The Sacred and The Substance

Session: Spring
Type: Online, Synchronous
Units: 3
Days: WED
Time: 9:40am-12:30pm
Academic Year: 2023 - 2024
Approval Required: No

This synchronous online course seeks to formulate a history of psychedelia today, including modern history while at the same time attending to some of the inherent harms associated with the movement. We’ll explore how traditional communities association with sacred plants has been both respected and exploited by new practitioners, some of them with the best of intent. We’ll look at technical practices with sacred plants and explore the role of exotification and Global tourism. We’ll look at the division between the religious and the spiritual and the notion of Spiritual bypass. We’ll also pay attention to the laws governing substance use, from mandated 12 step meetings to the role of the DEA in regulating what is considered Sacred. Finally, we’ll be exploring the new crop of Guide training programs to see what they say about the future of psychedelia in the movement. This course will feature queer, indigenous, and POC perspectives. We will have guest lecturers from some of the prominent voices in this psychedelic community today. Reflection papers, final projects, and/or a final paper will be used for evaluation. This course is intended for all of those with an interest in the topic. Previous experience is not a prerequisite.

Relates to SKSM Thresholds: 1. Life in Religious Community and Interfaith Engagement, 4. History of Dissenting Traditions and the Thea/ological Quest, 5. Spiritual Practice and Care of the Soul, 6. Thea/ology in Culture and Context. MFC: 2. Pastoral Care and Presence, 3. Spiritual Development for Self and Others, 4. Social Justice in the Public Square, 7. Leads the faith into the future.

Maximum enrollment 20. Auditors Excluded.

Faculty Consent Required. Registration is contingent upon faculty approval.
1. Students will self-enroll in the course to be placed on the waitlist. 2. Complete the required faculty consent questionnaire:
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