2017 Summer Courses

Please note the following course offerings are subject to change. For questions about courses, please contact the Programs Coordinator

SMB3623HF The Parables of Jesus

Instructor: Callie Callon
Dates: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 to Thursday, June 22, 2017
Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday 17:00-19:00
Classroom: AH 306

This course examines the interpretation of the parables in the gospels and other early Christian writers. It outlines major trends in the modern analyses of the parables, with special attention to social and economic concerns, in order to assess how they might work as a distinctive form of communication. We will also consider how attention to communicative dynamics and first century contexts can help us to imagine the relevance of parables to our own time.

SMT3/6433HF Sacramental Life

Basic degree students enrol in SMT3433HF
Graduate degree students enrol in SMT6433HF

Instructor: Darren Dias
Dates: Monday, May 1, 2017 to Monday, May 29, 2017
Schedule: Monday, Wednesday 18:00-21:00
Classroom: AH 306

This course is a historical, systematic, and pastoral study of the sacraments of initiation (baptism, confirmation, Eucharist), sacraments of healing (reconciliation, sacrament of the sick), sacraments of vocation (marriage and orders) in Roman Catholic practice.

SMT3/6540HS Interfaith in the City

Basic degree students enrol in SMT3540HS
Graduate degree students enrol in SMT6540HS

Instructor: Darren Dias
Dates: Tuesday, July 4, 2017 to Friday, July 14, 2017
Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10:00-13:00
Classroom: AH 302

The course is designed to expose students to the rich religious diversity of the city and to the categories of hospitality, encounter, and dialogue that are becoming part and parcel of theology today. The course is divided into 3 parts. The first part introduces students to various theologies of religion and dialogue that have emerged since the Second Vatican Council. The second part of the course includes visits to other religious groups on the UofT campus and neighboring areas. The on-site visits will introduce students to non-Christian prayer and liturgy, sacred space, social action and educational programs of other faiths that are flourishing in the city of Toronto. A last part of the course invites student to reflect on their interfaith experiences toward articulating a personal spirituality and theology of encounter and dialogue.

SMP3421HS Faith Development Across the Lifespan

Instructor: Richard Shields
Dates: Tuesday, July 4, 2017 to Friday, July 14, 2017
Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 14:00-17:00
Classroom: AH 304

Examination of contemporary theories of human growth and development, and the contribution that such theories offer to the understanding of religious development and the praxis of religious education. Particular attention is paid to the impact of post-modern culture on the possibility of faith today.

SMT2610HS Eco-Theology Faith and Practice

Instructor: Sr. Linda Gregg & Sr. Mary Rowell
Dates: Monday, July 3, 2017 to Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Schedule: Intensive
Classroom: Off-campus

Through lecture, discussion, prayer and eco-praxis, course participants will develop a solid academic foundation in eco-theology, skills to analyze contemporary social and ethical issues in ecology, and an integration of theology, spirituality and practical applications including organic gardening to support the formation of Christian identity and mission in the world today.

Note: This is an off campus course with residential component.  It will take place at the Villa St. Joseph Retreat Centre in Cobourg.  There will be additional costs in addition to regular course fees.  For more information, please contact the instructors: lm.gregg@utoronto.ca or mary.rowell@utoronto.ca


TST Summer 2017 Course Timetable