for Starr King course fees.
Most of these courses are open to students and
ministers. Some are also open to lay members of Unitarian
Faithful Fools Street Retreat
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006
Kay Jorgensen and Carmen Barsody
Faithful Fools offer a one-day street retreat in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. This is a form of practice that makes visible the inherent relationship between the parish and the community, and engages us in a process of personal and social change. "What holds us separate? What keeps us separated? As we walk the streets what still connects us?" This is the mantra we will walk with into the streets. The day begins at 9 a.m. at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco (1187 Franklin Street at Geary in San Francisco), and closes at 5 p.m. with a soup and bread supper at the Faithful Fools Street Ministry (234 Hyde Street, San Francisco). This course is open to SKSM students, local ministers and lay members of Unitarian Universalist congregations. A non-refundable check of $45 made out to "Faithful Fools" is due at the time of registration. SKSM students for whom the cost is prohibitive are encouraged to apply for Learning and Growth Grants.
1187 Franklin Street at Geary, San Francisco
Combating Oppression: Power Analysis through Anti-Ableist and Anti-Racist Lenses
9 a.m.-4 p.m., three Saturdays, Sept. 30, Oct. 7, Oct. 14, 2006 CANCELLED
Sofia Craethnenn 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'll 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 readings, available through the GTU bookstore, to be completed before the first Saturday class. An additional reader will be distributed on the first day of class. This course is offered in collaboration with the Office of Accessibility Concerns and the Office of Racial and Ethnic Concerns of the Unitarian Universalist Association and is open to SKSM students, local ministers and lay members of Unitarian Universalist congregations. CANCELLED
Rest Is a Sacred Act
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006
Addae L Watson
We will explore the importance of rest as renewal for both body and spirit. Integrating spiritual traditions from both East and West, story, poetry, art, music and ritual will function as texts in this class. Using professional assessments and written exercises, the students will create new patterns for rest and renewal in their lives. The objective is to provide students with practical ways to integrate the sacred act of rest into daily life. Students are responsible for reading several articles from a course reader prior to this Saturday. The course reader will be available for purchase at Copy Central, 2483 Hearst Ave., Berkeley. Students are also required to bring a personal item symbolizing a memorable time of rest and renewal to share with the group and create an altar. A 3-5 page paper, reflecting on a plan for integration of Sacred Rest into daily life, is due one week later. This course is open to SKSM students, local ministers and lay members of Unitarian Universalist congregations.
Now What? Being in Search
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007
What is the Unitarian Universalist search process? What resources are available to help me through the process? How do I put together my search packet? What do I look for in the congregations' search packets? This day will be spent answering these questions and looking at packets from clergy who have recently been settled and congregations which have recently called ministers. Students should register during the December Intersession registration period, as there will be readings to complete before the Saturday class. This course is open to SKSM students, local ministers and lay members of Unitarian Universalist congregations.
Our Reproductive Lives
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007
The issues involved in human reproduction pose challenges for us as ministers. We will be called to counsel and comfort those who are facing reproductive challenges involving the full spectrum of the experience, from fertility issues to unwanted pregnancies to pregnancy loss. This course will offer training in pastoral work including all-options counseling for unwanted pregnancies. It will also address the need for prophetic witness to equip us for the struggles to maintain and attain the full spectrum of reproductive freedom for all people. Specific ways students can become effective allies for reproductive freedom in their ministerial roles will be offered. Guest speakers from the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice will join us. Students are responsible for reading several articles from a course reader prior to this Saturday. The course reader will be available for purchase at Copy Central, 2483 Hearst Ave., Berkeley. This course is open to Starr King students, local ministers and lay members of Unitarian Universalist congregations.
Ministers and Rites of the Church
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007
The Rev. Dr. David Sammons, SKSM Visiting Professor of Unitarian Universalist Heritage and Ministry, offers students who've not yet had such a course a chance to look at how to put together all the "rites of the church" they'll be called on to perform. Participants will get copies of his "Some Hints on Writing Your Own Wedding," along with examples of memorial services, child dedications and materials for other occasions, such as house blessings and ordinations. This course is open to GTU students, local ministers and lay members of the community. No prior preparation is necessary.
Risking Joy: Finding Wholeness
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007
Life can be serious. What does it mean to be in a role of religious leadership? Carrying responsibilities, meeting deadlines and all that weighs on us can be overwhelming even as it contributes to our personal unfolding. Are we caring for our souls in the midst of all that we are juggling? As we explore the identities of teacher, student, leader, minister and more, what inspires us to be more fully human? We may sometimes ask ourselves, "Who are we to experience happiness with all the suffering in our hearts, with all the injustice in the world, and with all the reasons to be sad, angry, and/or scared?" And some may ask, "Who are we not to?" This is a day to take a chance (or several) on connecting to that which nurtures. This day is a chance to explore, individually and collectively, what it means to risk joy. At the journey's end, might we find wholeness inspired by creativity, connection and compassion. Please bring a journal or notebook for reflections. Also, please bring food for a shared lunch. This course is open to all SKSM students, local ministers and lay leaders of Unitarian Universalist congregations.
Fireside Room, Round Chapel and Reading Room
Worship and Ritual in the Growing Years
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday, March 10, 2007
Life with children flows through a series of transitions more rapid than those faced by other members of our congregations. The process of carrying and delivering a child, the unique experiences with newborn and toddler children, the particular desire engaging school-aged children in worship as they grow and develop, and keeping their parents in the embrace of community challenge us to respond with meaningful and relevant worship for families with children. This intensive will approach worship with children and families in a holistic way, from pregnancy and birth or adoption through the adolescent years. The day will be spent in both seminar and laboratory answering the question, "How might a congregation support the whole life of parents and children in ritual and worship?" This course is open to SKSM students, local ministers and lay members of Unitarian Universalist congregations.
Socially Responsible Consumption
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday, April 14, 2007
Living in a modern society, we consume a variety of discretionary goods and services with the average U.S. citizen spending an estimated $16,000 per year on such products. This gives an individual the potential for significant economic influence through their product choices. This course explores strategies for using our role as consumers to help create more just and sustainable communities. We will attempt to broaden our view of ourselves as consumers to look beyond the usual criteria of price, quality, and style. We will explore the impact that our consuming habits have on the people producing the goods, the environment and our own identity. The intention is to take this subject beyond the obvious, though important, examples of boycotts and environmental issues to other areas of social impact. Please bring your own lunch and note the decision-making process you used for the major ingredients of your lunch. This will be discussed as a case study in class. A one-page reflection paper will be due two weeks after class on a subject related to the class. This course is open to SKSM students, local ministers and lay members of Unitarian Universalist congregations.
Trauma, Change, Hope, Resilience
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday April 28, 2007
This one-day intensive workshop course introduces the STAR program -- Stress, Trauma Awareness, and Recovery -- developed by Church World United and Eastern Mennonite University. Components address trauma, spirituality, human security, peace building and restorative justice. It reviews this wonderful 5-day curriculum, shares sample experiential exercises, explores issues of justice, truth, hope and mercy, and gives each participant a notebook of extensive curriculum materials, models, articles and a bibliography for future reference use with churches and communities. Students are responsible for reading several articles from a course reader prior to this Saturday. The course reader will be available for purchase at Copy Central, 2483 Hearst Ave., Berkeley. This course is open to Starr King students, local ministers and lay members of Unitarian Universalist congregations.
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