Intersession 2017

 

Course Descriptions

Field Education

Clinical Pastoral Education

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 information.


Session

January Intersession 2017


Course Type

Field Education


Location

Off-site


Course ID

FE-4012


Faculty Approval Required

No


Units

1-10

Community Field Work

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.


Session

January Intersession 2017


Course Type

Field Education


Location

Off-site


Course ID

FE-4061


Faculty Approval Required

Yes


Units

0.5-5

Congregational Field Work

Field work is an opportunity to put into action the theory learned in the classroom. Working in a Unitarian Universalist congregation gives the student a chance to develop their unique pastoral voice while navigating the complexities of a congregation’s history, culture, systems, and ethos. Field work placements may include: teaching a religious education class for children or adults, working with a youth group, serving on a pastoral care team, participating in a stewardship campaign and more. Please arrange with the professor.


Session

January Intersession 2017


Instructors


Course Type

Field Education


Location

Off-site


Course ID

FE-4051


Faculty Approval Required

Yes


Units

0.5-5

Immersion

No courses found

Intensive

ChI Interfaith Studies

For joint-program students participating in Chaplaincy Institute (ChI) modules as part of the Interfaith Studies Certificate. Each module offers contextualized immersions in the teachings and practices of a particular religious tradition as well as the embodied arts of spiritual ministry, preparing students for informed and open-hearted service to a pluralistic society. Students must register for the level of credit that reflects the number of modules completed during the academic term, at a rate of 1.5 units each. This course is only for students who have been admitted to the SKSM-ChI joint program and is not available to other SKSM students or to students from other GTU schools. This course does not count toward residency requirements.


Session

January Intersession 2017


Dates

1/18/17 – 1/22/17


Instructors


Course Type

Intensive


Location

Off-site


Days

W / Th / F / Sa


Faculty Approval Required

Yes


Units

1.5

ChI Spiritual Direction

For joint-program students participating in Chaplaincy Institute (ChI) modules as part of the Interfaith Spiritual Direction Certificate. Each intensive learning module focuses on the development of practical skills and competencies for offering spiritual direction to persons of varying religious beliefs and backgrounds. This immersion in the arts of ministry combines pedagogies of theoretical, practical, and artistic learning. This course is only for students who have been admitted to the SKSM-ChI joint program and is not available to other SKSM students or to students from other GTU schools. This course does not count toward residency requirements.


Session

January Intersession 2017


Dates

1/23/17 – 1/27/17


Instructors


Course Type

Intensive


Location

Off-site


Days

M / T / W / Th / F


Faculty Approval Required

Yes


Units

1.5

ECO Core Intensive: Educating to “Create Just and Sustainable Communities that Counter Oppressions”

Educating to “Create Just and Sustainable Communities that Counter Oppressions” (“ECO”) 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 together to form a framework for counter-oppressive spiritual 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 and writing assignments to be completed before the course.  This course will include discussion on Moodle.


Session

January Intersession 2017


Dates

1/23/17 – 1/27/17


Course Type

Intensive


Location

Starr King Campus (Berkeley, CA)


Room

Fireside Room


Days

M / T / W / Th / F


Time

9:00a.m.-5:00p.m.


Course ID

RSFT-4017


Faculty Approval Required

Yes


Units

3


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God and Neoslave Narrative

This course will explore the representation of God, gender and sexuality within the African American literary genre of Neo Slave Narrative. The Neo Slave Narrative emerged in the wake of the African American Freedom Movement in the early 1970’s as a mode to consider and represent the implications and reverberations of American chattel slavery on the modern African American experience. This historical¬ fictive approach is sought to provoke imaginings that account for the empirical nature of traditional history, which is limiting, if not salient in its ability to provide a vision of particular aspects of the enslaved experience. Key elements of this genre are the ways gender, race and sexuality are constituted to define “blackness” and destabilize “whiteness.” In this course we will read canonical works of this genre, interrogate Hegel’s master slave dialectic as problematized by Fanon and key secondary texts from womanist, feminist, queer theory and the study of racialized sexuality.


