Spring 2008-2009

2008-2009 Courses

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Updated: 04/01/08


Spring 2009

 

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

Monday 

Teacher and Prophet
9:40-12:30 Monday
Michelle Favreault

The role of teaching in congregational and community settings is one of prophetic possibility and power. We will explore the art of teaching as a religious leader and experiment with forms, content and group process techniques. This Advanced class will consider a postmodern critique of "small group work" or "student centered learning/teaching." We will learn about and through multiple intelligences for learners of all ages. This will be a dynamic classroom that combines lectures, guided discussion, mentoring, apprenticeship and judiciously teaching one another. We will draw, eat, talk, write, take walks, watch films, take self-created impromptu field trips, sing, argue and move.
ED 4056
3 units
Minimum: 1
Limit: 12
Reading Room

Preach It!
2:10-5:00 p.m., Monday
Kurt Kuhwald

Theories abound about how to construct authentic sermons. In the non-exegetical homiletic path of Unitarian Universalism/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 14 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.
HM 4005
3 Units
Minimum: 1
Limit: 16
Fireside Room

Compassion and Moral Repair
7:10 p.m.-9:40 p.m., Monday
Christine Fry

"Now is the time to open wide our hearts," says Alice Walker. The world, our planet, our very lives depend on it. Yet many of us become overwhelmed, stuck or indifferent in the face of so much suffering. This will be a class in compassion. Students will covenant together to learn and practice compassion together. Drawing on a variety of religious traditions — including Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam — students will will deepen and strengthen their ability to act with compassion in their lives and ministries and, thus, help "repair the world." In addition to readings and class participation, students will perform at least twelve hours of compassionate service and participate in an online Compassion Practice Circle.
PS 4013
3 units
Minimum: 1
Limit: 15
Fireside Room

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

 

 

Tuesday 

Unitarian Universalist Polity in an Historical Context
2:10-5:00, Tuesdays, February 10-May 19, 2009
David Sammons

In this course, a long-time Unitarian Universalist minister will help students look at how and why Unitarian Universalist polity has evolved the way it has and how both parish and community ministers fit into it. Included will be a discussion of the history and structure of how various other church polities came into being and why they are so different from each other. Also explored will be the various institutions in the Unitarian Universalist world, the Unitarian Universalist credentialing and settlement processes, professional responsibilities, the ministry in the context of congregational life, and the how Unitarian Universalist ministers fit into the larger religious world. A special handbook of background information will be provided and students will be asked to form teams to research a project to be presented to the class.
HSFT 4005
3 units
Minimum: 5
Limit: 15
Fireside Room

Unitarian Universalist History in North America
CANCELLED
2:10-5:00 p.m., Tuesdays, April 14-May 19, 2009
David Sammons

In spite of earlier developments in Europe, both Universalism and Unitarianism can be considered North American religions with their roots in a more reasoned (in the case of Unitarians) and heartfelt (in the case of Universalists) to the Puritanism of New England, out of which both grew. This course will explore the beginnings of these two movements, their growth and change, the controversies that challenged them, and their eventual coming together in the Unitarian Universalist Association. Explored will be all aspects of our history, from theology to personalities to institutional change.
HS 4007
1.5 units
Minimum: 1
Limit: 25
Fireside Room
CANCELLED

Dr. Howard Thurman — The Search for Common Ground in the 21st Century
7:10-9:40 p.m., Tuesday
Dorsey Blake

Considered a 20th Century prophet by historian Lerone Bennett, Dr. Howard Thurman created a body of spiritual insights exploring the relation 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.
RSSP 4568
3 units
Minimum: 1
Limit: 15
Fireside Room

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

 
Wednesday 

Unitarian Universalist Theologies: Modernity and Postmodernity
9:40 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Wednesday
Rebecca Ann Parker

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to distinctive theological perspectives present within Unitarian Universalist traditions and congregations, and to equip students to begin to think and write theologically in the context of post-modern religious communities and culture. Unitarian Universalism will serve as a case study in post-modern religious community and as a specific location for theological reflection. Especially oriented to students who identify as Unitarian Universalists, participants in this course will be encouraged to form a practice of engaged theological thinking within the context of Unitarian Universalism's particular perspectives, resources, limits and possibilities. Students who do not identify as Unitarian Universalists will be encouraged to become acquainted with this expression of American progressive post-Christian Protestantism as a site in which theological issues critical to post-modern religious community can be engaged.
ST 4019
3 units
Minimum: 1
Limit: 18
Fireside Room

Indigenous Ways of Knowledge
2:10-5:00 p.m., Wednesday
Phillip Scott

An experiential course presenting Indigenous perspectives and Ways of Living — including practices related to the healing arts and the relationship to the Sacred. Designed to inform the student of the rich, elegant, sophisticated worldviews of Native peoples as well as to cultivate religious and cultural sensitivity and personal healing.
HRSP 4013
3 units
Minimum: 1
Limit: 30
Fireside Room

