Reclaiming the Monastic Vision

WYP2210HF  L0101 · Cancelled on 2010/09/08
Offered in Fall 2010  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2008 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

St. Benedict's "Little Rule," written in the fourth century, has had a profound influence on the development of Anglican spirituality and liturgy, as well as Protestant traditions. This course examines 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 ecumenical 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 appers, research paper.

Schedule: Wednesday, 9:00 to 11:00
Instructors: Sr. Constance Joanna Gefvert
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit

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