Session

January Intersession 2017


Dates

1/9/17 – 1/13/17


Course Type

Intensive


Location

Starr King Campus (Berkeley, CA)


Room

Reading Room


Days

M / T / W / Th / F


Time

9:00a.m.-5:00p.m.


Course ID

IDS-4215


Faculty Approval Required

Yes


Units

3


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Introduction to Pastoral Counseling: Practicum

This intensive, residential pastoral counseling course is the practicum half of a two part theory-and-practicum curriculum. To register for this experiential practicum course, students must have completed the fall semester 1.5 credit online counseling theory course. In this intensive practicum course, students will have the opportunity to master counseling skills learned in theory during the fall semester online course.

This residential intensive course will provide students with the opportunity to practice and hone basic counseling skills. The many terms and theories learned in theory in the fall semester, such as “person-centered,” “unconditional positive regard,” cognitive-behavioral,” “family systems,” etc. will become real and usable skills through experiential learning opportunities including “enactments” and “role-plays” of situations that are encountered in pastoral settings. Students will practice pastoral counseling skills in a safe, confidential, and supportive environment.


Session

January Intersession 2017


Dates

1/17/17 – 1/20/17


Course Type

Intensive


Location

Starr King Campus (Berkeley, CA)


Room

Fireside Room/Round Chapel


Days

T / W / Th / F


Time

9:00a.m.-1:00p.m.


Course ID

CEPS-4500


Faculty Approval Required

Yes


Units

1.5


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Introduction to Preaching in a Cross Cultural Context

This preaching course explores advanced work in counter oppressive ministry through worship and the arts. Hands on learning will combine the daily sharing and peer review of brief homilies with exercises aimed at identifying your authentic preaching voice. Questions of how to make our worship services more relevant in today’s culturally shifting world will be explored through thea/ological study of homiletics through a libratory lens and an engagement with issues of cultural appropriation and misappropriation in Unitarian Universalist liturgical practice. Course work in basic homiletics is not required for this class. Students from all traditions are welcome. Prerequisite readings will be announced.


Session

January Intersession 2017


Dates

1/17/17 – 1/21/17


Instructors


Course Type

Intensive


Location

Starr King Campus (Berkeley, CA)


Room

Round Chapel


Days

T / W / Th / F / Sa


Time

9:00a.m.-5:00p.m.


Course ID

HMLS-4075


Faculty Approval Required

Yes


Units

3


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Liturgy and Learning

In this course we will explore the theory and practice of congregational worship in the framework of religious identity formation.  From the selection of texts and music to the development of lay worship leaders and volunteers, the implicit curriculum of the church is shaped by the leadership choices that are made in the preparation of rituals and liturgies.  With attention to multicultural and multigenerational arts and ministries of inclusion, this course will focus on Unitarian Universalist community life.


Session

January Intersession 2017


Dates

1/22/17 – 1/25/17


Course Type

Intensive


Location

Starr King Campus (Berkeley, CA)


Room

Fireside Room


Days

M / T / W / Su


Time

9:00a.m.-3:00p.m.


Course ID

LS-4013


Faculty Approval Required

Yes


Units

1.5


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Parish Intern Reflection (Intern Gathering)

All Starr King students working as intern ministers in Unitarian Universalist congregations are expected to participate in this time of theological and spiritual reflection on their ministry. All participants will be expected to attend the Starr King Intern Gathering for two days – January 26-27, 2017. This is a Hybrid course.


Session

January Intersession 2017


Dates

1/26/17 – 1/27/17


Instructors


Course Type

Intensive, Residential Hybrid


Location

Starr King Campus (Berkeley, CA)


Room

Round Chapel


Days

Th / F


Time

9:00a.m.-5:00p.m.


Faculty Approval Required

Yes

POSTPONED: Death and Justice: A Case Study

This course has been postponed until August, 2017.

