January Term 2014

Wesley annually holds a two-week session in between the New Year's holiday and the start of the Spring Master's semester. Much like the summer term, this session is comprised of several one-week and two week intensive courses. Credits taken by a student during  J-Term count toward the Spring semester total hours for the purposes of student loans, financial aid, student loans, and continuing enrollment. Courses are held at both the Mount Vernon Square campus (MVS) and the main campus at 4500 Massachusetts Avenue.

The dates for J-Term 2014 are Monday, January 6 through Friday, January 17, 2014.

Registration for J-Term opens on October 14, 2013.  The first two weeks of Registration are "Limited Enrollment" which means students must add themselves to the waitlist for J-Term classes designated as Limited Enrollment.  On October 25 those waitlists will be sorted according to student proximity to graduation.

Registration for J-Term classes closes on December 20, 2013.  J-Term courses have pre-course assignments due on the first day of class.  Drops between December 20, 2013 and the first day of the J-Term class will result in a $100 late drop fee.  Drops after the first day of a given J-Term class will result in the assessment of full tuition and may result in a failing grade for the course. 

For the Complete J-Term and Spring 2014 Schedule visit www.wesleyseminary.edu/schedule.

Biblical Interpretation

BI-235-JT Divine Violence in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Sacred Traditions: The Legacy of the Biblical Joshua (2 credits, 3 CEUs)

A descriptive overview of divine-violence in the main Abrahamic faiths, with illustrations from the Conquest Narrative of Joshua (Josh. 1-12). This course fulfills the Church in the Interreligious World requirement for M.Div. students.

Monday, January 13 - Friday, January 17, 2014 | 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Instructor: Ovidiu Creanga

Syllabus and pre-course assignments.

Christian Teaching and Formation

CF-253-JT  Pop Culture and Christian Formation (2 credits, 3 CEUs)

Examination of the tension between cultural and theological aims of Christian Formation and the relationship between culture and adolescents and young adults  through engagement in practical theological reflection on sociological, anthropological, and economic models of popular culture.

Monday, January 6 - Friday, January 17, 2014 | 6:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.

Instructor: Glenn Zuber

Syllabus and pre-course assignments.

Congregational Life & Ministry

CM-135-JT Personal Finances for Religious Professionals (1 credit, 1.5 CEUs)

Introduction to basics of financial management, including link of financial health to overall health, consumerism, debt management, tax considerations, legal issues, saving and investing, risk management and insurance, and health care and retirement benefits.

Monday, January 13 - Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.  AND Wednesday, January 15, 2014 | 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Instructor: Lovett Weems

Syllabus and pre-course assignments.


CM-142-JT Healthy Stewardship in the Local Church (1 credit, 1.5 CEUs)

Exploration of the Biblical and theological basis for healthy congregational stewardship, emphasizing centrality of healthy stewardship to healthy discipleship and survey of the different components to a well-rounded financial stewardship program.

Wednesday January 15, 2014 | 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. AND Thursday, January 16 - Friday, January 17, 2014 | 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Instructor: Ann Michel

Syllabus and pre-course assignments.


CM-205-JT OL  The Mission in the Church and Contemporary World (2 credits, 3 CEUs)

This course meets fully online through Blackboard

Reflection on foundations of mission, the role of the Church in God's mission in the world and exploration of current missiological topics such as ethnocentrism, secularism, religious fundamentalism and the theology of religions. Fulfills the "mission of the church in the world" requirement for election to probationary membership and commissioning in The United Methodist Church as specified in The Book of Discipline 2008, Par. 324.4a.

Monday, January 6 - Friday, January 24, 2014

Instructor: Joseph Conte

Syllabus and pre-course assignments.


CM-266-JT  A Practical Theology of Urban Ministry (2 credits, 3 CEUs)

An examination of the historical and practical theological development of the idea of Beloved Community from Josiah Royce to Martin Luther King Jr. to John Perkins to contemporary theologians; the Beloved Community as a utopian social metaphor to mobilize and energize social movements such as the Fellowship of Reconciliation pacifist movements, the Social Gospel movement, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the civil rights movement and The United Methodist Council of Bishop's Initiative on Children and Poverty; practical examples of how principles of the Beloved Community can influence Christian education, youth ministry, faith and health ministry, and the elimination of extreme poverty.

Monday, January 13 - Friday, January 17, 2014 | 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Instructor: Doug Powe

Syllabus and pre-course assignments.

Preaching and Worship

PW-301-JT  Pastoral Liturgics Practicum (2 credits, 3 CEUs)

Prereq: Introduction to Corporate Worship

The pastor as leader of Sunday worship, both eucharistic and non-eucharistic, and as leader of the occasional rites (including initiation, marriage, and burial). Emphasis upon the planning and conduct of the services within the various denominational traditions represented in the class.Pass/Fail only.

Monday, January 6 - Friday January 1-, 2014 | 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Instructor: Carol Cook Moore

Syallbus and pre-course assignments.

Religion and the Arts

RA-180-JT  Community-Building Through Drama (2 credits, 3 CEUs)

Improvisational techniques and scene study for community in church or ministry settings. Includes personal storytelling and role playing from biblical and theological sources.

Monday, January 6 - Friday, January 10, 2014 | 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Instructor: Deryl Davis

Syallbus and pre-course assignments.

Wesley Theological Seminary   Wesley Theological Seminary  |   4500 Massachusetts Avenue, NW  |  Washington, DC 20016  |  PH: 202.885.8600  |  FX: 202.885.8605  |   Privacy
Web Site Management Sign-in | Wesley's Facebook Page Wesley Theological Seminary on Twitter Wesley Theological Seminary on Flickr Wesley Theological Seminary on Google Plus!