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Electives (select 2)

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Students in the Diploma in Spirituality will select 2 electives from BIB, THEO, SPR, WCT, ADV, and ARTS courses.

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Imagination and Theology

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The “imagination” and its relationship to theology is a burgeoning area of study today. WCT 537 discusses the relationship between imagination and theology historically, and examines the role of the imagination in theological construction.

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Natural Spirituality

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19th century poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins declared, “the world is charged with the grandeur of God.” Many people in the 21st century have turned away from organized religious practice and towards an understanding of spirituality that is focused on nature itself. This is not a new, or unique phenomenon. SPR 532 discusses the inherent nature … MORE

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Christian Spiritual Theology

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Expressions of Christianity have frequently veered into one of two directions: piety or legalism. As Christian worship and practice becomes more formal, it often morphs into a dry, habitual routine, or a rigid legalism. The idea of ‘piety’ or ‘pietism’ early on was seen as a reaction to this ‘spiritless’ rigidity. SPR 533 discusses the … MORE

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Spiritual Formation: Merton, Nouwen, Rohr, Foster, and Peterson

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SPR 531 studies the various methods of spiritual formation by specific 20th century authors, including Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Richard J. Foster, Richard Rohr, and Eugene Peterson.

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Spiritual Practice

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Study of spiritual practice regards the manner in which ministers and Christians-in-general attend to the care of their own spiritual lives, as well as how they can help others in identifying and managing the spiritual issues in their lives. The spiritual disciplines focus on creating healthy individual and communal spirituality, as well as how we … MORE