424 – Ethics
|Winter 2019: Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 8||Jack Soper||Email:
This course introduces the biblical and theological bases for Christian behavior, emphasizing the pastoral skills needed for moral leadership in the congregation and community.
Students will be able to:
- Articulate a biblical and theological basis for ethical thinking and moral behavior and distinguish major approaches to ethical reasoning.
- Comprehend the relationship between their personal stories, pastoral vocation, local contexts and responsibility as moral leaders.
- Develop a Christian framework for moral reason and action, and apply it to the use of power and the setting of boundaries in ministry.
- Demonstrate familiarity with and make use of the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church as a resource for ethical reflection and action.