Prisons and Punishment
7:10-9:40 pm, Wednesdays, February 4-March 18, 2009
Laura Magnani

A comprehensive look at the criminal justice system, its history, trends, and current practices. How do we, as people of faith, minister to victims, offenders, and family members of those caught up in the system? There is a tendency, in public discourse to address criminal justice in a vacuum, whereas in this class the context for our work will be social, racial, and economic justice. Issues about prison chaplaincy, including the ethical questions imbedded in that ministry, will be discussed. We will explore new paradigms of justice, including restorative/transformative models and examine what prophetic witness calls us to.
CERS 4472
1.5 units
Minimum: 1
Limit: 20
Pass/Fail only
Fireside Room

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

 
Thursday 

The Resonance of Allah
2:10-5:00 p.m., Thursdays, April 9-May 21, 2009,
with readings to begin February 1, 2009
Ibrahim Farajajé
This course will follow the pattern of traditional Islamic studies in which students do an in-depth study of a particular text. We will be studying Sri Lankan Shaykh Muhammad Raheem Bawa Muhaiyaddeen's foundational text, “The Resonance of Allah: Resplendent Explanations Arising from the Nur, Allah's Wisdom of Grace.” Classes will begin the week of 6 April and run until the end of the semester (21 May). Students who register for the class will be provided with readings that they will finish between the beginning of the semester and the beginning of the class sessions in April. We hope to be able to include a week-end pilgrimage to Bawa Muhaiyaddeen's burial place near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
HR 4833
3 units
Minimum: 1
Limit:  20
Fireside Room.

Sufi Story Telling and the Art of Sermon
7:10-9:40 p.m., Thursday
Shaykh Yassir Chadly

For centuries Sufi teachers have used the ancient art of storytelling to inspire, motivate, and provide insights into complex spiritual concepts. Parables and stories have universal appeal, speaking to people of all ages, genders, cultures, and ethnicities. The creative use of storytelling within a sermon has the ability to enliven and enrich its message, capturing the imagination of the listener. In this course students will learn how to effectively integrate storytelling into sermon preparation and delivery. Through understanding and incorporating Sufi principles, students will be encouraged to find their own voice and particular style in crafting and delivering sermons within their individual faith traditions. Prior experience with Islam is recommended.
HRHM 4816
3 units
Minimum: 1
Limit: 15
Fireside Room

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

 
Friday 

Graduate Level Pedagogies
9:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Friday
Jo Sanzgiri

This course examines pedagogies that we learn/teach from, in a context of multicultural and trans-national approaches. Pedagogy, the art and science of teaching, will encourage us to examine aesthetic (experiential) and cerebral (critical thinking) approaches to the philosophy of teaching. We will read assigned articles, engage in focused questions posted on Blackboard, write term papers. One short lecture will be prepared by each participant taking the class, based on cultural assumptions that are non Western. We will make choices about which pedagogies might best align with Starr King's commitment to counter oppressions and develop just and sustainable learning communities. This class is required for all SKSM students wishing to apply to be Starr King Teaching Fellows during the 2010-2011 school year.
ED 4875
3 units
Minimum: 1
Limit: 12
Reading Room

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

 
Saturday 

Experiencing Kabbalah
10:00 am-3:00 pm, Two Saturdays March 7 and 14, 2009
Charles Burack

Kabbalah is the mystical heart of Judaism and has influenced both Christian and Muslim mysticism. In this course, we examine key Jewish mystical texts, ideas and practices and discuss their relevance to spirituality and personal development today. We explore the Kabbalists' experience of an androgynous divinity, their mapping of divine creative powers onto human beings, and their understanding of the mystical and magical nature of scriptures. We will also experience some of their transformative practices: prayers, blessings, rituals, songs, chants, and meditations. No background in Judaism is needed. Comparisons with other spiritual traditions will be made. Before the first class session, students should read parts 1 and 2 of David Cooper's God Is A Verb. For the second session, read parts 3 and 4 of God Is A Verb. A final 5-10 page paper will be due two weeks after last class session.
SPHR 4047
1.0 unit
Minimum: 1
Limit: 30
Fireside Room

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

 
To Be Announced 

Infield Assignment III: 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 4002
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 II
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 4035
2 units
Minimum: 1
Limit: 25

Clinical Pastoral Education
TBA
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 Spring
TBA
Patti Lawrence

This is a 6-10 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 4211
5-10 units
Minimum: 1
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
Minimum: 1
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.
MA 5000
1-12 units

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

2008-2009
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