New York City -- Three popular courses will be offered this summer during the month of June on the beautiful park-like campus of General Seminary. These courses, the summer term offerings for the Seminary’s Center for Christian Spirituality, all offer academic credit.

Spirituality for Ministry, taking place June 8-12, 2009, will explore a variety of devotional practices for sustaining the life of faith and the practice of ministry. A vital spirituality is the basis for any effective ministry. Central to this exploration is the balance sought by St. Benedict between prayer, reading, study, work and leisure, community and solitude. This week-long course is taught by the Center’s director, Prof. Jonathan Linman.

Contemplative Listening and Guidance, June 1-5, 2009, will help participants discover how through personal prayer they can discern the presence of God in the midst of the chaos of today’s world. While assisting participants to integrate contemplative prayer into their daily lives, the course also aims to explore the contexts of the Bible, the Christian community, and the classic and modern Christian mentors in contemplative prayer. Taught by Adjunct Prof. David Keller.

Readings in the Spiritual Autobiography, offered mornings from June 15-26, is a course which explores the process of spiritual search, formation, and commitment through the vehicle of contemporary spiritual autobiography. A range of themes will be considered, including ancestors, family, tradition, suffering, mortality, the body, desire, memory, exile, identity, and self-disclosure. Special attention will be given to a discussion of spiritual temperaments and presenting issues. Taught by Adjunct Prof. Katherine Kurs.

Founded in 1976, General Seminary’s Center for Christian Spirituality educates and forms leaders for the ministries of spiritual direction in Christian communities and offers opportunities for spiritual enrichment to all of God’s people. Through varied programs the Center seeks to deepen the spirituality of lay and ordained persons, enhance the spiritual vitality of parishes and congregations, and to strengthen ministries of people in daily life. For more information on the courses or to register visit or phone 888-487-5649 ext. 269.

The General Theological Seminary, founded in 1817, prepares women and men for both ordained and lay ministries through a wide variety of degree and certificate programs. Its historic campus in the heart of New York City is also home to the Desmond Tutu Center, a modern, full-service conference facility.

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