Spiritual Habits for the Queer Soul
January 28 – February 22, 2019
Instructor: Dr. Rolf Nolasco
Course Fee: $50
Spiritual Habits for the Queer Soul is a four-week online course that offers LGBTQ+ community and allies practical spiritual habits that will help nourish a life of lovingkindness or compassion towards oneself and others in the midst of personal, religious, and political challenges that confront us all. It aspires to be holistic in its approach—addressing the life of the mind, tending the body, and enlivening the spirit—and interactive through forum discussions and reflections and weekly live conversations.
Dr. Rolf Nolasco
Dr. Rolf Nolasco is professor of pastoral theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He is an experienced professor, trained in pastoral and counseling psychology, mindfulness and contemplative spirituality, and affective neuroscience. Nolasco is also a psychotherapist, published author, and has vast experience in cross cultural communications from living and working across the world within varying social and cultural backgrounds. He is the author of The Contemplative Counselor: A Way of Being (Fortress Press, 2011) and Compassionate Presence: A Radical Response to Human Suffering (Cascade Books, 2016). His most recent work seeks to affirm compassion as the pulsating heartbeat of Christian theology and praxis through the hermeneutical perspectives of brain science, psychology, and practical theology. Nolasco is currently working on two books, namely God’s Beloved Queer (Wipf and Stock, Late 2019) and Depression, Dark Night of the Soul, and Joy (Cascade Books, 2020).
Each week, the course will feature a guided “spiritual habit” posted on Monday and Wednesday with time for written reflection and discussion online followed by live web discussions led by Dr. Nolasco on Friday at 12:00 p.m. Central Time. Participants will have a chance to practice each guided “spiritual habit” for two days and will learn eight habits during the program. Participation in the Friday live web discussions is not required.