PT500—Spiritual and Theological Foundations
Instructor(s): Rev. Janet Gear
The time is one of “great turning,” “emergence,” a “threshold time” characterized by a recognized shift in inherited patterns of thinking and acting. The place is right here where your feet are planted and your relationship to those around you matters deeply. The task is preparation for contributing to the collective spiritual work of embracing the intersection of suffering and wonder where questions of meaning and purpose arise. The goal of this course is to deepen our understanding of the teaching and practices of contemplation and action integral to the Christian life as a foundation for public and pastoral leadership.
In this class we will honour the exploration of a call to ministry not first as an individual career path but as a beckoning into a “great work” – a mandate wider and longer than any one person’s lifetime. How do we articulate that mandate? How does our faith guide and inform our understanding of that “great work?” Who are our mentors in this time and place? What do we need to learn, individually and collectively, in order to lend our lives and leadership to the promise of abundant life? These are some of the questions we will explore together as we formulate a foundation in prayer and action for the collective work of public and pastoral leadership for our time.