The Certificate in Christian Faith and Life
Certificate in Christian Faith and Life
The Certificate in Christian Faith and Life does not require an undergraduate degree. The courses can be taken for interest or credit. Instructors are Knox College Faculty and graduate students as well as others drawn from the TST and PCC.
The Certificate requires one to complete four basic courses in the areas of Bible, Theology, History and Lay Ministry and four elective courses in various areas of theological inquiry.
The certificate courses are all taught by distance education. Below are the courses that are offered and being developed for the Certificate in Christian Faith and Life.
- Introduction to the New Testament
- Introduction to the Old Testament
- Amos: A Social Prophet for Our Time
- Thinking Theologically
- Evil Suffering and the Love of God
- Not Just Any God but a Triune God
- From then until Now the Church Over Two Millennia
- Transitions in Canadian Presbyterianism
- Go and Make Disciples of all Nations
- Religious Diversity in our Neighbourhood
- Lay Ministry Serving the Church and the World
- Reformed Faith and Spirituality
- Reformed Worship
- The Word Proclaimed
- Re-visioning Christian Education
- Presbyterian Polity (In development)
- Caring for God’s People (In development)
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE CHRISTIAN WHILE HONORING THE FAITH STANCE OF OTHERS?
Elective Course – Oct. 15 – Nov. 19, 2013
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Andrew Irvine
Details: This course will examine what it means to go beyond tolerance to love. Religious studies professor Douglas John Hall (retired) of McGill reminds us that Jesus did not teach us to ‘tolerate our neighbours’ but rather ‘to love our neighbours’. It’s the assertion of this course that religious diversity is not a problem but rather an opportunity for spiritual growth. The course will examine the changing religious scene in our communities, promote an understanding of other faiths and develop possible ways of communication that fosters community harmony and spiritual growth.
Instructor: Andrew is adjunct Faculty, the Director of the Centre for Clergy Care and Congregational Health and spends 60 per cent of his time seconded to the Toronto School as the Director of Doctor of Ministry Program. His interests are in issues of leadership and Pastoral Ministry, the well-being (wholeness) of Clergy, congregational studies and small church Ministry. Andrew and his wife Suzanne are part of the Caledonia Presbyterian Church. His areas of teaching are Intro to The Practice of Ministry, Theological Field Education and Human Growth and Spiritual Journey.
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WHY SHOULD WE CARE?
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12: 2)
Elective Course – Nov. 4 – Dec. 9, 2013
Instructor: Stephen Allen
Details: As a follower of Jesus, Paul’s message to the community at Rome must have been a challenging one as he urged his brothers and sisters in Christ not to be shaped by the dominant culture, but by Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. Paul’s message has a counter-cultural edge to it. What does this mean for us today?
This course will explore the following issues:
- Reformed theology and justice
- Climate change & global warming: Who wins – who loses?
- Growing Inequality in Canada: Why should we care?
- Restoring Right Relations with Indigenous people: What does this mean for Canada?
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