Dynamic Youth Ministry (Fall 2013)
Co-designed with Betty Jeanne Rueters-Ward, Starr King School for the Ministry
This lively and interactive course grounds participants in philosophical, psychological, programmatic, ethical and theological aspects of youth ministry. Geared particularly toward Unitarian Universalists, this course seeks to embody a vision of youth ministry that is a vibrant, robust, and flexible part of every congregation. Topics of instruction include leadership and spiritual development, professional support for youth advisors, denominational polity, adolescent life issues, building intergenerational community, and a critical analysis of different models of youth ministry and programming. Recommended for all religious leaders, both new and old to youth ministry.
Health Ethics (Winter 2013)
Undergraduate 3.5-week intensive. Quest University
This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of bioethics. It draws from philosophical, medical, and sociological perspectives to establish a foundation for examining ethical issues related to health, illness, and health care. Students will develop the ability to apply ethical theory to case studies, news stories, and film. The course will address key issues in bioethics, such as end-of-life decision-making, the care of vulnerable populations, responsible research, genetic/reproductive technologies, and organ donation. The course includes a laboratory component, in which students lead analysis of key concepts and ethical problems in order to produce valuable arguments for bioethical debate.
Resilience and Resistance (January 2012)
Week-long Intensive, Starr King School for the Ministry.
This course roots itself in the dialectic between resistance and resilience in communities and congregations in a world where survival requires more than bouncing back from crises and adversity. Geared particularly toward MDiv and MASC students, this course places life stressors, safety and health in the context of oppression, white supremacy and cultural history. Through rigorous case study, dialogue and spiritual reflection, students will understand the historical and cultural dynamics of stress and resilience, identify contextual factors and healthy strategies, and promote cultures of resistance in their ministries and activism.