Experiential Learning, Arts Immersion, and Reflection
Are you ready to learn creative practices for use in real-world leadership roles? Integrate the arts into your ministry with United’s new Certificate in the Arts and Spirituality for Spiritual and Religious Leaders.
Whether you’re a pastor, religious educator, youth worker, spiritual director, lay leader, or social justice leader, the Certificate in the Arts and Spirituality will train you in transformative artistic practices that will expand and deepen your work.
You’ll have the chance to…
- Work with exceptional practicing and teaching artists from varied disciplines
- Discover, renew, and enhance creative entry points for your spiritual practice
- Explore the integration of artistic practices and techniques to ready communities for action
- Practice your expanded creativity for times of change and challenging opportunity
The Certificate in the Arts and Spirituality for Spiritual and Religious Leaders can be attained in two semesters.
The program consists of eight cohort sessions, two electives, and an ongoing integrative project of your choosing.
- Cohort sessions will meet monthly addressing a different form of art process
- Electives will offer an avenue for individual study
- Integrative Project – A notebook, journal or portfolio, whatever suits your learning process
- Access to your cohort group between sessions via an online platform.
By the end of the Certificate program, leaders will be able —
- To design vibrant worship, community workshops, and educational experiences, fully integrating the arts and artistic methods in planning, preparation, and “performance”;
- To make use of new artistic practices (e.g., poetry, storytelling, improvisation) to expand imaginative dimensions in leadership roles and spiritual experiences;
- To perceive and practice their leadership roles as creative and imaginative artists and actors;
- To utilize an enhanced creativity and an artistic method of thinking to bear on new and challenging situations within their contexts.
Request more information or enroll in the Certificate in the Arts and Spirituality for Spiritual and Religious Leaders today. There are still a few slots left for the certificate, so enrollment has been extended until September 16! The fee for the certificate, including cohort sessions and two electives, is $1000, payable upfront or $500 per semester.ENROLL NOW
These are the sessions you’ll take in order to get your certificate. Download the full program description for more details, including the bios of each of the teaching artists.
Required Cohort Sessions
1. Introductory Session – Religious Leader as Artist
Cindi Beth Johnson, Director of The Intersection, Wilson Yates Center for Theology and the Arts
Jann Cather Weaver, Associate Professor Emerita in Worship, and Theology and the Arts, Professional Art Photographer, UCC Minister
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 / 12 PM- 4 PM
How can learning a creative process help us to re-vision our roles as religious leaders? What might religious leaders learn from the ways in which artist’s think? In this session, we will examine the overlap of the creative process and spirituality for religious leaders.
2. Religious Leader as Creator
Hawona Sullivan Janzen — Writer, art curator
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 / 9 AM-4 PM
How do artists plan? How do they create a theme for their work or approach problem solving in a creative way? In this session, a process will be shared in which one can begin to be see how it can be applied to liturgical planning, stewardship, educational offerings or worship.
3. Religious Leader as Poet
Pamela Wynn – Poet, writer, teacher
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 / 9 AM-4 PM
In this session, Pamela Wynn will draw upon poetry as a means of experiential learning and reflection. She’ll guide the cohort group through the practice of collaborative poetry to reveal the power of a community voice.
4. Religious Leader and Improv
Tane Danger – Unscripted theater teacher (and a PK!)
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 / 9 AM-4 PM
Improv expert and entertainer Tane Danger will guide you through the dynamics of improv and a form of expression for navigating through difficult issues and developing an ‘out of the box’ tool that you can use with your staff or in your community.
5. Religious Leader as Storyteller
Kevin Kling — Master Storyteller
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 / 9 AM-4 PM
Storytelling has multiple impacts in worship, teaching, or building community. Stories can shape messages, provide hope in difficult situations, have the capacity to bridge differences and cross over generations. Kevin Kling will demonstrate the power of stories and methods in which they can be told with impact.
6. Religious Leader as Photographer
Wing Young Huie — Photographer
Jann Cather Weaver
February 14, 2017 / 9 AM- 4 PM
We “snap” and we “shoot” for all sorts of reasons. Yet how might we “reframe” a spiritual attitude toward the photographs we take? Wing Young Huie will challenge us to think about what we “see” and what we don’t “see.” Jann Cather Weaver will help us think about “receiving photography” as revelation- what might it mean to ‘receive” a photo instead of “capture” or “shoot”it.
