“Co-curricular” activities are commonly defined by universities as programs or events that provide curriculum-related learning opportunities. The School of Divinity regularly throughout the academic year sponsors and/or supports lectures, workshops and other activities that are not required and that are not credit-bearing but that enhance students’ overall learning experiences. This week, multiple special events are happening at the School of Divinity. Tuesday’s chapel service, sponsored by the student organization Mosaic, features School of Divinity graduate and accomplished artist, Karen Dresser. Lutheran pastor and nationally acclaimed author, Nadia Bolz-Weber is presenting a public lecture on Tuesday evening followed by a visit to our community coffee hour on Wednesday. Thursday’s guest in chapel is United Methodist pastor and singer/songwriter Sherry Cothran.
Whether or not we use the term “co-curricular” to describe this week’s extra activities, each activity contributes to the School of Divinity’s overall academic aims as each provides our community with opportunities to encounter public leaders who in differing ways are living out vocations as religious leaders. I hope each of us will take time this week to encounter the trio of religious leaders who will be visiting in our midst. What they offer us may just have something to do both with our curricular endeavors and our vocational journeys.
Interested in dedicating a week of evenings to exploring themes of civil rights and social justice? The Seminar on Non-Violent Social Change seeks to aid justice advocates develop skills and gain historical perspective for advancing current social issues in their communities. The Seminar will be held February 17-20, 2013 in Farrell Hall from 6-9pm each evening. Selected participants will be expected to attend every night of the seminar as well as several pre-seminar screenings of “Eyes On The Prize”. Find out more and apply to participate now.
Summer School: The summer school schedule is available to review online. Note that several classes require Permission of Instructor (POI) and may require a separate application or registration. For more information on summer school opportunities, please contact Susan Robinson in the Office of the Academic Dean and read about the advantages of summer coursework here.
Blessings for the week ahead,
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs