Fall 2013

2013 - 2014 Courses - Fall Semester

(Summer courses, August intensives, and Symposium are listed on Summer 2013 Courses.)

Registration Dates for Fall 2013

  • Early Registration is now closed.
  • Fall 2013 General Registration: Aug. 19-30, 2013

Instruction begins September 3, 2013.

How to Register

To register for a course if you are not in a degree program at Starr King or the GTU, please see "How to Register for a Starr King Course".

Students enrolled in a degree program at Starr King School (or any other Graduate Theological Union school) should follow the registration processes outlined by their school’s registrar.  Starr King’s processes are listed in the Starr King Student Handbook .

Starr King Tuition and Course Fees.

Fall 2013 Online, Residential, and Immersion Courses

Online Courses 

Queer Studies from a Multireligious Perspective
Hugo Córdova Quero
In an increasingly changing and globalized world, the intersection of religious and queer studies is vital for understanding the construction of identities. This online course is designed to introduce you to the place given to gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, the sexual division of labor and gender role expectations within world religions’ theo(ideo)/logical discourses. Drawing from an interdisciplinary approach you will develop a self-critical perspective on the way that sacred texts and dogmatic corpus influence the lives and spiritual practices of queer individuals and communities. Together we will explore the mutual constitution of queerness and subjectivity of religious experiences and their social and political implications towards the deconstruction of stereotypes, power dynamics, and marginalization. / Hugo Córdova Quero holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Graduate Theological Union, with major course work taken at the Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California at Berkeley. Currently he is adjunct faculty at Starr King School for the Ministry, Graduate Theological Union and instructor at GEMRIP/Universidad del Centro Latinoamericano (UCEL) in Buenos Aires/Rosario, Argentina. His areas of research are religious studies and queer theologies, ethnic and migration studies, and critical theories (feminist, queer, and postcolonial).
HRRS-8421          3 Units       
Minimum 5       Limit 15             Pin Required: Yes
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Early Registration closed; Fall 2013 General Registration: August 19 - 30, 2013

Progressive Educational Theory
Devorah Greenstein
Can schools build a new society? Or is education an agent of cultural reproduction? Seminary students need to know about progressive educational philosophies and methodologies if they are interested in secular or religious teaching; in higher education; or in working with children, youth, young adults. What is the purpose of education? Is it to liberate the poor, to resist, or to teach a “hidden agenda” that will inculcate attitudes and values to support the hegemony? This course will offer a deeply nuanced understanding of education -- our most important and least understood social institution. / The Rev. Dr. Devorah Greenstein retired from eight years leading the Office of Accessibility Concerns at the UUA, and continues her community ministry working with, and on behalf of, people from historically marginalized communities. Her educational training (M.Div. from Starr King School for the Ministry; M.S. degree from Cornell University in Family Studies; M.S. degree from Syracuse University in Counseling; Ph.D. from Cornell University in Developmental Psychology) has given her contextual and theoretical perspectives in which she grounds her anti-oppression work. Her work includes educating and developing resources for religious professionals, lay leaders, and other individuals and groups engaged in anti-oppressive, multicultural transformation work to confront institutional and cultural ageism, ableism, racism, classism, and heterosexism.
ED-8403          3 Units       
Minimum 6       Limit 20             Pin Required: Yes
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Early Registration closed; Fall 2013 General Registration: August 19 - 30, 2013

Global Religious Traditions
Cassie Lipowitz
This course will examine the major global religions from a cross-cultural, multi-religious perspective. Taking into consideration that a course that explores many religions cannot be comprehensive, we will consider the religions from a thematic perspective by analyzing fundamental beliefs and practices in the various religious traditions. In addition, we will also examine assumptions underlying the disciple of religious studies. Students will engage through weekly readings, reflection papers, and forum discussion, as well as other interactive learning activities as part of the online learning community. Students of all faiths and backgrounds are invited and encouraged to enroll. Priority given to off-campus SKSM students. / Cassie Lipowitz is a doctoral student at the Graduate Theological Union in the Area of Cultural and Historical Studies of Religions. Her primary research interests lie in the field of Islamic mysticism, with a specific focus on the Masnavi, a text composed by the 13th century Sufi poet Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi. Last fall, she had the privilege of co-teaching a course on Rumi's Masnavi at Starr King School for the Ministry with Dr. Ibrahim Farajajé. Currently, she teaches Religions of the World and Introduction to Islam at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA.
HR-8401          3 Units       
Minimum 5       Limit 20             Pin Required: Yes
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Early Registration closed; Fall 2013 General Registration: August 19 - 30, 2013

