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Note: The courses listed may also include additional readings that will be provided to students on reserve, in print, or electronically. In addition, some professors may add additional textbooks to their syllabi after the registration period. As you select a textbook vendor, you should keep in mind that textbook lists are subject to change, courses are occasionally canceled, and that students sometimes need to drop courses in the first two weeks of the term. Therefore, it is advisable to purchase books from vendors that will allow you to return books if necessary.

January Term 2015

January 5-9

LM 404 Prophetic Preaching: Otis Moss

  • Marvin McMickle, Where Have All the Prophets Gone? Pilgrim Press, 2006.
  • Ronald Allen, Thinking Theologically: The Preacher as Theologian. Fortress Press, 2008.
  • Leonora Tubbs Tisdale, Prophetic Preaching: A Pastoral Approach. Westminster John Knox Press, 2010.
  • Fred Craddock, Craddock on the Craft of Preaching. Chalice Press, 2013.
  • Obery Hendricks, The Politics of Jesus: Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus' Teachings and How They Have Been Corrupted. Three Leaves, 2007.

January 12-16

LM 511 Teaching and Learning: Engaged Pedagogy and Course Design: Julia Speller

  • Stephen D. Brookfield, Being a Critically Reflective Teacher , Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 1995. 0-7879-0131-8
  • Stephen D. Brookfield, Discussion as a Way of Teaching: Tools and Techniques for Democratic Classrooms , Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 1999, 0-7879-4458-0.

RH 367 History and Polity of the United Church of Christ: John Thomas

  • Louis Gunnemann, The Shaping of the United Church of Christ, United Church Press, Cleveland, 1999
  • Randi Jones Walker, Evolution of a UCC Style, United Church Press, Cleveland, 2005
  • Barbara Brown Zikmund and Frederick Trost, eds., The Living Theological Heritage, Vol. 7, Pilgrim Press, Cleveland, 2005
  • United Church of Christ Book of Worship. Office for Church Life and Leadership, New York, 1986

January 26-30

TEC 500 D.Min. Theological Reflection: Ken Jacobsen

  • Theological Reflection: Methods, by Elaine Graham, Heather Walton, and Frances Ward (London, SCM Press, 2005)

LM 585 D.Min. Thesis Seminar: Michael Montgomery

  • No textbooks

LM 430 Short-Term Pastoral Counseling Strategies: Lee Butler

  • Dittes, James E. Pastoral Counseling: The Basics (Westminster John Knox Press, 1999); ISBN-10: 0664257380;ISBN-13: 978-0664257385
  • Smith, Archie Jr. and Ursula Riedel-Pfaefflin Siblings by Choice: Race, Gender, and Violence, Chalice Press (2004);ISBN-978-0-827234-56-2
  • Stone, Howard Strategies for Brief Pastoral Counseling (Fortress Press, 2001), ISBN-10: 0800632990; ISBN-13: 978-0800632991; Kindle Edition
  • Tan, Siang-Yang Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Christian Perspective (Baker Academic, 2011), ISBN-10: 080102966X; ISBN-13: 978-0801029660; Kindle Edition
  • Weaver, Andrew Counseling on Sexual Issues (Pilgrim Press, 2005), ISBN-10: 0829816186; ISBN-13: 978-0829816181

January 11-25

RH 409 Study Tour to Israel and Palestine: Rachel Mikva and Susan Thistlethwaite

  • Alan Dowty, Israel/Palestine (Polity, 2008)
  • Sari Nusseibeh, Once Upon a Country (Picador, 2008)
  • Yossi Klein Halevi, At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden (Harper, 2002)

Spring 2015

Monday

RH/LM 396 The Bible and the Hermeneutics of Ministry: Bridgett Green

  • Teaching the Way of Jesus: Educating Christians for Faithful Living, Jack L. Seymour. Abingdon Press, 2014. $22.49
  • Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America, Eboo Patel. Beacon Press, 2013. $13.21
  • Holy Conversations: Strategic Planning as Spiritual Practice for Congregations, Gil Rendle and Alice Mann. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2003. $23.75
  • The Beloved Community: How Faith Shapes Social Justice from Civil Rights  Movement to Today, Charles March. Basic Books, 2006. $12.84
  • Recommended Reading:
    • Elements for Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers, Michael J. Gorman, 2010.
    • Hearing the New Testament, ed. Joel B. Green. Eerdmans Press, 2010.

