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 and experiential approach to different kinds and ways of praying within the Christian tradition, exploring both apophatic and cataphatic understandings of prayer. Additional topics include origin and impact of one's image and concept of God, practical approaches to discernment, models of faith styles, and spiritual direction to help maintain a life-long orientation to spiritual growth.
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 the Episcopal House of Prayer near Collegeville, MN.
The Way of a Pilgrim Translated from the Russian by R.M.French, New York: HarperCollins, ©1965.
Practical Mysticism by Evelyn Underhill. Columbus,Ohio: Ariel Press, ©1986.
Faith Styles: Ways People Believe by John R. Mabry, Harrisburg, New York: Morehouse Publishing, © 2006 (avail at Amazon.com, BN.com, others)
Students are also required to purchase a journal for recording prayer experiences or significant learnings.
Mike Sirany, MA (theology)
Mike is a teacher and supervisor in the spiritual direction training program at Sacred Ground Center for Spirituality, St. Paul, MN. He taught for 12 years as an adjunct theology instructor at St. Catherine University, and is the current director of the Episcopal Spiritual Directors group in MN. He received his certificate in spiritual direction through the Wayzata Cenacle in 1997 and has a private practice of spiritual direction in Roseville, MN.
This course meets online: January 16 - March 6, 2017
This course meets in-person: Saturday, February 4
Join ECMN Missioner for Missional Management, The Rev. Michael Pipkin, for Missional Management, a seven-week online course exploring the foundations and supporting structures for movements and institutions engaged in God's mission. This course meets in-person on February 4 at the Lay Leadership Day at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, Roseville, with a dedicated workshop and time to take part in the other events of the day as well.