19th Century Unitarians and Nature
Sheri Prud’homme
At the forefront of 19th century American liberal Christian efforts to use all of humankind’s faculties to interpret “the Divine Book of Nature” were many Unitarian ministers. This course will illuminate key aspects of Unitarian theologies in the mid-nineteenth century as they depicted the relationship among God, nature, and humankind, with close attention to the American Transcendentalists. Participants will explore the complexities of the Transcendentalists’ positions commonly seen as polarized between advancing self-cultivation and focusing on efforts for the common good. Participants will inquire how the Transcendentalists’ theological heirs translated their nature-loving theology into acts of love on behalf of actual nature and will analyze the resources inherent in this theological heritage, assessing its adequacy in light of current ecological crises. Online course using varied modalities. Weekly reading and assignments, final paper, and regular online participation required. / Rev. Sheri Prud'homme is a 1999 graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry. She has served the Pacific Central District and churches in Oakland, Davis, and Berkeley as a ministries of religious education. Supported by a grant from the Fund for Unitarian Universalism, she co-created Chalice Camp, a summer day camp curriculum now being used across the country to foster UU identity and understanding of UU history and theology in elementary aged children. She has taught for many years on the adjunct faculty at Starr King and is currently in her third year of a doctoral program in history and theology at the Graduate Theological Union. Her studies focus on nineteenth century Unitarians' theologies of nature, especially on the Pacific Coast.
HRST-8425          3 Units       
Minimum 5       Limit 15             Pin Required: Yes
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Early Registration closed; Fall 2013 General Registration: August 19 - 30, 2013

Spiritual Practices for These Times
Christine Fry
During this year-long, on-line course, students will deepen their understanding and practice of eight ancient, intersecting spiritual practices helpful in these times: mindfulness, self-compassion, gratitude and Sabbath rest (fall); compassion, equanimity, kindness and joy (spring). The class will be experiential and inter-spiritual, drawing on the wisdom and practices of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism, as well as positive psychology, neuroscience and poetry. Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 (1.5 units each semester). / The Reverend Christine Fry is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and SKSM ('96) graduate. An Adjunct Faculty member at SKSM for more than seven years, Chris has taught courses on poetry, illness, and pastoral care; health and healing, forgiveness; compassion and moral repair; and religious education. In addition to teaching, Chris facilitates "Write for Health" groups, the latest incarnation of a 20+ year writing ministry. She lives in Davis, California with her husband, Isao Fujimoto, professor emeritus at U.C. Davis and a long-time community activist. Their daughter, Esumi, is a junior at New York University.
SPFT-8400          1.5 Units       
Minimum 5       Limit 24             Pin Required: Yes
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Early Registration closed; Fall 2013 General Registration: August 19 - 30, 2013

Dynamic Youth Ministry
Megan Dowdell & Betty Jeanne Rueters-Ward

This lively and interactive course grounds participants in philosophical, psychological, programmatic, ethical and theological aspects of youth ministry. Geared particularly toward Unitarian Universalists, this course seeks to embody a vision of youth ministry that is a vibrant, robust, and flexible part of every congregation. Topics of instruction include leadership and spiritual development, professional support for youth advisors, denominational polity, adolescent life issues, building intergenerational community, and a critical analysis of different models of youth ministry and programming. Recommended for all religious leaders, both new and old to youth ministry. / Betty Jeanne Rueters-Ward is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist and full-time Youth and Young Adult Program Coordinator at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Shelter Rock. She is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Social Change at Starr King. As a Youth Programs Specialist for the Unitarian Universalist Association, Betty Jeanne coordinated international conferences, trainings and social justice initiatives. She has also served as a youth advisor at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland, as a youth mentor for OutLoud Radio, and with youth clients at Carroll Center for the Blind. / Megan Dowdell, GTU MA ’09, teaches courses in ethics and youth ministry as a regular adjunct faculty member. She is a UU ministerial candidate and doctoral student in sociology at UCSF. Whether on-line or in-person, Megan offers a warm invitation to academically rigorous subject matter for religious professionals, scholars and activists.
EDFT-8462          3 Units       
Minimum 5       Limit 25             Pin Required: Yes
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Early Registration closed; Fall 2013 General Registration: August 19 - 30, 2013