TEC 595B Master's Writing Seminar: Seo

  • Booth, Wayne C., et al. The Craft of Research (3rd Edition). Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, 2008.
  • Either of the following two books: 
    • Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press.
    • Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press

Tuesday

TEC 321 Christian Ethics: Terrell

  • Hee An Choi. Korean Women and God: Experiencing God in a Multi-Religious Context (2005).
  • James H. Cone. The Cross and the Lynching Tree (2011).
  • Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, Eds. The Derrick Bell Reader (2005).
  • Marc H. Ellis. O, Jerusalem! The Contested Future of the Jewish Covenant (2000).
  • Luce Irigaray. An Ethics of Sexual Difference (1993).
  • Ilan Pappe. The Forgotten Palestinians: A History of the Palestinians in Israel (2011).
  • Imani Perry. Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop (2004).
  • Larry Rasmussen. Earth Community, Earth Ethics (1997).
  • Jean Zaru. Occupied With Nonviolence (2008).

RH 532 Postcolonial Theory and the New Testament: Yang

Required Books:

  • Robert J. C. Young, Postcolonialism: An Historical Introduction. Blackwell, 2001
  • Patrick Williams and Laura Chrisman, eds., Colonial Discourse and Post-Colonial Theory: A Reader. Columbia University Press, ISBN: 978-0-231-10021-2
  • Edward W. Said, Orientalism. New York: Vintage Books, 2003. The 25th anniversary edition.
  • Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: toward a History of the Vanishing Present. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999
  • Homi K. Bhabha, The Location of Culture. London and New York: Routledge, 1994
  • Franz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth. Trans. Constance Farrington. London, MacGibbon & Kee, 1965. French original 1961 (Please get this version translated by Constance Farrington.)
  • Stephen D. Moore, Empire and Apocalypse: Postcolonialism and the New Testament. Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2006.
  • Kwok Pui-Lan, Postcolonial Imagination and Feminist Theology. Westminster John Knox, 2005
  • Musa W. Dube. Postcolonial Feminist Interpretation of the Bible. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2000
  • Fernando F. Segovia and R. S. Sugirtharajah, eds., A Postcolonial Commentary on the New Testament Writings. T&T Clark, 2009

Recommended works:

  • Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths and Helen Tiffin, Post-Colonial Studies: The Key Concepts. 3rd edition. Routledge, 2013. 978-0415661911
  • John McLeod, Beginning Postcolonialism. 2nd edition. Manchester University Press, 2010. 978-0719078583
  • ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Homi K. Bhabha, ed., Nation and Narration. London and New York: Routledge, 1990
  • Franz Fanon, Black Skins, White Masks. Trans. Charles Lam Markmann. New York: Grove Press, 1991. French original 1952
  • Edward W. Said, Culture and Imperialism. New York: Vintage Press, 1993.
  • R. S. Sugirtharajah, ed., The Postcolonial Biblical Reader. Blackwell, 2006.
  • R. S. Sugirtharajah, Exploring Postcolonial Biblical Criticism: History, Method, Practice. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. ISBN 9781405158572
  • R. S. Sugirtharajah, Postcolonial Criticism and Biblical Interpretation. Oxford University Press, 2002
  • R. S. Sugirtharajah, The Bible and the Third World: Precolonial, Colonial and Postcolonial Encounters. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
  • Stephen D. Moore and Fernando F. Segovia, eds., Postcolonial Biblical Criticism: Interdisciplinary Intersections. T&T Clark, 2005.
  • Tat-siong Benny Liew, ed., Postcolonial Interventions: Essays in Honor of R. S. Sugirtharajah. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2009

TEC 351 Theories of Change for Personal and Social Transformation: Ken Jacobsen

  • Mircea Eliade, The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion, Harcourt, 1987.
  • Paul Tillich, The Courage to Be, Yale, 2000.
  • June Singer, Boundaries of the Soul: The Practice of Jung’s Psychology, Anchor, 1994.
  • Victor Turner, The Ritual Process: Structure and Anti-Structure, Aldine, 1995.
  • Thich Nhat Hanh, Being Peace, Parallax, 2005.
  • Miriam Greenspan, Healing Through the Dark Emotions: The Wisdom of Grief, Fear and Despair, Shambhala, 2000.
  • Walter Brueggeman, The Prophetic Imagination, Fortress, 2001.
  • James Melvin Washington, ed., Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr., Harper, 1986 (Introduction, Part I-A, Religious/Nonviolence, all of Parts II-III, touch base with rest)
  • Carter Heyward, Touching Our Strength: The Erotic as Power and the Love of God, Harper and Row, 1989.
  • Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Continuum, 2000.
  • bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom, Routledge, 1994.

