Your Spiritual Journey Essay

INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION:
Refer to Discussion Forum, Facilitator Introduction and Expectations
COURSE TITLE: Spiritual Life and Growth
COURSE NUMBER: RC471
COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Drawing upon sacred literature, practices, and the wisdom of spiritual experiences, you will examine your relationship with the sacred and your commitment to the human enterprise.
PREREQUISITE COURSES:
None
COURSE OUTCOMES:
Upon completion of this course, learners should be able to:
1. Examine the role and relationship of the sacred in your personal and communal life.
2. Explore a variety of spiritual disciplines considering the importance of various practices in the development of adult spirituality.
3. Identify and select a spiritual practice for personal engagement.
4. Identify the role that spirituality and religion contributes to your personal life as it is expressed in family, work, service, and community.
5. Recognize and revere the sacred web of the spiritual journey both in human experience and in mystery.
6. Select disciplines or practices that would further develop your ongoing spiritual life.
COURSE MATERIALS:
Required Texts:
Easwaran, E. (2009). God makes the rivers to flow: An anthology of the world’s sacred poetry & prose (4th ed.rev). Tomales, CA: Nilgiri Press. ISBN: 978-1-58638-038-0 or 978-1-58638-038-9 soft.
Muller, W. (1996). How then shall we live? Four simple questions that reveal the beauty and meaning in our lives. NY: Bantam Books. ISBN: 0-553-37505-9.
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Palmer, P. J. (2000). Let your life speak: Listening for the voice of vocation. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. ISBN: 0-7879-4735-0.
Shield, B. & Carlson, R. eds. (2008). Handbook for the spirit. Novato, CA: New World Library. ISBN: 1-57731-613-4 or 9781577316138.
Required Resources:
Students are required to access the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) for information about composition strategies, grammar, and punctuation rules, and APA formatting and citation styles. The OWL can be accessed at the following online site: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/
While the OWL is free to access as a reference resource, please note the Fair Use Policy regarding restrictions for using the OWL at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/551/01
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COURSE ASSIGNMENTS AND ACTIVITIES:
Week
Topics
Readings
Graded Assignments or Assessments and Associated Points
1
Awakening to the Journey: The Nature of a Spiritual Path
Muller: Part I: Who Am I?
Carlson & Shield: Chapter 1: “The Awakening Spirit”
Easwaran: “How to Use this Book” and three selections of your choice from Part I
View video segment: Mahayana Buddhist Silent Meditation Practice
1. Introductions (Not graded)
2. Discussion/Participation (8%)
3. Matrix (Not graded)
4. Essay: Human Desire and the Spiritual Journey (10%)
2
Letting Go and Looking Within;
Exploring the Sacred through Personal Practice and Discipline
Muller: Part 2, “What Do I Love?”
Carlson and Shield: Chapter 2 “The God Within” (choose any three)
Easwaran: Choose three selections from three different traditions from part 2
View video segments: Swami on Hindu Bhakti Yoga Practice and Daoist Meditation Practice
1. Discussion/Participation (12%)
2. Essay: Definition of “the Sacred Within” & the Use of Solitude, Silence, Imagination, and Nature (13%) 3
Discovering What is Meaningful;
Encountering the Sacred in Wisdom of Texts and Spiritual Elders
Carlson and Shields: Chapter 3, “Discovering God” (choose any 3)
Easwaran: The readings this week include a selection of the following spiritual elders. Please choose at least one selection from each tradition.
1. Discussion/Participation (4%)
2. Journal (Not graded)
3. Essay: Spiritual Elders (13%)
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Judaism: Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kiik; Dov Baer of Mexhirech; Solomon Ibn Gabirol; Rabbi Eleazar Azikri
Christianity: St. Ignatius Loyola; St. Francis of Assisi; St. Therese of Lisieux; St. Theresa of Avila; Thomas a’Kempis; St Francis de Sales
Hinduism: Kabir; Narsinha Mehta; Sri Ramakrishna; Swami Ramdas
Buddhism: Shantideva; Seng Ts’an; The Sutta Nipata
Sufism: Kabir (again); Baba Kuhi of Shiraz; Hazrat Inayat Khan; Jalaluddin Rumi
Native American Shamanism: Great Life-Giving Spirit; Chief Yellow Lark
View Video Segments: Rabbi Schacter-Shalomi and Pir Elias Amidon
4
The Interconnectedness of Life and Death
Muller: Part 3: “How Shall I Live, Knowing I Will die?”
Carlson & Shields: Rabbi Kushner essay
Palmer: Chapters 1-4
“The Meaning & Value of Death” in Journal of Palliative Medicine
View video: Fr. Steven Yavorsky
1. Discussion/Participation (8%)
2. Journal (Not graded)
3. Presentation (12%) 5 Connecting Spiritual Paths: Spirituality in Daily Life and Service
Muller: Part 4, “My Gift to…the Earth”
1. Discussion/Participation (8%)
2. Journal (Not graded)
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Carlson & Shields: Essay by Mother Theresa
Palmer: Chapters 5-6
View video: Imam Ibrahim Kazerooni
3. Essay: Your Spiritual Journey (12%)
Total 100%
COLLEGE FOR PROFESSIONAL STUDIES GRADING SCALE:
Letter Grade
Percentage
Grade Point
A
93 to 100
4.00
A–
90 to less than 93
3.67
B+
88 to less than 90
3.33
B
83 to less than 88
3.00
B–
80 to less than 83
2.67
C+
78 to less than 80
2.33
C
73 to less than 78
2.00
C–
70 to less than 73
1.67
D+
68 to less than 70
1.33
D
63 to less than 68
1.00
D–
60 to less than 63
.67
F
Less than 60
0

 

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