(This address was given on Nov. 5th, 2016 by The Rev. Dr. John A. D’Elia on the occasion of his installation as the first President of the New Theological Seminary of the West.) Family and friends, members of our board of trustees; students, faculty and honored guests, thank you so much for being here today. Your presence is a gift not only for me, but also for the New Theological Seminary of the West. As we establish ourselves in this region—as we work to provide practical ministry training that is rooted in deep theological reflection—your presence here affirms our goals and demonstrates your support. On behalf of our seminary, I want to say a very heartfelt thank you. It is a long-standing tradition at events such as this one to pose a question of some great significance, and then spend 30 minutes or so coming up with some lofty-sounding answers. Continue Reading
Fall Quarter 2016 September 24 – December 10 Classes ordinarily run for 10 weeks Courses The Gospel of Luke (2 credits) Professor: Peter Hintzoglou Location: La Canada Presbyterian Church, La Canada, CA Monday evenings, (Sept. 26-November 28) 6:45 – 9:15pm The practice of our Christian life and witness depends to a large extent upon our understanding of the Gospel, the person of Christ, the function of the Holy Spirit and the spiritual practices such as prayer, forgiveness, and so on. Luke, in his Gospel, introduces us to the person and ministry of Jesus. In this seminar we will explore the mission of His ministry, the nature of salvation, and the practices designed to help believers build healthy, loving, giving relationships and be effective witnesses to the love of Jesus. Spirituality and Social Justice (2 credits) Professors: Janna Gosselin and Charles Marks Location: Second Baptist Church, Santa Ana Saturday mornings: October Continue Reading
In this video Dr. Tom Erickson, D.Min, and Rev. Kirk Winslow, M.Div. describe how two very different congregations respond to changes in their surrounding culture, one in inner city Los Angeles in the 1960’s, and the other in suburban Irvine in the 2000’s.
Fall Quarter 2015 Judaism, Christianity, Islam: Related Religious Traditions (2) Date/Time: Wednesdays (9/30-12/2) 6:45pm-9:15pm Professor: Reinhard Krauss Location: Encino Presbyterian Church The course offers an analysis of the complex interrelatedness of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The aim is to present these religions as living traditions whose historical origins, current interactions, and future development is the dynamic context for ministry in the multi-religious world of Southern California. To acquire a grasp of the internal ethos of each of these traditions, renowned scholars and recognized leaders will be guest presenters. The course culminates in a forum in which scholars of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam engage in a “Trialogue” to explore the commonalities and differences on a key issue of common concern. This forum is open to the public.
Our April 2015 Newsletter is online! Find out about: – “The Gathering,” which inaugurated the second semester at NTSWest – Spanish speaking courses being offered – The Spirituality & Aging Certificate Program Click on the newsletter image to download!