Showing posts with label FPU course. Show all posts
Showing posts with label FPU course. Show all posts


Another round of FPU's U2 course

Hey, readers, remember the Fresno Pacific University course on "Theology, Culture, and U2" that we've tracked a couple times on this blog? It's up again this fall. If you're anywhere in the area, be in touch with the professor, Tim Neufeld, to see if he'll let you audit!


Teaching U2: The Classroom as Theological Learning Space

One of the papers I had the pleasure of hearing at the U2 academic conference in 2009, but which sadly will not be in the Exploring U2 book, was Tim Neufeld and Jessica Mast's "Teaching U2: The Classroom as Theological Learning Space." I am glad to learn that a version of it, published last year in Pacific Journal, is now available online. Go forth and read!


Help out our friends at Fresno Pacific

Tim Neufeld, who as I've mentioned before is teaching "Theology, Culture, and U2" at Fresno Pacific this fall, has put a post up asking if a few fans would consider leaving comments about songs that have had a spiritual impact on them -- if you check it out, you'll get to see which assignment in the course he has in view, and you can also read his own essay answering the question as well as some excellent student work from previous years. Click on over to Occasio: Wanted: spiritually significant songs from the U2 catalog and add your voice to the mix!


Theology Culture and U2, round 3

Anyone who heard (or was sorry to miss) the presentation by Tim Neufeld and Jessica Mast at the U2 academic conference last fall, "Teaching U2: The Classroom as Theological Learning Space," will be happy to hear that Tim's course "Theology, Culture and U2" (MIN 340) is being offered again this fall at Fresno Pacific University. I believe this is the third iteration of the course, which I think surely must have to make it the longest-running college-level course focusing on U2 and their work. Here's Tim's faculty page: Fresno Pacific University - Tim Neufeld.

{Update: Tim shares a little about the course.}


Theology, Culture and U2 2

I neglected to mention earlier that Tim Neufeld at Fresno Pacific is offering his “Theology, Culture and U2” course again this semester. Hello to all you students who have to read this blog for credit. I'm always open to conversation and questions!

Other readers, if you would like to see material from discussion of the previous time the course was offered, click on the label "FPU course" below. As the semester goes on, keep an eye on Tim's blog, where he'll be posting comments on how things are progressing.

In addition, readers here might want to take note that in one such summary post, Tim mentions that he is thinking of developing the course for an online format through Fresno Pacific. If you’re interested, he'd like you to leave a comment on his blog.


What is more important in the church, being “one” or “not the same”?

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, Tim from Occasio helped present a workshop called "The Good Samaritan, U2 and Diversity in the Church" for Building a Culture of Peace Week at Fresno Pacific. Here are the notes and materials from that event, which reflected on "One" and "Please."


Theology Culture and U2 course updates

Tim from Fresno Pacific is playing catch up with descriptions of the sessions of his U2 course last semester. First up this weekend is session 5, Innocence and Idealism: Boy, October, War. This session features reflections on songs from U2's first three albums, along with material on U2's formative sense of mission as evidenced in citations from the 1981 Ghettout retreat where Bono, The Edge, and Larry Mullen gave a presentation to a group of Christian musicians.

Second up is, not surprisingly, session 6, Into the Arms of America: Under a Blood Red Sky, Unforgettable Fire, Joshua Tree, highlighting the band's growing love/hate relationship with the USA. Tim reports that "'Bullet' was particularly meaningful because Dr. Mark Baker came into class to discuss his time in Honduras and El Salvador in the mid-80s, and his personal reaction to this song and the band."

As before, presentation notes and PowerPoints are available on Tim's blog.


I am a witness. What can I do?

A writeup of the World AIDS Day liturgy offered today by our friends in the Theology, Culture, and U2 class at Fresno Pacific. Includes PDFs of texts and the sermon.


U2 and Cockburn Theology Course in Toronto

Here's another tidbit on our contributor Brian Walsh. He'll be teaching a new course this winter called Music Prophecy & Culture (scroll down to the end) at the Toronto School of Theology. Sounds, along with Tim Neufeld's current U2 course at Fresno Pacific, like a nice example of Christians paying attention to art on its own terms and learning from the process, rather than exploiting art to serve a church agenda.