LM 302 Preaching: Edgerton

  • Thomas Long The Witness of Preaching, ISBN 978-0804215718 - $15
  • Frank Thomas, They Like to Never Quit Praisin’ God, ISBN 978-0829811810 - $15
  • Barbara Brown Taylor, The Preaching Life, ISBN 978-1561010745- $15
  • Olive Elaine Hinnant, God Comes Out: A Queer Homiletic, ISBN 978-0-8928-1730-0 - $24
  • Jana Childers, Performing the Word: Preaching as Theater, ISBN 978-0687074235 - $15
  • O. Wesley Allen, Jr., Determining the Form, ISBN 978-0800604448 - $15
  • Ella Pearson Mitchell and Jacqueline Glass, editors, Those Preaching Women, Volume 4, ISBN 978-0817014643 - $14

RH 302 Interpreting the Hebrew Bible II: Mikva

  • The Jewish Study Bible , Adele Berlin and Marc Zvi Brettler, eds. (Oxford University Press, 2004).
  • Walter Brueggemann, An Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christian Imagination (Westminster John Knox Press, 2003).
  • Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Prophets. (The currently in-print version is published by Hendrickson, 2007, but any edition with both volumes in one -- 28 chapters -- is fine.)
  • Recommended : Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman, The Bible Unearthed (Touchstone, 2002).
  • Recommended : David deSilva, Introducing the Apocrypha (Baker Academic, 2002).

Wednesday

RH 325 Interpreting the Epistles: Yang

  • The New Oxford Annotated Bible New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) with the Apocrypha . An Ecumenical Study Bible. (* Other ecumenical Study Bible would be fine - e.g., The HarperCollins Study Bible.)
  • Elsa Tamez, Struggles for Power in Early Christianity: A Study of the First Letter to Timothy. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2007
  • Pamela Eisenbaum, Paul Was Not a Christian: The Original Message of a Misunderstood Apostle. HarperOne, 978-0061349911
  • Walter F. Taylor Jr. Paul: Apostle to the Nations: An Introduction. Fortress, 2012.

LM 335 African American Pastoral Psychology: Butler

  • Na'im Akbar, Breaking the Chains of Psychological Slavery, (Tallahassee: Mind Productions, 2001) , ISBN 0-935257-05-5
  • Na’im Akbar, Know Thy Self, (Tallahassee: Mind Productions, 1998) ; ISBN 0-935257-06-3
  • Carroll Watkins Ali Survival and Liberation: Pastoral Theology in African American Context, , ISBN 0827234430
  • Lee Butler, Liberating Our Dignity, Saving Our Souls, , ISBN 0827221363
  • Paul Griffin, Seeds of Racism in the Soul of America (Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, 2000) , ISBN 1570716544
  • Dwight Hopkins, Introducing Black Theology of Liberation, (Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 1999) , ISBN 1570752869
  • Stephanie Mitchem, Introducing Womanist Theology, (Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2002); ISBN 1570754217
  • Recommended: Winthrop Jordan, The White Man's Burden: Historical Origins of Racism in the United States, (Oxford University Press, 1974), ISBN 0195017439

RH 455 Writings About Muhammad: The Sociology of Seerah: Nashashibi

  • Armstrong, Karen. (2006). Muhammad: A Prophet For Our Time. HarperOne.
  • Aslan, Reza. (2006). No god but God. Random House
  • Chopra, Deepak (2010). Muhammad: A Story of the Last Prophet. HarperOne.
  • Hazleton, Lesley. (2013) The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad. Riverhead Books.
  • Lings, Martin. (1983) Muhammad, his life based on the earliest sources. Inner Traditions
  • Al-Mubarkpuri, Safi-ur-Rahman. (2002)The Sealed Nectar
  • Ramadan, Tariq. (2007) In The Footsteps of the Prophet Oxford University Press
  • Safi, Omid. (2009) Memories of Muhammad HarperOne
  • Salahi, Adil. (2002) Muhammad: Man and Prophet. The Islamic Foundation
  • Ali, Kecia. (2014) The Lives of Muhammad. Harvard University Press

LM 416 Leading Christian Worship: A Practicum in Presiding: Haldeman

  • Duck, Ruth.  Worship for the Whole People of God, (Westminster John Knox, 2013).
  • Long, Kimberly Bracken.  The Worshipping Body: The Art of Leading Worship (Westminster John Knox, 2009).
  • Proctor-Smith, Marjorie.  A Church in Her House (Pilgrim, 2008).
  • Saliers, Don.  Worship Come to Its Senses (Abingdon, 1996).
  • Saliers, Don. Music and Theology (Abingdon, 2007).
  • Stookey, Larry.  Let the Whole Church Say Amen (Abingdon, 2001).
  • White, James.  A Brief History of Christian Worship (Abingdom, 1993).

