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The Practice of Christian Mindfulness

April 29 – June 6, 2019

Instructor: Dr. Amy Oden
Course Fee: $200.00 (includes 2 CEUs)

This course will examine the biblical and historical roots of mindfulness in Jesus’ teaching and Christian tradition. We will also experiment with a variety of mindfulness practices. Christians have always practiced mindfulness. Yet, from the popular landscape of the mindfulness movement, you might not know it. Some Christians question whether mindfulness belongs to our faith traditions. Together we’ll read Right Here, Right Now: The Practice of Christian Mindfulness. Explore theological distinctives as well as the range of Christian mindfulness practices and postures. Discover its potential to deepen the life of faith and empower participation in God’s mission of love in the world.

Amy OdenDr. Amy Oden

Born and raised on the prairies of Oklahoma, Amy claims her spiritual home under the wide-open prairie sky. Over the last 30 year, she’s been a­ college professor, a seminary professor and a seminary dean. Right now, she is Professor of Early Church History and Spirituality at Saint Paul School of Theology. She looks forward to every day with students, companioning them in the discovery of God’s life in church history and ministry. Amy believes that ancient Christian voices have wisdom for spiritual practice today. She has published books about women in church history, about both ancient and contemporary hospitality and her most recent book is on the practice of Christian mindfulness. She offers spiritual direction at her home and through companioning seminary students.

Required Participation

This is a fully online six-week course. Each week you will complete 1 module at your own pace. Plan to spend about 3.5 hours per week, reading, trying out assigned practices, reflecting on practices, posting your responses on Moodle Forums, and responding to postings of other members of the class. Post your Forum assignments by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday and responses to peers by 5:00 p.m. Saturday each week of the course. There will not be any time that all group members must be present simultaneously during the course.

Required Reading

Amy G. Oden, Right Here, Right Now: The Practice of Christian Mindfulness. Abingdon Press, 2017. ISBN: 9781501832499

You can withdraw from the course in writing via e-mail to erin.moore@garrett.edu. Refunds will be provided according to this schedule:

  • Withdrawals received more than 45 days prior to the course's start date will receive 100% of the amount paid.

  • Withdrawals received between 44 to 30 days prior to the course's start date will receive 75% of the amount paid.

  • Withdrawals received between 29 to 16 days prior to the course's start date will receive 50% of the amount paid.

  • No refunds will be issued for withdrawals received 15 days or less before the course starts.