This course is designed to engage you in faith-filled reflection and practice related to various ordinances and rituals of Christian faith. With attention given to theological interpretation and imagination in the design of creative ritual experiences, we will study the anthropological, cultural, and historical bases of ritual development across Christian traditions. You will also learn to prepare and perform such seminal rituals as child and parent dedications, baptism, Love Feast, communion, anointing, weddings, funerals and memorials.

This seminar offers a survey of biblical texts related to peace, broadly defined. We will interpret these texts collaboratively, paying attention to their historical and literary contexts and to their meanings for readers today. We will also explore the implications of this biblical background for our understandings and practices of peacemaking.