This online course will explore the history of Unitarian Universalist Prophetic Witness since the Merger in 1961, as expressed in action and voted on by the annual Unitarian Universalist General Assembly. It will combine historical investigation of social justice actions and witness with deep analysis of Unitarian Universalist polity and how congregations transform affirmation into action. Students will trace the moral arc from 1961 issues like desegregation, disarmament, reproductive rights, migrant farmworkers, House UnAmerican Activities and Capital Punishment to those of the present, including Islamophobia, gun control and Black Lives Matter. Required texts will be drawn from the Ministerial Fellowship Committee’s reading list and will include The Arc of the Universe is Long, The Premise and the Promise, Prophetic Encounters, and Conrad Wright’s Congregational Polity. Students will be evaluated through demonstrated preparation, class participation on Moodle, class presentations in VoiceThread on Moodle and a final paper based on class presentations.
Relates to SKSM Threshold 2, 4 and 6 and MFC Competencies 4, 6 and 7.
**This course has historically been taken by students who are preparing to see the as a Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Ministerial Fellowship Committee (MFC) as an approved Polity course
If you are a non-degree seeking student or would like to take only this course, please register as a Special Student (non-degree seeking student). For more information, visit: https://www.sksm.edu/academics/how-to-register-for-a-starr-king-school-course/ or schedule an appointment with Matthew Waterman, the Director of Admissions, to learn more about this class, admissions, or becoming a Special Student at Starr King School for the Ministry.