Spiritual Practice in These Times

Session: Spring
Type: Asynchronous
Units: 3
Academic Year: 2019 - 2020
Approval Required: Yes

“This is not a time to live without a practice. It is a time when all of us will need the most faithful, self-generated enthusiasm (enthusiasm: to be filled with god) in order to survive in human fashion. Whether we reach this inner state of recognized divinity through prayer, meditation, dancing, swimming, walking, feeding the hungry or enriching the impoverished is immaterial. We will be doubly bereft without some kind of practice that connects us, in a caring way, to what begins to feel like a dissolving world.” — Alice Walker In this course, students will explore, develop and deepen their spiritual practice and support their peers in doing the same. The class will be experiential, multi-religious and counter oppressive. It will draw on some of the wisdom and practices of world religions including earth based traditions, as well as on art, poetry, and deep ecology. Evaluation will be based on reflections, spiritual practice exercises, a project, and how students helped create a vibrant and caring learning community.

Relates to Thresholds: Spiritual Practice & Care of the Soul; Embodied Wisdom & Beauty. Relates to MFC Comp 3: Encourages Spiritual Development for Self and Others.

[Faculty Consent required; 20 max enrollment; Auditors excluded]

Instructor: Rev. Christine Fry