This course provides an overview of the theory and practice of adult faith formation in the progressive church. Topics include adult learning theories, including culture and context in the theory and practice of adult learning; frameworks for understanding the congregation as a multi-generational, liberatory, learning community; and the power of education and spiritual growth to address injustice and foster the wholeness and liberation of people, their communities and environment, especially in Unitarian Universalist congregations. The second half of the course will be conducted as a seminar with students researching existing approaches to adult and multigenerational faith development and making constructive proposals for best practices in congregations. Evaluation based on weekly participation, reflection papers, and a final project.
The course is suited to MDiv, MA/MTS, DMin, and certificate students. SKSM thresholds, it is most related to #7, 1, and 6. It also addresses MFC competencies #3, 4, and 7. This is a hybrid residential course accepting students participating through distance technologies. Maximum 12 students.