SPI 503 Creativity and the Inner Life

Faculty: Dr. Jeanette Banashak (Profile)

A Western understanding of creativity tends to focus on novelty and usefulness, while an Eastern understanding emphasizes essence and intuition. We will begin this course with a study of Creativity from the West and East, the creative process, and creative problem solving styles. We will consider several contemplative practices that foster our creative lives and help us overcome resistance that may get in the way of pursuing creative endeavors in ministry and educational settings. We will explore the interrelationship of creativity and contemplation and the implications for our vocations.

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