Samford University's Beeson Divinity School will offer varied study opportunities this fall through its Lay Academy of Theology. The non-credit courses are designed to interest laity as well as ministers.
Most courses meet one night a week for six weeks and are taught by Beeson faculty. These classes begin at 6 p.m. and meet for two hours. Course prices are $89 for early registration or $115 within a week of start date. Topics, leaders and dates are:
From Slavery to Redemption: An Exposition of the Book of Exodus, with attention to Exodus' placement in the Pentateuch and Christian Canon, led by Hebrew and Old Testament professor Dr. Mark Gignilliat, Mondays beginning September 30.
The Faithful Female Disciple, an exploration of ways that gifted and faithful women can be used in God's kingdom work, led by educator and minister's wife Virginia Webster, Mondays beginning September 30.
Learning to Pray from the Masters, lessons from the Psalms, the Gospels and great men and women prayer warriors, led by Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism Dr. Lyle Dorsett, Tuesdays beginning October 1.
Addressing Moral Questions Christianly, a primer in Christian ethics and a look at current issues in the public conversation, led by Christian ethics and doctrine professor Dr. Graham A. Cole, Thursdays beginning October 3.
In a one-week, afternoon seminar on The Life and Thought of John Calvin, research professor Dr. Gerald Bray will introduce the life, times and writings of the great 16th century reformer. Sessions will meet 1:30-3:30 p.m., Jan. 27-31, 2014.
The Lay Academy also sponsors a popular Boot Camp for Christian Writers led by veteran writers Denise George and Carolyn Tomlin. These one-day seminars will meet on Monday, Sept. 23, and Saturday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The September seminar includes tracks on self-publishing versus traditional publishing, and the basics of publishing for print and online magazines. The October seminar includes tracks on story writing, writing for children and young adults, and plotting and characters in fiction writing. Each seminar is $149 in advance or $175 within a week of the start date.
For online registration or information on any Lay Academy of Theology program, check the website at www.beesondivinity.com/layacademy or contact Lorrie Beth Milton at (205) 726-2731.