Type of event: Training
The Unitarian Universalist Theology Renaissance Module will be offered online January 20 and 27 and February 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2021, 1:00 – 3:00pm EST. This training will be led by Rev. Emily DeTar Birt and Patricia Infante, Master Level Religious Educator and Congregational Life Consultant in the Central East Region. Registration is limited to 15 participants and the fee is $175. The registration deadline is January 6, 2021.
This module is an online learning experience comprised of six two-hour webinars (sessions) with reading and assignments for each. Credit will be offered for full participation in the module. Full participation includes:
• Online attendance at all webinars
• Reading, reflection, and activities to prepare for each session, which will require about two or three hours’ time per session. Participants will need to purchase or borrow the book A People So Bold, edited by John Gibb Millspaugh, available from the UUA Bookstore (also as an e-book).
• Discussion. Each session includes questions for reflection on the readings which will form the basis for discussion in each session. Participants are expected to be fully prepared to participate in online discussions after reflecting on the questions, perhaps in a journal.
• Written assignments. After each webinar, participants are to reflect on the readings and discussions and think of a way they might share in their professional work what they have learned. They need not actually do a project that shares their learning before the next session, but are asked to propose it to the group in written form (roughly 250 words) in the session’s online discussion forum. Assuming two weeks between webinars, the written sharing should be posted the week after the webinar so that the following week can be devoted to the reading and preparation for the next session.
• A final project and presentation that shows a way to use in their professional work what they have learned about Unitarian Universalist theology.
• Submission of a final module evaluation within a week after the module ends.
Module Learning Objectives
• Develop a sense of the broad scope of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist theology and become familiar with some of the theologians and thought leaders, historical and modern, who have contributed to Unitarian Universalist thought
• Understand some of both Unitarian and Universalist theological foundations of Unitarian Universalism
• Understand significant theological movements such as Transcendentalism, Humanism, Process Theology, and Liberation Theology that have shaped our contemporary religious movement
• Develop and articulate their own point of view on key theological questions
• Apply theological understandings to real-life liturgical and educational forums to help people of all ages explore theological questions
• Nurture a theology of justice and service in individuals and congregations.
The webinar platform is Zoom, which you can download from Zoom. In order to register and access module materials, participants must have or create a UUA profile name. On UUA.org, click on “create account” at the top right and follow instructions on the page. If you have already participated in an online module, use the profile name you have already created. You must have a UUA.org username and provide it during your registration for the module. This allows the module facilitators to add you to the group so you can begin the preparation required before the first session.