Summer 2016

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

Summer 2016


Course Type

Field Education


Location

Off-site


Course ID

FE-4012


Faculty Approval Required

No


Units

1-10

Community Field Work Summer

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

Summer 2016


Course Type

Field Education


Location

Off-site


Course ID

FE-4063


Faculty Approval Required

No


Units

0.5-5

Congregational Field Work Summer

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

Summer 2016


Course Type

Field Education


Location

Off-site


Course ID

FE-4053


Faculty Approval Required

Yes


Units

0.5-10

Immersion

Unitarian Universalist Polity: General Assembly Immersion

This Polity Immersion Class will run at the site of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly (June 22-26, 2016 in Columbus, OH). 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.


Session

Summer 2016


Dates

6/22/16 – 6/26/16


Course Type

Immersion


Location

Off-site


Course ID

FTHS-4077


Faculty Approval Required

Yes


Units

1.5


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Intensive

ECO-Core Intensive: Educating to “Create Just and Sustainable Communities

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

Summer 2016


Dates

8/15/16 – 8/19/16


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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Introduction to Quranic Studies: Multi-Religious Core Intensive

In this introductory course in Quranic Studies, students will learn skills as to how to read the Quran, including structural and literary analyses of Quranic suras (chapters), and will be expected to read through the entire text of the Quran and write brief reflections on each of its suras. In class we will focus on the hymnic suras of the Quran which contain existential concerns and other passages that relate to the theme of religious freedom, pluralism and gender relations. The students will be expected to come to class having done the readings and assignments and will have time after the intensive to revise their assignments. The class will provide a learning environment that encourages diversity of points of views and respects differences in opinion. Doctoral students may take this course with the extra assignment of a 5000 word research paper. This course fulfills a requirement for the Certificate in Multi-religious Studies and qualifies as the Multi-Religious Core Intensive required for MDiv.


Session

Summer 2016


Dates

8/22/16 – 8/26/16


Instructors


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

HRBS-4822


Faculty Approval Required

Yes


Units

3


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Liturgy and Leadership in UU Traditions

This immersion course will invite students to explore traditional Unitarian Universalist forms of worship in congregational contexts.  Sessions on hymnody, prayer, rites of passage and the holidays of the church year will give focus to structure, form and narrative theologies in community practice.


Session

Summer 2016


Dates

8/28/16 – 8/31/16


Course Type

Intensive


Location

Starr King Campus (Berkeley, CA)


Room

Reading Room


Days

M / T / W / Su


Time

9:00a.m.-4:00p.m.


Course ID

LS-4106


Faculty Approval Required

Yes


Units

1.5


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Mysticism & Social Change

This course will explore 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 and troubling context of current world events, we will look to the example of “mystic-activists” from diverse cultures and faith traditions for inspiration. Readings and class explorations will include Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Indigenous sources. Through a wholistic approach of both head and heart, we will consider specific tools and practices to nourish and sustain us in our ongoing commitment to anti-oppression work and ministerial service. Because the course is being offered in an intensive format, advance reading and viewing several online videos will be required preparation.


Session

Summer 2016


Dates

8/22/16 – 8/26/16


Instructors


Course Type

Intensive


Location

Starr King Campus (Berkeley, CA)


Room

Reading Room


Days

M / T / W / Th / F


Time

1:00p.m.-5:00p.m.


Course ID

RSSP-4060


Faculty Approval Required

Yes


Units

1.5


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Symposium

Starr King’s 5th Annual Symposium, will be held starting with at dinner at SKSM on Mon. Aug. 29 at 5pm & Tues., Aug. 30, 2016 from 9am – 7pm at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland (FUCO).

  • This urban retreat is an annual gathering of our entire student body, faculty, staff and trustees for a day of learning, ritual, celebration, food, music, community-building and service.
  • This 2016 Symposium is convened 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 course is required for all SKSM students. 1.5 units of credit will be given to students who are currently enrolled in a degree program.
  • Students please note: This is a two (2) step process: (1) Enroll for the Symposium as a course through this SKSM website/Web Advisor to ensure course credit (see How to Register for a Starr King Course); AND (2) Complete a separate online registration form on the SKSM Symposium website (www.sksmsymposium.org) for event needs (including reg. type, dietary & special needs).
  • In order to obtain credit, students must read all required readings before Symposium, SIGN the attendance roster for each event, and be active in large and small group discussions. Students please go to the SKSM Symposium website (www.sksmsymposium.org) under Symposium Leaders tab and select “Recommended Reading” section on that website to see what reading is required before Symposium.
  • In addition, students are asked to work at least ONE work shift before or during Symposium. Making certain that you are signed in is the student’s responsibility.
  • Everyone is required to complete the separate online Registration Form on the SKSM Symposium (www.sksmsymposium.org) website, so we can prepare for your presence and address any special needs.

For further information, please contact Dee Ward, Coordinator of Academic Programs (dward@sksm.edu).


Session

Summer 2016


Dates

8/29/16 – 8/30/16


Course Type

Intensive


Location

Off-site


Days

M / T


Time

5:00p.m.-8:00p.m/9a.m.-7p.m.


Course ID

IDS 4205


Faculty Approval Required

No


Units

1.5

Theology and Ethics for UU Ministerial Leadership CORE Intensive

This CORE intensive course focuses on the theological foundations and habits of mind necessary to be a self-defined leader among Unitarian Universalists, either in congregations or in other UU settings. Students will have the opportunity to test their current skills in a series of real-world challenges likely to be faced in parish or community settings.  The goal is to allow student the chance to confront possible issues while the stakes are low.  Role playing, small group work and reflection papers will be required.  Prerequisite readings will be announced. This is a required course for the M.Div. program.


Session

Summer 2016


Dates

8/15/16 – 8/19/16


Course Type

Intensive


Location

Starr King Campus (Berkeley, CA)


Room

Reading Room


Days

M / T / W / Th / F


Time

10:00a.m.-6:00p.m.


Course ID

FTED-2100


Faculty Approval Required

Yes


Units

3


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