Course Memo

This course aims to develop skills, tools, and theoretical/reflective capacity for engaging in community organizing in the ministry context. It centers on an intensive training provided by the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the nation’s oldest network of faith-based and community organizations. A CDSP professor supplements the core training and advances the goals of the course by facilitating daily theological reflection on the training that explicitly relates it to minsterial practice. The training includes lectures, discussion, role play, small-group work, and reading. For those taking the course for academic credit (1.5 or 3.0, depending upon the student’s program), additional reading and two short writing assignments are required. The course is open to all members of the seminary community and includes local non-credit participants from community organizing projects. Course meets daily, 8 am - 5:30 pm,Tuesday-Saturday, 1/16-20/2024. [Auditors with faculty permission]