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Take a glimpse into the world of applied positive psychology with The Flourishing Center. Host Emiliya Zhivotovskaya, takes you through each episode giving you insights, the science, and life hacks that you can apply so you can live an authentically happy and flourishing life. In the Science Says Episodes, Emiliya uncovers new research in positive psychology and how to apply the science to your life. In the Flourishing Fridays Episodes, she showcases a Life Hack which is a proven and practic ...
 
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The Wabash Center's Dialogue On Teaching

The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion

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Dialogue on Teaching, hosted by Nancy Lynne Westfield, Ph.D., is the monthly podcast of The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. Amplifying the Wabash Center’s mission, the podcast focuses upon issues of teaching and learning in theology and religion within colleges, universities and seminaries. The podcast series will feature dialogues with faculty teaching in a wide range of institutional contexts. The conversation will illumine the teaching life.Webinar Produc ...
 
The COSILoveYou podcast creates intersections between the church and the city in and around the Pikes Peak region. Each month, COSILoveYou hosts conversations with civic, business, and faith leaders on issues and subjects impacting people in Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas. We aim to convene leaders in ways that establish collaborative partnerships, so that the faith community can be our city's greatest contributor to human flourishing.
 
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In this episode of the COSILoveYou podcast, we want to explore the issues and intersections where inequities exist across racial lines in the Pikes Peak region. While Colorado Springs and its surrounding areas are less racially diverse than most other parts of the nation, challenges (and barriers) for communities of color in arenas like education, …
 
Too often the work of those who create, compose, build, or choreograph are not supported by our academic institutions. Many scholars pursuit their artistic passions in their “spare time” leaving their teaching and institutional life unfulfilled. Burn out is common. Narrowly defined, legitimacy of scholarship is strangling possibility and new vision…
 
At a time when theological educational institutions are struggling, the mainline church is floundering, and we are still disoriented by the racial pandemic, the viral pandemic, and afraid of the near future, what is flourishing? How would we teach differently if theological education was seen as a critical enterprise for creating a better world dur…
 
Learner based pedagogies must constantly ask the question - “who is our learner?” Answering this question brings the startling realization that first career, entering students do not know classrooms without the internet. Unlike the teacher, those learners do not know a world other than the current age. Their cultural formation is drastically differ…
 
Writing is part of the scholarly teaching life yet few of us have been trained to write well. Many of us have published articles and books without benefit of reflection upon our writing identities and our writing voices. It takes time to embrace the genuine writing voices and courage to write for resistance, liberation, and incarnation. What does i…
 
Who do we want our students to become, what do we want them to build, and how do our classrooms form them for these tasks? Are we willing to relate to our students as co-knowers, co-producers of knowledge, equal partners in the quest of learning? What kind of trust is needed for students to bring the wisdom and knowledges of their communities to be…
 
We are tasked with teaching while being under siege. We are teaching persons who are living under siege. This inspirational conversation frames the need for teachers to learn communal strategies of survival which may have been previously abandoned or never learned. Learning to leap away from conformity might require teaching as the act of dreamers,…
 
This bonus episode of the COSILoveYou Podcast contains the Q&A session hosted by Kevin Palau of the Luis Palau Association, and Stu Davis of COSILoveYou. Together, the two leaders follow up their presentation with a live question-and-answer session with listeners about both broad and specific topics related to City Gospel movements in Colorado and …
 
In this month's episode, we take a step back from the in-the-weeds conversation about pain points in Colorado Springs, and talk with Kevin Palau about City-Gospel Movements. Kevin is the Director of the Luis Palau's Association's City-Gospel Initiative, as well as the President of TogetherPDX in Portland, Oregon. As a mentor to COSILoveYou, Kevin h…
 
This conversation, dappled with Dr. Jennings’ readings of original poetry and prose, examines the destitution of faculty when the only legitimate expression of scholarship is to perform the values of being a white, self-sufficient, and male. Individualism, competition, and arcane merit standards have fundamentally distorted theological education. J…
 
Teaching can be a profound act of power. So then, teaching with an ethic of love, care, compassion, and kindness is paramount, especially during the viral and racial pandemics. What if academic rigor is not compromised in generous classrooms, but enhanced when we shift what counts as knowledge? The discussion lingers over teacher-burnout and knowin…
 
Learning to listen to, attend to, and care for your body strengthens our ability to cope with stress, anxiety, and trauma. In this moment of pandemics when something has happened to every-body, regularly checking-in with your body can inform if professional help is needed.Bởi The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion
 
In this episode of the COSILoveYou podcast, we wrap up our two-part look at the issue of homelessness in and around Colorado Springs. Our first episode explored chronic homelessness, which often affects adults who have been living on the streets for many years. Family homelessness - not exclusively, but often - is situational, and brought about by …
 
