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An introduction to key issues in the psychology of religion including religious development in individuals, the social psychology of religious organizations, religious experience and mysticism, and mental health and religion. The course also introduces students to the work of influential theorists, such as Freud, Jung and William James. Students will become familiar with the application of psychological principles and research to religion in general, and to Paganism in particular. The course provides clergy with a basic understanding of psychology, which enhances later study.
Introduction to research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation, including the importance of research in advancing the counseling profession; research methods such as qualitative, quantitative, single-case designs, action research, and outcome-based research; statistical methods used in conducting research and program evaluation; principles, models, and applications of needs assessment, program evaluation, and the use of findings to effect program modifications; the use of research to inform evidence-based practice; and ethical and culturally relevant strategies for interpreting and reporting the results of research and/or program evaluation studies.
What does it mean to be an ethical magical practitioner? How can you tell if a teacher or coven leader has good boundaries? When we step into leadership, how can we make sure we are doing right by our communities? This course is designed to help clarify our internal ethical code, and then apply it to the areas of Community, Service, Ritual, and Leadership. The poet and philosopher M.C. Richards wrote, "It takes a golden ear to be empty enough of itself to hear clearly.” We will approach the formation of healthy, rigorous ethics and boundaries in the spirit of deep listening and open conversation, and follow where it leads.
Welcome! The Moodle Branch of the Judy Harrow Memorial Library and Information Center provides links to orientation materials and information about library services as well as links that will help you with your research. You will also find forums where you can ask questions, make comments, and suggest resources to add to CHS's Judy Harrow Virtual Library.
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Welcome to the Chaplains Office of Cherry Hill Seminary. As a seminary student, you have embarked upon a unique learning journey which, if successful, will prove to be a transformative experience for you. Transformation may involve change that is painful. Furthermore, life goes on during the course of your education, so it is likely that some of our students will experience the death of loved ones, serious illness, divorce or other difficult life passages. Though our staff and faculty are less likely to have the kind of transformative educational and spiritual experiences faced by students during the course of their studies, nevertheless, life, and death, go on for them as well. Several of our experienced ministerial faculty are available for spiritual support should you need it during your time as a matriculated Cherry Hill Seminary student pursuing a certificate or degree, as an instructor or as a staff member. There is no charge for this service and it is not intended to replace your relationships with local clergy/spiritual leaders or your own therapist. If you find yourself in need of pastoral care – spiritual support, please contact one of our CHS Chaplains through the links given below.
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For most Pagans, the human body and the manifest world are sacred centers of religious practice. But what are the consequences of that belief for our daily lives? What do our Pagan theologies of the body call us to do in terms of justice work? Because of the significant percentage of gender and sexual minorities in the Pagan movement, this class will have a special focus on sexual ethics and alternative sexualities and gender expressions. We will also explore other important aspects of embodiment such as health and disability; race; relationship with food, water, and the natural environment; and more.
Heathenry can be seen as a development of North European and Eurasian understandings of the relationships between humans, place, and other-than-human people or wights of land, rivers, houses, gardens and so forth. The focus in this course is on Britain and North Europe, though the worldview shares much with accounts of indigenous animist religions elsewhere. We will discuss the re-emergence of seidr, its descriptions in lore and historic and present-day performance, and we will investigate understandings of "ancestors” conceptualized as those who have involved themselves with that landscape on which today's practitioners now dwell.

An introduction to ritual studies and ritual theory as it lends itself to reflection on ritual practice within the Pagan context. We will examine the study of ritual with particular attention to how that has helped us understand the relationship between ritual, the body, human consciousness, and social life.

Pagans throughout the U.S. and beyond are finding that one effective way to achieve their ministry goals is through a nonprofit organization. Pagans are also entitled to the same organizational benefits enjoyed by churches and synagogues. A nonprofit is much like a business, but with a different bottom line – rather than a financial profit, nonprofits work for changed lives and strengthened communities. Course will cover basics of forming a Pagan nonprofit, board governance, basics of management, legal and ethical issues, basics of fundraising and how to create a fundraising plan, and basics of branding and communication.

Mondays, 8:00 PM ET

Psychology of religion applies psychological methods and theories to understanding the religious experiences of individuals and groups. Psychology of religion developed in the nineteenth century, particularly through the work of William James, one of the ‘founding fathers’ of modern psychology, and his seminal text The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature, first published in 1902. 

In studying such a sensitive topic as individuals’ religious development and spiritual experiences, the challenge for psychology is to explain such phenomena while not attempting to reduce them to ‘mere psychology’. Psychology of religion has made little study of contemporary Paganism. In this course, we will explore the relevance of current work and thinking in psychology of religion for enhancing our understanding the religious lives and experiences of contemporary Pagans. 
In this Master’s level course, students will become familiar with the application of psychological principles and research to religion in general, and Paganism in particular. This course will provide clergy and counselors with a basic understanding of the psychology of religion which will enhance later study in counseling and curriculum development.
Theology—the study of Deity—calls us to make connections between reason and experience, between history and contemporary life, between our own traditions and practices and those of others. It is something we do—a practice by which we grow in deep understanding of our relationships with the divine and others, not a matter of mere theory. In this class, we will explore and refine our personal thea/ologies through encounters with significant voices in Paganism, the Western occult tradition, and earth-centered post-Christianity, as well as develop expertise with theological terminology. Students will leave prepared, as Pagan ministers, to engage in informed and intelligent theological discussions with clergy from other religious traditions.

