TUESDAY MORNING SESSIONS

RESEARCH FORUM

Sarah Stockton, San Francisco State University
"The Private Conversations About Spirituality at a Public University"
T8:30-11:30AM RM163C

A qualitative research study performed at public university on attitudes toward spirituality and religious pluralism among faculty and administrators revealed common themes of curiosity tempered with caution. Specific attitudes toward institutional religion versus spirituality were uncovered. The perceived barriers for campus or interpersonal dialogue included: opaque terminology, fear of proselytizing, perception of First Amendment issues, and fear of isolation or becoming labeled. Although a need was identified for more open dialogue, how to proceed was vague and undefined. Religion and spirituality were most often identified as meaning "Christianity," with mixed reactions of tolerance and disavowal. Since many terms used in discussing spirituality and religion are perceived as Christian-based, this was identified as a significant area for further exploration and definition. This presentation will focus on a brief overview of the findings, and will continue with an exercise to begin exploring new terminology for the concepts of spirituality and religious belief, as one avenue toward opening dialogue.

Sarah Stockton received an MA in Education from SFSU, May 2000, with an emphasis on religion and spirituality in education. She is a free lance editor and writer in the area of spirituality and education. Her monthly column and other writings on spirituality and education can be found on her web site, www.wordcrafter.com. She will attend the Institute for Spiritual Directors program, Mercy Center, Burlingame, starting in fall 2000. Email: sarah@wordcrafter.com

"Informal Conversations with Researchers"
T9:30-11:00AM RM163C

Andres Nino, Research Associate, Wellesley College E-Mail: anino@wellesley.edu
William Matthews, Professor of Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst E-mail: shamrock@educ.umass.edu
Frank Fear, Bailey Scholars Program, Michigan State University E-mail: fcar@msu.edu

37. Rev. Ken Ferguson
"Walking the Line: 'Radio Ministry' on a Community Radio Station at a Public University"
T8:30-10:00AM RM804-08

Radio and web-casting are virtually untapped resources in impacting spirituality in the workplace and higher education. Although there are various, sectarian, religious groups that generally work to promote their own creed and doctrine, there are few that are trying to address spirituality in a diverse and divergent manner. Add to this the added struggle to walk the line of religion and spirituality while trying to honor the boundaries of broadcasting on the community radio station owned by a public university. A new possibility on the horizon is in low power or microbroadcasting FM that FCC has been working to free space on the dial but have been thwarted by corporate radio.

The SteepleJack Experience on WHUS-FM at the University of Connecticut seeks to hold all these in tension with music, guests, opinions and listener call-in. How will you use radio, low power radio or web in a creative way to impact spirituality in the workplace and higher education?

Ken Ferguson, "SteepleJack" on UConn's 91.7 WHUS-FM has been the pastor of the Storrs Congregational Church UCC for the past 5 years where he seeks to help balance a ministry between "town and gown." He is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in Connecticut and works at the Pastoral Counseling Center of West Hartford that offers a satellite office at the Storrs church. Email: steeplejack@bigfoot.com

38. Dr. Michael Waggoner
"Exploring Meaning and Commitment in Graduate Professional Education"
T8:30-10:00AM RM805-09

This session describes a graduate seminar in which students reflect upon animating values and beliefs that give meaning to and form the bases for personal and professional commitments to: self-assessing their assumptions, values, and beliefs toward cultivating attitudes and behaviors that are in constructive relationship with others; community - assessing their understanding of and commitment to the common good, recognizing their interdependence and affirming the strength that can come from diversity; and profession - assessing the integrity of their work ethic, lived out in the responsible exercise of justice and care, and refreshed by attention to continual learning and development.

Mike Waggoner is Professor of Education in the College of Education at the University of Northern Iowa. He has coordinated the Graduate Programs in Post -Secondary Education for eleven years and for the last six years has also served as head of the Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Post-Secondary Education. Email: mike.waggoner@uni.edu

39. Dr. Arthur Zajonc / Dr. Linda Lantieri / Susan Keister / Dr. Laura Rendon
"Connecting the Spirit and the Intellect in Higher Education: A Fetzer Fellows Panel"
T8:30-10:00AM RM168

A panel of Fetzer Institute Fellows will discuss a new vision of teaching and learning that addresses cognitive, emotional and spiritual development. This session will present The Resolving Conflict Creatively Program designed to rekindle a spirit of hope in young people. The session will also present a continuous education improvement and renewal model called in Pursuit of Possibilities. In addition, a relationship-centered model of teaching, learning and research in higher education called Academics of the Heart will be presented.

