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Saint Paul Academy Lectures and Events

Saint Paul Academy

Saint Paul Academy is the lifelong learning center of Saint Paul School of Theology. It offers non-degree classes and events for clergy and laity who would like to deepen their faith, better understand theology, and grow in ministry and leadership skills.These opportunities for continuing education and personal enrichment allow participants to engage at their own pace, at their own level, and are taught by a highly qualified and ecumenical faculty.


Wertsch Lecture on the Work of the Church
November 19, 2013

11:00 a.m.
Church of the Resurrection, Wesley Covenant Chapel
Dr. AmDr. Amy Odeny Oden, Professor of Early Church History and Spirituality, Saint Paul at Oklahoma City University
"Unbending Ourselves: Ancient Christian Voices on Welcoming the Stranger"

Dr. Oden's lecture will focus on hospitality in early Christianity and its challenge for communities today.  These ancient voices give a rich picture of the ways and reasons early Christians welcomed strangers, and help Christians today claim this practice as our heritage.  This lecture is free and open to the public

There will be a post-lecture dialogue with Dr. Oden at 12:00 p.m. in Room 304 of the East Building.  Guests are invited to join us for this lunch conversation.  There is a $10.00 cost and an RSVP is required.  Please click this link to RSVP for lunch and submit your preference.  A vegetarian option will be available.

The Wertsch Lecture is sponsored by Saint Paul School of Theology and is made possible through the will of Marcia Wertsch.

Evangelical Society Lecture
March 25, 2014

11:00 a.m.

Church of the Resurrection, Wesley Covenant Chapel
Dr. Diane Leclerc, Professor of Historical Theology, Northwest Nazarene University
 Dr. Diane Leclerc

Cleaver Lecture on Religion and Public Life
April 23, 2014

Time TBA, St. James UMC,

Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., Pastor Emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC), Chicago
Dr. Jeremiah Wright

For additional information on lectureships, contact:
Director of Spiritual Formation


Saint Paul Academy Classes

Saint Paul Academy classes are taught by seminary faculty and may be taken for personal enrichment, or for those who are interested, the chance to earn a certificate in "Theology and Ministry" or "Bible and Ministry". You will deepen your understanding of subjects such as ministry, Bible, theology, worship, and history. These one-day classes are offered on Saturdays throughout the year.

Looking to learn more about God and how to engage your faith more deeply?
Interested in taking a course but don't have the time for homework or lengthy assignments?
A Saint Paul Academy class may be just for you!

(Registration for Spring will be available after November 19, 2013)

February 8

The Shape of Worship:
Why We Do What We Do

Dr. Hal KnightDr. Hal Knight, Donald and Pearl Wright Professor of Wesleyan Studies

Have you ever wondered why certain things happen during a worship service, and how these elements came about? Would you like to have a deeper understanding and appreciation of worship? During this session, we will define worship and the various patterns which make up our worship practices. Together we will explore the pattern of the Christian year, the pattern of Sunday worship, the pattern of the Eucharist, and the pattern of contemporary praise services. [Theology/History credit]

Room 304-- Saint Paul Greater Kansas City Campus East Building/Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, KS

March 15

Background of the New Testament:
Gospels, Epistles, Revelation

Dr. Israel KamudzanduDr. Israel Kamudzandu, Assistant Professor of New Testament Studies, Lindsey P. Pherigo Chair

Studying, reading and interpreting the New Testament calls us to acquaint ourselves with the historical, religious, cultural and political background of the ancient period. While the New Testament is a collection of writings, few know that it should be read with a spiritually-oriented eye, and heard as God's voice summoning believers as they await the consummation of human history and the return of Jesus Christ. This survey will offer students/participants a theological ingredient not always found in Christian education workshops. Rather, the survey will offer students/participants a theological and spiritual foundation to engage the Bible in a post Christian world. [Bible credit]

Room 304-- Saint Paul Greater Kansas City Campus East Building/Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, KS

April 5

Online Communion and a Theology of Emerging Practices

Dr. Young-Ho ChunDr. Young-Ho Chun, Professor of Systematic Theology

During this class we will theologically and liturgically reflect on the emerging practices of an online Eucharistic life of the congregation. This involves such theological issues as the meaning of worship, Communion, the incarnational nature of the Communion service, the meaning of the presence of the "body and blood of the Christ" through the bread and wine, more importantly through the video, consecrated through the visual participation; a meaning of "the real presence" of the Christ who is sitting at the right hand of God the Father; and a meaning of a relationship between an image of the bread seen through the screen and the physical bread present at the table where the presider is "performing" the liturgy. [Theology/History credit]

Room 304-- Saint Paul Greater Kansas City Campus East Building/Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, KS

Date: TBA

(Re-)discovering the Psalms as Scripture

Dr. Kris KvamDr. Kris Kvam, Associate Professor of Theology

The Psalms have long informed congregational worship and the daily life of Christians. This session explores ways of "reading" and thinking about the psalms. Careful examination of particular psalms will nourish our study of ways that psalms resound with the range of human emotions. [Bible]

Room 304-Saint Paul Greater Kansas City Campus East Building of Church of the Resurrection (Leawood, KS)

Certification Tracks

Theology and Ministry Track
3 Sessions in Theology/History
2 Sessions in Ministry
1 Session in Bible
2 Elective Sessions
Bible and Ministry Track
3 Sessions in Bible
2 Sessions in Ministry
1 Session in Theology/History
2 Elective Sessions

For additional information on Saint Paul Academy classes, email us at:

Greater Kansas City Campus
4370 West 109th Street, Suite 300
Overland Park, KS 66211
Phone number: 913-253-5000
Fax number: 913-253-5075
Oklahoma City University Campus
2501 North Blackwelder Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Phone number: 405-208-5757
Fax number: 405-208-6046