Spring 2012

2011 - 2012 Courses - Spring Semester

  • Spring Semester 2012 Early Registration: Nov. 7-18, 2011
  • Spring Semester 2012 General Registration: Jan. 16–27, 2012

Early Registration is strongly advised, as many classes do fill early.
Instruction begins January 30, 2012.

To register for a course if you are not in a degree program at Starr King or the GTU, please see "How to Register for a Starr King Course".

Students enrolled in a degree program at Starr King School (or any other Graduate Theological Union school) should follow the registration processes outlined by their school’s registrar.  Starr King’s processes are listed in the Starr King Student Handbook .

Starr King Tuition and Course Fees.


Spring 2012 Online and Residential Courses

Spring semester 2012 general registration is open Jan. 16–27, 2012.

New Course! Fundraising: Finding the Money, taught by Kim Klein

Online | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday
Saturday | Community ⁄ Parish Fieldwork


Online Courses Spring 2012

Systems Thinking and Leadership
Helen Bishop

This course is designed to promote understanding among religious leaders of how organizations operate on the systems level. “Systems thinking” is a methodology linking understandings of how individuals, as well as small and large groups of people, interact with organizational structure, policies, practices, and culture. Participants will read materials on various aspects of organizational life and their interactions, discuss emotional and family systems theories, use systems analysis and thinking to investigate congregational leadership, analyze case studies for evidence of organizational frames, and prepare materials demonstrating systems thinking. References and examples of working to counter oppressions are foundational to this course. / Dr. Helen Bishop holds an Ed.D. in organizational leadership and has an extensive background working with Unitarian Universalist congregations, districts and affiliated organizations. She has designed, developed and taught online courses related to all aspects of lay leadership and congregational studies, including a pilot project for Unitarian Universalist lay leaders. She also served as director of The Mountain Learning Center for Leadership in Highlands, N.C., and as District Executive for Congregational Services for the UUA’s Central Midwest District. She received the Angus MacLean Award for Service to Religious Education in October, 2008.
Registration PIN required - priority given to off-campus students.
FT-8410    3 units
Minimum: 8           Limit: 20            Pin Required: Yes
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Next Registration Period: Jan. 16 - Jan. 27, 2012

Chris Fry

(Please note that the Fall 2011 online 'Forgiveness' course is prerequisite for this Spring 2012 course.)

“Forgiveness honors the heart’s greatest dignity. Whenever we are lost, it brings us back to the ground of love. With forgiveness we become unwilling to attack or wish harm to another. Whenever we forgive, in small ways at home, or in great ways between nations, we free ourselves from the past.” ~Jack Kornfield / In this year-long, online class we will meet people all over the world who have practiced forgiveness as a means of healing, peace, and liberation. Through films, readings, and spiritual exercises we will explore responsible ways of responding to wrongdoing through forgiveness, reconciliation and/or repair. We will also develop our own "forgiveness practices" so that we can use forgiveness, as appropriate, in our lives and ministries. The course will draw on the wisdom and practices of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism as well as positive psychology, poetry, and neuroscience. First semester will focus on the development of "forgiveness practices" and interpersonal forgiveness. Second semester will address the larger contexts (e.g., communities, institutions, nations) in which forgiveness, reconciliation, and/or repair may counter oppression and create more just, joyful and sustainable ways of living. (Please note that the Fall 2011 online Forgiveness course is a prerequisite for this Spring 2012 online part.) / The Rev. Chris Fry is a grateful graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry (‘96). An Adjunct Faculty member for more than five years, Chris has taught courses on poetry, illness and pastoral care; forgiveness; compassion and moral repair; and religious education. She offers “Write for Health” groups and spiritual direction, coordinates her church’s small group ministry, and is active in an interfaith shelter program in her hometown of Davis, CA. Her daughter, Esumi, was born during Chris’ second year at SKSM and is now a high school junior. Her husband, Isao Fujimoto, is a community organizer and professor at UC Davis.
PS-8430    1.5 Units
Minimum 5           Limit: 18            Pin Required: Yes
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Next Registration Period: Jan. 16 - Jan. 27, 2012

