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HMS Richards Divinity School

Among Student Learning Outcomes for professional programs in the HMS Richards Divinity School:

  • Students will be professional and competent—they can understand and confirm their calling in ministry and engage in disciplines of spiritual formation for sustaining spiritual life and growth.

Students in the HMS Richards Divinity School experience a deepened spiritual awareness through activities inside and outside classes. Spiritual formation is foundational to the church and its life. Courses offered address Christian spirituality in the context of faith development. The curriculum is designed to afford students opportunities to deepen their spiritual awareness in classes directly related to the history, theology and practice of spirituality. The course offerings for graduate students that are related to topics of spirituality and the dynamics of Christian formation practices include the following:

  • RELP 504 The Calling and Spiritual Identity of the Pastor
  • RELP 535 Psychology of Religion
  • RELP 545 Fostering Faith Across the Life Cycle
  • RELP 564 Religious Development and Moral Learning
  • RELP 589 Christian Spiritual Resources
  • RELP 616 Seminar in Spiritual Formation

In addition to the student’s regular weekly worship in the church of their choice, campus-related opportunities for strengthening spirituality include devotional gatherings like:

  • weekly dormitory worship services Wednesday evenings at 10:00 p.m. for our residential students
  • weekly University worships Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. in the La Sierra University Church
  • quarterly Divinity School Assembly meetings in Angwin Hall Dormitory Chapel
  • annual School one-day Fall Retreats at the California Citrus State Historic Park
  • annual School graduating-student consecration service in Matheson Hall

There are also regular staff devotional meetings for students doing field study. The extra-curricular opportunities for rest and rejuvenating the spirit are provided by the Spiritual Life office and other campus resources.