Spring 2022 Course Descriptions

This seminar explores what it means to think and live faithfully in our world by engaging in an in-depth study of an important issue. Each class will engage with the richness and complexity of its subject by considering diverse viewpoints and multiple academic disciplines and exploring their interconnections. Each class will also be challenged with some of the best Christian thinking about the issue. The class will maintain an atmosphere of open inquiry and discovery, and provide occasion for each student to reflect on God’s call on his/her life. Prerequisite: senior standing, or junior standing and completion of all other general education requirements.

GEN 460-01: WORK AND VOCATION                                                                                        Tuesday, 6:00-8:30 p.m.                                                                                                                    Instructor: Scott Waalkes

Work and Vocation is designed to help prepare Malone students as they transition into life after college. Given the likelihood of multiple career changes in our dynamic globalized economy, the course seeks to move students from our society’s focus on “finding the best job” to “responding to God’s call on their life” in all areas of life. We’ll focus on four major questions: How can we succeed at our work? How can we cope with the brokenness of work and toil? How do we discern what kind of work should we do? Why do we work and rest in relation to God?

GEN 460-02: SLOW DOWN AND BE QUIET                                                                Monday/Wednesday, 2:00-3:15 p.m.                                                                                        Instructor: Linda Leon 

Are you exhausted from everyday life?  Author and professor Dr. Brene Brown says, "It takes courage to say 'yes' to rest and play in a culture where exhaustion is seen as a status symbol."  As you prepare for life after college, busyness and noise don’t have to define your days. This course will practically prepare you for your next vocational step while developing life habits of peace and quiet.  You'll learn spiritual practices such as slowing, prayer, celebration, participating in communal meals and conversations, reducing media usage, and weekly Sabbath-keeping. Interactive class times will challenge you to focus on God, others, and yourself.  And course assignments will challenge the way you're currently living, all to free you up for a life pace full of peace and quiet.

GEN 460-03: HOME AND OTHER PLACES                                                                  Monday/Wednesday, 2:00-3:15 p.m.                                                                                            Instructor: Matt Phelps

As embodied creatures, we are always located somewhere. In this seminar we will explore the (typically unexamined) settings in which we live and the different kinds of places we need in order to pursue individual and communal well-being. Topics include home, third places, natural settings, healing places, sacred places, neighborhoods, and public places. Furthermore, students will explore the ways in which Christian perspectives on place attachment and placemaking can help them to cultivate grounded and vibrant lives for themselves and others. Success in this seminar course will require active learning through various forms of engagement: careful reading, thoughtful reflection, imaginative writing, vibrant discussion, and, of course, experiential place-engagement activities through which you develop your capacity to perceive, inhabit, and make “place” in new ways.

GEN 460-04: LGBTQ+ AND THE CHURCH                                                                      Tuesday/Thursday, 1:00-2:15 p.m.                                                                                              Instructors: Tc Ham & Christina Schnyders

Few issues are as polarizing or as practically significant for today's Christian Church as those raised by LGBTQI+ people. In this course we will engage these issues through multiple disciplinary lenses and do our best to take all sides seriously in these complex debates. Our goal will not be consensus, but to grow in grace and truth, and to become more compassionate and informed participants in these ongoing conversations.