Church of Ireland and Methodist Church in Ireland 

Courses in Theology and Reflective Practice in association with Open Learning, Queen’s University Belfast

These new Courses in Theology and Reflective Practice are being designed to be integrative in nature, allowing for the development of learning and understanding, alongside the honing of practical skills and continuing spiritual formation.

The courses will be ideal preparation for to those engaging in training for Ordained Local Ministry in the Church of Ireland and those involved in ordination training in the Methodist Church of Ireland. It is hoped that others interested in enhancing their theological learning will also take up the Courses. The course leaders are all experienced theological educators. The course tutors have already undertaken theological study and are engaged in ministry practice in local contexts throughout Ireland. All of those involved in delivering the courses have been approved to do so by Queen’s University.

Each course is a standalone unit and can be undertaken by itself or in conjunction with other courses. Those engaging in training for Ordained Local Ministry in the Church of Ireland and those involved in ordination training in the Methodist Church of Ireland will have a specific programme of courses to complete. Assessment will focus on an individual applying their learning and enhancing their practical skills.

If you wish to have more details or would like to talk to someone about taking one of the courses, please contact the Co-ordinators, Bishop Patrick Rooke rooke59@hotmail.com or Dr Janet Unsworth janet.unsworth@edgehillcollege.org.

2018/19 Programme

Theological Reflection: An Introduction

Course Leaders: John Alderdice, BA, BD, MA &Patrick McGlinchey, BA, BTh, MA, PhD

This course will run throughout the year. It will be held on four Saturdays and will consist of two central workshops with two follow-up tutorials organised in the tutorial hubs. Each Saturday session will start at 10am and finishing at 5pm (excluding coffee and lunch breaks, this will give 5 hours contact time per Saturday).

Students can opt to attend the Workshops in either Belfast or in Dublin.

Dublin Workshops will be held on Saturday 13th October and Saturday 13th April at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute.

Belfast Workshops will be held on Saturday 20th October and Saturday 6th April at Edgehill Theological College.

The tutorials will be held on Saturday 26th January and Saturday 25th May in local hubs.

This course is designed as an introduction to principles of theological reflection and its application in a range of contexts.  A variety of theological reflection methods will be explored, and students will be encouraged to develop skills that will be useful in daily life and ministerial practice.

  

Autumn Courses  

Biblical Studies: An Introduction, Part 1

Course Leader: Janet Unsworth, MA, MDiv, PhD

This course will consist of 10 video inputs and 10 weekly tutorials on Thursdays 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm, starting 27th September 2018.

This introductory course aims to help students gain an overview of the purpose and content of the Bible, including the study of representative texts placed within their broader contexts.  Students will become familiar with the concepts, principles, methods and tools of social, historical and theological Biblical interpretation.  Students will also develop basic skills in exegesis.

Worship and Preaching: An Introduction

Course Leader: Maurice Elliott, BTh, MA, MPhil, PhD

This course will consist of a Saturday workshop, 4 video inputs and 10 weekly sessions on Thursdays 8.15 pm to 9.15 pm which start on 27thSeptember.

Students can opt to attend the Workshop in either Belfast or in Dublin. The Belfast Workshop will be held on Saturday 29th September at Edgehill Theological College (TBC). The Dublin Workshop will be held on Saturday 6th October at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute.

This course is designed as an introduction to principles of preaching methodology and liturgical context.  A variety of approaches will be considered. However, the major emphasis will be on a theological understanding of the task of preaching as biblical exposition supplemented by relevant application and rooted appropriately within the rhythm of worship.  Students will be encouraged to develop their understanding of theory and practice and their homiletical skills, through participation in a series of practical workshops focussed around selected biblical texts.

 

Winter Courses

Biblical Studies: An Introduction, Part 2

Course Leader: Janet Unsworth, MA, MDiv, PhD

This course will consist of 10 video inputs and 10 weekly tutorials on Thursdays 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm, starting 24th January.