7. Religious Leader as Performer
Teaching artist from Penumbra Theatre and Jann Cather Weaver
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 / 9 AM-4 PM
Leading worship is about being a performer—not an entertainer!—of liturgy. In this session, a teaching artist from The Penumbra Theatre will lead us through exercises that actors use to prepare for leading an audience through a performance. Jann Cather Weaver will help us reflect on how these skills of performance and presentation apply to religious and community leadership.
8. Religious Leader as Artist
In this final session, you will share elements from your chosen Capstone Project (integrative notebook, journal, or portfolio,) highlighting your key learnings from the program which can or have been applied in your setting. Moreover you will formulate projects for your community going forward, drawing on the creative skills you’ve learned in the program.
Electives offer you the opportunity to create a learning experience that is tailored to your individual needs. The certificate requires a minimum of 2 electives which are included in your enrollment fee. Additional electives can be taken but there may be an added charge.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your elective choices. Put the words “Certificate Electives” in the subject lines. Space is limited and offerings may change. You are encouraged to register early.
Check back for additional elective options!
Creating Art In Community
Lynda Lee, Chaplain and Artist
Tuesday, September 27, 9-4 PM
How do we open up an ancient story and carry forward its symbols and questions in order to discern a word of God for today’s people? Using collaborative art in liturgical expression brings together head, heart and hands as worship, as transformative “work of the people.”
We will learn to foster creating art in community through a hands-on, hearts-in day long practicum, using meditative reading and discussion of a chosen theme found in Scripture and sacred texts, reflection and visioning, use of a consensus method, and experiment with various materials and creative possibilities. Through collaboration we will express an understanding of how we are connected with a greater story that continues to ask questions of meaning, purpose, a and hope.
Lynda Lee is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and currently serves as Chaplain/Spiritual Care Coordinator for Northfield Hospital and Clinics in Northfield, MN, where her primary work is with Long Term Care Center residents. She works with the Wellness Committee and other departments, and recently presented “Care for Caregivers” to departmental staff. Lynda has led healing art workshops in various settings–part of group therapy sessions, for cancer support groups, Community Education, Spiritual Care providers, and Hospice and Palliative care workers. In 2014 at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival she hosted and moderated a discussion on theological reflection with contemporary film and broadcast media.
Audit a Course
Another option for electives is to audit a full or partial course.
Theological Interpretation of the Arts, Jann Cather Weaver, Thursdays, 5:45-9:00 PM, September 1-December 15
This is a 13-week class. Contact us to register for this course through the certificate program. This option counts as 3 electives for persons enrolled in the Certificate program.
Art as Spiritual Practice: Exploration, Practice and Expression, Cindi Beth Johnson, Fridays, 1:30-4:45
This is a 13-week course. Contact us to register for this course through the certificate program. This option counts as 3 electives for persons enrolled in the Certificate program.
NOTE: You may take this as one (or more) of three individual units. Each individual unit will count as 1 elective in the Certificate program.
Part I – Art as Spiritual Practice: Exploration
Fridays from 1:30-4:45, September 9, 16, 23, 30 (and one online session)
This unit will engage four unique art forms in order to expand your arts experiences and analyze the ways in which working in different art forms can inform and enhance your primary artistic expression and spiritual understanding.
Part II – Art as Spiritual Practice: Process
Fridays from 1:30-4:45, October 7, 14, Nov 4 and 11 (and one online session)
This unit will focus on interpreting the creation of art as a form of spiritual expression and understand the experience of practicing and creating art works within a community of other artists.
Part III- Art as Spiritual Practice: Expression*
Fridays, 1:30-4:45, Dec 2, 9, 16 (and one online session)
This unit will integrate the learning of the previous sessions and provide an opportunity to create new works arising from enhanced integration of spiritual experience, creative practice, and process. *In order to take the third section you must take one of the two previous sections.
Ready to Enroll?
Request more information or enroll in the Certificate in the Arts and Spirituality for Spiritual and Religious Leaders today. Enrollment deadline is September 1, 2016. The fee for the certificate, including cohort sessions and two electives, is $1000, payable upfront or $500 per semester.ENROLL NOW