Spiritual Formation in Communities

Code: IPS/SP500


Three onsite Intensives | Thursdays 6 - 9pm & Fridays 9am - 5pm (or as noted on outline) | September 15-16, October 13-14, December 1-2 Note: This course is on an every-other-year rotation.

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.

Weekend 1: IPS/SP501 – Christian Spirituality: A Benedictine Approach with Archbishop (retired) Melissa M. Skelton, Sept 15-16

Weekend 2: IPS/SP505 – Buddhist Spirituality with Shinmon Michael Newton, October 13-14

Weekend 3: IPS/SP503 – Jewish Spirituality with Rabbi Susan Shamash, December 1-2

In Person Intensives Only – no Zoom available