Class Calendar - Please check each week; subject to change.
August 27 - Week 1 - Introduction -- view and discuss The Still Small Voice. What is “spirituality"? Class expectations, ground rules, etc.
Sep 3 - Week 2 - Martin Buber I and Thou intro, pp. 20-48 (optional, but helpful) and Web assignment (required). Read ahead a bit in the Buber text if you can!
Sep 10 - Week 3 - I and Thou, pp. 49-122.
Sep 17 - Week 4 - I and Thou, pp. 123-182.
Sep 24 - Week 5 - Read through chapter 4 (p. 66) of The Sacred Pipe; Web assignment.
Oct 1 - Week 6 - Complete The Sacred Pipe.
Oct 8 - Week 7 - handouts/Web assignments on psychological theories and models related to mysticism (William James, C. G. Jung, Marion Woodman, others).
Oct 15 - Week 8 - Being Peace, through chapter 3. Also “I Do Not Rehearse My Anger: The Teachings of Sister Chan Khong", from The Bond Between Women, by China Galland. Begin reading spiritual classic. Turn in journal pages Week 8 through this reading.
Oct 22 - Week 9 - Being Peace, to end of book. Continue reading spiritual classic. Comparison of approaches of Thich Nhat Hanh and Sister Chan Khong. Meditation experience in class. Check in with group for spiritual classic project.
Oct 29 - Week 10 - Continue reading spiritual classic. Also excerpts from Religious Experience and Journal of Mrs. Jarena Lee, an African-American preacher in the early 19th Century. Paper #1 (Spiritual Autobiography) due. Choose books for Paper #2.
Nov 5 - Week 11 - Finish reading spiritual classic by beginning of class; prepare for group presentations in class. Discussion of Christian spirituality in early centuries of the Christian era. Video: Sr. Wendy interview with Bill Moyers.
Nov 12 - Week 12 - DO GROUP PRESENTATIONS IN CLASS. Begin reading for Paper #2; preview Sallie McFague’s book.
Nov 19 - Week 13 - McFague Chapters Intro through chapter 3 (read these chapters completely using reading notes supplied on Web)
Nov 26 – THANKSGIVING - use the break to read McFague and your selection for the final project.
Dec 3 – Week 14 - McFague to end of book (selected sections). Hand in completed reading journal – include reflection on McFague and spiritual classic.
Dec 10 - Week 15 - Paper presentations due in class; E-mail instructor 1-page summary/review of book for class distribution via Web site prior to class time; Hand in printed copy of Paper #2 in class.