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Course in Social and Environmental Justice highlight EDS' 2006 Fall Semester

[Episcopal News Service]  This fall EDS stands by the belief that we are witnesses of God's gospel of justice, compassion and reconciliation, and their courses this semester are highlighted by their growing and continuous commitment to social and environmental justice.

EDS is grounded in the Anglican tradition and committed to growing in relationship with other Christian and faith traditions. Their curriculum covers the seven traditional foundations of theological education, with introductory and advanced courses in biblical, ethical, historical, liturgical, pastoral, and theological studies, as well as studies in contemporary society.

Selected courses this Fall include:

CH/CS 2250: The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion: Imperial Impulses and the Post-Colonial Church

Have you ever wondered what the central role of the Episcopal Church is within the emergence of the modern Anglican Communion? This and other historical issues and relationship within the church and Anglican Communion will be investigated and discussed. Led by the Rev. Dr. Ian Douglas, the course begins with a historical review of the life and witness of the Episcopal Church outside the continental United States from 1821 to 1963. The realities of contemporary global Anglicanism will be examined through a variety of case studies from the Two-Thirds World with readings from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Pastoral implications, challenges, and possibilities resulting from the Episcopal Church's membership in a world-wide Christian body will frame the course's discussions. This course will be held on Monday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

E/T 1430: Introduction to African American and Hispanic/Latino American Christian Ethics

Students will be introduced to the major starting points in African American and Hispanic/Latino American moral practices and points of view in racial/ethnic Christian communities. Moral wisdom and cultural contributions to the Christian tradition as well as the struggle against racism, sexism, and economic injustice will be a central focus of the course. The Rev. Dr. Joan Martin, William W. Rankin Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, will lead this course on Thursday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

E/CS 2105: The Environment, Eco-Justice, and the Christian Faith

Norm Faramelli joins the EDS faculty to engage students in a course on basic environmental issues confronting our planet-- and the necessity of developing a biocentric view if we are to be faithful to the doctrine of Creation. But in addition to concerns for air and water quality, land pollution and the depletion of non-renewable natural resources, students will explore and develop the linkages between the natural environment and concerns for social justice in all areas. Emphasis will be placed on the siting of facilities, the distribution of the costs and benefits of specific projects, environmental health issues, and environmental racism. The themes of ecology and ecojustice will be explored by utilizing case studies and other methods. This course will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

PT/CS 1442: America Behind Bars: A Theological, Ethical, and Sociological Investigation of Punishment in the United States Today

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PT/CS 1780: Pastoral Care as if Oppression Matters

How does oppression manifest itself in the structures and systems of society? What are the implications for pastoral care? This course will focus on prophetic pastoral practice in order to broaden and inform the paradigm for pastoral care in a variety of contexts and constituencies, including the poor, violence and abuse, aging, homelessness, substance abuse, young people, pastoral visiting, and ethnic communities. The underlying assumption of the course is that pastoral care is inextricably linked to justice and compassion. This course is led by The Rev. Dr. Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook and The Rev. Karen Montagno. It will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

For a complete list of courses offered, visit the EDS website at or request a catalogue at 617.868.3450 ext. 507 or via email at Most courses run for three hours a day, covering a semester's worth of material in a condensed, two week period. Short term housing and meal plans are available to students enrolling in the June terms.

For registration and fee information, contact the Registrar, at 617.868.3450 ext. 516 or via email at

Episcopal Divinity School is a respected center of study and spiritual formation for lay and ordained leaders with a strong commitment to justice, compassion, and reconciliation. EDS, formed in 1974 with the merger of Philadelphia Divinity School (founded in 1857) and Episcopal Theological School (founded in 1867), offers doctor of ministry and master's degrees, as well as certificates in theological studies. Located on an eight acre campus just a few blocks from Harvard Yard, EDS is a member of the Boston Theological Institute, a consortium of nine eminent theological schools, seminaries, and departments of religion.