1. To provide
classes for individuals seeking spiritual and personal growth through
Religion, Art, Healing, Metaphysics, Ecology and New Age/New Thought.
2. To educate and
develop people for Religious Leadership, which can take many forms,
including but not limited to licensed and/or ordained ministers, pastoral
counselors, teachers, healing and intuitive practitioners, and
administrative personnel. Religious Leadership encompasses a wide
variety of descriptions and titles, e.g., Priestess, Scholar, Reverend,
Priest, Abbess, Shaman, Healer, Advocate, Counselor, Artist, Teacher,
Minister, Prophet, and Contemplative.
3. To provide a
model of religious education which emphasizes an integral perspective based
on nondualism, holism, and evolution; with a focus on completeness rather
than fragmentation, and on the unity of polarities such as
feminine-masculine, mind-body, human-universe. We believe this model will
foster a philosophy that respects, accepts and honors all differences.
4. To cultivate a
spiritual environment which is devoted to the growth and evolution of the
students enrolled in the GAIA Learning Center and encourage each person to
develop their own personal belief system.
5. To encourage
self-awareness, student-centered, participatory learning.
interactive service opportunities with the community, Temple of the Goddess
and other covens, temples, circles, synogogues and churches.
7. To heighten
awareness and involvement of the critical issues of our time.
8. Assist students
in shaping their own individually designed program of study.
9. Create an
ever-expanding base of extensive reading and library resources.
celebrate, and worship in ritual space on Sabbats of the Wheel of the Year.
11. To make
available services for counseling referrals and spiritual direction.
12. Assist with
placements in religious and social service settings, and oversee placements
with follow-up and guidance.
13. Educate to
counter oppression in all forms and in all ways.
Study is defined here as an approved learning experience, course of
study, or life experience, intentional or unintentional, and can take on any
proposed form of learning or creative objective, such as writing a book or
thesis, making a film or musical recording, studying and creating music,
conducting art exhibitions, field research, creating curriculum and new
project proposals. Credit is given for the completed work after an advisor
has reviewed a completed write-up of the project from the student.]