2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

RTS221: The Experience of Loss: Help, Hope and Healing

3 Credit(s)
Fulfills Core Requirement in Religious and Theological Studies
Though pastoral in nature, this course will examine the human experience of loss and bereavement, theoretically, theologically, personally and spiritually.  We will begin by examining the anatomy of bereavement, including the dynamic of recovery, with a particular focus on the inevitable questions of theodicy.  In addressing the theodicy questions, we will turn to the Bible, particularly the Book of Job, the Psalms of Lament, and the teachings of Jesus.  Specific types of losses–including our own–will be explored in the context of assessing the most compassionate and comforting types of grief support.  Through class discussions, large and small group practice of grief support methods, and personal reflections, the overarching goal of this course is to learn how to bear one another’s burdens in times of bereavement.
Theme: Engaging Creative, Aesthetic and Spiritual Experience