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Religious & Spiritual Life

Faculty & Staff Resources

Spirituality in the Classroom

Click here for the PowerPoint presentation used in the Office for Teaching and Learning's "Coffee Break" on Religion in the Classroom.

Spirituality at Work

An occasional series of conversations about how one's spiritual life and one's work life intersect. Most discussions center around an article or selection from a book.

Past reading selections include:

Soul and Role

Faculty and/or staff have been invited to join a monthly exploration of the intersection of "who we are with what we do". Please visit the Soul and Role page for more information. 

Appreciative Inquiry

What is Appreciative Inquiry?

What problems are you having? What is working around here?

These two questions underline the difference between traditional Change Management theory and Appreciative Inquiry.  The traditional approach to change is to look for the problem, do a diagnosis, and find a solution. The primary focus is on what is wrong or broken; sine we look for problems, we find them.  By paying attention to problems, we emphasize and amplify them. This approach is consistent with historical attitude in American Business that sees human systems as machine and parts (people) as interchangeable. We believe we can fix anything and there is a right answer or solution to any organizational problem or challenge.

Appreciative Inquiry suggest that we look for what works in an organization. The tangible result of the inquiry process is a series of statements that describe where the organization wants to be, based on the high moments of where they have been.  Because the statements are grounded in real experience and history, people know how to repeat their success. (Sue Annis Hammond, The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry, Thin Book Publishing Co, 1996, pp 6, 7.)

DU's Chaplain, Gary Brower, has worked with Appreciative Inquiry since the late 1990's. In 2011, he earned a Certificate in Appreciative Inquiry and the Practice of Positive Change (granted by the Corporation for Positive Change).  He brings that knowledge and passion for "seeing the best" to DU in several ways:  (1) acting as a consultant for departments or units; (2) offering a basic workshop in Appreciative Inquiry (both on a department love, and through Human Resources); (3) offering occasional "Appreciative Living Circle" trainings.  More information on all of those can be found on the "Appreciative Inquiry" page.

Care for the Ages

Care for the Ages was a collaboration between the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life and the Graduate School of Social Work, supported by Human Resources. It was our hope that it would be a resource for those members of the community who are dealing with aging relatives, and/or, who are part of the "Sandwich Generation" (caring for both parents and children).

The program took several forms: (1) occasional presentations on a topic related to care (e.g., legal documents, how to choose a care facility, how to deal with a parent who lives several states away, etc.); (2) brown-bag discussions for sharing ideas, support, complaints, etc.; and (3) a web resource with pointers to helpful sites, videos, podcasts, etc.

In addition, there are helpful sites, such as carefreedental, which helps all ages, on how to help sufferers care for their dental health.