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Learning and Development
with Trinity College Glasgow and the University of Glasgow
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Short Courses

About

Short courses are accessible learning opportunities in practical theology, church ministry and mission for a rapidly changing world. They are suitable for learners from a wide variety of backgrounds including those new to higher education and those already familiar with it. They are designed for many kinds of leaders and members across churches who want to learn in their spare time. Learners can opt to undertake assessments and thus qualify for 10 credit points per course towards a Higher Education certificate or other University of Glasgow approved theology programmes, or alternatively audit for their own personal benefit. 

Spring 2021 Short Courses

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LISTENING IN MISSION (online delivery)
 

May 10, 2021 - June 28, 2021
Monday evenings, 7.00-9.00pm GMT

This course will explore the practice and theology of listening, reflection and research within local communities in order to develop church skills in mission attentiveness. the course is designed to introduce activities, spiritual practices and practical steps that can be deployed in a local church or a new mission team setting. 

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ENGAGING THE BIBLE: WISDOM LITERATURE (online delivery)
 

May 6, 2021 - June 24, 2021
Thursday evenings, 7.00-9.00pm GMT

This course offers an exploration of selected biblical texts and themes especially in relation to forthcoming lectionary readings. Participants will be introduced to key exegetical issues in reading those texts in a church and world environment today with a focus on wisdom literature.

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What participants are saying about our short courses:

 

“Overall, with the subject matter, there was a very good progression of thinking, excellent use of the resources of people who write about this subject, giving confidence to research yourself.”

“As a person who has not been in education for many years I enjoyed the informality of zoom classes.”

“Just a short note to thank you both directly for your leadership, direction and syllabus preparation during the 10 weeks of the course. I found it both practically beneficial in not just my Church life but also in my own day job and intellectually stimulating throughout.”

“The material had obviously been well researched and was very current and relevant to the current situation in which the Church finds itself.”

“It was a thoroughly practical course which was undergirded by both experience and relevant theory and theology.”

“The course leaders were warm and welcoming each week and the guest lecturers certainly peaked my overall interest. Meeting in this way to study has made me eager to do more in the future.”

“I was very impressed by the professionalism along with the encompassment of the spiritual aspects which can often get overlooked in academia.”

“For me there was the bonus that we worked at a `live' project all the way through, and what we did as individuals had real time impact.”

Previous Courses include:

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REIMAGINING CHRISTIAN PRACTICE IN AN AGE OF UNCERTAINTY (online delivery)
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This course helps to chart the contemporary challenges we are experiencing in the church and in practicing Christian faith, intensified now by the global pandemic. Along with Biblical, theological and social science insights, the course explores a range of creative expressions and spiritual practices to sustain people and communities in diverse local contexts this Advent.​

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DESIGNING AND LEADING CHRISTIAN WORSHIP (online delivery)
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A practical introduction to designing and leading Christian worship utilising theologically rich patterns and practices and adapting these to participants contemporary church context.

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MANAGING DIFFICULT CHURCH CHANGE​ (online delivery)
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This course will help leaders active in local church contexts to identify and interpret challenges facing your church, and equip you with tools to develop faithful and creative responses to manage difficult church change.

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INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL HEBREW (online delivery)
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This course will introduce those with very little or no previous knowledge of Hebrew to the forms and structures of the language of the Hebrew Bible, enabling you to read selected passages of scripture, and to explore the value of being able to do so. 

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CREATIVE WRITING AS SPIRITUAL PRACTICE (online delivery)
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This course develops creative writing as a means of reflection upon personal, spiritual and contemporary cultural experience. You will analyse different approaches, learn skills, and produce your own creative writing in a supportive and participative environment.

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CONTEMPORARY VISUAL ART AND CHRISTIAN WORSHIP (online delivery)
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This course is for those who wish to explore and develop the role of contemporary visual art in Christian worship. You will engage practically, theologically and creatively through looking, listening, group discussions, practical tasks and reflective work to help expand and cultivate your imaginations, your churches and worship in new ways.