Teaching-The Sacred Art: The Joy of Opening Minds and Hearts

Teaching-The Sacred Art: The Joy of Opening Minds and Hearts

by Jane E. Vennard

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Authentic teaching is messy, exciting, frustrating, joyful, challenging―and sacred. "Through stories, information and reflection, we [will look] inward, going more deeply into the discovery of who we are, not only as teachers but also as women and men for whom teaching is only a part of life. I believe the deepest calling … is the call to be who we truly are." ―from Chapter Seven, “Teaching Who We Are” Beloved teacher Rev. Jane E. Vennard leads an inner exploration of the hopes and fears, joys and frustrations, gifts and limitations that influence teachers of all kinds―teachers like you―every day. Drawing on her own experience as well as stories from many teachers in conventional and unconventional settings, she inspires you to reconnect to your original desire to open minds and hearts to learning. With reflection questions, practices and activities, she helps you reinvigorate your passion for your vocation, your students and your subject, thus recognizing how teaching is a sacred art.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594735974
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/13/2015
Series: The Art of Spiritual Living
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Rev. Jane E. Vennard, a popular teacher on prayer and spiritual practice, offers lectures and leads retreats in ecumenical settings in the United States, Canada and abroad. She is the author of several books, including Fully Awake and Truly Alive: Spiritual Practices to Nurture Your Soul and Teaching—The Sacred Art: The Joy of Opening Minds&Hearts (both SkyLight Paths), and a long-time active member of Spiritual Directors International. She is ordained in the United Church of Christ to a ministry of teaching and spiritual direction.

Rev. Jane E. Vennard is available to speak on the following topics:

  • Fully Awake and Truly Alive: Spiritual Practices to Nurture Your Soul
  • Spiritual Practice: A Way of Life
  • Spiritual Practices for the Second Half of Life
  • The Art of Teaching Spiritual Practice
  • Spiritual Practices in the Ministry of Spiritual Direction

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Table of Contents


Chapter OneCalled to Teach: Discovering Our VocationListening for the CallHearing and Living the CallVocation in Religious SettingsCall as Spiritual JourneyAn Authentic CallRisky BusinessCalled to a Purposeful LifeLooking Inward, Going Deeper

Chapter TwoEngaging Our Students and Colleagues: Respect, Challenge, and Kindness Honoring Students' Innate WisdomDiscovering Multiple IntelligencesTeaching to Multiple IntelligencesRespect for the StruggleCreating a Safe and Hospitable EnvironmentEngaging KindlyLooking Inward, Going Deeper

Chapter ThreeLove of Subject, Love of Learning: Communicating Excitement and Wonder The Learner WithinWhen the Subject Is AliveTrusting the Learners' NeedsThe Continually Shifting CenterLifelong LearningLooking Inward, Going Deeper

Chapter FourUsing Sacred Language: Telling Stories, Asking Questions, and Listening Well The Languages We UseExploring the Power of Personal LanguageRecognizing the Differences between Dialogue and DebateLearning to Listen, Honoring SilenceExpanding Our Use of Questions and AnswersLiving the QuestionsLooking Inward, Going Deeper

Chapter FiveClaiming Our Authority by Letting Go of ControlExamining the Differences between Authority and PowerSharing Responsibility for Teaching and LearningLetting Go by Offering ChoicesReimagining PowerFinding Your Own Way to Be in ChargeLooking Inward, Going Deeper

Chapter SixAttending to Our Inner Landscape: Seeing, Embracing, and Transforming Our Shadows Embracing Our ShadowsPaying Attention to Our Inner Landscape Leads to AuthenticityCommon Shadows in Teachers’ Lives Striving for Perfection Fearing Interruptions and Surprise Believing Our Own and Others’ ProjectionsBeing RealisticLooking Inward, Going Deeper

Chapter SevenTeaching Who We Are: Honoring Our Unique Gifts The Deepest Call Is to Be Who We AreGrowing in Integrity and AuthenticityDiscovering Our Own Treasures Simplicity Patience Compassion Liberation Love Gratitude WisdomLooking Inward, Going Deeper

AcknowledgmentsNotesSuggestions for Further Reading

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