Each candidate is required to also register directly with WellSpring for the residential component of this unit.
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- articulate an historical framework for the development of contemplation through Christian history from the early Church to the current era;
- describe the discipline of contemplation and its relationship to other spiritual practices such as meditation, prayer and intercession;
- critically analyse the unique aspects of the various forms of contemplation;
- evaluate their own spiritual practices as they relate to contemplation; and
- describe the relevance of contemplative practices to engagement with the world and diverse contexts and cultures of ministry.
- One book review (2,000 words) (25%)
- One essay (6,000 words) (75%)
Set texts recommended for purchase are highlighted in blue
- Bachelard, S. Experiencing God in a Time of Crisis. Miami, Fl: Convivium, 2012.
- Benner, David G. Spirituality and the Awakening Self: The Sacred Journey of Transformation. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2012.
- Bourgeault, Cynthia. The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice. Boulder: Shambhala, 2016.
- Danaher, James P. Contemplative Prayer: A Theology for the Twenty-First Century. Eugene, OR.: Cascade Books, 2011.
- Keating, Thomas. Open Mind, Open Heart: The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel. New York: Continuum, 2012.
- ————. Reflections on the Unknowable. New York: Lantern Books, 2014.
- Laird, M. S. A Sunlit Absence: Silence, Awareness, and Contemplation. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.
- May, G. G. Will and Spirit: A Contemplative Psychology. New York: HarperOne, 2006.
- Pitchford, S. The Sacred Gaze: Contemplation and the Healing of the Self, 2014.
- Underhill, Evelyn. Practical Mysticism: A Little Book for Normal People. [England]: Parchment Books, 2011.
- ————. Mysticism: A Study in the Nature and Development of Man’s Spiritual Consciousness. S.l.: CreateSpace, 2015.