This weekend series explores spiritual formation within three different faith communities or wisdom traditions with a focus on the specific forms of spirituality brought by instructors from each of the communities or traditions.
Come for one weekend, or participate in them all. Auditors who participate in all 3 weekends receive a 10% discount on tuition!
Weekend I Christian Spirituality
Friday – Saturday February 8-9, 2013
Rev. Dr. Wendy Fletcher
The spiritual life in the Christian tradition is grounded in several core practices. From its earliest centuries, Christians have understood themselves as living in the context of a communal ethos which moves more deeply into its life through: engagement with sacred story; knowledge of the wisdom teachings of its mentors and leaders; prayer both communal and individual; life in the Eucharist as both a communal act and a reaching toward the world. In this segment of the course we will explore these 4 core practices.
Weekend II Indigenous Spirituality
Friday – Saturday March 1-2, 2013
Samaya Jardey, Coast Salish, Snuneymuxw First Nation
This weekend will explore Creation Stories, Myths, First Ancestors, and the Transformer of Coast Salish people to gain an introduction to Indigenous Spirituality in general. We will also explore the worldview and values rooted to the Creation Stories and myths discussed. The theme of this section will be on the importance of place and interconnectedness in Indigenous Spirituality.
Weekend III Jewish Spirituality
Thursday – Friday March 21-22, 2013
Rabbi Laura Duhan-Kaplan
We will explore, intellectually and experientially, three key practices in Jewish spiritual formation: Shabbat rituals, Torah (Bible) study, and prayerful blessing. These have been key in forming Jewish values, communal identity, and theology. For example, Shabbat rituals ground spiritual formation in the family; Torah study teaches critical thinking; prayerful blessing teaches theology through a daily practice of gratitude. Our studies will introduce us to three perspectives, those of (1) the practicing layperson; (2) the academic Jewish studies scholar; (3) the Kabbalistic spiritual seeker.
Register Here for all 3 weekends and receive a 10% discount!
To register for degree credit, please contact the Registrar.