2010 Summer Courses

2010 Summer Intensive Courses

Updated: June 24, 2010

Early Registration: May 3 to the Friday before class begins.

Early Registration is strongly advised.

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 (password required to view).

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".


August 2010

Thomas Starr King:  Unitarian Minister and Bridge Builder
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, August 9-13,
Glenna Matthews
This course will enable students of Unitarian Universalist history to grasp some key issues in the Nineteenth Century through in-depth focus on one man. Thomas Starr King, 1824-1864, was first ordained as a Universalist before becoming a Unitarian clergyman. He pastored churches on both coasts. He was close to people on opposite sides of the controversy that erupted within Unitarianism over the Transcendentalists. The son of a working-class father, Starr King would know people in elite circles in both Boston and San Francisco in his maturity. Moreover, his mother, Susan Starr descended from German immigrant stock. Thus Starr King bridged multiple divides. This course will explore the social and intellectual context in which he lived, the events of his too-brief life, and the nature of his ideas in order to account for his accomplishments. Students are responsible for reading “America’s God” by Mark Noll and several articles from a course reader prior to this week, and for completing a research paper after the end of the week. The course reader will be available for purchase at the Copy Central, 2483 Hearst Ave, Berkeley.
Important note: Students are responsible for reading “America’s God” by Mark Noll and several articles from a course reader prior to the week of the course.
For syllabus and prerequisite reading information, click on HS4029_syllabus (MS Word) or HS4029_syllabus (pdf).
HS-4029-01   1.5 Units
Minimum 1       Limit 15            Pin Required: Yes
Fireside Room

The Grace of Anti-racist Praxis *NEW*
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, August 16-20
Jacqueline Duhart and Mary Foran
Starr King graduates Jacqueline Duhart and Mary Foran invite new and returning students to join this class for a week of exploration, sharing and learning about race, racism and anti-racism.  We will challenge and support each other to consider how race shapes our relationships and identities and discover strong and constructive ways to translate race consciousness into anti-racist living.  Guided by the religious and spiritual traditions present in the class, we will seek to answer the question: where does Grace figure in the search for justice, peace and love in a multicultural world.  We will read and write, move and sing, speak and create ritual.  Join us in the Fireside Room at our beloved schoolhouse for provocative mornings with afternoons and evenings open for reading and reflection as well as soaking up the beauty of the Berkeley summer.

Important Note: Deadline to request permission to enroll is August 6, 2010 and the request to enroll must be accompanied by answers to these questions (pdf) posed by instructors.

Additionally, please refer to the pre-course reading and writing assignments, available here (pdf).

RS-4198          1.5 Units
Minimum 4       Limit 25            PIN Required: Yes
Fireside Room

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, August 23-27

Ibrahim Farajajé
This course will look at the figure of Moses in Judaism, Samaritanism, Islam, Christianity, Gnostic literature, Rastafari and popular culture (in particular in the literature of Zora Neale Hurston). This course will meet daily for 5 days, 8 hours per day; the format will include lectures, small group work as well as seminar and on-line work (Moodle). Emphasis will be placed on the creation of final projects that use educational technologies/new media.
BSHR-4110-01        3 Units
Minimum 5       Limit 25            Pin Required: Yes
Fireside Room

May 2010

Unitarian Universalist Social Action: For Such a Time as This
1:00-5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, May 24-28, 2010            
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.  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    1.5 units                     
Minimum: 5     Limit:  16        PIN Required 
Fireside Room


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