This is a graduate course in Unitarian Universalist (UU)
History. The course will cover the history of liberal religion from its
origins in the Renaissance and Radical Reformation and its development in
Europe, to its history in the United States and Canada. The
course will also critically examine contemporary issues.
UU History is a three-credit, semester-long course designed for
Unitarian Universalist seminarians who do not have access to courses in
denominational history at or near their seminaries. The short course is
designed for members of congregations Dr. Forsey serves, and is intended to
increase awareness of Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist history, help to
create an opportunity for members to get to know each other and provide a forum
for Unitarians and Unitarian Universalists who simply love learning.
The short version of the course is not graded and there are no papers due.
However, everyone in the class is expected to read as much of the material as
possible, post a page or less once a week on responses to what is read and
respond to the postings of one or two colleagues in the class once a week.
Postings may be as brief as one paragraph, especially when responding to a
posting of another student.
The primary text for the course is
Earl Morse Wilbur’s
Our Unitarian Heritage. It will provide the narrative throughout
most of our class. Wilbur’s text will be supplemented by scholarly
articles, helpful bibliographies, and links to the growing body of historical
material on the World Wide Web. The course is divided into fourteen units.
We will cover one unit per week. To successfully complete each unit,
students are required to complete all of the assigned readings and to post a
weekly one-page reflection paper to the “Discussion” forum to
share with other students. Students and instructors are in ongoing
conversation throughout the semester. In addition, a final paper
(printed copy) will be mailed to the professor at the end of the course.
Below, you will find course expectations, a brief syllabus,
and instructions about how to register for the course. You may also follow
a link to sample a typical unit of the course on the topic of Transcendentalism.
All other parts of the course are protected by a password which you will receive
upon full payment.