CULTURE AND SPIRITUALITY
Perhaps the greatest challenge of our time is focused on transforming our cultural paradigm to protect humanity and the planet from destruction, while encouraging a new era of well-being for all. The emerging cultural paradigm is a blending of cosmology and mysticism. The seminal insights of Thomas Berry, the consensus scientific view of cosmic and biological evolution, creation spirituality, and the compelling challenge of “ecological conversion” are the heart of the Sophia program.
The Sophia Center offers a Master of Arts in Culture and Spirituality, and a graduate certificate. The program seeks to integrate the inward journey of personal transformation and the outward journey of social change, ecology/sustainability, and justice. Students explore ecology and public policy. The Sophia program is interdisciplinary and draws on the perspectives of world religions, science, contemporary philosophy and theology related to environmentalism and human responsibility. The program prepares participants to be ecologically aware, socially just, spiritually alive, and effective contributors in today’s society.
The Sophia curriculum is currently in transition. Interested candidates or for any questions, please contact Graduate Admissions and Sophia Center via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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These are hybrid courses that involves online learning and intensive weekends on campus. There is a course introduction to Blackboard the first week, January 11 – January 15, 2016.
Environmental Awareness and Global Responsibility
Dr. Robert Ludwig
Crisis and Moral Responsibility
An exploration of the environmental crisis which threatens the Earth’s biospheres and the global human community, students examine the challenges of a deteriorating foundation and economic collapse. The course surveys the consequences of increasing environmental degradation and the moral and ethical choices facing the human community. The focus is on thinking globally and acting collectively with effective public policies to abate and manage devastating consequences.
This course begins January 18th and ends March 6, 2016. Students work online for 7 weeks punctuated by intensive on campus weekends; Fridays 7-9pm and Saturdays 10:00am-3:00pm.
Weekly reading and written assignments are done online through Blackboard; essay postings and discussions are ongoing through the 7 weeks.
On Campus Sophia Workshops: January 15-16, January 30, February 6 and February 20, 2016.
Sustainable Ethics and Social Justice
Dr. James Mastaler
Impact of Ecological Devastation on the Most Vulnerable
The deterioration of Earth’s biospheres and climate change have affected the poorest and most vulnerable human populations disproportionately. The global environmental crisis threatens these populations with loss of livelihood, access to clean air and water, agricultural devastation, and health emergencies. Many populations have become permanent refugees, fleeing uninhabitable homelands. This course surveys the problems facing the poorest people of the planet and explores the moral responsibility to manage this crisis in such ways that respect human dignity and social justice.
The course begins January 18th and ends May 10, 2016. Students work online for 14 weeks punctuated by intensive on campus weekends; Fridays 7-9pm and Saturdays 10:00am-3:00pm.
Weekly reading and written assignments are done online through Blackboard; essay postings and discussions are ongoing through the 14 weeks.
On Campus 3-Day Intensive Workshop: March 18-20, 2016