Instructor: Christine Hoff Kraemer, PhD
Knowing and being able to explain the origins of contemporary Pagan thought and practice is a requirement of a properly educated Pagan cleric. Yet, as advancing scholarship makes this a continually moving target, it is far more important that we learn to read history than merely know it. Using the concept of developing a working model of Pagan history (what we know now), and subject to perpetual revision, each student will explore the historical origins of ideas like the Many and the One, Reincarnation, and the Elements, critically examining them (the data itself), how we know them (historical methodology), how they fit in contemporary Paganism (systematic theology) and how we will attempt to explain them to our co-religionists (ministry and religious education). Instructor: Sam Webster, M.Div.
Sharing dreams and values with people of other faiths, and working towards peace while respecting differences is the practice of interfaith. The course will help those with experience deepen their practice. Gleaning from her experience with the Parliament of the World’s Religions and as a National Interfaith Representative for the Covenant of the Goddess, Michelle Mueller will share approaches, best practices, and organizational structures of the interfaith movement. We will look at the local, national, and international levels of interfaith, the core values of each, and the steps for getting involved. This is the kind of course where students and instructor will all be teachers to each other, as you will find similar to the interfaith movement itself. Students should also expect to experience diversity during the semester.
Study of extant liturgical practice in contemporary Paganism and development of seasonal celebrations and rites of passage. Liturgical terminology from theological discourse will be defined and applied to Paganism, to broaden the student's ability for interfaith engagement. Within the Pagan context, this course will explore mythos cycles upon which many traditions build their liturgical year, as well as the structure of ritual itself. In critically analyzing ritual structure, the student will develop theories about what makes "good ritual", with the intent of applying those theories to rituals created for this course. The final project will be a collection of original rituals -- devotional, petitionary, and benedictory -- created by the student. The instructor of this course was ordained as a Pagan priest in 1991, and again as a Unitarian Universalist minister in 2010. In the intervening period, he was member and/or leader of a number of circles and groves, and has been creating rituals since 1985.
This survey course will introduce students to the wide variety of Paganisms being practiced around the world. We will challenge scholarly definitions of Paganism and our own personal ones by attempting to trace common threads between many disparate traditions. Students will familiarize themselves with both popular and scholarly descriptions of contemporary Paganisms, then explore the Internet and their local communities to gain first-hand experience with traditions not their own. In these encounters, we will deal with issues of cultural appropriation versus appropriate cultural borrowing and consider Paganism's position as a consciously (re)constructed, syncretic, combinative religious path. A final project will allow students to synthesize their knowledge in an intercontinental comparison of Paganisms that supports the unique thrust of their ministerial paths. Instructor: Jo Pearson Ph.D.
Since the eighteenth century, druids and the heritage they represent have fascinated and inspired Western tradition, but this heritage is vexed by more than a thousand years of either absent or contradictory evidence. This course reviews evidence from several disciplines and pertaining to the druids, analyzing the connections between what we believe we know of their reality to the extant evidence, but it will also look beyond the usual scholastic analyses to folk customs and traditional lore.
Dreams have played an important historic role in Pagan traditions as a reliable means of direct communication with the Gods, ancestors, and nature spirits, for healing, prophecy, and intercession. Our use of dreams today is heavily influenced by Jung and other modern thinkers, as well as traditional and shamanic ideas about dreams. This course highlights some of the ways human cultures have viewed and interpreted their dreams, gives an experiential introduction to dreams as a modern source of divination and spiritual direction. Students will develop a framework for using dreams in spiritual mentoring, and identify approaches to dreams that make the most sense for contemporary Pagans.
A chronological overview of physical, cognitive, social and emotional development from conception through death. Theories and research examined with an emphasis on the application of these concepts and encouraging the students to draw connections and conclusions between the material and their own subjective experiences.

For nearly two millennia, paganism has been excluded from the theological roundtable. In the West, the Judeo-Christian hegemony has only gradually cracked through the efforts of the American Transcendentalists and Theosophy -- culminating with the appearance of Swami Vivekananda at the 1893 Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago. In the 20th century, the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have come to acknowledge at least the existence, if not validity, of the Dharmic faiths of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.

The major world religions are taken to be Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism. Sometimes Zoroastrianism, Sikhism and Jainism are included. This course will examine the theologies and practices of the major world religions from a pagan perspective. Broadly speaking, the fundamental spiritual options are Abrahamic, Dharmic, secular and pagan. We want to ask: How do they differ from one another, what is a pagan perspective and what does paganism offer to the world's theological/spiritual forum that the other positions do not?

The emerging field of Pagan Studies stands at a new juncture in academia. It is highly interdisciplinary and carving out new paths of thought and scholarship. To produce high quality, professional research, the researcher and writer must have the critical skills to ask appropriate questions, to be self-reflexive and to think analytically. In this course, students will be introduced to Pagan Studies, and will acquire research and writing tools to enable their potential future in the discipline as new Pagan scholars. Scholarly writing is a discipline and an art; this course will examine certain conventions of rhetoric and academic essay writing. Students ultimately will produce a research project leading to a final paper. Instructor: Francesca Ciancimino Howell, PhD
Some choose the role of leader and some lead out of necessity or are catapulted there through crisis. Moving beyond "being in charge" to authentic leadership requires personal reflection and development, strong communication skills, advocacy, community building, problem solving and bridge-building, as well as the willingness and ability to develop the leadership potential in others. In this course we will reflect on what authentic spiritual leadership really is, learn to set intentions and goals, inspire and involve others, define and develop leadership skills, and determine how we can best serve as positive role models in our communities.

