Reading for SP2685 Discernment: Systems and Nature
Welcome to our class in discernment with systems and nature. We believe that this emphasis, found few other spiritual direction programs, is one of the distinctives of your work at SFTS. In it, you will learn how to notice and speak about how God is working in systems and structures, including that system in which we all dwell, nature, and you will learn how to help directees to notice these things in their own lives, and move toward life-giving choices in these dimensions of their lives.
Below you will find all the readings that will be listed in the syllabus, divided by topics. Notice that you need to purchase two books, those by Duane Bidwell and Walter Wink. The rest of the essays are collected for you in a reader that you can order directly from Deb Arca-Mooney. You will need it for your pre-assignment, described on the accompanying sheet
Elinor Shea, “Spiritual Direction and Social Consciousness” The Way Supplement 54 (autumn 1985): 30-42. (in reader)
Elizabeth Liebert, “Supervision as Widening the Horizons,” in Supervision of Spiritual Directors, edited by Mary Rose Bumpus and Rebecca Langer (Harrisburg: Morehouse Publishing, 2005), 125-145. Used with permission. (in reader)
Bidwell, Duane. Short Term Spiritual Guidance. (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2004), 1-94.
Discernment in Nature:
Belden Lane, “Spirituality as the Performance of Desire: Calvin on the World as a Theatre of God’s Glory.” Spiritus 1 (spring, 2001): 1-30.
Sallie McFague, “Should a Christian Love Nature?” The Spire 15 (spring/summer 1993): 1, 11-12. (in reader)
Carol Newsom, The Moral Sense of Nature: Ethics in the Light of God’s Speech,” The Princeton Seminary Bulletin (15:1) New Series (1994): 5-27. (in reader)
________. “Contemplation: A Scientific Concept.” Continuum (December 1990): 135-153. (in packet)
Robert John Russell, “Does ‘The God Who Acts’ Really Act?: New Approaches to Divine Action in the Light of Science,” Theology Today 54 (2) (April 1997): 43-65. (in reader)
Discernment of Systems, Structures, Institutions:
Karl Rahner, “Institution and Freedom,” Theological Investigations XIII, Trans. David Bourke (New York: Seabury Press): 105-212. (in reader)
Parker Palmer, The Active Life: A Spirituality of Work, Creativity and Caring (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1990): _____. (chapter of Woodcarver) (in reader)
Wink, Walter. The Powers the Be: Theology for a New Millennium. New York: Doubleday, 1998. (read all of this book)
André Delbecq, Elizabeth Liebert, John Mostyn, Paul Nutt, and Gordan Walter. “Discernment and Strategic Decision Making.” Unpublished paper, 2002. (in packet) A slightly different version can be found at http://business/scu.edu/ISOL/proceedings.htm.