Monastic & Missional: Benedict's Ancient-Future Spirituality

WYP2210HS  L0101
Offered in Winter 2012  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2011 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

St. Benedict's "Little Rule", written in the fourth century, is the primary source of Anglican spirituality, liturgy and ecclesiology. Since the mid-twentieth century it has had a profound influence on the "New Monasticism", Fresh Expressions, and the Emergence movement. The course will examine the historical roots of Benedictine spirituality in the desert tradition, the spread of the Benedictine tradition across Europe and the British Isles, the clash between the Roman Benedictine tradition and Celtic spirituality, the profound influence of Benedictine liturgy during the English Reformation especially in the shaping of the Book of Common Prayer, and the influence of Benedict's Rule on the development of Anglican and ecumencial religious communities. As we follow the tradition into the 20th and 21st centuries we will examine the increasing interest in Benedictine monastic spirituality among lay people, and the evolution of monastic life into the "mixed economy" of traditional and emerging "new monastic" communities and fresh expressions of monasticism. Slide lectures, small group and plenary discussion. Reflection papers, research paper.

Schedule: Monday, 14:00 to 16:00
Instructors: Sr. Constance Joanna Gefvert
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit

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