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RELS 1005 Survey of the World Religions

Credits: 2

Number of Weeks: 17

Typically offered in: Fall

We live in a global culture where people of all races and nations travel far and wide and mingle easily in person and on the Internet. In the midst of this global melting pot it is important for anyone to have a basic familiarity with the predominant cultures and beliefs on this planet.

This course is designed to give you a good working knowledge of the major religious beliefs and practices that shape the worldviews of large segments of the global population. After a brief review of native religion and some of the religions of the ancient worlds, including Egyptian, Greek, Persian and Norse religions, you will spend quality time on what are considered the seven major world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Selected source text readings and enlightening teachings on the mystical essence on each of the world religions will round out your understanding and give you the confidence to strike up a conversation with any adherents of these religions who may cross your path.

Students will be assessed on the following course assignments:

Assignments

% of Final Grade

Forum posts 20%
Quizzes 40%
Final Paper 40%
TOTAL 100%

 

Hours per week: Students should plan to set aside 7-9 hours per week to complete their weekly course work. There are eight units in this course. Students are expected to complete one unit every two weeks.

Textbook Information: RELS 1005 Textbook Information Sheet [PDF]

To take this course, you must be a credit or audit student in the SU Online School of Theology and Spiritual Studies, and it must be a required or elective component of your program of study. Click here to learn more about the School of Theology. Interested in applying to the school? Visit our Application Process page to apply today!

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MINS 2770 The Holy Spirit: Fire from Heaven

Credits: 1

Number of Weeks: 8

Typically offered in: Fall

The Holy Spirit is the comforter as well as the “power from on high” promised by Jesus to his disciples two thousand years ago. It is a powerful energy that infuses the lives of those who know how to align themselves with its presence.

This course is an immersion in the flame of the Holy Spirit. It is based on the study of Elizabeth Clare Prophet’s landmark series of twelve sermons titled The Conversion of the Holy Spirit in the New Jerusalem (later published in the book Fire from Heaven—the New Age of the Holy Spirit). It provides a framework for a living relationship with the Holy Spirit, which is vital for anyone who wants to make a difference—whether it is serving as a minister, doing outreach, growing a congregation, helping a community flourish, or simply wanting to live a spirit-filled life. Once we are transformed by the Holy Spirit we are called to witness, to share the “good news” of the spiritual life and to exemplify the Holy Spirit in a personal and profound way.

Students will be assessed on the following course assignments:

Assignment

% of Final Grade

Forums 30%
Assignments 50%
Final Paper 20%
TOTAL 100%

 

Hours per week: Students should plan to set aside 5-6 hours per week to complete their weekly course work. There are eight units in this course. Students are expected to complete one unit per week.

Textbook Information: MINS 2770 Textbook Information Sheet [PDF]

To take this course, you must be a credit or audit student in the SU Online School of Theology and Spiritual Studies, and it must be a required or elective component of your program of study. Click here to learn more about the School of Theology. Interested in applying to the school? Visit our Application Process page to apply today!

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Fall Semester 2016

Fall Semester 2016 Dates

August 16 – December 12, 2016

Course Schedule Overview

The following chart shows the courses that will be offered during Fall Semester 2016.  (Courses highlighted in pink are only available for MTC-A and MTC-B students.)  For more details about each course, please see the course catalog.

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Course Offerings

The following courses will be offered during the Fall Semester 2016. For more details about each course, please see the Course Catalog.

COMS 1101 Public Speaking (1 credit)

Offered: This class has been cancelled for Session 2.
Instructor: Janet Nordemann
Note: There is an additional technology requirement for this course. See the description in the Course Catalog for details.

EDUC 1233 Foundations of a Home-Centered Spiritual Culture (1 credit)

Offered: Session 1 (August 16 – October 10)
Instructor: Janet Nordemann

LEAD 1101 Principles and Practice of Servant Leadership (3 credits)

Offered: August 16 – December 12
Instructor: Susan Kulp

LEAD 2105 Practical Leadership Skills 2 (1 credit)

Offered: Session 2 (October 18 – December 12)
Instructor: Rose Gadigian
Prerequisites: In order to register for this course, students must have completed LEAD 1101 and LEAD 1105.