Resources:

  1. Educators for Social Responsibility (1999). Toward Safer Schools and Healthier Communities. The Resolving Conflict Creative Program in Lincoln County, Oregon, New York, NY: Milbank Memorial Fund.
  2. Lewis, C.C., Schaps, E. & Watson, M.S. (1996). The Caring Classroom's Academic Edge. Educational Leadership.
  3. Palmer, P. (1998). The Courage to Teach. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  4. Rendon, L. (2000). Academics of the Heart. About Campus.
  5. Rendon, L. (2000). Academics of the Heart: Connecting the Scientific Mind with the Artistry of the Spirit. The Review of Higher Education.

Arthur Zajonc is a professor of Physics at Amherst College and author of Catching the Light. He is cofounder of the Ira Institute and also President of Lindisfarne Association. His research has included the experimental foundations of quantum physics and the relations between science and humanities. Email: agzajonc@amhest.edu

Susan Keister is the Vice President for Programs and Training Development for Quest International, a nonprofit educational organization headquartered in Newark, Ohio. As an educator, author, speaker, trainer, and executive, Susan has led the development of the internationally acclaimed Lions-Quest positive youth development programs for grades K-12. Currently she is collaborating on In Pursuit of Possibilities, a new process and field guide for helping schools become relationship-centered learning communities in pursuit of every child's potential. Email: svekquest@aol.com

Linda Lantieri is recognized as a highly effective advocate for making our schools, homes and communities caring, growing environments for children. Linda is founding director of Resolving Conflict Creatively Program, (RCCP), National Center of Educators for Social Responsibility. RCCP is the largest research based social and emotional learning program in the country serving 375 schools nationwide. Linda is co-author of Waging Peace in Our Schools and is a senior scholar at the Fetzer Institute. Email: LLanturi@RCCP.org

Laura I. Rendon is the Veffie Milstead Jones Endowed Chair in the College of Education at California State University-Long Beach. She is also a Fetzer Institute Fellow working on a spiritual model of teaching, learning and research in higher education. Email: lrendon@csulb.edu

40. Dr. Andre Delbecq
"The Experience of Teaching Spirituality with CEO's and Working Professional MBA's in Silicon Valley"
T8:30-10:00AM RM903

This session will provide a report on a course offering for CEOs and MBAs in Silicon Valley. The course was developed at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University. Participants come from diverse religious and non-religious backgrounds. Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Protestant and Catholic. The design of the course, methods of integrating spiritual disciplines with knowledge resources, course dynamics, and participant satisfaction will be discussed.

An open discussion of the challenges associated with course offerings for similar professional will follow.

Andre L. Delbecq is the J. Thomas and Kathleen L. McCarthy University Professor at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California. He served as Dean in the Leavey School of Business from 1979-1989. Prior to 1979, he spent twelve years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Graduate School of Business and in the Public, Health Services and Social Work Administration, and four years at the University of Toledo. Dr. Delbecq has been a consultant and has lectured globally including Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa, and Thailand. Email: adelbecq@mailer.scu.edu

41. DramaWorks
"Dramaworks: Transforming the Dynamics of the Masculine and Feminine"
T8:30-10:00AM RM 904-08

"S/He," Drama Works' latest interactive business theatre production, will explore gender and power issues, and truth telling in organizations. Through active learning, this workshop introduces participants to skills and methods designed to allow the "emotional brain" to be an integral part of the work experience.

DramaWorks is an Interactive Business Theatre creating unique training events for corporate audiences. DramaWorks explores workplace dynamics that influence corporate health, productivity, and bottom lines. Drama Works members are Toni Bergins, Tim Holcomb, Erik Muten, Christine Stevens, and Tim Van Ness, www.tntplay@javanet.com, Northampton, MA.

42. Steven Keeva / Pat Sullivan / Stuart Levine
"Spirit of the Law: How Spiritual Practices are Transforming Legal Practices"
T8:30-10:30AM RM174-76

The presenters offer stories of attorneys and staff who are helping to reclaim the soul of a profession by creatively and courageously applying spiritual principles to everyday challenges. Keeva will focus on what he learned in the process of reporting and writing "transforming Practices" about how lawyers throughout the country are using spiritual practices to transform their work. Sullivan will show how individual staff and attorneys are practicing their values even in firms that appear to be hostile to spirituality at work. After a question and answer period, the session will close with visions and actions for a healthier, spirit led profession.

