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The May module will focus on Sufism, the mystical branch of Islam. Students will dive into the spiritual teachings of Sufism, a path of “intimacy with the Divine” which uses music, dance, and chanting as worship practice. Participants will also explore how Sufi teachings inform spiritual care for the interfaith chaplain. Other elements in the module include: creative improvisation as a spiritual practice; faith styles and stages of faith; comparative theology; peacemaking circles and restorative justice. To embody the teachings, students will be led in Dances of Universal Peace as well as an evening Zikr, a celebration of the Divine Beloved through chanting, poetry, and sacred movement.
Our module programs are designed to inspire, nurture and educate those who are called to serve in an Interfaith capacity in our increasingly diverse world or for those who are interested in learning more about a specific faith tradition. Our innovative programs focus on a combination of the study of world religions, an exploration of mystical paths and teachings, and spiritual care and ministry skills... all in a creatively infused context.
Students can take a single module or up to 3 modules total before they are required to apply for the full Interfaith Studies Certificate Program. If one chooses to enroll in the Interfaith Studies Certificate Program following attendance in a single or up to 3 modules, students will be required to complete the necessary homework and coursework associated with those classes to meet the requirements.
The Interfaith Studies Certificate Program prepares students for spiritual service to people of all faiths and paths.
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- Refunds: There will be a $250 administrative fee deducted from all refunds.
- Cancellations or postponements of module attendance must be received via email to by no later than noon pacific standard time on the 1st of the month for the module being rescheduled. If cancellation/postponement is prior to the first of the month, there will be no fee assessed and your payment will be held until your next module attendance. If you cancel or postpone between the first of the month and the first day of the module, you will be a charged a $120 administrative fee. [NOTE: In cases of family emergencies or unexpected health issues, appeals to waive this fee can be made to the Dean or Program Director.]
Interested in visiting?
Prospective students are welcome to attend a module class as a visitor to gain a first-hand experience of the program. All class visits are on Wednesday, the first day of each module, from 9am to approximately 1pm, followed by a meeting with our Dean.