Course Type:

Synthesizing Courses  (Level 3)  - MP30609 - 1.5 Credits

This course examines the why, how, and direction of faith-based engagement in the political life of our communities and nation. It also addresses areas of resistance and confusion regarding such engagement.  It invites informed and renewed commitment to working for the public good of all God’s people through spirited participation in civic affairs.

Learning Objectives

 In addition to the objectives the learners identify for themselves, participants who successfully completes this course will be able to:

  • Describe holistic faith, how Christian faith is practiced in all aspects of our lives and explain the importance and interdependence of every such expression.
  • Explicate theological imperatives for faith-based engagement in political affairs and decisions.
  • Summarize and respond to sources of confusion and resistance regarding congregational advocacy for social justice in the public square.
  • Assess the distinctive characteristics of Christian faith and practice that should noticeably affect how individuals and churches conduct themselves in the public square.

Required Texts

  • Greeves, Trish, Prophetic Faith: Exploring Social Justice Advocacy as a Congregation (Participant Book), 2017.
  • Gutenson, Charles E., Christians and the Common Good: How Faith Intersects with Public Life. Brazos Press, 2011.


PATHWAYS believes that quality theological education should be available to any who want it. That’s why we provide a cost-effective online theological program accessible to all. 4-week Explorer courses are only $124, 6-week courses just $350, 9-week courses Supervised Ministry courses are $470, and our 12-week UCC History and Polity course is only $625.


Because classes are not bound by geography and have a flexible weekly schedule, PATHWAYS courses are able to fit into the rest of your busy life. Courses typically involve weekly readings and discussion in a facilitated online forum, offering practical, open-minded education and a learner-centered environment where participants can bring their own questions and insights.


Our courses have between 4 and 15 participants. This allows for deep and productive discussions in the online forum. We know that a small class size allows the participants to develop learning relationships with each other and for facilitators to push participants to a more indepth learning experience.


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P.O. Box 897
Tucker, GA 30085

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PATHWAYS Theological Education, Inc. is a nonprofit provider of theological education that is academically rigorous and affordable.   A PATHWAYS education in Ministry Preparation can be completed on-line in three years at a fraction of the price of a seminary education.   Our program is aligned with the requirements for ordination of most mainline Protestant denominations and seeks to work with ordaining bodies to make sure that participants are meeting their goals.   Now is the time to make an inquiry for the future of theological education.  Reach out today to Partner with PATHWAYS Theological Education, Inc.

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