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Word and Worship Studies

WMP 4000 Communication Skills for Ministry
This course serves as an MP area requirement or Worship elective. It is a practical, hands-on course involving the skills of scripture proclamation; the development of oral and multimedia presentations for teaching and faith formation; the facilitation of interpersonal communication in difficult conversations; the use of old and new media in facilitating small group discussions in intercultural contexts; the role of the visual arts and music in worship, teaching, and pastoral communication; the writing and production of digital media for parish communication in print and online; and the pastoral planning of internal and external communications. (This will be one of a number of MP area requirement options offered in rotation.) (3 credits)

W 4019  Canonical Issues in Parish Life
The Code of Canon Law specifies rights, sets forth duties, and provides for the vindication of rights.  This course will examine laws of the Church as they pertain to pastoral ministry.  It will focus on the nature of law in the Church, the notion of parish, Christian Initiation and the other sacraments, particularly marriage. (1 credit)

W 4110 Holy Week: Liturgy, Preaching and Presiding
This course examines in an integrated fashion the liturgical celebrations of Holy Week, specifically Passion Sunday and the Triduum. It includes historical and theological study of Holy Week; celebration of and mystagogical reflection on the current rites; issues in preparing, preaching, and presiding during Holy Week and Triduum; the interplay of liturgical celebration and popular religiosity; and reflection on liturgical spirituality fostered through and from the rites. (3 credits)

W 4200 Sacraments I: Initiation & Reconciliation
Theological, historical, and pastoral reflection on the experience and sacraments of initiation and reconciliation. Particular attention given to: the RCIA as norm for initiatory practice; the relation of sacramental reconciliation to the church's life; and foundations of practical skills for celebration. (3 credits)

W 4201 Sacraments II: Eucharist and Sacramental Theology
This course serves as a general introduction to sacramental theology, and a particular introduction to the Eucharist, its history, theology, structure, and practice. (3 credits)

W 4204 Canon Law
This introductory course addresses the nature, role, and history of canon law; church structures and ministries; and law regulating sacramental practice. This course fulfills the MDiv requirement in Canon Law. (3 credits)

W 4205 Lay Leadership of Prayer and Preaching
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. In conjunction with these settings, it also considers the liturgical, canonical, and pastoral dynamics and practical skills of lay preaching in catechesis and worship. Prerequisite: For MDiv, Sacraments I and II; For MAPS, Sacraments I or II. Strongly recommended to be taken later in one’s program.(3 credits)

W 4206 Sacraments III: Marriage and Anointing of the Sick.
Liturgical and theological exploration of the sacrament of marriage and the sacrament of anointing and the pastoral care of the sick and dying. Particular attention is given to the interplay of liturgy and pastoral care. (2 credits)

W 4207 Presiding I
A practicum designed for priesthood candidates to develop competency in leadership of sacramental rites, including initiation, weddings, wakes, and funerals. Special emphasis is given to Eucharist. (3 credits) Prerequisites: W2000 Sacraments I, W4201 Sacraments II, W4206 Sacraments III, and 4209 Preaching I.

W 4208 Presiding II
A practicum designed for priesthood candidates to develop competency in the pastoral care and anointing of the sick and in the ministry of reconciliation. Open to students in their final year.  (2 credits) Prerequisites: W4200 Sacraments I, W4201 Sacraments II, W4206 Sacraments III, and W4209 Preaching I.

W 4209 Preaching I
This practicum explores the homily as a liturgical action within the Christian assembly. Participants consider the basics of homiletics and the liturgical, pastoral, contextual, and practical dynamics of preaching for Sundays, Feasts, and Liturgical Seasons. (3 credits)

W 4210 Preaching II
This practicum builds on the foundations and skills covered by W4209 Preaching I to consider preaching at daily Mass, at the celebration of the sacraments, and at funerals. (2 credits) 

W 4220  Liturgy of the Synagogue
Prayer is one of the main forms of Jewish spiritual and religious identity. Liturgy is the textual form that prayer takes. This course will begin by studying prayer and liturgy in the Bible, the development of the synagogue, the classical rabbinic prayerbook, the liturgical year and Jewish festivals, and the Jewish home as a significant locus of prayer and ritual. This will be followed by some study of medieval Hebrew religious liturgical poetry. Finally, we will look at modern forms of Jewish prayer and liturgy. Each of these periods of development will be set in its historical and social context. We will also examine points of continuity and discontinuity between Jewish and Christian prayer and attend a worship service at a local synagogue. (3 credits)

W 5001 Catechesis and Religious Education in the Worshiping Community
This seminar explores the interplay of life, liturgy, and adult faith formation to promote a praxis of a holistic, transformative catechesis in the spirit of the General Directory for Catechesis. Offers an overview of the history of catechetical education; critical study of recent major catechetical documents; contemporary trends in adult faith formation; and the intersection of liturgy and catechesis. (3 credits)

WS 5001 Liturgical Foundations for Spirituality
Readings and seminar presentations on the structures, prayer forms, rhythms, and theology of liturgy to uncover liturgical foundations for christian spirituality.  The seminar will conducted in a reading, presentation, and discussion style. (3 credits)

W 5003  Theology of Word and Sacrament
Joining together theological interpretation and pastoral reflection, this seminar explores various topics in liturgical and sacramental theology in historical, contemporary, and emerging contexts. (3 credits)

W 5004 Liturgy and the New Evangelization
Building on contemporary discussions of the important connections between evangelization and liturgy, this seminar-style course will explore the evangelical and formative dimensions of liturgical celebrations and aid students in developing strategies for catechetical and spiritual practices that are rooted in the liturgy and which promote the work of evangelization in the world today.