Unitarian Universalist History
Susan Ritchie

The course begins with an examination of the (alleged) antecedents to Unitarianism and Universalism in pre-Reformation Europe. We move on to trace the theological and then institutional emergence of Unitarianism out of the Radical Reformation. The Unitarian churches in Poland, Transylvania, and England will be considered in detail with attention to issues of sameness and difference in their development and declines. Special focus will be given to the relationship of these communities to their Jewish and Islamic contemporaries. We will also look at the universalism of 18th century England, and the current state of Unitarianism in Europe. Then we cross the ocean to examine the emergence of Unitarianism from developments within Puritan Congregationalism. We explore the uniquely North American institution of Universalism as response to the same cultural setting. Next: the major themes and developments of North American Unitarianism through its classical age, the Transcendentalist development, and the various crises of identity and purpose that develop into and through the late 19th and 20th centuries. Then we turn our attention to Universalist ascendency, decline, and then consolidation with Unitarianism (perhaps the most misunderstood aspect of Unitarian/Universalist history). Careful attention will be paid throughout to the Unitarian/Universalist social location in relationship to class, race, and gender identities, and how these sometimes enabled and sometimes impaired social justice advances.

Watch an introduction to Unitarian Universalist History course by Dr. Susan Ritchie. (Video created for Fall 2010 course, but applies equally to Spring 2012 course.)

Unitarian Universalist History from Starr King Academic Affairs on Vimeo.

The Rev. Dr. Susan Ritchie has served as the minister of the North Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Lewis Center, Ohio since September of 1996. During that time, the congregation has more than doubled in size, purchased not only its first building but a religious education center, and added three professional staff positions. She holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from the Ohio State University, and a Divinity degree from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. She is also currently Professor of Unitarian Universalist Heritage and Ministry at the Starr King School for the Ministry, and serves on UUA Board of Trustees. Ritchie is published widely on the topic of Unitarian Universalist history and identity, and also religious cultural studies. Her research demonstrating religious toleration to be outgrowth of Islamic-Unitarian cultural exchange has been published in the Journal of Unitarian Universalist History, The Journal of the Zaytuna Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies, and has been republished in Turkish. Ritchie’s work on “The Promise of Postmodernism for Unitarian Universalist Theology” was published by the Journal of Liberal Religion, and was also translated into Hungarian. She was selected to deliver the Minns Lectures in Spring 2009, “Children of the Same God: Unitarianism in Kinship with Judaism and Islam.” A book resulting from the lectures will be out soon. Ritchie is proud to have grown up as a third generation Unitarian. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her partner Donna and English Springer Valentino, where she enjoys madly competitive amateur tennis and foolishly ambitious cooking.
HSFT-8422    3 units
Minimum 5           Limit: 26            Pin Required: Yes
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Next Registration Period: Jan. 16 - Jan. 27, 2012

Mental Illness and Oppression

Devorah Greenstein

This is an anti-oppression course. We will gain an understanding of the DSM-IV-TR (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 4th edition) as the hegemonic framework of "mental disorders." We will use race/ethnicity; class; age; gender; institutional power as the anti-oppression framework to examine cultural definitions and treatments of people who live with "mental disorders." We will take specific issues (e.g. therapies; treatments; pharmaceuticals; criminal justice; mental health policies; children; youth; returning soldiers) to examine the frameworks' intersections. Students will complete the course with an understanding of contemporary systemic and individual meanings of mental illness and our institutional systems. / The Rev. Dr. Devorah Greenstein is recently retired from eight years as the Unitarian Universalist Association as the Program Coordinator in the Office of Accessibility Concerns in the Identity-based Ministries staff group. Since her retirement she has been a visiting research fellow at Yale Divinity School and she continues her institutional calling as the Chair of the National Council of Churches in Christ Committee on Disabilities. Her work includes educating and developing resources for religious professionals, lay leaders, and other individuals and groups who are engaged in anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural transformation work to confront institutional and cultural ageism, ableism, racism, classism, and heterosexism. Her educational training, which includes an M.Div. from Starr King School for the Ministry; M.S. degree from Cornell University in Family Studies; Ph.D. from Cornell University in Developmental Psychology; and a M.S. degree from Syracuse University in Counseling, has given her a contextual theoretical perspective in which she grounds her anti-oppression work. Her work has always been along side of, and on behalf of, people from historically marginalized communities ~ at different times working at different times working with elder communities, farm-worker families, people living with mental illness, and physical disabilities.
CERS-8490    3 units
Minimum 5           Limit: 20            Pin Required: Yes
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Next Registration Period: Jan. 16 - Jan. 27, 2012

