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There are six courses offered at the seminary this spring that are open for auditors. That means you can be in the class but not receive academic credit. DOWNLOAD audit PDF file.

To begin the application process, or to find out more about the audit program at Phillips, contact MaryAnn Morris at 918-270-6464 or by email at

The courses are:

PC 500 Interpretation Matters

HB 600.02 Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible: Psalms

DS 750 History and Polity of the United Church of Christ  AH 550 Theological Themes in the Contemporary Novel
SP 680 Spirituality: Celtic Spiritual Disciplines 


PC 500 Interpretation Matters — Lisa W. Davison and Sharon Jacob

This course provides an introduction to the practice of interpretation of texts and their communities in history and culture, with a focus on the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. Attention will be given to learning the content of the Bible, developing skills for responsible interpretation, and exploring ways in which Biblical interpretation is effective in addressing issues in church and world. No prerequisites. Instructors: Lisa W. Davison, Johnnie Eargle Cadieux Professor of Hebrew Bible, and Sharon Jacob, Assistant Professor of the New Testament.

HB 600.02 Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible: Psalms — Lisa W. Davison

This course is intended to help students in all Master’s programs “act as responsible biblical interpreters critically informed by current historical, literary and theological scholarship in the field of biblical studies.” As an exegetical course in the area of Biblical Studies, the course is designed to help students “be fluent in biblical interpretation… pay attention to interpretive concerns (e.g., historical context, literary character, etc.)… [and] use the Bible with an awareness of scholarly understandings as a resource for thinking about the issues and concerns of everyday life.” To this end, the course will include an introduction to exegesis and the variety of methods utilized in interpreting a biblical text (e.g., form criticism, rhetorical criticism, ideological criticism, etc.), along with opportunities to practice these methods on a variety of texts from the Hebrew Bible. Special attention will be given to the Book of Psalms and how these ancient prayers inform our understandings of the Divine and faith. Satisfies advanced HB exegesis requirement. Auditor Prerequisite: MDiv or MTS degree. Instructor: Lisa W. Davison, Johnnie Eargle Cadieux Professor of Hebrew Bible.

DS 750 History and Polity of the United Church of Christ — Kathy McCallie

An exploration of the history, theology, structure, and practice of ministry within the United Church of Christ. Required for all United Church of Christ students preparing for ordination. Enrollment is encouraged for Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Students. This course will meet on campus Sept 21 2:30–6:30 p.m., Sept 22-23 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Nov 2 2:30–6:30 p.m. and Nov 3-4 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Recommended Prerequisites: All four portal courses. Instructor: Kathy McCallie, Assistant Professor of Ministerial Leadership and Ethics.

AH 550 Theological Themes in the Contemporary Novel — Joseph A. Bessler

An exploration of how contemporary novels pose theological questions about, and prompt theological refection upon, human and cultural experience in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. A variety of styles and sub-genres will be considered. This course will meet on campus Mon-Fri, Oct 16-20, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. No prerequisites. Instructor: Joseph A. Bessler, Robert Travis Peake Professor of Theology.

SP 680 Spirituality: Celtic Spiritual Disciplines — Mady Fraser

A small group experience with a focus on the holistic, egalitarian, and earth-connected spiritual perspectives and disciplines of Celtic Christianity – a sect of Christianity which arose in the British Isles prior to the 8th century. Enrollment is limited: This course will meet on campus from Dec1-2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. No prerequisites. Instructor: Mady Fraser, Adjunct Professor of Spirituality; Chaplain Emerita.

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