Spring 2017 Courses at General Seminary

The General Theological Seminary is offering a variety of courses for all who are seeking a deeper understanding of spirituality. Whether you are traveling on a personal journey or simply wish to explore a specific topic that interests you, we welcome General Learners to take individual classes to expand their engagement and knowledge.

Below is a selection of Spring 2017 offerings that can be taken for credit or audit. For more information, email registrar@gts.eduTo register and for a list of the full course offerings, click here.

The spring term runs January 30 – May 12, 2017.


This course offers an introduction to classic ways of meditating, within and beyond Christianity. Such practices in the Christian tradition as Psalm repetition, Lectio Divina, Salesian and Ignatian meditation, and gazing at icons will form the core curriculum, supplemented by exploration of the practice of meditation in other faith traditions, such as Zen Buddhism and Judaism; and the interface between meditation and other modes of prayer, including the Liturgy.

The Rev. Dr. Clair McPherson. 3 credits.
Wednesdays, 8:10 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Scrutiny of the “Twelve Steps” and discovery of a program for spiritual health and growth. This class meets over two days.

The Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke. 1 credit.
Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Feminist theology, and feminism more generally, has as its central concern “women’s full flourishing.” The aim of this course is to ask, and attempt to answer, the following questions. Is Christianity conducive to the full flourishing of women? Have its traditional interpretation and practice been attuned to women’s ontology and distinctive sensibilities? What have been the role and significance of women’s mystical experience within theology, as well as philosophy and personal understanding? What are the marks of contemporary feminist theological thinking? To address these questions, we will read excerpts from medieval Christian women mystics, as well as from contemporary feminist thinkers.

Dr. Alina Feld. 3 credits.
Thursdays, 8:10 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


This course introduces church leaders to conversational Spanish. Students will acquire the pronunciation, reading, and some conversational skills that are required for everyday Spanish in a church environment. A working vocabulary is developed through conversations in class. At the end of this course, the student will be able to participate in conversations on everyday topics, read the Bible in Church, and conduct services in Spanish from El Libro de Oración Común. No knowledge of Spanish is required as a prerequisite.

The Rev. Miguel Hernandez. 3 credits.
Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m – 4:30 p.m.


The breathtaking beauty of the Gothic cathedral, the colorful world of Knighthood, the curious and compelling Monastic Orders, the mysterious records of the great mystics—these are the material of the Middle Ages, and authentic aspects of our own history and tradition. And every one is an expression of medieval spirituality. Our course will explore that spirituality systematically—we will read the great Summa Theologia of Thomas Aquinas meditatively, we will discover the religious connection between Knights and Monks, we will enjoy a contemplative virtual tour of Chartres Cathedral, and we will sample the sometimes sublime, sometimes startling writings of the late medieval mystics—and the visual art of Hieronymus Bosch and Peter Brueghel.

The Rev. Dr. Clair McPherson. 3 credits.
Mondays, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.