Decolonizing UU Liturgy

Session: Fall
Type: Asynchronous
Units: 3
Academic Year: 2019 - 2020
Approval Required: No

Why do we do what we do? As Unitarian Universalists, we have a rich history of merging diverse religious traditions, celebrating annual holidays and rites of passage, creating meaningful worship services, participating in rituals and ceremonies to express our principles and values, and bringing our communities together to offer inspiration, support, and healing. In this introductory course, we will apply a multicultural lens to the study of Unitarian Universalist history and theology and learn about how those roots continue to influence and shape our UU liturgy. We will explore the role of the liturgist as worship creator, spiritual guide, prophetic voice, and community builder. Using an intersectional/multicultural approach, we will reflect on the various meanings of “tradition” and interrogate the ethical dimensions of the process of creating, adapting, and embodying liturgical elements, within the context of cultural authenticity. How can the liturgist contribute to affirming and promoting a journey towards spiritual wholeness? Towards building a diverse multicultural Beloved Community and dismantling systems of oppression? REgular and active attendence, one ther page paper, one presentation and one portfolio of rituals required.

Related to Thresholds 1,5,6,8 and MFC Areas 1,3,4,7.

Instructor: Rev. Dr. Maria Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa