A number of programs followed the development of the religious and cultural courses of the Ecumenical Institute (EI) to be: for today’s reality, inclusive. secular, and for all faiths and non-faiths. These programs include: Journey Reflection, Profound Journey Dialogue, Interior Mythos, Realistic Living, Shaping an Intentional Life of Service (SAILS) and Artful Contemplative Retreats.
Journey Reflection: John Cock creates an online daily reading called Journey Reflection, which presents meaningful quotes and a related photo or graphic to the public. The student (“Journer”) comments and the guru (“Nez”) responds, to create a dialogue and deeper reflection with the reader. Using a language of ecumenical spirituality, the topics are varied with a heavy emphasis on care for the Earth. Initiated in 2004, there are now over 5500 blogs searchable by author, artist, contributor, and key words.
~~ John P. Cock, Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the free daily readings and Journey Reflection archives.
Realistic Living. Gene and Joyce Marshall continue their decades-long wisdom sharing with leadership training, lectures, courses, books, and blogs and many insights for a Next Christianity. Download a study outline for an updated RS-I with accompanying lesson plans and teaching materials that can be done in ten sessions or two weekends. Good for both secular and open-spirited persons.
~~ Gene Marshall.
To view their updated website, click here. You can also subscribe to the “Citizen Call” monthly blog for individual and group studies.
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Interior Mythos Journeys is a contemporary curriculum derived from original source material developed by the Christian Faith and Life Community and Ecumenical Institute (e.g., Religious Studies I, The Odyssey, The New Religious Mode, The Other World). Presented in video modules the curriculum is designed to nurture solitary practitioners and encourage group discussion. The curriculum foundation rests upon 10 sequential Life Journeys of which the first four are currently available:
For a brief context, watch What is This?
Many of the original teaching faculty of the Ecumenical Institute have contributed to these materials.
~~ Michael D. May, Interior Mythos Journeys and Ecumenical Institute Student and Faculty, 1964 – 1979
~~ Maryellen May, Transparent Works Art Forms
Shaping an Intentional Life of Service (SAILS) was a course designed by Denver colleagues inspired by an ICA course The Vocational Journey Lab. The course was designed as a typical 44-hr weekend retreat, but was also tailored as 2 one-day events for various audiences, and used in congregations, with groups of service providers and for college students, all ending with a festive potluck dinner.
Ellen E. Howie is a registered nurse, spiritual director and folk artist concerned with the healing of individuals and communities through the artistic expression of day-to-day experiences of death and new life. In a magazine article “The Art of Everyday Life”, Howie, an untrained artist, shares her journey of experimenting artistically, using poetry and an ancient circular artform, a mandala, as a base within which to create. She invites and leads others to join in this adventure of creativity and reflection through personal reflections, overnight retreats as well as brief interludes in any group session. All examples can be adapted for various groups and situations.