EVANSTON, Ill. - As part of a continuing United Methodist Certificate program, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston will offer a video simulcast "Church and Society" course in three Friday-Saturday sessions in Evanston and Indianapolis next semester.

The course will be team taught by Dr. Philip A. Amerson, Garrett-Evangelical president, and the Rev. Michael Mather, senior pastor at Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. Classes will meet on the seminary campus in Evanston and at the church in Indianapolis.

"Church and Society" will focus on dramatic socio-economic changes in the Midwest, including examinations of globalization, immigration, economic dislocation and economic development. Students will explore how the church has responded to these changes so far and how it might respond going forward.

Classes will meet simultaneously in both cities, enabling students linked through streaming video to share in lectures, questions and discussions. The course will be in three intensive sessions: February 6-7, February 20-21 and March 13-14.

The course is part of a the Garrett-Evangelical certificate in United Methodist Studies done in partnership with Christian Theological Seminary that was launched last year, the first of its kind in the nation. The course meets requirements for master's degrees at both seminaries and for continuing education credits for clergy.

The innovative certificate program enables students in Indiana to earn a concentration in United Methodist Studies from Garrett-Evangelical while pursuing a master of divinity degrees at Christian Theological.

Amerson, who holds a Ph.D. in the sociology of religion and has written widely in the field, served as a member of the South Indiana Conference for 30 years before moving to his posts in theological education. Mather has been a pastor in urban congregations for 23 years. He is known for his creative work in the parish and as a trainer in Asset-Based Community Development.

To learn more about the course and how to enroll, contact Nancy Twichell, director of admissions, at 847-866-3880, or nancy.twichell@garrett.edu.