RH 417 Loss and Healing in the Bible and in Rabbinic Literature: Mikva

  • You should have a Jewish Publication Society translation of the Hebrew Bible. The Jewish Study Bible (Oxford) is a good choice or, if you have studied Hebrew and want to keep it up, JPS publishes a Hebrew-English Tanakh.
  • Tod Linafelt, Surviving Lamentations (University of Chicago, 2000).
  • Nahum Glatzer, Dimensions of Job (any edition).

TEC 414 Theology of Art: Seo

  • Brown, Frank Burch. Good Taste, Bad Taste and Christian Taste: Aesthetics in Religious Life.  Oxford University Press, 2000.  ISBN 9780195158724.  $23.33.
  • Scruton, Roger, Beauty: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2001. ISBN-10: 0199229759.  $7.17.
  • Thiessen, Gesa Elsbeth. Theological Aesthetics: A Reader. Eerdmans, 2004. ISBN:0802828884; $30.04.

TEC 307 Systematic Theology: Terrell

  • James H. Cone. A Black Theology of Liberation (Orbis, 1986, 1990, Kindle). BTL 978-1-57075-895-9
  • ____________. God of the Oppressed (Harper, 1975, Kindle) GOD 1-57075-158-7
  • Miguel De La Torre, ed. A Handbook of U.S. Theologies of Liberation (Chalice, 2004) HTL 978-0-827214-48-0
  • Rabbi Elyse Goldstein. ReVisions: Seeing Torah Through a Feminist Lens (Houghton Mifflin, 2001, Kindle) REV 1-58023-117-9
  • Van A. Harvey. A Handbook of Theological Terms (Touchstone, 1997) HTT 0-684-84644-6
  • Aysha Hidayatullah. Feminist Edges of the Qur’an (Oxford, 2014, Kindle) FEQ 978-0-19-935956
  • Kwok, Pui-lan, ed. Hope Abundant: Third World and Indigenous Women’s Theology (Orbis, 2010, Kindle) HA978-1-57075-880-5
  • Alister McGrath. Christian Theology: An Introduction (Blackwell, 2011)CTI 978-1-4443-3514-9
  • JoAnne Marie Terrell. Power in the Blood? The Cross in the African American Experience (Orbis, 1998; Wipf and Stock, 2005) PIB 1-57075-216-8

RH 485 Religion in North America: Speller

  • Albanese, Catherine L., America: Religions and Religion, 4th edition, Wadsworth Publishing Company, Belmont, CA, 2007. Note: This book is very expensive, so you may want to look for a used copy.
  • Baldwin, James,Go Tell It On the Mountain, Dial Press Trade Paperback, New York, 1981.
  • Covington, Dennis, Salvation on Sand Mountain: Redemption and Salvation, Penguin Books, New York, 1995.
  • Ehrlich, Elizabeth,Miriam’s Kitchen: A Memoir, Penguin Books, New York, 1997.

Thursday

LM 542 Poetics of Grief: Edgerton

  • Sandra Gilbert, Death's Door:  Modern Dying and the Ways We Grieve (Norton). ISBN: 0393329690 - $18.00
  • Kenneth Doka & Joyce Davidson, Living With Grief: Who We Are, How We Grieve (Routledge, previously published by the Hospice Foundation of America. ISBN: 0876308981 - $30.00
  • Karla F.C. Holloway, Passed On: African American Mourning Stories (Duke University Press). ISBN: 0822328607 - $18.00
  • Suzanne Redfern & Susan K. Gilbert,The Grieving Garden: Living With the Death of a Child (Hampton Roads), ISBN: 1571745815 - $12.00
  • Kevin Young, The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing (Bloomsbury), ISBN: 1608194663 - $15.00
  • Melissa M Kelly Grief: Contemporary Theory and the Practice of Ministry (Fortress), ISBN: 0800696611 - $13.00
  • W. Dow Edgerton, Listening to Grief. (Chicago Theological Seminary) https://www.ctschicago.edu/listening-to-grief; This is a free download in both pdf and e-reader formats.

LM 485 Community Organizing as Spiritual Practice: Nashashibi

  • Jeffery Stout, Blessed Are The Organized, Princeton University Press, 2010.
  • Lee Staples, Roots to Power: A Manual for Grassroots Organizing. Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004.
  • Ed Chambers, Roots for Radicals: Organizing for Power, Action, and Justice. Continuum.