Fulfills the Area III requirement for a course in group dynamics, leadership, or nonprofit management. Required for all MAL majors on the Public Ministry & Expression track.

Meets with the Pagan Community Education class, M562 Pagan Leadership I.
Many contemporary Pagans engage in alternative healing practices that have diverse cultural and historical roots. This course will use an interdisciplinary approach to discover the history, culture, and theology of alternative healing in America and consider such questions as: How did the dominant medical system gain supremacy in the U.S.? Why do people continue to choose alternative therapies? Which forms of alternative healing have overtly religious components? What do alternative healing systems teach about the relationship between mind, body, and spirit? What do they teach about sickness and healing? The course will consider diverse healing modalities such as New Thought, chiropractic, psychic healing, Christian prayer, acupuncture, curanderismo and massage, and how these intersect with Pagan thought and practice.

A survey course in death, dying and grieving to better prepare Pagans who hear the call to this sacred work, and also those who encounter it as part of their overall priest/esshood

Meeting Wednesday  8:30-10:00 pm. EST

A study of Goddess traditions in a variety of cultures from prehistory to early Christianity including contemporary uses of ancient Goddess Traditions as well as reactions to them. Students will also study and evaluate popular and scholarly debates surrounding Goddess religions and prehistory.
This course offers a fundamental understanding of the Mind-Body continuum as it pertains to health, healing and recovery. The budding science of Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) is devoted to understanding the interactions between the central nervous system (one's perception of their world), the immune system (one's protective reaction to their world), and the endocrine system (one's ability to “fine tune” a response to their world). This class is unique in that it marries the current understanding of PNI with a Pagan spiritual perspective. It is pertinent to Professional Pagan Ministers in that it will explore the intricacies between spiritual cosmologies and their effect on the health and well-being of an individual. Academically, this class will provide a ministerial level of medical understanding as it pertains to psycho-social awareness and practical techniques that are designed to be helpful in facilitating spiritual growth, maintaining good psychological health and preserving efficient communication within the mind-body continuum. Instructor: Kenneth Proefrock, N.D.
This course will investigate the phenomena associated with mysticism, trance and altered states of consciousness. Using a comparative, cross-cultural approach, students will investigate mysticism and trance from different religious/spiritual perspectives. We will explore whether pre-existing beliefs, mythology, ritual, ‘set’ and ‘setting’, influence experiences. Some questions for consideration and discussion will be: are there commonalities in the experiences that people have during a trance experience? How do individual or group experiences reflect their beliefs and cultural backgrounds? What tools or techniques do people use to enter a trance state? How might religious/spiritual experiences be approached as a means of gaining knowledge? How does Paganism relate to all these questions and can we make comparisons with trance states in other cultures and spiritual practices? We will research major techniques used to enter a trance state employing various physical senses, some of which may be practiced during the course of the semester. From individuals such as the medieval mystic Hildegard von Bingen to indigenous shamans and modern Pagans, we will consider how belief, emotion and symbols can lead to spiritual experiences and transformation.
Pagan spirituality is intertwined with an emerging re‑examination of human relationships with the natural environment. This class provides students an opportunity to examine recent thought in eco‑theology, environmental ethics, and nature spirituality as resources for reflection on Pagan spirituality, particularly as it concerns relationships with nature. Students will examine key writers, both those who write from a Pagan perspective and those who come from allied perspectives like deep ecology and Eco‑feminism, and reflect on the concepts developed by those writers. Students will be required to assess the role of nature in their own ministry and that of their particular communities, and to produce critical and constructive writing on nature religion and nature spirituality. Meetings and lectures will be held in conjunction with the PCE class, "The Sacred Earth".

Overview of the range of venues for ministry, and the unique interfaith role of the chaplain.  Students become familiar with the global and historical context for chaplaincy, the community circle of chaplaincy, interfaith dialogue and its meaning for modern Pagans, how to minister by sharing knowledge, understanding, acceptance and respect, as well as working to secure religious and other minority rights.
Fulfills one Area II requirement for a Master of Divinity.

