Healing & The Divine Spirit

" I am the Lord, your Healer" (Exodus 15: 22-27)

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Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. (John 14:12)

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (John 14:26)

Healing and the Divine Spirit: Spring Term 2020

(IST 2178; 2 Credits)

***Weekend Praxis Course with Hybrid Component on Canvas***

START DATE: Week Two of the Spring Term on Monday March 30th, 2020



Please hold open a portion of our two originally scheduled blocks of class-time during the weekend of Friday May 1st and Saturday May 2nd, 2020, (from 9 AM to 4:30 PM CMT each day).  Prof. Hernandez will be scheduling small and large group Zoom meetings at those times, BUT not for the original multi-hour block of class-time each day and not for "lecturing" via Zoom.  Stay tuned for updates and more information about this thru the Canvas Announcements feature for our class.

Instructor: Albert Hernández, Ph.D.

Office: Iliff Hall, Room 115. Office Hours: -- As needed by Zoom or Mobile Call--

Mobile Number: 303-349-4608

Course Description/Synopsis:

This course focuses on beliefs, ideas, and practices at the intersections of healing, pneumatology, and energy medicine. What is the relationship of the Holy Spirit to historic and contemporary notions of healing?  What does Christian tradition demonstrate about the care of the sick and the treatment of certain maladies in conjunction with Christian notions of balancing the needs of the body with those of the mind and the heart?  Themes of health and spirituality will be examined alongside contemporary themes of wellness and wholeness, and holistic medicine, and the use of sound, light, and harmonics in ancient and modern energy medicine. Professionally certified representatives from the fields of nursing and medicine will be featured as guest-speakers.

Required Course Textbooks and Readings:

There will be no required textbooks to purchase for this course.

The instructor will provide all of the required readings thru the "Files" tab on our Canvas course site or by way of links to online resources and internet sites.

Suggested Additional Readings: (Optional texts; Not required to purchase)

Daniel B. Hinshaw, M.D. Touch and the Healing of the World. Yonkers, NY: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2017.

Frederick J. Gaiser, Healing in the Bible: Theological Insight for Christian Ministry. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2010.

Luke Timothy Johnson, Miracles: God's Presence and Power in Creation. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2018.

Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Spirit and Salvation. A Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World, Vol. 4. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2016.

Measuring the Immeasurable: The Scientific Case for Spirituality. By Daniel Goleman, et. al. Boulder, CO: Sounds True, 2008.

James L. Oschman, Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis. Second Edition. London: Elsevier, 2016.

Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner, Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness. Second Edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Overview and Objectives (click for Learning Goals)

Evaluation, Grading Scale & Final Assignment

Evaluation and Final Assignment:

All students enrolled in this course for credit will be graded on a Pass (P) or Fail (F) basis.

Due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions and closures issued for CO and the USA, this two-credit weekend course has been modified from a residential/weekend-praxis to a fully-online course with Zoom class meetings.  In order to receive full-credit for this course, attendance/participation during a selected portion of the Zoom class meetings/sessions originally set aside for Friday May 1st, and for Saturday May 2nd, 2020 will be required.

All students enrolled in this course for credit will be required to submit a final Reflection Paper or Final Project.  Details and ideas for a Final Reflection Paper or for a Final Project will be discussed in our Zoom class meetings and posted on Canvas.  


GRADUATING STUDENTS: The Final Reflection Paper or Project deadline for students who are graduating from Iliff this June 2020, is earlier than the deadline for the rest of the class:----Friday May 29th by 11:59 PM (MT/Denver).


CONTINUING STUDENTS: The Final Reflection Paper or Project deadline for students who are not graduating from Iliff this June, is Tuesday evening June 2nd, 2020 by 11:59 PM (MT/Denver). 


Apr 02, 2020ThuMonday March 30th, 2020: Course Intro & Overview Videos from Prof. Hernandez due by 05:30AM
Apr 02, 2020ThuRequired Reading Week of March 30th, 2020. due by 05:59AM
Apr 04, 2020SatGROUP DISCUSSION/OPEN FORUM #1: Due Friday April 3rd, 2020 by 11:59 PM (CMT) due by 05:59AM
Apr 06, 2020MonGROUP DISCUSSION/OPEN FORUM #1: Continued. . . . . . .due by 05:59AM
Apr 09, 2020ThuRequired Readings: Week of April 6th, 2020.due by 05:59AM
Apr 17, 2020FriRequired Readings: Week of April 13, 2020 (Brief primary source excerpts on the origins of Logical Positivism), and Zoom Meeting this Friday April 17thdue by 05:59AM
Apr 26, 2020SunNo New Class Assignments, or Readings, or Zoom Meetings for this course During Gathering Days Week - April 21-25, 2020due by 05:59AM
May 01, 2020FriFriday May 1st, 2020: Zoom Class Meeting with Guest-Speaker, Erin Woelfel on Trauma-Touch Therapy 1:30 pm to 3:30 PM (Mountain Time). due by 11:00PM
May 03, 2020SunSaturday May 2nd, 2020: Zoom Class Meeting from 10:30--11:30 AM (MT); Followed by One-on-One Zoom Office Hours with Prof. Hernandez due by 05:59AM
May 12, 2020Tue "Ye are Gods. . . ." (Psalm 82:6 & John 10: 32-38)----The Greek Orthodox Tradition of "Theosis" (deification) and Human Potentialdue by 05:59AM
May 17, 2020SunElectro-Magnetism & the Mystery of the Divine Spirit in the 18th-Century & in the Methodist Holiness Tradition. Also Zoom Class Meeting this Friday May 15th, 2020 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM (MT/Denver)due by 05:59AM
May 26, 2020TueElectro-Magnetism & the Mystery of the Divine Spirit from the 19th-Century to the 21st-Century. Also Final Zoom Class Meeting MOVED to Tuesday May 26th 12:30 to 1:45 PM (Denver/MT).due by 08:00PM
Jun 03, 2020WedInfo & Deadlines about Final Reflection Papers or Final Reflection Projects due by 05:59AM