RH 488 Comparative Mysticism: Judaism, Christianity, Islam: Joshua Schwartz

Required:

  • Fine, Lawrence, Ed. Essential Papers on Kabbalah. New York: New York University Press, 1995.
  • Hollenback, Jess Byron.  Mysticism: Experience, Response, and Empowerment.  University Park, PA: Penn State Press, 1996.
  • McGinn, Bernard. The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism. New York: Random House, 2006.
  • McGinn, Bernard. Meister Eckhart: The Essential Sermons, Commentaries, Treatises, and Defense. New York, Mahwah: Paulist Press, 1981.
  • Otto, Rudolph. The Idea of the Holy. New York, London: Oxford University Press, 1958.
  • Renard, Jean. Knowledge of God in Classical Sufism: Foundations of Islamic Mystical Theology. New York, Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2004.
  • Schimmel, Annemarie. Mystical Dimensions of Islam. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1975. 
  • Scholem, Gershom. Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism. New York: Schocken Books, 1961.
  • Sells, Michael A. Mystical Languages of Unsaying. Chicago, London: University of Chicago Press, 1994.
  • Sells, Michael A. Early Islamic Mysticism: Sufi, Qur’an, Mi’raj, Poetic, and Theological Writings. New York, Mahwah: Paulist Press, 1996.

Recommended:

  • Chittick, William C. Sufism: A Short Introduction. Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2000.
  • Corbin, Henri. Alone with the Alone: Creative Imagination in the Sufism of Ibn ‘Arabi. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1969.
  • De Certeau, Michel. The Mystic Fable, Vol. 1: The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. Trans. Michael B. Smith. Chicago, London: University of Chicago Press, 2002.
  • Fanning, Steven. Mystics of the Christian Tradition. New York, London: Routledge, 2001.
  • Hollywood, Amy. The Soul as Virgin Wife: Mechthild of Madgeburg, Marguerite Porete, and Meister Eckhart. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1995.
  • Hollywood, Amy. Sensible Ecstasy: Mysticism, Sexual Difference, and the Demands of History. Chicago, London: University of Chicago Press, 2002.
  • Idel, Moshe. Kabbalah: New Perspecives. New Haven, London: Yale University Press, 1988.
  • Jantzen, Grace. Power, Gender, and Christian Mysticism.  New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
  • Katz, Steven T., Ed. Comparative Mysticism: An Anthology of Original Sources. New York, London: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Kripal, Jeffrey. The Serpent’s Gift: Gnostic Reflections on the Study of Religion. Chicago, London: University of Chicago Press, 2006.
  • McGinn, Bernard. The Presence of God: A History of Western Christian Mysticism. New York: Crossroad Publishing, 1991 - ongoing.Scholem, Gershom. On the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism. Trans. Ralph Manheim. New York: Schocken Books, 1965.
    • Vol. 1 - The Foundations of Mysticism: Origins to the Fifth Century.
    • Vol. 2 - The Growth of Mysticism: Gregory the Great through the Twelfth Century.
    • Vol. 3 - The Flowering of Mysticism: Men and Women in the New Mysticism - 1200-1350.
    • Vol. 4 - The Harvest of Mysticism in Medieval Germany.
    • Vol. 5 - The Varieties of Vernacular Mysticism: 1350-1550.
  • Scholem, Gershom. On the Mystical Shape of the Godhead. Trans. Joachim Neugroschel. New York: Schocken Books, 1991.
  • Underhill, Evelyn. Mysticism: A Study in the Nature and Development of Man’s Spiritual Consciousness. New York: Meridian Books, 1955.
  • Wolfson, Elliot R. Language, Eros, Being: Kabbalistic Hermeneutics and Poetic Imagination. New York: Fordham University Press, 2004.
  • Wolfson, Elliot R. Through a Speculum that Shines. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994.

Hybrid Courses

LM 400 Leadership & Ministry in Context: Thomas

Note:  Some of these books were previously listed, as this is a two semester course.  The books that are specific to the spring semester are:

  • Sara Miles, Take This Bread, Ballantine, NY, 2007
  • Soong-Chan Rah, Many Cultures, Moody, Chicago, 2010
  • Marilynne Robinson, Gilead, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2004
  • Howard Thurman, Meditations of the Heart, Beacon, Boston, 1953, 1981

RH 499O Animals, Ecology, and Biblical Interpretation: Stone

Required for all students

  • Terence E. Fretheim, God and World in the Old Testament: A Relational Theology of Creation (Abingdon Press, 2005)
  • Norman Habel, An Inconvenient Text: Is a Green Reading of the Bible Possible? (ATF Press, 2012)
  • Jennifer Koosed, ed., The Bible and Posthumanism (Society of Biblical Literature, 2014)
  • Nathan MacDonald, What Did the Ancient Israelites Eat? Diet in Biblical Times (Eerdmans, 2008)
  • Anna L. Peterson, Being Animal: Beasts and Boundaries in Nature Ethics (Columbia University Press, 2013) Students should plan to purchase and read this book first.    
  • Paul Waldau and Kimberley Patton, eds., A Communion of Subjects: Animals in Religion, Science, and Ethics (Columbia University Press, 2006)

