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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594735974
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/13/2015
Series: 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 One
Called to Teach: Discovering Our Vocation

Listening for the Call
Hearing and Living the Call
Vocation in Religious Settings
Call as Spiritual Journey
An Authentic Call
Risky Business
Called to a Purposeful Life
Looking Inward, Going Deeper

Chapter Two
Engaging Our Students and Colleagues: Respect, Challenge, and Kindness

Honoring Students' Innate Wisdom
Discovering Multiple Intelligences
Teaching to Multiple Intelligences
Respect for the Struggle
Creating a Safe and Hospitable Environment
Engaging Kindly
Looking Inward, Going Deeper

Chapter Three
Love of Subject, Love of Learning: Communicating Excitement and Wonder

The Learner Within
When the Subject Is Alive
Trusting the Learners' Needs
The Continually Shifting Center
Lifelong Learning
Looking Inward, Going Deeper

Chapter Four
Using Sacred Language: Telling Stories, Asking Questions, and Listening Well

The Languages We Use
Exploring the Power of Personal Language
Recognizing the Differences between Dialogue and Debate
Learning to Listen, Honoring Silence
Expanding Our Use of Questions and Answers
Living the Questions
Looking Inward, Going Deeper

Chapter Five
Claiming Our Authority by Letting Go of Control

Examining the Differences between Authority and Power
Sharing Responsibility for Teaching and Learning
Letting Go by Offering Choices
Reimagining Power
Finding Your Own Way to Be in Charge
Looking Inward, Going Deeper

Chapter Six
Attending to Our Inner Landscape: Seeing, Embracing, and Transforming Our Shadows

Embracing Our Shadows
Paying Attention to Our Inner Landscape Leads to Authenticity
Common Shadows in Teachers' Lives
Striving for Perfection
Fearing Interruptions and Surprise
Believing Our Own and Others' Projections
Being Realistic
Looking Inward, Going Deeper

Chapter Seven
Teaching Who We Are: Honoring Our Unique Gifts

The Deepest Call Is to Be Who We Are
Growing in Integrity and Authenticity
Discovering Our Own Treasures
Looking Inward, Going Deeper

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