Number of weeks: 1
Required books?: No
Live video session?: No
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
This is a five-day workshop for those who are new to Christian meditation practices; it offers a brief understanding of the definition and history of Christian meditation, an experience of mind, body, and heart meditations, and an opportunity to reflect on their experiences with the leader and the full group.
Participants should expect to spend an hour a day online in reading and responding. To receive a completion certificate, they will need to post comments and respond to other participants’ comments every day during the workshop. (Materials will be posted at the beginning of the workshop and participants can work ahead or catch up if they have a scheduling conflict.) There are no other materials needed.
This course is eligible for 0.5 CEU.
About the Instructor
Beth Perry was ordained in the United Methodist Church but now has Privilege of Call in the United Church of Christ. She graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1994 and has a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Elizabethtown College. In addition to 20 years of pastoral and chaplaincy experience, she teaches religion, philosophy, critical thinking, sociology, and general education courses for the University of Phoenix in New Jersey. She has been active in Safe Sanctuary/Safe church training for a decade or more, and a consultant for more than 150 congregations working to reduce the risk of abuse in the church. She also leads workshops and retreats on Spiritual Gifts, meditation, and mysticism. Her courses, Rediscovering Our Spiritual Gifts, Leading Bible Study: Biblical Interpretation, and Teach Adults are approved as advanced courses in Lay Servant Ministries and Rediscovering Our Spiritual Gifts meets one requirement towards lay speaker status.