Academics and Fees

Courses offered:

FALL SEMESTER

  • Survey of the Catholic Tradition Fr. Dr. John Berry (Malta)
  • Survey of the Protestant Tradition Dr. Ted Campbell (USA)
  • History of the Ecumenical Movement Dr. Taras Kurylets (Ukraine)
  • Liturgy and Sacraments Fr. Dr. Thaddee Barnas (Belgium)
  • Oriental Churches and Ecumenical Rapprochement Fr.Dr.Oleh Kindiy (Ukraine)
  • Ecumenical Hagiology Deacon Didier Rance (France)
  • Bi-Lateral and Multi-lateral Ecumenical Dialogues Fr. Dr. Thomas Baima (USA) and Dr. Heleen Zorgdrager (Netherlands)
  • Christian Social Teaching and its Ecumenical Perspective Dr. Zinoviy Svereda (Ukraine)

SPRING SEMESTER

  • Survey of the Eastern Christian Tradition Dr. Nicholas Denysenko
  • Christian History - An Ecumenical Perspective Dr. Antoine Arjakovsky (France)
  • Ecumenical Social Ethics Dr. Kiyoshi Seko (Japan)
  • Opposition to Ecumenism Fr. Dr. Michael Plekon (USA)
  • Ecumenical Biblical Hermeneutics Halyna Teslyuk (Ukraine)
  • Eastern Catholic Churches and Ecumenism Fr. Dr. Ivan Dacko and Taras Kurylet (Ukraine)
  • Methods in Ecumenical Dialogue Fr. Dr. Laurent Cleenewerck (USA)
  • Ecumenical Theology Dr. Joshua T. Searle

Fall 2017 Semester starts September 18

Students who already have a relevant education may be not be required to take some of the courses offered in the first semester, upon discussion with the program coordinator and/or the professor of the course.

Please note that a course may not be offered in a particular semester if not enough students register for it.

Course Structure and Requirements

All classes have a similar design. The course of reading for each class is structured by the writings of its professor. In some cases, guiding questions accompany the texts. Each class is divided into seven two-weeks sections. At the end of each section, students write a one-page response to a key argument made by the professor, to which the professor then responds with comments. At the end of the semester, students are required to submit a 10-15 page paper for each class, to be evaluated by a teacher at the Institute of Ecumenical Studies, and an abstract of the paper, to be evaluated by the professor. As they progress through each course, students will also engage in discussion with their peers on at least a weekly basis through an online forum and a blog. Students will also have opportunities to communicate with their teachers and peers through web resources.

In addition to the classes, to receive full credit students will make three Ecumenical Visits each semester to a church that is not in their own tradition, and submit reports on their experience to the program coordinator and to their fellow students. Students are also required to submit a short paper at the end of the semester reflecting on their learning experience.

Assistance and guidance are available to students at all times from the program coordinator and staff.