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 synchronous online course, 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. Reflection essays and final paper. Relates to Thresholds: 2) Prophetic Witness and Work, 5) Spiritual Practice and Care of the Soul, 7) Educating for Wholeness and Liberation, 8) Embodied Wisdom and Beauty, as well as MFC: 4) Social Justice in the Public Square. Please take in the first term after Orientation, as the course will introduce you to studying at SKSM. Limited to 22 students. Auditors excluded.