Brite Divinity School

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Brite Divinity School is affiliated with and located at Texas Christian University. It is also affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Along with being accredited by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Brite is approved by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church and receives support for its Baptist Studies program from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. About thirty different denominations are represented in the student body of Brite, with the largest two usually being members of the Disciples of Christ and the United Methodist Churches. The current 25 full-time faculty members represent several different Protestant denominations; there are also two Roman Catholic scholars, and a Jewish scholar on the faculty. Brite Divinity School is proudly open and affirming of all people regardless of race/ethnicity, gender/sex, sexual orientation/sexual identity, gender identity/presentation, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical ability, and physical disability. Brite seeks to welcome all people in their courses with an inclusive language policy. The Divinity School asks all students, faculty, and staff when on campus to use inclusive language. This includes but is not limited to language about God, divinity, humanity, culture, nationalities, races, and religions, with regard to characteristics such as sex, gender, sexual identities, social class, age, and differing abilities. In addition Brite is deeply committed to diversity and social justice.

Degrees[edit]

Brite Divinity School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges[1] and the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) and approved by ATS to grant the following degrees:[2]

Curriculum[edit]

Candidates for the Master of Divinity choose from four concentrations:[3]

  • Concentration in Black Church Studies
  • Concentration in Pastoral Care
  • Concentration in Pre-Ph.D. Studies
  • General M.Div

Master of Divinity[edit]

Candidates for the M.Div. are required to take:[3]

  • Three courses in the Bible, one of which must be in Hebrew Bible (HEBI 60003 Interpreting the Hebrew

Bible and Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books) and one in New Testament (NETE 60003 Interpreting the New Testament).

Master of Theology[edit]

Candidates for the Master of Theology (Th.M.) Choose from the following areas of study:[4]

  • Hebrew Bible, Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books, and Literature of Early Judaism. The history, theology, literature, religion, and language of ancient Israel and Early Judaism in Ancient Near Eastern and Jewish settings. Contemporary methods of biblical interpretation.
  • New Testament and Literature of Early Christianity. The history, theology, literature, religion, and language of early Christianity in Graeco-Roman and Jewish settings. Contemporary methods of biblical interpretation.
  • Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling. The theory and practice of ministry in pastoral theology and pastoral counseling.
  • History and Theology. Preparation in theological analysis and constructive formulation, including study in history, theology, historical theology, and ethics.

Women’s Studies Certificate for Th.M. and Ph.D. Students In 2005, Brite began cooperating with other Texas Christian University graduate departments and schools in offering a Women’s Studies Certificate Program. This program is currently open to Brite Th.M. and Ph.D. students and to others on a case-by-case basis. To earn the Certificate, students must complete twelve hours of course work: BRIT 90003: Graduate Colloquium in Feminist Methodology and Theory, and three additional Brite courses approved for the program.[5]

Doctor of Philosophy[edit]

Brite Divinity School offers the Doctor of Philosophy in two areas: Biblical Interpretation and Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling[6]

Ph.D. In Biblical Interpretation[edit]

Ph.D. in Biblical Interpretation includes successful completion of forty-eight semester hours, qualifying examinations leading to candidacy, and a dissertation. A cumulative minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or better is required. All courses, an area of concentration in either Hebrew Bible or New Testament, and a second area of study, must be selected in collegial dialogue with the student’s advisor. Areas of Study:[7]

  • Hebrew Bible, Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books, and Literature of Early Judaism. The history, literature, religion, and language of ancient Israel and Early Judaism in ancient Near Eastern and Jewish settings, including contemporary methods of biblical interpretation.
  • New Testament and Literature of Early Christianity. The history, literature, religion and language of early Christianity in Graeco-Roman and Jewish settings, including contemporary methods of biblical interpretation.
  • Themes and Issues in Biblical Theology. The theology of the Hebrew Bible and New Testament as both distinctive, separate collections, and as two related parts of the larger Christian Bible, including contemporary models of approaching biblical theology.
  • History of Biblical Interpretation. The major historical interpretations of the Bible, beginning with biblical writers’ interpretations of earlier texts and traditions and continuing through the major periods of Christianity (patristic, medieval, renaissance and reformation, and modern and contemporary).
  • Theological Hermeneutics. The major models of modern and contemporary theology, their interpretation, and their use of the Bible in constructive work.

