Competing Pastoral Options in a Fractured World

This Institute is designed to address the issue of personal wholeness in the modern world with special emphasis upon the fractured nature of human experience and our personal quest for spiritual nurture. The exploration will be by means of an examination of provocative thought systems developed during the late 19th century and fully expanded into the 20th and 21st century. Special consideration will be given to the thought systems within the classical schools of psychotherapy developed by Freud, Sartre, Frankl, and Heschel, and some thought will be given to the rise of “secular spirituality” and the “new humanism” of Huxley and Wilson as relates to our modern quest for spiritual wholeness both inside and outside institutional religious systems. 

Registration Form: To download a registration form, please click here.
Tutor: Dr. John H. Morgan, Karl Mannheim Professor
Seminar Titles: 
  • a.m. Defining Wholeness in a Troubled World
  • p.m. Pastoral Nurture in a Matrix of Competing Worldviews 
  • March 13-17, 2017 
Location:  Dodge House of the Graduate Theological Foundation in Mishawaka, Indiana 
Daily Agenda: 
  • a.m.   Session  9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
  • p.m.. Session 1:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (no p.m. Friday) 
Credits: NPO or two Units of Study
Session Daily Topics:
Sessions 1, 2: (Monday a.m. and p.m.)
            Sigmund Freud and the Dynamics of Religious Consciousness                   
Sessions 3, 4:   (Tuesday a.m. and p.m.)
            Jean-Paul Sartre and Personal Responsibility
Sessions 5, 6:   (Wednesday a.m. and p.m.)
            Erik Erikson and the Stages of Life
Sessions 7, 8:   (Thursday a.m. and p.m.)
            Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Meaning of Being Human    
Session 9:    (Friday a.m.   There is no afternoon session on Friday.)
            Huxley and Wilson: Secular Spirituality and Religious Humanism  
Written Requirements:
For each session, morning and afternoon, the student is to prepare and present a 500-1,000 word essay based on the assigned reading for that session, namely, the chapter from the required text on the theorist of the day, viz., Freud, Sartre, Erikson, Heschel, and Huxley or Wilson. At the end of the Institute, the student will have written between 4,000 and 8,000 words. The final paper is to be a compilation of these eight short papers including refinements resulting from the Institute experience itself. The final paper must be between 4,500 and 6,000 words and submitted electronically as an email or a Word document within 90 days of completing the Institute.
REQUIRED TEXT: The primary texts of each of the persons to be studied this week are available as used paperbacks from several book sources. Just Google your favorite online book provider. Books by John Morgan may be purchased from the Graduate Theological Foundation.



Let me take this opportunity to explain how the writing of papers and oral presentations work. Some students write the required short papers prior to arrival while others write each day prior to the time the paper is due for presentation. Either way is fine but the student must have a prepared paper of 500 to 1,000 words for oral presentation to the seminar. Do not write the “final” big paper because you will wish to incorporate information gleaned from the discussions during the week. However, the final paper may include the short papers written for each of the presentations. Please remember that you will orally present each of your papers for seminar discussion, feedback, etc., as will every participant. The presentation is made informally, sitting and reading from your laptop or written paper. There is no getting it wrong or right in terms of your presentation or content. The intent is for you to present a personal response to the readings for the day from your own professional perspective, indicating the relevance (or lack thereof) of each topic being discussed during that particular session of the seminar. 

Everyone will bring something different to the table for discussion – no one will have it right or wrong, just different, based upon his/her personal background, experience, professional engagement, faith commitments, etc. The mix is where the learning occurs. The most important thing to remember is “be yourself,” and bring “who you are and what you have to say” to the seminar and all will be well. In a word, “relax” and enjoy the week. 

Note: The final paper must be submitted electronically either as an email or as an attached Word document.