(To be completed in a cycle of 3 consecutive Januarys)
Spiritual Renewal through Engaged Compassion
This hybrid course for the Doctor of Ministry Program in Spiritual Renewal, Contemplative Practice and Strategic Leadership, will teach contemplative, relational, and socially engaged spiritual practices that cultivate the interpersonal skills necessary for wise, effective, and compassionate leadership in communities, interreligious contexts, organizations and the world
Discernment-Based Strategic Leadership
This course explores the contributions of spiritual discernment processes, contemplative practice, and compassionate relationality to organizational leadership. Topics will include grounded and generative approaches to strategic visioning, decision-making, conflict transformation, team-building, and creating organizational cultures that promote compassion, dignity, empowerment, effectiveness, and personal and social renewal.
Compassion Based Approaches to Conflict
Teaches compassion-based conflict transformation perspectives and processes that are vital for strategic leadership and grounded in contemplative practices. Themes may include approaches to conflicted situations in inter-cultural and/or inter-religious contexts, neuroscientific understandings of the nature of contemplative practice, explorations of contemplative practices from a variety of spiritual/religious traditions, and working constructively with difficult emotions and stances within persons, between individuals, and within & across groups.
Each of the three Core Courses consists of an in-person, intensive session that is normally five days long.
- Exploration of content related to the Core Course topic
- Practical Research Project Workshops
- Specialty Seminars
By the end of your first Core Course you will have:
- Clarified the issue, nature, and scope of your D.Min. ‘Practical Research Project’
- Planned a path forward for your project and electives
- Begun your leadership work with a grounded and mindful approach
- Prepared to understand and approach the project as part of a larger context
- Articulated your most important theological, spiritual, and ethical commitments, especially as related to your project.