UCC History and Polity at General Synod 2011

June 27-July 8, 2011
Tampa, Florida
University of South Florida and Tampa Convention Center

Course Description

This is a course in the History, Faith, and Polity of the United Church of Christ.  It is designed to satisfy academic requirements in UCC History and Theology for people preparing for Authorized ministry in the UCC, and also to provide an introduction for ministers from other denominations seeking privilege of call or ministerial standing in the UCC.  Interested lay people are welcome to audit the course. 

Teaching Team

Prof. Jason Donnelly, Rev. Melbalenia Evans, Rev. K. Ray Hill, Rev. Rosario Ibarra, Prof. Randi Walker

Course Information

The course meets in Tampa for a two-week intensive session from June 27 through July 8.  We expect students to arrive by Sunday evening to be ready for class on Monday June 27.  We expect students to arrange their departure after the end of class on Friday July 8.  In addition, the course will have four online sessions starting in May. Online components of the course may be accessed through a website to be provided to those who register.

Academic credit for this course will be granted through Pacific School of Religion. Auditors using the course for privilege of call or for preparation for ordination, please note:  you will need to complete all the assignments as those taking the course for credit do.  

The course will be held at the University of South Florida and students will have room and board on campus.  During the General Synod, the class will meet at the Convention Center and attend Synod sessions. 

Registration for credit or audit will be through the PSR Summer Session registration.  To receive information about how to register, please send an e-mail message to: summer@psr.edu

Room and Board will be $850 for the period from June 27-July 8, double occupancy. Tuition will be $1920 for 3 units of academic credit and $690 for auditors. In addition, students will be expected to register for General Synod. 

Contact Randi Walker for information about the course content and questions about credit. rwalker@psr.edu  510-849-8221.

Course Learning Objectives

1.  Students will have a working knowledge of UCC Polity

2.  Students will be able to articulate the history of the UCC with regard to their context

3.  Students will have experience cross-cultural conversations with people in the UCC in contexts unfamiliar to them

4.  Students will understand what is happening at the General Synod
5.  Students will be able to articulate their particular paths of preparation for ordination and how they plan to demonstrate the marks of faithful ministry to their communities.
6.  Students will be able to articulate a sense of UCC ethos - what distinguishes us from other denominations - and be able to say what are the marks of ministry in the UCC in relationship to this ethos.