MTSO Courses of Interest to UU Students

Single-class registration is open to non-MTSO students as well as full-time MTSO students.

MTSO's UU House of Studies offers a number of courses of particular interest to Unitarian Universalist students. These classes are available for credit or audit.

To apply to take a course for credit, visit our page for occasional and guest students. Contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-333-6876 with questions.

To audit a course without receiving credit, you may complete our auditing application. Contact the Office of Academic Affairs at or 740-362-3482 with questions about auditing.

The UU House of Studies at MTSO is committed to radical hospitality for our guests taking intensive classes. Inexpensive accommodations are available on campus; and with notice, volunteers are available to provide free transportation to and from John Glenn Columbus International Airport.  

Summer 2018

DS-682: Unitarian Universalist Special Topics: Religious Education

Taught by Kathryn Covey
Meets 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 3-5 

Students will explore religious education in Unitarian Universalist congregations with emphasis on specific issues inherent in this creedless, liberal faith. Students completing the course and engaging seriously in its practice can expect to gain skills in intergenerational worship development, explore implicit and explicit assumptions of what is being taught, understand the past and future of UU faith formation, and practice collegial feedback for applications in religious education. They also will develop a heightened awareness of: curriculum, rituals and content in Lifespan Unitarian Universalist religious education; models, strategies, and resources for faith formation programs; policies and cultures of preventing abuse in our congregations; and theological foundations for Unitarian Universalist religious education and identity forming. No prerequisite. 1.5 credit hours.

DS-681: Unitarian Universalist Polity

Taught by Susan Ritchie
Meets June 20-24 during UU General Assembly in Kansas City, Missouri. Course times scheduled around conference.

Students will explore how changing cultures and theologies of leadership, authority and church shape our governance; how polity helps or hinders commitment to social justice; what historical roots exist for institutional behaviors; and how insights are taken to congregations and communities. No prerequisite. 1.5 credit hours.

Fall 2018

DS-682: Unitarian Universalist Special Topics: Animals and Religion

Taught by John Gibb Millspaugh
Meets 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 2-4 

Inherited religious discourses on human relationships with other animals offer many contradictory teachings on the nature of human obligations to “other” animals. Most contemporary religious morality takes no account of increasingly widespread scientific and ethical investigations of “the animal question.” These investigations, placed alongside business practices, religious rituals, intersectional activisms, and theologies from world religions provide students fertile ground to develop their own practical theology of humans and other animals, tailored for congregations and the other settings where they intend to serve. No prerequisite. 3 credit hours.

January 2019

DS-682: Unitarian Universalist Theologies

Taught by Susan Ritchie
Meets 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 23-27

This course focuses on the transient and permanent features of Unitarian, Universalist and Unitarian Universalist theologies, from their classical articulations in the 19th century, to their modern reframings, and finally, to their contemporary manifestations. Special attention will be paid to the theologies currently informing the direction of Unitarian Universalism, as well as to the theological questions left to a new generation. No prerequisite. 3 credit hours.  

Spring 2019

DS-680: Unitarian Universalist History

Taught by Susan Ritchie
Meets 8 a.m.-5 p.m. March 29-31

This course traces the theological and institutional emergence of Unitarianism out of the Radical Reformation. It will also focus on the universalism of 18th century England, and the state of Unitarianism in Europe and North America through its development through the late 19th and 20th centuries. Prerequisite: CH-501, Survey of Global Christian History. 2 credit hours.

Auditors by permission. Learn more about the Unitarian Universalist House of Studies here.