This track consists of two connected courses which offer the posibility to get to know and deepen your understanding of Old Catholic Theology by thematic and in-depth, case-driven classes. The first week will offer a broad overview of main topics and themes in Old Catholic theology and spirituality which will be deepened in the courses of the second week. Especially the courses in the second week are linked to an apparent paradoxical key-starting-point of Old Catholic theology: the faith and order of the Early Church. How can a modern church be so 'traditional' at the same time?
Old Catholic theology is understood as the main theological currents as they exist in Union of Utrecht of Old Catholic Churches.
The topics covered by the course include the following aspects of Old Catholic theology and tradition: the history of Old Catholicism, fundamental and liturgical theology, spirituality, ecumenism, canon law and ecclesiology, liturgy, and systematic theology. Case studies that will be explored cover topics such as marriage, the ordination of women and mission.
The courses will be taught by experts in Old Catholic theology on the faculty of the Old Catholic Seminary, Utrecht, together with staff of the Institute of Old Catholic Theology, University of Bern.
The course includes excursions to a major collection of related religious art (Museum Catharijneconvent), to the traces of Catholic presence and history in the episcopal city of Utrecht and a lecture in the historical meeting room of the Metropolitan Chapter of Utrecht. The beginning of the course is marked by the participation in the Eucharist in St. Gertrud’s Cathedral, facilitating an encounter with ‘lived Old Catholicism.’
At the end of the course, students will have a deepened knowledge of, and insight in Old Catholic theology and her appeal on the Early Church and will be able to apply this knowledge in theological reflection and research. The course is partly at the introductory level of an M.Div. curriculum and partly at the advaced level of a MA curriculum. Good BA students may also apply, as well as others. Students may be expected to do advance reading for the course.
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