Pauli Murray In & Out of the Pulpit

REL817
Spring 2018
W 3:30 - 5:20pm
Area: 
Area IV
MDIV Requirements: 
Diversity
Professor: 
Permission Not Required
Limited Enrollment
Course Description: 

This course offers an exploration of Pauli Murray’s life and thought with focused attention on her poetry, letters, speeches, memoirs, and sermons.  We will use these modes of discourse to explore her spirituality and allow her to springboard our reflections on the nature of faith-inspired witness today.  The coalescing dynamics of race, class, gender identity, and sexuality will be central to our work.  After gaining a solid understanding of Murray’s life story, we will study a few influential friendships and collaborations to gain a sense of how her voice and activism evolved.  Ultimately, the course is an examination of Pauli Murray’s voice and continuing legacy.  

Background Expected: 

Students should have completed Principles & Practices of Preaching. 

Course Requirements: 

This course requires careful attention to assigned readings, photographs, and musical selections, engagement in class discussions, and completion of the following assignments:  poem or letter, sermon or meditation, spiritual memoir, discussion stimuli.

Basis of Evaluation: 

Weights for the various assignments are as follows:

A.      Poem or Letter (20%)

B.      Sermon or Meditation (30%)

C.      Spiritual Memoir (30%)

D.     Completion of discussion stimuli, self-evaluations, and contribution to learning atmosphere (20%)