Global Religious Traditions ~ REVISED FOR 2012
Carmen Lansdowne

This course has been redesigned for 2012 to be more interactive and engaging. Together, we will examine the main global religious from a thematic perspective. Acknowledging that a course that covers many religions cannot be comprehensive, we will also look at the assumptions underlying religious studies as a discipline. Students will engage in individual readings, online forums, experiential learning and theological reflection together as an online community. At the end of the course, students should be able to examine the gifts and challenges posed by religious traditions in a globalizing world, as well as undertake power analysis to deepen analysis of faith traditions and address justice issues. Students of all faiths will be invited to participate. Registration PIN required; priority given to off-campus UU students. / The Rev. Carmen Lansdowne (MDiv, 2007) is an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada and a doctoral student in the area of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Graduate Theological Union. She is a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation on the central coast of what is now British Columbia, and she serves on the governing bodies of the United Church of Canada (Toronto, Canada) and the World Council of Churches (Geneva, Switzerland). She also currently serves as co-moderator of the Palestine-Israel Ecumenical Forum of the World Council. Her hobbies include running and making traditional Heiltsuk regalia. She is a poet, and loves people and the ocean (and the rest of the divine’s creation!).
HR-8401    3 units
Minimum 5           Limit: 20            Pin Required: Yes
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Next Registration Period: Jan. 16 - Jan. 27, 2012

Our Theological House
Sheri Prud'homme

Many progressives do not realize that they even have a theology, much less that there is a systematic theological worldview that is characteristic of the liberal/progressive tradition. This course, developed by Starr King President and Professor of Theology Rebecca Parker, has now resulted in a book, published in early 2010, co-authored with John Buehrens. Using readings from the history of American liberal theology and contemporary progressive sources, those enrolled ~ ministers, religious educators, lay leaders, and seminarians ~ will have a chance to deepen their theological competency and creativity, to reflect on the emerging post-modern context, and to engage in online discussion with others exploring a progressive approach to the classic issues of systematic theology (from the nature of religious community to its mission, from issues of salvation to worship, God and humanity, Christology and Spirit). / The Rev. Sheri Prud'homme is in her second year of a doctoral program in theology and history at the Graduate Theological Union. Her research interests focus on the development of Unitarian and Universalist theologies of nature especially in the American West. Her professional experience includes serving the Pacific Central District (UUA) as the Lifespan Religious Education Consultant, two interim ministries in religious education at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland and at the Davis Unitarian Universalist Church. For most of the past nine years, she has taught annually on the adjunct faculty of Starr King. Her courses include “Topics in Liberal Religious Education” and “Ministry When Children and Youth Are Part of the Community.” This will be her fourth time teaching an online course.
ST-8402    3 units
Minimum 5           Limit: 15            Pin Required: Yes
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Next Registration Period: Jan. 16 - Jan. 27, 2012

On Other Worlds: Science Fiction, Theology, and Culture, PT. 2
Ayize Jama Everett and Justin K. Waters

This two-part course consisting of a week-long, half-day intensive and an online seminar will explore science fiction through a theological lens and explore personal, community, and cultural theological foundations through a science fiction lens. Students will be encouraged to explore (personal, community, and cultural) theological foundations through a science fiction lens. The course will explore the outer limits of imagination, located histories, the history of science/technology,the role of myth and image in shaping identity, community narration and 21st century oral history, and defining and deconstructing the operation of power. During the intensive, the class will examine the hermeneutics of scientific progress and critically engage science fiction as a potentially liberatory literary genre using social and literary theories, including post/colonial, queer, post-structuralist, postmodern, modern, and critical race studies. The online seminar will apply these theories to engage specific science fiction texts and theological themes, such as utopia, apocalypse, atonement, synchretism, and salvation. Students in both high and low residence will be required to attend weekly classes in the spring seminar—local participants through physical attendance, distance learners through streaming lectures. / Instructors' bios forthcoming
PTPS-8450    1.5 Units
Minimum 5           Limit: 20            Pin Required: Yes
Syllabus forthcoming
Next Registration Period: Jan. 16 - Jan. 27, 2012

