Spring 2007-2008

2007-2008 Courses

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Updated: 6/5/07


Spring 2008

 

Monday 

Unitarian Universalist History in North America
9:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Monday
David Sammons

In spite of earlier developments in Europe, both Universalism and Unitarianism can be considered North American religions with their roots in a more reasoned (in the case of Unitarians) and heartfelt (in the case of Universalists) to the Puritanism of New England, out of which both grew. This foundational course will explore the beginnings of these two movements, their growth and change, the controversies that challenged them, and their eventual coming together in the Unitarian Universalist Association. Explored will be all aspects of our history, from theology to personalities to institutional change.
HS 4007
3 units
Limit: 25
Fireside Room

Introduction to Preaching CANCELLED
2:10-5 p.m., Monday
Alma Faith Crawford

This foundational course welcomes students into the fellowship of preachers. Together we will read books addressing important aspects of sermon preparation, living as preachers and the ontological transformations that preaching can effect in the lives of individuals and congregations. Students will identify their inner and outer sources of the passion, compassion and loving challenge from which their preaching energy comes. Depending upon class size, students will preach three times. Students preach to their peers, whom they will provide with worship bulletins describing the hypothetical worship service or context for which the sermon was prepared. Students receive the sermons of their peers with critical affirmation and encouragement. In so doing, all will refine their abilities to structure and deliver sermons, communicating effectively in a worship setting. Students will rewrite and hand in to the instructor a revision of a sermon that they delivered in class, along with an explanation of the suggestions that have been incorporated and those that have been rejected.
HM 4002
3 units
Limit 20
Fireside Room CANCELLED

Experiencing Islam
7:10-9:40 p.m., Monday
Amir Kia

“Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing there is a field.  I’ll meet you there.”—Rumi.
Experience Islam with curiosity through individual and group practice, film, poetry, food, music, reading and recitation of the Qur’an, guest lectures, and dialogue with the Muslim community in the Bay Area.  How does this tradition from Hagar, Sarah, and Abraham feel in practice, in what ways does it inform or challenge your tradition, how is this experience different than what is written and said?
HR 4313
3 units
Limit: 25
Fireside Room

Tuesday

 

Systems Thinking and the Learning Organization
Tuesdays, 9:40 am-12:30 pm
Patti Lawrence

This is a small seminar course for students interested in reading, discussing and learning about systems theory and systems thinking as they apply to organizational change, whether that organization is a family, a congregation, or another institution. Systems thinking will be examined as one of the key components of a ’learning organization.’ ’Systems thinking is a conceptual framework, a body of knowledge and tools that has been developed to make the full patterns [of change] clearer, and to help us see how to change them effectively.’ We will be reading works by Edwin Friedman, Peter Senge, Barry Oshry, Dennis Campbell, Peter Steinke, and others. A prerequisite of the Congregational Dynamics class (FT 4184) is recommended.
FT 4186
Limit: 7
3 units
Round Chapel

Dr. Howard Thurman – The Search for Common Ground in the 21st Century
9:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tuesday
Dorsey Blake

Considered a 20th century prophet by historian Lerone Bennett, Dr. Howard Thurman created a body of spiritual insights exploring the relation between mysticism and social action.  This course will focus on comprehending the ideal of community as expressed through the thought and ministry of Dr. Howard Thurman. A goal of this course will be the discernment of evidence of oneness across racial, sexual, cultural, religious and national boundaries. A crucial objective will be the embracing of spiritual discipline as an essential method for engaging the search for common ground in the 21st Century.
RSSP 4568
3 units
Limit: 15
Fireside Room

Principles and Practices of Awakened Warriorship
2:10-5 p.m.,Tuesday
Phillip Scott
A cross cultural exploration and elucidation of the values, qualities, attributes and disciplines which shape, define and characterize the awakened warrior’s life.  As peacemakers and protectors of the people, awakened warriors uphold justice—speaking out and taking a stand against oppression.  Often imbedded in the matrix of a tribe, warriors serve and place the needs of the people before their own, thereby embodying and preserving the highest values of sustainable community.
HR 4201
3 units
Limit: 30
Fireside Room

