MONDAY MORNING SESSIONS
1. Dr. Judith Neal
"Spirituality in Higher Education: A Global Phenomenon"
M8:30-10AM RM 163
Paul Ray, in his study titled "The Integral Culture Study" (1994) found that 24% of the adult American population has a profound interest in spirituality, personal development, leading edge ideas, concern for the environment, and an interest in helping to change the world. According to his research, this is the fastest growing demographic group in the country.
In my work as Director of the Center for Spirit at Work and the editor of the online "Spirit at Work" newsletter, I have found that this interest is truly a global phenomenon. I have been contacted by people all over the world who are exploring ways of integrating spirituality and work in deeper ways. This is especially true among consultants and academics. The Academy of Management has recently approved a Special Interest Group on Management, Spirituality, and Religion in recognition of this growing interest. I will share examples of what different schools are doing in terms of teaching, organizational practices, and research. I will also give examples of some of the doctoral research that is being done on spirituality in the workplace. Ideally, this session should provide an opportunity for participants to share what is happening at their institutions and to get support for their work in the future.
Judi Neal, after receiving her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Yale University, worked eight years in industry, consulted to organizations for 15 years and taught management at the University of New Haven for eleven years. In 1993, she decided to make spirituality in the workplace a central focus of her research and presentations, and has gained a national reputation. Her web site at www.spiritatwork.com is known as the "Information Central" of the spirituality in the workplace movement. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Dr. Arthur Zajonc
"Science and Spirituality in Higher Education"
M8:30-10AM RM 917
Science and spirituality are traditionally understood as standing in a contentious relationship. Many would argue like Stephen J. Gould that the best relationship is one of Non-Overlapping Magesteria (NOMA). Like the conventional neo-orthodox position of Karl Barth this view grants questions of ethics and values to religion and retains for science all questions pertaining to knowledge. I will suggest that this map is wrong and, indeed, deeply troubling. Instead I will argue that one can find a common soil from which spring both our scientific insights as well as our deepest aesthetic and moral intuitions. Through a careful treatment of scientific discovery and the role of experience in both scientific inquiry and contemplative practice, I will elaborate an epistemology and method, which is adequate to experience of both types. If knowledge is also possible within traditionally spiritual domains of life, then these deserve a substantial presence in institutions of higher education.
Arthur Zajonc is Professor of Physics at Amherst College and author of Catching the Light. He is a cofounder of the Kira Institute and also President of the Lindisfarne Association. His research has included the experimental foundations of quantum physics and the relations between science and the humanities. Email: email@example.com
3. Rev. Martin Lowenthal
"Spiritual Intelligence: Education and Work Come to Profound Wisdom"
M8:30-10AM RM 904-08
This workshop explores Spiritual Intelligence in terms of the cultivation of the qualities of being and of profound wisdom that are found in all spiritual traditions. It presents a model developed by the presenter called the "Four Homes" - Home in Being (Presence), Home for Wisdom (Formative Principles and Qualities that inform life), Home in the World (relationship and action in society and nature), and Home for Those in Need (Service and the Cultivation of Compassion). Using guided mediations and interactive exercises, participants will experience their own wisdom nature and how to bring it to life.
Martin D. Lowenthal, Ph.D., is the Director of the Dedicated Life Institute and co-author of Opening the Heart of Compassion. In addition to conducting retreats internationally, he serves as a pastoral counselor, meditation teacher, trainer, consultant, and executive coach. He has been on the faculty at Boston College and taught at Harvard University. He has studied with Buddhist and Taoist Masters for more than thirty years. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Rev. Christopher Carlisle
"Materialism and Secular Spirituality: A Panel Discussion"
M8:30-10AM RM 174-176
Dr. David K. Scott
Dr. Asoka Bandarage
Dr. Julius Lester
In our present climate of exploding interest in spirituality, it is natural to infer that spirituality is new to American culture. Yet materialism may well be the reigning religion in America, which bears the marks of spirituality, and indeed, a religious faith. Panelists from Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and scientific traditions discuss the creative and destructive effects of materialism on the human soul.
