When I started working at Star of the North I wanted to get a degree that would help me develop a vision and strategic plan for spiritual programming; something that would meet contemporary needs and include the breadth and depth of the Christian contemplative tradition. The MA in Spirituality seemed to me to be the right fit.
I think the MA in Spirituality at Oblate School of Theology is a well-crafted curriculum of courses that covers a good range of subjects related to spirituality…everything from an integrative historical overview of spirituality, biblical foundations in spirituality, classical mysticism, contemporary mystics or spiritual guides to philosophical foundations and spirituality in an evolutionary worldview.
It has helped me to shed some of the less helpful aspects of spirituality I grew up with….i.e. dualisms, anthropocentrism, etc.. The course work has deepened my commitment to my own faith tradition (Roman Catholicism) and helped me to integrate mysticism with theology and mission to be present and engaged with contemporary issues. There was emphasis on contemplative practices that helped ground me more faithfully in my own contemplative practices in daily life. I have a wider heart for ecumenism, dialogue with other faith traditions and secularity. Overall, I’m freer, more joyful and engaged right where I am, in the communities I belong to that make up a field of influence in the larger earth community.
The professors have all been organized, engaging, thought-provoking, inspiring and challenging enough to promote growth. I can honestly say there wasn’t a course or professor I didn’t enjoy, even the more challenging ones.
The online experience overall was very good. The virtual online experience was made as close to an in-class experience as possible by the wonderful tech people who ensured care and quality. I was able to contribute to class conversations, ask questions, and make presentations in-class because of those invaluable people in place for great online care.
The Whitley Center classrooms are modern, comfortable settings conducive to learning. The whole campus – including the Oblate Renewal Center, the chapels, grotto, library and the grounds – is beautiful, peaceful and inspiring.
I unreservedly recommend the M.A Spirituality program Anyone ministering in Retreat Centers, prison ministry, positions in pastoral care, or anyone really who is seeking to deepen their own spirituality and who, in connection with their religious or spiritual communities, want to further a culture of dialogue and encounter for the common good of people and the planet.