Photo of Transylvania where Unitarianism originated. https://uupcc.org/partnerships/country/transylvania
Welcome to Unitarian Universalist History.
This course will help students become familiar with Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist (UU) history and absorb the key events that influence our faith tradition today. The materials are contextualized by connecting our religious history to the eras of American history and our involvement in and reaction to significant historical events.
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
Covenant Groups: The glue that holds Unitarian Universalists together is covenant - a promise to stick together in love and loyalty. Covenant groups or small group ministries are a common and important way that UUs live out this promise. As part of this course, you will participate in a covenant group with at least two other of your peers. Groups will be assigned. Your group will meet during Week 2, Week 4 and Week 7. Gatherings will be one hour, scheduled by your group based on your schedules, and held by Zoom using one of your group members' accounts. The focus will be spiritual growth and mutual support. The instructor will provide suggested guidelines for your group and prompts for each gathering. By the Saturday of those weeks, one group member will "submit the assignment" to let your instructor that the group met. Only one person needs to submit. If a particular member is not participating on a regular basis, other group members should let the instructor know. (6% of grade.)
Optional Gathering Days Meeting with Kelly has been cancelled due to Iliff's closure through May 16th in response to the COVID 19 virus.
All of the texts are on the Ministerial Fellowship Committee's reading list. While we will not read all of them in their entirety, we will reference each of them throughout the course. Every effort has been made to make this course as accessible as possible at the lowest cost to students, but some book purchases will be needed. In general, when only a portion of a book is required for the course, scans will be provided on Canvas. When entire books are required you will need to get a copy, either by borrowing or purchasing it. You can often find copies of used books for reduced prices at www.bookfinder.com.
Black Pioneers in a White Denomination, Mark D. Morrison-Reed, Boston: Skinner House Books (1992), 258 pages, ISBN: 9781558962507 (Scans provided by instructor - no need to purchase.)
Darkening the Doorways: Black Trailblazers and Missed Opportunities in Unitarian Universalism, Mark D. Morrison-Reed, Boston: Skinner House Books (2011), 343 pages, ISBN: 9781558966109 Editions: Paperback and Kindle
For Faith and Freedom: A short history of Unitarianism in Europe , Charles A. Howe, Boston: Skinner House Books (1997), 211 pages, ISBN-10: 1558963596, ISBN-13: 978-1558963597, Editions: Paperback
Universalists and Unitarians in America: a people’s history , John A. Buehrens, Boston: Skinner House Books (2011), 274 pages, ISBN-10: 1558966129, ISBN-13: 978-1558966123, Editions: Paperback and Kindle
A Documentary History of Unitarian Universalism: Volume One from the Beginning to 1899 , Dan McKanan, editor, Boston: Skinner House Books, (2017), 501 pages, ISBN-10: 1558967893, ISBN-13: 978-1558967892, Editions: Paperback
A Documentary History of Unitarian Universalism: Volume two from 1900 to the Present , Dan McKanan, editor, Boston: Skinner House Books, (2017), 565 pages, ISBN-10: 1558967915, ISBN-13: 978-1558967915, Editions: Paperback
Before the class begins, please review the Overview of Statements of Competence and Required Readings and Areas of Competence for UU Ministry found in APPENDIX: Required Forms for Unitarian Universalist Ministerial Fellowship.
Be sure to let me know if you have any questions about the course content and process. I'm also available for 30 minute phone or video connections throughout the quarter. Schedule here.
Rev. Kelly Dignan is an ordained Unitarian Universalist (UU) minister and holds a Master of Divinity from Iliff School of Theology. She has served as minister at three UU churches, most recently, as Lead Minister of the UU Church of Boulder.
Currently, Kelly is a UU Community Minister offering spiritual direction and companioning to individuals. She also serves as a “justice chaplain” for advocacy groups and leaders as they embody spirituality in their work for justice and collective wholeness. Her website is www.kellydignan.com
|Mar 24, 2020||Tue||Learning Agreement||due by 05:51AM|
|Mar 24, 2020||Tue||Introductions||due by 05:59AM|
|Mar 29, 2020||Sun||Reading & Discussion for 1517-1630||due by 05:59AM|
|Mar 29, 2020||Sun||Zoom Meeting- Week 1||due by 05:59AM|
|Mar 31, 2020||Tue||Reading & Discussion for 1517-1630 Continued||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 05, 2020||Sun||Reading & Discussion for 1631-1814||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 05, 2020||Sun||Covenant Group 1||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 07, 2020||Tue||Reading & Discussion for 1631-1814 Continued||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 12, 2020||Sun||Reading & Discussion for 1815-1847||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 13, 2020||Mon||Art Integration Assignment||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 14, 2020||Tue||Reading & Discussion for 1815-1847 Continued||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 19, 2020||Sun||Reading & Discussion for 1848-1870||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 19, 2020||Sun||Covenant Group 2||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 21, 2020||Tue||Reading & Discussion for 1848-1870 Continued||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 26, 2020||Sun||Reading & Discussion for 1871-1904||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 28, 2020||Tue||Reading & Discussion for 1871-1904 Continued||due by 05:59AM|
|May 03, 2020||Sun||Reading & Discussion for 1905-1928||due by 05:59AM|
|May 03, 2020||Sun||Zoom Meeting 2 in Week 6||due by 05:59AM|
|May 04, 2020||Mon||Historical Sermon||due by 05:59AM|
|May 04, 2020||Mon||Extra Credit - Video of Historical Sermon||due by 05:59AM|
|May 05, 2020||Tue||Reading & Discussion for 1905-1928 Continued||due by 05:59AM|
|May 10, 2020||Sun||Reading & Discussion for 1929-1945||due by 05:59AM|
|May 10, 2020||Sun||Covenant Group 3||due by 05:59AM|
|May 12, 2020||Tue||Reading & Discussion for 1929-1945 Continued||due by 05:59AM|
|May 17, 2020||Sun||Reading & Discussion for 1946-1970||due by 05:59AM|
|May 18, 2020||Mon||Competency Essay||due by 05:59AM|
|May 19, 2020||Tue||Reading & Discussion for 1946-1970 Continued||due by 05:59AM|
|May 24, 2020||Sun||Reading & Discussion for 1971-2000||due by 05:59AM|
|May 25, 2020||Mon||UU History Timeline||due by 05:59AM|
|May 26, 2020||Tue||Reading & Discussion for 1971-2000 Continued||due by 05:59AM|
|May 30, 2020||Sat||Reading & Discussion for 2001-2020||due by 05:59AM|
|May 30, 2020||Sat||Reading & Discussion for 2001-2020 Continued||due by 05:59AM|
|May 30, 2020||Sat||Extra Credit||due by 05:59AM|