Introduction to Liberal Religious Education

Session: Spring
Type: Synchronous
Units: 3
Academic Year: 2019 - 2020
Approval Required: No

This course provides a broad introduction to the theory and practice of liberal religious education, with an emphasis on Unitarian Universalist congregations. Topics include an overview of the history and philosophy of Unitarian Universalist religious education, teaching methods and learning processes, theories of human development, the congregation as an educating community, current approaches and innovations in religious education for all ages, collegial relationships and professional standards for religious educators, and curriculum resources. Coursework includes a field placement (approximately three times a month) in a local congregation’s religious education ministry, weekly journaling, periodic written assignments, responsibility for leading class openings and discussions, and a final project of significance to the student’s future ministry.

Relates to Thresholds 7,1 and MFC competencies 3,5,7.

High-residency, limited hybrid participation allowed. Hybrid participation counts as low residency.

[12 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]