Online Classes

28th February, 2012 - Posted by Kharma - No Comments

Online Classes

Our goal is to offer each of the three required MCC courses (e.g. Polity, Queer History, and Sexuality Studies) twice per calendar year.  Details on this page will be added as they are confirmed, so check back often.  Our attempt is to give you as much information as possible so that you can plan in advance.

Registration will open at least one month prior to each course.  (Click here for our refund policy.)  Please contact us if you have any questions.

NOTE: For those who are officially “In-Care” with MCC, limited scholarships are available to cover the costs associated with these required courses.  Please download, complete, and submit the Clergy Development Scholarship Application on the Forms and Manuals section of our website under Incoming Clergy.

MCC Polity
This course will consider the history, structure, and governance of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) as well as the values, theologies, and cultures that have shaped MCC. This will be explored in the larger context of LGBTQ liberation movements and the global religious context. 

First Half of 2015

Dates: 28 April – 16 June
Note: This is a hybrid course where most work is self-paced.  There will be two “live” 90 minute sessions on Tuesday 28 April and 9 June at 8:00 pm GMT/UTC (4:00 pm EDT)
Instructor: Rev. Terri Echelbarger
REGISTRATION CLOSED – COURSE COMPLETED

Second Half of 2015

Dates: 15 October – 10 December
Note: This is a hybrid course where most work is self-paced. There will be two “live” 90 minute sessions on Thursdays 15 October and 3 December at 5:00 pm GMT/UTC (1:00 pm EDT)
Instructor: Rev. Terri Echelbarger
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Queer History
This course will give an overview of the history of GLBTQ people from the ancient Western world, through pre-industrial and modern cultures, to contemporary global situations. Particular emphasis will be placed on understanding the changing social constructions of sexuality and gender, and on the historic roots of contemporary religious, social, and political realities.

First Half of 2015

Dates: Saturdays 3 January – 7 February 2015
Virtual Class Meets Live 3:30 – 5:00 pm EST (8:30 – 10:00 pm GMT/UTC)
Instructor: Rev. Joan Saniuk
REGISTRATION CLOSED – COURSE COMPLETED

Second Half of 2015

Dates: Live class meets 22 September, 6 October, 20 October, 3 November, 17 November
Virtual Class Meets Live from 5:00 – 7:00 pm EST (9:00 – 11:00 pm GMT/UTC; note daylight savings time will occur during this course so there will be a shift in GMT/UTC)
Instructor: Rev. Dr. Thomas Bohache
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The following text books will be needed for the above Queer History course:  (Other supplemental texts will be provided).

  • Vicki L.  Eaklor, Queer America (New Press, 2011)

  • Lillian Faderman, Odd Girls & Twilight Lovers (Penguin, 1992)

  • Susan Stryker, Transgender History (Seal Press, 2008)

Sexuality Studies
This course provides students with basic information about human sexuality and offers an opportunity to become more comfortable talking about a variety of sexual issues.  Students will also have an opportunity to assess the sexual health of oneself, professional ministry, and location of ministry, including preventing misconduct and sexual abuse.  The course includes teachings/texts about sexuality from tradition, as well as denominational and congregational policies.  Students will reflect theologically on the integration of sexuality and spirituality, and examine the impact of race, class, gender, and heterosexism on issues of sexuality in  ministry.

Second Half of 2015

Dates: Saturdays, 17 October – 21 November 2015
Virtual Class Meets Live from 2:00 – 3:30 pm EST (6:00 – 7:30 pm GMT/UTC; note daylight savings time occurs during the course so there will be a shift in GMT/UTC)
Instructor: Rev. Kelby Harrison
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SPECIAL OPTION: Add-On to Sexuality & Spirituality Conference
Instructor: Rev. Dr. Thomas Bohache
You can take advantage of the first ever MCC Virtual/Online Conference for Sexuality and Spirituality to also meet your MCC Sexuality Studies requirement, if you register for this “Add On” to the conference.  The requirements for this option include:

  1. Attendance at all sessions of the 3-day symposium “Who Are We Really?” in October (requires separate registration)
  2. Subsequent to the symposium, attend 2 additional on-line class sessions (1.5 hrs each) with Dr. Bohache – content and times TBA
  3. Read the following books prior to discussion at the on-line class sessions: Indecent Theology by Marcella Althaus-Reid (Routledge, 2001), Ministry Among God’s Queer Folks by Kundtz and Schlager (Pilgrim Press, 2003)
  4. Write one 5-page reflection paper on the symposium – details TBA
  5. Write one 5-page research paper on a sexual sub-community within the broader GLBTIQ community to which you do NOT belong (e.g., trans*, poly*, BDSM, leather, other fetish, bi, celibate, pansexual), including interviews with folks from that community – further specifics TBA.

Dates & Times for the online sessions for the Sexuality course add-on to the symposium:
Thursday, Oct 22, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, Eastern time
Thursday, Oct 29, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, Eastern time

REGISTRATION FOR SEXUALITY REGISTRATION OPEN NOW: https://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=1668&EID=20495

 

CLERGY BOOK CLUB – So Far From Home: Lost and Found in Our Brave New World by Margaret J. Wheatley.

Revs. Joe Cobb and Alycia Erickson will lead this clergy book study on:

Mondays from 7 September – 12 October from 3:00 – 4:30 pm EST.

This will be in the “Clergy Support” room on Adobe Connect.  Limited to 12 people. Click This Link to Register – Places are filling fast:  https://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=1668&EID=20698

You will need to purchase the book ahead of the class starting on September 7th. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Joe Cobb  or Rev. Alycia Erickson