Summer 2013 - Starr King Courses

Summer 2013 Courses: Immersions, August Intensives, & Symposium

Registration is open for Summer 2013.

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Summer 2013



Unitarian Universalist Polity:  General Assembly Immersion
Susan Ritchie
Wednesday-Sunday; June 19th-23rd, 2013

The Polity Immersion Class will run from June 19-23 at the site of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly in Louisville, KY. Participants will attend plenary sessions, mini-assemblies and worship services (on one’s own or with classmates) as well as share classroom time to explore how changing cultures and theologies of leadership, authority and church shape our institutions; how polity helps or hinders our commitment to social justice; what the historical roots are for many of our traditions; and how to bring back the insights and learning from the class to home congregations and communities.  The setting at General Assembly will allow all involved to move beyond past history towards an understanding of what it takes to be an effective and responsible political actor in contemporary UU settings.   Students will be responsible for their own travel, lodging, and GA Registration.
Syllabus and logistics for this course.

FTHS 4077                                       1.5 Units
Minimum 6 Limit 20                           Pin Required: Yes
Louisville, Kentucky


ECO Core Intensive: Educating to “Create Just and Sustainable Communities that Counter Oppressions”
Gabriella Lettini & Rebecca Parker
Monday-Friday; August 19th-23rd, 2013                    
Time: 9:00pm-5:00pm

Educating to “Create Just and Sustainable Communities that Counter Oppressions” (“ECO” for short) 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 in joint sessions  and in specialized sessions oriented to their specific degree program, to form a framework for counter-oppressive religious 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 assignments to be completed before the course. The reading list will be distributed to students by June 15.  
Syllabus RSFT 4017 (pdf)

RSFT 4017                              3 Units
Minimum 6 Limit 30               Pin Required: Yes
Reading Room or Fireside Room


The History of Christianity
Susan Ritchie
Saturday August 24th- Monday August 26th; 10:30am-4:30pm

This course is a general survey introduction to church history (no previous knowledge of Christianity will be assumed), with special attention paid to matters of particular interest to liberal and progressive traditions.  Included will be the intersections with and interstices between Christianity and other religions, especially (but not limited to) Judaism, Islam and early pagan traditions; the relationship of church to empire(s); attitudes towards sexuality, gender, and embodiment; the invention of orthodoxies and their dissenters.   Students will need to do significant reading ahead of the class meeting (reading will be made available electronically upon registration), and complete a final project afterwards.
Syllabus for course.

HSFT 4010                             3 Units
Minimum 5 Limit 30               Pin Required: Yes
Fireside Room Sat-Sun; Mon TBA


Symposium 2013: Loving Our Earth
Gabriella Lettini, with Joanna Macy
Wednesday-Thursday; August 28th-29th, 2013           

Starr King's second Symposium, “Loving Our Earth,” will be held on August 28-29, 2013 and will focus on environmental justice. This urban retreat is an annual gathering of our entire student body, faculty, staff and trustees for two days of learning, ritual, celebration, food, music, community-building and service. This 2013 Symposium is led by Dean Gabriella Lettini in collaboration with other SKSM faculty and community leaders. Starr King students are requested to enroll.  Graduates are warmly invited to participate. Several public events in connection with the Symposium are open to all.  This year our guest scholar is Dr. Joanna Macy. Travel fellowships for low residency students available. Look for full program, which will be posted online and distributed in Spring 2013. Environmental Justice will be explored in other 2013-2014 courses and will be a study theme for the year. This is a required course for all SKSM students.

IDS 4204                       1.5 Units
Minimum 1 Limit 150      Pin Required: No

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