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RST-347-20, Introduction to Spirituality (SP14)

 INSTRUCTOR: Sharon Kanis, SSND, SKanis@NDM.EDU

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: T1/Wednesday/6-8:45 P.M., 01/29/2014-03/19/2014

CONTENT:

This course will examine the spiritual traditions and development of human beings. While the Christian Tradition is emphasized, other faith traditions will be included. Contemporary models of spirituality will be examined.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

·to interpret the connection between religion and spirituality

·to become familiar with current developments in spirituality

·to reflect on one’s own understanding of God and the world

METHODS:

1. Dialogue, small and large group discussion

2. Study of assigned readings

3. Guest speakers and media resources

4. Research

5. Sharing of personal experience of class members where appropriate

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Readings appropriate to the topic of each class

2. 3 reflection/ integration papers

3. A midterm quiz

4. A research project and class presentation (final)   

REQUIRED TEXTS AND MATERIALS:

-Selected articles available online

-Rolheiser, Ronald. (1999) The Holy Longing: The Search for Christian Spirituality. Doubleday. ISBN: 0-385-49418-1

-Snyder, Mary Hembrow. (2001) Spiritual Questions for the Twenty First Century. Orbis.  ISBN: 1-57075-369-5

-Chittister, Joan D. (2003) Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope.  Wm. B. Eerdmans. ISBN: 978-0-8028-2974-0

-Readings also are available from the Loyola-Notre Dame Library using Electronic Reserve.