Recommended (required for doctoral students – other students should wait until the course starts before deciding which of these books to purchase)

  • Oded Borowski, Every Living Thing: Daily Use of Animals in Ancient Israel (Altamira/Sage, 1998)
  • Jacques Derrida, The Animal That Therefore I Am (Fordham University Press, 2008)
  • Donna J. Haraway, When Species Meet (University of Minnesota Press, 2008)
  • Walter Houston, Purity and Monotheism: Clean and Unclean Animals in Biblical Law (Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2009 [1993])
  • Elizabeth A. Johnson, Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love (Bloomsbury, 2014)
  • Stephen D. Moore, ed., Divinanimality: Animal Theory, Creaturely Theology (Fordham University Press, 2014)

Online Courses

LM 332O Introduction to Pastoral Theology: Butler

  • Butler, Lee H., Jr. Listen My Son: Wisdom to Help African American Fathers, Abingdon Press (March 2010) , ISBN-13: 978-0-687-46749-5 ; Kindle Edition
  • Capps, Donald Giving Counsel: A Minister’s Guidebook , Chalice Press (November 1, 2001) , ISBN-10: 082721247X ; ISBN-13: 978-0827212473
  • Doehring, Carrie The Practice of Pastoral Care, Westminster John Knox Press; 1 edition (February 16, 2006) , ISBN-10: 9780664226848; ISBN-13: 978-0664226848
  • Graham, Larry Kent Discovering Images of God: Narratives of Care Among Lesbians and Gays, Westminster John Knox Press; 1st edition (March 1, 1997) , ISBN-10: 0664256260 ; ISBN-13: 978-0664256265
  • Lartey, Emmanuel Pastoral Theology in an Intercultural World, Wipf and Stock (March 13, 2013) , ISBN 13: 978-1-62032-973-3
  • Smith, Archie Jr. and Ursula Riedel-Pfaefflin Siblings by Choice: Race, Gender, and Violence, Chalice Press (2004) , ISBN-978-0-827234-56-2
  • Townsend, Loren Introduction to Pastoral Counseling, Abingdon Press (June 2009) , ISBN-10: 0687658357 ; ISBN-13: 978-0687658350

LM 400O Leadership & Ministry in Context: Thomas

Note:  Some of these books were previously listed, as this is a two semester course.  The books that are specific to the spring semester are:

  • Sara Miles, Take This Bread, Ballantine, NY, 2007
  • Soong-Chan Rah, Many Cultures, Moody, Chicago, 2010
  • Marilynne Robinson, Gilead, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2004
  • Howard Thurman, Meditations of the Heart, Beacon, Boston, 1953, 1981

LM 412O Introduction to Christian Worship: Haldeman

  • Driver, Tom.  Liberating Rites (BookSurge, 2006).
  • Duck, Ruth.  Worship for the Whole People of God, (Westminster John Knox, 2013).
  • Long, Kimberly Bracken.  The Worshipping Body: The Art of Leading Worship (Westminster John Knox, 2009).
  • Proctor-Smith, Marjorie.  A Church in Her House (Pilgrim, 2008).
  • Saliers, Don.  Worship Come to Its Senses (Abingdon, 1996).
  • Saliers, Don. Music and Theology (Abingdon, 2007).
  • Stookey, Larry.  Let the Whole Church Say Amen (Abingdon, 2001).
  • White, James.  A Brief History of Christian Worship (Abingdom, 1993).

LM 467O Entrepreneurship for the Church Leader: Cameron Trimble

  • Kanter, Beth and Katie Delahaye Paine. Measuring the Networked Non-Profit. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2012
  • Pagitt, Doug. Church in the Inventive Age. Minneapolis: Spark House Press, 2010.
  • Ries, Eric. The Lean Startup. New York: Crown Business, 2011. 
  • Saratovsky, Kari Dunn and Derrick Feldmann. Cause for Change: The Why and How of Non-Profit Millennial Engagement. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013
  • Wasserman, Noam. The Founder’s Dilemmas. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2012. 
  • Wheatley, Margaret. Leadership and the New Science. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 1999.

