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VDS Concentrations:

Religion and the Arts 

Religion and the Arts

This concentration serves the student with interests in the mutually formative relationship of religion and the arts.  Areas of inquiry include theological aesthetics, the role of art in fulfilling the societal mission of congregations and communities, the role of religion in literature, art’s generative role in personal devotion, spiritual practice, and congregational life and identity. Practical courses in writing (creative, non-fiction, and song) are offered regularly and are an important component in the curriculum.

Learning Goals:

  • Student will demonstrate creative imagination in at least one of two streams of activity: A) The translation of theological concepts into images, sounds, movements, novels, plays, or poetry.  B) In scholarship, preaching, worship design, and other modes of expressive theological reflection.

  • Student will put their engagement with the arts into conversation with the broader components of their theological education.

  • Student will build a greater recognition of the interconnections between religion and the arts and be able to articulate points of affinity between the two.

Current Steering Committee: Stephanie Budwey (Co-Convener), John McClure (Co-Convener), Juan Floyd-Thomas , Victor Judge , Dave Perkins Required Courses: Beauty & Belief: Issues in Theological Aesthetics (Perkins) Or, Writing Creatively About Religion ( Judge ) Additional Requirements: None. Praxis Options: 1. By working with the Field Education faculty to identify a learning context. 2. By fulfilling the praxis requirement in one of the following courses: Creativity (Perkins), Writing Creatively about Religion (Judge), Songwriting from a Theological Perspective (Perkins)

 

Additional Requirements: None. 

 Praxis Options: 1. By working with the Field Education faculty to identify a learning context. 2. By fulfilling the praxis requirement in one of the following courses: Creativity (Perkins), Writing Creatively about Religion ( Judge )

 Course Projections:

 Fall 2020:

5402 Judge The Incarnational Art of Flannery O’Connor 

5420 Perkins Beauty & Belief 

5433 Geller Religion and Film 

6534 Seow Job, Literature and Visual Arts 

6730 JHB Jesus and Modern America 

6772 JFT Race, Religion, and Protest Music 

 

Spring 2021:

NEW Marbury Bible in Western Visual Culture 

5402 Judge The Incarnational Art of Flannery O’Connor 

5412 Budwey Survey of Congregational Song* 

6715 Budwey Images of Mary in Christian Thought and Practice* 

6767 JFT Cultural Signification and Black Religion 

6859 Armour Theology, Visual Culture, and Media 

7064 Hamman Humanity and Technology