Saybrook Alumnus Kirk Schneider, PhD ’84 Presents Awakening to Awe at Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Awakening to Awe
Dr. Kirk J. Schneider – Saybrook PhD ’84
Humanist Psychologist and author of Awakening to Awe: Personal Stories of Profound Transformation

Sunday, July 31, 2011
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
53 Prospect Park West at 2nd St.

Dr. Schneider will offer a morning presentation for the general public and an afternoon workshop for clergy, counselors, and therapists.

11am-12:45pm – Nurturing the Sense of Awe in our Day-to-Day World: In Childrearing, Teaching, Work, and the Moral and Ethical Arena *** FREE***

How can we draw on the power of awe – our sense of adventure toward living – so that we transform our entire day-to-day world and culture? Dr. Kirk Schneider will share ways to inspire awe in the areas of childrearing, teaching, work, and in our moral and ethical decisionmaking. He will explore the relevance of such existential-spiritual thinkers as Ernest Becker (with his educational curriculum in “Beyond Alienation“), Paul Tillich (with his discussion of “listening love”) and Martin Buber (with his notion of the “I-Thou” relationship). Ample time will be provided for discussion.

12:45-1:15 — LUNCH

1:15-2:30— Rediscovering Awe: A Meditation on the Humility, Wonder, and Adventure, of Living ***$15***

Therapists, counselors, clergy and those in training are invited to enhance their ability to be more fully present to and thus deepen their bond with a diverse range of clients by drawing on the insights of humanist psychology. Guided by his book “Awakening to Awe: Personal Stories of Profound Transformation” (2009), humanist psychologist Dr. Kirk Schneider will offer in depth exercises, having people work in pairs and together, as they explore the “lenses” of awe – of transience, unknowingness, surprise, vastness, intricacy, sentiment, and solitude – to deepen their sense of awe toward all being.

To RSVP, please email [email protected].

To pay for the afternoon workshop, please visit using keyword “Schneider.”

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