Spiritual Formation in Communities

September 24, 2020 - November 27, 2020
6015 Walter Gage Road
The University of British Columbia
VancouverBCV6T 1Z1

Code: IPS/SP500


Three weekend classes | Thursdays 6 – 9pm & Fridays 9am – 4pm | September 24-25, October 22-23, November 26-27

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: Methodism and Christian monasticism with Jason Byassee, September 24-25
Weekend 2: Buddhist Spirituality with Shinmon Michael Newton, October 22-23
Weekend 3: Jewish Spirituality with Rabbi Susan Shamash, November 26-27

Distance Synchronous Only
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Spirituality Modules will be offered via Zoom synchronous involvement only this Fall