Fall 2008-2009

2008-2009 Courses

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Updated: 04/01/08


Fall 2008

 

Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday | To Be Announced

Monday 

 

 

Tuesday 

Crossroads of Community and Parish
9:00-11:50 a.m., Tuesdays, September 2-October 14, 2008
Carmen Barsody and Kay Jorgensen

Using the model of Street Retreats, we will learn to raise a mirror of the Self up to the experience of witnessing to the commonalities of human suffering. As we walk into the streets and other marginalized settings, we will explore relationships between ministry in community and parish. We will codify and reflect on their interdependence practically and theologically. Class meets weekly in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco at the home of Faithful Fools Street Ministry, near the Civic Center, United Nation's Plaza, and many social service agencies. The Tenderloin District is an ethnically and economically diverse neighborhood that is marginalized in the city of San Francisco. Faithful Fools is an outreach of First Unitarian Universalist Society. Every student will be required to attend a Street Retreat and to choose a specific field- work assignment. Students who attend the seven-day Street Retreat will be eligible to go to Nicaragua to Bufones Fieles del Sur.
FT 4058
1.5 units
Minimum: 1
Limit: 30
Class meets at the Faithful Fools Street Ministry, 234 Hyde Street in San Francisco.

Spirituality and Nonviolent Social Transformation: Gandhi, King, Day and Chávez
2:10-5:00 p.m., Tuesday
Dorsey Blake

This course will explore the quests for justice through nonviolence of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day and César Chávez. Critical to the course will be an emphasis on the connection between spirituality and social action. What were the influences, e.g., Emerson, Thoreau, Tolstoy, DuBois, that helped shape the zeitgeist of their times? How were strategies determined and employed? What is essential to an effective nonviolent campaign? What were the faith foundations of these extraordinary leaders? What were their relationships to their communities? How did they manage to keep their resolve in times of disappointments? These are some of the questions the course will explore.
SPRS 4024
3 units
Minimum: 1
Limit: 20
Fireside Room

 
Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday | To Be Announced

 
Wednesday 

ECO/Threshold Seminar
9:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesday, plus weekly discussion groups, TBA
Rebecca Ann Parker, Core Faculty and Student ECO Teaching Assistants

This foundational seminar, required of all Fall 2008 entering Starr King M.Div. and MASC students, will introduce the eight threshold areas in which Starr King students must achieve competency before graduation, as well as Starr King School's educational practice of Educating to Counter Oppressions and Create Just and Sustainable Communities (ECO). Participants will learn and practice using tools of social and cultural analysis, self-critical analysis, and leadership in their personal spheres of influence. They will experience an approach to ECO work which emphasizes creating and constructing structures of justice, in addition to countering or being "anti"-oppressions. The course will orient students to the school's educational values and the task of integrating the arts of ministry, the academic disciplines of theological and religious studies, and the professional and personal qualities needed in ministry. Weekly small group discussion sections will be arranged and led by advanced Starr King students serving as ECO Teaching Assistants.
STFT 4067
4.5 units
Minimum: 1
Limit: 30
Fireside Room

Founding Islam: Her Story
2:10-5:00 p.m., Wednesdays
Shakina Reinhertz

Beginning with Eve, Hagar, and the lineage of the prophet Muhammad, we will explore the evolving role of women in the founding of Islam. From this context, we view the life of the prophet Muhammad, studying the community of followers who dedicated their lives to living the message of the Qur'an, under his guidance. This Introductory course will focus on the stores and relationships of the women: examining key Quranic verses, the context of their disclosure, as well as the example set by the way and manner of the prophet, himself, in relation to his family, friends, and foes.
HSHR 4950
3 units
Minimum: 1
Limit: 25
Fireside Room

Ecofeminist Religious Responses to Globalization, Ecological Degradation and Animal Suffering
7:10-9:40 pm, Wednesdays
Eileen Harrington

