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    Spirituality Scholars

    Spirituality Scholars is a unique program in spiritual exploration offered by the Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service and Social Justice. The program extends over 9 months—the fall and spring semesters--meeting weekly on Tuesday afternoons from 4:10pm to 6pm in the Bush Center Chapel.

    The program invites undergraduates to reflect on the connections in their lives between spirituality, vocation and identity in an interfaith community, led by Chaplain Nancy Victorin-Vangerud and Rabbi Esther Adler. We will ask big questions, deep questions, and personal questions. The program is designed to create an intentional, thoughtful exploration for students seeking to deepen their spiritual journeys, explore diverse spiritual writers, listen carefully to their lives, and create innovative projects reflecting this process.

    The theme for the Fall 2017-Spring 2018 Spirituality Scholars is "Wisdom and Wonder: The Sacred Power of Words." Spirituality and awe are essentially indescribable, yet words are one of the best tools we have to explore their depths. Through study and discussion of sacred texts, poetry, story, journaling, centering meditation, and creative arts we will explore the power of words to create and express deep feelings of awe, wonder, and spirituality. By considering the sacred power of words, we explore ancient spiritual practices, emerging anew and relevant for today. Evidence from contemporary studies in neuroscience, shows that daily spiritual practices can nurture an individual’s emotional, physical and mental well-being, as well as ground one’s life in resiliency, serenity, and the confidence to take risks for personal and social transformation.

    There is space in the program for 10-12 scholars, who will need to commit to the entire academic year (fall and spring semesters). The selective application process includes an interview with the program leaders, who will discern the good fit of the program with the applicant. Scholars will each receive a stipend from the Mahle Endowment of $1000 for the year to be distributed in 2 installments ($500 at the end of each semester). As with a job commitment, if meetings are missed repeatedly, the stipend will need to be adjusted to reflect the missing hours/weeks. Preference may be given to juniors and seniors.

    Program Time: Weekly on Tuesdays, 4:10pm to 6:00pm (including light meal) beginning September 12th, 2017, through May 8th, 2018. (We are off for J-term.) We will also have an overnight Fri-Sat (or Sat-Sun) retreat in mid-October (most likely either Oct. 20th or 21st)