LEAD 2150 Leadership Practicum (3 credits)

Offered: August 16 – December 12
Instructor: Rose Gadigian
Prerequisites: In order to register for this course, students must be enrolled in the LSC Program and have completed LEAD 1101 and LEAD 1105.

MINS 1000 Mentoring Program (0 credits)

Offered: August 16 – December 12
Coordinator: Rev. Rose Gadigian
Mentors: Rev. Kenneth Frazier, Rev. Rose Gadigian
Prerequisites: To register for this program, students must be enrolled in the MSC-B Program and have completed at least six program credits.

MINS 1110 Homiletics 1 (1 credit)

Offered: Session 2 (October 18 – December 12)
Instructor: Carla Groenewegen, Director of Summit University
Prerequisites: To register for this course, students must be enrolled in the MSC program (Tracks A or B).
Note: There is an additional technology requirement for this course. See the description in the Course Catalog for details.

MINS 1650 Pastoral Assistance (on-site intensive)  (1 credit)

Offered: October 11 – 14
Prerequisites: To register for this course, students must be enrolled in the Ministering Servant Certificate – Track B program and will have completed 12 credits by the end of Fall Semester 2016 (not including this intensive)

MINS 2000 Mentoring Program (0 credits)

Offered: August 16 – December 12
Coordinator: TBD
Mentors: TBD
Prerequisites: To register for this program, students must be enrolled in the MTC-B Program and have completed at least 9 program credits.

MINS 2770 The Holy Spirit: Fire from Heaven (1 credit)

Offered: Session 2 (October 18 – December 12)
Instructor: Neroli Duffy

MINS 2780 CUT Sacraments and Holy Orders (1 credit)

Offered: Session 1 (August 16 – October 10)
Instructors: Susan Kulp, Rose Gadigian
Prerequisites: To register for this course, students must be enrolled in the Ministerial Training Certificate Program (Track A or B).

POLI 1101 Spiritual Principles of Government (3 credits)

Offered: August 16 – December 12
Instructor: Thomas Gulick

RELS 1005 Survey of the World Religions (1 credit 2 credits)

Offered: Session 1 (August 16 – October 10)
Instructor: Carla Groenewegen, Director of Summit University

RELS 1085 Survey of The Summit Lighthouse (1 credit)

Offered: Session 1 (August 16 – October 10)
Instructor: Rose Gadigian

SOCW 2605 End-of-Life Care in The Summit Lighthouse (1 credit)

Offered: Session 2 (October 18 – December 12)
Instructor: Destyne Sweeney

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MINS 2610 Pastoral Counseling and Care

Credits: 3

Number of Weeks: 17

Typically offered in: Spring

“Feed My Sheep” was Jesus instruction to his disciples. Two thousand years later, how to best minister to and counsel the flocks of the Lord is the burning question for every pastor, minister or ministering servant.

The average pastor or minister spends a minimum of six to eight hours each week counseling parishioners and community members, and yet, many pastors find it frustrating or not as gratifying as they would like it to be. They often feel they do not have adequate training or can’t devote sufficient time to this important function.

Studies show that when ministering servants have a basic framework and understanding of their boundaries in counseling, then much of the dissatisfaction goes away. They are clearer about their goals and expectations and better at meeting the needs of their congregations. They subsequently feel better about themselves and their work.

The MINS 2610 Pastoral Counseling and Care course provides you with the basic training you need to minister to those whom you meet in your ministry each day. The training will help you feel comfortable and confident in doing the work that your vocation will ask of you.

