Weekly Touch (May 01, 2020)

May 1, 2020 ~ Weekly Touch


Faith and globalization in the midst of a pandemic

Two-part Summer Course series
(5 weeks each)

Auditors Welcome

Part I:

What did we Know? What were we Told?:
Theological and Ethical Responses to COVID 19

(June 1-July 3, 2020)

James Grandison,
Visiting Professor of Ethics and Theology, ABSW

What is happening on earth as our world community faces a global pandemic? As scientists, policymakers and citizens consider how to respond to the effects of Covid-19 (coronavirus) on our health, safety and lives, we will consider how to develop theological and ethical responses to this public health, economic and spiritual crisis, based upon facts found by health experts. This unprecedented crisis has challenged both our beliefs-based upon faith and values-and political and cultural interests. We will review the recent historical timeline of the scientific awareness of this epidemic, political responses and development of U.S. governmental policy that have shaped the official public response to this ordeal. This course (1.5 units) will be taught as a hybrid course (combination Zoom meetings and Moodle online work) from June 1 to July 3, 2020. Zoom class sessions will be held Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30pm throughout the five-week period (June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30).

Part II:

Is a Pandemic Apocalyptic?: Biblical and Theological Reflections on COVID 19

(July 6-August 7, 2020)

LeAnn Snow Flesher,
VP of Academics & Professor of Biblical Interpretation, ABSW

Popular responses to devastating crises like the COVID 19 pandemic often make claims of God’s judgment at work or of a biblical apocalyptic end to the world as we know it. In this five-week course, we will survey the roots of biblical apocalyptic literature, review & critique some of the most prominent popular theological responses to the pandemic and create our own theological reflections. While this course (1.5 units) builds off of information learned in part 1 of this two-part series, it does not require attendance in part 1. This course will be taught in a hybrid fashion (Zoom meetings and Moodle online work) from July 6 to August 7, 2020. The Zoom class sessions will be held every Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 9:30pm for five weeks (July 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug 4).

Are you interested in a representative from ABSW preaching or presenting at your church?

Dr. James E. Brenneman, President
Rev. Dr. Lori D. Spears, VP of Institutional Advancement
Dr. LeAnn Snow Flesher, Academic Dean and VP
Mr. Niger Woodruff, Director of Admissions

Contact us at 510-841-1905 ext 239 or email us at lspears@absw.edu

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