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Our experiences of hope in the face of difficulties are as varied as our lives, and yet there has been very little examination of the ways we hope.
A skilled and compassionate storyteller, McCarroll introduces readers to five expressions of hope through detailed and poignant case studies. On that foundation she then builds a discussion of the possibilities, limitations, and value of each approach. The result is an engaging and optimistic exploration of hope in difficult times.
“Pamela R. McCarroll’s creative analysis of the highly complex notion of hope invites spiritual care providers and others to wade into the conversation. McCarroll takes seriously the crisis of hope that occurs when we encounter tragedy, grief, and other endings. She shows how hope takes new and unexpected forms: the refusal to give up, the despondency in letting go, the insistence to keep on living, the courage to be vulnerable and angry, and more. The often surprising resilience of the human spirit comes alive in these pages. Each person will recognize her or himself at points in these narratives of hope.” —Tracy J. Trothen Queen’s University READ MORE
Registration for the summer academic session at Knox College opens April 1.
Courses will be available for registration through ROSI.
MAY 20 – MAY 30, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Theologies of Protestant Spirituality and Formation KNT 3345HF/6345HF
Instructor: Charles J. Fensham
Course Description: This course will examine Protestant Theological Teaching and Traditions of Spirituality and Formation as rooted in medieval and reformation approaches with a particular reference to the Reformed Tradition. In the light of these traditions the course will challenge students to develop a credible and constructive theological framework for spirituality and formation in the 21st century North American and particularly Canadian context.
JUNE 2 – JUNE 13, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Suffering and Hope: Theology and Practice KNP 3501HF/6501HF
Instructor: Pamela R. McCarroll
Course Description: This course explores the practical and theological intersections of suffering and hope. Drawing from the Scriptures, constructive/systematic and pastoral theology we will consider ways to understand, recognize and practice hope in the context of the devastations and suffering in life. Far from ignoring suffering in the face of hope, this course explores the hidden intersections and discontinuities between suffering and hope and seeks out a deeper ground for hope that does not flee from or obscure the trauma, grief and injustice in life, but faces it head on in theology and practice.
Small Church: Strong, Healthy, Effective Ministry KNP3665HF/ KNP6665HF
Instructor: Andrew R. Irvine
Course Description: This course will explore the nature of the small church and its place within the context of society, the ecclesiastical world, the local community and the lives of individuals. How health in the small church is determined will be considered. Participants will bring their experience and issues as a partial basis for examining the uniqueness of ministry in and through the small church. Consideration will be given to theological, sociological, psychological, cultural and demographic factors which affect the small church. Special emphasis will be placed on issues of leadership for renewal.
JUNE 9 – 20, 9:30 – 12:30 p.m.
The Message and Social World of the Hebrew Prophets KNB33XXHF
Instructor: Aubrey J. Botha
Course Description: This course will study some of the most interesting material in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament). Our study will concentrate on the Hebrew prophets (their life (time), work, and message (pre-exilic, exilic, and post-exilic) as it unfolds within their historical and social context. We will examine their theological significance for their time but also how their message and theology translates into the world of the New Testament as well as into the setting of the post-modern reader. This course has both Biblical and theological content.
FRIDAYS: May 9 –June 27, 9:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
(9-11 – Presentation; 11-12:30 – Seminar, activity-based learning)
Spiritual Distress, Crises and Care: Theory and Practice- KNP3510HF
Faculty: Faculty: Pamela R. McCarroll, Knox College and Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Supervisors of GTA: Jan Kraus; Marc Doucet; Sharon Konyen; Bob Hunt; Kathy Edmison; Anke Flohr; Kosu Boudreau; Linda Kuschnik; Shawn Lucas.
Course Description: Practitioners of spiritual care, whether in institutional, community or ecclesial contexts, need to be able to recognize and respond to the multiple ways that death, major loss and mental health can impact human behaviour, relationships and functioning. This course covers central theories related to spiritual assessment and care in the face of trauma, suicide, crisis, dementia and grief. As well, it provides a strong grounding to understand common mental health challenges that can impact healing, including mood disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as identified in the DSM-V. Students will have the opportunity to develop assessment and spiritual care practices to work effectively with people facing life-altering situations. This course is intended for CPE students and interested others.READ MORE