Summer Institute

The Summer Institute of Christian Spirituality (SICS)

Welcome to the 2020 Summer Institute! This year we examine awareness, mindfulness and prayer. As in the past few years, we have not set a theme and then asked our faculty to choose courses to fit it. Rather, we chose the faculty and allowed them to suggest courses. We then see where we have been led. This year it seems as if the Spirit is leading us to prayer and mindfulness. Fr. Stephen Campbell, who has taught before on the Spiritual Teaching of French Jesuits and on Therese of Lisieux, will examine prayer and mindfulness from the writings of an Indian Jesuit, Anthony de Mello, and a French Jesuit, Jean-Pierre de Caussade. Very different historical and social backgrounds still give birth to quite similar insights into opening one’s heart to God in prayer. Dr. Tim Carmody will look at THE prayer for Christians, the Lord’s Prayer, to see what it has to teach us today about standing before our Father in awe, honesty and need. Dr. George Gilmore will examine the mysticism of another great Jesuit, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. A world-renowned scientist, his lasting legacy is the joining of his scientific background with his Christian spirituality in the recognition that creation is infused with the glory of God’s Son: “Matter is spirit moving slowly enough to be seen.” The course that might seem like an outlier is the course on Biblical Women Empowered. However, Sr. Nelida Naveros-Cordova will focus the course on women in the Bible listening to the call of God and responding in the power of the Holy Spirit: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”

Established in 1993, our annual institute offers a unique blend of academic challenge and spiritual enrichment, specifically designed for adults seeking to deepen their faith, exploring the vast traditions of Christian spirituality and, if you choose, for pursuing one of our certificate or degree programs. The curriculum is made up of a series of one-credit courses offered in one-week or intensive weekend sessions, studying a variety of spiritual masters and mystics, along with biblical, liturgical and social themes. Taught in the Jesuit tradition of excellence, courses may be taken for graduate or undergraduate credit or on an easy listening basis (no required assignments, no grade, no transcript record kept). While rooted in Catholic theology, the program is fully ecumenical and welcomes persons of all faiths.

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We hope you will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity for learning and renewal. If you have never attended Spring Hill College or the Summer Institute, and wish to receive more information about the event, please email (theology@shc.edu) or call us (251-380-4458 or toll-free 877-857-6742) and we will be glad to add you to our mailing list or answer any questions you may have. We look forward to the opportunity of hosting you in the summer!

Dr. Timothy R. Carmody
Professor & Director of Graduate Programs in Theology and Ministry
carmody@shc.edu

Summer Institute 2020

Summer Institute of Christian Spirituality 2020

“For me, prayer is a burst from my heart, it is a simple glance thrown toward Heaven,

a cry of thanksgiving and love in times of trial as well as in times of joy.”

~St. Therese of Lisieux

Mobile

Session I: June 1-5, 2020

Morning: Monday-Friday, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

SPT565/465 Creation Spirituality of Father Teilhard (1 credit hour) (Historical)
George Gilmore, PhD

The traditional spirituality of the Society of Jesus, finding God (Christ) in all things, is wonderfully presented in the writings of Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J. His own personal, spiritual and intellectual development emerged hand in hand with his growth as a first class scientist. His major books and letters give us a wonderful array of insights into creation and the universe as it emerged in the presence of Christ, as the universe rises towards complete unity with God, I Corinthians: 15.28, “when God shall be all in all.” Both in his narrowly spiritual writings, such as The Divine Milieu, and most specifically in the symphonic climax of The Phenomenon of Man, he centers all things in Christ, integrating the ascent of humankind physically and spiritually.

Evening: Monday-Thursday, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

SPT542/442 Awareness and Prayer: de Mello and de Caussade (1 credit hour) (Historical)
Rev. Stephen Campbell, SJ, PhD

Anthony de Mello, S.J. (1931-1987) recognizes Awareness/Mindfulness as the essence of Spirituality. He proposes it as a way to freedom. Following a core intent of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, de Mello lays a path for freedom from attachments that hold us back, habits of perception and ideas that cloud our vision, and fears that keep us from loving. He did not invent awareness, it was already taught from ancient times, in diverse ways throughout the world and also notably by Jean-Pierre de Caussade, S.J. (1675-1751), in his Sacrament of the Present Moment and Prayer from the Heart. “The present moment,” says de Caussade, “holds infinite riches beyond your wildest dreams, but you will only enjoy them to the extent of your faith and love. The more a soul loves, the more it longs, the more it hopes, the more it finds.” Wake up, de Mello would say, and be touched by the Spirit alive in the world, in moments large and small.