Christopher Carlisle is an Episcopal priest and Chaplain to the University of Massachusetts. Trained at Columbia, Harvard, and Yale, he is particularly interested in inter-religious dialogue, the relationship of theology and science, and the changing face of religion in an increasingly secular culture. Rev. Carlisle has served on a number of national higher education ecclesiastical boards, writes on the subject, teaches, and works on issues of social justice at home and abroad. Email: email@example.com
David K. Scott is the Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Chancellor Scott's hope is to lead the institution to become an Integrative University for an Age of Knowledge, as well as a Learning Organization of the 21st Century. He has led a distinguished career in both nuclear physics and academic administration. Chancellor Scott received a Doctorate of Philosophy from Oxford University in Nuclear Physics (1967). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Asoka Bandarage is Associate Professor and former Chair of the Women's Studies Program at Mount Holyoke College. She is the author of Women, Population and Global Crisis: A Political-Economic Analysis (London, Zed Books, l997) and other books and publications in the fields of women's studies, population, ecology, international political economy and philosophy. She has produced a video documentary "Eppawala: An Urgent Plea from Sri Lanka" for Sri Lanka International, and has been associated with a number of other international networks and publications working for global peace, social justice and ecology. Email: email@example.com
Julius Lester is Professor of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has published 31 books including a spiritual autobiography LOVESONG: Becoming a Jew. Since l991 he has served as lay religious leader of Beth El Synagogue in St. Johnbury, VT. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Dr.Joyce Apsel
"Undergraduate Dialogue on Good and Evil in Individual and Society: A Great Books Course"
M9-10AM RM 103
By reading and analyzing great writers and significant events of the past, students begin to explore how issues of good and evil were perceived and debated in different times and among various thinkers. This presentation will look at how students, many of them planning to pursue careers in business, grapple with issues of spirituality and morality. Texts such as Nietzsche Beyond Good and Evil, Fussell, The Great War and Modern Memory, Solzhnitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Fran Fanon and Martin Luther King, Why We Can't Wait, reveal disparate approaches toward understanding and changing the human condition. Handouts will provide a basis for a simulation with the audience. Finally, the workshop will look at how willing students are to make judgments about the past in contrast to their hesitation about judging good and evil today and participating in goals toward a greater societal good.
Joyce Aspel is currently teaching at New York University and is the Vice President of the Association of Genocide Scholars. She directs the human rights education project for the non-profit Rights Works. An historian and attorney, she conducts workshops for student, teacher and community groups on issues of discrimination, genocide, human rights and crating community. She is the co-editor with Dr. Helen Fein of Teaching About Genocide (rev. ed. 1998, American Sociological Assn.). Email: email@example.com
6. Dr. Joanne Slappo / Dr. Amy Jones-Barlock
"Women, Mental Health and Spirituality"
M8:30 - 10:30AM RM165
This seminar will focus on the understanding of spirituality in women's experience. Exploration of women's faith experiences at various life stages will be discussed and applied to an understanding of women's adult developmental issues.
Quantitative research examining spiritual well being, mental health, critical life events and types of spiritual experiences will also be reviewed. The relational aspects of women's spirituality will be highlighted in this discussion. Participants will leave with practical application skills, which enhance the use of spirituality in work, learning and clinical environments; and will understand the importance of spirituality in the overall life experience of women.