LM 481O Marriage Rites and Wrongs: Haldeman

  • Cott, Nancy, F. Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2000.
  • Ellison, Marvin. Same-sex marriage? a Christian ethical analysis. Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2004.
  • Ingraham, Chrys. White weddings: romancing heterosexuality in popular culture. New York: Routledge, 1999.
  • Jordan, Mark D. Blessing same-sex unions: the peril of queer romance and the confusions of Christian marriage. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.
  • McFarlane, Doreen M. Weddings with Today's Families in Mind: A Handbook for Pastors. Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2007.
  • Nussbaum, Martha. From Disgust to Humanity: Sexual Orientation and Constitutional Law. New York: Oxford, 2010.
  • Witte, John, Jr., From Sacrament to Contract: marriage, religion and law in the western tradition. Louisville: WJK, 1997.

LM 596O Leadership for Transformation: Hunt (second half of year-long course)

  • Joseph Jaworski, Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2011.
  • Alpesh Bhatt, The Triple-Soy Decaf-Latte Era: How Business and Organization are Fundamentally Transforming. The Center for Leadership Studies, 2011.
  • Additional readings will be provided via Moodle.

RH 301O Interpreting the Hebrew Bible: Stone

  • John Collins, A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, Second Edition (Fortress, 2014)
  • Douglas Knight and Amy-Jill Levine, The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and the Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us (HarperCollins, 2011)
  • Victor Matthews and Don Benjamin, eds., Old Testament Parallels: Laws and Stories from the Ancient Near East, Fully Revised and Expanded Third Edition (Paulist Press, 2006). *Students should be certain that they purchase the third edition of this book*
  • Carol Newsom, Sharon Ringe, and Jacqueline Lapsley, eds., Women's Bible Commentary, 3rd Revised and Updated Edition (Westminster John Knox, 2012). *Students should be certain that they purchase the third edition of this book*
  • Students are encouraged to purchase any one of the following Study Bibles:
    • The People's Bible: New Revised Standard Version with Apocrypha (Fortress Press, 2009)
    • The HarperCollins Study Bible, Fully Revised and Updated: New Revised Standard Version Including Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books (HarperCollins, 2006)
    • The Jewish Study Bible: Tanakh Translation (Oxford University Press, 2004)

RH 302O Interpreting the Hebrew Bible II: Mikva

  • The Jewish Study Bible , Adele Berlin and Marc Zvi Brettler, eds. (Oxford University Press, 2004).
  • Walter Brueggemann, An Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christian Imagination (Westminster John Knox Press, 2003).
  • Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Prophets. (The currently in-print version is published by Hendrickson, 2007, but any edition with both volumes in one -- 28 chapters -- is fine.)
  • Recommended : Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman, The Bible Unearthed (Touchstone, 2002).
  • Recommended : David deSilva, Introducing the Apocrypha (Baker Academic, 2002).

RH 344O History of Christian Thought: Cynthia Stewart

  • The Word Made Flesh:  A History of Christian Thought by Margaret R.Miles. ISBN 1-4051-0846-0.
  • Other readings will be made available electronically at no additional cost.

RH 367O History and Polity of the UCC: Thomas

  • Louis Gunnemann, The Shaping of the United Church of Christ, United Church Press, Cleveland, 1999
  • Randi Jones Walker, Evolution of a UCC Style, United Church Press, Cleveland, 2005
  • Barbara Brown Zikmund and Frederick Trost, eds., The Living Theological Heritage, Vol. 7, Pilgrim Press, Cleveland, 2005
  • United Church of Christ Book of Worship. Office for Church Life and Leadership, New York, 1986

RH 485O Religion in North America: Thistlethwaite

  • PBS "God in America" 6 part online series.  Segments of this program will be assigned for student viewing in the relevant weeks. There is also an online reading guide linked below and portions of that will also be assigned.
  • PBS "We Shall Remain" series on Native American history.  Segments will be assigned for student viewing.  The entire series, however, is a very valuable resource for countering dominant views of American history.
  • Albanese, Catherine L., America: Religions and Religion, 4th edition, Wadsworth Publishing Company, Belmont, CA, 2007.
  • Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States, Harper Perennial
  • Howard Zinn online lecture. 
  • Jon Meacham, American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation, Random House, 2007.
  • Articles on Moodle

RH 499O Animals, Ecology, and Biblical Interpretation: Stone

Required for all students

  • Terence E. Fretheim, God and World in the Old Testament: A Relational Theology of Creation (Abingdon Press, 2005)
  • Norman Habel, An Inconvenient Text: Is a Green Reading of the Bible Possible? (ATF Press, 2012)
  • Jennifer Koosed, ed., The Bible and Posthumanism (Society of Biblical Literature, 2014)
  • Nathan MacDonald, What Did the Ancient Israelites Eat? Diet in Biblical Times (Eerdmans, 2008)
  • Anna L. Peterson, Being Animal: Beasts and Boundaries in Nature Ethics (Columbia University Press, 2013) Students should plan to purchase and read this book first.    
  • Paul Waldau and Kimberley Patton, eds., A Communion of Subjects: Animals in Religion, Science, and Ethics (Columbia University Press, 2006)

