For anyone in the Vancouver area, I wanted to pass this on. Canadian Memorial United Church–the church I sometimes guest preach at–has been very gracious and afforded space (for free!!!) to have a class on Integral Christianity, that I will be the lead instructor on. The class will be the first in a series of programs Bruce Sanguin, the pastor of the church is organzing to more widely a more integral consciousness in the congregation. The four-part class I’ll be teaching can be taken as a separate program. There will be a number of members of the church who are participating in the class as the initial part of their church leadership training that will go over the course of 2009 and 2010.
INTEGRAL CHRISTIANITY FOUR WEEK COURSE
Chris Dierkes w/ Bruce Sanguin
Dates: Starting Tuesday January 13th and then running the next three Tuesdays (Jan 20th, 27th, & Feb. 3rd)
Time: 7:30-9:30 pm.
Where: Centre for Peace. 1825 W. 16th Ave Vancouver, BC (16th between Cypress and Burrard)
$40 (for all four classes)
How to Register: Send me an Email (Email on upper right-hand side of blog). Or any questions, send me an email.
In this course, we will be exploring the intersection between an integral worldview and Christianity over four weeks. The integral worldview encompasses both a theory and practice. It provides a sense of clarity amidst the confusion of the 21st century world. The integral view will provide a framework in order to more fully and compassionately reflect on the meaning and practice of our faith in our contemporary world.
Class 1–Perspectives on the Divine: Introduction to Integral Christianity
Class 2–Stages of Faith: The Structures and Spires of Spiritual Development
Class 3–States of Consciousness: The Christian Mystical Path
Class 4– Praxis: The Integral Christian (Ad)Venture
The only reading for the course will be a short essay covering the basics of integral thought. Participants will receive the essay in pdf form or can access it via the web.
About The Instructor:
Chris Dierkes is a 29 year old seminarian in the Anglican Church of Canada. He has been working with integral theory for nine years. He is an avid blogger and one of a core group of individuals working to bring Integral thought into the Christian world. He is working on a book applying Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory to Christian Mystical Theology.