Ministerial Formation in a Unitarian Universalist Context
2:10-5 p.m., Tuesday
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. This foundational course will be especially helpful to students who have not yet done an internship.
FT 4063
3 units
Limit: 15
Reading Room

Queer Thea/ologies and Beyond CANCELLED
7:10-9:40 p.m., Tuesday
David Dezern
This course examines Transgender, Bisexual, Intersex, Queer, Lesbian, Gay and/or Straight(!) thea/ologies within their multicultural and interreligious contexts. Critical analysis (queer, post-colonial, feminist, womanist, disability, class and race theories) will inform our investigation of experience, identity, community, history, economics, sex and relational configurations as thea/ological themes related to ethics, ecclesiology, tradition, eschatology, scripture, liturgy, soteriology, and images of God. Theory, story, poetry, film, art, music, ritual and personal vignettes will function as texts in this multi-sensual class. In addition to extensive reading, class participation, and a ritual, students will complete a final presentation consisting of a film, sermon, curricular development program, poetry collection or performance art piece. Research papers will also be accepted.
STHR 4570
3 units
Limit: 15
Fireside Room
CANCELLED

Liberation Art: Saints and Prophets in the World
7:10-9:40 pm, Tuesday                                    
Sally Hindman (SKSM & CARE/GTU)

The class explores the interface between liberation theology and the arts by directly engaging students both in examining liberation theology and the arts through academic readings, visits by artists, and class discussions—as well as by using a Freirean pedagogy to discern and carry out an art action in the community in solidarity with people on the margins.  This course is co-sponsored by Starr King School for the Ministry and the Center for Arts, Religion and Education (CARE).
RARS 4004            
3 units                        
Limit: 12                                                            
Mudd 204

Wednesday

 

Sufi Story Telling and the Art of Sermon
9:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesday                      
Yassir Chadly

For centuries Sufi teachers have used the ancient art of storytelling to inspire, motivate, and provide insights into complex spiritual concepts. Parables and stories have universal appeal, speaking to people of all ages, genders, cultures, and ethnicities. The creative use of storytelling within a sermon has the ability to enliven and enrich its message, capturing the imagination of the listener.  In this course students will learn how to effectively integrate storytelling into sermon preparation and delivery. Through understanding and incorporating Sufi principles, students will be encouraged to find their own voice and particular style in crafting and delivering sermons within their individual faith traditions.
HRHM 4816
3 units
Limit: 25
Fireside Room

Healing the Soul Through Music
2:10-5 p.m., Wednesday
Jacqueline Hairston

Healing the Soul Through Music will survey and utilize numerous offerings from various cultures, all devoted to the same theme: the healing nature of music.  The basic principles of music associated with healing can be traced back to the ancient cultures.  The intrinsic values of music and/or sound may be found in the writings of the Greeks, Egyptians, Persians, Hindus, Chinese, and other learned nations of antiquity.  The “healing” aspect is still a part of the religious ceremonies of indigenous peoples throughout the world.  Africa, as an example, which initiated the use of music (singing, dancing, and drumming) for every possible occasion, has influenced other cultures all around the world in their healing rituals. In this course, we will discover great music that helps one draw upon its powerful, integrating currents, so that one’s life can find deeper creative attunement with the healing reservoirs of sound and light that direct the universe.  We will produce and direct sacred sound through one’s energy centers (chakras) to the physical body inwardly (“sounding” to the inner plane) and outwardly (“dancing outside of self”) so that balance occurs, energizing one’s entire energy system.  We will consciously align oneself to the wisdom of the heart through singing from the wide world of inspirational music choices, and literally heal and transform one’s soul through creating songs, sounds, tones, rhythms, etc.
RA 4193
3 units
Limit: 20
Fireside Room

