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There are three 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.

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:

AH 880.03 Digital First: Using New Media in Ministry

TH 750 The Theology and Ethics of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

FDC 700 Theology and Social Justice: Theories and Methods


AH 880.03 Digital First: Using New Media in Ministry — Kurt Gwartney

With a variety of online platforms available for sharing a message, it’s becoming more important for ministries to develop strategies for evaluating and using these digital tools. Topics in this course will focus on the use of social media, websites, email, and content creation for promoting congregational and other ministries. Learners will develop marketing strategies, editorial calendars, and content to support those plans. Students in this course will be required to either have or open social media accounts and allow the instructor public-level access. Auditors must allow instructor public-level access to social media account(s). Instructor: Kurt Gwartney, Senior Director of Seminary Relations. Course meets on campus March 1 2:30-6:30 p.m., March 2-3 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Apr 19 2:30-6:30 p.m. and Apr 20-21 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

TH 750 The Theology and Ethics of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — Ray A. Owens

This course is an examination of the salient themes in the theology and ethics of Martin Luther King, Jr. Through careful reading of sermons, speeches, essays, and books, students will identify and assess King's theological and ethical understanding of concepts such as justice, freedom, love, human dignity and nonviolent protest, to name only a few. Particular attention will be given to King's important leadership role in the Civil Rights movement and the ways this movement shaped and was shaped by his theology and ethics. Prerequisites: PC 550 and PC 600. Instructor: Ray A. Owens, Affiliate Instructor of Christian Social Ethics and Black Church Studies and Senior Pastor, Metropolitan Baptist Church, Tulsa. Course meets Tuesdays from 8:30-11:15 a.m. Jan. 29-May 18.

FDC 700 Theology and Social Justice: Theories and Methods — Sandhya Jha and Sarah Morice Brubaker

This introductory course examines the relationship between theological reflection and social justice, focusing on theories and methods. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to identify, describe, restate, and analyze at least three theoretical models of social justice inequality; interpret those models theologically, using theological vocabulary; and apply those interpretations to their own contexts. No prerequisites. Instructors: Rev. Sandhya Jha, founding director of the Oakland Peace Center and Sarah Morice Brubaker, Assistant Professor of Theology.  Auditors must be willing to fulfill certain requirements to be spelled out by the professors upon enrollment. Online course Jan. 29-May 18.

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