Mysticism and Social Change
Liza Rankow

This course explores the powerful synergy between mystic spirituality and social activism. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, “Only through an inner spiritual transformation do we gain the strength to fight vigorously the evils of the world in a humble and loving spirit.” In the urgent context of current world concerns, we will look to the example of “mystic-activists” from diverse cultures and faith traditions for insight and inspiration. Readings, audio/video resources, and class explorations will include Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Indigenous sources. Both pastors and prophetic activists require regular replenishment of the inner spirit as the essential “breathing in” to balance the “breathing out” of our work in the world. Through a holistic approach of head and heart, we will consider specific practices to nourish and sustain us in our ongoing commitment to anti-oppression work, justice-making, and ministerial service. / Rev. Dr. Liza J. Rankow is an interfaith minister and the founding director of OneLife Institute, an Oakland, CA-based nonprofit organization working at the intersection of spirituality and social action. She is a popular speaker and teacher known for bringing compassion, creativity, and insight to the process of individual and cultural healing and transformation. Liza has provided counseling and offered classes and workshops in spiritual development for over 20 years. As a scholar and activist, her main interest is exploring the powerful synergy between mysticism and social change. She maintains a special emphasis in the life and work of Dr. Howard Thurman, teaching a variety of classes on Thurman in both academic and community settings.
RSSP-8410          3 Units       
Minimum 4       Limit 18             Pin Required: Yes
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Early Registration closed; Fall 2013 General Registration: August 19 - 30, 2013

Turkish-Sephardic Culture: History, Language, Music & Cuisine
Karen Sarhon

The Turkish-Sephardic Culture is about the history, language, music and cuisine of the Turkish Jews, who were exiled from Spain by the Spanish Inquisition and arrived in the Ottoman Empire in 1492. During the 520 years that they lived in the Ottoman Empire and later on in the Turkish Republic, the Sephardic Jews, as they called themselves after the Hebrew word for “Spain” – “Sefarad”, were able to preserve most of the cultural elements and traditions they brought with them until the last few decades. This type of preservation is a very rare phenomenon especially in the language domain. In this course we will be examining the historical factors that made this rare phenomenon possible, the language called “Ladino” or “Judeo-Espanyol”, the religious traditions past and present, the music and the cuisine. Students will have to do a little research, read, sing songs and cook the delicious recipes in order to provide the class with feedback! / Karen Gerson Sarhon belongs to the last generation of Ladino/Judeo-Spanish speakers in the world. An active member of the Turkish Sephardic community, she is the coordinator of the Sephardic Center in Istanbul, which she founded in December 2003 and has been running ever since. She specializes in Linguistics and Social Psychology, speaks five languages very well and understands a couple more, taught English and wrote English Proficiency Tests for Bogazici University for 20 years, and has been awarded the medal of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the Ministry of Culture of France for her work in preserving the language and culture of Sephardic Jews. Karen is also the founder and singer of the group Los Pasharos Sefaradis, a group renowned for their authentic rendering of Sephardic songs. Very much interested in Sephardic cuisine, Karen has also actively taken part in TV programs and documentaries and has lectured on the cuisine.
HR-8481          3 Units
Minimum 10       Limit 15             Pin Required: Yes
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Early Registration closed; Fall 2013 General Registration: August 19 - 30, 2013


SKSM and Institute of Buddhist Studies: Our Co-Sponsored Courses
During Fall 2013, the Institute of Buddhist Studies will offer the following courses. Please note ~ we participate in the same GTU registration periods, so General Registration for Fall '13 is Aug. 19 - Aug. 30, 2013. To register for an IBS course, follow the same instructions as registering for a Starr King course. See How to Register. Most, but not all, IBS courses do not require a PIN, so pay close attention when registering. IBS Fall 2013 Online Course listings are here.

  • Readings in Early Buddhist Texts: Middle Length Discourses, Gil Fronsdal
  • Topics in Buddhist Thought: Buddhism, Meat and Vegetarianism, Lisa Grumbach
  • History of the Shin Buddhist Tradition: Premodern, Galen Amstutz
  • Buddhist Japanese I, Yufuko Kurioka

Again, the Institute of Buddhist Studies and Starr King School have different requirements for registration. For example, SKSM does not accept auditors, while some IBS courses do allow auditors. Please check course descriptions carefully before registering.


