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  Sep 20, 2017
 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 
  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

Institute for Spirituality and Social Justice


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Institute for Spirituality and Social Justice


The ISSJ of Xavier’s Theology Department empowers constructive theological reflection and responsible social action through three tracks, including (1) Professional Practice (Ethics, Spirituality, and Professional Practice, or ESSP),  (2) Solidarity and Sustainability in a Global Context (SSGC), and (3) Pastoral Care (Applied Spirituality and Pastoral Care, of ASPC).  Each track includes offerings in three areas, (1) Programs, Workshops, and Retreats, (2) Certificates, and (3) Graduate Degrees.  Each of the three tracks in all three areas is designed to cultivate depth of thought, imagination, and critical skills in a world challenged by violence, social inequity, and environmental instability.  Distinctive features of the Institute include experiential learning through spiritual formation, practicums/internships, and the program capstone.   The Institute is rooted in a rich tradition of spiritual practices coupled with rigorous intellectual inquiry and social analysis which manifest the Jesuit commitment to work in the service of faith and the promotion of justice in a diverse and pluralistic world.

For more information, call the Director of the M.A. in Theology, at 513 745-2894 or email issj@xavier.edu.

MA in Theology ISSJ Tracks:


Ethics, Spirituality and Professional Practice (36 credit hours)


The Professional Practice track is designed for professionals in business and non-profit communities interested in developing deeper spiritual understanding as well as practical skills for competent, ethical and theologically informed professional practices. This track is also appropriate for students interested in careers in the management and administration of churches and church-related organizations and corporations such as dioceses and social ministries.

The Professional Practice track combines theory and practice, building on the traditions of spiritual discernment (Ignatian and others), theological reflection and purposeful action. It develops adult learners as knowledgeable, thoughtful and responsible professionals who improve their work environments and society as a whole. Students learn to respond to challenging situations presented in their professional environments in ethically and spiritually responsible ways.

The program presumes a pluralistic religious environment in the workplace, emphasizing ways to understand, recognize, negotiate and celebrate interfaith relationships. It also reflects Xavier’s mission to educate students to serve with excellence and ethical integrity in professional fields and to work for social and economic justice.

The goals of the program are:

• To improve understanding of the Christian spiritual, theological and ethical tradition in dialogue with contemporary challenges of religious traditions.

• To prepare professionals with a sound knowledge of ethical traditions and a commitment to bringing social-ethical perspectives to business and service environments.

• To facilitate the spiritual and theological formation necessary for professionals to integrate professional expertise with competent, ethical, and spiritually informed management practices.

Foundational Courses

  • THEO 503 - Liberating Bible
  • THEO 520 - Journey Through Christianity I: Community, Authority and Expansion
  • THEO 524 - Journey Through Christianity II: Reformations, Modernities and the Global Context
  • THEO 624 - Theological Imagination: Approaches to the Sacred
  • THEO 547 - Ethics in a Time of Planetary Crisis
  • THEO 690 - Discernment and Integration: Capstone Course
ESPP Track Courses

  • Ignatian Tradition Course
    • The Ignatian Tradition course can be satisfied by any one of several different courses, such as THEO 513 Jesuit Theology & Spirituality or THEO 514 - Spiritual Exercises in the 21st Century.                                              
  • Scripture and Justice Course
    • The Scripture and Justice Course requirement could be fulfilled by one of several possible courses, such as THEO 579 - The Bible and Economic Justice or THEO 580 - Power, Politics and Empire in the New Testament.                                       
  • World Spiritual Traditions Course
    • The World Spiritual Traditions Course can be satisfied by one of several possible courses, such as Introduction to Buddhist Spirituality, or Sufism
  • THEO 644 - Human Person: Spiritual and Psychological Development
Elective Courses or Research-Based Thesis Option

Solidarity and Sustainability in a Global Context (36 credit hours)


The Solidarity and Sustainability track revolves around the typical definition of sustainability as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

This track integrates questions of economic, social and environmental sustainability with the spiritual traditions that engage human potential.  Ethical issues are regularly examined, including social justice questions related to distribution of resources, and the need for communal and environmental stewardship in a variety of ways, including the kinds of personal and social transformation that stem from a “change of heart.”

