Monday, September 30, 2019

"The Greening of the Soul " New Course on St. Hildegard of Bingen Now Available with Dr. Shanon Sterringer ARCWP from People's Catholic Seminary

PCS 307- Hildegard and the Greening of the Soul


This course will begin with an engaging introduction to Hildegard’s life followed by an overview of her works and their significance for us today. It will conclude by weaving it all together through the lens of Hildegard’s understanding of the theological concepts of Viriditas (greening power) and the Living Light (primordial energy force). The contemporary contributions of this medieval woman and Doctor of the Church, St. Hildegard of Bingen, have the potential for inspiring a new model of empowered companionship for ministry today through creativity, mysticism, and the greening of the soul.

This course will be based on eight topics drawn from Hildegard’s works. The topics will include recommended readings (summaries will be provided in a PDF format) plus supplementary material (recorded lectures, videos, music, website links). No textbook required.

Course Facilitator

Shanon Sterringer, Ph.D., D.Min, MA, MA

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Shanon was ordained a priest in Linz, Austria on August 3, 2019 and a deacon in Cleveland, Ohio on July 10, 2018. She is the founder and director of the Hildegard Haus (formerly the Hildegarden) and the Community of St. Hildegard in Fairport Harbor, Ohio. She is a member of the presiding team at the Community of St. Bridget. Shanon earned a Ph.D. (2016) in Ethical and Creative Leadership from Union Institute & University; DMin (2012), M.Div equivalent (2010), and a MA in Theology (2007) from St. Mary's Roman Catholic Seminary and Graduate School of Theology; MA in Ministry (2011) from Ursuline College; and a BA in Religious Studies (2003) from Cleveland State University. Shanon has travelled to Bingen, Germany numerous times to walk in the footsteps of Hildegard of Bingen for research and personal/professional development. She brings to the course this rich experience and her love for Hildegard. She is a well-seasoned retreat director and has offered numerous retreats for women and men on various topics, most notably topics relating to St. Hildegard of Bingen. She has recently published a book through Fortress-Augsburg Press, “30 Day Journey with St. Hildegard of Bingen” and is currently writing a new book on her call to ordained ministry. She is an adjunct faculty member of Global Ministries University and the People’s Catholic Seminary.

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“The soul is the viridity of the flesh, for the human body grows and advances through it, like the earth made fruitful through moisture.” St. Hildegard of Bingen LDO 1:4

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