This class explores the two dimensions represented by its title: what is ritual, and what does providing public ritual mean? Students will be asked to consider definitions and understandings of ritual from a variety of perspectives and challenged to consider when rituals that open the door to deep meaning should be other than public. In addition to philosophical, spiritual and social/cultural considerations, this course will also focus on the very practical aspects of designing and creating ritual that is effect as well as examining what makes a ritual effective for participants.
This course explores psychological development throughout the lifespan. Students will consider the ways in which a Pagan lifestyle and a Pagan world view may affect each stage in an individual’s physical, cognitive, social, and personality development. This course provides clergy with developmental information that can be applied to age-related ritual design, curriculum development, and counseling both within and outside of the Pagan community.
Explores the unique role of the Chaplain in three concentric circles of ministry: Family, Faith Formation and Ecumenical Community. First and foremost, the chaplain must be the spiritual minister and advisor of both his / her biological family and local faith family. Second, the chaplain must function in and minister to his / her faith formation. Third, the chaplain must function in and minister to the Ecumenical communities of faith, thus bringing spiritual relevance to the greater society. The Three Concentric Circles of a chaplain’s ministry are interrelated and interdependent; this course provides the tools to function effectively in and move among all three circles.
We are a nation divided by disinformation. Such polarization is not sustainable if we have any hope of solving the serious problems that confront our people. In my despair, I reached out to the Cherry Hill Seminary Faculty, and it was suggested that I read the book that is the text for this class. It reveals how we can get there from here and how to reach people we thought we couldn't. This class will cover some amazing new discoveries in psychology as well as the visual cues to determine if one is speaking the truth.
Pastoral counseling is a unique form of counseling that uses spiritual resources as well as psychological understanding for healing and growth. In this course, we will explore the opportunities and limits of Pastoral Counseling from a Pagan point of view; however, the student will learn how to perform Pastoral Counseling to people of all faiths or no faith at all. We will trace the history of pastoral counseling as distinguished from psychotherapy, pastoral care, chaplaincy and spiritual guidance. We will address professional issues and develop a Pagan perspective to pastoral counseling.
Living Systems Science has its roots in the ecological  and biological sciences, and attempts to explain how all living systems work by exploring dynamic patterns of the relationships of organisms with their environment. This class is for the non-scientist who wants to understand the scientific principles of the Web of Life, how the relationships within the web are responding to climate change, and what we can expect given a variety of scenarios.
What is the difference between a minister and a chaplain?  This is an opportunity to explore an overview of the range of venues for ministry, and the unique interfaith role of the chaplain in institutional settings. Students will become familiar with the global and historical context for chaplaincy, the community circle of chaplaincy, interfaith dialogue and its meaning for modern Pagans. Students will learn how to effectively function in this specialized ministry by sharing knowledge, understanding, acceptance and respect, as well as working to protect and promote free expression of religion for all faith formations, collective and individual.

When we engage in professional Pagan ministry, we are not only practitioners of our craft, we are representatives of our religion. We are held radically responsible for our actions and their consequences by our deities, our communities, our world, and ourselves. We live and work in a society where actions we take as Pagans are viewed through the lens of a different set of assumptions than our own. We are scrutinized very carefully by those who are gatekeepers, who have a primary responsibility to protect and serve their constituencies. This course will examine ethics and boundaries relating to self, to clan/tribe, to society and to our world, from both Pagan and non-Pagan perspectives. Students will develop individual codes of ethics and articulate personal boundaries.

This class is one of the four core course requirements for all Masters degree and Certificate students.

