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Realism, Idealism, and the New Universe Story

The Modern Story of Realism Dear Students, If I ask are you a realist or an idealist, you will probably consider your basic approach to life. The realists live more cautiously or even pessimistically, while the idealists see the bright … Continue reading

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Using Spiritual Practices to Transform Service Learning Guilt into Compassionate Action: Two Students’ Experiences

The shadow side of powerful service learning experiences, like the one that Claudia had at the Foshan orphanage, is that students carry a burden of guilt with them when they return to school. This blog entry explores the possibility of … Continue reading

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Mind the Gap: Cynthia Bourgeault on Moving from the Small Self to the Larger Self

Dear World Religion Students, We have been talking all semester about moving from the small self to the Larger Self, which means bringing together your day-to-day experience living in this visible, competitive, and finite world (of the horizontal) with your … Continue reading

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“I Feel Myself Radiate with Life:” One Student’s Journey of Awakening through Holistic Education Courses

“We have gone neither deep nor broad. We have emphasized neither solitude nor solidarity as essential to the spiritual journey. In fact, most of us are afraid of both and given little concrete training in either.” – Richard Rohr in … Continue reading

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Separation or Interbeing: Teaching for Wisdom in an Age of Technology

“We exist within a sea of aliveness; the entire universe is one vast orchestration.” ~Duane Elgin, The Living Universe “Steep yourself in the sea of matter, bathe in its fiery waters, for it is the source of your life and … Continue reading

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Body, Mind and Heart: A New Curriculum Approach to “Service, Society, and the Sacred”

Three years ago my Humanities I in Action students and I wrapped up our yearlong study with the Heroic Cycle ritual at Mary Knoll retreat house in Stanley. Now three years later some of these students will join me again … Continue reading

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Beyond Holistic Education: A Pedagogy of Spiritual Activation

This semester’s “Service, Society, and the Sacred” class studied a wide range of topics: depression, suicide, technology, the future, Asian and Western ways of thinking, Spiral Dynamics, the Enneagram, meditation, and spiritual practices. Despite this organic and at times non-sequitur … Continue reading

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