Intensive Focused Learning (IFL) Courses – Spring 2022

Intensive Focused Learning (IFL) Courses:

Intensive Focused Learning Courses (IFLs) are one-two day courses on a specific topic.  IFLs are a great way to introduce yourself to theological education, to do continuing education, or to enrich yourself and stretch your horizons.  IFLs are available for you to audit at half the cost of tuition (or for a quarter of the price is you are age 65 +). Current Eden students enroll as part of course registration.

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

Simple application required.  No application fee.

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Deadline, TBA

Decolonizing Neurodivergence
February 12, 19, 26 and March 5 (9:00 AM – 11:00 AM)
Instructors: Dr. Kimberly Douglass

A Neurodiverse G-d would have us recognize how White supremacy impacts the lived experiences of Neurodivergent People (ADHD, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, giftedness, learning disabilities and others). Neurodivergent People of Color will be of special interest as we engage and deconstruct religious and other social systems that reinforce the relationship between White supremacy and negative outcomes for Neurodivergent People.

Masculinity and the Bible
February 25, 2022 (8:30am – 12:00pm) and March 11, 2022 (8:30am – 12:00pm)
Instructor: Rhiannon Graybill

This course introduces the emerging field of masculinity studies and the Bible, drawing as well on insights from feminist and queer approaches. Topics include hegemonic and subordinate masculinities, social constructions of masculinity, unstable masculinities, queer masculinities, divine male bodies, the bodies of male prophets, and female masculinity. Texts will be drawn from both the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and the New Testament.

The Antisemitism Reading Group
Feb 18, March 19, April 29, and May 13  (8:30 AM – 12:00 PM)
Instructor: Rabbi Daniel Bogard

This course will be a reading/discussion group wrestling with antisemitism in our world today and attempting to better understand the role of Christian clergy and Christian communities in combating and propagating antisemitism. The class itself will consist of four 3-hour discussion sessions with Rabbi Daniel Bogard and Autumn Dennis. Before each session there will be an assigned book dealing with antisemitism and a 3-page analysis post that will be due (there will be no other assignments).