Current day interest and life in intentional community has a rich and diverse history. Within communities from the past to the present, the cultivation of spiritual practices is a central focus of intentional living. For this course, the medieval model provided by women and men living in Christian community furnishes a starting point for the historical study of intentional communities. The course will also include introduction to the different forms and orders of medieval monasticism and spiritual practice in community. Through review of historical documents, films and museum site visits, students will be introduced to historical examples of life in intentional community. Beyond Christian communities, the spiritual practices that are associated with intentional communities vary from religious tradition to tradition. Through site visits to a Jewish eruv, Christian cloister and Islamic courtyard students will explore the different boundaries and peripheries of sacred space for each tradition. To conclude the course, students will review current research and present their own proposals for intentional communities in contemporary contexts.
- Professor: Jane Huber