Master of Arts in Kairos Studies

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Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School is pleased to announce a new master's track in Kairos Studies beginning in the fall of 2014. The MA in Kairos Studies provides students with a unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of Kairos from biblical, theological and historical perspectives. Kairos, a Greek word for “time”, refers to “God’s time” – a concept in sharp contrast to the chronological time by which we most often order our day-to-day lives. Kairos represents God’s “in-breaking” into the times in which we live, providing an essential lens through which we must view, understand and ultimately respond to the realities of our present lives.

The new master's track in Kairos Studies engages the Global Kairos Movement while continuing the CRCDS legacy of justice with an emphasis on the social gospel. Through the exploration of Kairos, students will learn how to live out the foundational values of justice and love as they are applied specifically to both global and local contexts, while engaging this growing, transformative movement.

The MA in Kairos Studies will provide opportunities for global travel as well as a three-month immersion project. It will provide students with the concrete tools necessary to speak truth to power, to advocate for the “least of these”, to build communities of radical reconciliation and to boldly proclaim the Gospel.

The degree program consists of 16 courses, 12 required and 4 electives.

Required Courses
Introduction to the Old Testament
Introduction to the New Testament
Christian Belief Today
Black Church Studies
Women and Gender Studies
Faith & Christian Response to Pluralism
Kairos Moments in American Religious History
Organizing for Change: Tools and Discernment
Introduction to Kairos Studies
Introduction to Kairos Immersion
Final Project (2 course equivalence)

Elective Courses (students may choose 4 of the following):
Ministry on the Margins
Small Christian Communities
Abrahamic Faiths & the Making of War and Peace
Global Reading of the Bible
Preaching Difficult Texts
Feminist/Womanist Preaching
Preaching Contemporary Issues
Introduction to Islam

Graduates of the program will be equipped for careers in community activism, advocacy, social justice ministry, or NGO work. Career preparation includes a three-month immersion experience giving students opportunity for the practice of kairos in accompaniment groups, border ministry, peace & justice work, or community organizing.