How did pious medieval Muslims experience health and disease? Rooted in the prophet’s experiences with medicine and healing, Muslim pietistic literature developed cosmologies in which physical suffering and medical interventions interacted with religious obligations and spiritual health.... Read more about Video: Piety and Patienthood in Medieval Islam
André Aciman, author of Call Me by Your Name, and writer Benjamin Balint discuss themes of exile and homecoming, of time, place, identity, and art across Aciman’s works of fiction and nonfiction.... Read more about Video: On Exile and Elsewhere
Religious traditions insist on the importance of cultivating our faculty of attention, whether it be attention to ourselves, others, our environment, or the presence of the divine in any of these three. This panel will explore whether and how the practice of writing, especially fiction writing, helps us cultivate this art of attention. What is it about writing, and the imagination and patience required, that helps us learn how better to attend?... Read more about Video: Writing and the Art of Attention
“I am spiritual but not religious.” We have all heard this phrase. But, where did this expression come from? What does it mean today? And what may it mean tomorrow? This panel explores these questions, clarify surrounding scholarship, and forwards the conversation. Panelists include Charles M. Stang, Robert C. Fuller, Linda A. Mercadante, and Jeffrey Kripal.... Read more about Video: The Future of "Spiritual, But Not Religious"
On Friday, April 13, at 4:00 PM, the CSWR will host a public panel featuring Linda Mercadante, Robert Fuller, Jeffrey Kripal, and Charles M. Stang, entitled "The Future of 'Spiritual, but Not Religious'". This public panel is part of a collaboration between the CSWR and the Esalen Institute on a conference called "Spiritual, but Not Religious: Past, Present, Future(s)." Dr. William B. Parsons, Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University and one of the main organizers of this conference, spoke about the Spiritual but Not Religious movement, its history, and the role...