Buddhist Traditions of East Asia
Charlie Porkorny

Introduces the Buddhist traditions transmitted to East Asia and the development of new traditions. Second half of the required year long introductory survey of the entire Buddhist tradition. Usually offered each spring semester. Course format: Online discussion. Evaluation method: Participation/Term paper. This course is co-sponsored by Starr King School for the Ministry and the Institute for Buddhist Studies.
HRHS-8152    3 units
No Limit           NO PIN Required
Next Registration Period: Jan. 16 - Jan. 27, 2012

Topics in Buddhist Traditions of Japan: Zen Master Dogen
Taigen Dan Leighton

The writings of Dogen, 13th century Japanese Soto Zen founder, are a unique highpoint of Zen literature. Exploring profound Buddhist philosophical issues, Dogen creatively used poetic language and wordplay to evocatively express the meaning of practice/ enlightenment and buddha nature, and to train his students who successfully established Soto Zen in Japan. We will do textual study of a selection of Dogen’s major writings, including teachings about meditation, nature mysticism, community life, koans (teaching stories), and Buddhist theories of temporality. After discussing background material on Dogen, and several of the essays from one of Dogen's major works, Shobogenzo (True Dharma Eye Treasury), we will focus on the short discourses to his students in Dogen's Extensive Record, which demonstrate his teaching style and humor. We will consider the impact of Dogen’s various background sources, including the Chinese koan tradition, the Japanese poetic and aesthetic tradition, the East Asian Buddhist monastic tradition, and Mahayana sutras and bodhisattva lore. We will also explore how Dogen’s challenging writings relate to modern spiritual issues. Online Discussion/ Midterm Exam/ Final Reserach paper. This course is co-sponsored by Starr King School for the Ministry and the Institute for Buddhist Studies.
HRHS-8454    3 units
No Limit           NO PIN Required
Next Registration Period: Jan. 16 - Jan. 27, 2012

Buddhist Japanese II             
Yufuko Kurioka

Introduces intermediate Japanese grammar. Work with longer Japanese text selections, e.g., short essay selections drawn from popular Buddhism publications. Define Buddhist terms and relate them to multiple language equivalents (Sanskrit, Pali, and Chinese.) Course format: Lecture. Evaluation method: Participation / Homework Assignments / Exams. This course is co-sponsored by Starr King School for the Ministry and the Institute for Buddhist Studies.
HR-8146    3 units
No Limit           NO PIN Required
Next Registration Period: Jan. 16 - Jan. 27, 2012

Psychological Aspects Buddhism: Buddhist Psychology Part 1
Gordon Bermant

This course introduces seminary students to the psychological fundamentals of early Buddhism: abhidharma, alaya vijnana, tathagatagarbha and Madhyamaka. Students read original materials in English translation and commentaries by ancient and modern authors. Fundamental concepts addressed include the nature and content of consciousness, sleeping and dreaming, sources of motivation including motives arising from unconscious sources, nirvana and its metaphors, the nature of text as a script or score rather than a descriptive document, and the forms of tension between traces of essentialism and the teaching of emptiness without remainder. This is an online course that has attracted MA students from IBS and Starr King seminaries so far. Students write frequently and complete the term with a term paper on a topic chosen by them from among the subjects that have been presented. This course is co-sponsored by Starr King School for the Ministry and the Institute for Buddhist Studies.
HRPS-8320    3 units
No Limit           NO PIN Required
Next Registration Period: Jan. 16 - Jan. 27, 2012

Topics in Japanese Religions: Japanese Religious Landscape
Lisa Grumbach

This course explores Japanese religious thought and practice through the theoretical lens of landscape. Topics will include: the influence of geography (islands, mountains, plains, oceans) on the conceptions of kami (gods) in early Japan; ideas about landscape and space in Japanese Buddhism; how Buddhist doctrine is “taught” through landscape art; how landscape determines religious practice; the practical and theoretical roles of temple and shrine architecture, grounds, and gardens; pilgrimage as movement through religious space/landscape; and changing religious practices in the modern landscape. This course is co-sponsored by Starr King School for the Ministry and the Institute for Buddhist Studies.
HRHS-8450    3 units
No Limit           NO PIN Required
Next Registration Period: Jan. 16 - Jan. 27, 2012

