Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- critique the ways in which spirituality and spiritual formation relate to their personal lived experience;
- outline a history of spiritual writers who have influenced awareness of spiritual practices;
- critically describe personal experiences of spiritual direction and spiritual retreats;
- critically analyse the way in which personality impacts spiritual development; and
- evaluate the spiritual practices that lay a foundation for spiritual growth and illustrate this from within different practices.
- Book review (1,500 words) (25%)
- Retreat field report (1,500 words) (25%)
- Essay (3,000 words) (50%)
Set texts recommended for purchase are highlighted in blue
- Barry, William, and William Connolly. The Practice of Spiritual Direction. Second ed. New York, NY: HarperOne, 2009.
- Hughes, Gerard W. God of Surprises. Grand Rapids, MI.: Eerdmans Pub Co., 2008.
- Kidd, Sue Monk. When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life’s Sacred Questions. San Francisco, CA: Harper, 2006.
- May, Gerald G. The Wisdom of Wilderness: Experiencing the Healing Power of Nature. New York, NY: HarperOne, 2007.
- Nouwen, Henri, Michael J. Christensen, and Rebecca J. Laird. Spiritual Direction: Wisdom for the Long Walk of Faith. New York, NY: Harper Collins, 2006.
- ————. Spiritual Formation: Following the Movements of the Spirit. New York, NY: Harper Collins, 2010.
- Palmer, Parker J. Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation. Somerset: John Wiley & Sons, 2015.
- Pitchford, Susan. The Sacred Gaze: Contemplation and the Healing of the Self. Collegeville, Minnesota Liturgical Press, 2014.
- Rohr, Richard. Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer. New York, NY: Crossroad Pub., 2003
- Rohr, Richard. Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2013.