Through the course of their studies in this program, students will develop an integrated theological foundation for their artistry or ministry. This will be accomplished through completing core theology courses, as well as courses that require participants to integrate the study of theology with the study of art, culture, and worship practices. Throughout these courses students will be able to respond creatively through their own work to their theological studies. Three learning outcomes are the pillars of this program:
- A theological foundation to draw from and reflect on
- The ability to integrate theology, worship, arts, and culture
- The validation of creative response to theological studies
To complete the experience in pursuing this certificate, students will take a course that asks them to explore the relationship between their theology and their vocation, asking questions such as the following:
What does my current profession have to do with my vocation?
Regardless of my vocation, how exactly does God fit into the work that I do and the life that I lead?
How do I walk faithfully as a committed Christian—as an artist, minister, or lay professional—in a context that is often suspicious or even antagonistic toward religion and people of faith?
How do I better integrate the arts with theology and worship (belief and practice) in my community?