Cross-Registration for Winter and Spring 2012
The Consortium offers over 300 courses per semester for cross-registration by students in members schools. There are few opportunities like this in the entire country!
Imagine taking a a few days or a week in January for courses in “Drama for Ministry” or “Mosque Leaders and Church Leaders in Dialogue” at Wesley; a course in “Pentecostalism” or “Theology of Martin Luther King” at Lutheran-Gettysburg; an interdisciplinary seminar on “Sacrifice and Christian Faith” or “Spiritual Direction” at VTS; “Faith in the City” or “Prophetic Proclamation” at Virginia Union in Richmond; “Leading Small Groups” or “Substance Abuse Counseling” at Capital Bible in Lanham, MD; “Covenant Theology” or a seminar on “Hebrews-Revelation” at Reformed in McLean, VA; or “Global Perspectives of Mission” at John Leland in Arlington, VA. Some of these schools offer low-cost housing for such intensives, so contact them!
In the Spring Semester, courses for cross-registration cover the fundamental areas of Church History, Theology, Scripture, Classical Languages, Pastoral and Practical Theology, Homiletics and more. Some distinct perspectives include “Global Church History” at Leland; “Feminist and Womanist Biblical Interpretation” at Howard, “Papists, Heretics, and Idolaters in the Reformation” at VTS; “Reform of Teresa of Avila” at WTU; “Divine Violence in Jewish, Christian and Islamic Traditions” at Wesley; “Ecology and Religion in Interfaith Perspective” at Lutheran-Gettysburg; “Africa’s Contributions to the Christian Church” at Virginia Union in Richmond; “Liturgy and Time” at the Pontifical Faculty, Dominican House; “The Writing of Church History” at Catholic University; or “Pastoral and Social Ethics” at Reformed.
A range of courses also qualify for the two Certificate Programs of the Consortium: 12 unit course concentrations that allow focused expertise and credentialing. For the Certificate in Ecumenism, consider “An Ecumenical View of Jesus” at Lutheran-Gettysburg; “Midrash” with a rabbinical scholar at VTS; “The Trinity in Classical and Contemporary Theology” at Wesley; “Aquinas and the Fathers” at the Dominican House (PFIC); or “Patristic Theology” at Catholic University. Electives are available in Anglican, Wesleyan, Baptist, Roman Catholic, Lutheran, and Reformed traditions. For the Certificate in Muslim-Christian Studies, consider “Modern Islam and Its History” at Howard, “Prophethood in the Qur’an and the Bible” at VTS; “Introduction to Islam” at Dominican, or “Religion in America” at Lutheran-Gettysburg.
To Cross register: search the Consortium website (http://www.washtheocon.org/cgi/courses ), check with your advisor about a course that interests you, and register through your school’s registrar. Make sure you track the start and end dates of each school (as these vary) at: http://www.washtheocon.org/academic.html.
Finally, remember this: Gettysburg is just over an hour from most Consortium Schools (consider how often you commute an hour in D.C. traffic!); VU in Richmond is easily accessible by Amtrak; and crossing the Potomac River from D.C. to Northern Virginia does not cause brain damage! The experience of each school and its courses is well worth the trip.