Summer Session 2008 courses offered

May 5, 2008

(Story updated from Spring 2008 Bulletin)

PSR’s Summer Session begins on July 7, offering a range of open-enrollment courses in functional theology, religion and the arts, spirituality, sexuality, and Buddhism. Most of the 11 courses are one-week long and meet on campus; two are available online. One is an evening course.

Zen priest Wakoh Shannon Hickey will teach a two-week course called “American Buddhisms: An Experiential Introduction.” In addition to introducing basic Buddhist doctrines and practices and providing a brief historical overview of Buddhism in the U.S., this course features visits to area Buddhist temples. The varying practices to be experienced include Pure Land, Ch’an, Teravada, Nichiren, Tibetan, and Zen.

There will be two “Creative Writing Workshops,” taught by Pat Schneider, author of nine books, including Writing Alone and With Others and Wake Up Laughing: A Spiritual Autobiography. (These are limited-enrollment courses, and special tuition rates apply.) The purpose of the workshops is twofold: to enable the artist in each person to become more free and more able to write, and to model a methodology for using writing to create a healing community.

“Where Have All the Coffins Gone?,” taught by Donna Schaper, offers an overview and training for public ministry. It will show how the issues of the 21st century (immigration, interfaith necessities, terrorism and the rise of the religious right) teach new duties.

Summer Session is for people from all walks of life: clergy, lay leaders, teachers, artists, writers, community leaders, spiritual seekers, seminary students, and retirees. Courses can be audited or taken for continuing education units or academic credit. For more information on PSR’s Summer Session 2008, including a listing of courses, dates and times, visit