Offerings include three pastoral theology courses and one liturgical music course, taught by experts in their fields. “The Therapeutic Encounter” will be taught by Dr. Daniel Hinshaw, while Archpriest Dr. Nicholas Solak and Priest Stephen Powley, Executive Director of the Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry, will teach “The Parish and Prison Ministry.” Archpriest Dr. Robert Holet will teach a course titled “Stewardship in American Orthodoxy” and Dr. Peter Bouteneff will teach “The Music and Faith of Arvo Pärt.”
“Each course uniquely and practically addresses pastoral and mission-minded concerns,” said Dr. John Barnett. “Students will have opportunity to learn, for example, with Dr. Hinshaw, a holistic approach to healing rooted in Orthodox Christian spirituality, and how to apply that approach within an actual healing encounter; or they can learn with Fathers Solak and Powley how to prepare a parish to accept a recently released prisoner into its fold, or how to begin a parish-run Bible study at a local prison.
“Likewise, with Father Holet, students can learn how to create a functional parish stewardship program as modeled by the sacrificial High Priesthood of Christ, while the course on Music and Faith will enable students to explore how the sacred arts engage the surrounding culture, becoming a witness to the Orthodox faith.
“I’m elated that we are able to offer these exciting opportunities to both our current students, so that they may augment their education, and to our alumni and the general public, so that they may continue their education,” concluded Dr. Barnet.”
Course participants will be able to earn one Masters-level credit for each of the courses, and there are no prerequisites for enrollment. Courses will begin with 10 hours of online instruction, starting Monday, January 12, 2015, followed by the residential component (either January 18–23 or January 19–24), which includes 2.5 hours of instruction and two hours of homework per day for five days, closing with a 10-hour writing assignment that will be due on Saturday, January 31.
Students who are already enrolled at the seminary may begin the registration process by contacting Dr. Barnet at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students not currently enrolled should begin registration by first contacting Protodeacon Joseph Matusiak, Director of Admissions, at email@example.com. Deadline for registration is November 6.
To view course details and/or to download a registration form, visit http://www.svots.edu/registration. The cost of each one-credit course is $438.00 plus a registration fee of $35.00. The cost of each course for auditors is $219.00 plus a registration fee of $35.00.
On-campus housing for the required residential component of the courses will not be available. Participants currently not enrolled are welcome to commute if they live nearby or to take advantage of the local accommodations listed here.