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Fighting for Power

February 1, 2019 – February 2, 2019 all-day
Union Theological Seminary
3041 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Friday, Feb 1  |  1:00 – 6:00pm
Saturday, Feb 2  |  9:00am – 5:00pm
Instructor: Cari Jackson
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Power struggles are present in every ministerial context, often in a dynamic interchange with how power is exercised in the broader society. How power is addressed greatly enhances or impedes ministry effectiveness. The course focus begins with an historical examination of the prevailing patterns of power dynamics as a backdrop for analyses of power in specific contemporary contexts. Then moves to a close examination of exercises of power, factors that contribute to power struggles, and the resulting ethical and practical implications of power struggles. Students are encouraged to bring specific examples of power struggles for analysis and strategy development.

This course is designed to help students:

  • Recognize the interconnections between power dynamics within ministry context and the broader society.
  • Strengthen their capacity for ministerial effectiveness serving in church, community service, chaplaincy, and other contexts.
  • Recognize the major factors that have contributed to the most common power struggles within their own ministry contexts.
  • Formulate strategies for heightening self-awareness and minimizing the likelihood of power struggles and conflicts within their contexts and for addressing them when they arise.

Dr. Cari addresses issues at micro interpersonal levels as well as macro political, social and economic levels with impact across racial groups, cultures, and nations. She does not shy away from controversial social issues, such as classism and poverty, racial discrimination and criminal profiling, gender and marriage equality, and reproductive freedom in fresh, transformative ways.

Her ability to connect publicly with others translates well in a variety of venues. Whether at a women’s prison in South Africa, an LGBTQ rally in Cuba, a primary school in Kenya, or a classroom of deaf students in the U.S., Dr. Cari captivates audiences with her natural style and approachable ease.

Dr. Cari has been adjunct faculty at Union Theological Seminary and One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, both in New York City, where she taught such courses as “The Christian Chase for Power” and “Ministry in Multicultural Contexts.” She has taught, lectured, and preached in Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Buddhist, and Interfaith spiritual gatherings. When speaking in seminaries, she urges, “The ultimate value of your studying and learning in these hallowed halls becomes clear only when you engage theory and theology with the real issues and circumstances of people’s everyday lives.”