Steven Keeva, assistant managing editor of the Journal of the American Bar Association; author of Transforming Practices: Finding Joy and Satisfaction in the Legal Life, an ABA Journal book, published by Contemporary Books. Email: skeeva@staff.abanet.org

Stewart Levine is a mediator/attorney and author of Getting to Resolution: Turning From Conflict to Collaboration, named one of the best business books of 1998. Levine charis the Law practice Division of the Law Practice Management section of the American Bar Association. Email: Stewart@ResolutionWorks.org

Patricia Sullivan is president of Visionary Resources; spirituality and work columnist for the San Francisco Examiner, and Practical Spirituality columnist for www.myprimetime.com; she is also a former legal assistant who worked with over 475 lawyers in every field of law. Email: visionpat@aol.com

43. Dr. Edward Wondoloski / Irene Miller
"Self Managing Leadership: New Paths to Mastery"
T8:30-10:30AM RM905-09

Self Managing Leadership is a practical course in applied spirituality presented within many organizations experiencing change, including multinational companies, colleges, nonprofits, etc. Deeper levels are tapped where the real power to deal with change as transformative opportunity becomes available and useful in real life situations. The Self Managing Leadership model and its foundation in practical spirituality will be presented, along with learnings from Self Managing Leadership courses given within a large corporation. Participants will walk away with at least one tool to personally take more responsibility for your state of mind, emotions, choices, communications and relationships, as well as your overall quality of life.

Edward M. Wondoloski, Professor Emeritus, Bentley College and President of Living Values Educational Program Inc. As an entrepreneur, Ed offers workshops providing opportunities to learn the art of self management, develop personal skills and explore the common spiritual values essential to restore harmony within ourselves and our world. Email: ewondo@earthlink.net

Irene M. Miller, MA, Clinical Psychology - Faculty Search Consultant, MIT. Irene teaches Raja Yoga meditation and has a psychotherapy and mediation practice focusing on empowerment issues. Extensive experience in assessment, training, work-related counseling and strategic staffing for high tech, biotech, scientific, financial services and information technology companies. Email: imm@MIT.EDU

NOTE: Session 44 was cancelled.

45. Molly Guzzino
"Cultivating Spirituality Within a Professional Community"
T9:30-11:30AM RM917

Psychological debriefing with psychotherapists and concomitant research on spirituality with medical and mental health professionals yielded requests for a group experience in which concerns regarding spirituality in the workplace could be explored. This two-hour intensive shares the evolution of this "Spirit Group" and illustrates its use of expressive arts to promote interpersonal, intrapersonal, and transpersonal connectedness. Hands-on learning of specific group practices will be emphasized. This model is adaptable within organizations and across professional communities. The program concludes with artwork of medical and mental health professionals expressing their search for self, connection, and spirit at work.

Molly H. Guzzino, ATR, LPC, LMFT, is a psychotherapist, researcher, author and consultant in private practice specializing in the treatment of trauma resolution, creativity and spiritual well-being in Austin, TX. Her current research and seminars focus on assisting professionals in cultivating hope, spirituality and sense of purpose in the workplace. She is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences. Email: mollyg@eudoramail.com

46. Dale Schwartz / Dr. Guillermo Cuellar
"Imaging Our Gifts: Spirit in Action"
T9:30-11:30AM RM 165-69

Each of us has gifts that embody the wealth of our human potentiality, through which we can manifest spirit in a concrete way. In this interactive workshop, we will use images, symbols, and writing in order to explore the gifts we bring to our workplaces, schools, communities, and personal relationships. We will examine the obstacles that prevent us from fully expressing our gifts and the steps we can take to overcome them. By creating our own symbols and metaphors, we can surface information about ourselves that we can not easily access through language. No talent or experience in art is necessary.

Dale Schwarz, Registered Art Therapist, Co-Director of the Center for Creative Consciousness, Sunderland, MA. She is a personal and professional development coach and management consultant. Dale helps individuals and groups access their own innate creativity and to contribute their unique gifts to society. Email: dale@tocreate.org

Guillermo Cuellar, Ed.D., Co-Director of the Center for Creative Consciousness. He is an organizational development consultant interested in aligning personal dilemmas with the responsibilities and consequences of being open to the ways of the spirit. Email: guillermo@tocreate.org

47. Dr. Joel Bennett
"Time, Work, and Intimacy: The Psycho-spiritual Infrastructure of Organizations"
T9:30-11:30AM RM175

This PowerPoint & Trade; mandala/poetry presentation explores the meaning of time as a psycho-spiritual aspect of organizations. This aesthetic approach seeks to stimulate dialogue about how organizations play a significant role in structuring our experience of time. This includes practical features–scheduling, pacing, rhythms–as well as opportunities for transcendence of time–preciousness, spontaneity, patience. Using the slide-show, the author will facilitate dialogue around these questions: What prevailing psychosocial models of time do organizations use to structure work? How does organizational structuring of time limit spirituality in society? Can we envision a model that is more sensitive to the spiritual dimension of employee-student-customer experiences?

