Methodist Theological School in Ohio will offer two intensive week-long courses exploring theology, ecology, race and ethics. “A Deeper Shade of Green: Black Ecotheology and Ethics” will be taught July 23-27 by Christopher Carter, assistant professor of theology and religious studies at the University of San Diego. “Field Theology: Water and Watersheds” will be taught July 30-Aug. 3 by Timothy Van Meter, associate professor in the Alford Chair of Christian Education and Youth Ministry and coordinator of ecological initiatives at MTSO.
Each class is worth three graduate credit hours and will meet 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday on the MTSO campus in greater Columbus. Those who are pursuing graduate degrees at other seminaries or divinity schools are welcome to register for one or both courses as visiting students. Students are advised to confer with their home institutions to verify that the credits can be transferred.
Tuition is $2,145 per course. A single $115 technology fee covers all Summer Term courses. On-campus housing is available for $28 per night. Each course may be audited for no credit for a $200 fee.
In “A Deeper Shade of Green,” students will explore the intersection between black and womanist theological and ethical discourses and environmental justice literature. The course will begin with an exploration of environmental justice, paying particular attention to environmental injustice on black and brown bodies. It then moves to interpret black and womanist theologies and ethical discourse in light of eco-injustice, and ends with collective discernment on how people of faith might address these global issues.
“Field Theology: Water and Watersheds” will explore place, space, boundaries and possibilities through the reality and metaphors of water. The course will explore two primary watersheds of Ohio – Lake Erie and the Ohio River – as sources for life, commerce, political action, environmental degradation and communal renewal. It will offer both classroom engagement and field work. Students will need to be willing to get wet and muddy.
“We’re excited to offer these two courses at a place with a unique commitment to the issues they address,” said MTSO President Jay Rundell. “Students will be inspired by the passion and insight of Dr. Carter and Dr. Van Meter, not to mention our campus. They’ll meet in classrooms powered by solar energy and cooled by geothermal wells. And outside, they’ll find our 10-acre, certified organic Seminary Hill Farm in peak growing season. These will be two special weeks.”
Methodist Theological School in Ohio provides theological education and leadership in pursuit of a just and sustainable world. In addition to the Master of Divinity degree, the school offers master’s degrees in counseling, theological studies and practical theology, along with a Doctor of Ministry degree.
For more info, please visit the MTSO website.