Dialogue about these questions: How can we teach better during COVID? What does it mean to be mindful of our students’ burdens, aware of the trauma our students are carrying - so that their trouble does not impede their learning? What approaches and practices of teaching might lower student anxieties so that they might learn? What assignments can w…
 
Given the continued effects of the viral pandemic, compounded by weather disasters, world news of crisis and devastation, rising incidents of racism, plus any troubles unique to your own family, etc. – THIS IS A COMMUNAL MOMENT OF LONG-TERM STRESS. Teachers must ask, in the midst, how are we showing up? We know everyone is not equally affected by t…
 
In this episode of the COSILoveYou podcast, we begin a two-part look at the issue of homelessness in and around Colorado Springs. Specifically, this episode focuses on chronic homelessness, and the many layers of complexity that the men and women trapped by it face on their road to self-sufficiency. Join us as we talk with Andy Phelps of the City o…
 
The barage of sustained crisis is weighing heavily. Even while enduring crisis, moments of clarity about issues of vocation, identity, and spiritual awareness are possible. What are questions of discernment which comfort, guide, and stabilize us during this time of flux. Dr. Nancy Lynne Westfield hosts Dr. Su Yon Pak, Senior Director and Associate …
 
The initial shock of the pandemic crisis is over - the prolonged crisis keeps unfolding. Our up-ended lives are riddled with fear, grief and uncertainty. What does it mean to cope with the experience of “working twice as hard to get half as much done?” This is a conversation with Mindy McGarrah Sharp (Columbia Theological Seminary) about coping in …
 
What kinds of preparedness is there for events like mass shooting or a devastating storm? What does it mean to teach immediately after these events? What happens when these events occur in your school or immediate community or in your classroom? How does one teach when there is a national interruption? What is a trauma informed classroom?…
 
What is trauma and how does trauma affect body, mind, and spirit? Are there different kinds of trauma? Since classrooms are spaces of human interactions, understanding how fear and woundedness affects the teacher and the learner is critical to effective teaching. What classroom practices might lessen the experience of fear, helplessness, voicelessn…
 
How are you? The response to this question can be weighty during the COVID 19 pandemic. What we teach can be disturbing. What adjustments in our syllabi and teaching practices might aid in care? What could go wrong while attending to the needs of students? Why are classrooms never to be spaces of therapy?…
 
Informed definitions of trauma are needed. Classrooms are never spaces for therapy. Ways of developing trauma awareness, self-care strategies and referrals. Creating spaces of respect, regard and care are needed for faculty, administration, and students. Dr. Nancy Lynne Westfield hosts Dr. Lisa Cataldo (Fordham University).…
 
In this episode of the COSILoveYou podcast, we delve into the challenges faced by public school administrators and teachers in engaging and supporting at-risk students. Students from impoverished backgrounds consistently perform below grade level, graduate at lower rates than their peers, and require more support to succeed in and out of the classr…
 
What will it take to teach toward racial justice and away from white supremacy? Thinking about ways to incorporate minoritized voices into the entire curriculum. Dr. Nancy Lynne Westfield hosts Dr. Jill Crainshaw (Wake Forest University Divinity School).Bởi The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion
 
What is white rage? What does it mean that racism so permeates school ecologies that white rage is not noticed by anyone other than its victims? What is the loss to the institution for white rage? How can white rage be counterbalanced? Dr. Nancy Lynne Westfield hosts Dr. Melanie Harris (Texas Christian University) and Dr. Jennifer Harvey (Drake Uni…
 
This podcast was originally featured as a webinar with Dr. Nancy Lynne Westfield, Dr. Melanie Harris (Texas Christian University), and Dr. Jennifer Harvey (Drake University). White America must challenge its high capacity to tolerate racism, to overlook racist acts, and to look past racist behaviors. Personal agency is required to become anti-racis…
 
The courses and conversations needed to teach away from white supremacy and toward equity, freedom and humility require new conversation partners, creating new kinds of courses, and bravery. Such a conversation emerged when Dr. Smith (Columbia Theological Seminary) welcomed Dr. Ulrich (Bethany Theological Seminary & Earlham School of Religion) and …
 
In this time of urgent potential, higher education has a particular role and responsibility to re-frame and fully center our collective commitment around the well-being and thriving of Black and Brown people. Predominantly white institutions have long noted, but tolerated, racial disparities in rates of retention, persistence to graduation, and gra…
 
Attending to the public pressure to rethink societal oppressions requires trustees, faculty, student and administrative alignment. Leaders taking risks for prophetic agendas is the work of justice in theological education. Do not be forced into silence! Dr. Nancy Lynne Westfield hosts Dr. L. Serene Jones (Union Theological Seminary).…
 
What are the practices which might assist us as we endeavor to still ourselves to sustain the genuine? Who are the trusted people who we rely upon? What role does the body play in sustaining the sound of the genuine, the feeling of the genuine, the experience of the genuine?Bởi The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion
 
