The Influence of the Rule of Benedict on Anglican & Protestant Spirituality

WYP2210HF  L0101 · Cancelled on 2009/05/20
Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2008 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course is based on the argument that Anglicanism is best understood not as a denomination that grew out of the Reformation, but as a continuation of the early church which has been shaped profoundly by monastic spirituality - in particular, English Benedictine spirituality. As we examine the influence of the Rule of St. Benedict on Anglican spirituality and the development of ecumenical communities of faith, we will work with several inter-twining strands: the ways in which the spirituality of Benedictine monasticism has shaped Anglicanism (including its liturgy and ecclesiology); the continuing influence of Benedictine monasticism, evident in the unprecedented contemporary interest of Anglicans and lay people of all Christian traditions; and the ways in which the Rule of Benedict can inform a healthy communal and personal spirituality today, both within the Anglican communion and across denominations. Slide lectures, small group and plenary discussion. Reflection papers, research paper and either a written and oral book review or participation in a Benedictine Experience Weekend at St. John's Convent Oct. 31 - Nov. 2.

Schedule: Wednesday, 19:00 to 21:00
Instructors: Sr. Constance Joanna Gefvert
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit

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