This course will explore the powerful synergy between mystic spirituality and social activism. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, “Only through an inner spiritual transformation do we gain the strength to fight vigorously the evils of the world in a humble and loving spirit.” In the urgent and troubling context of current world events, we will look to the example of “mystic-activists” from diverse cultures and faith traditions for insight and inspiration. Readings and class explorations include Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Indigenous sources. The ethical implications of the mystic worldview will be a focus throughout. Through a wholistic approach of both heart and head, we will consider specific practices to nourish and sustain an ongoing commitment to justice work and ministerial service. Expect a highly interactive lecture-discussion format enriched by audio and video materials and student praxis projects. Evaluation will be based on the student’s quality of engagement (preparation & participation), short papers, and praxis project presentation.
Intended Audience: Advanced masters level and also suitable for PhD / DMin students.
Threshold Areas 2 &5 and MFC Comp 4.
This course is high residency only. Students must contact the instructor via e-email prior to enrolling in order to receive permission to register. Registration is contingent upon faculty approval.