UU Theology Renaissance module

Event format: Online

Date & time:

  • Passed: Wednesday, May 15, 2024, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Type of event: Training

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The UU Theology Renaissance module will be offered in an online format on Wednesdays, 10am-12pm PDT / 11am-1pm MDT / 12-2pm CDT / 1-3pm EDT, May 15, May 29, June 12, June 26, (note the long break here) July 24, and August 7. The module will be led by Emmie Schlobohm and Patricia Infante, AL-CRE. 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 May 4 at 12 noon ET.

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:

  • 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;
  • Explore 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; and
  • Contextualize our theology with an anti-racist and multi-cultural lens, as well as unpack white cis-heteronormative structures that have been passed down through different theologies.

Required Reading 

Each session features several readings, as well as a variety of brief quotations. All readings are linked in the Participant Guide (PDF, 51 pages), so there is no need to purchase any reading materials. If you wish, you can purchase or borrow the book, which has two essays included in the readings, A People So Bold: Theology and Ministry for Unitarian Universalists, John Gibb Millspaugh, ed. (Boston: Skinner House Books, 2009). Note:Video excerpts from the A People So Bold conference (YouTube, 7 mins) are available 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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