Course Memo

In this highly participatory class, you will explore the practice of writing a rule of life that integrates spiritual practices to help sustain you for the long-haul of theological studies and ministry. The concept of a rule comes to us from ancient Christian monastic life. Often these rules were brief written documents intended to help spiritual communities live into their vocations most fully and fruitfully. In this course, you will have the opportunity to take the time to write your own rule prayerfully to establish a healthy, personalized rhythm around spiritual practices, study, work, companionship, community, care of your body, etc. This course is praxis-oriented, meaning we will engage in our practices and reflect on them together meaningfully. This course draws on resources from Christian faith perspectives, the field of Positive Psychology, and the Stanford Life Design Lab. Students from all GTU schools and centers are welcome to participate fully from their traditions. This course fulfills a requirement for Berkeley School of Theology students in the curricular area of Spirituality & Resilience. The course is intended for students enrolled in masters-level degree programs. I employ a contemplative and liberative pedagogy where students’ voices and experiences are highly valued. Evaluation is based on regular written assignments, class leadership, final project (your Rule of Life), and its presentation to the class.