"Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day I can hear her breathing."
Human beings thrive on meaning and purpose. Bringing meaning and purpose together into a coherent professional livelihood is a challenge. In part, this is so because the professions paradoxically and often tragically undermine their purposeful intentions to meet human needs in support of the flourishing of individuals, communities, and societies.
Worldwide, societies are crying out for assistance in the transformation of their citizenry, organizations, businesses, and institutions. To bring a new vision of the Possible Earth into reality, we need to begin with ourselves so that we are operating with the fullness of our being.
The global need is to achieve a new humanity and a new way to nurture the human species while we work to heal our home, the planet Earth. The need is to develop the possible human, in the possible society, in a more possible world. This is the art of world-making, spirit-catching, mind-growing, soul-quaking transformation!
The complexity of our time requires both greater and wiser use of our imaginal capability - a rich playing of the mental and emotional instrument we have been given. The world needs skilled facilitators, coaches, entrepreneurs, and teachers to guide and lead the shift to a set of new global values and local practices.
In this 6-week course, we will explore how the true education of the emerging professional - who has arrived by virtue of their own inner calling - can evoke, inspire, and empower us with the capabilities required to bring our vocation and profession together. Finding one's true calling, one's sacred purpose, enables us to lead lives in which our passions and capabilities are forged into our livelihood.
The Chancellor of Meridian University, Dr. Houston is a visionary researcher who has authored over 40 books and worked intensively in even more cultures, lectured in over 100 countries, and worked with major organizations such as UNICEF and NASA. She has been an advisor to numerous world leaders, and the past international consultant for the United Nations. Dr. Houston's book, A Passion for the Possible, was an expansive compliment to her inspiring PBS special of the same name. Dr. Houston has served on the faculties of Columbia University, Hunter College, Marymount College, The New School for Social Research, and the University of California. She holds doctoral degrees in both psychology and religion.
Connecting Vocation with Professional Livelihood through Sacred Purpose
Our Lives Have a Sacred Purpose
Imagination and Sacred Purpose
From Vocation to Profession
Professions and Human Needs
Developing Imaginal Capability
Social Artistry and Transformative Communities of Practice
$250, including the synchronous course video calls (with recordings), online learning platform access, participation in the course learning community, plus course resources and written activities.
Meridian University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) - a higher education accreditor recognized by the United States Department of Education. WASC is also the accreditor for Stanford University, UCLA, and the University of California at Berkeley.
Meridian’s online courses are conducted via the University's own learning platform, Pivot, as well as the Zoom video conferencing system.
Our online courses promote community learning, through strong interactive engagement with fellow students and faculty as well as live video sessions with faculty.
You will need an email account, a high-speed internet connection, and access to a computer, iOS or Android device.
If you are planning to attend the course video calls live, you will need a webcam and microphone for your device. (Course video calls are conducted with participants video-enabled.)
Live 75-min video sessions with faculty and fellow students will be conducted throughout the course. Each week's live video call will be recorded and posted on the course platform.
Video presentations, readings, discussions and learning activities will be accessible asynchronously and may be completed on participants' own schedule. Course resources and recordings will remain available up to 30 days after the close of the course.
Full refunds are available until two (2) days before the course begins, by request via email.
You do not need to apply to a Meridian graduate degree program to take this online course. This course is one of Meridian’s open-enrollment courses
The course support team will be available to assist from start to finish. Please send your questions/requests/issues to firstname.lastname@example.org
Convening faculty generally lead each live session. Contributing faculty typically contribute in one of the live course sessions. Course resources address the work of both convening and contributing faculty.
Meridian has institutional and federal financial aid options for our graduate degree programs. This open enrollment course does not have financial aid or payment plans available.