Fall 2006

2006-2007 Courses



Updated: 11/16/06

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Fall 2006

Monday

Shaykh, Scholar, Imam: Inner Spirituality, Liturgy and Pastoral Practice in Islam
9:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Monday
Rashid Patch

In present-day Western Christianity, the minister or priest often performs a wide range of functions, from liturgy celebrant to spiritual counseling. In Islam, there are visible functional divisions: the Shaykh is a spiritual guide; the Imam leads prayer services; the Scholar interprets the Sacred Law. However, these practical specializations overlap; every believer needs to lead prayer, at least at home; and scholars and Sufi Shaykhs traditionally receive the same training. In practice, how does this all function within Islam today? What are the rituals and pastoral practices associated with common life transitions for Muslims? How can a non-Muslim chaplain facilitate such practices for Muslims in their charge? What services and support might Muslims request of a chaplain? Where can one go for assistance? The course will especially benefit non-Muslim ministry students who will be engaged in chaplaincy to mixed-faith populations that include Muslims. It will give non-Muslims an overview of religious practices common in Muslim life, questions and problems often encountered for which Muslims will seek counseling and support, and resources for finding resolutions in these cases. This course does not attempt to teach all details of Islamic religious practice, but will benefit any Muslim student in the conduct of the student's own religious life, or when the student provides “pastoral” support to co-religionists. (Insh’allah - With the Will of God!)
PSHR 4575
3 units
Limit: 15
Prerequisites: Some prior knowledge of Islam would be helpful.
Reading Room


Weaving the Tapestry of Worship 
9:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Monday CANCELLED        
Alma Faith Crawford and Wendy Bartel

How can we weave words, music, aesthetics, the offering, announcements, and all the other possible elements of worship into a tapestry of transcendence? Students will explore worship elements such as sermon, hymn/song/chant selection, readings and so on, eventually culminating in worship experiences for their student colleagues. In addition, students will visit/experience worship in three other settings.
LSHM 4006  
3 units       
Limit: 15                      
Fireside Room
CANCELLED

Unitarian Roots in the Radical Reformation
2:10-5 p.m., Monday                          
Jay Atkinson

This course will explore the development of Unitarian theology and ecclesiology in the context of the Radical Reformation (1520-1660).  From sources in Christian and Renaissance humanism, late medieval conciliarism, Czech pluralism, and the mainstream (magisterial) reformations of Luther and Calvin, we will trace the rise and confluence of communitarian Anabaptism and evangelical rationalism in the sociopolitical setting of Eastern Europe that led to the establishment of anti-Trinitarian congregations in Poland and Transylvania.  Emphasis will be placed on those ideas and approaches to religious thinking and practice among these early Unitarians that would eventually spread across Europe to influence liberal religious movements in Holland and England, and re-emerge as dominant themes in the development of American Unitarianism and Universalism.
HS 4034    
3 units       
Limit: 18                
Fireside Room

Tuesday

Health and Healing from A to Z
9:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday                            
Christine Fry

"Curing is the work of experts, but strengthening the life in one another is the work of human beings." -- Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. 
A few decades ago "death and dying" was a new field.  While ministers and other religious leaders have thankfully become more adept at being with those who are gravely ill, there is a need for them to expand their consciousness and skills in a related direction: towards health and healing, on an individual, community and global basis.  This course is for those who wish to foster their own and others' health and healing by exploring a variety of healing practices.  It is designed to assist those preparing for the ministry and religious leadership, as well as those already serving in congregational, health care and community settings.  The course will provide a hands-on overview of a variety of healing practices, from acupuncture to zestful living.  Special attention will be paid to those practices that have been demonstrated by physicians and scientists at Stanford University, UC Davis and elsewhere to enhance people's immune systems and wellbeing.  These include: deep breathing, forgiveness, gratitude, guided imagery, mindfulness, prayer and support groups.
PSSP 4034  
3 units       
Limit: 15                
Reading Room

Spirituality and Nonviolent Social Transformation: Gandhi, King, Day and Chavez
2:10-5 p.m., Tuesday                              
Dorsey Blake

This course will explore the quests for justice through nonviolence of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Dorothy Day and Cesar Chavez.  Critical to the course will be an emphasis on the connection between spirituality and social action.  What were the influences, e.g., Emerson, Thoreau, Tolstoy, DuBois, that helped shape the zeitgeist of their times?  How were strategies determined and employed?  What is essential to an effective nonviolent campaign?  What were the faith foundations of these extraordinary leaders?  What were their relationships to their communities?  How did they manage to keep their resolve in times of disappointments?  These are some of the questions this course will explore.
SPRS 4024
3 units       
Limit: 25                
Fireside Room

