Course Memo

What are the critical, theoretical foundations of effective spiritual leadership? How does a spiritual leader know oneself as a participant in a dynamic system? How do theological, sacramental, mystical, and ethical traditions relate to dynamic systems? And how is leadership like jazz, whose dynamic method of improvisation arises out of a particular African-American historical context? This seminar examines religions and religious communities as complex systems, and will introduce students to the rise of the science of complex systems in the twentieth century, the impact of this field on economics, political science, sociology, and theology, and its implications for organizational leadership today. Prior admission to SFTS DMin program is required. Course meets daily, 1/17/23 - 1/21/23, from 8:30am-5:30pm, at SFTS.