W5021 Liturgy and Popular Religiosity
This seminar will explore the “non-official” contribution to Christian worship of the “plebs sancta Dei” (the holy, common people of God) who, though not theologians and church leaders, provide a cultural context for the liturgy. Through readings, seminar presentations, and discussions, participants in the seminar will examine both historic and contemporary influences of popular religion on Christian worship. This course is open to auditors.

WS 5105 Church Year Prayed and Preached
This seminar explores the Church Year as a liturgical event, spiritual guide and preaching resource. Employing the methods of practical theology, it will consider the relevant contextual, historical, and experiential factors for celebrating, praying, and preaching the liturgical cycle of feasts and seasons. (3 credits)

W 5200 Liturgical Music
Employing the frameworks of practical theology, this interdisciplinary seminar will explore the practice of music in Christian worship. Through the lenses of context, traditions and the experience of prayers and musicians, the course will consider the kinds of theology and theological precedents such practices reflect and generate, and ponder how they contribute to shaping contemporary musical-liturgical practices that is musically, theologically, and contextually appropriate. (3 credits)

WC 5202 Liturgical Inculturation
This seminar explores the inculturation of the church's worship in both historical and contemporary perspective with emphasis on current methodological and theological issues raised by the engagement of the church with contemporary cultures promoted by Vatican II. (3 credits)

WC 5205 Liturgy in a Multicultural Community
This seminar explores the complex situation of liturgical celebration in communities comprising people of diverse languages and cultural backgrounds. It takes up the dynamics of intercultural engagement; assumptions, principles, and critiques relating to multiculturalism; importance of popular religiosity; and contemporary models for liturgy that embrace the plurality of cultures in a respectful, inclusive way. (3 credits)

W 5210 Liturgical Catechesis
Drawing upon the nature of liturgical celebration and principles of adult education, this seminar explores the nature and role of liturgical catechesis and mystagogy, and examines several models for experientially based learning and formation for adult worshipers. (3 credits)

WS5225 Worship, Spirituality and Digital Media Arts  (Fall 2014)
Media arts in Christian worship is not a new phenomenon. The first instance recorded occurred at the end of the 19th century. Since the mid-1990s, though, more and more faith communities have chosen to add projection or display of images and video into their worship. Why? How? To what end? How is this practice to be evaluated? By what criteria? These are among the many questions raised in this course that focuses on how the local creation of digital media arts can become a spiritual practice not only for the individual producer, but also for the larger faith community when it is done in a small group process that leads to contemplative media art-making and media art-sharing. Students will explore how today’s media arts (photography, video, new media arts) can appropriately be integrated into Roman Catholic and other Christian liturgy and how the creation of media arts might become a part of faith formation for adults as well as for children and teens. Each week students practice doing photography as a spiritual practice. Through this practice, they discover how the act of media art-making and media art-sharing in community can encourage participants to be become more and more contemplative in their everyday life and to become more attuned to glimpses of grace everywhere around them.  (3 credits)

W 5227 Shaping Places for Worship
Using a range of media and methods, this seminar examines liturgical, spatial, artistic, and human issues involved in shaping places for worship. (3 credits)

W 5230 Liturgical Methods
This seminar introduces students to the major methodological trends in the field of liturgy. Students engage both in the reading of the classic and contemporary works and in the exploration of of the various methods by applying them to a study of liturgical rites and texts. (3 credits)

W 5240 Ritual Studies
This seminar explores the ritual dimensions of liturgical celebration. Student presentations are based on field observation and readings in ritual theory from various social sciences. (3 credits)

W 5241 Liturgical History
This course provides an overview of Christian liturgy from its Jewish matrix until the present, especially in the west. It introduces significant movements, places, events, liturgical sources, and individuals that provide basic historical, social, cultural, and theological frameworks for understanding the development of Christian worship. (3 credits)

WSC 5301 Prayer Patterns in the Abrahamic Traditions
This seminar course will examine the development of (non-eucharistic) liturgical prayer patterns in the Abrahamic traditions from ancient Temple and Synagogue prayer patterns into the 21st century.  This historical-contextual approach will provide a framework for inquiring to what extent there can be said to be implied spiritualities in the form, structure and performance of these prayer patterns, and how such might shed light on the evolving prayer practices of these traditions today.  Historical work will be complemented by shared theological reflection on the patterns we examine. (3 credits)

W5525 Shaping Places for Worship (online Spring 2015)
Christian communities often face the challenge of renovating or building new worship spaces. Many worship in temporary spaces and have to create an environment appropriate for their liturgies. In this online course, students explore how shaping places for worship, whether permanent or temporary, is an urgent issue that requires knowledge of the history of liturgical art and architecture, from ancient to contemporary; appreciation for how creating worship spaces that are universally accessible and designed with sustainability in mind is a matter of hospitality and justice; understanding of how the incorporation of various media arts can become a communal activity that eventually leads to the creation of liturgical media art; appreciation for the history of inculturation in church art and architecture; knowledge of how community processes are a critical part of any renovation or building project; and understanding of Roman Catholic, ELCA Lutheran, and other denominational guidelines regarding worship spaces. Students conclude this online seminar with a project focused on a topic pertinent to their ministry.  (3 credits)