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35 Years Equipping Students for Transformational Ministry
mid-May 2012
In This Issue
Sophia Symposium
Sophiology and Feminism
2012 Class Schedule
Comparative Sacred Texts
Crisis Care Practicum
Inner Spiritual Discernment I & II: Intuitive Development
Spiritual Arts Day
Making of a Mystic
Building a Lighted House: The World of Energy & Force
Revelation: Holding the Mind Steady in the Light
Intermediate and Esoteric Astrology
Online Courses for 2012
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From the Dean's Desk. . .

There are many opportunities for learning and growing highlighted in this issue, so please take your time to savor them all and make your plans. Classes on campus are always a treat and online classes are being received well as we expand with greater technology. We are very excited about the Sophia Symposium and hope you will be able to join us.

With this issue, however, we bid farewell and give deep heart-felt thanks to Amy Upperman for her many years of faithful service to Sancta Sophia and Light of Christ Community Church as website manager, Sophia Online Administrator, and editor of our monthly newsletters. Amy's creativity, professionalism, and dedication to details, not to mention her infectious laughter, will be greatly missed. Please join me as I send blessings and best wishes for success in all your endeavors, Amy.

Dean, Sancta Sophia Seminary 


May 24 - 27
Celebrating the Divine Feminine Within, at Work, and in the World
sophia symposiumFeatured Presenters:
Sr. Maureen Fiedler, PhD -- NPR host of "Interfaith Voices" and author of "Breaking Through the Stained Glass Ceiling"

Rev. Carol E. Parrish, PhD -- mystic, teacher, founder of Sancta Sophia Seminary and author of "Sophia Sutras"

Rev. Dr. Susan C. Hamilton -- Dean of Sancta Sophia Seminary and author of "Seeking Sophia"

Rev. Jann Aldredge-Clanton, PhD -- minister, teacher, chaplain, and author of "In Search of the Christ-Sophia" and "Praying with Christ-Sophia"

Join us in the beautiful Ozark mountains for a weekend of relaxation and discovery in workshops with renowned women speakers, musicians, and teachers. Massage therapists, energy workers and intuitive readers will also be available for appointments at the Wellness Center on campus. Sophia's Nest Bookstore and Gifts offers a variety of books and items to nurture your spiritual journey.

Additional workshop on May 25-1:30-4:30pm: Ellen Noble -- "Yoga for Wholeness"

View the complete schedule here.

Cost: $175 Plus meals & housing
To register: Call 800-386-7161 or Email Registrar.
WAMU 88.5's Mark McDonald interviews Interfaith Voices' host Maureen Fiedler. She talks about her Catholic Order, her calling to journalism, and what makes the show such a success.

Interfaith Voices' Maureen Fiedler
Interfaith Voices' Maureen Fiedler

May 28 - June 1
M-F 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jann Aldredge-Clanton
Rev. Jann Aldredge-ClantonTracing the feminist movement as it wove through the religious communities, this course also looks at the Logos/Sophia construct expanding the role of Christ in redemption. The New Testament links between Christ and Wisdom (Sophia), a feminine symbol of deity in the Hebrew Scriptures, are applied to contemporary spirituality, social justice ministry, and the restructuring of the Christian community.

Cost: $300
To register: Call 800-386-7161 or Email Registrar.
Instructor bio
Jann Aldredge-Clanton, Ph.D.
Sophia and the Christ childRecovering feminine divine names and images gives sacred value to women and girls who have for centuries been excluded, ignored, discounted, even cursed. New Wineskins' worship services are affirmative action for the human and Divine Feminine. Imaging God in female terms promotes change that brings true equality and dignity to women.

Our worship services give our city and our society a model of a community that not only welcomes everyone but also affirms the equal value of everyone: female and male, homosexual and heterosexual, black and brown and white. Our worship lays the foundation for equality and justice when we balance divine names: Mother and Father, Sister and Brother, She and He, Christ and Sophia.

The name Christ-Sophia is one of the...
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2012 Class Schedule

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The 2012 Class Schedule/Course Catalog PDF has full class descriptions and faculty bios. See what classes Sancta Sophia Seminary is offering this year and make plans for a visit.

Contact our Outreach Dept. for any questions about the seminary, classes, and study programs at: or by calling 800-386-7161.
June 4-8
M-F 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Allen McKiel
Allen McKielThe course will include lecture and discussion derived from the world's scriptures. The introduction will include discussions of the nature of human learning and the individual search for truth. Subjects treated through passages of scripture will include: the nature of God; the unity of the ancient faith of God; the nature of the Messenger and the Word of God; the nature and purpose of religion; revelation and spiritual understanding; religious and civil law; and implications concerning the current state of human social and spiritual development.

