Master theology in the Caribbean

New Huron master’s program

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

The Caribbean Conference of Churches, in association with Huron University College, launches a two-year master’s of theological studies program this June.

John Chapman, dean of theology at Huron University College, said the satellite campus lets students experience the Caribbean and its learning environment without the additional costs of travel and accommodation.

The program lets students pursue an education in advanced theological studies from a Caribbean perspective. A satellite campus is detached from the university location so students can study from home.

A primary goal in the CCC’s constitution is, “To provide and stimulate programs of study, research and experimentation, so as to help the churches understand the decisive action of God in Christ in terms of their culture, experience and needs.”

The program lets students gain a unique understanding of various Caribbean religious traditions and provides the opportunity to analyze social issues affecting people worldwide. It focuses on biblical studies from a post-colonial perspective and emphasizes the realities of Caribbean life.

“The two-year program includes four terms, with each term consisting of three weeks of classroom tuition,” said Marcia Faustin-Walker, senior program associate for the CCC. “To complete the degree, students must complete a thesis successfully.”

A major portion of study includes inter-religious discussion and ecumenism. Students are expected to reflect theologically on social issues like violence, crime and the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

The program’s curriculum was structured by Caribbean theologians and classes will be taught by respected lecturers in the Caribbean. The lecturers have been approved by Huron’s Faculty of Theology Committee.

To qualify for the program, applicants should have an undergraduate university degree. Only in exceptional cases will anyone else be considered.

“It’s hoped that all learnings would be used to approach life’s journey from a more holistic perspective, thereby allowing for an enriching life experience,” Walker said.

The application deadline is March 31, 2007. For more information, visit www.ccc-caribe.org.

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