Dr. Todd Johnson
Associate Professor of Worship, Theology, and the Arts at Fuller Theological Seminary; Theological Director, Brehm Center
Dr. Eric Jacobsen
Adjunct Professor, author of Sidewalks in the Kingdom (2003) and The Space Between (2012)
Adjunct Professor, Fuller Theological Seminary; Executive, Christians in the Theatre Arts; Director, Applied Theatre Center
TC 518 Calling: The History, Theology, and Experience of Christian Vocation
Instructors: Eric Jacobsen/Dale Savidge
This is a Master’s level course that will meet for one week in New York City, July 6-10. This course will explore the concept of Christian vocation. Vocation comes from the Latin word vocare, meaning to summon or call, from which we get the concept of receiving a calling. Reflecting on Biblical, theological and historical models of calling, students will explore the relationship between the individual, the community, and the grace of God related to vocation. Students will be exposed to a number of Christian artists living and working in New York, particularly those who are working in and with the arts community in Manhattan. The end result will be a honing of the student’s own understanding of vocation in their life and their tradition. The class will meet on-line both before and after our time together in New York City. Materials will be posted onto Moodle before the trip to help students prepare for their time in the city. Follow-up assignments will be made available online after the trip as a means of processing the experience in conjunction with the course material.
TC517: Theological Method for Worship and the Arts
Instructor: Todd E. Johnson
This course is the introductory course for all students entering the Worship, Theology and the Arts (WTA) concentrations at the master’s level and introduces students to the methodology that will undergird their theological study of Christian worship, along with narrative, performing, and plastic arts. The course instruction includes an overview of Augustine’s De Magistro and De Doctrina Christina, discussing his assertion that all people communicate through signs, words, and gestures. This course will therefore explore methods of exegeting signs and gestures to supplement the exegesis of words. The courses core elements include: readings, lectures, interviews with artists, and experiential learning through ‘field trips’ to museums, theatres, etc. Class discussions and group and individual projects are also important components to the course.