LC Course Descriptions
LC 520 – Pastoral Care Modalities – (Self Standing; required; 1.0 credit)
- This course is designed to introduce students to beginning theory and practice in the discipline of pastoral care. The course provides an overview of the key functions and modalities of spiritual care giving and facilitates reflection on the self as care giver. Students will begin to learn the “knowing, being, and doing” essential to pastoral ministry.
LC 550 – Creating a Congregational Culture of Care - (Required; 0.5 credit)
- During this course, we will seek together to develop your role as a pastoral caregiver within the congregational context and to cultivate your gifts in equipping the entire congregation to be a community of care. To achieve this, we’ll investigate theories, methods and practices of pastoral care and counseling, and will explore the role of theological reflection within the contexts of congregational care. We will consider how our embedded and operative theologies impact our approach and role in care giving. We will also engage a diverse selection of scholars in theology, systems theory and organizational dynamics. All these areas will be examined through the varying lenses of gender, cultural, national, racial, ethnic, ability, class and sexual difference.
LC 552 – Diagnosis & Referral: Lost Art of Listening (Required; 1.0 credit)
- This course is a two-week (.5 credit) module designed to introduce students to skills for effective pastoral care giving. Students will learn the art of pastoral listening through instruction, practice and feedback, thus helping to improve interpersonal self-awareness. This course introduces the topics of pastoral assessment/diagnosis and intervention, with specific attention to learning when and how to refer a person to additional sources of care.
LC 554 – The Art of Visitation (Required; 1.0 credit)
- Visitation is one of many activities which fall under the larger heading of pastoral care. As such, this course builds on theories and practices covered in LC 520 “Pastoral Care Modalities” with the intent of aiding the student in becoming a more self-aware and effective pastoral care giver.
This course will not recommend any one “way” or “method” for visitation, but will facilitate reflection on the various advantages and disadvantages of different options for doing visits and implementing a visitation program.
It will argue for and try to facilitate deep awareness of even the small decisions and moments in this incarnational ministry. the nature and work of God. We will look at ideas about creation and providence, God’s dual nature as both immanent and transcendent, theodicy and the nature of God as Trinity.
LC 570 – Special Topics in Aging (Required; 1.0 credit)
Instructor: Jason Hays
LC 572 – Crisis Response in Caring Relationships (Required; 1.0 credit)
This course aims to build clergy’s competence in dealing with various crisis situations. For such purpose, we will review the basic principle of crisis intervention and explore various resources to utilize in crisis situations in ministry.
LC 577 – The Healing Power of Anger: Contending As Spiritual Intimacy (Required; 1.0 credit)
Is there a place for anger in Christian lives? When a Christian feels anger, what is s/he supposed to do with it? What do we do when we have to deal with others who are angry? This course will deal with the underlying assumptions of these questions, which may rather paint a negative picture about anger. This negative assumption has had a powerful impact on how we deal with this emotion. We will examine the emotion of anger from various perspectives to build a more balanced, thicker understanding of it. In this process, we will highlight the constructive, relational aspect of anger to form a more positive relationship with it. This will be accomplished through careful self-reflection and a final project to care for our community.
Instructor: Heidi Park
LC 578 – Issues of Care in the Black Church (Required; 1.0 credit)