UU Theology Renaissance Module

Event format: Online

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Type of event: Training

The UU Theology Renaissance module will be offered in an online format on Thursday afternoons,11am-1pm PDT / 12-2pm MDT / 1-3pm CDT / 2-4pm EDT, July 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26, and September 2. The module will be led by Rev. Emily DeTar Birt and Jessica Laikeman. Registration is limited to 15 participants and the fee for this 6-session module is $300, payable on a sliding scale according to availability to pay. More payment details are available in the registration form. The registration deadline is July 15.

Module Requirements

The UU Theology 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 at each of the six two-hour sessions;
  • Reading and reflection to prepare for each session;
  • Responses to Reflection Questions on the Discussion Forum after each session;
  • Submission of final evaluation within a week of the ending of the module.

Goals of the Module

In this module, Participants will:

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  • 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.

Required Reading

Each session features four or more substantial readings, as well as a variety of brief quotations. Most readings for this module are included in the Participant Guide (PDF, 60 pages), but for Session 5, participants are asked to read essays found in A People So Bold, edited by John Gibb Millspaugh and available from the UUA Bookstore (also available as an e-book). It is the responsibility of the participant to obtain a copy of the book. Note: Video excerpts from the A People So Bold conference (YouTube, 7 mins) are available on YouTube and a study guide is available.

Technical Considerations

The webinar platform is Zoom, which you can download from Zoom.

In order 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 provide your profile name to be added to the group and begin the preparation required before the first session.


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