The course covers a broad range of topics: counseling as care of the soul, ministering from the heart with compassion, stages and tasks of strategic pastoral counseling, self-care and how to stay balanced as you minister to others, ethical considerations and confidentiality, and other pertinent topics. The course also gives an overview of the specifics of counseling in situations such as grief, marriage, suicide and other situations that ministers face every day.

Students will be assessed on the following course assignments:

Assignment

% of Final Grade

Forums 30%
Assignments 50%
Midterm Paper 10%
Final Paper 10%
TOTAL 100%

 

Hours per week: Students should plan to set aside 9–10 hours per week to complete their weekly course work.  There are 17 units in this course, with Unit 9 designated as a break week. Students are expected to complete one unit per week.

Textbook Information: MINS 2610 Textbook Information Sheet [PDF]

Required for and only available to students enrolled in:

  • Ministering Training Certificate Program (Tracks A and B)
This information is subject to change without notice.

 

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Spring Semester 2016

Spring Semester 2016 Dates

January 19 – May 16, 2016

 

Course Schedule Overview

The following chart shows when 3-credit and 1-credit courses will be offered during Spring Semester 2016.  (Courses highlighted in pink are only available for MTC-A and MTC-B students.)

Course Offerings

The following 3-credit and 1-credit courses will be offered during the Spring Semester 2016. For more details about each course, please see the Course Catalog.

COMS 1101 Public Speaking (1 credit)

Offered: Session 1 (January 19 – March 14)
Instructor: Janet Nordemann
Note: There is an additional technology requirement for this course. See the description in the Course Catalog for details.

EDUC 1233 Foundations of a Home-Centered Spiritual Culture (1 credit)

Offered: Session 2 (March 22 – May 16)
Instructor: Janet Nordemann

EDUC 1380 Outreach Principles and Techniques in The Summit Lighthouse (1 credit)

Offered: Session 2 (March 22 – May 16)
Instructor: Thomas Wilk

LEAD 1105 Practical Leadership Skills 1 (1 credit)

Offered: Session 2 (March 22 – May 16)
Instructor: Rose Gadigian
Prerequisites: In order to register for this course, students must have completed LEAD 1101.

LEAD 2150 Leadership Practicum (3 credits)

Offered: January 19 – May 16
Instructor: Rose Gadigian
Prerequisites: In order to register for this course, students must be enrolled in the LSC Program and have completed LEAD 1101 and LEAD 1105.

MINS 1000 Mentoring Program (0 credits)

Offered: January 19 – May 16
Coordinator: Rev. Rose Gadigian
Mentors: Rev. Kenneth Frazier, Rev. Rose Gadigian
Prerequisites: To register for this program, students must be enrolled in the MSC-B Program and have completed at least six program credits.

MINS 1110 Homiletics 1 (1 credit)

Offered: Session 1 (January 19 – March 14)
Instructor: Carla Groenewegen, Director of Summit University
Prerequisites: To register for this course, students must be enrolled in the MSC program (Tracks A or B).
Note: There is an additional technology requirement for this course. See the description in the Course Catalog for details.

MINS 2603 Foundations of Family Ministry (1 credit)

Offered: Session 1 (January 19 – March 14)
Instructor: Janet Nordemann
Prerequisites: In order to register for this course, students must have completed EDUC 1233.

MINS 2610 Pastoral Counseling and Care (3 credit)

Offered: January 19 – May 16
Instructor: Neroli Duffy
Prerequisites: To register for this course, students must be enrolled in the Ministerial Training Certificate Program (Track A or B).

