Certificate in Christian Mysticism

Certificate in Christian Mysticism
(15 Credit Hours)

  • Program Objectives

This contemplative term is specifically designed for an overview into the great mystics of the church, various prayer traditions, and meditations. This term is designed for a “walk on the mystical side of the faith.”

  • Student Expectations

A fifteen hundred word or five page expectation paper is required of the student offering his or her personal expectations and goals regarding the course and a synopsis of what his or her current understanding of Christian mysticism and prayer prior to beginning the course work.

  • Certificate Program Outline and Required Texts
  1. Evelyn Underhill, Mysticism
  2. Karl Pruter, The Teachings of the Great Mystics
  3. Karl Pruter, The Mystic Path
  4. Karl Pruter, One Day With God
  5. Patricia Ann Kasten, Linking Your Beads: The Rosary’s History, Mysteries, Prayers
  6. Daniel P. Guernsey, Adoration: Eucharistic Texts and Prayers Throughout Church History
  7. David Frenette, The Path of Centering Prayer
  8. Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ
  9. St. John of the Cross, Dark Night of the Soul
  10. J.K. Kadowaki S.J., Zen and the Bible: A Priest’s Experience
  11. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Hymn of the Universe
  12. Thomas Moore, The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life
  13. Karl Rahner, On Prayer
  14. Matthew Fox and Rupert Sheldrake, Natural Grace
  15. Thomas Keating, Reflections on the Unknowable
  • Reaction Paper

A fifteen hundred word or five page reaction paper is required for each of the reading selections The reaction paper is to serve as a talking paper in lieu of discussion held during actual class time.

  • Practicum

Students will keep a journal in which to record notes, meditations, impressions, and ministerial applications of Christian mysticism and prayer within their day to day lives for the duration of the program. Students will be expected to fill one page of their journal every day while enrolled in the program.

  • Final Paper

At the completion of the program the student will write a final fifteen hundred word or five page essay detailing his or her personal journey and discovery of what Christian mysticism and prayer means to them within the 21st century and the implications of such within the context of his or her own life and ministry.

  • Method of Evaluation

-Expectation Paper 5%
-Reaction Papers 50%
-Practicum 30%
-Final Paper 15%