The Interpreted Qur’an
2:10-5 p.m., Tuesday
Sarah Savant

This class introduces students to the Qur’an with an emphasis on the variety of ways that Muslims have related to the Qur’anic text. We will consider both the oral and written Qur’an as we ask questions such as: What are the Qur’an’s origins? What does it mean to say the Qur’an is “God’s speech”? Can we call the recited Qur’an poetry or music? Does one have to understand Arabic to understand the Qur’an? Can the Qur’an really be translated? How do Muslims study the Qur’an? How does the Qur’an compare to other holy books? Students will gain an appreciation for the variety of ways that Muslims have interacted with the Qur’an and have understood it to be a living text. More generally, students will develop general skills for understanding how people relate to their sacred texts.
HR 4827
3 units
Limit: 15
Reading Room

Theology and the Savoring Experience
7:10-9:40 p.m., Tuesday                           
Justin K. Waters

The purpose of this course is to explore the profound nature of the bountiful shared meal.  We will examine how sacred texts across religious traditions use allegories of baking and breaking of bread to provide us with nourishing theologies, and how preparing shared meals illustrate paradigms of sharing, generosity, hospitality and blessing.  Taking turns preparing meals for one another in our communal kitchen, we will also teach and swap techniques for following recipes and preparing feasts.  In bringing our own spiritual or physical relationships with food, hopefully, we can enrich our understanding of how our regard for food informs our regard for the world.
SP 4015    
3 units       
Limit: 10           
Kitchen and Round Chapel

Wednesday

Chapel Practicum - Fall
8:45-9:30 a.m., Wednesday                              
TBA

This practicum is for those who wish to approach Starr King chapels as a context for learning. Participants in the chapel practicum make a commitment to plan and lead a chapel service, attend each Tuesday chapel service from 1-2 p.m., and attend worship reflection every Wednesday morning from 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.
LS 4100  
1.0 unit
Limit:  12
Round Chapel
                    
ECO/Threshold Seminar
9:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesday
Weekly discussion groups TBA
        
Alma Faith Crawford, Core Faculty and Student ECO Teaching Assistants

This seminar, required of all Fall 2006 entering Starr King M.Div. and MASC students, will introduce the eight threshold areas in which Starr King students must achieve competency before graduation, as well as the school's educational practice of Educating to Counter Oppressions and Create Just and Sustainable Communities (ECO). Participants will learn and practice using tools of social and cultural analysis, self-critical analysis, and leadership in their personal spheres of influence. They will experience an approach to ECO work which emphasizes creating and constructing structures of justice, in addition to countering or being "anti"-oppressions. This course will orient students to the school's educational values and the task of integrating the arts of ministry, the academic disciplines of theological and religious studies, and the professional and personal qualities needed in ministry. Weekly small-group discussion sections will be arranged and led by advanced Starr King students serving as ECO teaching assistants.
STFT 4067  
4.5 units       
Limit: 30                     
Fireside Room

Takin' It to the Streets:  African American Women's Experience and the Sixties
2:10-5 p.m., Wednesday                                  
JoAnne Henry

This interdisciplinary cultural studies class integrates the wide-ranging experiences of African American Women during the turbulent and exciting years of the 1960s (1960-1974).  We will read literature, see film and hear music, both sacred and secular, to find some answers to these and other related questions:  What constituted the social/spiritual/cultural/political matrix out of which African American women came to be initiators and participants in the Civil Rights and the Black Power movements?  How does the rise of the "Motown Sound," "Soul" music and the Black Arts movement connect with what was happening in both African American culture and American popular culture?  In other words, how do artistic and cultural endeavors reflect and inform social/political/spiritual transformation?
HSRA 4086  
3 units       
Limit: 20                
Fireside Room

Mental Health and Religion
7:10-9:40 p.m., Wednesdays, Sept. 6-Oct. 18  
Barbara Meyers

People with mental disorders and their families sit in our pews, our streets and our jails.  This course provides education about mental disorders and ideas for supportive actions that can be undertaken by both congregation members and ministers.  It intentionally honors the spiritual component in caring for mental disorders.  Class members will undertake independent research projects related to the curriculum.
PSSP 4491
1.5 units
Limit: 25                
Fireside Room

Thursday

Ministerial Formation in a Unitarian Universalist Context
9:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Thursday                    
David Sammons

Whether it's a big church, a small one, an older city church or a new suburban congregation, there are unique demands placed on those ministering to Unitarian Universalists. In this course veteran minister Dave Sammons, with the help of some Bay Area colleagues, will help students explore the whole range of ministerial requirements in such settings, from preaching to counseling, from helping people to be realistic about money to doing memorial services and weddings, and from working with a staff to having to work alone. The course will be especially helpful to students who have not yet completed an internship.
FT 4063    
3 units      
Limit: 20                     
Fireside Room

Theology and Ethics in Christian History I
Lecture:  9:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Thursday.    
Gabriella Lettini, Randi Walker (PSR), and Mayra Rivera (PSR)

