Netherlands, Utrecht

The Early Church as Ideal: Old Catholic Theology Beyond the Basics

when 12 July 2020 - 17 July 2020
language English
duration 1 week
credits 10 EC
fee EUR 425

This course offers the possibility to deepen your knowledge of Old Catholic theology by thematic and in-depth case-driven classes, linked to a key starting point of Old Catholic theology: the faith and order of the Early Church. How can a modern church be so ‘traditional’ at the same time? This apparent tension and paradox will be the core theme of this weeklong, intensive course.

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The topics and disciplines covered by the course include: fundamental and liturgical theology, spirituality, and ecumenism. Case studies that will be explored cover topics such as marriage, the ordination of women and mission. The beginning of the course is marked by the participation in the Eucharist in St. Gertrud’s Cathedral, facilitating an encounter with ‘lived Old Catholicism.’

At the end of the course, students will have a deepened knowledge of, and insight in Old Catholic theology and her appeal on the Early Church and will be able to apply this knowledge in theological reflexion and research. The course is at the advanced level of a MA curriculum. Students may be expected to do advance reading for the course.

Entry requirements for this course are having attended the course ‘Old Catholic Theology in an Ecumenical context’, advanced knowledge of theology or a similar qualification. The course ‘Old Catholic Theology in an Ecumenical context’ is offered in immediate connection with this advanced course. Booking both courses leads to a reduced fee. For questions you can contact the course director.

Old Catholic theology is understood as the theological discourse within the Old Catholic Churches of the Union of Utrecht.

Course leader

Prof. dr. Peter-Ben Smit

Target group

Students who attended the course: 'Old Catholic Theology in its Ecumenical Context'; Students of theology interested in Old Catholicism and ecumenism; Clergy and theologians interested in Old Catholicism and ecumenism; Laypersons with formal or informal theological training interesting in Old Catholicism and ecumenism. The course is of specific interest for students with Anglican, Orthodox, Lutheran, Old Catholic, and ecumenical backgrounds.

Credits info

10 EC
The goals of the course are, the following; upon completing the course: 1) students will have a deepened knowledge of and insight in Old Catholic theology and her appeal on the Early Church, 2) The student will be able apply this knowledge in theological reflexion and research, 3) The student will be able to undertake further independent study of aspects of Old Catholic theology.

Fee info

EUR 425: Course + course materials

Booking both courses leads to a reduced fee. For questions you can contact the course director.
EUR 200: Housing fee

Scholarships

Scholarships might be available for qualifying Anglican students, please contact the course director.

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