Joanne Slappo is a graduate of Indiana University of PA and the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a teacher and presenter on a wide variety of topics that deal in rehabilitation, counseling and women's issues. Presently, Dr. Slappo is a clinical educator for the Office of Education and Regional Programming at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, PA where she develops and implements educational programs for psychiatrists, clinicians and other mental health professionals in the western region of PA and statewide. Email: Slappo@msx.upmc.edu
Amy Jones-Barlock is a graduate of Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh. She has 18 years of clinical, teaching, consulting and program development experience in the areas of women's issues, dual disorders, addictions treatment, multicultural competency and spirituality in psychiatry. Dr. Jones-Barlock's doctoral research examined women's spirituality throughout the life cycle. Presently she is on the faculty at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
7. Dr. Gurucharan Singh Khalsa
"One Spirit with Three Minds-A Practical Model for Meditation as a Tool for Education, Creativity and Spirit"
This session presents a model for how we can use different types of meditation to release our Genius and our spirit at work and for education. We will learn to identify three primary modes of the mind- receptive, active and observant. They form the core of many creative and spiritual processes. When they act together they form the "Genius Cycle". We will explore specific meditations to access and develop each mode. We will practice several meditations to gain an experiential map of how to use them for innovation, insight and spiritual openness.
Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D., President of Khalsa Consultants, Inc. is an expert in the mind and the psychology of meditation. He is a business consultant, instructor in yoga and wellness at MIT, a Minster is Sikh Dharma, an active researcher, and an author most recently of Breathwalk: Breathing Your Way to a Re-
Vitalized Body, Mind and Spirit (Broadway Press June 2000). Email: email@example.com
8. Dr. Rita Weathersby
"Being Spiritually Present at Work in Higher Education: A Deep Conversation About Dilemmas, Struggles and Possibilities"
This session asks participants to identify particular spiritual practices and understandings that evoke and sustain "being spiritually present" in their work--as faculty members, administrators, staff, and students. The presenter suggests themes from her own recent experiences, using journal entries and selected readings. Struggles and Dilemmas: role conflict and role overload; overwork and busyness; the rational academic paradigm; institutional norms for influence; colleagues; dialogue; courage; humility. Insights from Spiritual Practice: deeper meanings of our work; understandings of spiritual presence; spiritual practices related to time, energy and listening; working with negative and positive emotions such as anger and alienation or inspiration and love; respect for dialogue and persons.
- Benefiel, Margaret, "Spiritual Direction for Organizations: Toward Articulating a Model," Presence (September 1996).
- Benefiel, Margaret and Rebecca Darden Phipps, "Riding the Wind: Spiritual Nurture and the Organizational Process," in The Hidden Spirit: Discovering the Spirituality of Institutions (James Cobble, Jr. and Charles M. Elliott, Eds., Christian Ministry Resources, 1999).
- Palmer, Parker, The Courage to Teach (Jossey-Bass, 1998).
- Richmond, Lewis, Work as a Spiritual Practice, (Broadway Books, 1999).
Rita Weathersby is a professor of management in the business school at the University of New Hampshire. Her immediate experience is rich with dilemmas and possibilities as she attempts to integrate spiritual insights in her courses, committee work, and research. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
9. Dr. Ewert Cousins / Dr. Ashok Gangadean
"Spirituality at the Dawn of the New Millenium: Deep Dialogue as the Heart of the Emerging Global Consciousness"
We are in the midst of a profound revolution in human consciousness that has been a millennia in the making. As we enter the 21st Century humanity is in a deep and painful shift from egocentric life to a higher global and dialogical awakening of consciousness. This global awakening of dialogic consciousness is found to be the heart of diverse religious, spiritual and philosophical traditions through the ages. This paradigm shift is the maturation of human reason which ignites a global spirituality in all aspects of our lives- in education, at work, in inter-religious life, in civic space and in all aspects of human relations. We invite dialogue on these topics.
