Teaching

Undergraduate Courses

RELS 1305: Introduction to Theology and Ethics

University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas.
Course Description: This course offers an introduction to the basic theological foundations of the Christian faith with special attention to its ethical implications in contemporary society.

RELS 1335: Spirituality and Prayer

University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas.
Course Description: This course studies spirituality and prayer as expressions of the human relationship with the Sacred in Christianity and other religions.  It will emphasize Abrahamic traditions, practical examples of spirituality and prayer in the lives and works of selected authors, contemporary approaches, and the inter-relationship with justice and peace.

RELS 1327H: Theological Anthropology

University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas.
Course Description: This course in theological anthropology aims to foster a greater understanding of the whole person in the context of the Judeo-Christian tradition. It is part of the UIW Honors Program.

RELS 3399: Reforming Church and World

University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas.
Course Description: This course introduces students to the 16c. Reformation, its causes, and outcomes. It also introduces the modern ecumenical movement and its impact on contemporary Christianity.

RELS 3399H: Global Justice

University of the Incarnate Word Study Center, Heidelberg, Germany.
Course Description: Global realities of injustice in the 21st century increasingly challenge religious traditions both to respond to and to take responsibility for past actions that have contributed to contemporary injustices. Given that just action is necessarily a criterion of authentic Christian theology and practice, this course will explore the basic theological foundations of the Christian faith in relation to contemporary ethical concerns related to inequality, poverty, violence and ecological destruction. Specific attention is directed to the theology of creation, the historical Jesus, Christology, and the image of the reign of God. This class would be of interest to students engaged in a variety of different fields of study, such as, theology, biblical studies, ethics, and politics.

RELS 4370: Senior Seminar

University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas
Course Description: This course serves as a capstone for upper level majors and minors by providing an opportunity to engage topics of religious studies and theology within an interdisciplinary, seminar-oriented format, critical and collaborative interaction with writing assignments and discussions. The course serves to culminate and build on the first five or six semesters of a UIW student’s coursework in the field of religious studies.

THEO 111: The Biblical Tradition

College of Saint Benedict / Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota.
Course Description: This course offers an introduction to the discipline of Christian theology, giving primary attention to texts from the Bible (including selections from the Pentateuch, the Prophets, the Gospels, and the Pauline Letters), emphasizing prominent biblical themes (including creation, covenant, and reign of God), and considering some post-biblical developments in the tradition.

THEO 1001: Introduction to Theology

Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Course Description: Key sources and questions of theology as reflection upon the worldview and core narrative found in Christian tradition and scriptures. Includes orientation to the academic study of religion. Background in theology is not presupposed. Prerequisite to all other courses in theology.

 

Graduate Courses

DOCT 414: Eschatology, Mary, and the Saints

Saint John’s School of Theology & Seminary, Collegeville, MN.
Course Description: Students will explore the eschatological dimensions of the Christian experience. This engagement with the Christian hope of eternal life will also attend to the place of Mary in the Church’s theology and a theology of the saints.

DOCT 468/PHTM 468: Practical Ecumenism and Interfaith Engagement.

Saint John’s School of Theology & Seminary, Collegeville, MN.
Course Description: This course will introduce students to the ecumenical movement, and the Church’s relationship with interfaith dialogue partners. It will give attention to the ministerial and liturgical issues which the contemporary situation produces, including communio in sacris, ecumenical or interfaith marriages, the reception of other Christians into full communion, and the situations arising from the many families that bridge these divides.

PMIN 6322: Ecclesiology

University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX.
Course Description: This course examines the nature and structure of the Roman Catholic Church from its apostolic origins to the present. Various models used in understanding the Church will be studied (e.g. the Church as communion, the Church as sacrament, etc.) The local and universal nature of the Church, and issues related to magisterium, authority, evangelization, ministry, ecumenism, and missiology will be discussed.

PMIN 6328: Sacraments & Worship

University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX.
Course Description: Beginning with the roots of Christian worship in symbol, language, and social dynamics, this course leads to theological reflection on the sacramental life in the Church. Contemporary approaches to a theology of sacrament are engaged, along with principles for planning and leading Christian worship.

THY 402: Introduction to the Christian Tradition I

Saint John’s School of Theology & Seminary, Collegeville, MN.
Course Description: This course is an introductory survey of theology, studying representative texts from the pre-Christian era to eve of the Reformation (100 B.C. to 1450). Figures and issues will be situated within the philosophical and theological currents of their time.

THY 404: Introduction to the Christian Tradition II

Saint John’s School of Theology & Seminary, Collegeville, MN.
Course Description: This course is an introductory survey of theology, studying representative texts from the Reformation to the present. Figures and issues will be situated within the philosophical and theological currents of their time.