The course covers a basic outline of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist history, with an emphasis on how understanding our history allows us to be more effective in fulfilling our religious mission.
Module One: Why and How History Matters; The Importance and Variety of Origin Stories; European Beginnings.
Module Two: The Emergence of American Unitarianism out of Congregationalism; the Legacy of Congregational Polity; Unitarianism and The American Renaissance, The Dawn of Transcendentalism.
Module Four: The Multiplicity of Universalist Origins; Universalism and the Great Awakenings; Universalism and the American Republic.
Module Five: Unitarian Identity: Crises and Opportunities (The Civil War and The New Pragmatism; The Western Frontier and Humanism).
Module Seven: Universalist Identity: Crises and Opportunities (Social Reform in a New Era; Universalism Modernizes).
Module Eight: Unitarianism and Universalism in Consolidation; The Black Empowerment Controversy; Sources of UU Identity in the 21st Century.
Led by: Rev. Dr. Susan Ritchie
Minister, North UU Congregation
- Badge earned upon completion: (Please note: You must attend all in-person sessions to earn the badge.)