“Thinking begins in provocation” (Gilles Deleuze). Rich theoretical traditions call forth questions for religious leaders about how we make meaning, interpret history, form opinions, understand ourselves in relation to the world around us, and decide how to act. In this introduction to critical theory, students engage key thinkers on contemporary culture, religion, and social change, as well as each other, in order to develop a theoretical toolbox and skills needed to read, think, and write effectively. After closely reading major texts in feminist thought, postcolonial thought, critical race theory, and queer theory, students practice how to reconstruct arguments, consider historical/cultural context, develop one’s own position, and apply theory to religious leadership. This is a hybrid course, in a live video session, open to both high and low-residence students.