What defines a Pagan leader? Being famous? Being articulate? Having a blog or writing a book? Outstanding leadership is unique. It requires understanding the stages of group development, the dynamics of member interactions and factors in group failure or success. It also requires a good understanding of one's own motives, strengths and weaknesses. Students do a self-evaluation and learn advanced leadership techniques for practical use in groups to which they already belong, or plan to organize. They will develop and practice skills that better prepare a group leader to deal with group issues, and lead more effective, cohesive and productive groups.
What is the making of a minister? How does the minister develop and position oneself for the task of ministry? Being able to minister depends on the grounding of the minister herself. The more solid the foundation and formation of the minister the better he is capable of ministering. By understanding what it means to be human, in community with others, the minster is better able to understand and minister to self and others. This course will explore matters of faith, spiritual growth and formation, theological thinking, sexuality, vocational ministry, life tasks, and relational living.
Psychopathology refers to either the study of mental illness or mental distress or the manifestation of behaviors and experiences which may be indicative of mental illness or psychological impairment. In this class, psychopathology will be explored from a spiritual/Pagan perspective. Students will learn diagnosis as it is currently applied, as well as spiritual/Pagan approaches to diagnosis and alternative states of consciousness. Format for this course will be lecture/discussion. 
Many people think of  an authority figure passing judgment when they heard the words preaching or homiletics. However, in its purist form, the homiletic is a spiritual care art form intended to inspireinstruct, and motivatepeople. This course will highlight individuality, being present, and the influence of metaphor inside a storyline. Discover the groundwork and conveyance of messages both within and beyond the consecrated setting. Appreciate what it means to speak and declare truth from a genuine perspective that stimulates, enlightens, and dares others towards healing and a common good. 
This course will cover the elements of effective ritual as a direct experience of the sacred and as a transformative device. Students will discuss various types of ritual, centering ritual intention, the creative building blocks of ritual content, how to fully engage participants, ritual timing, preparation and grounding. We'll explore the differences between public and private rituals, large and small group rituals, and fully participatory ritual as opposed to sacred theatre. The course will emphasize hands-on practice in the form of projects and exercises.
With profound roots in antiquity, the symbols, icons, and manifestations of dark goddesses today provide inspiration and authority as challengers of the status quo. As Kali, or as called from across continents and time, whether as Sekhmet, Asherah, Santa Muerte, Hecate, Isis, Lilith, Oya, or known by other names, dark goddesses fortify our resistance as much as provoke our healing. They are our torch bearers and transformers, instigating transgression in service to truth and inspiring difficult conversations in service to deeper relationships. They solidify our faith and hope. This course will provide instruction in the spiritual technologies of Tantra and offer participants a set of concrete take-aways to support daily practice and ongoing personal healing and growth.
Have you heard that even if we stopped using fossil fuels tomorrow, climate disasters would continue to occur? Well, here are the solutions. The technology is there, and it doesn't mean reverting to a subsistence economy. Learn why there is hope and how we can create an economy that will restore and regenerate the environment as it makes sense and provides meaning for people's lives. This class is a must for anyone who wants to be of service.
Light and Darkness: The image on the Chariot card is usually that of a person riding alone on a chariot which is being pulled along by two opposing forces. The Charioteer has a calm faith that the journey will lead to a positive result. Spiritual care is how we attend to our own spiritual needs as we cope or help others to cope with illness, loss, grief or pain to help ourselves or others heal emotionally as well as physically, rebuild relationships, and regain a sense of spiritual wellbeing. In this class, we will talk about the use of the Tarot as a tool for spiritual care.
Though he was not Heathen, his work has become part of the foundations of Heathenry today. This class looks at the Prose Edda and some other works of Snorri, as background and source material - sometimes problematically! - for the construction of today's Heathenry. Snorri, historian, poet and politician, was born in 1179 and was killed in 1241. In writing his Edda over a period of around 20 years, he was attempting to give young poets a sense of the mythology pre-dating Christianity, so that they could make use of traditional techniques in their work - and so brought together traditional stories and poems in his Edda.
What can Pagans contribute to the current political debates over reverence for life and choice? In this short course we'll learn about the distinctions among reproductive health, rights, and justice; relate reproductive justice to respect for our spirituality, sexuality, diversity, life, and freedom; and gain strategies for reproductive justice advocacy.
Four more weeks about one of the most fascinating cultures of the past. The legacy of Djehuty - hieroglyphs
The goddess in ancient Egypt: Isis, Sekhmet, the Eye of Ra, the Heavenly Cow
Was Akhenaten the first monotheist and what's with the weird body?
Was pharaoh a god, did people worship him and what was his real job?
Medicine and magic
The afterlife journey through the Duat
Developing modern Egyptian rituals, offerings and energy
What do you think about when the word money is spoken? How does your body feel? What images do you see? Do you tense up or relax? Get excited or feel afraid? Money is often portrayed as the root of all evil, leaving us ambivalent about earning it, and ashamed of speaking about our personal finances. Learning about money, and lifting the shame that surrounds it can start you on a path to greater financial well-being. This class combines spiritual intent and ethics, with a grounded knowledge of how money actually works.
During four exciting weeks discover the landscape that inspired the world's oldest recorded religion - the mighty Nile, the deserts, the delta and Kemet's neighbors. Learn about several major creation myths, introduce yourselves to the ancient netjeru (deities) and their temples. Consider what ancient Egypt means for us today. Per Ankh II will be offered in the summer of 2017.
Pagan leaders need to practice self-care as part of sustaining their work without burning out. Self-care is sometimes seen as selfishness or the domain of the privileged, but it can and should be accessible to every person. In this short course we'll discuss how and why to construe self-care as a necessary part of Pagan leadership. We'll use a variety of tools to come into greater awareness of ourselves and to generate ideas for our own self-care. By the end of the course participants will have an actionable plan for nurturing their own self-care practices.
Essential foundations for establishing mutual compassionate understanding- the grounds upon which co-creative win/wins can be made. Based on the work of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication™ and The Virtues Project™ you will learn how to facilitate productive dialogue in any community or personal setting. This is one of the five Rhizomes classes.
Explore the effigy mounds in the Midwestern United States made by Native People (approximately between 350-1300 CE).  Although we will take a quick look at the mounds in the Ohio region made by the Hopewellian people, our focus will be on the mounds made in the southwest Wisconsin area and bordering states such as Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa.  We will also focus on the Four Lakes region of Madison, Wisconsin, which is the capital of the state of Wisconsin and seen as the Mound Builder's capital as well.
Regardless of where you live, this course will encourage you to explore ideas of sacredness of place. Particularly, it asks whether 'sacredness' is something that human-people confer or inscribe in a 'sacred site', or whether sacredness is an attribute of all land (and sea), though more recognized in some places than others. If we look at the ancient monuments of Britain, why are they where they are? (There are very many of them!) How may today's Pagans regard such places, and how regard the 'ancestors' who seem to have recognized particular qualities, divinities, spirits and marked this recognition by their monuments?
How do Druids, Wiccans, Heathens, Polytheists, and others understand consent in the context of Pagan traditions? Although many Pagans see the body and sexuality as sacred, Pagan communities still struggle with the reality of assault and abuse. To build consent culture, good consent practices must be embraced by communities, not just by individuals--and consent is about much more than sexuality. Consent culture begins with the idea of autonomy, with recognizing our right to control our bodies in all areas of life; and it is sustained by empathy, the ability to understand and share the emotional states of others. In this class, students will learn how to ground good consent practices in Pagan stories, liturgies, and values. 
This Insight course examines three core approaches to our religious practice, from the philosophical to the mystical. Each week we will explore a different approach to a spiritual practice, including its advantages and disadvantages. In the final week we will explore the concept of transition from one approach to another.
Permaculture began as a way to produce food in partnership with nature and has expanded to include other spheres of human activity including housing and even finance. It is the application of an ethic of caring for the planet and future generations that flows beautifully into Pagan values. Come and learn what makes Permaculture tick and be inspired to add it to your life.
The head of the American Academy of Religion calls climate change the greatest moral crisis of our times. The Chief of the US Navy's Pacific Command has said it is the single greatest security threat facing us. Sometimes the problem seems so overwhelming and so impossible to stop that we turn our attention to more manageable things. But the devastating results that are forecast don't have to be our future. This class will explore the dynamics of climate change, the potential danger of it, and the special contributions that Paganisms and Earth-based spiritualities have to offer in the search for solutions.
When we’re down and out, we can count on our beloved dead to protect us, comfort us, and give us advice. Who has your back? Whether you know for sure you need help or you just want to make a connection, this class will help you determine which of your ancestors to address, who counts as an ancestor, and how to get their attention. And it is not only those of our bloodline, but those that cared for us, those that have gone before that we admire, and our fur-bearing companions who can help us. We’ll talk about creatively keeping an ancestor altar and visiting graveyards.
The more students learn about The Witch Hunts of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the more they can appreciate our Pagan heritage and the events early American witches lived through. This short course briefly explores the events leading to The Salem Witch Trials and then reflects on some "fictionalized” texts representing those events (literature, film, television, etc.). From the wild depictions of Tituba to the dreadful outcomes for those accused, many tourist attractions, movies, and television shows misrepresent the history of the Salem Witch Trials. After this course, students should be able to separate the facts from the myths surrounding this iconic moment in American religious history.

