Weekend Program for Working Adults
The Sophia Center's Weekend program enables working adults to attain a master's degree in two years while delving deeply into the converging wisdom traditions that are the source of a new creation story.
It covers the same themes as the nine-month residential program and is structured around four stimulating weekends per semester, as well as the Summer Institute.
The weekend program attracts people from throughout the country who pursue expanding knowledge and an advanced degree while meeting their on-going vocational and personal commitments.
The unique weekend format allow students to reflect upon and apply the curriculum to the context of their working lives.
Spring 2014: Spirituality of Earth, Art and Spirit
January 24-25. Ancient Indigenous Healing for the Twenty-First Century
The evolutionary changes occurring on the planet today are calling forth new and expanded methods for resolving social dilemma. This intensive will present innovative perspectives on how the New Cosmology Story can be interwoven into a new story of Social Justice, Restorative Justice, and the Eradication of Racism.
Bonnie Wills received her Bachelors’ Degree in Social Ecology at John F. Kennedy University, a Masters in Culture and Spirituality at Holy Names University, and a Masters in Religion and Philosophy at California Institute of Integral Studies. She is a Certified Diversity Facilitator, a Licensed Spiritual Practitioner, and a Restorative Justice Facilitator and Trainer. She currently facilitates Restorative Justice Groups at San Quentin Prison and COSA (Circles of Support and Accountability) groups for formally incarcerated youth. Bonnie is committed to a compassionate, just, and inclusive planet. Through her work, she strives to support the eradication of “isms” and social injustice within our homes, workplaces, communities, institutions, and the planet.
Februrary 21-22. Jesus, Buddism and Jazz - Ecumenical Spirituality for an Ecological Civilization
McDaniel will introduce and explore the process-relational way of thinking, rooted in the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead. The focus will be on the role that music (including jazz) can play in helping us live into sustainable community, to the role that Buddhism now plays in evolving spiritual consciousness in North American and Europe, and to the embodied, incarnational engagement with the world to which the image of Jesus points.
Jay McDaniel, author of six books at the intersection of religion and ecology, is the editor of a website called Jesus, Jazz, and Buddhism: Relational Thinking for a More Hospitable World. (www.jesusjazzbuddhism.org) Influenced by process theology, Jay is a Christian influenced by Buddhism who has been teaching courses in the various world religions for thirty years at a liberal arts college in Arkansas: Hendrix College. He also works often in mainland China, with academics and ordinary citizens interested in a greening of China and a recovery of wisdom from Confucianism and Daoism for a postmodern era. He will lead sessions on east-west dialogue, Christianity as influenced by Buddhism, process or relational thinking, and, not least, jazz.
March 21-22. Living Life to the Fullest
We will explore life-meaning and practices that joyfully nourish and sustain us in work for Earth, justice and peace. Our time together will include conversation, song and gracious ritual.
Sister Helen Prejean, a native of Louisiana, is known internationally for her tireless work against the death penalty. She was instrumental in sparking national dialogue on the issue and in shaping public opinion for its abolition. Sister Helen is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille. She is the author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States and The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions.
Marya Grathwohl. A Franciscan Sister since 1963, Marya lived for over thirty years in African American, Crow and Northern Cheyenne communities. She earned an MA in Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies. As founder and director of Earth Hope, she worked as consultant for a women's center in Northern Cheyenne country, assisting with the development of wind and solar energy, ground-source heating and cooling, water catchment, a greenhouse, raised bed gardens and native prairie restoration. Earth Hope sponsors two Transition Initiatives as well as cosmology classes in jails in CA and NY.
April 25-26. Keeping the Faith Without a Religion
What does it mean to be spiritual but not necessarily religious? We shall explore a spirituality that derives its practices and orientation from the contingencies of everyday life – how our immersion in change, dark times, imperfection, beauty, joy and more can be the gateway to transcendance.
Roger Housden is the author of twenty books on poetry, transformation and pilgrimage, including the best-selling Ten Poems to Change Your Life series. His latest book is Keeping The Faith Without a Religion, published in March 2014 with Sounds True.