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University of Creation Spirituality
Doctor of Ministry Degree/Certificate Program

August 2004 Intensive
August 22-27 2004 NC

Seminar: Return of the Divine Feminine -
# 60028A

Instructor: Andrew Harvey, Ph.D.

Faculty Bio: Poet, novelist, translator, mystical scholar and lecturer, Andrew Harvey has taught at Oxford, Cornell, Hobart and Smith Colleges, CIIS, and UCS. He is the author and editor of over 30 books including The Return of the Mother, Son of Man: The Mystical Path to Christ, The Direct Path and his most recent book, Sun at Midnight-A Memoir of the Dark Night published by Tarcher-Putnam (October 2002)

Course Description: For Aurobindo said toward the end of his life, "If there is to be a future, it will wear the crown of feminine design." In other words, the survival of the human race depends on as deep and rich an dynamic an understanding as possible of the 'Motherhood of God' and a passionate commitment to put that understanding into practice in all the areas of life. Andrew' class will be devoted to uncovering this understanding and detailing its living practice in the world. Special attention will be given to the exploration of God-As-Mother in the Hindu and Christian mystical traditions.

Required Reading:

  1. The Return of the Mother, Andrew Harvey. Tarcher/Putnam.
  2. The Hindu Mystics, Andrew Harvey. Shambala
  3. The Myth of the Goddess, Anne Baring. Harpers
  4. "Sophia", Caitlin Matthews. Quest

Suggested Reading:

  1. Mary Ford-Grabowsky, Sacred Voices: Essential Women's Wisdom Through the Ages. Harper San Francisco, 2002. ISBN # 0-06-251702-3
  2. Eryk Hanut, The Road to Guadalupe. Tarcher/Putnam
  3. Dorothy Walters, Unmasking the Rose. Hampton Roads. Tel. # 434.296.2772

Pre-Paper Assignment: 5 - 10 pages

Why is the "Return of the Mother" crucial for the survival of the planet?

Post-Paper Assignment:10 - 15 pages

  1. How does devotion to the 'motherhood' of God transform our understanding of the spiritual path?
  2. . How has your vision of the mother developed and changed?

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