In 1999, I am completing two major life goals that help to prepare
me for my work in the world. This is my 50th year on the planet; I'll
be 51 on September 18. Some religious traditions call this my Jubilee
Year. Others might call me an elder, a wise woman, a crone, or an old
woman. I feel as if I'm just getting started. I've spent the
last 50 years preparing for the 21st century.
The skills, resources, spiritual guides and companions, and education
I have received while completing the course work in The Masters of Interdisciplinary
Studies (M.A.I.S.) with emphasis in Spiritual Traditions and Ethics
gives me an academic framework for my spiritual journey. The experiential
processes of the 3-year program in Pastoral and Spiritual Care have
rocked my world and impacted my soul. I have a deeper understanding
of how to effectively apply what I have learned through applied theological
These are unique and inspiring programs. Students are encouraged
to develop vision and covenant statements and to carry out the intention
of what they set forth. The projects that evolve from these classes
are dynamic and are changing lives. I am honored to be a companion of
these inspiring, hard-working men and women. I came into these programs
knowing that my dream did not fit into the mold of some of the more
rigid programs in other universities. Internships, practicum, grant
writing classes, research projects, and class discussions allowed me
to develop the expertise I need to be considered as a professional in
my field. Instructors and students encouraged me to follow my bliss.
Classes and exercises helped me to develop my skills and talents and
to create a reality that fulfills my dreams.
Today, doors are open to me that I never dreamed were possible.
It appears that Spirit's plan for me is much bigger than the one
I planned for myself. I am in awe and feel deeply blessed as I consider
the directions, connections, and possibilities that my chosen vocation/avocation
is offering. My Marylhurst experience has given me the credentials to
be financially supported while I continue my work in the world. My academic
knowledge gives me the confidence to go forwardone step at a time.
I was fearful that I was overly enamored with Marylhurst so
I interviewed some of my spiritual companions.
I have not been dreaming. The experiences have been real and intense.
I will carry memories and insights from these programs for the rest
of my life. This program is ideal for anyone who is being called to
work and play with Spirit. If Spirit is calling your name, listen up.
Spiritual Tradition and Spiritual Care Courses offer tools for identifying
core beliefs and values that are invaluable. I don't know of any
other program that encourages this depth of reflection and self knowledge.
Marylhurst classes start in September. It's not too late to
register. Students can still apply for financial aid. Creative financing
can be arranged until grants or loans are received. It's possible
to save money by completing these programs as a cooperative experience
with a community collegethe best of both worlds. Most older students
can receive college credits for prior learning experiences and have
credits even before attending classes. The process is much easier than
one might think. If you are even slightly intriqued, give Cecilia Ranger,
Chair of Religion and Philosophy, a call at 503-699-6305, or call me
at 925-1141. Don't miss the opportunity to be the person Spirit
imagined at the moment of your conception. Are you ready to answer your