Recommended (required for doctoral students – other students should wait until the course starts before deciding which of these books to purchase)

  • Oded Borowski, Every Living Thing: Daily Use of Animals in Ancient Israel (Altamira/Sage, 1998)
  • Jacques Derrida, The Animal That Therefore I Am (Fordham University Press, 2008)
  • Donna J. Haraway, When Species Meet (University of Minnesota Press, 2008)
  • Walter Houston, Purity and Monotheism: Clean and Unclean Animals in Biblical Law (Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2009 [1993])
  • Elizabeth A. Johnson, Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love (Bloomsbury, 2014)
  • Stephen D. Moore, ed., Divinanimality: Animal Theory, Creaturely Theology (Fordham University Press, 2014)

TEC 307O Systematic Theology: Terrell

  • James H. Cone. A Black Theology of Liberation (Orbis, 1986, 1990, Kindle). BTL 978-1-57075-895-9
  • ____________. God of the Oppressed (Harper, 1975, Kindle) GOD 1-57075-158-7
  • Miguel De La Torre, ed. A Handbook of U.S. Theologies of Liberation (Chalice, 2004) HTL 978-0-827214-48-0
  • Rabbi Elyse Goldstein. ReVisions: Seeing Torah Through a Feminist Lens (Houghton Mifflin, 2001, Kindle) REV 1-58023-117-9
  • Van A. Harvey. A Handbook of Theological Terms (Touchstone, 1997) HTT 0-684-84644-6
  • Aysha Hidayatullah. Feminist Edges of the Qur’an (Oxford, 2014, Kindle) FEQ 978-0-19-935956
  • Kwok, Pui-lan, ed. Hope Abundant: Third World and Indigenous Women’s Theology (Orbis, 2010, Kindle) HA978-1-57075-880-5
  • Alister McGrath. Christian Theology: An Introduction (Blackwell, 2011)CTI 978-1-4443-3514-9
  • JoAnne Marie Terrell. Power in the Blood? The Cross in the African American Experience (Orbis, 1998; Wipf and Stock, 2005) PIB 1-57075-216-8

TEC 321O Christian Ethics: Terrell

  • Hee An Choi. Korean Women and God: Experiencing God in a Multi-Religious Context (2005).
  • James H. Cone. The Cross and the Lynching Tree (2011).
  • Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, Eds. The Derrick Bell Reader (2005).
  • Marc H. Ellis. O, Jerusalem! The Contested Future of the Jewish Covenant (2000).
  • Luce Irigaray. An Ethics of Sexual Difference (1993).
  • Ilan Pappe. The Forgotten Palestinians: A History of the Palestinians in Israel (2011).
  • Imani Perry. Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop (2004).
  • Larry Rasmussen. Earth Community, Earth Ethics (1997).
  • Jean Zaru. Occupied With Nonviolence (2008).

TEC 407O The New Social Gospel: Thistlethwaite

  • Susan Thistlethwaite, #OccupytheBible: What Jesus Really Said (and Did) About Money and Power 
  • Reinhold Niebuhr, Moral Man and Immoral Society: A Study in Ethics and Politics
  • Walter Rauschenbusch, Christianity and the Social Crisis in the 21 st Century: the Classic That Woke up the Church, ed by Paul Raushenbush. 
  • Gender and the Social Gospel, Wendy Deichmann Edwards and Carolyn De Swarte Gifford
  • Theology in the Americas, Sergio Torres and John Eagleson, Orbis 1975. PDF text of book will be linked from Moodle.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?
  • Susan Thistlethwaite and Mary Potter Engel, Lift Every Voice: Constructing Christian Theology from the Underside
  • Joerg Rieger, Religion, Theology, and Class: Fresh Engagements after Long Silence (New Approaches to Religion and Power)
  • Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
  • Additional articles provided on Moodle.

TEC 433O Ethics of Liberation: Robyn Henderson-Espinoza

  • Thinking From the Underside of History:  Enrique Dussel's Philosophy of Liberation,
  • Ethics of Liberation:  In the Age of Globalization and Exclusion , eds. Linda Martín Alcoff and Eduardo Mendietta, Duke University Press, 2013.
  • Transformation Now!:  Toward a Post-Oppositional Politics of Change, Ana Louise Keating, University of Illinois Press, 2013.
  • Ya Basta! Ten Years of the Zapatista Uprising , AK Press; First Edition edition (September 1, 2004).
  • Beyond Resistance: Everything . An Interview with Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos. Paperboat Press (February 1, 2008)