Faculty of Divinity, Trinity College. Outcomes for the Master of Divinity degree

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1 Faculty of Divinity, Trinity College Outcomes for the Master of Divinity degree Graduates of the Trinity College Master of Divinity degree will demonstrate (1) a graduate level and ecumenically justifiable understanding of the religious heritage of the Christian world, and in particular of the Anglican Church of Canada 1, by demonstrating (a) a critical and broad knowledge of the Old Testament and the New Testament, (b) a reasoned account of the teachings of Christianity and of Classical Anglicanism, (c) a critical and broad knowledge of the history of Christianity, and of the international and North American Anglican forms of it. (2) a knowledge and understanding of their cultural context, including principles and issues of contemporary social ethics, a critical perspective on the global, multicultural and cross-cultural aspects of that context, and a developed capacity to understand their own culture and at least one other culture in which they have experienced ministry. (3) a reflective knowledge of their personal and spiritual formation, and of their approach to counselling and reflection; and their assessment of the variety of Anglican spiritualities. (4) their assessment of (a) their own capacity for public leadership and ministry, (b) the principles of Anglican liturgical practice, and (c) the relation of practical ministry to other disciplines. WORKING DRAFT August 27, Students admitted to the Master of Divinity degree at Trinity, who are not members of the Anglican Church of Canada, will be allowed to demonstrate, mutatis mutandis, an understanding based on another faith community. Page 1

2 Outcomes for Required and Highly Recommended courses 1. Biblical Department TRB 1007H Introduction to the Old Testament To trace the development of both the nation and the culture of Israel from its inception to its restoration within the context of the international politics of the Ancient Near East; To elucidate such major biblical concepts and practices as covenant, sacrifice, the purity laws, and the diverse presentations of God; To demonstrate an understanding of the role prophecy played in Israel by becoming familiar with the various themes stressed especially by the writing prophets; To discuss the principal critical methods scholars use to exegete the text, particularly the approach known as source criticism. TRB 1501H Introduction to the New Testament To understand and explain the context and theology of the four canonical gospels and the Acts of the Apostles; To show familiarity with the social and historical context of each gospel; To demonstrate their knowledge of the critical methods of exegesis of the New Testament Page 2

3 TRH 2061H The Birth of Theology 2. Historical Department To give an account of the development of the theology from the sub-apostolic age to 843, identifying the significant positions of the major authors and the political and social issues that gave rise to those positions To give a detailed account of some work of at least three major authors To show an understanding of some missed opportunities and of conclusions that could have been otherwise TRJ 2631H Anglican History and Theology To give examples of the social, cultural, theological, and liturgical diversity of Anglican Christianity To trace the development of Anglican Christianity, particularly in the British Isles and North America, and to identify significant figures in its history To engage, constructively and critically, sources relevant to at least one of the following themes: politics, empire, women, social and economic issues, indigenization, and globalization TRH 2105H HISTORY OF THEOLOGY 2: MEDIEVAL AND REFORMATION THEOLOGIES To give an account of the development of the theology from the end of the Patristic Age to the Reformation, identifying the significant positions of the major authors and the intellectual, political and social issues that gave rise to those positions To give a detailed account of some work of at least three major authors from the period To show an understanding of the continuity within theology through the period and of novelties of substance and of emphasis Page 3

4 3. Pastoral Department TRP1613H Identity, Church and Society Students who successfully complete this course will be able: To approach the ministry of the church and of its members in terms of the baptismal covenant and the Marks of Mission of the Anglican Communion; To understand the ordained ministerial role in light of one s own self and desire, of the church and its purpose in God s mission, and of the social and cultural contexts that influence both the ordained person and the church: To reflect on and interpret influential elements of the context in its engagement with self and church; To interpret and reflect critically on the church s activities in light of God s mission in the world, as disclosed in scripture, liturgy, and theology. TRP2031HF Introduction to Preaching Students who successfully complete this course will be able: To show developed skills in discerning the message of the text for today; To demonstrate one or two sermonic forms most suitable for him/her; To demonstrate oral skills that will aid in becoming an effective preacher; To demonstrate a deepened awareness of God s movement in his/her life as she/he develops ways to pray with and preach scripture; TRP2202H Spiritual Formation in the Anglican Tradition To recognize the development of the various schools of Christian Spirituality, from Biblical times until the present; To recognize a variety of ways, including non-traditional ones, for individuals to form themselves spiritually within the Christian tradition; To assess and interpret, for the benefit of potential seekers, the strengths of available spiritual practices; Page 4

