4 Credit Hours
In the introduction to a recent collection of spiritual writing, Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate, writes: "I came to sense that a spiritual realm could be accessed, not through the recommended roads of religion leading to portals guarded by priests, rabbis, imams, and religious leaders of other stripes, but instead directly through their actual daily experience." In this class, we will read works from a variety of faith traditions, using selections from either the Best Spiritual Writing series published yearly by Penguin Books or works from the Best American Spiritual Writing series put out annually by Mariner Books. Our goal will be to examine works by 21st-century authors who explore the mysteries of the soul and the soul's relationship with the universe, as well as how these works reflect the spiritual discipline of the writers. Note: this course may include a Service Learning component. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.