One of the interesting things that has been happening as I develop my service-learning course (which looks at the relationship between contemporary spirituality and ecological engagement) is I feel I am being drawn “into the world” by the process in a number of ways. It’s been exciting, in that I keep finding new and interesting connections to explore that I’m sure would be fruitful for the class, whether it be finding the intersections between scholarship and popular culture, or a new potential service site/project. It’s also been a bit frustrating because I realize I need to make some serious “cuts”–that we can only do so much and that if we try to do too much, it will be at the course’s peril. So I’ve been thinking more and more in qualitative terms–i.e. what service projects address the “heart” of the issue? I realize it’s an organic process, and I’m probably going to frame the course as a “beginning,” that these students are pioneers and that they are potentially blazing a trail into the future…


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