PSYS 1201 Spiritual Psychology 1 (3 credits)

Offered: January 19 – May 16
Instructor: Susan Kulp

RELS 1080 Understanding the Teachings of the Ascended Masters (3 credits)

Offered: January 19 – May 16
Instructor: Carla Groenewegen, Director of Summit University

RELS 1085 Survey of The Summit Lighthouse (1 credit)

Offered: Session 1 (January 19 – March 14)
Instructor: Rose Gadigian

RELS 1180 The Science of the Spoken Word (1 credit)

Offered: Session 2 (March 22 – May 16)
Instructor: Linda Worobec

SOCW 2603 Basics of Senior Care (1 credit)

Offered: Session 2 (March 22 – May 16)
Instructor: Destyne Sweeney

SOCW 2605 End-of-Life Care in The Summit Lighthouse (1 credit)

Offered: Session 1 (January 19 – March 14)
Instructor: Destyne Sweeney

 

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MINS 2603 Foundations of Family Ministry

Credits: 1

Number of Weeks: 8

Typically offered in: Spring

This comprehensive course prepares ministerial students to integrate family ministry holistically into church communities. Based on the foundational studies in SU’s EDUC 1233 course, you will continue to learn about innovative principles and develop practical skills for shepherding families. Through selected readings and hands-on experiences, you will be trained to serve the Christ by supporting family and community life.

You will learn how to partner with parents in applying the Cosmic Clock in nurturing their children and youth. You will also experience firsthand some of the major responsibilities of family ministry based on the home-centered concept. By participating in a family visit, conferring with a minister, developing a themed-activity for parents, and writing an ascended master story, you will garner insights as well as be equipped with useful tools. Engaging in small group forums and reflective journaling will enrich your learning. Upon the completion of the course, you will have acquired the basic skills to engage in a ministry of loving relationships and discipleship for the family of God.

Students will be assessed on the following course assignments:

Assignment

% of Final Grade

Hands-On Assignments 40%
Forums 15%
Midterm Exam 20%
Final Essay 25%
TOTAL 100%

 

Hours per week: Students should plan to set aside 5–6 hours per week to complete their weekly course work. This course consists of eight units and students are expected to complete one unit per week.

Textbook Information: MINS 2603 Textbook Information Sheet [PDF]

Prerequisite:

This information is subject to change without notice.

 

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Ministerial Training Certificate Program – Track A*

Total credits required: 18

Required Courses (12 credits)

  • MINS 2110 – Homiletics 2 (2 cr.)
  • MINS 2603 – Foundations of Family Ministry (1 cr.)
  • MINS 2610 – Pastoral Counseling and Care (3 cr.)
  • MINS 2770 – The Holy Spirit: Fire from Heaven (1 cr.)
  • PSYS 2201 – Spiritual Psychology 2 (3 cr.)
  • RELS 1005 – Survey of the World Religions (2 cr.)

Electives (6 credits)

  • EDUC 1380 – Outreach in The Summit Lighthouse (1 cr.)
  • ENGL 1281 – Writers' Guild Training – Fundamentals (2 cr.)
  • LEAD 1105 – Practical Leadership Skills 1 (1 cr.)
  • LEAD 2105 – Practical Leadership Skills 2 (1 cr.)
  • LEAD 2150 – Leadership Practicum (3 cr.)
  • MINS 2380 – The Universal Principles of Spiritual Community (1 cr.)
  • MINS 3280 – A Spiritual Perspective on the Issues of Our Time (1 cr.)
  • POLI 1101 – Spiritual Principles of Government (3 cr.)
  • RELS 1085 – Survey of The Summit Lighthouse (1 cr.)
  • RELS 1180 – Science of the Spoken Word (1 cr.)
  • SOCW 2603 – Basics of Senior Care (1 cr.)
  • SOCW 2605 – End-of-Life Care in The Summit Lighthouse (1 cr.)

Ministerial Training Certificate Program – Track B*

Total credits required: 18

Required Courses (16 credits)

  • MINS 2110 – Homiletics 2 (2 cr.)
  • MINS 2380 – The Universal Principles of Spiritual Community (1 cr.)
  • MINS 2603 – Foundations of Family Ministry (1 cr.)
  • MINS 2610 – Pastoral Counseling and Care (3 cr.)
  • MINS 2650 – MTC-B Intensive (1 cr.)**
  • MINS 2770 – The Holy Spirit: Fire from Heaven (1 cr.)
  • MINS 2780 – CUT Sacraments and Holy Orders (1 cr.)
  • MINS 3280 – A Spiritual Perspective on the Issues of Our Time (1 cr.)
  • PSYS 2201 – Spiritual Psychology 2 (3 cr.)
  • RELS 1005 – Survey of the World Religions (2 cr.)

