December 12, 2010

MTSO offers online CEU classes

Courses highlight faith in the natural world and congregational music from around the globe

Faculty members of Methodist Theological School in Ohio will lead online courses that qualify for one continuing education unit each. The classes will be taught over a four-week period beginning April 25. Tuition is $100 per course.

Faith and the Natural World will be taught by Tim Van Meter, assistant professor of Christian education and youth ministry at MTSO. The course explores contemporary ecological challenges seeking life-affirming responses from faith communities. The reading will begin with "Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet" by Bill McKibben.

Congregational Song: Music from Around the Globe will be taught by Robin Knowles Wallace, professor in the Taylor Chair of Church Worship and Music at MTSO. The course will celebrate the diverse ways the global church is praying and praising God through song. Resources for the class include the work of the World Council of Churches, the United Methodist Global Praise program, I-to Loh, Patrick Matsikenyiri, Pablo Sosa, the Iona Community and C. Michael Hawn.

MTSO is presenting these classes as part of the Online Continuing Education Consortium, in collaboration with the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. Those wishing to register or learn more about these classes may contact MTSO's Barbara Smigelski at or 740-362-3482.

Located in Greater Columbus on U.S. Route 23, Methodist Theological School in Ohio prepares transformational leaders of many religious denominations for service to the church and the world. MTSO offers master's degrees in divinity, counseling ministries, theological studies and practical theology, as well as a Doctor of Ministry degree. For more information, visit

Danny Russell, director of communication, 740-362-3322