Intensive Focused Learning (IFL) Courses – Fall 2020

Intensive Focused Learning (IFL) Courses:

Eden’s IFL courses are one-two day courses that dive into particular areas of theology and ministry to empower leaders in all parts of the church.

IFLs are available to audit.
Contact [email protected]
Deadline, September 4th.

All courses are online for the fall 2020 semester.

Audit fee: $292.50
Audit fee, ages 65 and above: $146.25

Simple application required.  No application fee.

Current students enroll in IFL courses as part of course registration.

Leading a Missional Organization:  Church and Nonprofit Management
September 25 (7:30 pm- 9:00 pm), September 26 (9:00 a.m – 2:30 pm), October 24 (9:00 am – 2:30 pm)
Instructor:  Steve Lawler

In this course we will look at scripture, lessons in leadership from history, academic theory, examples from current missional organizations, and hands-on practical methods for leading organizations that are mission focused. The course covers vision, mission and values as well financial, human resource, technology, governance and volunteer management practices for leading the mission driven organization. Each student will produce a mission plan for an organization that they are involved in or one they would like to create.

This IFL is offered in conjunction with Eden’s LIFE program, scheduled for Fri/Sat September 25-26.  Students are expected to attend the virtual LIFE sessions in September as well as the IFL virtual session on October 24. (Participants in the LIFE at Eden program may access the September sessions of this course through the LIFE registration here.

Music for the Resistance:  A Singing Revolution
September 25 ( 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm) and October 30 (1:00 pm –  4:30 pm)
Instructor:  Paul Vasile

Every ministry should be intentional when change is required and when hope is needed. Interim Ministers are produces of hope while bringing about change for future congregations. Change begins within one person, let it be the pastor, then members.

This IFL meets together at the times above.  Additional teaching and learning will take place on the Brightspace Learning Management Platform before and after the class dates.

Theologies of Accompaniment:  Global Partnerships and Mission
October 2 ( 10:00 am – 11:30 am), October 7 (8:30 am – 2 pm; Schmiechen Public Lectures) and October 9 ( 10:00 am – 3:30 pm)
Instructor:  Mary Schaller Blaufuss

This course is an intensive exploration of mission theologies and of the intersection of global movements for redeeming justice. The course centers on Eden Seminary’s Fall 2020 Schmiechen Lecture presenter, Dr. Deenabandhu Manchala. The course will highlight mission theologies of accompaniment, explore the intersection of justice movements in southern Asia and the United States, and encourage action and involvement.

This IFL is offered in conjunction with the Schmiechen Lectures scheduled on Wednesday, October 7th.  Students are expected to attend the virtual lecture sessions in addition to the pre and post lecture dates/times.
(Participants not part of the IFL course, are invited to the public Schmiechen Lecture.  No charge.  Register here.)

Woman Preach Conference (Virtual)
October 9 (4:30 pm – 8:00 pm) and October 10 (8:30 am –  6:00 pm)
Instructor:  Dietra Wise Baker

This IFL is offered in conjunction with the Woman Preach Conference.  Students must register for the Conference in addition to the course.  The Conference will take place virtually via Zoom. There will be additional teaching and learning for the IFL course utilizing the Brightspace Learning Management Platform.

Catholics and Justice: Catholic Social Teaching in Relationship with Protestants
October 23 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm) and October 24 (10:00 am –  2:00 pm)
Instructors:  Sonja B. Williams and Marlene B. Lang

This course will introduce a body of teaching on social justice that exists within the Catholic Church, known as Catholic Social Teaching. Students will learn how it formed in response to injustices and poverty arising from the Industrial Revolution, and continues into the present day with Pope Francis’ letter on Earth Our Common Home. Students will recognize these “Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching” as paralleled in their own faith tradition. Some may be surprised to find this code written into the authoritative teaching of the Catholic Church. It calls for putting the poor and vulnerable first, for solidarity with them, for the right to organize and form unions, and for addressing structural injustice for change, not merely feeding the hungry. It asks why they are hungry. The course will challenge students to form where possible, relationships with justice-seeking Catholics in their communities as works of Practical Theology.

This IFL meets together at the times above.  Additional teaching and learning will take place on the Brightspace Learning Management Platform before and after the class dates.

Octavia Butler’s Earthseed and Black Imagination

November 13 ( 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm) and November 20 (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Instructor:  Sonja B. Williams

This course introduces a literary work emergent from within the African diaspora, bringing the voice and cultural aesthetics of a Black womxn authors. In Parable of the Sower, Octavia Butler’s creation, Earthseed, offers an experience of Black subjectivity in the present and in alternative realities. Students will consider how this experience informs their understandings of justice, community, and ultimately of God.The course will ask: What is possible if we look through the lens of the Black imagination?

This IFL meets together at the times above.  Additional teaching and learning will take place on the Brightspace Learning Management Platform before and after the class dates.