Multiracial & Crosscultural Courses

In addition to the Signature Courses, several courses are offered each year as a way to deepen the competencies of students' awareness and skill with developing multi-racial, theologically diverse congregations. Each of these courses are taught in the intensive format by member of the Meadville Lombard faculty.

Theology in Black and Brown: Liberation Theologies in Dialogue: July 17-21, 2017

Dr. Anthony B. Pinn and Dr. Benjamin Valentin

Author of thirty books on African American religion, theology and humanism, Dr. Pinn brings his extensive work on African American Humanism to Meadville Lombard. Dr. Valentin is author and scholar of Latino/a theologies. The theological landscape of the United States has been marked by the work of liberation thinkers for a good number of decades. However, it is seldom the case that they engage in dialogue as a way to explore both their commonalities and differences. By bringing them into conversation, this course introduces students to key elements of Latino/a theologies and African American theologies (e.g., black and womanist). In addition, through various individual and group work, students are encouraged to think about elements of application within their own context.

Walking the Talk: Developing Competency in Cross-Cultural Communication: January 2018

Dr. Mark A. Hicks and The Rev. Leslie Takahashi

Dr. Hicks is the Director of the Fahs Collaborative Laboratory for Innovation in Faith Formation, and Rev. Takahashi is the co-author of The Arc of the Universe is Long, chronicling the UUA's journey toward becoming an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural movement.  This weekend, skills-based course provides an opportunity for seminarians and social justice workers to identify and improve their ability to communicate across various cultural orientations. The course is highly experiential and emotionally intensive, giving learners multiple opportunities for real-time engagement with difficult expressions of cultural conflict. 

African Americans and the Universalists, Unitarians and Unitarian Universalists: January 2018

Dr. Mark D. Morrison-Reed

Dr. Morrison-Reed is author of several books, including Black Pioneers in a White Denomination, an important look at racism within liberal religion. This course familiarizes you with the African-American experience within the liberal religious community. Who were these African-American women and men? When and how did they become part of the liberal religious movement? What were the attitudes they encountered among Anglo-Americans and what was the institutional response? This course offers students opportunities to hone their skills in both doing historical research and leading faith communities. 

Multi-Racial Congregation as an Act of Faith
Dr. Mark A. Hicks and Rev. Ashley Horan

Dr. Hicks is the Director of the Fahs Collaborative Laboratory for Innovation in Faith Formation, and Rev. Ashley Horan is the Learning Coordinator and Retreat Leader of the Fahs' curriculum, Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race and Ethnicity. This class will explicitly explore how the process and practice of faith formation promotes the ongoing development of multi-racial, multicultural and theologically diverse congregations.
Unleashing Your Multicultural Ministry
Dr. Mark A. Hicks and Rev. Leslie Takahashi
Interested in helping to bring multiculturalism to our congregations?  Unclear how to begin?  This class invites learners to step into the frame of multicultural imagination.  By exploring through video and word, and especially by using one’s own life as experience, learners will experience real models of how multicultural community works and will be challenged to adapt them to the frame of a congregation they know well or serve.  The principles and approaches observed will be used to craft a plan to identify short and long-term steps towards enhancing multicultural community.  Class time will be spent in personal exploration, discussions of the ways systems have to change to create a vibrant multicultural frame and identifying the resources already within your grasp to be a multicultural leader.  A significant amount of time will be spent talking in teams about the steps you would take to create this sort of change in the congregation you serve.  Teaching Pastors and Student/Intern Ministers are especially encouraged to enroll together for this experiential course.  
Method is the Message
Dr. Mark A. Hicks
This course explores how to strategically create learning experiences in light of how children and adultes learn and grow. Students should expect to grapple head-on with models of cognitive, faith and identity development in a multi-racial, multi-cultural issues.