The current rebellions and outrage is appropriate given the history of race politics in the USA. White scholars are called to use their curiosity, imagination and teaching competencies to embed into the curriculum anti-racist content, tactics, and strategies. Find ways not to let racial violence be overwhelming; practice deep listening, dialogue an…
 
Dr. Willie James Jennings (Yale Divinity School) is this week’s guest on the Dialogue On Teaching podcast. Jennings and Dr. Nancy Lynne Westfield discuss his upcoming book, “After Whiteness: An Education in Belonging,” which will be published in October 2020.Bởi The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion
 
In this episode of the COSILoveYou podcast, we explore the strengths, issues, and challenges uniquely present in southeast Colorado Springs. Typically referred to simply as “The Southeast,” it’s the most diverse area of the Pikes Peak region, yet also lacks some of the basic resources many other parts of the community take for granted. Listen in as…
 
Creativity can be learned, practiced, and matured. Encourage yourself to ask - "why not?" "what if?" and "suppose ....?". Be brave in your teaching, suspend judgment, and learn to listen inside and outside of yourself. Dare to learn inspiration as a skill. Dr. Nancy Lynne Westfield hosts Dr. Delvyn Case (Wheaton College: Massachusetts)…
 
Getting through the pandemics will take all of us, plus the willingness to allow our imaginations to be chaotic and refuel the soul. Dr. Nancy Lynne Westfield hosts Dr. Christine Hong (Columbia Theological Seminary).Bởi The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion
 
Creating worthwhile experiences for students using a digital platform can provide new, interesting and creative options in teaching. Cultivating the digital imagination will help teaching into the future. Dr. Nancy Lynne Westfield hosts Kwok Pui Lan (Candler School of Theology - Emory University).Bởi The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion
 
Dr. Nancy Lynne Westfield hosts Dr. Emilie Townes (Vanderbilt University - The Divinity School) and Dr. Valerie Bridgeman (Methodist Theological School in Ohio). In crisis times, the creative voice speaks to the soul. The scholarly voice does not have to eclipse the creative voice. As published poets and scholars, these womanists will talk about th…
 
What is spiritual formation for teachers? Teaching during the chaos of the pandemic is soul work. It requires a soul pedagogy. This discussion provides insights into nurturing the spiritual awareness of teachers to better support and assist the learner. The conversation provides practices for the online classroom, encourages teachers to risk creati…
 
Teaching during the pandemic requires we care for our students as well as ourselves. This podcast features a conversation with Rachel Harding (University of Colorado, Boulder) about rebuilding spiritual practices for this uncharted moment.Bởi The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion
 
It takes time to unfurl from the processes of a doctoral program and lower the anxieties created in a job search. Now that you are an early career colleague, in what ways might you recompress and create strategies for bringing your genuine voice into your classroom? What does it take to shed the impulse of conformity and work toward your own distin…
 
Teaching online can honor the body, encourage agency and nurture intellectual community. A pedagogy of hospitality for this moment of crisis. Dr. Nancy Lynne Westfield hosts Dr. Evelyn Parker (Perkins School of Theology) in this conversation.Bởi The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion
 
This installment of the COSILoveYou Podcast zooms in on the issues and people affected by food insecurity in and around the Pikes Peak region. Join us as we hear from two local leaders working at different levels to ensure that no family goes hungry. If you’re looking for ways to help hungry people be fed, look no further. SHOW NOTES: Care & Share …
 
What does it mean when scholars of religion are forbidden from teaching about racism? Who is harmed and what problems are created when sophisticated and common-sense approaches to race are part of the curricular experience? In what new ways is tenure necessary for scholars who risk teaching critical race theory? Dr. Finley’s work on whiteness is sp…
 
The measures of scholarly productivity are often premised upon a life without the distractions of children and family. The challenges of tenure and promotion are amplified for young parents, yet schools seldom support new mothers with policies, procedures, and cultural norms of welcoming and belonging. Too many schools punish, shame, or blame women…
 
This month, we invite Dr. Mark Mayfield of Mayfield Counseling and Dr. Charles Benight of UCCS, and the National Institute for Human Resilience to speak about the mental health landscape in Colorado Springs. How has COVID-19 impacted overall mental health? How do we build resilience? Show Notes: Mayfield Counseling https://mayfieldcounseling.com UC…
 
A critical challenge during the first years of teaching is defining, forming, and living into a scholarly identity which is healthy, has integrity and is generative for your own scholarly project. This conversation discloses some of the pitfalls and risks when institutions provide little to no mentoring. What does it take to have a common sense and…
 
Conversations on Teaching and Spirituality Series One: Exploring Thurman's The Sound of the Genuine Series One: Episode 2 of 3: Expressions of the Genuine What if hearing the genuine inside yourself requires a quest, a leaving home, or an exploration of the unfamiliar? If you leave home, can you find a home again? Does the genuine come from within …
 
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