Inside the Classroom: Spiritualities, East and West

Written by Hannah Crivello
February 27, 2014

?Until sight converges from more than one angle, the world looks as flat as a postcard.? The rewards of having two eyes are practical; they keep us from bumping into chairs and enable us to judge the speed of approaching cars.? But the final reward is the deepened view of the world itself.? ~ Houston Smith

This upcoming Spring Quarter, Seattle University and School of Theology and Ministry students as well as community auditors will engage STMM 520's course "Spiritualities: East and West." The class is intentionally designed to view the spiritual life from the different angles of several traditions. Team taught by core faculty member Dr. Valerie Lesniak and Sheik Jamal Rahman, students are invited to an experiential appreciation of the major traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity and Islam. Class participants design a personal spiritual program that incorporates practices and insights from these traditions. Students engage in the cultivation of sapientia as well as scientia--wisdom and knowledge. Classroom time is be divided between group process, discussion, and teaching as well as actual prayer practice. The course format is highly experiential, as students take risks and actively ?try on? new prayer practices.?

The class is taught every two years within the school, and serves as an elective for all degree programs offered within Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry. Students from other programs in other colleges and schools within Seattle University are also attracted to the course and often register. The course provides a sacred space to explore the life of prayer that has threaded itself through all the world religions.

For more information on taking this class for audit, visit here.

Returning or new students may register through SUOnline, here.