MARK A. HICKS

Angus MacLean Professor of Religious Education 
and

Director, Fahs Collaborative Laboratory for Innovation in Faith Formation



Meadville Lombard Theological School, Chicago

 610 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605

mhicks@meadville.edu

Tel: 312-546-6479              Fax: 312-327-7068

Education
 

M.A., TEACHERS COLLEGE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, HIGHER AND ADULT EDUCATION

 

Ed.D., TEACHERS COLLEGE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, PHILOSOPHY AND EDUCATION

 

B.A., OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY, LIBERAL ARTS/COMMUNICATION

 

PROFESSIONAL LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS
 

Partial Listing 2008-2015

Celebration of Shared Ministry: Fahs Fellows, Cohort 2.   UU General Assembly.  Portland, OR (2015).

 

Sewing Seeds of Incubation (with H. Westall).  General Assembly, Portland, OR (2015).

 

EcoJustice Collaboratory.  UU Ministry for Earth.  Detroit, MI.  (2014)

 

Dancing on the Edge of Meaning: Religious Leadership for a Multi-Racial, Multicultural and Theologically Diverse World.  UU Ministers Association Center for Excellence in Ministry. St. Petersburg, FL.    (2013)

Keynote:  Leaning as an Act of Liberation. Collegium:  An Association for Liberal Religious Education Studies.  Chicago, Illinois. (2012)

 

Rhythm, pitch, and timbre:  The Elements of Multicultural Competence for Musicians.  with Nancy Palmer Jones.  UU Musicians Network Annual Meeting; Tulsa, OK.  (2012)



Fahs Lecture.  Toward a Religious Education for People of Color. Unitarian Universalist General Assembly.  Charlotte, North Carolina. (2011). 

 
Keynote:  Experience the Vision:  2010 Arthur Judy Lecture.  Prairie Star District Annual Meeting.  Davenport, Iowa. (2010). 


Becoming our Future Selves.  Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington; Arlington, Virginia. (2010). 

Keynote:  Toward Inclusive Excellence.  Now is the Time Conference for Multi-racial, Multicultural Congregations.  UUA; Tulsa, Oklahoma. (2009).


Making Room for Deep Change:  Mechanics of Transforming Conceptions of Economics & Justice.  World Council of Churches Conference on Economics and Justice.  Nashville,
Tennessee.  (2008). 


 

CONSULTANCIES

Arlington County Public Schools, Virginia
 

Arts and Education Partnership
 

Collaborative Inquiry and Development Group
 

DC Voice, Washington, District of Columbia
 

First Unitarian Church, Portland, OR
 

Fordham University Office of Undergraduate Admission, New York
 

Frederick Community College, Maryland
 

Fulbright Scholars, Columbia University, New York
 

Philadelphia Youth Network, Philadelphia, PA
 

Princeton University, New Jersey
 

Southeastern Louisiana State University Office of Student Affairs
 

Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association, Executive Board, Boston
 

Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth, Executive Board, Boston
 

US Department of Education
 

US Department of State/USDA Graduate

College

COURSES TAUGHT
2009-2015

 Unleashing your Multicultural Ministry.  Students and Teaching Pastors join together to develop skills and hearts and minds that respond to the Multicultural Now.

 

The Method is the Message.  Topic:  Human and faith formation theory fused with religious education pedagogy.



Religious Education for a Changing World.  Topic:   philosophy, history, faith and human development, methods and controversies within liberal religious education.


Congregational Studies Seminar.  Topic:  Academic seminar that accompanies congregational
internship. 


Multi-Racial Congregations and Faith Formation.  Topic:  Praxis-style course that models the skills necessary to promote faith formation in a liberal multi-racial, multicultural and theologically diverse congregation.


Walk the Talk:  Developing Competency in Cross-Cultural Communication.  Topic:  a skills-based
course teaching effective communication skills in high-stakes encounters.

NATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECTS

National S.E.E.D. Project on Inclusive Curriculum

Funded by Lucent Technologies Foundation, member of a three-person team to document the impact of the S.E.E.D. Project.  The S.E.E.D. Project, which draws on the work of Peggy McIntosh and Emily Style, is an equity project for K-12 teachers, preparing them to lead yearlong seminars in their schools.  These seminars focus on creating greater access to learning for all students through the development of cross-cultural understanding; 2003-2004.

Arts and Education Partnership
Funded by the Ford Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education, explored the role of the arts In improving academic performance for impoverished schools; 2002-2003.

2010 - present

2010 - present