Thursday, September 15, 2016
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Facilitator: Dr. Eileen Knoff
This course provides
guidance to support you in reflecting on your moments of encounter with the
sacred source/mystery within you with a goal of deepening insight into the
meaning these experiences have for you now. It is designed to help you more
fully embrace who you are, what your purpose/call/vocation is on this planet
and to take a step closer to living creatively, and fully, into that call. We
will make use of several texts, the primary ones being
Matthew Fox’s work
Creativity and Wayne Teasdale’s The Mystic Heart. Other suggested readings
included at the end of this description and are encouraged. You may want to
read from specific mystics of the various traditions for special projects.
course is designed to take the form of independent study along with several
conversation threads being shared via email with fellow students and the
instructor. Between reading and posting online, you will be writing, reflecting
on your writing, and reading from the suggested texts. The instructor will
check and comment on postings weekly. You can read and add posts at any time,
with the caveat that no one monopolize the conversation. Please make room for
all participants to post and keep your posts to the point of the
About Eileen Knoff
Eileen studied at
Seattle University in pastoral ministry and transforming spirituality, earning
an M.A. in 2001 and several post-master’s certificates in subsequent years. She
completed a doctorate of ministry from Global Ministries University in 2012, including
studies in mysticism, feminism, Celtic spirituality, and new models of ordained
ministry. She earned a B. A. from the University of Michigan in 1976 and an
M.A. from the University of California (1980) in English and literature, and
served as a teacher, writer, and editor before entering spiritual ministry.
Eileen founded Brigid's Circle as an
online contemplative and compassionate conversation with roots in Celtic
spirituality in 2008. The group later migrated to Facebook where they now share
contemplative and compassionate spiritual conversation. Eileen founded and
co-facilitates an interspiritual gathering called Brigid's Table, in Kirkland,
Washington, which currently meets monthly.
Eileen was ordained in 2011 by
friends and colleagues who are part of diverse denominations and multiple faith
traditions in Seattle. This ordination received the affirmation from both
CORPUS and the Progressive Christian Alliance (PCA) and people from diverse
Catholic reform groups. She remains an active member of the PCA, and CORPUS,
which describes itself as “a faith community affirming an inclusive priesthood
rooted in a reformed and renewed Church.”
In 2011 she published
a collection of reflections, including her own, called Seasoning the
Soul. The book takes readers on a contemplative journey through the
year by way of the Celtic calendar and a Celtic spiritual perspective on life
and death and their integration. She is currently working on a collection of
her own poetry and hopes to craft a memoir of her experience as an evolving
Catholic. A working title for that story is “Dark Graces.
Monday, March 21, 2016
Course registration opens: TBA
Course Overview available upon request.
Saturday, January 2, 2016
Please purchase the book.
There are five sessions in this course and each session is for two weeks. During the first week of each session, read the assigned chapters and view supplemental materials. During the second week, write a response to the assignment. It is our hope that Elizabeth Johnson's inspired writing and your inspired responses will be a joyful, collaborative spiritual journey.
During the first week, please create a new post with a brief bio about you. Include pictures if you wish. If you need help, do not hesitate to contact Mary Theresa (firstname.lastname@example.org or 518 441-9649). Please begin your bio post with: BIO: YOUR NAME.
For all other posts, please begin with Session Number: YOUR NAME.
|Dr. Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP|
|Dr. Mary Theresa Streck ARCWP|
Mary Theresa Streck, Ed.D., DMin, is one of the founding members of the People’s Catholic Seminary. She is a member of the pastoral team at the Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community in Albany, NY. She presides at liturgies, officiates at weddings and offers sacramental ministry and is a member of the ARCWP Program of Preparation team. She earned a Doctorate in Education Leadership from the Sage Colleges and a Doctorate in Ministry from Global Ministries University. She was ordained a priest on September 15, 2013.
Cost: $100 (financial aid available)
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