5 Reflecting on themselves, to understand at this point in their lives, why their own practices mean something to them. TRP2031HF Introduction to Preaching To develop skills in discerning the message of the text for today To find one or two sermonic forms most suitable for him/her To develop oral skills that will aid in becoming an effective preacher To deepen an awareness of God s movement in his/her life as she/he develops ways to pray with and preach scripture TRP2641Y Principles and Practice of Liturgy To give an account of the development of Christian liturgy from its roots, through the development of distinctive Anglican liturgies and their expression in the Anglican Church of Canada Showing competence in the planning and execution of liturgical services, to give an account of the range of liturgical principles that are relevant, and to evaluate services based on these principles. TRP 3750H Leadership in the Church To give an account of the changing church and its identity Showing competence in the skills necessary to provide leadership in the church, to give an account of leadership in terms of cultural, corporate, social and personal structures. P Y CLINICAL EDUCATION/PASTORAL COUNSELLING EDUCATION Page 5

6 4. Theological Department TRT 1101H Introduction to Systematic Theology To discern the linkages among core doctrines in Catholic tradition; To demonstrate basic knowledge of the theological topics of revelation, the Trinity, creation and Christ. TRT 1711H Introduction to Philosophy for Theological Students To show familiarity with the disputed character of the philosophic enterprise and of the complexity of the discipline today; To demonstrate basic knowledge of the history of philosophy in the west, and particularly of its Greek origins; To account for the impact these developments had on Christianity in its early development; To demonstrate an understanding of the long-range impact of these developments on Christianity with particular reference to the re-emergence of Aristotelian thought in the twelfth century.. TRT 2942H Ethics and Society To reflect upon religious ethics within their current public context; To understand the relationship between universal principles and particular needs of human beings; To understand their Christian values in ways sensitive to the non-christian pluralistic society in which they live; To demonstrate knowledge of a variety of ethical methodologies, religious and secular. Page 6

7 TRT 3566H Studies in Anglican Theology To give an account of the development of the theology behind the Thirty-Nine Articles and the Book of Common Prayer and of its justification in traditional theological principles and in the principles of the early Reformation To show understanding of the significance of the Puritan program and its rejection To understand the development of a distinctive Anglican theological pattern, and to give illustrations from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. Page 7

8 TRD 3010H Pastoral Ministry 5. Field Education and Internship Students undertake a full-time field education placement in ministry. The aim of the course is to develop basic competencies in various aspects of pastoral ministry as identified in a student generated learning agenda and developed in a learning covenant with the instructor and site supervisor. General learning will include but not be limited to how to accomplish integration into a parish ministry team, techniques for understanding the context of ministry, how to take leadership in parish administration, how to undertake parish visits, how to practice the art of pastoral preaching, how to evaluate performance in ministry, and how to understand ministry in theological terms. Basic Requirements: Completion of a Pre-Internship supervised ministry engagement of at least 120 hours. Completion of a full-time Internship of at least 500 hours of supervised ministry engagement. Completion of a Project in Ministry of up to 120 hours of ministry engagement in one area of specialization. Writing Assignments: 1. Learning Agenda. 2. Learning Covenant. 3. Brief history of the ministry site. 4. Report on a mid-term oral evaluation. 5. Written evaluations by site supervisor and student. 6. A Ministry Case Study presented at a concluding residential conference. TRD 3020Y Christian Education Students undertake a Christian Education project in a parish setting. The student will develop and test a philosophy of Christian education. Skills learned will be in selecting and planning program, preparing and executing sessions, and evaluation. Written Assignments: 1. An essay setting out a philosophy of Christian Education. 2. An account of the genesis of the Christian Education program. 3. A journal documenting session planning and what actually happened. 4. An annotated bibliography of resources used in the program. 5. An essay assessing the philosophy of Christian Education in the light of having executed the program. TRD 3030H Theology of Ministry The objective is to set out a theological understanding of ministry practice based on 500 hours of supervised pastoral engagement. Learning will be skill in understanding the practice of ministry in theological terms. Written Assignment: An essay of approximately 5000 words addressing the following: 1. A case study including verbatim reports, of an incident of ministry. 2. An essay on the theological resources engaged in the practice of ministry. 3. An essay on the resources engaged that were not explicitly theological. 4. A summary essay on the student s vocational direction. Page 8

