CHURCH HISTORY - Beginning January 16, 2020 COURSE DESCRIPTION This class explores the history of the Christian church from the time of Jesus to the present day. We will examine art, archaeology, historical events, and church teachings as sources of evidence for understanding church history. Our goal is to discover how the Christian church developed into the forms we know today and how we fit into that story.
CLASS SCHEDULE We will meet online from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. on: January 16, January 30, February 13, February 27, March 19, April 2
attend the online classes
watch the online lectures (see below)
submit online reflections before class so that we can discuss the readings and any questions during class time.
a final 3-page reflective essay
There will be a course website for readings, assignment submission, and online discussions - link TBA.
ASSIGNMENT TO PREPARE FOR FIRST CLASS Read chapters 1-8 in the textbook, Church History in Plain Language.
COURSE INSTRUCTOR Rev. Dr. Jonathan Lawrence is a faculty member in the Religious Studies and Theology Department at Canisius College where his courses include Biblical Studies, World Religions and Interfaith Dialogue. He studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and University of Notre Dame. He lived in Jerusalem for a year and has traveled in Israel and Jordan, India, and taught as a visiting professor at Pacific Theological College in Fiji. He was ordained in the ABC-USA in 1998 and is serving as pastor at a UCC congregation in the Buffalo area. He is currently researching the history of religious diversity and interactions in Buffalo, NY. (https://blogs.canisius.edu/religionwny/)
FEES The tuition for the course is $110. For family members living in the same house, the fee is $110 for the first person and $60 for each subsequent person. Students may audit the course, without credit, for $60. The cost of the textbook is in addition to the tuition.
HOW TO REGISTER Complete registration form (see below) and postal mail (with payment payable to ABCNYS) to: ABCNYS, 3218 James St., Syracuse NY 13206
BAPTIST HISTORY AND HERITAGE - Beginning January 28, 2020 (Iroquois Association) This class is a great opportunity to learn about the great tradition of “being Baptist” through the history and heritage that have shaped the American Baptist Churches. If you're an American Baptist, whether you are ordained clergy, lay leader, moderator, or member, this class will give you the opportunity to know more about who and what we are. We offer the opportunity to audit the class for a reduced fee, to make it possible for many more to participate.
COURSE INSTRUCTOR Rev. Suzi Harriff, World Parish pastor and worship consultant
REQUIRED TEXTS Brewer, B. C. (2011). Distinctly Baptist: Proclaiming Baptist Identity in a New Generation. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press. ISBN: 0817016988
Leonard, Bill J. (2002) Baptist Ways: A History. Judson Press. ISBN: 081701231-1
Shurden, W. (1995). The Baptist Identity: Four Fragile Freedoms. Macon, Georgia: Smyth and Helwys Printers, Inc. ISBN: 188083720X. - PLEASE READ THIS PRIOR TO FIRST CLASS SESSION-
WHEN First session Tuesday, January 28th, 2020, at 4:00pm. Additional classes will be scheduled based on everyone’s schedules.
WHERE Eastwood Baptist Church, 3212 James Street, Syracuse NY OR online
COST Tuition is $100 ($110 for online) for credit participation - Audit fee is $50 ($60 for online)
TO REGISTER Send completed registration form (see below) with payment payable toABCNYS) to Rev. Leon Oaks-Lee, 102 Margo Ln., Fayetteville NY 13066