Posted by: theodorecosmosophia | September 20, 2012

The New Seminary Elective Series (Complete List)

I am adding several courses that I will be offering through The New Seminary. These are all open to the public and can be accessed through teleconference. See below for registration information.

Ecology and Spirituality: Facing Ecological Crisis from an Interfaith Perspective

Sunday, September 30 and Sunday, October 7, from 8:00 to 10:00 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, October 28 & Sunday, November 4 from 8:00 to 10:00 Eastern

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

Interfaith Mysticism

Sunday, Jan 20 & Sunday, Jan 27 from 8:00 to 10:00 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.

Sacred Energies

[Taught with Sonya Jones]

Sunday, Feb 16 & Sunday, Feb 23, from 8:00 to 10:00 eastern

The “Sacred Energies” elective plans to explore the great universal energy as she is known by various names in the world’s religions, including Maha Kundalini Shakti in the Indian religions, Tummo/Windhorse in Buddhism, and the Holy Spirit in Christianity. Time will be allowed for Q&A as well as for sharing of experiences of the sacred energy.  Recommended texts (although not required):  The Sacred Power by Sw. Kripananda and Jesus Was a Shaktipat Guru by Dr. Sonya Jones (condensed version to be posted soon at

The Trickster

Monday, April 1, from 8:00 to 10:00 eastern.

Text: Trickster Makes This World by Lewis Hyde

Instead of a second class, a short paper must be submitted after the class for TNS students to receive credit.

Science, Cosmology, and Spirituality

Sunday, April 21 & Sunday, April 28, from 8:00 to 10:00 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.

3 ways to register for electives:

1. Please send a check or money order ($50) ASAP for electives.  
Include your name and email address along with the names of the electives you wish to take.
Checks should be sent to :
The New Seminary
1350 Avenue of the Americas, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10019

2. Call RM Peluso @ 212-724-4880
Tuesday or Wednesday evening to process credit card payment. (Visa, Mastercharge, Discover, but not Amex.)

3. Less secure but... you can send your Credit Card info in two emails
1. Name on card
& expiration date
& type of card
2. card account number
& security code
& electives names

(use an email address that does not include your full name.)

Email to:

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