Integral to our spirituality is the practice of of reclaiming our bodies as part of a sacred cycle. In the last class of the series, which may be taken in sequence or independently, we will discuss the sacred process of harvesting. Specifically, we will explore the nature of harvest: ways in which we honor, process and become a part of the cycle. In doing so, we will come full circle in the primal examination of our bodies and their relationship to Mother Earth. Tending a plant from seed to harvest, then offering the Earth back Her ancestors through their ashes, is an olden practice. It brings our bodies back into communion with the dirt we stand upon and heals us mind, body and soul. As a family trad witch, I will be bringing my own tradition to the table that incorporates both Cherokee and the Irish Celtic methodologies and philosophies. 

Beliefs and practices of human-animal communication in various Pagan traditions (including indigenous spiritual traditions). Students learn various cultural attitudes towards the role of animals in Pagan spiritual practice, develop new respect for the teachings of our non-human friends, and find their own animal allies on whom they can call for help with any challenge. Pagan cultures addressed include Celtic, Native American, and Asian.
When we’re down and out, we can count on our beloved dead to protect us, comfort us, and give us advice. Who has your back? Whether you know for sure you need help or you just want to make a connection, this class will help you determine which of your ancestors to address, who counts as an ancestor, and how to get their attention. And it is not only those of our bloodline, but those that cared for us, those that have gone before that we admire, and our fur-bearing companions who can help us. We’ll talk about creatively keeping an ancestor altar and visiting graveyards.
Most of us were taught to lead and relate to others using the prevailing model, one that can create pain and confusion for individuals and promulgate abuse throughout society at all levels. “Leading Like Water” blends the ancient wisdom of The Tao with the powers of the little-known Queen Archetype. This revolutionary take on leadership is natural, powerful, and benefits all. “Leading Like Water” is for everyone, whether a public “leader” or not. This relationship shift enhances lives both personally and professionally, making families more joyful and careers more successful. Students completing the course are empowered to lead “for the good of all” more gracefully and powerfully in every setting. A Rhizomes course.
What does it mean to be an ethical magical practitioner? How can you tell if a teacher or coven leader has good boundaries? When we step into leadership, how can we make sure we are doing right by our communities? This course is designed to help clarify our internal ethical code, and then apply it to the areas of Community, Service, Ritual, and Leadership. The poet and philosopher M.C. Richards wrote, “It takes a golden ear to be empty enough of itself to hear clearly.” We will approach the formation of healthy, rigorous ethics and boundaries in the spirit of deep listening and open conversation, and follow where it leads.
What we eat ties us to our planet, our environment and our communities. The industrial food chain distances us from all of these things and plays havoc with our mental and physical well-being. Eating low on the industrial food chain connects us with spirit, creates community, and heals and nourishes both our bodies and the Earth. This class will describe the industrial foods chain, healthy models of food production, and how these interact with the traditional foods consumed by our ancestors and traditional peoples.
Once we've learned how to identify our own strengths, weaknesses, challenges, and triumphs, we are ready to reach out to others. Communication with others is the shaman's stock in trade. Indeed, it is her or his sole purpose and responsibility to serve as intermediary between humans and non-human others--including not only animals but trees and plants, stones, mountains, rivers and oceans, the elements (earth, air, fire, water), and Spirit. The ability to walk in many worlds perfectly qualifies the shaman for this task, and the training is guided by empathy and the wish to help.


In Basic Shamanism II: Communication with Others we will explore several avenues of communication with others. We will view the world from the perspective of Native American, Hawaiian, and contemporary shamans and find our own best way to establish channels of communication with our fellow beings on this little blue planet.

Shamanic practice as a catalyst for personal responsibility, healing inner conflict and conflicts with others is the starting point for anyone aspiring to do shamanic work. Experiential exercises such as shamanic journey provide the student with personal information and tools to address the following issues:
*Core issues, challenges, strengths, etc.
*Forgiveness of self and others
*Energy management for self and others
*Spiritual sources (Where do you turn for strength and guidance?)
In Basic Shamanism I: Self, we discovered our personal strengths and weaknesses. We met our allies and learned to work with them as we faced our challenges and celebrated our triumphs.

Then, in Basic Shamanism II: Communication with Others, we learned how to reach out with empathy to the human and non-human beings who share our journey.

In Basic Shamanism III we will take the learning we've acquired into our communities--our local communities and the larger communities of our country and our world. Using tools and techniques drawn from Hawaiian, Native American, and contemporary shamanism, we will discover how to journey for others, practice elementary shamanic healing, and begin to share what we've learned.

