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The Art of Spiritual Inquiry

A non-credit chapel course through a weekly study/discussion group of spiritual topics from a variety of faith/worldview perspectives. Brief weekly readings and videos, and opportunity for spiritual journal entries. Meetings Fridays at 4:15 pm on the Sadove Sun Porch or during COVID season, over Zoom, and begin with a few minutes of meditative silence.

Facilitated by College Chaplain Jeff McArn and the Senior Chapel Fellow. Hope you will consider joining us one of these semesters...

Syllabus Spring 2021


  • 1. Poetry of Rumi (13th c. Sufi poet) & Kabir (15th  c. Indian Bhakti poet)
    2. Psalms, Hebrew Bible
    3. Gospel Parables, New Testament
    4. Bhagavad Gita, Hindu Scripture
    5. Qur'an
    6. Buddhist Scriptures
    7. Medieval Mysticism
    8. American Indian Spirituality
    9. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
    10. Thich Nhat Hahn, Buddhist Monk
    11. C.S. Lewis, Oxford Classicist/ Christian spirituality
    12. Eboo Patel, American Muslim & Interfaith Pioneer
  • Topics frequently discussed:
  • • What happens when we die?
    • What is a vocational calling?
    • Why don’t we use the word “sin” anymore?
    • How does one go about being of service to another?
    • What is love?
    • Is there a place for repentance in contemporary American culture?

Through poetry, sacred text, TED talks, op-eds, and other sources, students lead discussions on various topics of interest in contemporary campus culture and contemporary society.

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