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The Hatchery

128 North Broadway

Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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Join Christian Theological Seminary and the OPEN MDiv in a MasterLab course, Community Formation and Modern Spirituality through the lens of Womanist, Disability, and Process Theologies.

Instructor: Monica Coleman with special guest lecturers Barry Taylor, Philip Clayton, and Doug Pagitt.

This course is offered as part of the OPEN MDiv at Christian Theological Seminary for master degree credit and as a MasterLab course for non-degree, non-credit seeking participants.

If you are seeking master degree credit for this course, please email the CTS Registrar.

If you are seeking to take the course as a MasterLab participant, please complete the registration below.

Monday, January 22 – Friday, January 26, 2018

Monday through Thursday, 9am - 4:30pm
Friday, 9am-3pm

This course will take place at The Hatchery Facility in Redondo Beach, California, which is just blocks from the beach and 7 miles south of the Los Angeles Airport. The beautiful setting has many options for food, outdoor activity and the wonders of the beach.

128 North Broadway
Redondo Beach, California 90277

Tuition (non-degree, non-credit): $799
Refund policy: full refund if cancelation is at least 14 days before the first day of class. 50% refund if cancelation is within the 14-day period. No refund once the class has begun.


Participants are responsible for their own travel. You do not need a car for this course. LAX airport is the most convenient, but any of the southern California airports can be used to reach the site.

Participants are responsible for their housing. We will create a Facebook Group for registrants that can be used to coordinate housing options. We suggest Airbnb or local hotels near the facility.

What is MasterLab?

MasterLab connects world-class master teachers with high capacity learners around
crucial topics in settings conducive for exceptional learning and transformation.

Many leaders have reached their educational goals for their careers yet want to keep learning, growing, and developing. Many feel that their options for continued learning at a high level are greatly diminished after completing their formal degree program education. They find themselves cobbling together online resources, reading recommendations, conferences and relatively low-level training sessions. MasterLab helps fill the gap. Think of MasterLab as the “Uber” of non-degree education connecting master instructors with high capacity learners.

  • A full master-level course taught in a single, weeklong format.
  • Learning alongside other high capacity learners and master degree students.
  • Participants travel to the instructors in locations where the instructors want to teach.

Course Description:
This course explores the intersections and interconnections of Womanist, Disability, and Process theologies and their implications on current day spirituality and community formation. Scholars and communities alike have stressed that our experience in this world affects the ways in which we conceive of and practice our faith. These three distinct liberating theologies start with experience and assert that our faith should work in service of our personal, cultural, social, political and economic freedoms. Students will engage classic works, treating them as conversation partners in clarifying their own theologies as lived faith.

A syllabus for the course can be found here (PDF).
Participants are encouraged to do the readings and assignments but no grades will be given.
Participants who are part of an ongoing credentialing program with MasterLab will fulfill their own requirements.

More about the Instructor:

Monica A. Coleman is Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religions at Claremont School of Theology in Southern California. There she also serves as a Co-Director the Center for Process Studies and Director of Process and Faith. Coleman has earned degrees from Harvard University, Vanderbilt University and Claremont Graduate University. She has received funding from leading foundations in the United States, including the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation, among others.

Monica speaks with heart and vulnerability as she discusses some of the most challenging issues of our day. She speaks out on issues that churches and society often keep silent: mental health, sexual and domestic violence and religious diversity. In the pulpit, she offers a refreshing view of how scripture leads us to community and social action. In academic lectures, she blends her knowledge of religion, cultural studies and literature with social issues to offer new visions of faith. In every setting, she shows audiences how our faith can free us to be more and more of who and how God calls us to be.

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