I began a new class yesterday (yes, another one!), it's called, Theology and Contemporary Spiritualities, and is essentially an exploration of new developments in faith and belief in the 21st century. It's a fairly small class, under twenty, which is unusual for me, but I think it will prove helpful with this class. We are going to do some field work as well as the usual class discussion stuff--I think you have to expose yourself to what is going on, and experience it personally, in order to grasp what is going on--the students seem game to dive in, I don't think any of them have actually visited an alternative spiritual gathering of any kind, which is surprising/not surprising. Fortunately, this is Los Angeles, and there are rich pickings here when it comes to varieties of religious expression, if something is going on in the world chances are that it will be happening here as well. We began yesterday by exploring the various shifts in consciousness and understanding that have set the stage for what is emerging today.