HDS 2990

Unitarian Universalist Polity and Practices: Seminar

Sue Phillips


This course will explore the history, theology and practice of polity as a living expression of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist faith. Using the everyday practice of ministry as the primary lens, students will explore how polity informs their ministry, supports the purpose of congregations, and fuels an understanding of vocation that takes root at the intersection of self, community and Spirit. Students will engage their personal spiritual practice and develop their capacity to reflect theologically on the practice of UU ministry. We expect students to emerge from the course seeing themselves not only as receivers but also as co-creators and shapers of our polity who are prepared to envision how our polity might help create the future we yearn for. Course readings (many of which are required for ministerial fellowship), case studies, and guest lecturers will focus on contemporary realities of congregational and Associational life. Class conversations will include: How is polity and theology expressed through our fellowship and ordination processes? In how we practice the arts of ministry - from worship to board meetings? What might polity look like in a post-denominational, post-congregational world? How might we shape a polity for fuller inclusion and deeper intercultural understanding?

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes

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0.50 credits
Fall 2014
Fri 1:30pm-4pm
Rockefeller Hall Room 114

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus None
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Christianity
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Denominational Polity
Language Course Designation(s) None