Practical Matters

G Pujol, Dmin, Margaret Aymer, Guy Pujol, Dmin, Margaret Aymer
2011 unpublished
"Healing Miracles" is an interdisciplinary MDiv course that seeks to start a conversation across the disciplines of biblical studies and the theology and ethics of pastoral care. The course examines the Healing Miracle stories in the gospels and considers the theological, ethical, and pastoral implications of the exegesis and interpretation of these passages. A primary focus of the course is the distinction between healing and curing and how these concepts both were understood in their biblical
more » ... context and are used in contemporary culture. Taught by an interdisciplinary team, the course uses HIV/AIDS as an exemplar of a health condition that challenges both the biblical texts and pastoral caregivers today. In this paper, the course instructors reflect on the need for this course for seminary students, the structure and implementation of the course, and its impact on the students who took it. The reflection is offered as a dialogue between the instructors.