F601 Spring 2019 The Road Less Traveled: Great Spiritual Lessons from Grief and Joy
Mondays, 9:40–11:05, Mar. 25–May 13
Instructor: Larry Packard
“Let it not be said of me,” said one author, “that I never realized the rich lessons of my life until it was too late to live them.” This class explores the richness of two areas we either avoid or fail to find the real treasure—grief and joy. We all wish to avoid grief, but in doing so we stop fully living. The same is true of joy. Sometimes we live with surface satisfaction, but fail to look beneath the surface to what feeds us now. The difference is fresh vision! We will use Frost's famous poem, “The Road Not Taken,” to explore why we need
not regret roads taken, only that we did not find the full treasure in our grief and joy. In his book, The Road Less Traveled, M. Scott Peck also gives a new perspective—“Life is never fair, and once we stop expecting it to be, we can take whatever we experienced and find its gifts.” The class will use a wide variety of illustrations from the Bible, classic literature, poetry, current YouTube interviews, and DVDs. The purpose will be to offer new ways to explore times of grief and joy in our own lives and to grow.
The Rev. Dr. Laurence K. “Larry” Packard is a recently retired Episcopal clergyman. He graduated from Wake Forest University and Virginia Seminary before receiving his doctorate at Princeton. He likes to learn with and from students, bringing fresh eyes, experiences, and humor to course material. Weekly reference sheets enable students to prepare for the class, and class discussion is encouraged.