An informal lecture-discussion format will be used, with about 6 pages of handout material for each session. Instructor – Harold Rosen (www.interfaitheducation.org), master’s degrees in religion, education, philosophy
In this course we explore the lives, thoughts and deeds of 8 outstanding women of history. Their spiritual radiance, intellectual brilliance and moral courage overcame the barriers of their patriarchal cultures. They were provocative and influential reformers who could not be ignored or overlooked. Two were martyred, each wrote and spoke with power and eloquence, and in due course, all were officially or unofficially beatified. They shared a mystical, visionary and futuristic bent, but also made significant social impact in their own turbulent times. Their lives span over 2500 years, and range from West to Middle East to India. We will examine their relevance to current religious, social and spiritual concerns.
Session 1 – Introduction to Mystical Literature, Srimala of Kosala: Teacher of Universal Light (Buddhist) Session 2 – Hypatia of Alexandria: Philosophical Martyr (Neoplatonist) Session 3 – Rabia of Basra: Saintly Teacher & Poet (Sufi Muslim) Session 4 – Hildegard of Bingen: Earth-Centered Theologian (Christian) Session 5 – Mirabai of Rajasthan: Devotee of Divine Love (Hindu) Session 6 – Teresa of Avila: Guide to the Interior Castle (Christian) Session 7 – Tahirih of Persia: New World Visionary & Martyr (Baha’i) Session 8 – Barbara Marx Hubbard: Conscious Evolutionist (Spiritual)