“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.
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...
Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is the most performed living composer in the world today. His style is often characterized as a “mystic” or “holy” minimalism, inspired in part by Gregorian chant. This panel explores the religious dimensions of Pärt’s music and how it has been received, performed, and adapted for various vocal and instrumental ensembles.
On March 26, Dr. Laura Dolp of Montclair State University will participate in a panel discussion with Dr. Andrew Shenton of Boston University, Dr. Charles Stang, Director of the CSWR, and Kythe Heller, PhD candidate at Harvard University, regarding the work of renowned Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. Below, Dr. Dolp spoke about the intersection of religion and spirituality in Pärt's work, and how his music and influence extends to other fields:
CSWR: As a scholar of music and spirituality, what do you think makes Arvo Pärt’s...
Please note that due to inclement weather, the annual Hindu View of Life lecture has been canceled, and will be rescheduled at a future date.
Dr. Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad will give the annual Hindu View of Life lecture, entitled "Speaking For and Against Oneself". Dr. Ram-Prasad, a Fellow of the British Academy and Distinguished Professor of Comparative Religion and Philosophy, will draw upon Hindu sources and his own experiences to examine the relationship between Hinduism and a multifaceted identity. Below, Dr. Ram-Prasad spoke about his work and how...
Dan McKanan, Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association Senior Lecturer in Divinity (HDS), discusses his recent publication, Eco-Alchemy: Anthroposophy and the History and Future of Environmentalism. Terry Tempest Williams (HDS) and Rebecca Kneale Gould (Middlebury College) serve as respondents.
On Monday, March 5, at 5:30 PM, Christopher White will give a lecture at the CSWR entitled "The Spacetime of Dreams." White, Professor and Chair of the Religion Department at Vassar College, will examine the higher-dimensional time theories of the British aviator and writer John Dunne, whose widely-read Experiment with Time (1927) offered anecdotal evidence that dreams and other visionary experiences allowed people to perceive events from the future.... Read more about The Spacetime of Dreams: An Interview with Christopher White
The Annual Greeley Lecture for Peace and Social Justice was delivered by the Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, and examined the social/political and theological implications of whiteness as an impediment to living God’s justice.