This course aims to build on the study undertaken in Biblical Studies: An Introduction Part 1.  There will be an emphasis on developing a range of exegetical skills.  The course will help students to apply these skills to a range of Biblical texts, using concepts, principles, methods and tools of social, historical and theological Biblical interpretation.

Pastoral Theology: An Introduction

Course leader: Alan Lorimer, BSc, BD

This course will consist of 10 video inputs and 10 weekly tutorials on Thursdays 8.15 pm to 9.15 pm, starting 24th January.

This course aims to introduce students to the nature of pastoral theology and its application in the context of pastoral practice.  A range of pastoral contexts will be explored including mental health issues, loss and bereavement, and care of the vulnerable.  It is designed to enable students to think theologically about pastoral practice.  Students should be aware that they will address sensitive issues due to the pastoral nature of the course.

 

Spring Course

Church History

Course leaders: Bridget Nichols, BA, MA, PhD& Janet Unsworth, MA, MDiv, PhD

This course will consist of 5 video inputs and 5 weekly tutorials on Thursdays 7.00 pm to 9.15 pm,

4thApril,11th April, 2nd May, 9th May and 16th May.

This course aims to enable students to locate their own tradition in the longer continuity of the Church. Students will explore the foundations of key doctrinal statements, especially the Creeds. They will encounter some of the principal movements and forces which have shaped the Church in the modern world. The course will help students to place mission and ecumenism in the context of the Church’s historical trajectory.

 

Course Enrolment and Administration

Enrolment forms will be available in early August. Each course will carry a fee of £100 / e115. Course enrolments and payments will be made through Edgehill Theological College. The details regarding how to make payments will be given on the Enrolment form. The enrolment form will also include a space for you to indicate which of the learning Hubs you wish to participate in. and which venue you wish to attend for Workshop sessions. Administration for the courses is based at Edgehill Theological College and all queries should be directed to office@edgehillcollege.org.

Course Delivery

Course delivery will take place through a mixture of workshops, self-study and video preparation, on-line learning and guided tutorials in local Hubs. The emphasis will be on interaction and encounter. Where a course uses video input, this will be made accessible to students in advance and should be viewed before the relevant weekly class tutorial. Details of this will be given in the course schedule.

It is envisaged that there will be Local learning Hubs in Belfast, Longford, Cashel and Claremorris. At present it is planned that the courses will take place on Thursday evenings, though this can be negotiated locally. However, it will be important to ensure that the arrangements are notified to the central administration at Edgehill Theological College.

Assessment

All courses which offer credit require an assessed piece of work. Those who complete the assessment requirements for each course will be able to gain 10 CATS points at Level 1 per course completed (the equivalent of Year 1 of a University degree course). The assessment may involve more than one task, but in general will not exceed 2,500 words for a 10 CATS points course. The nature of the assessment will vary from course to course. More details will be available at the start of each course. However, the tasks will be designed to allow students to reflect on their studies and their own experience. Types of assessment will include written essays, book reviews, reflective learning journals, oral presentations and exegetical exercises.

Assignments will normally be submitted to your Course Leader by the penultimate session of the Course, to allow time for the assignment to be marked and returned. Late assignments are not normally accepted, and it is the duty of the student to get the assignment to the Course Leader. Marks awarded will be provisional and will be subject to ratification by the Board of Examiners.

Contacting Course Leaders and Course Tutors

If you have questions or queries about the course material, or you wish to have some general advice or guidance you can discuss this with your Course Tutor by email or at a tutorial. It may be that some of these queries should be directed to the Course Leader and your Course Tutor will guide you on that. The appropriate email addresses will be made available after Enrolment has been completed.

Questions around Course administration should be directed to the Course Co-ordinators – Bishop Patrick Rooke rooke59@hotmail.com or Dr Janet Unsworth janet.unsworth@edgehillcollege.org.