Monday, April 3, 2017

'Last' Lecture for the Graduating Class.

The Religion Department at Ashland University will celebrate its graduating seniors, induct new members into Theta Alpha Kappa (the religion honors society) and close out the year with a final lecture by long-time Ashland Theological Seminary Professor Dr. Paul W. Chilcote on Wednesday, April 19, at 7 p.m. in AU’s Miller Chapel at the corner of King Road and College Avenue.
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is titled “Deep, Abiding Connection to God.” This is the third annual 'last lecture', which is an invitation for a speaker to address the graduating class of Religion majors as if it were their last time to do so. 
“We are excited that Dr. Paul Chilcote will be giving the lecture this year,” said Peter Slade, the chair of the religion department. “Dr. Chilcote has a lifetime of wisdom gained teaching theology and spirituality in Zimbabwe in Africa as well as at seminaries in this country.”
Chilcote is professor of Historical Theology & Wesleyan Studies at Ashland Theological Seminary. He is the author of more than 20 books, including A Faith That Sings, The Works of John Wesley, vol. 13; John & Charles Wesley; Making Disciples in a World Parish; Praying in the Wesleyan Spirit; Early Methodist Spirituality; The Study of Evangelism, and Recapturing the Wesleys’ Vision
Chilcote and his wife, Janet, have been active members of the Ashland community for many years. This summer, the Chilcotes will leave Ashland as Paul takes a position at Asbury Theological Seminary in Orlando, Fla. “This really is the last opportunity for many of us to hear Dr. Chilcote lecture and we hope many people from the community will come out,” Slade said.
Chilcote has been involved in theological education on three continents, having taught at Wesley College (England), St. Paul’s United Theological College (Kenya), the Methodist Theological School (Ohio), Duke Divinity School (North Carolina), and having helped launch two new institutions – Africa University (Zimbabwe) and Asbury Theological Seminary (Florida). 

Religion Courses for Fall 2017

REL106 Exploring the Bible - Six sections (M,W, F, 10,11, 1, 2; T,Th, 9:25, 10:50) - core: Religion
There is a reason it is a best seller -- take this class and find out why for yourself.

REL107 Exploring World Religions - Six sections in a classroom (M,W, F, 11, 1; T,Th,10:50, 12:15
and two sections online - core: Religion

REL109 Exploring Christian Ethics - Two sections (M,W,F, 12 & 1 - N.B. the 12 o'clock class is an honors section) with Dr. Hovey.
Start thinking about the BIG ISSUES--immigration, homosexuality, justice, war, abortion, love-- in this essential class for sentient beings.

REL208 Exploring Christian Theology (T,Th: 12:15) with Dr. Hovey
An introduction to central doctrines of the Christian faith that is both respectful of classic theological traditions and open to the new voices and emphases of recent theologies.  A required course for religion majors and one of the best ways to start loving God with your mind at AU.

REL231 History of Christianity to the Reformation (T,Th 10:50-12:05) with Dr. Slade
The title says it all -- this class has it all: martyrs, crusaders, saints, sinners, heretics, monks, witches, the Black Death . . . and a strange race of people from distant lands which are in all ways like humans but have the heads of dogs.
This course fulfills the religion major history requirement. (It also counts as core historical reasoning if you started at AU before fall 2016)

REL305 Advanced New Testament: Gospels - (T, Th, 1:40) with Dr. Aune
Do you want to learn more about the life of Jesus while asking critical questions raised by recent scholarship in Biblical studies? In this course we focus on the four Gospels individually (focusing on the distinctive themes, occasion, and purpose of the writings) and then alongside one another as we consider their historical reliability for studying the life of Jesus. 
Fulfills the upper-level Biblical studies requirement for the Religion major.

REL341 World Christianity, Culture, and Mission - (T,Th, 1:40) with Dr. Dickson
Dr. Dickson recently spent a semester in Kenya working with local church leaders, and she will have just been in Peru and Israel; she will have a wealth of knowledge, ideas, and enthusiasm to share. Don't miss this class.

497 Thesis Seminar - (M, W, 3-4:20) with Dr. Dickson
Write a 30-page thesis in one semester on a (religious) subject of your choice. This is a required class for religion majors BUT it is also a great elective for everyone else.