Naropa University Oakland
Master of Liberal Arts Program in Creation Spirituality
The Reinvention of Work I

CSP 649 SEMINAR                                                           Number of Credit Units: 1


Seminar Instructors: C. Burack & M. Fox      Instructor’s contact phone number:  925-377-5214

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Art as Meditation Instructor: Pat Sullivan


Class Schedule: Fall 2004 Semester, Sept. 25, 9am-6:30pm and Sept. 26, 9am-1pm


  Saturday, September 25:  9:00a.m.- noon and 1:00-3:00 p.m: Seminar class (Matthew Fox)

                                        3:30-6:30 p.m: Art as Meditation class (Pat Sullivan)

  Sunday, September 26:  9:00-10:00a.m: Process Group (MLA staff)

                                         10:00a.m.-1:00 p.m: Seminar class (Chuck Burack)


Course Description:

Taking a creation-centered approach to exploring the participants’ experience of work and discovering their work visions, the course will consider how work can be a source of suffering, joy, passion, wonder, justice and compassion. Students will focus on how to tap their creativity and compassion to transform themselves, our communities and our planet. Visualizations and meditations will help clarify students’ personal work visions.


Course Objectives:

To deepen the awareness and practice of joy in work—one’s own and that of the recipients of one’s work.  And to deepen the awareness and practice of work as relieving the suffering of others.


Course Requirements: 


1.   Attendance and class participation……………………..….......................15%

     (Attendance at each session of the weekend is required in order to gain credit for the course.)


2.       Readings (evidenced in papers and discussions)……………………………….25%


3.   Final 4-5 page paper (due October 11; if mailing, postmarked by that date)   …60%


Required reading: Matthew Fox, The Reinvention of Work


Recommended reading: Gregg Levoy, Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life

                                        David Korten’s The Post-Corporate World: Life After Capitalism.

                                        OR: see YES magazine web site and read Korten’s long articles there.


Outline of class themes, activities and assignments:


Saturday morning with Matthew Fox: We will explore the “Reinvention of Work” and its themes as they play out in our lives and work, practically and in the future.  A question of work as vocation.

Saturday afternoon with Matthew Fox: Continuation of morning discussion


Sunday morning with Chuck Burack: (Content TBA)




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Art as Meditation: Workplace Altars, Spiritual Business Planning and Other Practices for Working with Spirit.  Saturday afternoon 3:30-6:30 p.m.  (Pat Sullivan)


We'll begin with a celebration of photos, stories and objects showing how people at every level of the corporate and non-profit ladder in many fields now bring more integrity, purpose and joy into daily tasks.  Inspired by Roman Catholic monastic traditions and Muslim prayer practices, we'll envision ways to structure our own workdays around our prayer life.  Then we'll use collage, poetry, drawing, etc. to create workplace prayer and blessing cards.