This course is an exploration of the occurrence of mystical spiritual expression among women in Medieval Europe. An historical, theological, and cultural overview will be provided, and specific women will be examined, with particular insights into ways their lives can connect with modern day women.

Students will explore the basic tenets of spirituality, primarily as developed and understood by women. Personal stories of women’s spiritual journeys will be explored in light of how they connect with a larger umbrella of women’s spirituality. These stories will come from a diverse section of women around the globe as common foundations for women’s spirituality are examined.

Religion 160 introduces students to the history, culture, and theology of the Moravian Church, particularly since 1722.  Special attention will be given to how Moravian ideals regarding community, education, and equality were lived out in the North Carolina community of Salem.