The course offers an introduction to Old Catholic theology in its ecumenical context. Old Catholic theology is understood as the main theological currents that exist in the Union of Utrecht of Old Catholic Churches. The topics covered by the course include the following: History of Old Catholicism, spirituality, ecumenism, canon law and ecclesiology, liturgy, and systematic theology.
Students will be taught by experts in Old Catholic theology on the faculty of the Old Catholic Seminary, Utrecht. The reading of key texts will be a central component of the course and students may be expected to do advance reading for the course. The course includes excursions to a major collection of related religious art (Museum Catharijneconvent), to a liturgical celebration (Utrecht), and to the traces of Catholic presence and history in the ancient episcopal city of Utrecht. The course concludes in the historic buildings of the Old Catholic charity of Utrecht.
At the end of the course, students will have a broad overview of main topics and themes in Old Catholic theology and spirituality and will be able to pursue further independent study of the subject. The course is at the introductory level of an M.Div. curriculum. Course leader will be Prof. Peter-Ben Smit.
Would you like to know more about the summer school, please see: http://www.utrechtsummerschool.nl/courses/culture/old-catholic-theology-in-its-ecumenical-context