Works of Shinran IV
David Matsumoto

A consideration of the thought and religious experience of Shinran through the study of a highly provocative and problematic Shin text. Evaluation based on student participation in online forums and final research paper. Intended audience: MDiv and MA/MTS. HR-1614 or instructor's permission required. This course is co-sponsored by Starr King School for the Ministry and the Institute for Buddhist Studies.
HR-8456          3 units
No Limit           HR-1614 or instructor's permission required
Next Registration Period: Jan. 16 - Jan. 27, 2012

Online | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday
Saturday | Community ⁄ Parish Fieldwork



Residential Courses Spring 2012


Sufi Dhikr  ~NEW COURSE~
2:10 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Mondays
Yassir Chadly

REMEMBRANCE Throughout the world Sufism is identified as the mystical dimension of Islam emphasizing the student's journey toward higher states of consciousness and unity with The Divine. Just as the surfer becomes one with the wave so does the human heart become one with The Eternal through the practice of Dhikr, remembrance of the Divine. In this experiential course students will explore the many facets of Dhikr, including chanting, prayer, meditation, Qur'anic recitation, movement, and music. Sufi communities, or "tarqias," are found throughout the world and vary from country to country. This course will touch upon many different traditions and focus primarily on the Naqshbandi tradition from Dagistan.

HR 4816  3 Units     
Minimum 5 Limit 15      PIN Required: Yes
Room: Reading Room


Indigenous Ways of Knowledge
9:40 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Tuesdays
Phillip Scott

An experiential course presenting Indiginous perspectives and Ways of Living - including practices related to the healing arts and the relationship to the Sacred.  Designed to inform the student of the rich, elegant, sophisticated worldviews of Native peoples as well as to cultivate religious and cultural sensitivity and personal healing.  Note: I have previously taught this course at Starr King - it was extremely well received and attended.

HRSP 4013 3 Units
Minimum 5 Limit 25             PIN Required: Yes
Fireside Room

Leadership, Liturgy, and Learning II: Arts and Ritual ~NEW~
1:00pm - 4:00pm, Tuesdays
Michelle Favreault

Please note
: Sessions take place 1:00pm-4:00 pm Tuesday (including Chapel time).  Members of the class will design and lead 10 Tuesday Chapel services (one as leader, others as a part of a team) during the semester.  The course will include experience and practice in the realm of music, story telling, and visual arts with an emphasis in multiracial-cultural-ethnic (liberal) congregational contexts, emphasizing the role of liturgist as artist and leader of congregational transformation.  Readings will focus on issues in generational shifts and include texts from contemporary worship scholars and the student’s own spiritual tradition.

FT 4013 3 units
Minimum 5 Limit 10  PIN Required: yes
Fireside Room

Islam, Gender and Reform  ~NEW COURSE~
2:10 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Tuesdays
Amina Wadud

This course will examine the three major strategies used to respond to Islam and modernity for and by Muslim women. The secular human rights strategy owes its origins to the development of the nation- state and post colonial movements. It often mimicked women's movements in the North. Some aspects of this women's movement and other circumstances brought about disillusionment with western liberal methodologies leading to a more Islam-centric response, often called Islamist. The Islamist and secular responses to the position of women in Islam presume the same definition of Islam: one which is static and patriarchal. Islamic feminism was born from radical reconsiderations of Islamic primary sources and the policies and laws built upon these reconsiderations to interrogate their patriarchal premise and procedures. This course will look at primary sources: the Qur'an and Prophetic sunnah; procedural sources law, shari'ah and fiqh, and the ways the women's movements interface with these two to create new canon to reform Islam towards its potential of equality and justice. This course will examine gender in Islam, with it multiple aspects of identity development for Muslim women globally, including spiritual identities, sexuality and citizenship.

