Summer 2020 Courses

Graduate Courses: May 18 – August 3 (anyone may take, just email us for permission)

Course Title:  T5560 History of Western Esotericism, Wicca and Contemporary Paganism
Instructor: Deirdre Sommerlad-Rogers, Ph.D.
Class Description: This course surveys the history and theology of Western esotericism and contemporary Paganism, including the Golden Dawn, Theosophy, Thelema, Wicca, and the flowering of contemporary Pagan traditions. Considers the defining characteristics of esotericism, historical influences on the development of contemporary Pagan traditions, and current controversies in historical interpretation.
Required Reading: Goodrick-Clarke, N. The Western Esoteric Traditions: A Historical Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2008.
Class Meetings: Mondays 9:00 pm EST
Class Begins
Monday May 18, 2020

Course Title: P5105 Human Development across the Life Span in a Pagan Context
Instructor: David Oringderff, Ph.D. and Shane Nelson, MA
Class Description: Students will become familiar with psychological development throughout the lifespan. For each stage of development, students will consider the ways in which a Pagan lifestyle and a Pagan world view may affect an individual’s physical, cognitive, social and personal development. This course provides clergy with developmental information that can be applied to age-related ritual design, curriculum and counseling.
Required Reading: Feldman, Robert S. Development Across the Life Span (6th edition), 2010.  Pearson.
Class Meetings: Tuesdays, 8:00 EST
Class Begins: Monday, May 18, 2020

Insights short courses:

Insights 1 – May 18 – June 14

Course Title: Archetypal Imagery in Counseling I
Instructor: Angela Chamberlain, MA
Class Description: Learn experientially how to achieve personal and client goals using techniques that incorporate mythology from Asian, Middle Eastern, and European Myths.  (The second part of this series will be offered Fall 2020.)
Required Reading: Archetypal Imagery and the Spiritual Self: Techniques for Coaches and Therapists by A. Nelson. Singing Dragon Publishing.
Class Meetings: Thursdays, 8:00 pm EST
Class Begins: Monday May 18

Insights 2 – June 15 – July 12

Course Title: Real World Pagan Ethics
Instructor: Anne Hill, Ph.D.
Class Description: What does it mean to be an ethical magical practitioner? How can you tell if a teacher or coven leader has good boundaries? When we step into leadership how can we make sure we are doing right by our communities? This course is designed to help clarify our internal values and ethics and apply it to community and leadership. We will approach the discussion of ethics and boundaries in the spirit of deep listening and thoughtfulness. Week 1 addresses what we value. Week 2 addresses Community Ethics. Week 3 addresses leadership and boundaries. Week 4 addresses A Personal Code of Ethics.
Required Reading: Make An Ethical Difference: Tools for Better Action by Mark Pastin.  Barrett-Koehler Publishers, 2013
Class Meetings:  Wednesdays 8:00pm EST
Class Begins:  Monday June 15

Insights 3 – July 13 – August 9

Course Title: Per Ankh I – Ancient Egyptian Spirituality for Today
Instructor: Holli Emore, M.Div.
Class Description: During four exciting weeks discover the landscape that inspired the world’s oldest recorded religion – the mighty Nile, the deserts, the delta and Kemet’s neighbors. Learn about several major creation myths, introduce yourselves to ancient netjeru (deities) and their temples. Consider what ancient Egypt means for us today.
Required Reading: Egyptian Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient Egypt by Geraldine Pinch. Oxford University Press, 2002.
Class Meetings: Wednesdays, 8:00 pm EST
Class Begins: Monday June 8