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University of Creation Spirituality
Doctor of Ministry Degree/Certificate Program

August 2004 Intensive
August 22-27 NC

Seminar: Gandhi & King: Search for Non-Violence & Social Justice- # 60039

Instructor: Dorsey O. Blake, D.Min.

Faculty Bio: Dorsey has his A.B. from Brown University, M.A., Pacific School of Religion and the Center for Urban Black Studies, M.Div., Pacific School of Religion and D.Min., from United Theological Seminary. He is the Pastor of the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples, San Francisco. Dorsey was the first full-time Black male professor at the University of Alabama from 1972-77. He has extensive field ministry experience and work with Interfaith groups on justice and peace issues. Dorsey is Vice-President for Community Learning and founding co-director of the Doctor of Ministry program at the University of Creation Spirituality.

Course Description:While the Mahatma Gandhi and Rev. King course will focus on the contributions of these two contemporary prophets, it will also emphasize the importance of the social and transformative times that empowered them to create their work.Thus, we will pay specific attention to:

1. The historical and social forces that influenced their thinking (for example, the influence that Dr. W.E.B. DuBois on worldwide consciousness regarding issues of race).

2. The specific contributions that Mahatma Gandhi made in South Africa, in India, and the Western World.

3. The contributions that Rev. King made for all American people including African-Americans and non African-Americans in the U.S. and throughout the world

Required Reading:

  1. DuBois, W.E.B. The Souls of Black Folk.NY:Viking Penguin, 1989 Edition. *
  2. Kripalani, Krishna ed. Gandhi: All Men Are Brothers Autobiographical Reflections. Continuum, New York, 2000. ISBN # 0-8264-0003-5 (bring to class)
  3. Washington, James ed. A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. San Francisco, 1991. Required chapters: 6,8,10,13,22,40-45,48,53,54,56(pgs. 617-633), 57. *
*Selected chapters available at UCS for $10.00.
For students beginning in January 2002, this is part of General Fees.
All of the above books are required for class.

Suggested Reading:

Translations that are available of: New Testament, Bhagavad Gita, Quran

Pre-Class Writing Assignment:5-8 pages
Respond to one of the three themes of the course description.

Post-Class Writing Assignment: 8-15 pages
Will be given in class.

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