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The Good Life Course Pairing

Pray Like This: Introduction to Theology (TH 201)

With your active participation, this course is designed to familiarize you with Christian Scripture and to empower you to think critically about the historical and contemporary significance of Christian belief and practice. During the semester, we will investigate the interpretation of Christian Scripture and the diversity of Christian thought on questions including creation, the environment, gender, covenant, theodicy, class, prophecy, race, disability, and salvation. This course will proceed by practicing the close reading of texts and productive discussion of historical and contemporary theological perspectives. What is the biblical perspective on the good life, and why does it matter?

Faculty biography

Arthur Sutherland Bio coming soon!

The Narrative Impulse (WR 100)

Throughout the semester, we will explore what it means to be a critical thinker, reader, and writer. We will think about the stories we tell, and how these narratives influence our lives and perceptions. We will take risks and ask open-ended questions. What kinds of narratives do we construct to make sense of the world, and to persuade others of our points of view? In turn, how do we recognize the narratives we encounter, evaluating their contents for fact, and fiction? How do we decide what to listen to, who to believe? We will read essays closely and analyze how authors develop and support their ideas in a meaningful way. As writers, we refine our skills through practice. In a series of written assignments, you will test out different approaches to analysis and experiment as you develop your own writer’s voice. The central goals of this class are to cultivate confidence, curiosity, and commitment to process as a community of writers, working to participate in creative, intellectual exchange.

Faculty biography

Professor Helen Hofling is a writer, editor, and teacher. She received a BA in philosophy from Vassar College and an MFA in creative writing from The Writer's Foundry at St. Joseph's College. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Berkeley Poetry Review, the Columbia Review, Electric Literature, Epiphany, Fugue, New South, Passages North, Prelude, and elsewhere. She is a member of the PEN Prison and Justice Writing Committee and serves as a poetry judge for their annual writing competition. She teaches in the Writing Department at Loyola University Maryland.

Mentor biography

Patrick Durkin is Associate Director of Event Services. A Loyola graduate from the class of 2001, Patrick has been working Full Time at the University in the Event Services department since the Fall of 2001. He is originally from Buffalo, NY (Go Sabres!) where he graduated from Canisius High School. He spends as much time as he can with his two daughters, who are already looking forward to being part of Loyola’s classes of 2031 and 2034!

 

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