Cost: $300 (3 credits)
To register: Call 800-386-7161 or  Email Registrar
Instructor bio
June 10-12
Sunday-Tuesday Intensive
Instructors: Susan Hamilton and Sue Van Dyke
Colorful Healing HandsCrisis creates a physical, emotional, and spiritual emergency that results in confusing and disorienting experiences. In an effort to effectively aid those in the midst of such circumstances, students will participate in a one-day review/orientation and a two day simulated crisis situation while receiving and practicing the training given. Body workers, chaplains, along with art and music therapists are encouraged to attend.

For cost, housing and meals information, please call the Registrar at 800-386-7161 or Email Registrar.
Instructor bios: Susan Hamilton, Sue Van Dyke
June 18-22 & June 25-29
M-F 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
SF101 Inner Spiritual Discernment I & II:
Intuitive Development
Instructor: Katherine Zakutansky
Shustah Card #14Week 1: Intuition, or inner spiritual discernment is an integral part of spiritual development, not a goal in itself. This class includes lectures, group work, and personal instruction with an emphasis on ethics and spiritual laws to deepen our understanding of Inner Knowing as we learn to access higher levels of Self.  Learn more

Week 2: Continuing the work of the previous week, participants explore their natural intuitive abilities in an intimate setting with a recognized intuitive. Students exchange readings, practice various experiential techniques, and establish new confidence in their ever-expanding capabilities. Learn more

Cost: $300 (3 credits) per week
To register: Call 800-386-7161 or Email Registrar.
Instructor bio
June 30
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Spiritual Arts Day - Open to All
cardsIntuitive readers and spiritual healing practitioners offer their skills in brief appointments. The day begins with a public message service in the chapel. Proceeds benefit the Sancta Sophia Scholarship fund.
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July 2-6
M-F 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Carol Parrish
carolA change of subjective boundaries leads to a momentary release of the limitations of the rational approach to daily life, allowing an inner movement in how we perceive, see and understand situations. This rearrangement lifts us beyond understanding and into a new love for which we are waiting. Christians are taught to love by Christ, but not so many really expand their heart and come to know what this truly means. Mysticism is the next step beyond sensitivity, whether we understand it or not. There is a process developing in each of us: Awakening-Illumination-and Enlightenment. Let us ponder the process together and see, if indeed, we can love with a new love.

Cost: $275
To register: Call 800-386-7161 or Email Registrar.

Instructor bio 

July 16-20
M-F 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Brenda Cutrell
Head with colorsStepping up, standing in the Unknowing, vulnerable, again and again. Where do we find the strength to do this? Where do we find the knowledge, the fortitude, the illumination, in order to do this? We live in a world of energy and force. We always have. There are ancient tools, techniques, constructs that we use unconsciously or consciously. Where are the subtle tools for the more subtle work? What is the Lighted House wherein we are to dwell while dealing with an apparently more and more distorted world? This class will ask many questions of each other and of our inner and outer world.

Cost: $300 (3 credits)
To register: Call 800-386-7161 or Email Registrar.

Instructor bio 

July 20-22
Fri: 7:00-9:00 p.m, Sat & Sun: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Instructor: William Meader
William MeaderDue to its tendency to dismiss intuition, the mind has been called the Slayer of the Real. Though this title has merit, it is, however, only a half-truth, for the mind is also humanity's greatest gift. When rightly used, human thought has the power to reveal the soul's wisdom. It is therefore equally true to say that it is the Revealer of the Real. In this workshop, William Meader will discuss the mind's role as the agent for the soul's intuitions, as well as the importance of "holding the mind steady in the light."

Cost: $175
To register: Call 800-386-7161 or Email Registrar.

Instructor bio 

July 23-27 & July 30- August 8
EP201 Intermediate Astrology II and
EP401 Esoteric Astrology IV
M-F 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Dennis Acrea
PleiadesEP201: Astrology is a useful tool for illuminating the Soul's Path and discovering a vision of one's place within the whole in this lifetime. Learn more


EP401: Ancient Wisdom Teachings are the basis for Esoteric Astrological symbolism which helps to intensify humanity's movement into the Aquarian Age and its emphasis on group work. Learn more 


Cost: $300 (3 credits) per week
To register: Call 800-386-7161 or Email Registrar

New Online Courses for 2012

Look for these new Sophia Online courses in 2012.

You can earn credit toward your certificate or degree through the online courses listed, with the exception of Wisdom of 2012 and Seeking Sophia. 

Date                Title                                        Instructor

Aug 20-
Oct 22       Intro to Second Testament          Mark Throckmorton

Aug, 30-
Sept. 20    Wisdom of 2012: The Grace of Chaos Mary Jane Dicus

Oct. 1-
Oct. 30      Moving Through Grief and Loss           Doug C. Smith

Nov. 12-
Dec. 21     Seeking Sophia                                 Susan Hamilton

Nov. 26, 2012-
Feb. 25, 2013     Spiritual Disciplines and Practices        Nancy Kelly


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Rev. Dr. Susan C. HamiltonWe hope to see you on campus for one or more of our inspiring classes or events. We think you will not only enjoy the valuable enrichment that they provide, but also the wonderful fellowship that is created by like-minded individuals.

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