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Cities of God


Program D.Min
Field of Study Theology
Class# T 640
Instructor Cathey, Robert
Location McCormick Campus
Day Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Core/Elective Elective

‘The city’ has functioned as a social reality and symbol for millennia. Learners in this course inquire into meanings and critical insights about ‘the city’ in Scripture, the history of theology & ethics, urban sociology, ethnographic writings, local theologies, learners experiences in ministry, & a site visit. In light of these sources the course proposes that urban congregations and communities are ‘cities of God’: sacred places where Word and Spirit transform creation (ecologies, cultures, society) into graced forms of life. Methods include case study, small group reflection, faculty presentations, writing portfolio, and a site visit to an urban church in Chicago.