Braveheart Syllabus and Reading List


Opening Retreat 


Session One:  Thus Do We Covenant Together

 Pre-Reading:   Alice Blair Wesley’s Minns Lectures; The Seven Principles;  The Cambridge Platform


Session Two:  Spiritual Practice

Pre-Reading:  Everyday Spiritual Practice by Scott Alexander


Session Three:  Welcoming the Soul

Pre-Reading:   A Hidden Wholeness by Parker Palmer


Session Four:  Our Spiritual Histories 

Pre-Reading:  The God We Never Knew by Marcus Borg


Session Five:  What Are We Talking About?

Pre-Reading: What We Talk About When We Talk About God by Rob Bell


Session Six:  Process Theology 

Pre-Reading: Process Theology: A Basic Introduction by C. Robert Mesle


Session Seven:  Systematic Theology 

Pre-Reading:   A House for Hope: The Promise of Progressive Religion for the 21st Century by John A. Beuhrens and Rebecca Ann Parker


Session Eight:  Liberation Theology 

Pre-Reading:  A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics, and Salvation by Gustavo Gutiérrez


Session Nine:  God is (not) One 

Pre-Reading:   God is Not One by Stephen Prothero


Session Ten:  Unitarian Universalist Theology 

Pre-Reading: “The Five Smooth Stones of Liberal Religion” by James Luther Adams


Session Eleven: Our European Roots 

Pre-Reading:  Unitarian Universalism: A Narrative History by David Bumbaugh


Session Twelve: Universalism

Pre-Reading:  The Gospel of Universalism: Hope, Courage, and the Love of God by Tom Owen-Towle


Session Thirteen:  Unitarianism

Pre-Reading:  Three Prophets of Religious Liberalism by Conrad Wright


Session Fourteen:  Let Your Life Speak 

Pre-Reading:   Let Your Life Speak, by Parker Palmer


Session Fifteen:  Celebration and Reflection