Intersession 2007-2008

2007-2008 Intersession Courses

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Updated: 3/26/07

Rome: A Crossroad of Religions
January 4-18, 2008             
Gabriella Lettini, Faculty of Waldensian Theological Seminary and Guest Scholars from Rome, Italy
Utilizing the history, arts, architecture and geography of Rome - at the crossroads between Europe and the Mediterranean and rapidly becoming increasingly diverse in every respect– this course will address central issues in ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, while also bringing forth the unique perspective of the Waldensian minority in Italy.  Through lectures, discussions and numerous site visits, this course will offer an interdisciplinary introduction to Rome, the chance to meet with diverse scholars, religious leaders and communities, the experience to study with students from Europe and other US Seminaries, and the opportunity to engage with pressing theological and ethical issues from cross-cultural and inter-faith perspectives.  This course is co-sponsored by Starr King School for the Ministry, The Waldensian Theological Seminary and the Melanchthon Ecumenical Center. Students will be expected to pay for their own airfare to Rome, in addition to paying $1,408 for lodging, meals and organizational expenses. SKSM students for whom the cost is prohibited are encouraged to apply for Learning and Growth Grants.
STHS 4013
3 units
Limit: 15
Waldensian Seminary, Rome, Italy                 

Unitarian Universalist Social Action: For Such a Time as This CANCELLED
9 a.m.-5 p.m., January 7-11, 2008                      
Meg Riley
Too often, Unitarian Universalists understand work for social justice as an optional task for the marginalized few rather than as the spiritual practice of a healthy mission-centered congregation. This class will focus on how to move social justice from margin to center of congregational life by grounding social justice in theology and faith identity. We will also learn how to think strategically and be more effective. The course will require some reading to be completed before the first day of class. The course reader and first assignment information will be available for purchase at the nearby Copy Central, 2483 Hearst Ave., Berkeley.  It is highly recommended that students taking this class also enroll in “Media Skills in Public Ministry: Preaching Beyond the Pulpit” (RSFT 4039).  This course is offered in collaboration with the Advocacy and Witness Office of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and is open to SKSM and GTU students, local ministers and lay members of Unitarian Universalist congregations.
CERS 4019 CANCELLED
3 units                       
Limit:  16           
Fireside Room

Combating Oppression: Power Analysis through Anti-Ableist and Anti-Racist Lenses                      
noon-5 p.m., January 14-18, 2008
Sofia Betancourt and Devorah Greenstein          
An exploration of systems of power and oppression in our culture, our institutions and ourselves. This interactive course will build an anti-oppression toolkit to help equip religious leaders in their future ministries. We will consider various perspectives such as power analysis, theological socialization, identity mapping, and internalized superiority/oppression. Critical examples from the Disability Rights and Racial Justice movements will be used. The course will require some reading to be completed before the first Saturday class. The course reader and first assignment information will be available for purchase at the nearby Copy Central, 2483 Hearst Ave., Berkeley. This course offered in collaboration with the Office of Accessibility Concerns and the Office of Racial and Ethnic Concerns of the Unitarian Universalist Association. This course is open to SKSM and GTU students, local ministers and lay members of Unitarian Universalist congregations.
RSFT 4016
1.5 units
Limit: 25
Fireside Room

Media Skills in Public Ministry: Preaching Beyond the Pulpit
9 a.m.-5 p.m., January 14-18, 2008
Helio Fred Garcia

This one-week intensive course prepares religious professionals to be effective performing public ministry through the news media. Topics covered include:  How the news media works; balancing the pastoral and the prophetic; effective interview techniques; framing and message development; television/radio interviews; writing for media publication; social justice advocacy through the media. The course is highly interactive and includes role-play, simulation interviews, videotaped television performance, press conferences, and writing for the media. The final project includes developing written materials and conducting media interviews on a justice or advocacy issue. Students will be required to do reading available through the GTU Bookstore before the first day of class.  This course is open to SKSM and GTU students, local ministers and lay members of Unitarian Universalist congregations.
RSFT 4039           
3 Units                         
Limit: 15                                               
Reading Room

Infield Assignment II: 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 and more. Please arrange with the professor.
FE 4001            
1 to 5 units            
Limit:  25

 

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