The Baltimore immersion course is a five day intensive course and will include the traditional content of UU history and prophetic witness in a dynamic setting. The centerpiece of the course will be attendance at the triennial joint meeting, or Convocation of the UU Collegium and Unitarian Universalist History and Heritage Society Thursday, October 17, 2019 to Sunday, October 20, 2019 at the Maritime Conference Center, in Baltimore, Maryland. 2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the first great landmark event in American Unitarian History. On May 5, 1819, William Ellery Channing delivered a sermon at the Ordination of the Rev. Jared Sparks in the First Independent Church of Baltimore entitled Unitarian Christianity, more often referred to as the Baltimore Sermon. 2020 also marks a landmark in Universalist history: the 250th anniversary of John Murray’s first arrival in America at Good Luck, New Jersey, where he preached his first sermon as a Universalist minister on September 30. The triennial convocations have been rich gathering of ministers, scholars, students, and others who cherish the history, heritage, and future of Unitarian Universalism. At the past three convocations of Unitarian Universalist studies, participants were treated to a variety of papers, panels, and workshops; there also were opportunities to tour historic sites, attend performances, view exhibits, and browse poster sessions. Past convocations have feature award-winning sermons and hymns and recreations of historic debates and presentations. In addition, we will have two days to deepen our engagement with UU history and prophetic witness in Baltimore. Students are responsible for their own Convocation registration, transportation to Baltimore, and their lodging and meals (lodging may be arranged through Convocation registration). Students are evaluated by class participation and a final reflection paper of 10-15 pages.
This course relates to Unitarian Universalist Association’s Ministerial Fellowship Committee competencies 4, 6, and 7 and Starr King Thresholds 1, 2, 4 and 6.