Master’s Degrees and Course Concentrations

Master of Spirituality

7 master’s classes | 7 electives | thesis

This master’s program is designed to familiarize students with the four paths of Creation Spirituality in tandem with students’ own spiritual practice and spirituality.

It provides an overview of the different yet complementary aspects of the four paths, with a view to anchoring students in the creative and transformative paradigm of Creation Spirituality.

CORE CLASSES REQUIRED

  • Introduction to Creation Spirituality
  • The Emerging New Cosmology
  • Deep Ecumenism: Interspirituality and the Wisdom Traditions
  • Reinvention of Work, Leadership and Culture
  • Mystics East and West
  • Eco-Spirituality and Earth Retreat
  • Mind, Meditation and Mystical Practices

Plus, seven electives and a master’s thesis


Master of Spirituality and Community Leadership

5 master’s classes | 5 leadership | 2 electives | thesis/practicum

This program builds on the foundation of the Master of Spirituality with explicit emphasis on its connections to the roles and challenges of community leadership.

This program helps students in discerning how their spiritual calling and prophetic vocations can best serve the various community contexts in which they work, from the demands of ministry and social services, to volunteer and paid work in non-profit programs and community initiatives, to continuing and adult education and multiple forms of social action.

CORE CLASSES REQUIRED

  • Introduction to Creation Spirituality
  • The Emerging New Cosmology
  • Deep Ecumenism: Interspirituality and the Wisdom Traditions
  • Reinvention of Work, Leadership and Culture
  • Mystics East and West
  • Eco-Spirituality and Earth Retreat
  • Mind, Meditation and Mystical Practices

CONCENTRATION CLASSES REQUIRED

  • Ritual Making and Worship
  • Spiritual Care of Community
  • Empowering Gifts and Call
  • Business Practices of Community
  • Education for Spiritual Growth

Plus, two electives and a master’s thesis and/or practicum

Master’s practicum:

Students will work with an assigned advisor in their concentration and collaborate with community organizations for hands-on work that draws from the principles of Creation Spirituality. They must demonstrate how themes and principles of Creation Spirituality apply to their work in the world through personal dialogue with their advisor, which will in turn contribute to their master’s practicum.


Master of Spirituality and Intergenerational Wisdom

7 master’s classes | 5 concentration classes | 2 electives | thesis/practicum

Generations are more separated and segregated from each other than any time in history. Based in part on the role of “spiritual eldering” by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Ronald Miller, this program recognizes the urgency of countering the prevalent ageism that prevents generations from passing on knowledge to each other and learning from each other.

Actor and activist Jane Fonda notes that one of the smartest things she ever did was a “life review.” As mentors and elders we can choose to thoughtfully review and reflect on the many chapters of our lives and life stories—for our own benefit and for the benefit of those who come after us.

At the same time, the promise of younger generations and youth in general has been overlooked in a reverse form of ageism, compromising the next generation’s contribution to those who are older and to society as a whole.

Equipped with idealism and creativity, this program taps the existing and potential capacity of leadership—from new and younger generations of leaders—on which our future depends.

CORE CLASSES REQUIRED:

  • Introduction to Creation Spirituality
  • The Emerging New Cosmology
  • Deep Ecumenism: Interspirituality and the Wisdom Traditions
  • Reinvention of Work, Leadership and Culture
  • Mystics East and West
  • Eco-Spirituality and Earth Retreat
  • Mind, Meditation and Mystical Practices

CONCENTRATION CLASSES REQUIRED:

  • Discerning or Rediscovering the Fire of Vocation
  • Rituals and Rites of Passage
  • Spiritual Eldering and Mentoring
  • Empowering Young Leadership
  • On Death and Dying

Plus, two electives and a master’s thesis and/or practicum


Master of Spirituality and Sacred Activism

7 master’s classes | 5 concentration classes | 2 electives | practicum

We live in times when, increasingly, people are feeling called to confront injustice. From Black Lives Matter to Occupy Wall Street to Standing Rock, many people are feeling called to bring forth a different kind of world. But what is the spiritual grounding for these movements?

In the Creation Spirituality tradition, the prophet is understood as a mystic in action—and there is a particular emphasis on the work of the prophet, the spiritual warrior, to combat injustice.

Rooted in the work of such prophetic voices as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, the Sacred Activism program at FICS seeks to provide a space for students who wish to pursue work in the world that addresses and confronts injustice. This is hands-on activist work with a spiritual lens through which to express this labor.

Sacred activism can include more than traditional forms of activism and clerical roles. It also fosters a healthy and supportive community for educators, artists, healers and others who seek to create a more just, sustainable and compassionate world.

