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Book | Exploring Spirituality and Culture in Adult and Higher Education by Elizabeth Tisdell

imageExploring Spirituality and Culture in Adult and Higher Education by Elizabeth Tisdell

My Notes…

Assumptions about Spirituality:

  • spirituality and religion are not the same, but for many people they are interrelated
  • spirituality is an awareness and honoring of wholeness and the interconnectedness of all things through the mystery of what many refer to as the Life-force, God, higher power, higher self, cosmic energy, Buddha nature, or Great Spirit
  • spirituality is fundamentally about meaning making
  • spirituality is always present (though often unacknowledged) in the learning environment
  • spiritual development constitutes moving toward greater authenticity or to a more authentic self
  • spirituality is about how people construct knowledge through largely unconscious and symbolic processes, often made more concrete in art forms such as music, image, symbol, and ritual, all of which are manifested culturally
  • spiritual experiences most often happen by surprise
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    Book | Spirituality and Theology: Christian Living and the Doctrine of God by Philip Sheldrake


    Spirituality and Theology by Philip Sheldrake

    This book is a gold mine for my research. Sheldrake connects the contemporary study of Christian Spirituality directly to the Social Trinity. He also provides an excellent historical summary of why spirituality and theology have been estranged since the dawn of the modern era.

    My Annotated Scan of the section  The Significance of Trinitarian Theology. (75-83) He defends Augustine against accusations of individualism.

    The fundamental truth of our existence is that human beings and God are both rooted in mutual self-giving love. To exist consists of being-in-relationship. (78) read more


    Youth Ministry and Spintuality Project

    A contemplative approach to ministry with youth is founded on the premise that what all young persons ultimately desire, like Franny Glass, is not only an experience of God, but a whole way of life, a spir­ituality that sustains them in a living relationship to God. (151)

    Seven Disciplines:

    1. Sabbath
    2. Prayer
    3. Discernment
    4. Covenant Community
    5. Accompaniment – To accompany young persons is also to create a space of care andhospitality for them in the larger faith community.
    6. hospitality
    7. authentic action

    The ultimate goal of the contemplative approach to youth ministry is not contemplation, discernment, accompaniment, or even commu­nity. These are not ends in themselves, but means to the larger end of inviting and supporting young persons in authentic action on the way of Jesus Christ. (154) read more