Academic Programs 

Ministry in a Multicultural World (AM-520)
Winter/Spring 2010

This course explores an invitation to discipleship rooted in serving others and will focus on ministry in everyday life – in the home, at work, out in the community as well as in communities of faith, and in the world beyond. It is designed for those who feel called to ministry and to service, but not to formal ordination. We will examine what ministry means from a variety of perspectives and cultivate some basic ministry skills for practical application.


Meeting Day, Time and Dates: 
Mondays, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., beginning Jan. 25 (10 weeks)

Miriam Therese Winter
Professor of Liturgy, Worship and Spirituality

Contact Information:
(860) 509-9558

Benjamin K. Watts
Faculty Associate in the Arts of Ministry and Bishop, Shiloh Baptist Church, New London

Contact Information:
(860) 509-9538


Course Syllabus

Goals and Outcomes

The primary goals of this course are:

  • to broaden and deepen our understanding of ministry within our faith tradition/s
    from both an historical and a contemporary perspective
  • to explore practical applications of a more integrated understanding of ministry, with an emphasis on the spirituality of ministry
  • to chronicle one’s own ministerial path by reflecting on one’s experience
    and to identify future options

The primary outcomes of this course are:

  • a clear sense of multiple ministries in a multicultural world
  • an understanding of the importance and value of a wide variety of ministries
    and their relationship to spirituality
  • a more informed understanding of the many ways one might respond to
    a call to ministry

Course Reading List

Blythe, Teresa A. 50 Ways to Pray. Practices from Many Traditions and Times. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2006.

Didion, Joan. The Year of Magical Thinking. Vintage Books, 2007.

Ford, Marcia. The Sacred Art of Forgiveness. Woodstock, VT: Skylight Paths Press, 2006.

Gillespie, Thomas W. “The Laity in Biblical Perspective.” In The New Laity. Ed. by
Ralph D. Bucy. Waco, Texas: 1978 – pp. 113-33.

Hahn, Thich Nhat. Peace is Every Step. The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life. New York: Bantam Books, 1991.

Heider, John. The Tao of Leadership. Atlanta: Humanics New Age, 1985.

Lindahl, Kay. The Sacred Art of Listening. Woodstock, VT: Skylight Paths Press, 2002.

Rimm, Ruth. The Lost Spiritual World. New York: The Global Renaissance Society, 2007.

Sokoloff, Arthur. Life Without Stress. The Far Eastern Antidote to Tension and Anxiety. New York: Broadway Books, 1997.

Winter, Miriam Therese. eucharist with a small “e.” Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2005.

Session 1 January 25 Ministry in a Multicultural World
Read: “The Laity in Biblical Perspective”
Copies of The Lost Spiritual World will be distributed

Session 2 February 1 Leadership in a Multicultural World
Read: The Tao of Leadership

Session 3 February 8 Ministry in Daily Life
Read: Life Without Stress

Session 4 February 15 The Sacred Art of Forgiveness
Read: The Sacred Art of Forgiveness

Session 5 February 22 The Sacred Art of Listening
Read: The Sacred Art of Listening

Session 6 March 1 Wrestling with Grief and Loss
Read: The Year of Magical Thinking

Session 7 March 8 Mindfulness and the Path to Peace
Read: Peace is Every Step

Session 8 March 15 The Art and Practice of Prayer
Read: 50 Ways to Pray

Session 9 March 22 eucharist with a small “e”
Read: eucharist with a small “e”

Session 10 March 29 Celebrating Multiple Ministries
Read: The Lost Spiritual World

Class meets Monday evenings from 6:00-9:00 pm

Hartford Seminary  77 Sherman Street  Hartford, CT  06105   860-509-9500