This E-Course has started, but you are welcome to sign up at any time before the last day, Saturday, July 2, 2022. When you do, you will find in your Spirituality &Practice account all the sessions that have gone out already. You can read them online in your account or resend then from your account to your inbox. Here is a video on how registered subscribers can access e-course materials: https://vimeo.com/283753660
The twenty-first century was dubbed the "age of InterSpirituality" by Brother Wayne Teasdale, and the beginning of the third decade of this era is an especially good time to explore the fruits of this movement and to see what it offers each of us for our own spiritual life.
InterSpirituality encourages people from different spiritual traditions to come together, to enter into a deep dialogue of sound and silence, and to articulate the practices and experiences that are the foundations of their respective traditions. This is done not only in an attempt to understand, but to learn deeply from one another, and to create a core of spiritual intimacy based upon shared experience.
Through this InterSpiritual approach, we are allowed to discover for ourselves (as Brother Wayne Teasdale put it) "the shared mystic heart beating in the center of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions." In so doing, we can never again regard each other as "the other." We are bound together "InterSpiritually" in the shared heart-space of human religious experience. And once this happens, we are joined in authentic compassionate concern for the welfare of all beings.
Spirituality & Practice is pleased to present this online retreat on InterSpiritual Wisdom. Our teachers are pioneers of InterSpirituality and have been practicing together for years. They are Dr. Ed Bastian (Buddhism), Swami Atmarupananda (Hinduism), Rabbi Rami Shapiro (Judaism), Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault (Christianity), and Shaikh Kabir and Shaikha Camille Helminski (Islam/Sufism).
Through 42 emails, sent daily from May 22 - July 2, this e-course will help participants develop an understanding of and deepen their contemplative practice around six major themes:
• Interdependence and Reciprocity
• Love and Compassion
An InterSpiritual approach to each theme will be introduced in the first email of each seven-part cycle. Then our teachers will take turns presenting a sacred reading and brief commentary on the theme from the perspectives of Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam/Sufism. They will also give specific recommendations for practice during the day.
This is a rare opportunity to learn from a superb team of practitioners of InterSpirituality. Originally written in 2010, this material has held up well over a decade! Participants in the e-course will have access to an online Practice Circle where they can share their responses to the teachings and the traditions represented. Although our six teachers themselves will not be present in the online Practice Circle, we are sure you will enjoy the experience of being together "InterSpiritually" with your fellow students.
(6 CEHs for Chaplains available.)