Posted by: theodorecosmosophia | January 19, 2012

The New Seminary Elective Series

I am offering the following tele-courses through The New Seminary:

Interfaith Mysticism

Sunday, Feb 12 & Sunday, Feb 26th from 8:30 to 10:00 pm eastern.

Mysticism is among the most misunderstood and misused terms in religious studies. Often, it is conflated with the mere “mysterious” or the occult. In this class, we will explore the roots of mysticism as well as how it is expressed in the world’s great Wisdom Traditions. In doing so, we will attempt to understand the essence of these faiths. In this way, we will move toward an authentic interfaith, one that recognizes the paradox of the diversity of the world’s faiths as well as their essential unity. Finally, we will work toward mysticism as a way of moving toward a different way of relating to our world, one that seeks not to depart from the world or reject it but to create a more just, sustainable, and compassionate culture.

For an excerpt from Cosmosophia on Mysticism, go here.

Science, Cosmology, and Spirituality

Sunday, Feb 19 & Sunday, March 4, from 8:30 to 10:00 pm eastern

Throughout the Modern period, science and religion have been made to appear increasingly dichotomous.  Recently, however, scientific insights have revealed an understanding of the Universe that is far less rigid than the Newtonian. We will explore the ways in which the insights of evolution, Big Bang cosmology, and quantum physics intersect with various spiritual philosophies. In the second portion of the class we will explore some traditional cosmologies and how science can inform the emergence of a New Cosmology, one that might lead to a more just, sustainable, and compassionate civilization.

Ecology and Spirituality: Facing Ecological Crisis from an Interfaith Perspective

Sunday, March 11 and Sunday, March 25, from 8:30 to 10:00 pm eastern

In the face of rapidly increasing pollution, global warming, and the greatest mass extinction in 65 million years, it is clear that technological solutions alone will not solve the problem of the ecological crisis. A change in our relationship to the Earth is needed, something that requires a spiritual shift. What do the great wisdom traditions say about our interconnectedness and our relationship to the earth? What can we learn from these traditions that can restore a greater sense of connection to nature?

Mythopoesis: Spiritual Poetry and Literature: A Writing Workshop

Sunday, March March 18 & Sunday, April 1 from 8:30 to 10:00 pm Eastern

This workshop will be an opportunity to explore some of the great spiritual poetry and to share poetry with others.

  • Each class (two two-hour sessions) cost $50 and fulfills one elective credit at TNS
  • Please send your check or money order accompanied with the student’s name, email address, street address and phone number to: The New Seminary, 1350 Avenue of the Americas, 2nd Floor, New York. NY 10019 . Please indicate the title of the class for which you are registering on the check or in the paypal payment.
  • Contact RM Peluso at for registration and payment questions
  • Contact Theodore Richards at for information about the classes.

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