Description: Theology has always found a fruitful dialogue partner in the arts. This course will approach the artistry of Canadian singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn and the Irish super rock band U2 as theological resources in their own right. Attending to the interweaving of biblical iconography, symbols, narratives, motifs and themes in the lyrics of these artists, we will explore the prophetic, pastoral, liturgical and theological contribution that U2 and Cockburn make for Christian reflection and praxis in a late modern socio-historical context.


For anyone in the Fresno CA USA area

Join Tim Neufeld, Mark Baker, Jessica Mast, Caitlyn Baird, Hector Hinojosa and others as they discuss "Living in a Place Called Vertigo: Theology, Culture and U2." This informal discussion is part of the Ars Litterata series - conversations and readings around a wide variety of authors and artists - held in the Hiebert Library at Fresno Pacific University, Thursday, October 26, 12:40-1:50.


Theology, Culture and U2: Session 1

It is a great mark of the era we're in, I think, that Tim from Fresno Pacific is putting so much of his fall semester U2 course up on the web, free, for dialogue and critique. Here is his thorough description of Session 1 (Introduction, and How to Exegete a Song: "City of Blinding Lights.") The class plan (PDF), which he also is giving us unmediated access to, gets a conversation started between a very rich selection of sources (Parker Palmer, Paul Ricoeur, the Vertigo 2005 DVD, John Franke, W. Randolph Tate, VH-1 All Access, a Bono print interview, Arcade Fire, the Gospel of Matthew....) I will be commenting more on it on Tim's blog, since he's offered such a gracious space for interested parties to do so. You can find his Power Point presentation there as well.


Update on Theology, Culture and U2 course: Spiritually Significant Songs

Tim continues updating us on his U2 course with a post including a downloadable paper on what to him personally have been U2's most spiritually significant songs. In an email, Tim mentioned getting about 200 hits a week from U2 Sermons and wishing more of you would interact with the course content. I'll second that!


Sign on the door

Welcome to folks from Tim Neufeld's U2 class at Fresno Pacific. It's kind of odd and fun to be one of your course assignments. Sorry I don't have topic tags for you!


Tim wants to thank all of you for your input on the questions about his course. I asked him if he had a final one to wrap up with and he basically said he'd like to hear more people answer Tyler's over at his blog, about which U2 songs have had a personal spiritual impact on you. So head over there if you'd like to weigh in on that one, and thanks again for participating.


Let's plan a course! #4

The U2 Sermons blog continues to help gather input for Tim Neufeld, professor of Contemporary Christian Ministries at Fresno Pacific University, as he plans a fall course entitled, "Theology, Culture and U2." Here's another question: What examples stand out to you of how U2 have connected faith with cultural issues and trends around them, or fostered dialogue between Christian ideas and culture?

[edit: Hmmm. Is that an unusually tricky question, or something?]


question 3 still more than open

Lots of room for many more comments (which don't have to be as long as some of ours!) on the third question helping Tim plan his undergraduate course on U2 (not to mention the previous 2 questions.) Come on down and weigh in with your top few U2 lyric themes.


Let's plan a course! #3

If you're either a Bill Hybels or U2 fan and have landed here in search of reports on Bono's speech (interview really) at the Willow Creek Leadership Summit, you've come at a great time, because we're in the middle of a project that gives readers a chance to share your opinion and perhaps help shape how U2's work gets presented in one Christian setting. Commenters on this blog are currently giving a little help with Fresno Pacific professor Tim Neufeld's planning for his upcoming "Theology, Culture and U2" course.

Here's today's question, running across their whole career.

What to you are some of the defining motifs that have repeatedly surfaced over the years in U2’s artistic output? (If you have time, you could expand by also telling us where you see them surfacing.)

Earlier threads of questions from Tim are still open for comment:
If you were to pick one of U2's albums that you thought focused on a particular issue...
How would you organize a multi-session course of the kind Tim is teaching...
It's fine to post your agreement or disagreement with suggestions made by others, as well.