Online | Immersion | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday |
Friday | Saturday | Field Education & Thesis/Final Project


Immersion Courses Fall 2013

Unitarian Universalist History in North America: Boston Immersion
Susan Ritchie
Friday-Monday; October 25th-28th, 2013        Time: 9:00am-5:00pm

The Boston immersion courses will include the traditional content of UU history classes in a dynamic setting. We will explore the Unitarian engagement with the Civil War alongside a trip to the Shaw memorial on Boston Common; discuss Emerson’s Divinity School Address from the very hall in which it was delivered. We will grapple with the profound issues of the Black Empowerment movement from the floor of the Arlington Street Church, where the delegates disappointed by the actions of that General Assembly gathered. Our ambivalence regarding formal association will be discussed from within the offices of the UUA itself and with UUA officials; as we learn of our complicated relationship to class, we will explore the Beacon Hill neighborhood. We can accompany our discussion of the reinvention of 20th century Universalism with a trip to the Charles Street Meeting House. Touring the Athenaeum, we both encounter and discuss the Unitarian transformation of 19th century literature. Students will be given the opportunity, if desired, to room at Pickett & Eliot House, the bed and breakfast facility of the UUA. Intensive, Oct. 25-28, 2013.
Syllabus and course logistics

FTHS 4078                                       1.5 Units
Minimum 5 Limit 15                           Pin Required: Yes
Boston, Massachusetts

Online | Immersion | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday |
Friday | Saturday | Field Education & Thesis/Final Project

Residential Courses


Writing the Rites: Liturgy and the Church Year
Michelle Favreault
Monday 9:30am-12:30pm

This course will provide religious leaders with tools to create meaningful, multi-vocal worship in the UU congregational setting.  In class and in the community we will be creating and leading traditional and transformational worship for people at all ages and stages. Students will gain and understanding of the psychology and spirituality of ritual and liturgical forms within an historic context.  In addition to the Sunday service, we’ll create a calendar and write ceremonial rites to prepare for the leadership of weddings, memorials and other special religious occasions. Limited Skype attendance allowed.

LS 4309                                              3 Units
Minimum 5 Limit 12                           Pin Required: Yes
Fireside Room


Intro to Islam
Yassir Chadly
Monday 2:10pm-5:00pm

This course is an introduction to the history and theology of Islam.  It will introduce the student to Islamic religious teaching and practices.  It will explore the diversities of Islam among Sunni, Shi'a and Sufi groups from multiple cultural perspectives. Students will be invited to participate in spiritual practice and community events in hopes that the combination of study and practical experience will deepen their experience.
Syllabus for this course.

HRST 4312                                         3 Units
Minimum 5 Limit 15                           PIN required: Yes

Fireside Room

Online | Immersion | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday |
Friday | Saturday | Field Education & Thesis/Final Project


Spirituality as Resilience from Trauma
Isaak Brown
Tuesday 2:00pm-5:00pm

In this course, students will understand the impact of trauma on humans, both individually and collectively, and the ways in which we respond spirituality to heal from violence. Trauma is a profoundly challenging topic to examine. It may be one of the most difficult practices in a lifetime to directly face the consequences of oppression and violence. Arguably, most of our society is structured as a reaction away from the pain and violence so close to the surface, constantly offering us options to avoid or numb the suffering that surround us. Yet, freedom comes from fearing nothing, being able to face the depths, and stand steady within them. The ability to stand in pain with complete presence is an essential skill in our field. I intend for this course to be a practice of slowly and carefully turning toward the pain of oppression and consequences of this violence without overwhelming the system so that we may be fully present with all those we seek to serve.

RS 4005                                              3 Units
Minimum 3 Limit 15                           PIN Required: No
Reading Room


Dr. Howard Thurman
Dorsey Blake
Tuesday 2:10pm-5:00pm

Considered a 20th Century prophet by historian Lerone Bennett, Dr. Howard Thurman created a body of spiritual insights exploring between mysticism and social action. This course will focus on comprehending the ideal of community as expressed through the thought and ministry of Dr. Howard Thurman. A goal of this course will be the discernment of evidence of oneness across racial, sexual, cultural, religious, and national boundaries. A crucial objective will be the embracing of spiritual discipline as an essential method for engaging the search for common ground in the 21st Century. Limited Skype attendance allowed.
Syllabus for this course.

