A commenter asked about the amount of historical material in the Universalism course for Starr King School for the Ministry, and it seems logical to provide the basic outline in case folks want to respond to today’s query about what material they would suggest for the syllabus. So, here is the rough sketch of teaching units taken from the initial course proposal. Some of these categories have mostly been determined, while others have room left for more material to be added. The actual title of the course is “Universalism: History, Theology, Practice,” so all three will receive consideration:
Week 1: The Biblical and Early Christian Roots of Universalism
-material from Origen and other early Christian fathers, etc.
Week 2: Forerunners to denominational Universalism
-material from Charles Chauncey, de Benneville, Relly, etc.
Week 3: The founding of Universalism in North America
-material from John Murray, Winchester, Rush, etc.
Week 4: The maturation of Universalism
-material from Hosea Ballou, the Winchester and other professions, etc.
Week 5: Theological Controversies
-material on Ultra-Universalism vs. Restoration Universalism, fascination/rejection of Spiritualism
Week 6: Social Effects of Universalism
-material on abolition, women’s rights, temperance, welfare, science, utopianism, religious freedom, etc.
Week 7: Universalist Missions
-material on Quillen Shin, frontier Universalism, missions to Philippines, Japan, Canada, seminaries, African-American Universalism, etc.
Week 8: Giants of the New Century
-material from Clarence Skinner, the Humiliati, etc.
Week 9: Expanding the Circle
-material from Kenneth Patton, Universalist Humanism, Universalism as world religion, etc.
Week 10: Moving Toward Consolidation
-material on antecedents to the merger with the Unitarians, consolidation, after-effects, etc.
Week 11: Other Universalists
-material on Universalism in mainline Protestantism, Quakerism, Primitive Baptists, etc.
Week 12: The Dharma of Universalism
-material on Universalist attitudes in Mahayana Buddhism, Jodo Shinshu, Shinran, etc.
Week 13: Rise of Evangelical Universalism
-material from Carlton Pearson, new Universalists, etc.
Week 14: Continuing Presence of Universalism Within UUism
-material from contemporary Universalist services, Universalist influences on Principles, new publications, Cathedral of the World, etc.