Flow of the Academic Year

Picturing the flow of the academic year gives a sense of how Starr King’s Emergent Educational Design works:

 

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August Intensive Period – The whole Starr King learning community gathers in Berkeley for

  • the annual Symposium with an honored global religious leader
  • intensive courses
  • in-person advising
  • community-building through shared meals, worship, spiritual practice and rituals
  • new student  orientation for Fall

Fall Semester – Starr King students pursue their studies in diverse locations and modes:

  • social justice fieldwork and projects in community sites
  • online courses through Starr King and the Graduate Theological Union
  • residential courses in Berkeley at Starr King and the Graduate Theological Union
  • hybrid SKSM courses, which are residential courses in which students at a distance participate by SKYPE
  • experiential learning integrating life and theological studies
  • immersion courses, such as the Boston History Immersion, the Rumi Immersion in Turkey
  • parish fieldwork and internships in Unitarian Universalist congregations
  • independent studies, research and writing
  • chapel, spiritual practices, and rituals – in person and virtually- sustain community
  • cohort groups connect students in diverse locations
  • personal advising anchors each student’s educational plan

January Intensive Period -  Students and faculty gather again in Berkeley for:

  • intensive courses
  • in-person advising
  • community-building through shared meals, worship, spiritual practice and rituals
  • the annual Parish Internship gathering
  • new student orientation for Spring

Spring Semester – Starr King students pursue their studies in diverse locations and modes:

  • social justice fieldwork and projects in community sites
  • online courses through Starr King and the Graduate Theological Union
  • residential courses in Berkeley at Starr King and the Graduate Theological Union
  • hybrid SKSM courses, which are residential courses in which students at a distance participate by SKYPE
  • experiential learning integrating life and theological studies
  • immersion courses, such as the “Rome at the Crossroads of Religion” immersion, or service-learning trips with the UU College for Social Justice
  • parish fieldwork and internships in Unitarian Universalist congregations
  • independent studies, research and writing
  • chapel, spiritual practices, and rituals – in person and virtually- sustain community
  • cohort groups connect students in diverse locations
  • personal advising anchors each student’s educational plan

May – Commencement Celebrations

Summer Period – June – July –   Time for rest and recreation. Students have options to enhance their studies through:

  • Summer courses offered by member schools of the Graduate Theological Union Union (note: these courses are not included in the free cross registration system)
  • SKSM UU Polity Immersion at the site of General Assembly
  • Ten-week Clinical Pastoral Education
  • Independent research and fieldwork projects

The Flow of the Academic Year creates a rhythm…

Spiraling out, spiraling in…

an organic process of gathering together and scattering to learn and serve…

connecting with one another, and turning to diverse, specific, particular locations….

Reflecting and acting,

A rhythm of educational engagement

That focuses

And dances…

That centers and expands

That honors differences and creates connections…

A way of teaching

that accompanies and challenges,

that nurtures intellect,

and impels creative action,

that forms people for vocations as ministers, scholars,

activists, artists, chaplains, teachers

grounded  in spirit and dedicated to:

Creating just and sustainable communities that counter oppressions…

Cultivating multireligious life and learning…

Calling forth compassion, wholeness, and liberation.