Vancouver School of Theology

Forming thoughtful, engaged and generous Christian leaders for the church in the 21st century


IPS/SP500—Spiritual Formation in Communities

View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan

This course 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. Study of specific spiritual practices will develop the student’s skills in understanding the sources and practices of spirituality in general. Research shows this is the outcome in the study of cultural diversity: the skills of understanding transfer to a variety of settings although the cultural specifics change. Students will read or otherwise become acquainted with a variety of resources from the three traditions, cultivate experiential learning by interaction with contemporary practitioners, and document their learning in modalities not restricted to academic-paper formats.

Thursday 6-9pm/Friday 9am-5pm – September 13-14: Buddhist Spirituality with Dr. Michael Newton

Thursday 6-9pm/Friday 9am-5pm – October 11-12: Jewish Spirituality with Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan

Thursday 6-9pm/Friday 9am-5pm – November 15-16: Muslim Spirituality with Dr. Seemi Ghazi

Students may choose to take one or two sessions only for 1-credit each.  Please inform the Registrar if you will not be taking all 3 sessions.

This course requires on-site attendance and is not available via Adobe Connect classroom.

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