This one-week intensive challenges students to think about what makes us mentally healthy, and how and why some of us become mentally unwell. What is the role of faith and of being a member of a faith community – or not – in mental wellness and unwellness? How might these concepts be utilized practically in one’s professional work after graduation? Given the stresses of pastoral and organizational work, how is one’s spirituality and faith woven into self-care? The major categories of mental illness as currently defined by the DSM 5 in the United States and Europe are presented and discussed. Interacting with such individuals and assessing whether referral for treatment intervention is indicated, or ethically required, are explored. The goal of this course is not diagnostic and treatment-oriented but rather understanding, and how to assess for referral if indicated.

The times we live in can’t help but teach and form us as human beings and as providers of spiritual care; this time, a time of pandemic, might become truly and positively formative if we engage it with courage and intention. Using guided readings, group spiritual direction and contemplative writing, participants will explore their personal and professional reactions and responses to this historic experience with an eye towards developing increased self-awareness and compassion as spiritual caregivers in a time of pandemic.

This course will examine how the contrasting traditions of Buddhism and psychoanalysis understand the roots of suffering, and how their divergent methods offer increased opportunities for healing when used in tandem. For clinicians, this course will provide an exploration of how the analytic treatment of common psychological struggles including depression and anxiety, as well as more complex forms of trauma, may be supported by Buddhist insights and methods. For meditators, this course will offer ways to address the psychological content that can arise in one’s spiritual practice through a psychodynamic approach to inner life. With periods of meditation practice, readings, and classroom discussion, together we will explore the foundational concepts addressed in both Buddhist and psychoanalytic teachings, including the nature of self, identity, loss, and efforts at healing.

No prior experience with meditation or psychoanalysis required. All are welcome.

The Biblical Greek Intensive is designed to introduce students to the first two semesters of Biblical Greek, equivalent to the first year of Greek language study (6 credits). The course focuses on mastery of the grammar and vocabulary tools necessary to read and translate the New Testament in its original language (Koine Greek).

Note: The required textbooks are Clayton Croy’s A Primer of Biblical Greek and a Greek New Testament (preferably Nestle-Aland 28th edition).