RSSP 4568                                          3 Units
Minimum 4 Limit 20                           PIN Required: Yes
Fireside Room


Online | Immersion | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday |
Friday | Saturday | Field Education & Thesis/Final Project


Death:  An Intellectual History/Genealogy
Susan Ritchie
Wednesday 9:40am-12:30pm

This course tracks the changes in Western attitudes toward death and dying from the earliest Christian times to the present day. We begin with the commonality of death in from Graeco-Roman times through the period of the early church, a context in which individual lives mattered less than communal roles. We will then explore how the later medieval period evidences a new sense of individuality, and consequentially, an obsession with death as the destruction of the self (a concern that the church meets with new promises of immortality). The growing importance of family in the sixteenth century eventually shifts cultural attention from the death of the self to a preoccupation with the mourning of loved ones, an understanding that reaches its extreme in the nineteenth century, where grief is romanticized and death is sentimentalized as a staging post to eternal reunion. We will investigate specifically North American attitudes regarding death with an in depth examination of the Puritan way of death, and its gradual devolution into the contemporary American denial of death. Throughout, special attention will be paid to the development of different religious rituals for the sick, dying and dead, and how those rituals managed the cultural intersections of terror and belief particular to their times. The “texts” for the class (in addition to histories and rituals) will include iconographies of death as presented in church architecture, gravestones, art and film; and literary accounts, both secular and sacred. Limited Skype attendance allowed.
Syllabus for this course.

FTHS 4074                             3 Units
Minimum 5 Limit 25               PIN Required: No
Fireside Room


Introduction to the Theater of the Oppressed
Jiwon Chung
Wednesday 7:10pm-9:40pm

Theater of the Oppressed is a collection of games, techniques, exercises for using theater as a vehicle for personal and social change. It is a method of harnessing the laboratory of the theater as a powerful tool for exploring power, transforming oppression, and finding community-building solutions to the problems of inequality, conflict and injustice. Based on the radical pedagogical ideas of Paolo Freire and Augusto Boal, it is a collective artistic exploration into the fullest expression of our human dignity, potential and creativity. This is an introductory workshop covering the theory, application and facilitation of TO, including:

  • Demechanization
  • Dynamization
  • Image Theater
  • Forum Theater
  • Rainbow of Desire
  • Theory & Pedagogy

The workshop will be 80% experiential and 20% reflective/didactic. No prior theater or performance experience is required. Elements of related counter-oppressive techniques will also be introduced as an adjunct to TO, and prominent practitioners of TO or popular education may be invited as guest facilitators. Opportunities to facilitate workshops and classes outside of the class will also be provided.

RSED 4036                             3 Units
Minimum 5 Limit 35               PIN Required: Yes
Fireside Room

Online | Immersion | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday |
Friday | Saturday | Field Education & Thesis/Final Project


Preach It!
Kurt Kuhwald
Thursday 2:10pm-5:00pm

Theories abound about how to construct authentic sermons.  In the non-exegetical homiletic path of UUism/Liberal religion, there is another possibility.  This experiential preaching course will focus on finding your authentic style and voice.  In constructing sermons, we will encounter: Presence.  Power.  Passion.  Humility.  Humor.  The truth in one's chest and gut---the body somehow singing through thought.  Further, we will explore tapping the neural ground of connection between speaker and listener and seek sources of relevance for words that speak truth, lift hope, inspire action and offer blessing.  A preacher for 17 years, a public speaker for over 30, the instructor loves the pulpit whether in a house of worship, on the street, or in the halls of government.
Syllabus for this course.

CEPS 4005                              3 Units
Minimum 5 Limit 15               Pin Required: Yes
Fireside Room


In Your Hands: The Spirituality, Language and Ethics of Touch
Adam Dyer
Thursday 6:00pm-8:30pm

This unique course offers a safe environment for seminarians to discover their personal language of touch and applications for understanding touch in the context of spiritual practice and expression, communication and caregiving.  Blending elements of manual therapy, biology, theology and sociology, we will explore why we touch, how we touch and where touch fits in our consciousness as religious leaders.  Reading will range from texts on ethics and anatomy to religious scripture and poetry. Exercises will incorporate healthy consensual touch drawing on established exercises from acting, dance and Somatics.
Syllabus for this course.

