Congregational Field Work

Type: Field Education
Units: 0.5-3
Academic Year: 2023 - 2024
Approval Required: No

Fieldwork is an opportunity to put into action the theory learned in the classroom. Working in a congregation gives the student a chance to develop their unique pastoral voice while navigating complexities of a congregation’s history, culture, systems and ethos. Fieldwork 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. Evaluation is based on one-on-one conversations with professor, midterm and final evaluations.

This course is for M.Div. students. Variable credits, between 0.5 – 3.0 depending on the scope of work done. Depending on the focus of the Field Work, your project may relate to Starr King thresholds: 1. Life in Religious Community and Interfaith Engagement 2. Prophetic Witness and Work 5. Spiritual Practice and Care of the Soul 6. Theology in Culture and Context 7. Educating for Wholeness and Liberation 8. Embodied Wisdom and Beauty and MFC requirements: 1. Worship and Rites of Passage 2. Pastoral Care and Presence 3. Spiritual Development for Self and Others 4. Social Justice in the Public Square 5. Administration 6. Serves the larger UU Faith 7. Leads the faith into the future.

Auditors excluded.