Discussion section 01:  6:40-8 p.m., Thursday, Mudd 103
Discussion section 02:  9:40 a.m.-11 a.m., Friday, Mudd 103
Discussion section 03:  9:40 a.m.-11 a.m., Tuesday, Mudd 102
The goal is to help students gain a knowledge of and skill in each of the disciplines of history, theology and ethics, not simply as singular entities but also in interdisciplinary/mutual interaction.  It is our hope that by the end of the course, students will understand that an adequate approach to and knowledge of Christian history requires critical engagement with theology and ethics, of theology with history and ethics.  One 3-hour lecture plus one 1.5-hour discussion.
IDS 1021 (sections 01, 02, 03).    
Mudd 103

Magical Traditions
9:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Thursday                          
Ted Hand

An exploration of the history of western magic from antiquity to the present day, with particular attention to the "golden age" of magical thought in the Renaissance, when magical traditions interacted in healthy ways with philosophical, religious and proto-scientific thought.  Magical ideas and practices will be considered as valid mystical traditions and art forms, contrary to the widely held pejorative view that magic was "mere superstition" or, worse, heresy.
RAHS 4014  
3 units       
Limit: 15                
Reading Room

Congregational Dynamics
2:10-5 p.m., Thursday                             
Patti Lawrence

This course focuses on the many faces of Unitarian Universalist congregational life. Identity, context, leadership, stewardship, membership, outreach and governance are a few of the areas that will be addressed. What is the role of the professional minister and how can ministry be shared? This is intended as a foundational course that will give students an overall view of the congregations, using a systems approach as a basis of knowledge for field education in congregations, including internship.
FT 4184  
3 units       
Limit: 15                     
Fireside Room

Introduction to Islam
7:10-9:40 p.m., Thursday                                
Yassir Chadly

This course is an introduction to the history and theology Islam.  It will introduce the student to Islamic religious teaching and practices, and explore the diversities of Islam among Sunni, Shi'a and Sufi groups from multiple cultural perspectives.  Students will be invited to participate in spiritual practice and community events in hopes that the combination of study and practical experience will deepen their learning.
HR 4312  
3 units       
Limit: 25                     
Fireside Room

Friday

Teacher and Prophet
9:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Friday                            
Michelle Favreault

The role of teaching in congregational and community settings is one of prophetic possibility and power. We will explore the art of teaching as a religious leader and experiment with forms, content and group process techniques.  The class will consider a postmodern critique of "small group work" or "student centered learning/teaching."  We will learn about and through multiple intelligences for learners of all ages. This will be a dynamic classroom that combines lectures, guided discussion, mentoring, apprenticeship and judiciously teaching one another. We will draw, eat, talk, write, take walks, watch films, take self-created impromptu field trips, sing, argue and move.
ED 4056    
3 units       
Limit: 25                
Fireside Room

On the Inside
2:10-5 p.m., Friday
Denis Paul

As the rest of the world moves toward a restorative justice model in dealing with crime, the United States is becoming increasingly focused on retribution. Participants in this class will explore a variety of issues relating to the prison industrial complex, one of the fastest growing industries in the country, through readings and independent study. The goal of the course is to approach and understand of the experience of the nearly 2 million incarcerated Americans. As an ongoing course project, each student will correspond with a prison inmate through the Pen Pal Project of the Church of the Larger Fellowship. In addition, there will be other experiential opportunities outside of class.
RS 4012
3 units
Limit: 25
Fireside Room

To Be Announced

Infield Assignment I: Congregational Fieldwork
TBA                                          
Patti Lawrence

Fieldwork in Unitarian Universalist congregations includes teaching a religious education class for children or adults, working with a youth group, participating in a stewardship campaign, full-time internship and more. Please arrange with the professor.
FE 4000  
1 to 10 units
Limit: 25

Community Fieldwork
TBA                                          
Gabriella Lettini

Community fieldwork involves supervised placements in a non-profit service agency, hospice work, literacy counseling and more. Participation in theological reflection groups is necessary. Arrangements should be made with the professor.
FE 4310  
1 to 10 units
Limit:  25

Community Fieldwork Reflection I
TBA
Gabriella Lettini

All Starr King students doing community fieldwork will meet together for reflection on their ministerial work. Arrange with instructor. All participants will be expected to attend a gathering at the school on Jan. 25, 2007.
FE 4034
2 units

Student Teacher Reflection Group
TBA                                                     
TBA

This reflection group is intended for all SKSM student teachers during the semester in which they teach. The class will meet six times.
ED 4055  
1 unit        
Limit: 25

Intern Reflection Group
TBA                                          
Patti Lawrence

All Starr King students working in Unitarian Universalist congregations are expected to participate in this time of reflection on their ministerial work. Those involved in internships away from the Bay Area will participate in an e-mail reflection group. All participants will be expected to attend the Starr King Intern Gathering on Jan. 22-23, 2007
FE 4025  
2 units       
Limit: 25

MASC Project
TBA
Gabriella Lettini

For SKSM Master of Arts in Religious Leadership for Social Change (MASC) students only. MASC students should sign up for this class during the semesters when they are producing their final project representative of their learning during the program.
MA 5300
1-12 units

In Thesis
TBA
Faculty

All Masters level students in the GTU community should use this designation if they are working on their thesis.
MA 5000
1-12 units

 

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