CEHR 4838  3 Units
Minimum 5 Limit 15             PIN Required: No
Reading Room

Fundraising: Finding the Money ~ NEW COURSE ~
2:10 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Tuesdays
Kim Klein

Fundraising is a skill that anyone can learn and no minister should be without.  In this course, we will explore building a broad base of individual donors, how to ask for money in person, how to identify prospects, how to manage a fundraising program, and how to research and write foundation proposals.  Students will leave the class feeling confident in their ability to create a compelling case for support and to invite people to make donations, as well as understanding how to build a volunteer team of people who can raise money. Each student will be expected to complete a fundraising project in a nonprofit of their choice.  Each student will write a grant proposal, and two other writing assignments.  Each student will do a presentation on their organization at the end of the semester. 
View the syllabus for this course (pdf).

FT 4217    3 Units
Limit 25     PIN Required: No
Room: MUDD 101 (Pacific School of Religion campus)


Spirituality and Nonviolent Social Transformation
2:10 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Tuesdays
Dorsey Blake

This course will explore the quests for justice through nonviolence of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day and César Chávez.  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 the course will explore.

SPRS 4024  3 Units
Minimum 5 Limit 20             PIN Required: Yes
Fireside Room

Online | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday
Saturday | Community ⁄ Parish Fieldwork



Saving Paradise
9:40 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Wednesdays beginning March 7, 2012 
Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 9am-5pm
April 5, 6, & 7, 2012, evenings during Holy Week for fieldtrips 
Rebecca Parker

Based on the work, Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, co-authored by Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker (Beacon, 2008), this course will engage students at the intersections of theology, ritual and the arts.  We will examine the history of Christianity’s visual worlds which shifted from first millennium images of Christ as a living presence in a vibrant landscape – paradise in this world—to images of a dead Christ in a wasteland—paradise lost.  We will address the social, cultural, ecological and political impacts of shifting theologies and ritual practices in connection with these changes, with special attention to baptism and Eucharist, examining incarnation-centered theologies of redemptive beauty and crucifixion-centered theologies of redemptive violence.  How do ritual and art embody and transmit responses to violence and suffering? Support or undermine stewardship of the earth? Establish or resist imperial agendas? Offer resources for reverence, healing, joy and human dignity? Or inscribe patterns of inequity and exploitation?  What theologies and rituals are needed now to open a new future for Christianity? How might we approach rituals as part of creative multi-religious interchange?  How will we work as ritual-makers in our communities and religious traditions so as to counter-oppressions and create just and sustainable communities?
View the course syllabus.

STRA 4545   3 Units
Minimum 5 Limit 24             PIN Required: Yes
Fireside Room

Karbala: Islam and Liberation Theology
7:10 p.m. - 9:40 p.m., Wednesdays
Jason van Boom

In the Middle East and South Asia, the battle/massacre of the House of Muhammad (saws) at Karbala (61 AH/680 CE) has long been a powerful symbol of resistance against tyranny. An extremely rich theological, devotional and artistic tradition has grown up around it. Karbala is a paradigm for bringing solidarity and meaning out of an apparently crushing defeat, and so can resonate with any struggle for justice. The course has two objectives: to give students a solid introduction to the theological, historical and political dimensions of the Karbala story; and to give students an opportunity to interrogate and incorporate aspects of the Karbala tradition into their own theological and ministry work.

HRRS 4831  3 Units
Minimum 5 Limit 15             PIN Required: Yes
Reading Room

Online | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday
Saturday | Community ⁄ Parish Fieldwork



Preach It!
2:10 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thursdays
Kurt Kuhwald

Theories abound about how to construct authentic sermons.  In the non-exegetical homiletic path of UUism/Liberal religion, there is another possibility.  This experiential preaching course will focus on finding your authentic style and voice.  In constructing sermons, we will encounter: Presence.  Power.  Passion.  Humility.  Humor.  The truth in one's chest and gut---the body somehow singing through thought.  Further, we will explore tapping the neural ground of connection between speaker and listener and seek sources of relevance for words that speak truth, lift hope, inspire action and offer blessing.  A preacher for 16 years, a public speaker for over 30, the instructor loves the pulpit whether in a house of worship, on the street, or in the halls of government.

