Syllabus: Contemplative Prayer Practices, by Lisa Dahill

Last fall, Lisa Dahill offered a course on contemplative practices and their capacity for being followed within an ecological context. Here is the course description:

This course introduces students to a range of practices of contemplative prayer, centering in a broadly ecological context: both Earth itself as our shared creaturely home and the particular places where students live. Students will engage in experiential elements that are adaptable to the students’ own tradition and/or context, including traditional forms like centering/mindfulness, Ignatian Examen, and lectio divina as...

Book: Unexpected Mystic: Encountering the Mystical Theology in First and Second Peter, by Robert D. Flanagan

Some scholars believe that if we are to reclaim a more mystical Christianity for our times, we need to reclaim a mystical understanding of the Bible. In this book, Robert Flanagan contributes to this effort by uncovering the mystical aspects of the letters of Peter. Here is an overview:

The apostle Peter is a pillar of the church whose writing has been overlooked until recently when scholarship remedied this gap, significantly elevating Peter's letters. However, one critical area has been omitted. Within the Petrine writing is a robust, empowered, and beautiful mystical theology, which...

Book: The Hildegard of Bingen Pilgrimage Book, by Annette Esser

In this book the author Annette Esser invites the reader to take a pilgrimage on Hildegard Way. The text can serve as a guide if one were undertaking an in-person pilgrimage to the sites it describes, but also as a text for contemplative reading. Here is the publisher's introduction to the book's contents and author:

The Hildegard of Bingen Pilgrimage Way is a new path that invites pilgrims from all over the world to walk along the historic sites where the saint lived in the twelfth century. The route leads pilgrims on 140 kilometers (87 miles) from Idar-Oberstein via Disibodenberg and...

Syllabus: Spiritual Formation, by Andrew Dyck

This is the fifth of five syllabi Andrew Dyck has made available to SSCS members. You can find blog posts about the other four (or any other syllabi) by going to the SSCS website and typing syllabus in the box below Christian Spirituality Blog. To get a copy of this syllabus, please email the blog moderator. Here is the course overview:

This experience-centred course introduces students to practices and perspectives for growing in attentiveness to God’s presence in order to be continually formed into Christlikeness by the Holy Spirit. The course helps cultivate spiritual habits that can...

Syllabus: Christian Spirituality, by Andrew Dyck

Andrew Dyck has been most generous in sharing his syllabi. This, the fourth, is also for a graduate course. Here is the course description:

This course introduces students to the study of Christian spirituality by examining diverse traditions of Christian spirituality historically and presently, by considering the scriptural and theological moorings of these traditions, and by engaging in research that studies spiritual life. Through these explorations, students will be invited to consider their own spiritual heritage and ongoing spiritual development. 

This course has been designed...

Syllabus: Prayer, by Andrew Dyck

Andrew Dyck created this syllabus for a graduate course at Canadian Mennonite University. Here is the course description:

This course will help students develop their convictions and practices of prayer—both individual and communal—by examining Christian prayer in church history, theology, and scripture (incl. Psalms, the Lord’s Prayer, and other New Testament prayers). Students will be given opportunities to experience and respond to various prayer practices individually and in small groups. An underlying theme for the course is ‘No one prays alone.

SSCS members can request a copy...

Special Journal Issue: Spirituality and Addiction, co-edited by Bernadette Flanagan and Noelia Molina

Co-edited by SSCS members Bernadette Flanagan and Noelia Molina, this special issue of the monthly journal Religions is available for download because it is an open access journal. Here is an excerpt from the editors' introduction:

In this collection of essays, we turn the spirituality spotlight onto the inner drives in life which can shape our existence, consciously or unconsciously. The diversity of addictions discussed, and perspectives presented, aims to raise deeper questions regarding the nature of addiction. Rather than presenting addictions as diverse clinical challenges, the...

Syllabus: Exploring Christian Spirituality, by Andrew Dyck

Andrew Dyck created this syllabus for a course given in Fall 2021. Here is the course description:

This course is an introductory survey of various traditions and disciplines of Christian spirituality in the context of their historical development and contemporary expression. Students will be challenged to expand the scope of their understanding and practice of Christian spirituality as they engage and process the course material from within the context of their own religious traditions.

This course offers students a journey of discovery to deepen their awareness of their own...

Book: Life to the Whole Being: The Spiritual Memoir of a Literature Professor, by Matthew Wickman

Many of us can name novels and poetry which affected us deeply and nourished our inner being. In his new book Matthew Wickman describes how his reading of literary works led to spiritual experiences. Here is the book's overview:

Spiritual experiences are famously transformative. They sometimes inspire dramatic effects of conversion and healing, of vision and new life direction. But even in their more quotidian forms they expand our cognitive and emotional capacities, help cultivate virtues, and intensify our feelings of closeness to God, others, and things we deem ultimate. For Wickman...

Syllabus: Anabaptist Spirituality, by Andrew Dyck

Andrew Dyck's syllabus is for a course introducing students to the early formation and continuing presence of Anabaptist spirituality. Here is the course description:

The spirituality of sixteenth-century Anabaptists has not only shaped differing Mennonite denominations, but also inspired other Christian groups in the twenty-first century. This course will trace key expressions of this 'radical Reformation' spirituality, and consider how those are expressed in contemporary Christian contexts. As well as reading about Anabaptist spirituality, students will read writings of the first...

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