This course will explore the practice of self-care through the lens of Emotional Intelligence, building on the learner’s knowledge of self through the incorporation of exploratory assessments and reflective journaling. Coursework will culminate with the identification of personal tools, practices, and resources for sustainable self-care as spiritual leaders.

Required Reading:
Selected articles and assessment tools are provided in course materials.

Class Meeting; Tuesdays, 8:00 PM EST
Class Begins: Feb. 17

Who are the Fair Folk? Many do not expect one of the answers to be “the dead”!  In this Insights course we will parse through the different types of Fair Folk (focusing on the Irish traditions), examine species of Faery with clearly human folklore (including hauntings, burials and premature deaths) and contemplate the possibility of the Fair Folk as ancestral figures.

Required Reading:
Catherine Briggs, Faeries in Tradition and Literature. Routledge, 2002.  There will also be readings online.

Insights 1 – Jan. 20 – Feb. 16
Class Meeting: Fridays, 8:00 pm EST
Class Begins: Jan. 20, 2020

For those considering a profession as a spiritual guide. This course is based in part on the instructor’s two-year training course for professional spiritual directors. Learn from the teachings of psychologists, religious leaders, and mystics. Explore the impact of temperament and psychological type on spiritual growth.  Experience spiritual practices to nurture your relationship with the holy. Delve into the growth and acquisition of spiritual wisdom, noting the stages, pitfalls, remedies, and rewards, as well as the importance of sharing the spiritual journey, especially during times of crisis. Explore ethical considerations for spiritual helpers and learn about further training options.
The course will survey sacred texts of the world religions, including the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, the Quran, the Upanishads, and more. Students will study the historical and cultural contexts in which sacred texts developed, the canonical content of those texts, and the strategies for interpretation of and religious interaction with sacred texts. Students will also problematize the role of text within modern Paganisms.

Pastoral counseling is a unique form of counseling which uses spiritual resources as well as psychological understanding for healing and growth. It is provided by certified pastoral counselors, who are not only mental health professionals but who have also had in-depth religious and/or theological training. In this we will explore the opportunities and limits of Pagan pastoral counseling, what it is and what it is not.  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.

Required Reading:
Townshend, L. Introduction to Pastoral Counseling.  Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2009.
Harrow, J. Spiritual Mentoring: A Pagan Guide. Toronto, Ontario: ECW Press (2002).
Ivey, Kay and Zaloquett, Intentional Interviewing and Counseling: Facilitating Client Development in a Multicultural Society (2014)

Recommended Reading:
Lawrence, Raymond J. Recovery of Soul: A History and Memoir of the Clinical Pastoral Movement, 8th ed. New York: CPSP Press (2017)

Class Meeting: Tuesday 6:00 pm EST
Class Begins: January 20, 2020

As professional Pagan ministry, we are not only practitioners of our craft, we are its representatives in the wider world.  In a society where freedom of religion is constitutionally guaranteed yet often under siege, the need for minority religions to have robust ethics and boundaries is more important than ever. Students in this class will develop an individual code of ethics and explore personal and organizational boundaries from a wide range of perspectives.  Our class forums will explore a wide variety of real-life situations with a focus on both ethical action and achieving positive social outcomes.

Required Reading:
Myers, Brendan, the Other Side of Virtue: Where Our Virtues Come From, What They Really Mean, and Where They Might Be Taking Us. Moon books, 2008
Pastin, Mark, Make an Ethical Difference: Tools for Better Action. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2013

Class Meeting: Thursday, 8:00 pm EST
Class Begins: January 20, 2020