Intersession 2015

Course Descriptions

Field Education

Clinical Pastoral Education

This course is for Starr King students engaged in part-time or full-time Clinical Pastoral Education.  Participate in ministry to persons, and in individual group reflection upon that ministry. Theoretical material from theology, the behavioral sciences, and pastoral care.  Integrates theological understanding and knowledge of behavioral science into pastoral functioning.  Upon completion, a written evaluation from the program supervisor will be placed into the student’s permanent files.  Discuss first with your advisor and then faculty. Final evaluation from CPE supervisor needs to be sent to faculty by the last day of the semester to receive credit. Every year SKSM offers an orientation to CPE and to the application process; students are responsible for applying and securing a place in a CPE program. Please check the SKSM Student Handbook for more information.

Session

January Intersession 2015

Instructors

Course Type

Field Education

Location

Off-site

Course ID

FE 4012

Pin Required

No

Course Size

1 – 30

Units

1-4

Community Field Work January Intersession

Field work describes an involvement in community work for up to 15 hours a week with the ongoing support of a mentor. Community Field Work includes work in gender, racial and economic justice, queer activism, disability advocacy, immigration issues, environmental responsibility, civil liberties protection, HIV response, youth at risk, peace building, participating in a fundraising campaign for a non for profit or grassroots organization, chaplaincy, teaching and more. Students should discuss the field work opportunity with their advisor before making arrangements with the professor. Student and community mentor should discuss and sign a learning agreement before the official beginning of the field work experience. Midterm and final student/mentor evaluations will also be required by midterm and the last day of SKSM classes. All forms available from the professor at the beginning of the semester and on the SKSM Website. Please see Student Handbook for more information.

Session

January Intersession 2015

Instructors

Course Type

Field Education

Location

Off-site

Course ID

FE 4061

Pin Required

Yes

Course Size

1 – 30

Units

0.5-2

Immersion

No courses found

Intensive

ECO Core Intensive: Educating to “Create Just and Sustainable Communities that Counter Oppressions”

Educating to “Create Just and Sustainable Communities that Counter Oppressions” (“ECO”) is a core goal of Starr King’s M.Div. and M.A.S.C. degree programs. In this required core intensive, M.Div. and M.A.S.C. students work together to form a framework for counter-oppressive spiritual leadership. We will ask: how can spirituality, ministry, and religious activism respond to the multiple and intersecting realities of injustice, suffering, and oppression in our lives and our world? What models of justice and sustainable community invite our commitment? Drawing on Unitarian Universalist and multi-religious sources, we will explore how in the midst of a world marked by tragedy, sorrow and injustice there remain abiding resources of beauty and grace that nourish resistance, offer healing and call us to accountability and community building. Reading and writing assignments to be completed before the course. The list of pre-course assignments will be distributed to students when admitted to the class. This course will include discussion on Moodle before and after the residential week in Berkeley.

Session

January Intersession 2015

Dates

1/26/15 – 1/30/15

Instructors

Course Type

Intensive

Location

Starr King Campus (Berkeley, CA)

Room

Fireside Room

Days

M / T / W / Th / F

Time

9:00am-5:00pm

Course ID

RSFT 4017

Pin Required

Yes

Course Size

6 – 20

Units

3

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Fundraising for Ministry: Raising the Money You Need for the Work You Love

In this one week intensive course, students will learn how to create a fundraising program for their house of worship or other nonprofit organization, including an in-depth exploration of the role of money in creating social change, the process of asking for money in person, creating a fundraising plan, and the role of a board of directors and volunteers. In addition, students will be exposed to a variety of fundraising strategies including grantseeking, direct mail, special events and on-line.

Session

January Intersession 2015

Dates

1/26/15 – 1/30/15

Instructors

Course Type

Intensive

Location

Starr King Campus (Berkeley, CA)

Room

Reading Room

Days

M / T / W / Th / F

Time

9:00am-4:00pm

Course ID

RS 4998

Pin Required

No

Course Size

5 – 15

Units

3

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Growing Up and Growing Old in the United States: Human Development in Context

I know this course title sounds dry, but our week together is going to be anything but boring. We will be covering emerging and profound research and new understandings about how we develop, grow, change, live our lives – all in the context of contemporary culture. My goal is to help students understand human development and how deeply we are shaped by our present-day lives in the United States.

We will study human development from pre-birth to after-death using Bronfenbrenner’s ecological-developmental model. We will consider family life systems in a cultural context using an anti-oppressive framework, bearing witness to the impacts of ethnicity, class, gender, and disability on individuals’ lifespan development and on families’ lives.