CEST 4558                             3 Units
Minimum 6 Limit 18               Pin Required: Yes
Fireside Room

Online | Immersion | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday |
Friday | Saturday | Field Education & Thesis/Final Project


No courses scheduled to meet on Fridays.


No Saturday courses are scheduled for this semester.

Online | Immersion | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday |
Friday | Saturday | Field Education & Thesis/Final Project

Field Education & Thesis/Final Project 

MASC Project Fall
Gabriella Lettini

For SKSM Master of Arts in Social Change (MASC) students only.  MASC students can split this course over two semesters or sign up for it during their last semester.  This final project can take a variety of forms and should be representative of student learning and creative work in the MASC degree. Projects include research thesis, public presentations, designing and implementing educational curricula, organizing local/national conferences and special events, multimedia art-work, writing a book and more.  The thesis topic, proposal and final draft need to be discussed and developed with the faculty. A copy of the project (writing, video, etc.) will be placed in a public collection (online and/or at the school, when possible). A total of 3 MASC Project credits are required for graduation in the MASC degree. Please discuss with instructor.

MA 5300                                  1-3 Units                          
Minimum 1 Limit 15                PIN Required: Yes


MA In Thesis Fall
MA 5000                     1 to 12 Units


Clinical Pastoral Education Fall
Gabriella Lettini

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 info.

FE 4012                                  1-10 Units          
Minimum 1 Limit 30               PIN Required: No


Community Field Work Fall
Gabriella Lettini

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.

FE 4060                                   0.5-5 Units
Minimum 1 Limit 30               PIN Required: Yes


Community Internship Fall
Gabriella Lettini

Community Internships involve engagement at a field site from 16 to 40 hours a week, under weekly supervision at the site and the support of the SKSM Community Intern Reflection class (an integrative seminar). Community Internships include a variety of settings, such as supervised placements in a non-profit service agency or grassroots organization, hospice work, chaplaincy, teaching and more. They can also entail creating new projects such as starting a new organization or planning a national conference with a board of mentors. Those who register for this course should also register for Community Intern Integrative Reflection Fall. Students should discuss the internship with their advisor before making arrangements with the professor.  Student and supervisor/mentors should discuss and sign a learning agreement before the official beginning of the internship. Midterm and final student/supervisor 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 SKSM Website.

FE 4220                                   5-10 Units
Minimum 1 Limit 30                PIN Required: Yes


Community Internship Integrative Reflection Seminar Fall
Dorsey Blake
4:00pm - 5:30pm,  Thursdays

All SKSM students involved in community internships will meet together for reflection on their work, as it is only through the processes of theological reflection and critical reflection on experience that field work becomes field education. This class includes readings, discussions and writings and 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 grow in their ability to think and learn in a praxis oriented way, that is, allowing situations of practice to deepen and challenge their academic knowledge about theo/alogies, and allowing their academic knowledge of theology to deepen and challenge their practice of leadership. In field-based experiences the depth of students’ learning depends entirely upon how well they can implement praxis oriented learning. Limited Skype attendance allowed.
Syllabus for this course.

FE 4222-01                          2 Units
Minimum 1 Limit 25               PIN Required: No
Reading Room


Congregational Fieldwork Fall
Kurt Kuhwald

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 4050                                1 to 5 Units
Minimum 1 Limit 25               PIN Required: Yes

Parish Internship Fall
Kurt Kuhwald

This is a 10 month full-time (one year) or part-time (two year) experience in a teaching congregation under the supervision of a Minister in final Fellowship, an intern committee, and a professor at the school.  Those who register for this course must also register for Parish Intern Reflection Fall.  Please note: this course does not indicate a specific time block at this time (TBA).

FE 4210                               5 to 10 Units
Minimum 1 Limit 25              PIN Required: Yes


Parish Intern Reflection Fall
Kurt Kuhwald

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 for two days TBD in January, 2014.

FE 4212                               2 Units
Minimum 1 Limit 25              PIN Required: Yes

Online | Immersion | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday |
Friday | Saturday | Field Education & Thesis/Final Project

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