CORE CLASSES REQUIRED:

  • Introduction to Creation Spirituality
  • The Emerging New Cosmology
  • Deep Ecumenism: Interspirituality and the Wisdom Traditions
  • Reinvention of Work, Leadership and Culture
  • Mystics East and West
  • Eco-Spirituality and Earth Retreat
  • Mind, Meditation and Mystical Practices

CONCENTRATION CLASSES REQUIRED:

  • Voices for Change
  • Theology of Social Justice
  • Spiritual Care of Community
  • Engaging Poverty
  • Crucial Contemporary Issues

Plus, two electives and master’s practicum


Master of Spirituality and Ecological Justice

7 master’s classes | 5 concentration classes | 2 electives | practicum

Our species faces challenges today that are unique in human history. There is no greater challenge for humanity—indeed, no greater issue of justice—than the ecological crisis. This is a no mere technological failure; rather, this is a problem of story, a crisis in the deep narratives about who we are and our relationship to the earth and other living beings.

In the Creation Spirituality tradition, ecology is understood as the local expression of the greater story of the universe. The Eco-justice concentration at FICS is rooted in the universe story, in the embracing of creation as a blessing, and in the prophetic and creative work of bringing forth new narratives and more vibrant and compassionate communities.

Students in this program will learn about various ways that creation-centered spiritual traditions understand the relationship between human and the rest of creation, and will be guided toward the work in the world that sacralizes Earth.

CORE CLASSES REQUIRED:

  • Introduction to Creation Spirituality
  • The Emerging New Cosmology
  • Deep Ecumenism: Interspirituality and the Wisdom Traditions
  • Reinvention of Work, Leadership and Culture
  • Mystics East and West
  • Eco-Spirituality and Earth Retreat
  • Mind, Meditation and Mystical Practices

CONCENTRATION CLASSES REQUIRED:

  • Mythology, Cosmology and Storytelling
  • Science and Spirituality
  • Deep Ecology and Theology of the Land
  • Indigenous Wisdom
  • Spirituality and Sustainability Practices

Plus, two electives and master’s practicum


Master of Spirituality and Gender Perspectives

7 master’s classes | 5 concentration classes | 2 electives | practicum

Poet Robert Bly and psychologist Marion Woodman have commented on the “noisy literalism” that often sparks masculine and feminine debates, but “in the great world of metaphor, both masculine and feminine take on rigor and dimension.”

Likewise, Matthew Fox reminds us that a male archetype is not literally about men, nor are female archetypes about women, but all archetypes describe different aspects of being human.

In our “noisy” cultural climate in which gender is too often a politicized issue antagonizing the sexes, this program critically reframes our understanding of gender in light of myth, metaphor and the paradigm of Creation Spirituality. Students will gain a new appreciation of the healing power of the archetypal and mythological aspects of the “sacred masculine” and the “divine feminine.”

Students are required to complete the seven core master’s classes plus five concentration classes:

CORE CLASSES REQUIRED:

  • Introduction to Creation Spirituality
  • The Emerging New Cosmology
  • Deep Ecumenism: Interspirituality and the Wisdom traditions.
  • Reinvention of Work, Leadership and Culture
  • Mystics East and West
  • Eco-Spirituality and Earth Retreat
  • Mind, Meditation and Mystical Practices

CONCENTRATION CLASSES REQUIRED:

  • Archetypes of the Sacred Masculine and the Divine Feminine
  • The Inclusive New Monasticism
  • The Depth and Gifts of Feminine Spirituality
  • New Archetypes for Masculine Spirituality and Leadership
  • The Voices of Women as Spiritual Leaders

Plus, two electives and master’s thesis


Master of Spirituality and Spiritual Direction

7 master’s classes | concentration classes | 2 electives | 2 10-day intensives | thesis

Are you longing for deeper life in the Spirit? Are you longing for a community seeking deeper life in the Beloved? Are others drawn to your gifts for tending the fire of the Spirit in their personal lives?

The Master of Spirituality and Spiritual Direction program, in partnership with the Shalem Institute, allows students to explore the hidden depths of life in the Spirit through experiential practices and academic learning. Students will read extensively and reflect prayerfully on the historical voices of and contemporary contexts for a contemplative approach to spiritual guidance. They will integrate their readings with their lived experiences as directees, spiritual guides, and members of peer supervision groups through papers focusing on major themes central to contemplative spiritual guidance in our time.

For the Master of Spirituality and Spiritual Direction, students are required to complete the seven core Master’s classes plus Concentration classes provided by the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. They will attend two ten-day intensive ecumenical residencies that will deepen their life in God, heighten their awareness of Divine Presence, and hone their gifts for holy listening.

CORE CLASSES REQUIRED:

  • Introduction to Creation Spirituality
  • The Emerging New Cosmology
  • Deep Ecumenism: Interspirituality and the Wisdom traditions.
  • Reinvention of Work, Leadership and Culture
  • Mystics East and West
  • Eco-Spirituality and Earth Retreat
  • Mind, Meditation and Mystical Practices

CONCENTRATION CLASSES REQUIRED:

  • First year and residency - Shalem’s Spiritual Guidance Program classes:
  • Second Year and Residency - Shalem’s Spiritual Guidance Program classes:

Plus, two electives and master’s thesis