9 Outcomes for other courses TRB 2031H Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I TRB 2014H Introduction to Biblical Hebrew II TRB 2756H Romans To demonstrate knowledge of the text of Romans and of some of the important issues that scholars have identified in regards to it; To demonstrate competence in using and evaluating commentaries and scholarly work on the Bible; To demonstrate comfort in leading discussion on the Bible. TRB 3628H Jesus in the New Testament TRB 3643H Gospel of Matthew TRB 3719H Paul on Character and Ethics in First Century Context To demonstrate that they are informed and articulate about a range of ideas and concepts in the field of ancient ethics and of the ethics of Paul. TRB 3965H Preaching the Passion TRH 2002H A History of the Church in the Middle Ages TRH 2105H History of Theology 2: Medieval and Reformation Theologies To give an account of the development of the theology from the end of the Patristic Age to the Reformation, identifying the significant positions of the major authors and the intellectual, political and social issues that gave rise to those positions To give a detailed account of some work of at least three major authors from the period Page 9

10 To show an understanding of the continuity within theology through the period and of novelties of substance and of emphasis TRH 2421H The Emerging Christian Church: Church History to 451 TRH 2401H Medieval Eastern Church Thought from Chalcedon to Palamas TRH 2414H History of Eastern Christianity/Orthodox Church(es) from 1204 to 21 st C TRH 2541H Newton, Butler, Paley TRH 2711H Intellectual Origins of Modern Religious Rationalism TRH 3012H Church in the Age of Justinian TRH 3055H The Nicene Revolution: Theological Change in the Fourth Century TRH3058H The Making Of Classical Christology ( ) To show their acquaintance with key primary texts, key issues, and the principal participants in the formation of christology in this period; To show increased sophistication as a historical analyst in his/her own right; To recognize and learn how to assess the complex causality behind events and decisions in the doctrinal realm, including the non-theological factors such as personalities, historic rivalries, political pressures and agendas; To become a more productive and active participant in the collective enterprise of learning. TRH 3236H Richard Hooker To give an account of the life and work of Richard Hooker, as the prophet of Anglicanism To give an account of the significance and adequacy of Richard Hooker as a defender of Anglican structures and traditions against those who advocated adherence to an international Reformed tradition Page 10

11 TRH 3725H Liturgy in the Middle Ages TRP 1531H Working with People The course teaches the basic tools for pastoral visiting with a view to maximizing therapeutic value and minimizing potential harm. Two papers. Each student will undertake a counselling relationship with a classmate. TRP 2134H Shaping Space for Worship TRP 2204H The Challenge and the Promise: Spirituality in the Aging TRP 2304H Preaching in the Round To develop an awareness of different and newer sermonic forms suitable for conveying the gospel message To discover his/her creative gifts for developing some or all of these sermonic forms To learn when, where, and how these sermonic forms are most suitably employed TRP 3371H Preaching Apocalyptic Texts To understand the genre apocalypse and its related forms in the Bible and related literature; To apply exegetical methods that focus on the text's form or genre; To use a variety of homiletical methods which focus on the form of the text; To gain experience in reflecting on how to use the above skills in a sermon. TRP 3538H Death/Dying/Grief The course surveys basic research on dying and grief with a view to provide tools for pastoral care of the dying and counselling the bereaved. 1 Book Report. Two reports on field assignments. TRP 3681H Theology in the Pastoral Context The course provides tools for integrating theological disciplines in ministerial context so that pastoral ministry may be intentionally carried out within an evolving but intentional Page 11

12 theological framework. Pre-requisite: an internship or significant pastoral experience. Two papers and a class presentation. TRT 2110H The Orthodox/Eastern Christian Understanding: a textexegetical approach to the Church TRT 2871H Science & Theology TRT 3256H Theologies of the Eucharist I: Catholic and Protestant TRT 3257H Theologies of the Eucharist 2: The Anglican Tradition TRT 3575H Kierkegaard as a Theological Resource To describe the Kierkegaard corpus and identify the relevant theological books or portions of the corpus To understand the intention of the authorship as a response - historically to what? To identify and develop an appreciation of main theological concepts and ideas that might prove useful in thinking theologically or working in a pastoral context.. To identify and discuss Kierkegaard s use of some biblical texts and personages. TRT 3836H Theology of Music To show their understanding of the Christian thought of music To show their understanding of some key concepts and issues in the history of churchmusic polemics To show their understanding of the various forms of church music which embody the theological and liturgical ideals TRT 3851H Theology & Religion Page 12

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