Resources:

  1. Bennett, J. (2000). Time, Intimacy, and the New Science of Personal Relationships (Lawrence Erlbaum, in press)
  2. Bennett, J. (2000). Time and the Art of Intimacy. [www document: http://spiritual-endeavors.org/basic/time.htm]

Joel Bennett studies workplace wellness and substance abuse at the Institute of Behavioral Research (www.ibr.tcu.edu), and consults in organizational development and culture assessment. He also serves on the Prevention Advisory Board for Magellan Behavioral Healthcare, and has recently authored Time, Intimacy, and the New Science of Personal Relationships (Lawrence Erlbaum). Email: j.bennett@tcu.edu

48. Dr. Robert Forman
"Healing Our Spiritual Selves: Healing Our Communities"
T10:00-11:30AM RM904-08

In a funded series of 150 interviews with spiritual leaders and teachers from virtually every spiritual tradition, we have learned that, despite the obvious differences, leaders of this vast spiritual community are not as diverse as one might expect. They share many deep and far-reaching commonalities. A wide range of common aspirations, attitudes and even central beliefs and aspirations make this huge community more coherent than we had expected.

These commonalities make it possible for us to imagine coming together productively in an ongoing way to help each other grow personally, do our respective professional work better, and to bring transformative, trans-traditional spirituality to our wider society.

Yet the very dream of coming together across traditions is fraught with dangers and shadows -- pressures to conform, power trips, us/them thinking. These very real issues cannot be ignored. The question becomes, how can we spiritual leaders and teachers come together productively and yet not fall into these, the dark sides of the cooperative spirit.

Robert K. C. Forman, professor of comparative religions at CUNY's Hunter College, executive editor of The Journal of Consciousness Studies, and executive director of The Forge Institute. He has studied comparative mysticism and spirituality for 30 years, is the author of 6 books on spirituality and the philosophy of mysticism, and has been meditating for 30+ years. Email: Forman@TheForge.org

49. Robert Louis Abrahamson
"Education as Sacrament: The Spiritual Conjunction of Teacher, Student and Text"
T10:00-11:30AM RM803

To define education as a sacrament is to recognise that underneath the reading, writing, and discussing, there is a spiritual encounter going on between both between the teacher and the student and between the student and the material under study. Although there is value in encouraging a spiritual encounter as part of the educational experience, a teaching model based on this sacramental vision might run counter to many prevailing orthodoxies. The session presents such a model, examining its appropriateness in the modern academic setting, in the new arena of Distance Education, and in the business world.

Robert Louis Abrahamson studied at Amherst College, Edinburgh University, and Rutgers University. He teaches English for The University of Maryland in England and has worked as a technical writer and trainer in business communications. He is working on Running Orders through Chaos: A Companion to Imaginative Thinking. Email: rabraham@faculty.ed.umuc.edu

50. Lama Surya Das / Sr. Linda-Susan Beard
"Contemplative Practice: A Way of Working with Anger and Violence"
T10:00-11:30AM Campus Center Large Auditorium

A dialogue between two teacher/practitioners, one a well-known Buddhist Meditation teacher, Lama Surya Das, and the other a Professor at Bryn Mawr and an activist Nun of the Emmaus Community (a community that follows the rule of St. Benedict) and their search for deeper sources of action which cultivate openness to suffering, allowing for communication rather than polarization from anger.

Lama Surya Das has spent 30 years studying with the great spiritual masters of Asia, including the Dalai Lama, and is a leading spokesperson for American Buddhism and contemporary spirituality. He is a poet, translator and full-time spiritual teacher who leads lectures, workshops and meditation retreats worldwide. He is the author of three books, including The Buddha Within. Lama Surya Das heads the Dzogchen Foundation and lives in Concord, Massachusetts. Email: surya@surya.org

Linda-Susan Beard is a founding member of Emmaus Monastery, Vestaburg, Michigan, and an Associate Professor of English at Bryn Mawr College, teaching courses on slavery, apartheid, and the European Holocaust. Moving back and forth between the two geographic locations, she attempts to integrate the "contemplative" and the "active," recognizing that the university is a natural, organic and historical outgrowth of monastic life. Email: lbeard@brynmawr.edu

 

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