St. Mary's Seminary & University

Ecumenical & Interfaith Studies

Courses in this area investigate the history of ecumenism, theological issues inherent in religious pluralism, and ecumenical and interfaith relations. St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute recognizes the diversity of religious perspectives in contemporary society and fosters mutual respect and understanding of both similarities and differences among people of faith.

Note the following abbreviations: PR = prerequisite; CR = corequisite; PR/CR = either a prerequisite or a corequisite. Corequisites may be taken either at the same time as or before the course listed. Prerequisites and corequisites may be waived only with the permission of the Dean and the instructor.

ES625 Judaism and Christianity: Two Types of Faith

A survey of similarities and differences in Jewish and Christian understandings of God, salvation, messiah, Scripture, incarnation, and other foundational concepts. Cross-listed as ST625. PR = TH601; ST601 recommended.

ES665 Jewish-Christian Studies

The annual Richman-Linehan Course in Jewish-Christian Studies is team taught by Jewish and Christian scholars. The course fosters interfaith engagement in Jewish-Christian studies by selecting a specific focus each year, such as interpretations of scripture, history of relations, contemporary dialogue, theologies, ethics, or worship. Typically, the course cross-lists in at least one other discipline.

ES703 Introduction to Judaism

A survey of Jewish thought, practice, history, and literature from the biblical period to the present, with special attention to the contemporary American context. PR/CR = TH601.

ES716 Biblical and Ecumenical Perspectives on Mary

An exploration of Mary’’s role in Scripture and in the life of the church as mother of Jesus and model disciple in light of recent ecumenical scholarship and dialogue. Cross-listed as BS716. PR = TH601 and either BS622 or BS635.

ES718 Christian Worship: History, Principles, and Practice

A biblical, theological, historical, and contemporary analysis of worship in the classical Christian tradition, emphasizing commonalities, denominational distinctives, and current issues. Cross-listed as PT718. PR/CR = TH601.