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UCC History & Polity [Winter 2019]

January 23 - May 1

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, January 23 - Thursday, May 1.

Live video calls:

  • Thursday, January 24 at 8:00 pm ET
  • Thursday, February 21 at 8:00 pm ET
  • Thursday, March 21 at 8:00 pm ET
  • Thursday, April 25 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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Course Curriculum


  Week 1 (Jan 23-29): Introductions & Orientation, A Denomination of Pilgrims, Overview of the Four Traditions
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  Week 2 (Jan 30-Feb 5): We Are a People of God’s Extravagant Welcome (The Four Traditions)
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  Week 3 (Feb 6 - 12): We Are a People of God’s Extravagant Welcome (Hidden Histories of the UCC)
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  Week 5 (Feb 20 - 26): We Are One in Baptism and the Table
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  Week 6 (Feb 27 - Mar 5): We Are a United and Uniting Church
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  Week 7 (Mar 6 - 12): We Are a People Who Work at Home And Globally for Justice and Peace
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  Week 8 (Mar 13 - 19): We Are a People of Covenant
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  Week 9 (Mar 20 - 26): Introduction to the Denominational Structure of the UCC & Exploring General Synod
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  Week 10 (Mar 27 - Apr 2): We Listen to the Still Speaking God (Role of Conferences and Associations in the UCC)
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  Week 11 (Apr 3 - 9): Structure of the UCC Continued: Focus on the Local Church
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  Week 12 (Apr 10 - 16): A Project: Going Deeper into the United Church of Christ
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  Week 13 (May 1 - 7): What Matters to You Matters to Us (Course Wrap-up & Evaluation)
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