Globalization, women's issues and ecological issues that include the question of non-human animal suffering and extinction are some of the most pressing global concerns today. They are related, have always been related, but not always addressed as such. Globalization, gender and ecology encompass the majority of issues close to humans' hearts — culture, work, family, animals, land, water and air. Defined in the broadest terms, these three core human concerns call for an understanding of global economics, justice, women and poverty, labor and human rights, ecological sustainability, non-human animal suffering and extinction. In light of these serious worldly concerns, they question the relevance of today's religious bodies in dealing with these issues. How have religious leaders and organization's responded institutionally and locally? What are religious policy holders and practitioners saying to address these issues? And finally, what do we — as religious leaders, ministers, teachers and/or community leaders — need to do to adequately address these issues?
ST 4246
3 units
Minimum: 1
Limit: 20
Fireside Room

 
Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday | To Be Announced

 
Thursday 

Women's Studies in Religion
9:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Thursdays
Gabriella Lettini

This seminar (required for students in the GTU Certificate in Women's Studies and open to all other interested students) explores and analyzes emerging themes and issues in women's studies in religion, focusing on those that intersect with race, sexual and gender orientation, ethnicity, class, culture, nationality and religious orientation. The course will provide a theoretical groundwork and common vocabulary for students interested in pursuing women's studies and feminist, womanist and mujerista scholarship in theology and religious studies. The course intends to introduce students to the issues that are raised by "women's studies" and explore how these issues might affect the various ways that the study of religion is approached.
STRS 4242
3 units
Minimum: 3
Limit: 20
Fireside Room

Unitarian/Universalist History in Europe
2:10-5:00 p.m., Thursday
Susan Ritchie

The course begins with an examination of the (alleged) antecedents to Unitarianism and Universalism in pre-Reformation Europe. We move on to trace the theological and then institutional emergence of Unitarianism out of the Radical Reformation. The Unitarian churches in Poland, Transylvania, and England will be considered in detail with attention to issues of sameness and difference in their development and declines. Special focus will be given to the relationship of these communities to their Jewish and Islamic contemporaries. We will also look at the universalism of 18th century England, and the current state of Unitarianism in Europe.
HS TBA
3 units
Minimum: 1
Limit: 30
Fireside Room

 
Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday | To Be Announced

 
Friday 

Adult Religious Education
9:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Fridays, September 5-October 17, 2008
Amy Zucker Morgenstern

We expect that spiritual growth and development continue throughout life and that our religious communities should nurture that process. Our leaders therefore need to be adult religious educators. In this Introductory class, students will learn theories of lifespan faith development; philosophies and theologies of Adult Religious Education; critical pedagogy; considerations in writing their own curricula, and in assessing, using, and adapting existing curricula; evaluation of curricula through anti-oppression, justice-making, theological, and multicultural lenses; and the administration of an effective, transformative congregation- or community-based Adult Religious Education program. They will practice teaching, become familiar with their tradition's Adult Religious Education resources, and be able to articulate their own philosophy of adult religious education and how it helps transform the world.
ED 4072
1.5 units
Minimum: 1
Limit: 20
Fireside Room

One2One Pastoral Care Basics
9:40-12:30, Fridays, October 31 to December 12, 2008
Kurt Kuhwald

This experiential course will focus on the basic conditions necessary for authenticity, relevance and efficacy in pastoral counseling and spiritual direction. The class will work with the core elements and practical behaviors necessary to meet individuals in a counseling session. Practical experience, in and out of class, will be encouraged. The course will draw on the instructor's training in numerous counseling modalities, including training with Dr. Carl Rogers and with the Religious of the Sacred Heart. As a foundation, the latest edition of Howard Clinebell's text, Basic Types of Pastoral Care and Counseling, will be used.
PS TBA
1.5 Units
Minimum: 1
Limit: 20
Fireside Room

Unitarian Universalist Identity/Identities?
2:10-5:00 p.m., Friday
Susan Ritchie

At numerable points in our history—one poignant example being right now—Unitarian Universalism has experienced extraordinary anxiety in relationship to its self-identity. This course will examine the historical and institutional currents that prompt such crisis, and the resultant attempts towards coherence. What is it that Unitarian Universalists share? We will examine the suggested and various answers: theology, ethical principles, class location, culture, polity, history, demographics, racial identity, political alliances, covenantal community, national identity, geography, personality, statements of faith, and affirmations of common principles. Special attention will be paid to the history of the profession of liberal ministry in this context. Ministers have oftentimes been in conflict with the larger movementís understanding of identity, especially as it is played out in changes to the ministerís role. The ability to negotiate the connection between personal and collective religious identity is essential to effective ministry, and will be developed throughout this course.
FTHS TBA
3 units
Minimum: 1
Limit: 12
Round Chapel

