Introduction to Liberal Religious Education

This course provides a broad introduction to the theory and practice of liberal religious education, with an emphasis on Unitarian Universalist congregations. Students of all religious traditions are welcome. Topics include an overview of the history and philosophy of UU 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, two reflection papers, responsibility for leading class openings and discussions, and a final project of significance to the student’s future ministry.