CANCELLED - UU Theology Hybrid Renaissance Module
Type of event: Training
This event has been canceled due to low enrollment but will be rescheduled as a webinar.
The UU Theology Renaissance Module will be offered in a hybrid format by the Central East Region. This training requires that you attend 3 online sessions from 1-3 pm ET on February 26 (this one has been canceled and an alternative will be posted), March 11 and March 25. Then you will attend the in-person event from 2 pm on April 6 through 3 pm on April 7. If you are unable to attend all the webinars, you can watch the recording. Registration is limited to 25 participants and the fee is $250 per person. Partial scholarships are available to those in the Central East Region. Registration deadline is March 9, 2020.
The Unitarian Universalist Theology Renaissance module helps religious educators explore a number of key theologies and theologians from our Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist heritages. It asks participants to engage with the views presented and offer their own considered viewpoints. This program, then, invites religious educators into both a deeper knowledge of our liberal religious heritage and a more profound understanding of their own beliefs, thereby equipping them to help others on their theological journeys.
The participant goals of the module are as follows:
- Develop a sense of the broad scope of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist theology and 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 forms to help people of all ages explore theological questions
- Nurture a theology of justice and service in individuals and congregations.
Full participation includes:
- On-line attendance at three webinars and at the in-person event April 6-7, 2020.
- The required materials for the module are here (PDF).
- Reading, reflection, and activities to prepare for each session, which will require about two or three hours’ time. Purchase or borrow the book A People So Bold edited by John Gibb Millspaugh available from the UUA Bookstore (also as an e-book). Specific assignments will be sent to registrants prior to the initial webinar.
- Discussion. Each session includes questions for reflection on the readings which 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.
- A final project and presentation that shows a way to use what you have learned about Unitarian Universalist theology in your professional work. The final project is typically a group effort although individual projects will be considered. Choosing a topic and some early coordination may take place prior to our in-person gathering but group work and presentation will take place as part of the final session.
The webinar platform is Zoom, which you can download from Zoom.
Participants are encouraged to use a laptop or computer with headset (not ear buds) and camera (does not work as well from iPad); have phone handy in case you need to call in instead of using computer audio.