 
Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday | To Be Announced

 
Saturday 

Sacred Chant as Spiritual Practice
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Saturday, September 27, 2008
Shams Cohen

In listening, silence, and sounding, participants may experience and reflect upon the power of chants to alter spiritual states and promote wholeness. We will chant together from a few branches of several world traditions: Sufism, Confucianism, and both Chinese and Tibetan Buddhism. Many of these chants are considered to be mind/body/spirit medicinals within their traditions. If time allows, we may also explore Neo-Pagan chants, chants from the group, and some of my own hybrid originals. Please do not let negative ideas about your abilities keep you away. Students are welcome to bring recording devices and are encouraged to bring a journal and to purchase the 4 CD set, "Sacred Chants," at a discount from the instructor in advance. This intensive is being offered by a Starr King M.Div. student as part of their course of study. The intensive day itself is for 0 units. Students wishing to receive credit for the course on their transcript will need to do additional work with their academic advisors on a write-up that clearly shows how the workshop enhanced their development as a religious leader.
RA 4084
0 units
Minimum: 1
Limit: 30
Fireside Room

 
Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday | To Be Announced

 
To Be Announced 

Infield Assignment I: Congregational Fieldwork
TBA                                                                        
Patti Lawrence
Fieldwork in Unitarian Universalist congregations includes teaching a religious education class for children or adults, working with a youth group, participating in a stewardship campaign and more. Please arrange with the professor.
FE 4000            
1 to 5 units            
Minimum: 1
Limit: 25

Community Fieldwork
TBA
Gabriella Lettini
Community Fieldwork involves supervised placements in a non-profit service agency, hospice work, literacy counseling and more. Those who register for this course should also register for FE 4035, Community Fieldwork Reflection II. Arrangements should be made with the professor.
FE 4310            
1 to 10 units            
Minimum: 1
Limit: 25

Community Fieldwork Reflection I
TBA
Gabriella Lettini
All SKSM students doing community fieldwork will meet together for reflection on their ministerial work, as it is only through the processes of theological reflection and critical reflection on experience that field work becomes field education. This class is designed to broaden and to deepen students' analytic perspective on their field site contexts and on their roles as religious leaders and professionals. Students will be learning how to think and learn in a praxis oriented way, that is, allowing situations of practice to deepen and challenge their academic knowledge about theology, and allowing their academic knowledge of theology to deepen and challenge their ministerial practice. In field-based experiences the depth of students' learning depends entirely upon how well they can implement praxis oriented learning. Arrange with Instructor. All participants will be expected to attend a gathering on January 27, 2009.
FE 4034           
2 units

Clinical Pastoral EducationTBA                      
Gabriella Lettini
This 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.  Arrange with your advisor or the Director of Studies in Public Ministry.
FE 4012            
1-10 units           

Parish Internship Fall
TBA   
Patti Lawrence
This is a 6- to 10-month full-time or part-time experience in a teaching congregation under the supervision of a Minister in final Fellowship, an intern committee, and the Professor of Congregational Studies.  Those who register for this course should also register for FE 4025, Intern Reflection Group.
FE 4210            
5 to 10 units                       
Limit: 25

Intern Reflection Group
TBA  
Patti Lawrence
All Starr King students working as interns in Unitarian Universalist congregations are expected to participate in this time of reflection on their ministerial work. All participants will be expected to attend the Starr King Intern Gathering on January 27-28, 2009.
FE 4025            
2 units                        
Limit: 25

MASC Project
TBA
 
Gabriella Lettini
For SKSM Master of Arts in Religious Leadership for Social Change (MASC) students only. MASC students should sign up for this class during the semesters when they are producing their final project representative of their learning during the program. A copy of the project will be placed in a public collection at the school.
MA 5300           
1-12 units           

In Thesis
TBA 
Faculty

All Masters level students in the GTU community should use this designation if they are working on their thesis.
1 to12 units
MA 5000
1-12 units

 
Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | To Be Announced

2008-2009
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