Ashok Gangadean is Professor of Philosophy at Haverford College where he has taught for the past thirty-two years. He is also Founder-Director of the Global Dialogue Institute which seeks to cultivate deep dialogue and global consciousness in the primary dimensions of emerging global civilizations. He received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University and is the author of numerous essays and books. Two major volumes recently published are- "Meditative Reason: Towards Universal Grammar" and "Between Worlds: The Emergence of Global Reason". His life work has focused on clarifying the fundamental Logos at the heart of global spirituality and his session with Dr. Cousins will explore how deep dialogue is a key to the emerging spirituality in the human condition. Email: email@example.com
Ewert Cousins is a Professor of Theology at Fordham University and former director of the spirituality program there. He has taught at NYU, Barnard, and Columbia. A past president of the Teilhard de Chardin Association, he is now General Editor of the 25-volume series World Spirituality: An Encyclopedic History of the Religious Quest (Crossroads) and Chief Editorial Consultant for the 60-volume series The Classics of Western Spirituality. From 1974-1985 he was consultant to the Vatican Secretariat for non-Christians. In addition to his position at Fordham, he holds an endowed chair at Mudelein Seminary and is on the faculty of the Oxford Graduate Theological Foundation. He is the author of numerous articles and books. His most recent book was Christ in the 21st Century.
10. Rev. Matthew Lawrence
"Fear and Loathing in Ann Arbor: Religion and the Public University"
The culture at the University of Michigan is typical of most large public research universities: wary of religion and dismissive of spirituality. What happens when a diverse collection of campus chaplains, including Fundamentalist and Liberal Protestants, Roman Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Pagans, and Buddhists agree to apply pressure on the university to turn around a decades-long slide into secularism? Is it possible for religious
professionals to nurture a culture of spiritual change within a public university? Objectives: Examine change dynamics in a major public research university; discuss issues that emerge when "secularism" collides with "spirituality", discuss change strategies for other public universities.
Matthew Lawrence is the Episcopal Chaplain at the University of Michigan, Director of the Institute for Public Theology, and president of the campus chaplains' association. For the past two years he has been leading the chaplains' effort to expand support for religious and spiritual community at the University of Michigan. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
11. Rev. Leon Burrows
"Post-Modern Spirituality in College Worship: Social Upheaval and Changing Paradigms of Liturgical Praxis"
The session will explore aspects of social change and its relationship to Spirituality. Attention will focus on specific social upheavals such as the Civil Rights Movement, Feminism and the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgender Affirmation Revolutions. These have led to new liturgical paradigms for worship that include inclusive liturgical language and music that are sensitive to diversity. The session will also explore aspects of Post-Modern theology and its relationship to Spirituality in creating a worship environs of inclusivity. Specific liturgical phenomenon to be explored will include music from the folk black church tradition and contemporary liturgical music.
Leon T. Burrows is the Protestant Chaplain at Smith College, Northampton, MA. and the Amherst College Protestant Advisor. He holds a Master of Music and Master of Divinity Degrees from Yale University, School of Music and Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. E-mail: Lburrows@ais.edu
12. Dr. Barry Ferst
"Finding the Harmony: Sunday School Faith and Scholarly Revelations"
This session will explore the question, "To what extent can scholarly research into the origins of Western religions be introduced into the undergraduate classroom at colleges and universities that have a religious affiliation?"
Barry Ferst is the chair of the Philosophy Department at Carroll College in Helena, MT. For the last fifteen years he has specialized in the culture of the Roman Empire focusing on its philosophies and religions. His research includes travels throughout Mediterranean Europe, the Maghreb, Turkey, and Syria, photographing ruins and religious artifacts. He has presented papers on the role of Sophia/Logos in philosophic speculation and the many religions that had trinitarian theologies. Email: email@example.com
13. Dr. Gil Stafford / Dr. Catherine Stafford
"Vulnerable Leadership: A Model for the Twenty-First Century Leader"
This session will explore the possibilities and potentials of being a vulnerable leader from both the male and female perspective. The presenters have experience in public/private, K-Higher education settings. The basis of discussion will be centered on the question: "Can one lead and be spiritually vulnerable?" Attendees will be asked to dialogue about the possible qualities of a vulnerable leader, including but not limited to: 1) spiritual sensitivity, 2) a dynamic relational theology, 3) visionary who is risk taker, and 4) a leader who is willing to empty him/herself. The presenters would like to suggest that leadership be about love, relationships, commitment, sacrifice and dependency. Leadership will consume ones life and expose ones soul to the soul of others. In leading from this model, one will give themselves over to something bigger than themselves.