Session

January Intersession 2015

Dates

1/20/15 – 1/24/15

Instructors

Course Type

Intensive

Location

Starr King Campus (Berkeley, CA)

Room

Fireside Room (Jan 20-21)/Reading Room (Jan 22-24)

Days

T / W / Th / F / Sa

Time

9:00am-5:00pm

Course ID

PS 4811

Pin Required

Yes

Course Size

6 – 20

Units

3

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Introduction to Preaching in a Cross Cultural Context

This January intensive preaching intensive explores advanced work in counter oppressive ministry through worship and the arts. Hands on learning will combine the daily sharing and peer review of brief homilies with exercises aimed at identifying your authentic preaching voice. Questions of how to make our worship services more relevant in today’s culturally shifting world will be explored through thea/ological study of homiletics through a libratory lens and an engagement with issues of cultural appropriation and misappropriation in Unitarian Universalist liturgical practice. Course work in basic homiletics is not required for this class. Students from all traditions are welcome. Prerequisite readings will be announced.

Session

January Intersession 2015

Dates

1/20/15 – 1/24/15

Instructors

Course Type

Intensive

Location

Starr King Campus (Berkeley, CA)

Room

Chapel

Days

T / W / Th / F / Sa

Time

9:00am-5:00pm

Course ID

HMLS 4075

Pin Required

Yes

Course Size

6 – 15

Units

3

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Leadership, Liturgy and Learning: Embodied Ritual

In this 3-credit course, we will explore the design, experience and leadership of multigenerational worship and ritual in for congregational contexts, emphasizing the role of liturgist as leader of faith formation in religious community. Texts, field trips, video and story will be drawn from the work of artists, performers, clergy and thinkers who guide our work in the study and creation of transformational ritual and liturgical forms. There will be dancing, there will be poems, there will be food, there will be song, there will be art-making and picture taking.

Session

January Intersession 2015

Dates

1/11/15 – 1/16/15

Instructors

Course Type

Intensive

Location

Starr King Campus (Berkeley, CA)

Room

Reading Room

Days

M / T / W / Th / F

Time

9:00am-5:00pm

Course ID

RALS 4300

Pin Required

Yes

Course Size

6 – 12

Units

3

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Sexual Ethics

Sexuality is sacred. This intensive course examines the role of sexual health for faith communities and their leaders. Students will engage key theological, ethical and public health perspectives on themes in sexual ethics, including sexual freedom and responsibility, pleasure and desire, relationships, meaningful consent, power, and prophetic witness for sexual justice. The course also provides students pursuing ministry and leadership within a tradition the opportunity to demonstrate their competency in professional clergy sexual ethics and promoting sexually healthy congregations. Particular emphasis is paid to multi-religious, queer, and womanist/feminist voices on sexuality and faith.

Session

January Intersession 2015

Dates

1/12/15 – 1/16/15

Instructors

Course Type

Intensive

Location

Starr King Campus (Berkeley, CA)

Room

Fireside Room

Days

M / T / W / Th / F

Time

9:00am-5:00pm

Course ID

CE 4040

Pin Required

No

Course Size

3 – 20

Units

3

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Sustainable Leadership: MASC Core Intensive

We will explore different meanings, models, and practices of leading in a sustainable way. The scope includes leadership as an individual action, as a status or position, and as part of a structure for organizing our daily lives. Participants will have the opportunity to develop their own understanding of Sustainable Leadership by: working with concrete skills; reflecting upon the wisdom of spiritual and secular traditions; and engaging the role that power can play in both reinforcing oppressive systems and cultivating the conditions for liberation.

Students will be expected to complete readings and a pre-evaluation before the start of the course, as well as complete an evaluation following the close of the course.

Session

January Intersession 2015

Dates

1/5/15 – 1/9/15

Instructors

Course Type

Intensive

Location

Starr King Campus (Berkeley, CA)

Room

Reading Room

Days

M / T / W / Th / F

Time

9:00am-5:00pm

Course ID

RSED 4900

Pin Required

Yes

Course Size

4 – 16

Units

3

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Unitarian Universalist History-Intensive

This course begins with an examination of the (alleged) antecedents to Unitarianism and Universalism in pre-Reformation Europe. We begin with development of Unitarianism in Poland, Transylvania, and England, then on to that of North American Unitarianism through its classical age, the Transcendentalist development, and the various crises of identity and purpose that develop into and through the late 19th and 20th centuries. Then we turn our attention to Universalist ascendency, decline, and then consolidation with Unitarianism. Careful attention will be paid throughout to the Unitarian/Universalist social location in relationship to class, race, and gender identities, and how these sometimes enabled and sometimes impaired social justice advances. Students will need to read David Robinson’s Unitarians and Universalists before class begins, and will be responsible for a final paper or project due three weeks after the end of class.

Session

January Intersession 2015

Dates

1/5/15 – 1/9/15

Instructors

Course Type

Intensive

Location

Starr King Campus (Berkeley, CA)

Room

Fireside Room

Days

M / T / W / Th / F

Time

9:00am-5:00pm

Course ID

HSHR 4017

Pin Required

No

Course Size

5 – 25

Units

3

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Online

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Residential

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Residential Hybrid

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Thesis/Final Project

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