14597680707_993ddd8104_zOnline: Monday, February 16 to Monday, March 23, 2015

In person: Saturday, March 7, 2015

The many ways of defining spirituality seem to have a basic underlying common theme of lived experience,or in Alister McGrath’s words, “spirituality is the outworking in real life of a person’s religious faith—what a person does with what they believe.” This course will provide an historical context for an experiential approach to different kinds and ways of praying within the Christian tradition, exploring both apophatic and cataphatic understandings of prayer. We will also explore our image of God, practical approaches to discernment, and a life-long orientation to spiritual growth through spiritual direction.

Throughout the course, participants will be expected to record daily entries in their prayer and learning journals (not to be turned in.) A final project will be to outline a retreat experience for those in the participant’s faith communities, with the goal of helping people deepen their own spiritual journeys, while growing in an ever-deepening awareness of God’s love. Course content will include weekly on-line lectures (asynchronous) of approximately 20 minutes each, and an on-line discussion forum to exchange thoughts, experiences, ideas, and to pose questions. Readings will be selected articles, as well as on-line readings and links. There will be one full day meeting at Shattuck-St. Mary’s.

Required Readings:

The Way of a Pilgrim (Anonymous – a classic of Orthodox spirituality)

Practical Mysticism by Evelyn Underhill

Students are also required to purchase a journal for recording prayer experiences or significant learnings.



Mike Sirany, Spiritual Director, Sacred Ground, St. Paul, MN

Adjunct professor in theology, St. Catherine University


Online: Monday, December 15, 2014 to Monday, January 26, 2015

In person: Saturday, January 3, 2015

This course introduces students to the study of liturgy and its practice in worshipping communities. Primary focus will be on liturgical theology, liturgical leadership, Eucharist and rites of Christian initiation. Particular attention will be given to the Anglican tradition and the rites of the Episcopal Church as they are authorized in the Book of Common Prayer 1979. Evaluation is through participation based on required readings, online discussion with other students and written assignments.

At the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Describe the biblical, historical and theological development of the two dominical sacraments;
  • Discuss the theological assumptions of the sacraments in the context of the Book of Common Prayer;
  • Discuss current trends in the sacramental and worshipping life of the Episcopal Church.
  • Describe your personal leadership style in the liturgy as well as the affect of the liturgy on your spirituality.

Participation Requirements:

  • Weekly reading of assigned texts.
  • Participation in class discussion using Moodle (minimum of two comments, questions or responses weekly.)
  • Final project that reflects your experience with the course material and discussion.
  • Primary readings from required text, additional readings provided online.
  • Supplemental readings and online media are provided to encourage further exploration.

Weekly facilitator moderated chat sessions with students.

Required Readings:

Lathrop, Gordon. Holy Things: A Liturgical Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993.

Meyers, Ruth A. Continuing the Reformation: Re-Visioning Baptism in the Episcopal Church. New York: Church Pub, 1997.

Episcopal Church. The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church: Together with the Psalter or Psalms of David According to the Use of the Episcopal Church. New York: Church Hymnal Corp, 1979.

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Paul FrombergPaul Headshot 2013

Rector, St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, San Francisco