Ethics of Caring for the Sick
7:10-9:40 p.m., Wednesday                                  
Jon Stanger
Courses in medical ethics customarily present a principle and rights-based prescription for resolving disagreements between contending parties in the health care arena.  This approach tends to abstract the individual human experience of disease and suffering from questions of how we should care for one another.  This course will take a non-traditional approach to the study of medical ethics.  Utilizing sources from literature and the arts as well as our own stories, we will seek insight into the human experience of suffering and healing, disease and dying.  We will then see how our personal philosophies of suffering and healing can inform the traditional principles of medical ethics and, perhaps, lead us toward a more comprehensive ethics of healing.  The course will be particularly relevant to students whose ministry will include care for the sick or work in the health care setting, but should be useful to anyone who has ever been sick, anticipates being sick in the future, or has cared deeply about someone else who was sick.
CEFT 4015           
3 units                       
Limit: 12                                               
Fireside Room

Thursday

 

Chapel Practicum - Fall
8:45 - 9:30 a.m., Thursday
Patti Lawrence

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 Thursday morning from 8:45-9:30 a.m.
LS 4100
1.0 unit
Limit: 12
Round Chapel

New Theological Work: Advanced Seminar for Liberal and Liberating Theological Research
9:40 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Thursday
Rebecca Ann Parker
This advanced seminar will engage students in studying and producing new liberal and/or liberating theological work. It will be limited to those who have done previous work in Unitarian Universalist theologies and/or other progressive theological perspectives.  A close and in-depth reading of James Luther Adams, William R. Jones, Sharon Welch, Thandeka and selected others will begin the semester.  Each student will prepare a major research paper on a contemporary issue in liberal and/or liberating theological trends for review and discussion by the seminar participants. 
ST 4061           
3 units              
Limit: 12
Faculty Permission Required
Round Chapel

Sources for a Liberating Ethical Imagination
9:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Thursday                      
Gabriella Lettini
Our ethical imagination can help us to challenge oppressive systems, to bear witness to the voices of the forgotten, and to imagine, create and sustain alternative, liberating ways of being.  This foundational course will explore the role of theo/alogies and ethics in shaping our ethical imagination and in promoting individual and collective practices of justice.  It will also encourage interdisciplinary work among theo/alogies, ethics, the arts and popular culture, as works of art will also be considered as sources for ethical imagination.  Readings will include works by selected liberation, feminist, womanist, mujerista and queer theo/alogians, as well as by ethicists and philosophers.  Visits by guest theologians, artists and activists will also enrich our perspective.
CEST 4559           
3 units                       
Limit:  20                                               
Fireside Room

Mystagogy and Pedagogy
9:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Thursday                                  
Michelle Favreault

What would it mean for Unitarian Universalism to have an educational practice that is experienced as a sacrament?  How might teaching and learning be outward expressions of the inward grace?  If the history of Unitarian Universalism is rooted in the “heretical” traditions, what would it mean to cultivate the mind and spirit so that decision making for our institutions and our personal lives is enriched and made holy through study, reflection and curiosity?  In this class students will work toward the articulation of an explicit pedagogy for all ages and stages of life and learning in the mysteries that will strengthen Unitarian Universalist communal life, serve human need, and challenge learners to dwell in peace and to grow into harmony with the Divine.
ED 4220            
3 units                       
Limit: 8                                               
Reading Room

Advanced Preaching: Passing On the Power CANCELLED
2:10-5 p.m., Thursday                                   
Alma Faith Crawford
The advanced course will focus upon helping students to develop their preaching skills, specifically the construction and delivery of effective sermons, and to find their individual preaching voice. Through readings, lectures, video presentations, discussions, and group and class exercises, the significance of exegeting texts and contexts for theological reflection and the maturational growth of religious communities. The spiritual power of preaching, as well as the appropriateness of varied sermonic forms to differing communities and occasions, will be explored. Students will be required to prepare and preach various types of sermons, and to participate in evaluating the sermons of their classmates in order to sharpen their own critical skills.
HM 4108           
3 units                       
Prerequisite: Students must have completed introductory courses laying groundwork for solid interpretation of texts, and have developed basic exegetical skills.
Limit: 12
Fireside Room CANCELLED

