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ERIC Number: EJ853704
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1368-4868
Divine Therapy: Teaching Reflective and Meditative Practices
Carroll, Mary
Teaching Theology & Religion, v8 n4 p232-238 Oct 2005
Reflective and meditative practices, whether Eastern or Western, are being taught in multiple places--retreat houses, hospitals, Zen centers--but are rarely included in the theology classroom. What would be the rationale for inclusion of reflective/meditative practices in a theology curriculum that does not include such a theory/praxis course? What might a mystical tradition/reflective practice course look like? The author first explores the implications of a three-semester pilot program--using guided imagery, spiritual journaling, iconography, and centering prayer--that was conducted with volunteers outside the classroom. Then, based on the experimental project, the author describes a course that blends global traditions with the best of the practices. The author concludes with an evaluation of the reflective/meditative practices and the praxis-inclusive course in terms of possible long-term effects on the personal development of the participants and the ministry of teaching and learning itself.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A