- "I am telling you all this because I am deeply convinced that the leader of the future is called to be completely irrelevant and to stand in this world with nothing to offer but his or her own vulnerable self." In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership, Henri J.M. Nouwen (Crossroad, New York, 1995) p. 17.
- "Attraction and repulsion always occur together; life, talent, and art unfold in strife." Sanctorum Communio, Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Fortress, Minn. 1998) p. 85.
- "Moments of choosing are also moments of great vulnerability." Eternal Echoes, John ODonohue, p. 86.
- "Leadership is not simply a matter of what a leader does but also what occurs in a relationship." Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice and Leadership, Lee Bolman and Terrence Deal (Josey-Bass, San Francisco, 1997) p. 296.
- "The web provides a perfect metaphor for how science now perceives our universe in operation: not as a precisely calibrated immutable slot, but rather as pulses of energy that continually evolve and assume shifting shapes as the various elements interact, and in which identity is inseparable from relationships." The Web of Inclusion, Sally Helgesen (Currency/Doubleday, New York, 1995) p. 16.
Gil Stafford is President of Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona. He has served the University in a variety of positions over the past twenty years including Executive Vice President, Dean of Students, Athletic Director and coaching. His doctoral work was in developing a Bonhoefferian theological model for twenty-first century higher education. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Catherine Stafford is the Superintendent of Avondale Elementary School District (Arizona). She has been an elementary school teacher, university professor, and currently is the lead administrator of a public school district of over 3,000 students. Her doctoral work was a qualitative study in adult learning. Email: email@example.com
NOTE: Sessions 14 and 15 were cancelled
16. Pat Sullivan
"Out of the Drawers, Onto the Desktop: Spirituality Comes Out of Hiding at Work"
Until recently, Bibles and other evidence of faith were kept hidden in desk drawers; conversations about spirit at work happened only behind closed doors. This presentation documents some innovative ways individuals now openly tend spirit at work in law firms, banks, HMO's, mass transit stations, etc. It includes a discussion of legal issues for spirit at work and insights from readers of the presenter's spirituality and work column for the San Francisco Examiner.
Pat Sullivan, is president of Visionary Resources; spirituality and work columnist for the San Francisco Examiner and Practical Spirituality columnist for myprimetime.com. She is a former legal assistant who worked with over 475 lawyers in every field of law. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
17. Danah Zohar
"SQ: Connecting with Your Spiritual Intelligence"
M10:30-Noon Campus Center Large Auditorium
Danah Zohar presents provocative scientific evidence of the existence of spiritual intelligence (SQ): a spiritual center in the human brain that integrates IQ and EQ (emotional intelligence) in an entirely new paradigm of human thought. In her new book, SQ: Connecting with our Spiritual Intelligence (co-authored with Ian Marshall), Zohar explains that SQ underlies our beliefs and values, our sense of vision, and consequently our daily actions. Drawing from scientific studies and theories, Zohar explains that SQ is neither measurable nor fixed but it can be enhanced and contribute to our relationships, decision making and leadership.
Danah Zohar studied Physics and Philosophy at MIT and then did her postgraduate work in Philosophy, Religion and Psychology at Harvard University. She is the author of the best-sellers The Quantum Self and The Quantum Society, books which extend the language and principles of quantum physics into a new understanding of human consciousness, psychology and social organization. In 1997, she published her business book, Rewiring the Corporate Brain: Using the New Science to Rethink How We Structure and Lead Organizations. SQ:Connecting with Our Spiritual Intelligence, was released in January 2000. Zohar teaches The Leading Edge course at Oxford Brookes University and in the Oxford Strategic Leadership Program at Oxford University's Templeton College. Email: email@example.com
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