Academic Programs 
      

Spirituality as a Source of Hope (WS-689)
Fall 2004

Themes arising out of our lived experience give impetus to a collective exploration of the relationship between sacred and secular, tradition and imagination, the legacies of faith and the challenges to faithful living in our 21st century world. Miriam Therese Winter, Professor of Liturgy, Worship and Spirituality and Director, Women’s Leadership Institute

 

Meeting Day, Time and Dates: 
Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sept. 15, 22 and 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27, and Nov. 3, 10, and 17

Miriam Therese Winter
Professor of Liturgy, Worship and Spirituality and Director, Women’s Leadership Institute

Contact Information:
phone: 
(860) 509-9558
email:  mtwinter@hartsem.edu

 


Course Syllabus



COURSE DESCRIPTION

Themes arising out of our lived experience
give impetus to a collective exploration of the relationship between
sacred and secular, tradition and imagination,
the legacies of faith and the challenges to faithful living
in our 21st century world.

 

GOALS AND OUTCOMES

The primary goals of this course are:

  • to identify sources of hope in our socio-political, religious, and spiritual lives

  • to explore ways we might integrate these sources of hope into a viable spirituality
  • to examine our relationship to God and the relevance of our own spirituality for the purpose of  becoming more attuned to the Divine Presence

 

The primary outcomes of this course are:

  • a clear understanding of how and where hope is made manifest in our times
  • an ability to articulate a rudimentary spirituality of hope
  • a more conscious awareness of the Divine Presence in our everyday lives

 

General Expectations

Those taking the course for credit are expected to:

  • read all the books on the course reading list

  • participate fully in class discussions and activities

  • help prepare a class mandala for one of the sessions

  • complete the self-assessment Grade Sheet, which includes documenting how course outcomes were achieved

Those auditing the course are expected to:

  • participate in class discussions and activities

  • read as much as you are able to manage

On the day that grades are due, students taking the course for credit must submit to the instructor either a Grade Sheet or a signed Incomplete Form (available from the registrar).

Grades are due January 5, 2005.

  

SYLLABUS OF READINGS

Session One            September 15                    The Dynamics of Hope

There is no required reading for the opening session.

Session Two             September 22                   Recovering the Feminine Divine

Reading: The Da Vinci Code: A Novel, Brown

Session Three             September 29                       The Way of the Heart

Reading: The Heart of Christianity, Borg

Session Four              October 6                    The Jesus We Never Knew

Reading: The Gospel of Thomas, Miller

Session Five               October 13                  Saying Yes to God

Reading: I’d Say Yes to God, Reeves

Session Six                 October 20                  Stories of Hope

Reading: The Secret Life of Bees, Kidd   

Session Seven             October 27               Where the Divine and Human Meet

Reading: Creativity, Fox

Session Eight              November 3                Wellsprings of Hope

Reading: A chance to catch up on the reading

Session Nine               November 10              A Hunger for Wholeness

Reading: Urgings of the Heart, Au and Cannon

Session Ten                November 17           Hope as a Source of Our Spirituality

There is no required reading for the final session.

The class meets Wednesdays from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Hartford Seminary.

  

“Hope  sends us dancing 
around dark corners
trusting in a tomorrow we cannot see
because of the multiple pasts of life
which we cannot forget.”
 

Joan Chittester
Scarred By Struggle, Transformed by Hope

 

COURSE READINGS

Au, Wilkie, and Cannon, Noreen. Urgings of the Heart. A Spirituality of Integration. New York: Paulist Press, 1995.

Borg, Marcus J. The Heart of Christianity. Rediscovering a Life of Faith.            HarperSanFrancisco, 2003. 

Brown, Dan. The Da Vinci Code. A Novel. New York: Doubleday, 2003. 

Fox, Matthew. Creativity. Where the Divine and the Human Meet. New York: Penguin, 2002.

Kidd, Sue Monk. The Secret Life of Bees. A Novel. New York: Penguin, 2002. 

Miller, Ron. The Gospel of Thomas. A Guidebook for Spiritual Practice. Woodstock, VT:      Skylight Paths, 2004. 

Reeves, Nancy. I’d Say Yes, God, If I Knew What You Wanted. Kelowna, BC, Canada: Northstone/Wood Lake Books, 2001.

 

“Hope that is seen 
is not hope. 
For who hopes for what is seen?
But if we hope for what we do not see,
we wait for it with patience.”

Romans 8:24-25

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