UU History online Renaissance module
Type of event: Training
UU History Online Renaissance Module – January-April 2019
The online UU History Renaissance module will be offered on Wednesdays Jan 30, Feb 13 and 27, March 13 and 27, and April 10 from 5-7 pm Eastern. The module will be led by Erin Powers (erinpowers [dot] uu [at] gmail [dot] com) and Carrie Krause (dlfd [at] liveoakuu [dot] org). Registration is limited to 15 participants and the fee is $175; the registration deadline is January 14th.
Important note to consider before registering: The UU History module, like the UU Theology module, is ONLY offered online, and is substantially more work than the online modules (five sessions) adapted from in person modules. For this reason, the sessions are scheduled every other week to allow more time to complete the required reading and responses.
The Unitarian Universalist History Renaissance module is an online learning experience comprised of six two-hour webinars with reading and other assignments for each session. Credit will be offered for full participation in the module. Full participation includes:
- Online attendance and active participation in six two-hour sessions
- Reading and reflection to prepare for each session, which will require about two or three hours
- Submission of a 250-word post on the Discussion Forum after each session with an idea for application of your learning in your professional work.
- Preparation of a final project and presentation, working by oneself, with a partner, or with a small group.
- Submission of the Participant Evaluation within one week after module ends.
Goal and Learning Objectives
The goal of this module is to give participants a sense of the broad scope of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist history and some of the key stories that are part of that history, so that participants are able to:
- Understand context for historical stories they tell in worship, small group, classroom, social media, and other settings
- Explain the history of our movement to lay people, to youth, and to children in age-appropriate ways
- Understand and explain how the history of their own congregation or geographical area fits in with the history of the broader movement
- Understand and articulate the history behind some of the theology and traditions that are important to contemporary Unitarian Universalism
- Understand how we came to be who we are as a movement- and what strengths and challenges our history offers.
You will read selections from three required books and selections from Tapestry of Faith programs and other online resources:
- Stirring the Nation’s Heart by Polly Peterson (UUA, 2010)
- Missionaries, Builders and Pathfinders by Polly Peterson and Gail Forsyth-Vail (UUA, 2014)
- Darkening the Doorways: Black Trailblazers and Missed Opportunities in Unitarian Universalism by Mark Morrison-Read (Skinner House, 2011)
A print version of the UU History Participant Guide (PDF, 62 pages) is available for downloading.
Accessing the Online Module Pages
In order to 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. No later than two weeks before the module begins, email the module leaders with your profile name to be added to the group and begin the preparation required before the first session.
The webinar platform is Zoom, which you can download from Zoom. The module requires the use of a computer with internet connection and a video camera.