Online Course: Interfaith Spirituality for Christians
Instructor: Dr. Ruth H. Judy, Sofia University
Course Fee: $200.00 (includes 2 CEUs)
In our modern, multi-cultural, USA, many of our neighbors may be practitioners of faiths other than our own. Eastern religions have brought to us an appreciation for meditation and many of us have been introduced to our own Christian heritage in spiritual formation. There are Christians whose yearning for God propels them to explore other religions and spiritual practices. These Christians are finding nuggets of insight and experiences through ways that may be non-traditional for Christians. Out of such experiences they are finding their relationship with God deepened. Frequently there is an increased appreciation of their own Christian faith. These experiences can be enriching as well as raising questions as to what these may mean for their faith, and their relationships with their family and their communities.
This six-week online course opens up conversation as to why Christians may discern a need to expand their understanding of what it means to be a Christian. We will explore different spiritual traditions and practices and how they might be integrated into our faith. We will also look at the challenges and gifts found along this journey of individuation. Each week will examine different aspects of this journey through readings, online discussions, and an experiential exercise. These experiential exercises will be from a variety of faith traditions. Through online discussions we will examine each week’s topic and how it might apply to ourselves, to our spiritual directees, or others with whom we do ministry. Each participant will also select one of five books, representing five different traditions, to immerse him or herself in throughout the course. While there are weekly deadlines, participants are able engage the class on their own schedules within each week. Plan to spend 3-4 hours per week to complete all aspects of the course.