Course Memo

Care of Individuals and Organizations. This course is co-taught by Sharon Fennema and Jay Johnson. This course asks key questions about care and caring—what is care and what does it means for leaders to care for individuals and organizations. We will explore the character of care, models of caring, and strategies and skills for offering care in particular contexts. This course presumes that effective leaders and flourishing mission-oriented organizations require tangible skills for providing care. Students will be invited to trace the unique needs embedded in particular dynamics and patterns of contemporary cultures through different contexts of care: personal, communal, systemic and cosmic. This course is suitable for those who are preparing for congregational leadership and those in private, public and non-for-profit service. Students will engage throughout the semester in creating a self-designed project that will be presented in class at the end of the semester.