F604 Summer 2018 Living the Spiritual Life in One Day!
Thursdays, 9:40–11:05, July 5–July 26
Instructor: Rev. Laurence K. Packard
Most of us want to live the spiritual life, but how do we do that, exactly? We only have one day at a time and how we use that day shapes days that follow. This course offers an overview of how to use time spiritually (a taste of heaven!) as well as the practical tools (down to earth!) for daily spiritual growth. Thornton Wilder’s classic Our Town states this course’s purpose: “We all know that something is eternal... All the greatest people ever lived have been telling us that for five thousand years and yet you’d be surprised how people are always losing hold of it….” (and then Emily asks) “Does anybody realize what life is while they're living it- every, every minute?” Key resources include the two classic DVDs of Our Town and the Hebrew and Christian sacred literature. We will use writings of different religions including, but not limited to, Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, and Joan Chittister.
Rev. Dr. Laurence K. Packard is newly retired rector of Good Shepherd (Burke) and has studied and lived a daily spiritual practice. He received his BA from Wake Forest University and studied graduate psychology at the University of Tennessee before earning his master’s from Virginia Seminary and doctorate from Princeton University. Expect multiple media, creativity, humor, and his desire to learn from others.