Good ritual is a locus of theophany, a technology of making-present the gods. That so much contemporary Pagan ritual fails to do this is largely a matter of poor liturgical design. (There are indeed rules to crafting good ritual; they=re just not the rules that they told you were the rules.) This course will engage both the inner and the outer priestcrafts: the logistics, theory, and practice of imbuing public ritual with focus, narrative, and a sense of the presence of mystery
Shamanic practice as a catalyst for personal responsibility, healing inner conflict and conflicts with others is the starting point for anyone aspiring to do shamanic work. Experiential exercises such as shamanic journey provide the student with personal information and tools to address the following issues:
*Core issues, challenges, strengths, etc.
*Forgiveness of self and others
*Energy management for self and others
*Spiritual sources (Where do you turn for strength and guidance?)
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An interdisciplinary approach to examine why and how women in a variety of religions have turned from God to Goddess, and what this means for Pagan women in particular. We will practice Goddessing, the process of discovering, recovering and creating the Feminine Divine and Her celebration, as we explore women’s spiritual experience through theology, sociology, ritual studies, story-telling and journaling. Students will develop new insights to better serve their communities. Instructor: Wendy Griffin, Ph.D. Thursdays, 7:00-8:00 PM ET
Invites participants into a discussion of modern Druidry balancing information with personal experience. The course introduces participants to what we know about historical Druids, surveys the variety of modern Druid approaches, and invites them into the development of a Druid ethic and the use of a form of Druid divination. Through the four weeks, participants will read and reflect on several resources including the websites of a variety of modern Druid groups; mythological stories that are central to Celtic cultures and Druid spirituality; and select writings of modern Druids about their path. Participants will be expected to participate in forum discussions each week after reading the assigned readings for the week and listening to the instructor’s prerecorded mini-lecture. The four weeks will center on these themes:

 1. An overview of modern Druidry set against what we can know about historical Druids
 2. A Consideration of modern Druid worldviews
 3. Creating and working with A Druid ethic
 4. Working with the Tree Ogam as a modern Druid divination tool
Managing conflict within a group. This module examines how groups establish their internal "pecking orders" and interpersonal power relationships. Cover such topics as conflict: blessing and bane, stakeholders, power, legitmation, and facilitation.

Instructor: Judy Harrow, M.S.
Genograms are a professional, useful way to describe relationships. As pagans, we consider the individual, the group and our world, which can be very complex. The genogram allows us to assess how interactions occur in any context, what influences are present at any given time, and alert us to patterns in physical, mental, emotional and spiritual ways. When we are called on to provide care, even in immediately stress filled and urgent situation, this way of organizing the information can help us ask ethical and appropriate questions of ourselves and others, and provide guidelines for action. This class or demonstrated competence is required for all 6000 level counseling classes. Instructor: Cynthia Collins Forum discussion, no chat class, office hours TBA
Contemporary Germanic paganism draws on an array of sources from medieval literature to modern scholarship and traditional folklore to ethnographic research. Through recorded presentations, primary documents, and weekly discussions all offered online, this course offers students the chance to explore these fascinating and involved topics while marking some of the problematic issues of interpretation and cultural transmission that often vex them.
This course will explore the feminine and masculine archetypes revealed in the tales of King Arthur, with particular attention to how these archetypes manifest in our own lives. Are you Guenevere? Morgaine of the Fairies? Morgaine's mother Igraine? Viviane, High Priestess and Lady of the Lake? Perhaps you are Lancelot, Elaine, or Arthur himself. Discover and explore your own inner Camelot in this fascinating 4-week course.
Judaism is one of the oldest religious belief systems in the world, and has influenced Western culture far beyond its numbers as the older sibling of Christianity and Islam. This course will give students a foundation in the Jewish world view, and in Jewish beliefs and traditions. The course will help students to understand the general Western religious environment, and will prepare them for work in interfaith relations.

NOTE: This course will be a prerequisite to an Introduction to Kabbalah course, to be offered by this instructor, presently planned for Spring Semester 2010.