This January intensive is an advanced counter oppression course focusing on the book Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink.  The premise of the course is that you are a religious leader – perhaps a CPE student working in Memorial Hospital or a parish minister in the hospital for another reason.   You are trapped in the hospital in New Orleans by rising water.  How do you understand race, class and ageism as they play out in this setting?  What tools would you have to address the situation intersectionally and perhaps even prevent the euthanasia that happened?   We will address this case study through readings on racial justice; prayer and meditation are some of your tools.  Students must read the book and submit summaries 7 days prior to the class.  Required reading includes Ta-Nehisi Coats Between the World and Me, a book on prayer chosen by the student and other articles to be assigned.  ECO or instructor permission are pre-requisites.  The class will involve analysis of the hospital system, case study role playing, presentations by experts and much extemporaneous prayer.  This will be an intense and experiential learning experience.  It is particularly important that students come to class prepared.


Session

January Intersession 2017


Dates

1/17/17 – 1/21/17


Instructors


Course Type

Intensive


Location

Starr King Campus (Berkeley, CA)


Room

Reading Room


Days

T / W / Th / F / Sa


Time

9:00-5:00pm


Course ID

CERS-4468


Faculty Approval Required

Yes


Units

3

Sexual Ethics

Sexuality is sacred. This intensive course examines the role of sexuality and sexual health for faith communities and their leaders.  Students will engage key theological, ethical and public health perspectives on themes in sexual ethics, including sexual freedom and responsibility, pleasure and desire, relationships, meaningful consent, power, and prophetic witness for sexual justice. The course also provides students pursuing ministry and leadership within a particular tradition the opportunity to demonstrate their competency in professional clergy sexual ethics and the promotion of sexually healthy congregations. Particular emphasis is paid to multi-religious, queer, and womanist/feminist voices on sexuality and faith.


Session

January Intersession 2017


Dates

1/9/17 – 1/13/17


Instructors


Course Type

Intensive


Location

Starr King Campus (Berkeley, CA)


Room

Reading Room


Days

M / T / W / Th / F


Time

9:00a.m.-5:00p.m.


Course ID

CE-4040


Faculty Approval Required

Yes


Units

3


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Transcendentalism in the US and UK

In the period from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Divinity School Address in 1838 to the death of Margaret Fuller in 1850, Transcendentalism flourished in New England.  However it also appeared in a slightly different form in Great Britain.  We will examine the influences of German philosophy, Eastern scriptures, and the British Romantics on both sides of the Atlantic.  We will trace the development of Transcendentalism as literary and philosophical influences translated into social reform.  This course will examine Transcendentalism as a type of nineteenth century Unitarianism that persists in modern Unitarian Universalism.  Most of our texts will be found online as our emphasis will be on nineteenth century documents which are out of copyright:  philosophy, essays, scriptures and biographies.  Students are expected to read The Transcendentalists by Barbara Packer and American Transcendentalism by Philip Gura IN ADVANCE.


Session

January Intersession 2017


Dates

1/9/17 – 1/13/17


Course Type

Intensive


Location

Starr King Campus (Berkeley, CA)


Room

Fireside Room


Days

M / T / W / Th / F


Time

9:00a.m.-5:00p.m.


Course ID

HS-2586


Faculty Approval Required

Yes


Units

3


Download

Online

No courses found

Residential

No courses found

Residential Hybrid

Parish Intern Reflection (Intern Gathering)

All Starr King students working as intern ministers in Unitarian Universalist congregations are expected to participate in this time of theological and spiritual reflection on their ministry. All participants will be expected to attend the Starr King Intern Gathering for two days – January 26-27, 2017. This is a Hybrid course.


Session

January Intersession 2017


Dates

1/26/17 – 1/27/17


Instructors


Course Type

Intensive, Residential Hybrid


Location

Starr King Campus (Berkeley, CA)


Room

Round Chapel


Days

Th / F


Time

9:00a.m.-5:00p.m.


Faculty Approval Required

Yes

Thesis/Final Project

No courses found