Re-Imagining Globalization and World Christianity:?Contemporary Thea/ological Challenges and Alternatives
2:10- 5:00 p.m., Thursday
Ajit K. Abraham

The course will focus on the impact of globalization on thea/ology, particularly as it applies to contemporary Christian understandings of global political economy, society and culture. ?rawing on a wide variety of recent social and tha/ological analyses that critically engage interdisciplinary models and methods, ?e will explore different ways in which Christians address issues of ecumenism, global mission, social justice, and peacemaking. Furthermore, perspectives from other faith and religious traditions, contexts, and sources are also invited. A key concern will be to develop critical methodologies for addressing social issues, as we look at case studies from different contexts. The class will include mini-lectures, guest speakers, class discussions, and individual presentations with an emphasis on seminar style participation.?***This course is being offered by the instructor as part of the Teagle Foundation Project in mentorship with Professor Gabriella Lettini
IDS 4202
3 units
Limit: 12
Reading Room

Prisons and Punishment
7:10-9:40 p.m., Thursday                                   
Laura Magnani

A comprehensive look at the entire criminal justice system, its history, trends, and current practices.  How do we, as people of faith, minister to victims, offenders, and family members of those caught up in the system? There is a tendency, in public discourse to address criminal justice in a vacuum, whereas in this class the context for our work will be social, racial, and economic justice. Issues about prison chaplaincy, including the ethical questions imbedded in that ministry, will be discussed. We will explore new paradigms of justice, including restorative/transformative models and examine what prophetic witness calls us to.
CERS 4472            
3 units                       
Limit: 25                                                           
Fireside Room

Friday

 

Graduate Level Pedagogies
9:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Friday
Jo Sanzgiri

This course examines pedagogies that we learn/ teach from, in a context of multicultural and trans-national approaches. Pedagogy, the art and science of teaching, will encourage us to examine aesthetic (experiential) and cerebral (critical thinking) approaches to the philosophy of teaching. We will read assigned articles, engage in focused questions posted on Blackboard, write term papers. One short lecture will be prepared by each participant taking the class, based on cultural assumptions that are non Western. We will make choices about which pedagogies might best align with Starr King’s commitment to counter oppressions and develop just and sustainable learning communities. This class is required for all SKSM students wishing to apply to be Starr King Teaching Fellows during the 2008-2009 or 2009-2010 school years.
ED 4875
3 units
Limit: 12
Reading Room

To Be Announced

 

Infield Assignment III: 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 4002            
1 to 5 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. Those who register for this course should also register for FE 4035, Community Fieldwork Reflection II. Arrangements should be made with the professor.
FE 4310            
1 to 10 units            
Limit: 25

Community Fieldwork Reflection II
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 January 24, 2008.
FE 4035           
2 units

Clinical Pastoral EducationTBA                      
Gabriella Lettini
This is for Starr King Students engaged in part-time or full-time Clinical Pastoral Education.  Participate in ministry to persons, and in individual group reflection upon that ministry. Theoretical material from theology, the behavioral sciences, and pastoral care.  Integrates theological understanding and knowledge of behavioral science into pastoral functioning.  Upon completion, a written evaluation from the program supervisor will be placed into the student's permanent files.  Arrange with your advisor or the Director of Studies in Public Ministry.
FE 4012            
1-10 units           

Parish Internship Spring
TBA   
Patti Lawrence
This is a 6- to 10-month full-time or part-time experience in a teaching congregation under the supervision of a Minister in final Fellowship, an intern committee, and the Professor of Congregational Studies.  Those who register for this course should also register for FE 4025, Intern Reflection Group.
FE 4211            
5 to 10 units                       
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.
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.  A copy of the project will be placed in a public collection at the school.
MA 5300           
1 to 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 to12 units

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