Electives (2 credits; one SOCW course required unless two SOCW courses were taken at the MSC-B level)

  • ENGL 1281 – Writers' Guild Training – Fundamentals (2 cr.)
  • LEAD 1105 – Practical Leadership Skills 1 (1 cr.)
  • LEAD 2105 – Practical Leadership Skills 2 (1 cr.)
  • SOCW 2603 – Basics of Senior Care (1 cr.)
  • SOCW 2605 – End-of-Life Care in The Summit Lighthouse (1 cr.)

Additional Requirements (no credit)

  • Minimally one semester of mentoring by an ordained minister of C.U.T.
  • Minimally 10 professional counseling sessions by a licensed psychological counselor/therapist (in addition to sessions taken for the MSC-B program) taken within 5 years of applying for the office of lay minister.

*See the Course Catalog for a schedule and descriptions of courses. Course numberings, titles and availability are subject to change without prior notice.

**MINS 2650 – Intensive: is a required 4-5 day intensive for Track B students who have completed 12 credits or will complete 12 credits at the conclusion of the semester when the intensive will be held. Intensives will be held once a year. Locations and dates for intensives will be announced. Travel, housing and meals for intensives vary and are the responsibility of the student.

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LEAD 2105 Practical Leadership Skills 2

Credits: 1

Number of Weeks: 8

Typically offered in: Fall

This course builds upon facilitation skills learned in Practical Leadership Skills 1.  You will explore the mediation process and practice conflict resolution skills such as active listening, maintaining neutrality, mirroring, summarizing, validating, and expressing empathy.  You will gain an understanding of different conflict resolution models, learn conflict resolution language, identify what creates conflicts, and learn steps to arrive at a common ground.

Through self-analysis exercises you will discover your own approach to conflict as the platform for incorporating the conflict resolution tools and skills covered in the subject matter. Above all, the course will demonstrate that conflict can be a decisive moment of free will to enrich your relationships at work, home, school and community.

Students will be graded on the following course assignments:

Assignment

% of Final Grade

Forum Posts 20%
The Joy of Conflict Resolution Worksheets (pass/fail) 15%
Little Keys to Resolve Conflict (pass/fail) 10%
Self-Evaluation (pass/fail) 5%
Midterm Paper 25%
Final Paper 25%
TOTAL 100%

 

Hours per week: Students should plan to set aside 5−6 hours per week to complete their weekly course work.  This course consists of eight units, and students are expected to complete one unit per week.

Textbook information: LEAD 2105 Textbook Information Sheet [PDF]

Prerequisites: 

This information is subject to change without notice.

 

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PSYS 2201 Spiritual Psychology 2

Credits: 3

Number of Weeks: 17

Typically offered in: Spring

This course introduces students to the entire spectrum of the human consciousness from embodied evil to the soul’s inner bonding to the Higher Self.

Students will take an in-depth look at the not-self and the nature of evil people by reviewing case studies from Dr. Scott Peck’s book, People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil, as well as delve into the ascended masters’ teachings on the psychology of evil to understand how it manifests through the carnal mind and the ego.

Students will also study the concepts and apply the techniques of inner bonding as taught by the ascended masters and complemented by the book Healing Your Aloneness: Finding Love and Wholeness Through Your Inner Child by Erika J. Chopick and Margaret Paul.

This course has an emphasis on reading and engaging in transformative exercises. Students will also submit a midterm paper and sit for a final exam.