HM 4005    3 Units
Minimum 5 Limit 12             PIN Required: Yes
Fireside Room

Online | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday
Saturday | Community ⁄ Parish Fieldwork



No Friday courses are scheduled at this time.

Online | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday
Saturday | Community ⁄ Parish Fieldwork



No Saturday courses are scheduled at this time.

Online | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday
Saturday | Community ⁄ Parish Fieldwork


Community ⁄ Parish Fieldwork  

Community Fieldwork Spring
Gabriella Lettini

Community fieldwork Fieldwork includes work in gender, racial and economic justice, queer activism, disability advocacy, immigration issues, environmental responsibility, civil liberties protection, HIV response, youth at risk, peace building, participating in a fundraising campaign for a non for profit or grassroots organization and more. Please arrange with the professor.  Please note: this course currently has no time blocks indicated (TBA).

FE 4062     1.0-5.0 Units
Minimum 1 Limit 25             PIN Required: Yes

Community Internship Spring
Gabriella Lettini

Community Internships involve supervised placements in a non-profit service agency or grassroots organization, hospice work, literacy counseling and more. Those who register for this course should also register for Community Intern Reflection Fall. Arrangements should be made with the professor.  Please note: this course currently has no time blocks indicated (TBA).

FE 4221     5.0-10.0 Units
Minimum 1 Limit 25             PIN Required: Yes

Community Intern Reflection Spring
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Mondays
Gabriella Lettini

All SKSM students involved in community internships will meet together for reflection on their work, as it is only through the processes of theological reflection and critical reflection on experience that field work becomes field education. This class is designed to broaden and to deepen students' analytic perspective on their field site contexts and on their roles as religious leaders and professionals. Students will be grow in their ability to think and learn in a praxis oriented way, that is, allowing situations of practice to deepen and challenge their academic knowledge about theo/alogies, and allowing their academic knowledge of theology to deepen and challenge their ministerial practice. In field-based experiences the depth of students’ learning depends entirely upon how well they can implement praxis oriented learning. Arrange with Instructor. Class will include conference calls and online work. All participants will be expected to attend a one day retreat day.  Please note: this course requires the following time blocks for the entirety of Spring 2012: Monday's 4:00-5:30 p.m.

FE 4223     2 Units
Minimum 1 Limit 30             PIN Required: No
Round Chapel

MASC Project Spring
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. Projects include research thesis, public presentations, designing and implementation of educational curricula, the organization of conferences and special events, artwork related to justice work and spirituality, and workshops.  A copy of the project will be placed in a public collection at the school. Please discuss with instructor.   Please note: this course does not currently list time blocks for Spring 2012 (TBA)

MA 5300    3.0-5.0 Units
Minimum 1 Limit 15             PIN Required: No

Clinical Pastoral Education Spring
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 and the Director of Studies in Public Ministry. Final evaluation from CPE supervisor needs to be sent to faculty by the last day of the semester.  Please note: this course currently has no time blocks indicated (TBA).

FE 4012     1.0-10.0 Units
Minimum 1 Limit 25             PIN Required: No

Congregational Fieldwork Spring
Kurt Kuhwald

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 4052     1.0 - 5.0 Units
Minimum 1 Limit 25             PIN Required: Yes

Parish Internship Spring
Kurt Kuhwald

This is a 6-10 month full-time or part-time experience in a teaching congregation under the supervision of a Minister in final Fellowship, an intern committee, and a professor at the school.  Those who register for this course must also register for Parish Intern Reflection Fall.   Please note: this course does not yet indicate time blocks (TBA).

FE 4211     5.0-10.0 Units
Minimum 1 Limit 25             PIN Required: Yes

Parish Intern Reflection Spring
Kurt Kuhwald

All Starr King students working as interns in Unitarian Universalist congregations are expected to participate in this time of reflection on their ministerial work.  Please note: this course does not indicate a specific time block at this time (TBA).

FE 4213     2 Units
Minimum 1 Limit 25             PIN Required: Yes

In Thesis Spring

Please arrange with your advisor.

MA 5000    TBD Units
Minimum 1 Limit 30             PIN Required: Yes

Online | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday
Saturday | Community ⁄ Parish Fieldwork


Fall / Intersession / Spring / Summer / Online

2010-2011 (archived course listings)
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