Continuing Ed for Alums
Palmer continues to offer budget-friendly continuing education classes for alums who would like to audit available courses.
The following 3-credit Palmer courses are available to auditors for earning 3 Continuing Education units.
SUMMER I 2021
May 27–June 24, 2021
Every Thursday 5:30pm to 9:30pm on Zoom, plus 20 hours asynchronous online work
This course will be built upon these units: the slave preachers, the trailblazing preaching of African American women, the relatively recent study of the "phonograph preachers," and African American preachers in the modern era to include among others Katie Geneva Cannon, Suzan Johnson Cook, Creflo Dollar, Wilda Gafney, Peter Gomes, Prathia Hall, Barbara Harris, Reverend Ike, Martin Luther King Jr, Eddie Long, Ella and Henry Mitchell, Pauli Murray, Carlton Pearson, Samuel DeWitt Proctor, Gardner Taylor, Renita Weems.
June 2–25, 2021
Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Zoom
On earth as it is in heaven means that theos is reflected in anthropos. James Wm. McClendon Jr., in his book Biography as Theology, traces this concept in the lives of politicians, diplomats, Bible scholars and artists. We will use this textbook and others to analyze how in the 21st century we can live theologically, how much the kingdom of God and his will can be reflected in our lives, our families and our churches. The reading list includes Paul Johnson’s The Intellectuals, Paul Rusbagina’s An Ordinary Man, and Tom Holland’s Dominion, the Making of the Western Mind.
SUMMER II 2021
June 28–July 9, 2021 (no class on July 5)
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 5:30pm to 9:30pm on Zoom
There are always multiple stories in history and while the story of men has more often been told, other stories do exist. This course will explore the story of African American Women. From enslaved women who heard a word of hope even when the preacher was not offering hope, to women today who hear a call for service and answer the call even when the opportunities to serve appear limited, African American women have been faithful. These women have been thread pullers, women who pull the threads of faith forward, and who have sought to improve the lives of the communities in which they lived. In this course we will meet well known and little know women who have made vital contributions to church and the work of the church in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. This historical rooting will give students an additional lens through which to view other sociological, political, economic, and even theological movements that existed during this time period.
June 28 to July 12, 2021 (no class on July 5)
On Zoom 9 am to 11 am and 2 pm to 4 pm on June 28, July 1, July 6, July 8, July 12, plus 4 hours of independent study on June 28, June 30, July 2, July 7, July 9.
This course will focus on the unique cultural factors associated with military service and veteran’s status. The role of both acute and chronic stressors that accompany military life and reintegration into civilian life will be examined. Clergy are on the frontlines of these transition challenges as they administer to these congregants. Service members and Veterans frequently encounter chaplains as part of everyday service life and chaplains in the armed services are a primary resource for a broad range of life counseling needs. Thus, in the civilian world members of the clergy often become first responders for Veterans in crisis. This course will focus on the unique cultural factors associated with military service and the Veteran/family reintegration challenges. The course will introduce military culture and the impact of military life on the family to clergy. Topics including stressors specifically related to military duties and service life, reintegration, grief and bereavement, suicide prevention, moral injury, military sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, and intergenerational trauma will be examined through the lens of the impact of military culture and experiences and pastoral care. Course content will include multimedia material – videos, podcasts, news articles and research articles.
July 12–16, 2021
Everyday 9:00am to 4:00pm on Zoom plus some asynchronous online work
"Biblical Storytelling is a spiritual discipline that entails the lively interpretation, expression and animation of a narrative text of the Old and New Testament that has been first deeply internalized and is then remembered, embodied, breathe and voiced by a teller/performer as a sacred event in community with an audience/congregation." (Master Storyteller, Dennis Dewey). The story once embodied and shared beyond the four walls of sanctuary enables us to share the gospel. It becomes in essence a "storied spirituality" in which the teller and listener become engaged in a "language event" which acts as an experiential vehicle of God's Kingdom (Ian Scott).
August 30 to December 6, Mondays 7–10 pm, St. Davids
This course is an advanced study of the book of Psalms. Considerations will be given to major trends in modern scholarship with regard its historical settings, literary forms, canonical shape, and biblical theological significance. Opportunities will be provided to develop skills for interpreting poetry through in-depth study of representative examples of each genre. The purpose and relevance of the Psalms to the rest of the Bible and Christian faith will be explored.
August 31 to December 7, Tuesdays 3–6 pm, St. Davids
The Presidents of six Southern Baptist Seminaries issued a statement affirming, “Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality and any version of Critical Theory is incompatible…with the denominations core beliefs.” Unfortunately, race and Christian theology have been linked since the late 15th century. Race and Christian Theology is an investigation of racial architecture within Christian life and theology, as well as a study at the intersection of the theological and the “political.” This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to probe the connection between Western Christian theology and the emergence of race and its persistence in the late-modern West. The course will rely on 1 or two texts as the main scaffolding and will be supplemented with various book chapters and articles.
September 1 to December 8, Wednesdays 7–10 pm, St. Davids
When you think of people who have changed the world in the 20th century, who comes to mind? Revolutionaries such as Lenin, Mao, Mandela, Malcolm X, and Che Guaverra were willing to overthrow the existing systems. While Reformers such as Karl Barth, Martin Luther King Jr., Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, were willing to transform or change the existing systems. Will the 21st century be populated by revolutionaries or reformers? When you think of yourself, with whom do you align and how do you justify that alignment biblically.
September 2 to December 9, Thursdays 3–6 pm, St. Davids
Studies in pastoral care shows that pastors are usually the first professionals congregation members turn to when they experience difficulties. Research also shows that marriage and family issues rank as one of the top two categories that pastors are asked to respond to. This course will equip pastors and counselors with concepts and skills to minister effectively to couples experiencing marital difficulties, integrating both biblical principles and family systems theory. Students will learn to assess the immediate situation and possible generational issues in formulating their response, as well as recognizing when to refer. Students will also be challenged to deepen their ability to be self-reflective and how to use this as they counsel couples.
Palmer alumni will be charged $60 to audit a course for 3 CEUs. This is the same amount an alumnus/alumna currently pays to register for a free audit (up to two per year). Those who are not Palmer alumni are invited to audit these courses as well to earn CEUs, so feel free to spread the word. They will be charged $150 to audit a course for 3 CEUs, and will be registered as Guest Students.
1. Palmer Alumni and Guest Students, please use the Guest Registration Form. If you are a Palmer alumnus/a, please write that on the Guest Registration Form to ensure proper billing.
2. Submit the completed form directly to:
Eastern University Registrar’s Office
1300 Eagle Road
St. Davids, PA 19087