Students will be assessed on the following course assignments:

Assignment

% of Final Grade

Midterm Paper 20%
Research Paper 15%
Mini Papers 20%
Forums 20%
Self-Evaluations (pass/fail) 5%
Final Exam 20%
TOTAL 100%

 

Hours per week: Students should plan to set aside 9–10 hours per week to complete their weekly course work. Some students find they need additional time to process deep-seated issues that may be brought to the surface of awareness due to the nature of the course material. There are 17 units in this course, with Unit 9 designated as a break week. Students are expected to complete one unit per week.

Textbook information: PSYS 2201 Textbook Information Sheet [PDF]

Prerequisite:

This information is subject to change without notice.

 

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Fall Semester 2015

Fall 2015 Semester Dates

August 18 – December 14, 2015

 

Course Schedule Overview

The following chart shows when 3-credit and 1-credit courses will be offered during Fall Semester 2015.

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Course Offerings

The following 3-credit and 1-credit courses will be offered during the Fall Semester 2015. For more details about each course, please see the Course Catalog.

COMS 1101 Public Speaking (1 credit)

Offered: Session 2 (October 20 – December 14)
Instructor: Janet Nordemann
Note: There is an additional technology requirement for this course. See the description in the Course Catalog for details.

EDUC 1233 Foundations of a Home-Centered Spiritual Culture (1 credit)

Offered: Session 1 (August 18 – October 12)
Instructor: Janet Nordemann

EDUC 1380 Outreach Principles and Techniques in The Summit Lighthouse (1 credit)

Offered: Session 2 (October 20 – December 14)
Instructor: Neroli Duffy

LEAD 1101 Principles and Practice of Servant Leadership (3 credit)

Offered: August 18 – December 14
Instructor: Susan Kulp

LEAD 1105 Practical Leadership Skills 1 (1 credit)

Offered: Session 1 (August 18 – October 12)
Instructor: Rose Gadigian

LEAD 2105 Practical Leadership Skills 2 (1 credit)

Offered: Session 2 (October 20 – December 14)
Instructor: Rose Gadigian
Prerequisite: LEAD 1105 Practical Leadership Skills 1

LEAD 2150 Leadership Practicum (3 credits)

Offered: August 18 – December 14
Instructor: Rose Gadigian
Prerequisites: In order to register for this course, students must be enrolled in the LSC Program and have completed LEAD 1101 and LEAD 1105.

MINS 1000 Mentoring Program (0 credits)

Offered: August 18 – December 14
Coordinator: Rev. Rose Gadigian
Mentors: Rev. Kenneth Frazier, Rev. Rose Gadigian
Prerequisites: To register for this program, students must be enrolled in the MSC-B Program and have completed at least six program credits.

MINS 1110 Homiletics 1 (1 credit)

Offered: Session 2 (October 20 – December 14)
Instructor: Carla Groenewegen, Director of Summit University
Prerequisites: To register for this course, students must be enrolled in the MSC program (Tracks A or B).
Note: There is an additional technology requirement for this course. See the description in the Course Catalog for details.

MINS 1650 Pastoral Assistance (on-site intensive)  (1 credit)

Offered: October 13 – 16
Prerequisites: To register for this course, students must be enrolled in the Ministering Servant Certificate – Track B program and will have completed 12 credits by the end of Fall Semester 2015 (not including this intensive)

POLI 1201 Spiritual Principles of Government (3 credits)

Offered: August 18 – December 14
Instructor: Thomas Gulick

PSYS 2201 Spiritual Psychology 2 (3 credits)

Offered: August 18 – December 14
Instructor: Susan Kulp
Prerequisite: PSYS 1201 Spiritual Psychology 1

RELS 1085 Survey of The Summit Lighthouse (1 credit)

Offered: Session 1 (August 18 – October 12)
Instructor: Rose Gadigian

RELS 1180 The Science of the Spoken Word (1 credit)

Offered: Session 2 (October 20 – December 14)
Instructor: Linda Worobec

SOCW 2605 End-of-Life Care in The Summit Lighthouse (1 credit)

Offered: Session 2 (October 20 – December 14)
Instructor: Destyne Sweeney

 

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