Session II: June 8-12, 2020

Morning: Monday-Friday, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

SPT532/432 or THL573 Biblical Women Empowered (1 or 3 credit hours) (Biblical)
Sr. Nelida Naveros-Cordova, CDP, PhD

In the book of Genesis human beings are made “male and female” in the likeness of God (Gen 1:26-27). Although patriarchy was the dominant value of the ancient world, the history of salvation cannot be told without the participation of both men and women. In Old and New Testaments there are women who were called and empowered by God to play prominent roles in salvation history and the building of God’s kingdom. In this course we will focus on the roles of women of faith, courage, and integrity, like Rebecca, Ruth, Deborah, Esther, Mary, Martha and Mary, and Mary Magdalene against the background of the ancient world. We will examine how God’s power is put to work in them. Contemporary issues affecting the significance of these empowered women will be discussed, including how their lives testify to truth, beauty, goodness, and love.

THL573 Women in the Bible: Students must earn the first credit during the Institute in the classroom. Two further credits will be available online following the classroom-based course.

Evening: Monday-Thursday, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

SPT531/431 The Lord's Prayer (1 credit hour) (Biblical)
Timothy Carmody, PhD

The Lord’s Prayer is deceptively simple and easy to learn and thus easy to recite without thinking. Yet it is a prayer meant for deep reverence, awareness and self-examination. As the one prayer Jesus taught his disciples, the Lord’s Prayer contains a wealth of teaching about what prayer is, our relationship to God and God’s relationship to us, and God’s plan for creation. A close reading of the text will consider the differences between Matthew’s and Luke’s versions, and the difficulties in translating some of the words of the prayer. We will examine each of the petitions to uncover how the prayer works to open up communication with God, to create in us awe for being offspring of a loving God, and to make us aware of our most basic needs as members of God’s family. The prayer forms us in God’s will and makes us aware of the damaging effects of our own willfulness.

Costs in Mobile

    • Tuition: $345 per credit hour
    • Easy Listening (no transcript record kept): $125 per credit hour
    • On-campus lodging: $35/night
    • Cookouts: $12 each

Atlanta

Weekend I: June 12-14, 2020

SPT531/431 The Lord's Prayer (1 credit hour) (Biblical)
Timothy Carmody, PhD

The Lord’s Prayer is deceptively simple and easy to learn and thus easy to recite without thinking. Yet it is a prayer meant for deep reverence, awareness and self-examination. As the one prayer Jesus taught his disciples, the Lord’s Prayer contains a wealth of teaching about what prayer is, our relationship to God and God’s relationship to us, and God’s plan for creation. A close reading of the text will consider the differences between Matthew’s and Luke’s versions, and the difficulties in translating some of the words of the prayer. We will examine each of the petitions to uncover how the prayer works to open up communication with God, to create in us awe for being offspring of a loving God, and to make us aware of our most basic needs as members of God’s family. The prayer forms us in God’s will and makes us aware of the damaging effects of our own willfulness.

Weekend II: June 19-21, 2020

SPT532/432 or THL573 Biblical Women Empowered (1 or 3 credit hours) (Biblical)
Sr. Nelida Naveros-Cordova, CDP, PhD

In the book of Genesis human beings are made “male and female” in the likeness of God (Gen 1:26-27). Although patriarchy was the dominant value of the ancient world, the history of salvation cannot be told without the participation of both men and women. In Old and New Testaments there are women who were called and empowered by God to play prominent roles in salvation history and the building of God’s kingdom. In this course we will focus on the roles of women of faith, courage, and integrity, like Rebecca, Ruth, Deborah, Esther, Mary, Martha and Mary, and Mary Magdalene against the background of the ancient world. We will examine how God’s power is put to work in them. Contemporary issues affecting the significance of these empowered women will be discussed, including how their lives testify to truth, beauty, goodness, and love.

THL573 Women in the Bible: Students must earn the first credit during the Institute in the classroom. Two further credits will be available online following the classroom-based course.

