Baptism and Eucharist in Ecumenical Dialogue

REL675
Fall 2016
M 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Area: 
Area II
Professor: 
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

This course will engage students in recent conversations around the theology and practice of baptism and Eucharist. Beginning with the 1982 World Council of Churches document Baptism, Eucharist, and Ministry, we will read texts that have emerged from ecumenical sacramental dialogues in the past three decades and discuss major issues such as mutual recognition of baptism, patterns of Christian initiation, who may administer the sacraments, and open communion. Over the course of the semester, each student will identity a particular issue of interest and develop both an oral presentation and a written paper for the class on that topic.

Background Expected: 

Foundations of Christian Worship recommended

Course Requirements: 

Close reading of the assigned texts and preparation of short reading responses; active seminar participation, including leading one discussion; oral presentation; final research paper

Basis of Evaluation: 
  • Discussion leadership, reader responses, and overall class participation (40%)
  • Oral presentation of research in class (20%)
  • Final paper, 10-12 pages (40%)