THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH (HSFT-8200)
THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH: DOMESTIC, FOREIGN, MISSIONARY
The Episcopal Church is often understood as an establishment church originating in the American Revolution, with a few additional forays beyond an elite demographic. In this course, students will be asked to grasp The Episcopal Church as a living response to history of mission and empire, embedded in a larger global story of church, colonialism, and Christendom. Course readings will focus specifically on the ways in which TEC struggles with the weight of its history and polity as balanced with mission, justice, and inclusion, such as missions to Native Americans, the history of African American Episcopalians, the work of the DFMS both in the United States and overseas, and recent controversies over sexuality and the global Anglican Communion. Course evaluation through online participation, papers, and exams. Course level is intended for MDiv, CAS, MTS, and MA students; doctoral students welcome with additional requirements.