Modules to help you think differently

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Sarah Clarke introduces some of our unique modules which you can audit this autumn, as most of the teaching is expected to be via Zoom. This is an option to take the class without submitting assignments and receiving credit.

IN ALL THE BUSINESS OF COVID – news bulletins, facemasks, queuing for groceries – I’ve sat here in my flat with no garden or stairs finding solace in the words of Frederick Buechner. An author who spent his time reflecting on life’s journey.

One of his themes is being fit for purpose. He asks questions like, how are we equipped for life’s journey and the things we want to do in the world? How should we orient ourselves to serve in a time of difficulty? One of my favourite quotes is: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

One of the terms we’ve been using at CMS is pivot. We’ve been thinking about how to pivot in this time, how do we re-orient to continue to do God’s mission during this rapidly changing time. Pivoting allows you the opportunity to reimagine practice.

Which brings me back to the theme of being fit for purpose. Our modules are all about how to reimagine practice, how to see the opportunities and how to lean into them.

It’s hard to imagine what the new normal will look like right now but one thing we do know is there’ll always be the need for mission, for connecting and for seeing where God’s working in the world.

Now more than ever we need to find new ways to connect and new ways of to imagine gathering and doing mission.

We have several modules that help you think differently, explore practice, and find a way to make things actually happen.

If you just want to enjoy a module and have the opportunity for deeper thinking, meeting practitioners, visit ministry contexts, and get the opportunity to meet other like-minded people these would be great modules for you – you don’t have to do any assessment.

However, if you’d like to take them for credit, you can take this level if you already have a diploma in theology and want to top up to the BA; or you can take them as part of a graduate award called a GradDip. This would be ideal for someone who doesn’t have any previous awards in theology.

As well as the basics the modules on this course of study are:

Theological perspectives: community development

Offers space for dialogue and theological reflection on approaches to community development, as well as studying specific initiatives.

Justice, environment and mission in global context

Examines Christian engagement with issues of justice and environment, addressing theology and missional practice, and offers the opportunity to reflect on the implications in your own context.

The creative arts and Christian ministry and mission

Aimed at mission or ministry practitioners, this module explores the potential of engagement with the arts to express, explore, shape, nourish and critique faith.

Chaplaincy and contemporary Christian mission

Explores the distinctive ministry of chaplaincy in mission, including the opportunity to experience a chaplaincy context.

Issues in biblical theology

Explores key themes and critically examines key thinkers in the study of both Old and New Testaments.

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