Church History

These are the approved St. Andrew’s College courses in Church History. Not all courses are offered every year. Please check the Current Course Offerings page. Elective courses offered through the Lutheran Theological Seminary and the College of Emmanuel & St. Chad are not included in this list of courses; please check with these colleges for their course offerings.

HA/HL 111 Christian History: Early and Medieval Eras

This course introduces the world of the early and medieval Christians: their changing social, political and economic climate, their developing theologies, their worship and faith practices, and the ways they shaped their ecclesial structures. It offers an opportunity to begin to integrate the issues that emerge in the study of Christian history with the participant’s experience and identity. 

HA/HL 112 Christian History: Reformation and Modern Eras

Prerequisite: HA/HL 111or equivalent

This course picks up the story of Christianity in the late medieval period and carries it through to the end of the second millennium. The first part of the course focuses on the European reformation movements of the 16th century; the second part surveys the many facets of Christianity that shaped its modern expressions throughout the world. Participants will engage critical tools for reading contemporary Christian communities in light of this five hundred years of history. 

HA 323 The Protestant Spiritual Heritage

Prerequisite: HA/HL 111-&112

Church life in the denominations that arose from the reformations of the Sixteenth Century (and later) required new ways of exploring and expressing personal and collective faith. This course will examine the various spiritual paths that developed within Protestant churches, linking them to contemporary spiritual movements. Special attention will be given to the Canadian context. 

HA 335 Reading Congregations: Historical Portraits of Parish Life

Prerequisite: HA/HL 111-&112

This course combines contemporary approaches to congregational studies with explorations of works of fiction that have unfolded congregational settings in a variety of places and historical eras. The goal is to understand the theology that underlies life and practice in the Christian congregation, through analyzing the riches of the past, the possibilities of literary “truth” in studying the faith, and the challenges of present parish contexts. 

HA 352 Christians in Conversation: Aspects of Ecumenism

Prerequisite: HA/HL 111 – 112

This course will examine the ways Christians have sought to end their divisions with one another through cooperation and dialogue, particularly since the advent of the modern ecumenical movement in the late nineteenth century. It will look at both the forms and the content of ecumenical conversations, including the developing world of interfaith relations. 

HA 356 Preparing for Ecumenical Ministries

Prerequisite: HA/HL 111 – 112

Increasing numbers of Christian communities are working in close ecumenical ways to facilitate mission and ministry, especially in areas of depopulation or other financial struggle. Many of these become formally linked as “ecumenical shared ministry” congregations or clusters. This course will explore the dynamics particular to developing and sustaining ecumenical ministry initiatives in congregational settings. It will introduce participants to the structures, theologies, and ethos of the major denominations involved, and consider issues that are unique to ecumenical relationships. Participants will identify and strengthen their gifts for these ministries, in the context of the wider discussions of contemporary ecumenism. 

HA 390 Reading and Research: Church History

HA 399 Thesis Writing

HA 423 The Wesleys: Susanna, Charles and John

Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of the instructor

Of the many religious societies that arose in England in the Eighteenth Century, that initiated by the Wesley family has had the greatest impact on global Christianity. This course will examine the lives and theologies of Susanna Wesley and two of her sons, Charles and John, in the context of their time and place. Each student will do a research project on an area of interest within the history and theology of the Wesleys.