The Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware and Dr. Len Bowman will conduct a three-session course called A Spiritual Journey, to be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Thursdays, March 14, 21 and 28, at UUSD, 30486 Lewes Georgetown Highway, Lewes.
The course will describe one model of the spiritual path based on “The Soul’s Journey Into God,” written by Bonaventure in 1259. The premise of this course is that the soul’s journey is worth following today.
The journey moves both upward and inward in three levels, each comprising two stages. The first level is a person’s experience of the natural world. Within that, the person first looks outward to appreciate the world around, and then inward to ponder one’s response to the world.
The second level travels within the mind, first exploring the often unconscious patterns of one’s thinking and then addressing one’s moral life and character, usually with some chagrin.
The third level probes beyond the mind toward the ultimate that is both above the mind and its deepest ground. First, one contemplates the ultimate being, and last, one contemplates ultimate good, and a powerful divine dynamism opens at the heart of all reality.
Bowman has taught philosophy and religion for over 40 years, and he currently teaches in the master of liberal arts program at Johns Hopkins University. Bowman’s undergraduate major is philosophy. He holds a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Detroit and a PhD in religion and literature from Fordham University. He has published extensively on the thought of Bonaventure.
A one-time $10 donation is requested for the three-week course. Preregistration is not required. Proceeds will support UUSD’s mission to nurture spiritual growth, embrace diversity, work for justice, and strive for a loving world. For directions and information about UUSD, go to www.uussd.org. For further information, contact Bowman at AdultEd@uussd.org.