Instructor: Rabbi Hillel Katzir

This course is designed to help the student develop a strategic plan for the development of a web site for a pagan organization. This includes deciding key decisions regarding site navigation, software applications that will be used for the development of the site, and implementation of the strategic plan with the assistance of individuals with the necessary technical knowledge. The expectation is that at the completion of this course, the student will have the necessary professional skills to help any pagan organization develop a web presence.
The boundaries and roles of counselor, pastor, elder and teacher; how to create and terminate relationships; ethics and multiple role dilemmas; helping within your scope of competence; and when to refer to a professional. Forum discussion, no chat class, office hours TBA.
Relationship-based fundraising is the method proven most effective for developing sustainability for your nonprofit or congregation. Learn the basics of creating a fund development plan, identifying prospects, year-round cultivation activities, how to ask for support, and what to do after the gift comes in.
Has anyone ever told you that religious ritual - especially magickal ritual - is a foolish, superstitious, or simply useless activity? The class is intended to provide students with information that will help defend themselves and others against this widely held attitude. While there will be some discussion of the purely psychological benefits of ritual, the main focus of the class will be on reviewing high-quality scientific research that addresses topics usually considered supernatural. Much of this research has results more favorable to a spiritual or magickal worldview than is generally acknowledged in popularizations or even the more prominent technical literature.
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This course will critically examine the broad cultural and spiritual significance of the Burning Man festival--an eclectic, seven-day celebration of art, fire, and community that takes place annually in Nevada’s Black Rock desert. We will think about the event’s dynamic history, culture, communities, traditions, rituals, and values in order to cultivate an expanded & diversified understanding of “religion” (Pagan and otherwise). In keeping with the spirit of Burning Man, this course will be participatory and will culminate in the completion of creative and intellectual projects. Optional skype chats will be scheduled.
Pagans love to create intimate community, and the same close-knit network of friends and lovers often does ritual, crisis counseling, and various kinds of business together. This intimacy can turn explosive, however, when we identify conflicts of interest between multiple roles too late. In this class, we will do risk assessments on various kinds of overlapping community roles and look at ethical guidelines for decision-making around multiple role relationships. Topics may include power differentials, projection, hot button issues, maintaining clear boundaries, peer consultation, and referral networks.
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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for all masters students This course provides an introduction to academic research within the emerging interdisciplinary field of Pagan Studies. Approaching research as a way of finding resources to answer questions, students will learn tools for conducting that research and how to present that research in writing. Students will also gain an introduction to Pagan Studies and to questions confronting that field. Individually and in groups, students will work throughout the semester on a major research project ending a final major paper. Instructor: Grant Potts Ph.D.
In addition to learning about and discussing the relevance of auto-ethnography within the study of contemporary Paganism, each student will create an artistic project from this space, actively participating in using this research methodology while creating a finished narrative work. Artists and non-artists alike will be guided through a process that will result in an artistic experience that will deepen the internal discussion of what being Pagan means to us as individuals as well as collectively.
Pagan religious artifacts can be found in museums across the world from a variety of cultures and spiritual understandings. We will explore the intersection these objects have with the world of fine art, accessing a variety of museum collections, looking at holdings that are of particular interest to Pagans, with a focus on the role museums have played in preserving and developing contemporary Pagan art. Students will be required to visit a museum (or other similar space) to interact with an artifact in person and write an experiential essay after doing so culture.
Egypt had unique geography, art and architectural canons. This class is an overview of the religious foundations and spiritual practices of ancient Egypt, drawn from its language and literature – textual and monumental. Students will learn how ancient Egypt's enigmatic approaches to life, death, and the afterlife were profoundly expressed in these forms and formed the basis of what we know as Sacred Science.
This course is designed to help you understand a transpersonal vision of synchronicity and divination, to gain practical experience in responding to synchronicities and employing divination while using a common divination tool, to learn to divine from within yourself, and to be able to incorporate synchronicity and divination into your ministry.

Teaching strategies in contemporary Pagan traditions include classrooms, workshops, coven and small group training, one-on-one apprenticeships, distance study, and more. These strategies provide wildly different experiences for both teachers and students. Not only do the styles have distinct advantages and disadvantages for conveying specific skills, but the ethical pitfalls and boundary issues of the different relationships vary. In this class, we will explore five models of teaching, learn about pedagogical techniques, consider the ethical obligations of teaching relationships, and discuss how to evaluate potential students and teachers.

Starhawk is best known for writing The Spiral Dance and co-founding the Reclaiming tradition of Witchcraft, but what don’t you know about Starhawk? Her contributions span the gamut from composing ritual chants that have come to be known as traditional, to blending magical practice with anti-globalization activism, to teaching the practical skills of permaculture. Her theology – about gender, about politics, about the purpose of magic – has shifted substantially along the way. In this course, we’ll sample Starhawk’s writing from the 1970s to the 21st century, asking what changes her work has wrought in herself and in Pagan communities. Many readings will be available digitally, but you must have access to the 20th anniversary edition of The Spiral Dance -- earlier editions will not do for the purposes of this course.
Doreen Valiente is the writer behind the widely known Craft liturgy "The Charge of the Goddess." As Gerald Gardner's most influential High Priestess and an important writer in her own right, Valiente has had a deep and lasting impact on Wicca. In this four-week class, we will study Valiente's life and historical context and read excerpts from her books and poetry.
Dion Fortune was a leading figure within the British esoteric community of the early 20th century who is unique for her use of fiction and non-fiction writings to create a magical community (The Society of the Inner Light) and philosophy. Fortune would probably not embrace the idea of being an elder within contemporary Paganism; however, she unwittingly contributed major concepts to contemporary Paganism. Her overall philosophy was a blend of unorthodox Christianity and earth-centered polytheism and psychotherapy. This course will trace the facets of Fortune’s evolving theology. In addition, students will study Fortune’s influence on the role of gender within Paganism. By the end of this course, students will have an understanding of Fortune as a historical figure and be able to draw informed conclusions on Fortune’s impact on contemporary Paganism.
General pastoral functions of ministering to the military community in a diverse and pluralistic environment and surveys some of the special situations that the military chaplain is likely to encounter, including deployment, reintegration, relationships, loss, and spiritual injuries of returning service members
The challenging role of the military chaplain to both provide for the spiritual needs of all under his or her pastoral care and supervision and at the same time preserve and protect the Constitutional guarantees of the First Amendment.
Examine the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of grief, trauma and loss experienced by both combatants and non-combatants during times of war. Models of recovery and reintegration into society will also be explored.
War leaves invisible wounds upon the mind and the soul of our combat veterans. Here we'll explore the impact of such wounds on the lives of veterans, including an increased risk of suicide. And we'll discuss ways of intervening with these invisible wounded in both mundane fashion and through using methods more in tune with Pagan beliefs. The course will consist of a weekly group Skype session and individual work between sessions.
This course introduces the student to the Military Chaplaincies, and highlights the unique roll that the chaplain fills within the Armed Forces. This mission, duties and responsibilities of the chaplain will covered in detail. The Department of Defense Instructions and the regulations covering Chaplain Activities for each service will be introduced and surveyed.