This guide is created as a companion to INT501X: Person in Community as taught by Dr. Jaeyeon Lucy Chung. The guide contains the required and recommended resources for the class as well as instructions about finding them. Additional resources are provided for further reading and research.
This course explores the doctrine of the imago Dei and a relational understanding of human personhood. We will reflect on the fullness of our humanity and what it means to be created in the image of God by examining theological, spiritual, and biopsychosocial development theories at the intersection of race, gender, sexuality, and class. Our journey will engage four questions: Who are you? Who and what has influenced who you are and who you are becoming? Who are we in relationship to each other? Who are we in relationship to God? The course aims to deepen students’ awareness of self, God, and others towards an embodied relational identity in the context of their spiritual and vocational development. Students will also examine the social structures and ideologies that lead to dehumanization and oppression and the factors that inhibit this relational ideal. Through course readings, media, and interactions in community with peers and the teaching team, students will consider how their social locations, power, and privilege shapes the way they see, respond, and relate to others who are different from them and the impact this may have on their ability to cultivate relationships as pastors, ministers, pastoral counselors, educators, and community leaders.
At the end of this course, you will be able to