Course Syllabus


we will explore all the dimensions of how that is true - as expressed in our doctrine

Instructor Rev. Dr. Cathie Kelsey  (she/her/hers)

E-mail:  or text 303-968-9812   [I observe that don't respond as quickly to messages sent within Canvas, sorry]

Course Description

An exploration of the doctrinal heritage of United Methodism: its sources, distinctive marks, development in the United States, and relation to contemporary doctrinal standards and practices of the UMC. This course meets the disciplinary requirements for ordination to elder or permanent deacon or diaconal ministry in the UMC.

"Doctrine" is "what the church teaches about Christian faith." This is the course for building the knowledge and skills needed
1) to engage in United Methodist theological debates about what to teach, and
2) to help lay persons make sense of Methodist ways of talking about and living Christian faith. 

Course Overview

At the beginning of the course, please take the time to read through all of the pages listed below - these will save you from major headaches later on!

If You Haven't Had United Methodist History Yet 



How to Navigate Your Way through this Course 

Final Paper Submission  (the thirteen questions we will be discussing are listed here)

Learning In The Online Environment

Course Learning Goals

Degree Learning Goals

Course Summary:

Date Details Due