Introduction to the Christian Spiritual Life

This course, taught by C. Vanessa White at Catholic Theological Union, is an introduction to Christian spirituality and the practices and values that comprise it. The course offers a survey of the components that are included in the five aspects of the spiritual journey: context, participants, content, process and aspiration. These will be considered in both their traditional and contemporary expression. This course will also address current scientific studies on spiritual practice and the spiritual life. Each class session will begin with a period of prayer and lecture that includes time for critical reflection of a spiritual practice that was assigned the previous week, followed by lecture that focuses on the specific module. Other teaching/learning strategies include online group discussions, participation in a group spiritual practice/event and a final paper/oral interview/or presentation.

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