Ph.D. In Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling[edit]

Ph.D. in Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling[8] The Ph.D. program in Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling is designed to train women and men in the academic disciplines of pastoral theology, pastoral care, and pastoral counseling. In keeping with the mission of Brite Divinity School, graduates of this program will make significant contributions to the Academy and to the Church through scholarship, original research, and practice. Graduates will serve as teachers and supervisors in educational institutions(universities, colleges, seminaries, medical schools), as pastors and pastoral care specialists in local churches, and as chaplains and pastoral counselors in clinical contexts (pastoral counseling centers, medical centers, hospitals).

Research and Special Programs[edit]

Notable Professors[edit]

  • Warren Carter Professor of New Testament
  • Leo G. Perdue Professor of Hebrew Bible
  • Stephen V. Sprinkle Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Director of Field Education and Supervised Ministry. The first open and out Gay scholar in the history of the Divinity School and author of Unfinished Lives: Reviving the Memories of LGBTQ Hate Crimes Victims.
  • Toni Craven, I. Wylie and Elizabeth Briscoe Professor of Hebrew Bible and noted author on Feminism and Scripture and related issues.

Administration[edit]

  • President: D. Newell Williams
  • Dean and Executive Vice President: Joretta Marshall
  • Vice President of Finance and Business: Beverly Cotton
  • Assistant to the President, Chief Advancement Officer: Tamara Rodenberg
  • Associate Dean of Student Affairs: Bryan Feille
  • Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs: Jeffrey Williams
  • Theological Librarian: Charles Bellinger
  • Director of Admissions: Valerie Forstman
  • Director of Presbyterian Studies: Warner M. Bailey
  • Director of Methodist Studies: Jim Sanders
  • Director of Development Operations-Larry J. Brown Jr.
  • Director of the Borderlands Center for Latina/Latino Church Studies: Luis Bernard
  • Director of Field Education and Supervised Ministry: Stephen V. Sprinkle
  • Director of Lay and Continuing Education: Eilene Theilig

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "Member Schools: Brite Divinity School". Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - Commission on Colleges. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Member Schools: Brite Divinity School". Association of Theological Schools. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Brite Bulletin - Master of Divinity Requirements and Concentrations". Brite Divinity School. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Brite Bulletin - Th.M.". Brite Bulletin - Master of Theology Requirments and Concentrations. Brite Divinity School. 
  5. ^ "Women's Studies Certificate". Women's Studies Certificate for Th.M. and Ph.D. Students. Brite Divinity School. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Doctor of Philosophy Areas of Study and Concentrations". Doctor of Philosophy Areas of Study and Concentrations. Brite Divinity School. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Brite Bulletin - Ph.D. In Biblical Interpretation". Areas of Study. Brite Divinity School. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Brite Bulletin - PhD in Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling". Brite Bulletin - PhD in Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling. Brite Divinity School. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Asian (Korean) Church Studies Program". Brite Divinity School. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  10. ^ "Black Church Studies Program". Brite Divinity School. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  11. ^ "Latino/a Church Studies Program". Brite Divinity School. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  12. ^ "Jewish Studies". Brite Divinity School. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "Lifelong learning". Brite Divinity School. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  14. ^ "Brite Divinity School Stalculp Lectures for Laity". Brite Divinity School. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  15. ^ "Disciples Church Studies". Brite Divinity School. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  16. ^ "United Methodist Church Studies". Brite Divinity School. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  17. ^ "Baptist Church Studies". Brite Divinity School. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  18. ^ "Presbyterian Church Studies". Brite Divinity School. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  19. ^ "Episcopal Church Studies". Brite Divinity School. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  20. ^ "Soul Repair Center".