Goals of the program include:

• To form an awareness of the current issues of economic and environmental sustainability.

• To develop an appreciation of the complexity and interrelatedness of the global issues that impact economic and environmental sustainability.

• To develop an appreciation of the cultural and historical underpinnings of religious traditions and to learn from other religious traditions in order to deepen one’s life and contribution to the world.

• To acquire an ability to discriminate between the peaceful practices and the violent habits within religious traditions and to strengthen the recognition of the diversity of the human drives, seeking meaning within and beyond established religion.

• To engender habits of responsible collaborative action grounded in critical theological reflection and ethical discernment, and to invite others to engage in similar reflection and action.

Foundational Courses

  • THEO 503 - Liberating Bible
  • THEO 520 - Journey Through Christianity I: Community, Authority and Expansion
  • THEO 524 - Journey Through Christianity II: Reformations, Modernities and the Global Context
  • THEO 624 - Theological Imagination: Approaches to the Sacred
  • THEO 547 - Ethics in a Time of Planetary Crisis
  • THEO 690 - Discernment and Integration: Capstone Course
SSGC Track Courses

  • Ignatian Tradition Course      
    • The Ignatian Tradition course can be satisfied by any one of several different courses, such as THEO 513 Jesuit Theology & Spirituality or THEO 514 - Spiritual Exercises in the 21st Century.                                         
  • Scripture and Justice Course 
    •  The Scripture and Justice Course requirement could be fulfilled by one of several possible courses, such as THEO 579 - The Bible and Economic Justice or THEO 580 - Power, Politics and Empire in the New Testament.                                   
  • World Spiritual Traditions Course
    • The World Spiritual Traditions Course can be satisfied by one of several possible courses, such as Introduction to Buddhist Spirituality or Sufism
  • Global Justice or Ethics Course
    • The Global Justice or Ethics course can be satisfied by one of several different courses, such as THEO 607 - Theology of Immigration or THEO 610 - Christian Ethics and Globalization.
Elective Courses or Research-Based Thesis Option

Applied Spirituality and Pastoral Care (39 credit hours)


The Applied Spirituality and Pastoral Care track is oriented to human growth and is thus appropriate for all seekers, but it is also specifically helpful to those preparing for professional practice in varieties of pastoral care including chaplaincy, education, campus ministry, youth ministry and varieties of social ministries.

The track explores the richness of Christian spirituality as a way of life oriented to the intellectual, affective, humane and relational qualities of human existence that make life meaningful and worthwhile. It prepares students to engage pastoral work in pluralistic contexts, since their social and pastoral ministries require cultural sensitivities, practical skills and a capacity to connect across religious traditions, with openness and respect.

Through the track, students:

• Gain knowledge about the tradition of Christian spirituality as a resource for theological imagination, personal and communal identity, and personal development.

• Gain an understanding of spiritual practices that promote personal growth, health and well-being, and share those spiritual practices with others in ways that are sensitive to and respect our pluralistic cultural context.

• Gain the skills necessary to engage pastoral practice with clarity about how spiritual growth and spiritual practice enhances their effectiveness and their longevity as pastoral caregivers.

Foundational Courses

  • THEO 503 - Liberating Bible
  • THEO 520 - Journey Through Christianity I: Community, Authority and Expansion
  • THEO 524 - Journey Through Christianity II: Reformations, Modernities and the Global Context
  • THEO 624 - Theological Imagination: Approaches to the Sacred
  • THEO 547 - Ethics in a Time of Planetary Crisis
  • THEO 690 - Discernment and Integration: Capstone Course
ASPC Track Courses

  • Global Justice or Ethics Course 
    • The Global Justice or Ethics course can be satisfied by one of several  different courses, such as THEO 607 - Theology of Immigration or THEO 610 - Christian Ethics and Globalization.                                 
  • THEO 630 - Theology of Ministry                                            
  • THEO 632 - Ethics in Ministry
  • THEO 644 - Human Person: Spiritual and Psychological Development
  • THEO 645 - Pastoral Care & Counseling
  • THEO 635 - Ministerial Internship or THEO 738 - Youth & Campus Ministry or THEO 715 - Supervised Field Education
ASPC Practicum

  • CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) with Theological Reflection

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