Schedule for Atlanta Intensive Weekend

Friday
    • Dinner: 6:00 p.m.
    • Class: 7:00–9:30 p.m.
Saturday
    • Class: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. & 1:00–4:00 p.m.
    • Lunch: 12:00–1:00 p.m.
    • Social: 5:00 p.m.
    • Dinner and following Q&A with professor: 6:00 p.m.
Sunday
    • Class: 8:15–9:45 a.m.
    • Mass: 10:00 a.m.
    • Brunch: following Mass

Costs In Atlanta

    • Tuition: $345 per credit hour
    • Easy Listening (no transcript record kept): $125 per credit hour
    • Ignatius House Retreat Center has a limited number of rooms (not handicap accessible) for SHC students. Please contact them directly at (404) 255-0503 or ignatiushouse.org for costs and reservations. Full meal plan available.

Charleston

May 16-17, 2020

SPT531/431 The Parables of Jesus (1 or 2 credit hours) (Biblical)

Timothy Carmody, PhD

This course is meant to engage students in a reading practice that allows the parables to transform us. Students will experience the parables as stories of everyday life that when read/spoken bring about the kingdom of God by transforming humans’ relationship to and understanding of God and the world they live in. Too often the parables are studied to get at the “moral of the story.” Yet, the parables of Jesus are clearly not meant to be reduced to a simple message or condensed into a moral sound-bite. They are deliberately obtuse, unable to pin down, and often shocking in what they seem to imply. They challenge us to think deeply and consider many possibilities, and they encourage us to act in response.

Schedule for Charleston Weekend

(All events at Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church, Columbia, SC.)
Saturday
    • Class: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. & 1:00–5:00 p.m.
    • Lunch: 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Sunday
    • Class: 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Costs In Charleston

    • Tuition: $345 per credit hour
    • Easy Listening (no transcript record kept): $125 per credit hour
    • Continuing Education Units: $175 per credit hour

2020 Faculty

Rev. Stephen Campbell, SJ, PhD

Stephen Campbell, S.J. is Associate Professor of Theater and Drama at Spring Hill College. He has a PhD from Northwestern University. His research focuses on the convergence of early Jesuit spirituality, rhetoric, and performance in seventeenth-century France. He has a particular interest in early modern France and cultural performance. He has also studied at Loyola University New Orleans, Weston School of Theology, and Jesuit School of Theology, Centre Sèvres, in Paris, France.

Timothy Carmody, PhD

Timothy Carmody, Professor of Theology at Spring Hill College since 1989 and currently the Director of Graduate Programs in Theology and Ministry, is a graduate of The Catholic University of America and a long-time member of the Catholic Biblical Association. In 2018 he was awarded a CCD/CBA Grant by the USCCB for developing and teaching Biblical courses in the Deacon Formation Program for the Diocese of Jackson, MS. His book, Reading the Bible (Paulist Press 2004), is a well-used textbook in college courses and Bible study groups. He is also the author of The Gospel of Mark: Question by Question (Paulist Press 2008).

George Gilmore, PhD

George Gilmore came to Spring Hill College in January of 1974, and has taught Christology, Teilhard de Chardin, Human Sexuality and Marriage, Zen, and World Religions regularly to the undergraduates. He has taught a number of those courses to graduate students also, including courses for the Summer Institute of Christian Spirituality on Teilhard de Chardin, Ignatius of Loyola, and Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. He lives in Fairhope, AL and is a member, teaches their history course, and is on the executive council of the Fairhope Single Tax Corporation which founded Fairhope in 1894. He has been in the leadership of the Mobile Christian Jewish Dialogue since 2005. He is president of a homeowners association for a community on Fort Morgan.

Sr. Nelida Naveros-Cordova, CDP, PhD

Sr. Nelida Naveros-Cordova, CDP is an Assistant Professor of Theology in the area of Biblical Studies. She earned her PhD from Loyola University Chicago in 2016 in New Testament and Early Christianity. Sr. Nelida is a member of the Sisters of Divine Providence. Born in Peru, she joined the order in Lima. In 1999 she moved to the United States and joined the US province in Kingston, MA. She earned her BA from Stonehill College and her MA from the University of Notre Dame. Sr. Nelida has been very involved in the Catholic Biblical Association, giving a paper on Ethics in Paul and Philo at the Summer 2019 meeting. She has published two books: To Live in the Spirit: Paul and the Spirit of God and Philo of Alexandria’s Ethical Discourse, both published by Fortress Academic Press.