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.
Fall 2013 – The Great Work
September 20-21. My Looking Ripens Things: Being a Catalyst for Healing Through Poem-Making
My question to myself and to you is this: What can you and I do to make a difference? I would like to work with you in this retreat on ways to bring poetry as healer into your personal life and make it a part of what you share in the world. It’s time to realize, as Rilke says, “my looking ripens things.” This retreat will help you become a catalyst for poetry as healer in your world.
John Fox is a certified poetry therapist and poet. He is the author of Finding What You Didn’t Lose: Expressing Your Truth, Creativity Through Poem-Making and Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making. His work is featured in the PBS documentary, Healing Words: Poetry & Medicine. He offers workshops in a range of institutions throughout the United States and abroad. He has taught regularly at Sophia since 2005.
November 15-17. A Sacred Story and a New Economic Paradigm
In our search for
meaning, we humans turn to sacred stories that frame our sense of
what is most important and thereby most worthy of our care and
respect. Our lack of a sacred story adequate to the survival demands
of our present situation goes a long way toward explaining our
acceptance of an economic system that drives toward economic, social,
environmental, and political collapse. We are in desperate need of a
contemporary story of the origin, nature, and purpose of creation
that embodies the fullness of current human knowledge and
understanding, honors our interdependence with one another and
nature, gives our lives meaning, and guides our path to species
maturity as responsible members of Earth's evolving community of life.
David Korten is the author, most recently, of Agenda for a New
Economy and The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community. He is
co-founder and board chair of YES! Magazine and co-chair of the New
Economy Working Group, an informal alliance of organizations and
individuals collaborating to frame a new, transformative economic
vision. His current focus is on making explicit the connection
between a new economy vision and a new sacred story of creation as
the manifestation of a spiritual intelligence seeking to know itself
through a creative process of becoming.
October 18-20. Life Mapping: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
Ever wonder how you can stay true to your passions and contribute to the world during this time of great shifts? In this workshop you will create your personal map, and set goals. Clarity will emerge as each person charts their gifts, talents and passions, in this very creative way. You will discover where your contributions over lap with what the world needs now. You will be guided to create your own action plans for sustaining balance with your personal health, spiritual, emotional and financial well being. Decide concretely where you want your time, work and relationships to go as you create a life of deep meaning, fulfillment and contribution.You will learn some simple daily practices to follow your intuitions to re-connect to your heart's deepest yearnings.
Elizabeth Murray, author, photographer, painter, garden designer is a voice who inspires and ignites a commitment to Beauty, Nature, Spirit and Sustainability. As a speaker and workshop leader, Elizabeth uses personal story, garden metaphors, warm humor to inspire the imagination of her audience to connect with what has heart and meaning, and to express their own creativity. Elizabeth's passion for Nature inspired her dedication to diverse projects around the world- from helping restore Monet's Gardens in Giverny, France to remote African villages, to the Amazon rain forest. Her photographs have traveled with Monet's paintings to eight museums, and the New York Botanical Gardens and are published annually in calendars and her book Monet's Passion, Ideas, Inspiration and Insights into the Painter's Gardens. Look at www.elizabethmurray.com for more information
December 6-8. Following Jesus: Quantum Spirit, Inclusive Spirituality
Let’s resurrect and reconsider Jesus: His story, his spirit, and what it might have meant to be called Christ and ourselves to be identified as Christians. Let’s also consider this: Are we really following Jesus? Or are we following the followers of the followers of Jesus, replicating archaic agendas that cannot be attributed to him? Come and see.
Miriam Therese Winter, a Medical Mission Sister, is professor of liturgy, worship and spirituality at Hartford Seminary, Hartford, Connecticut. She is the author of 15 books, including Paradoxology: Spirituality in a Quantum Universe. She is composer of 15 recordings, including the gold record album Joy Is Like the Rain. She has served the poor on three continents and is a popular speaker in the United States, Canada and Australia.