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Christian Universalist Minister
Course Requirements

COURSE ASSIGNMENTS:

A. OLD TESTAMENT:  read all the required passages.  You may read more if you wish to.  Point to any passages, verses, or words which
appear to support a belief in universal salvation or universal restoration.  Write down what you think those passages, verses, or words say about
universal salvation/restoration.  The focus may either be on this life, or on life after death, or both.  (1000 words minimum)

B. NEW TESTAMENT:  read all the required passages. You may read more if you wish to.  Point to any passages, verses, or words which
appear to support a belief in universal salvation or universal restoration.  Write down what you think those passages, verses, or words say about
universal salvation/restoration.  (1000 words minimum).  
There will also be an exam for this section.

C. CHRISTIAN UNIVERSALIST THEOLOGY:  read four of the books presented.  At least two books must by Fristad, Stetson, Talbott, or
Beauchemin. You may read more if you wish to.  Write a report on each one, noting their principal points and important themes.  Do you find
the author’s presentation convincing?  Why or why not?  (300 words minimum for each report)

D. CHURCH HISTORY/HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN UNIVERSALISM:  read the required books
and essays.  
  • How and why did CU faith fade away in the Dark Ages, and can you see a connection there?  
  • How did it come back during the Reformation and the rise of Protestantism?  
  • Why do you think the Universalist Church of America declined and lost its Christian roots?  
  • Do you think the present age will see a great revival of Christian Universalism? There will be an exam on this section.

E. ETHICS AND PASTORAL CARE:   read two of the books.  
  • Would being a minister require you to live up to a higher standard in your daily life than it would otherwise?  
  • How could your behavior testify to your faith that God loves everyone and will save us all?  
  • What is the difference between being a pastor
  • and being a friend? (1000 words minimum)

F. LIVING THE GOSPEL.  Read two books from the list, and read two articles from the packet (one article must be by Stetson or Edwards).  
  • How does the author of each book give you ideas and/or guidelines for living the Gospel in your own life?  
  • Do the two books you read support or draw from a belief in the salvation of all people?  
  • Do the concepts of theosis and divinization fit your understanding of spiritual growth and living the life of a disciple of Jesus?                    
    (1500 words minimum)

I.        Bible

Required readings:
A. Genesis 1-17, 35-50; Exodus 1-16; Deuteronomy 29-31; 1 Samuel 15-16; 2 Samuel 7; Psalms, Isaiah 5, 9, 11,14:1-21, 40-66; Jeremiah 9, 12, 23, 30-31;
Ezekiel 19-20, 39; Daniel 8-9; Hosea; Joel; Amos; Micah; Habakkuk; Malachi.  Reading the rest of the Old Testament is optional but recommended.
B. Matthew; Mark; Luke; John; Acts; Romans; 1Corinthians; 2 Corinthians 1-5; Galatians; Ephesians; Philippians; Colossians; 1 Thessalonians; 1 Timothy; Titus;                        
1 Peter; 1 John; Revelation.  Reading the rest of the New Testament is optional but recommended.

Recommended Versions:
A.  Harper Collins Study Bible (New Revised Standard Version)
B.  Young’s Literal Translation
C.  J. B. Phillips Translation (New Testament only)

II.  Theology – Four (4) required

A
. Christian Universalism: God’s Good News for All People by Eric Stetson
B. Destined for Salvation: God’s Promise to Save Everyone by Kalen Fristad
C. Hope Beyond Hell by Gerard Beauchemin
D. The Inescapable Love of God by Thomas Talbott
E. The Golden Thread: God’s Promise of Universal Salvation by Ken R. Vincent
F. Raising Hell by Julie Ferwerda
G. The Gospel of Inclusion by Carlton Pearson

You may acquire any one of these books directly from the CUA by making a $15 donation, or any four of them for a $50 donation.  
See http://www.christianuniversalist.org/books/.

III.  History – Four (4) required

A
. Universalism: The Prevailing Doctrine of the Christian Church During Its First Five Hundred Years by J. W. Hanson (required).  If you do not wish to buy it, the full            
text of this book is available online at http://books.google.com/books?id=fzARAAAAYAAJ
B. A Brief History of Christianity by Carter Lindberg (required).
C. The History of Universalism by Eric Stetson (required)
D. Choose one of these two (required):E
a. The Larger Faith: A Short History of American Universalism by Charles A. Howe
b. Universalism in America: A Documentary History of a Liberal Faith by Ernest Cassara
E. Additional reading (optional):
a. Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew by Bart D. Ehrman

IV.  Ethics and Pastoral Care – Two (2) required

A
. Choose one of the following:
a. I Started to Be a Minister: from Fundamentalism to a Religion of Ethics by Howard M. Teeple
b. The Minister as Moral Counselor by Gaylord Noyce
c. Preacher Behave: A Handbook of Ministerial Ethics by J. Clark Hensley
B. Choose one of the following:
a. Basic Types of Pastoral Care and Counseling: Resources for the Ministry of Healing and Growth by Howard Clinebell
b. Pastoral Care: An Essential Guide by John Patton

V.  Living the Gospel – Required:  two(2)  from A through N and two(2)  from O

A
. If God Is Love by Philip Gulley and James Mulholland
B. Evolving in Monkeytown by Rachel Held Evans
C. Reaching Out or The Return Of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen
D. The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
E. Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
F. To Kiss the Joy by Robert Raines
G. An Altar In the World by Barbara Brown Taylor
H. Wisdom Jesus by Cynthia Bourgeault
I.  At the Heart of the Gospel by J. Ann Jervis
J.  Proverbs of Ashes by Rebecca Parker and Rita Nakashima Brock
K.  Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd
L.  The Imitation of Christ by Thomas ‘a Kempis
M. The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
N.   Spiritual Terrorism by Boyd Purcell
O. Packet of articles about divinization and discipleship.  Read at least two articles, one must be by Stetson or Edwards.  Download the whole packet online here:

http://www.christianuniversalist.org/ordination/theosispacket.doc or you may read the individual articles at these addresses:

a. “Born of God – Really?” by John Gavazzoni – http://www.christianuniversalist.org/resources/articles/born-of-god/

b. “Theosis: The Fusion of Man/Woman and God?” by Ángel F. Sánchez Escobar – http://www.christianuniversalist.org/resources/articles/theosis-fusion/

c. “The Divine Incarnation” by Jabez T. Sunderland – http://www.americanunitarian.org/sunderlandincarnation.htm

d. “The Body of Christ: A Universalist Perspective on Divine Manifestation and Human Destiny” by Eric Stetson –
http://www.christianuniversalist.org/resources/articles/body-of-christ/

e. “Born of the Spirit: The Offspring and Heirs of God” by Brad Edwards –  http://www.savioroftheworld.net/BornoftheSpirit.htm