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Offered Fall, Winter, and Spring - 1-2 Units - Ways CE

WELLNESS105/LIFE105 - Meeting the Moment: Inner Resources for Hard Times

Fridays, 1:30 pm - 3:20 pm
Instructors: Colleen Hallagan Preuninger, Andrew Todhunter, Jonah Willihnganz

Meeting the Moment was born of a global pandemic and an urgent question: How do we best support ourselves and others during this extraordinary time? A collaboration between the Office for Religious & Spiritual Life, LifeWorks Program for Integrative Learning, and the Stanford Storytelling Project, Meeting the Moment began in 2020, when a team of students and instructors created a program to better equip Stanford students with the meaning-making tools and practices that will help meet the inevitably difficult moments with self-sovereignty and presence, and to fully inhabit the vibrantly joyful moments present in the midst of this protracted time of uncertainty.  

We cultivate these tools and practices primarily through a unique year-long course, Meeting the Moment: Inner Resources for Hard Times, which is quarter by quarter developed and taught by a team of instructors and the Meeting the Moment student Fellows. Meeting the Moment Fellows come from all majors and backgrounds, though many are poets, philosophers, artists, and seekers. They are students and staff who co-create a dedicated time and space to consider the biggest and deepest question of all: How do we be human?  

Quarterly themes: 

Fall Quarter: Meeting Uncertainty, Finding Ground, (Be)Longing

Winter Quarter: Liminality, Intimacy, Accountability

Spring Quarter: Reimagining Genius, Embodiment, Metamorphosis

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Offered Spring Quarter - 1 Unit

WELLNESS 106 B: Spiritual Wellbeing and Religious Encounter: Building Community (LEAD 106 B)

Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:20pm
Common Room, CIRCLE (Old Union, 3rd Floor)

Instructors: Tiffany Steinwert, Amina Darwish, Laurie Hahn Tapper

Course Description

WELLNESS 106 B: Spiritual Wellbeing and Religious Encounter: Building Community (LEAD 106 B)
In this experiential class, students will engage in meaningful, spiritual dialogue and religious encounter with one another. This class fosters dialogue across differences and helps students explore ways to nurture meaning and purpose in their daily lives. Students will expand their own religious literacy by visiting different spiritual gatherings across campus and will gain skills and knowledge to enable them to wrestle with life’s ultimate religious and spiritual questions through readings, facilitated discussions, and breakout sessions. This quarter students will focus on learning to listen across differences. It is not expected that participants will be adherents of or have expertise in religious practices and traditions or background in religious scholarship. All sessions will be held over dinner as communal meals are ways of community building between the students. Dinner is provided.

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Winter Quarter Intensive - 2-3 Units

Urban Studies/CSRE/ETHICSOC 127B - Community Organizing

2 Weekend Retreats
January 13-15 & January 20-22

Over the first 2 weekends to Winter Quarter you will learn and practice the leadership skills of community organizing based on the work of Marshall Ganz. Community Organizing makes a difference in addressing major public challenges that demand full engagement of the citizenry, especially those whose voices are marginalized. In this course you will learn and practice values based leadership skills to mobilize your communities for positive social change.