. The course will focus on the nature of the law in the Church, the notion of parish, Christian Initiation and the other Sacraments, particularly marriage. This course does not complete the requirement for MDiv Students) (1-3 credits, elective)
LITURGY AND POPULAR RELIGION: Mark Francis, CSV 1-3:30 p.m.
Through lectures and discussions, this course will look at the history of the liturgy from “the bottom up” rather than from “the top down” and will explore facets of our common history that complement our understanding of the liturgy as it is celebrated today. (1-3 credits, elective)
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH AND WRITING FOR THEOLOGY: Melody Layton McMahon 9-11:30 a.m.
This is a general introduction to graduate-level research and writing as well as issues of scholarly communication, though it will also be of value to those wishing to improve upon their current skill set. The course incorporates lecture, discussion, online and in-class exercises, along with readings and assignments, to teach skills that are foundational to successful graduate work.
THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION SEMINAR: Bob Wheeler and Judy Logue 1-4, MWF
This seminar will explore the theory and praxis of theological reflection from a practical ministerial perspective. The class is ideal for RCIA teams, Bible study groups, catechists and others who lead in faith formation. Through input and discussion we will look at what is needed to create TRs that successfully connect the religious tradition with the personal experiences of people in the pews.
THE SPIRITUALITY OF PLACE: A RESPONSE TO ECOSPIRITUAL CRISIS: Mary Frohlich, RSCJ 6:30-9 p.m.
Human beings long for roots, and often fail to attend to our interdependence with the natural world. This course will introduce practices, texts and other resources that explore the fruitfulness of the “spirituality of place.” This course is a good introduction to the following week’s course: “Prayer and Hiking Near Chicago.” (1-3 credit hrs. Fulfills area requirement)
***F4998 Saturday, June 14 Retreat for Distance Students: The Divine-Human Mingling (all are welcome!) Emmaus Staff: Eugenia Callison and Mary Ellen Knuth
Join with other Summer Institute participants as we look into our own hearts and lives and see all God gives us thorough this Divine-Human mingling. The retreat will include input, sharing, quiet time, and prayer. Lunch will be provided. There is no charge for this day. Please do register through the registrar’s office.
WEEK II: June 16-20, 2014
W 4205C LAY LEADERSHIP OF PRAYER AND PREACHING: Eileen Crowley (blended online/in class)
A practicum to develop competency in the leadership of the community’s prayer, including Hours, catechumenal rites, the funeral Vigil, penitential liturgies, liturgies of Word and Communion, and ministry to the sick and dying. It also considers the liturgical, canonical, and pastoral dynamics and practical skills of lay preaching in catechesis and worship. PREREQUISITE: For MDiv Students, Sacraments I and II; for MAPS Students, Sacraments I or II AND 4205A and 4205B(1 credit hr., fulfills area requirement)
MUJERES DE LAS AMERICAS AND THE TRINITY: Neomi DeAnda (ICSM elective) 1-3:30 p.m.
This course will explore women thinkers from Latin America, 1500-1900 and their contributions to Trinitarian images. Some of these women include: Rose de Lima, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, and Sor Maria Anna Agueda de San Ignacio. Participants will envision possibilities for using the wisdom of these writers in pastoral settings. (1-3 credit hrs, elective)
SEEKING THE HEART OF THE CHURCH: BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR COMMUNITY AND MISSION: Donald Senior, CP 1-3:30 p.m.
Throughout its history, the Church has wrestled with the tension between building a cohesive community and reaching out in fidelity to its mission. This course will reflect on key texts in the New Testament that help keep in harmony both essential dimensions of the Church’s life. (1-3 credit hrs,Fulfills area requirement)
HOLISTIC PARISH CATECHESIS: Antoine Lawlor, IHM 1-3:30 p.m.
Utilizing the tri-fold lens of body, mind and spirit, this course will consider five key components of catechesis, gather wisdom from the best practices today, and put these in conversation with our own catechetical experiences in the parish. Our goal is to transform our ministry, creating tools that make a difference. (1 credit hr., elective)
LITURGICAL MINISTRY IN PARISH LIFE: Richard McCarron 6:30-9 p.m.
Explore the dynamics of symbol and ritual and enrich your pastoral ministry or parish participation with a study of the rhythms of liturgical time and the central sacramental and liturgical rites of the church and how they can be embodied in a “full, conscious, and active” way. (1 credit hr., elective)
CONVERSION TO THE EARTH: PRAYER AND HIKING NEAR CHICAGO: Mary Frohlich, RSCJ
Each day of this course will begin with an introduction to the themes of the day, followed by a five to nine mile meditative hike. Trails will be of intermediate difficulty and within sixty to ninety minutes of Hyde Park. Note this course is 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day.
WEEK III: June 23-27, 2014
THE MISSIONER AS MISFIT: Larry Lewis, MM (ICSM elective) 9-11:30 a.m.
This course will explore how the missioner as a cultural/geographical misfit can transcend cultural definitions of identity, success, failure, happiness and sadness by plunging into the mystery of God’s love and experience a Homecoming. Classical and contemporary spiritual sources, literature and film reveal how the missionary vocation is a paradigm of the human mystery. (1-3 credit hrs., elective)
WOMEN IN THE OLD TESTAMENT: Ahida Pilarski 9-11:30 a.m.(1-3 credit hrs., fulfills area requirement)
D4008S JESUS AND SALVATION: Robin Ryan, CP 1-3:30 p.m.
This course explores important themes in the Christian tradition, related to the saving work of Jesus Christ: What is understood by salvation today? How did/does Jesus affect salvation for humanity? What does Jesus save us from? What does he save us for? A number of modern theologians will be discussed. (1-3 credit hrs., fulfills area requirement)
D4011S RAHNER ON SPIRITUALITY: James Bacik 1-3:30 p.m.
This course is a study of the major themes of Karl Rahner’s theology from perspective of his writings and philosophical background. (1-3 credit hrs., elective)
CATECHESIS FOR JUSTICE: Helen Blier and Craig Gould 6:30-9 p.m.
If “justice and participation in the transformation of the world” are essentials to Catholic identity and sharing the Gospel, what does that meal for the goal and role of educators? Beyond what we teach, the how and why of teaching are crucial to how this transformation of people and culture is accomplished. This course will focus on the foundations of educating for justice while exploring best practices to accomplish the tasks of education. It is for those interested in education in all its various forms: youth and adults, liturgical and service, in church structures and the non-profit sector. (1 credit hr., elective)
HILDEGARD OF BINGEN: Linn Maxwell Keller ( workshop) 6:30-9 p.m.
This course will focus on the life and work of Hildegard, and the legacy she has left for believers in Christ. Like Hildegard, Linn Maxwell Keller is devoted to music. Having done research on Hildegard, she has written and performed the life of Hildegard.
K2007S THE INTENSIVE JOURNAL WORKSHOP: JoAnn Koltyk 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Experience the Intensive Journal method created by Ira Progoff as a tool for personal and spiritual growth. The writing exercises provide a unique way to gain insights about one’s life—including relationships, dreams, careers, interests, and spirituality. (There is an additional $65 fee for book and materials.)
If you have questions about Summer Institute 2014 and/or need more information please contact:
Sallie Latkovich, C.S.J.
Director of the Summer Institute