Summer 2019 Courses

Master's Courses
M5560 Leadership I: Leadership in Ministry
May 20-August 24, 2019
Class Meeting: Monday 7:00 pm EST
Class Begins: Monday, May 20th, 2019
Class Description: Some choose the role of leader and some lead out of necessity. Moving beyond “being in charge” to real leadership requires personal reflection and development, strong communications skills, knowledge of advocacy problem-solving and bridge building, and the willingness and ability to develop the leadership potential in others. Students learn to set goals, inspire and involve others, develop collaboration, and serve as positive role models. The focus of this course is applied leadership theory in a ministerial setting. Leadership here is much bigger than the leader-centric conventional thinking many bring to the topic. Leadership includes three areas: the leader, the follower, and the situation. We will begin with basic leadership theories and then apply the theories to various ministerial situations.
Required Reading:
Dugan, J.P. Leadership Theory: Cultivating Critical Perspectives, Jossey-Bass, 2017.
Knight, S.A. & Ellwood, T., Pagan Leadership Anthology: An Exploration of Leadership and Community in Paganism and Polytheism. Megalithica, 2016.
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Insights Courses
The Havamal and Virtue Ethics
Monday June 17, 2019 – Sunday July 14, 2019 (new dates from those originally announced!)
Instructor: Jeffrey Kupperman
Class Meeting: Thursdays, 9:00 pm ET
Class Description: This course will examine the wisdom poems of the Havamal and explore them in terms of virtue, ethics and the lived life of a modern Heathen or Pagan.
Required Reading: Terry, Patricia, Poems of the Vikings, Bobbs-Merrill Company, inc., 1969
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Paganism and the Male Mysteries
- Monday June 17, 2019 – Sunday July 14, 2019
Instructor: Casey Giovinco
Class Meeting: Tuesday, 8:00 pm ET
Class Description: This course explores the Male Mysteries as they are celebrated within Pagan ritual, how they fit into the larger Pagan framework of our modern spiritual practices, as well as their role within Modern Paganism.
Required Reading:
Moore, Robert L. and Douglas Gillette, King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine, HarperSanFrancisco, 1990.
Stewart, R.J., Celebrating the Male Mysteries, Arcania, 1992.
Giovinco, Casey, Garbed in Green: Gay Witchcraft & The Male Mysteries. Casey Giovinco, 2018.
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What is Contemporary Paganism?
Session III Monday July 15, 2019 – Sunday August 11, 2019
Class Meetings: No live meetings, self-directed
Class Description: Contemporary Paganism is widespread and far-flung, from British Wicca and European Folk Traditions, to American Druidry, Scandinavian Heathenry, Afro-Caribbean diaspora traditions, and reconstructionist movements. Become acquainted with this (NRM) new religious movement and some of its more common expressions.
Week 1: History and Origins of Contemporary Paganism
Week 2: Contemporary Practices and Beliefs
Week 3: Selected Contemporary Pagan Traditions in the US and UK
Week 4: Selected Global Paganisms
Required Reading: Provided in the online classroom
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