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UCC History & Polity [Summer 2019]

May 22 - August 20

This 14 week course examines the historical development and structural polity of the United Church of Christ. This course also spends time focusing on the emerging UCC and gives students a chance to explore social justice, world missions, ecumenism, and new and renewing congregational ministry within the UCC. Join instructor Rev. Heather Fosburgh for a course that will transform your denominational identity.

IMPORTANT DATES

This course will run 13 weeks, Thursday, May 22 - Thursday, August 30.

Live video calls:

  • Thursday, May 23rd at 8:00 pm ET
  • Thursday, June 20th at 8:00 pm ET
  • Thursday, July 25th at 8:00 pm ET
  • Thursday, Aug 15th at 8:00 pm ET

LEARNING THEMES

  • Historical background of the UCC
  • Four foundational traditions and the UCC as a United and Uniting Church
  • Theology and polity of covenant, statement of faith, and extravagant welcome
  • Hidden histories of the UCC, the AMA, and the Afro-Christian Connection
  • Worship and sacraments in the UCC
  • Theological and structural implications of justice work of the UCC
  • Global Ministries and ecumenical partnerships
  • The UCC of the future: church revitalization and new church starts
  • General Synod: structure, purpose, and implications on ministry

RECOMMENDED BACKGROUND

Whether you are seeking ministerial authorization in the UCC or a lay person interested in learning more about the denomination, this course is designed for you.

COURSE FORMAT

The course utilizes the online classroom combining live webinars, recorded lectures, reading, online research, student discussion and interaction, and weekly assignments.

COURSE TEXTBOOKS

Please obtain the following books prior to the beginning of the class:

  • Hollyday, Joyce, C. On the Heels of Freedom: the American Missionary Association’s Bold Campaign to Educate Minds, Open Hearts, and Heal the Soul of a Divided Nation
  • Post, Margaret Rowland, History and Program, Revised and Updated
  • Thayer, A. and Jacobsen, D., eds. "Christ, Creedsand Life
  • Walker, Randi, The Evolution of a UCC Style
  • Zikmund, B. ed., Hidden Histories in the United Church, Vols. 1-2 (also available online)

Recommended texts (but not required)

  • Book of Worship, UCC
  • Living Theological Heritage, Vols. I-VII Ed: Barbara Brown Zikmund (available on flash drive from UCC Resources)

FAQ

How much time will I spend engaged in this course?

This is a rigorous course with extensive reading, online research, student interaction and weekly assignments. Be prepared to devote 8-10 hours a week for successful completion.

Can I see the course syllabus?

Of course! Just click here.

Can I receive academic credit for this course?

This course has been approved as a three hour course by a number of Seminaries and Schools of Divinity. Students interested in receiving credit through their seminary should contact the instructor, Rev. Heather Fosburgh directly at [email protected].

Will my association or conference accept this course as a part of authorization requirements?

This course has been widely accepted to meet History & Polity requirements for Ordination and Privilege of Call in many UCC Associations and Conferences. It is the student’s responsibility to check with their local Association/Conference to determine the acceptance of this completed course.

I’m not great with technology. Is training available?

Technology training videos are available and a staff member is available to students who need further training.

Can I arrange a payment plan?

Contact Director of Operations Chris Hamel ([email protected]) for more information.


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Class Curriculum


  Week 1 (May 22 - 28): Introductions & Orientation, A Denomination of Pilgrims, Overview of the Four Traditions
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  Week 2 (May 29 - June 4): We Are a People of God’s Extravagant Welcome (The Four Traditions)
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  Week 3 (June 5 - 11): We Are a People of God’s Extravagant Welcome (Hidden Histories of the UCC)
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  Week 5 (June 19 - 25): We Are One in Baptism and the Table
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  Week 6 (June 26 - July 2): We Are a United and Uniting Church
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  Week 7 (July 3 - 9): We Are a People Who Work at Home And Globally for Justice and Peace
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  Week 8 (July 10 - 16): We Are a People of Covenant
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  Week 9 (July 17 - 23): Introduction to the Denominational Structure of the UCC & Exploring General Synod
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  Week 10 (July 24 - 30): We Listen to the Still Speaking God (Role of Conferences and Associations in the UCC)
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  Week 11 (July 31 - Aug 6): Structure of the UCC Continued: Focus on the Local Church
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  Week 12 (Aug 7 - 13): A Project: Going Deeper into the United Church of Christ
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  Week 13 (Aug 14 - 20): What Matters to You Matters to Us (Course Wrap-up & Evaluation)
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