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The Spiritual Adjunct

By Maria Shine Stewart

I will admit to having a questing spirit. Some people travel abroad; I take journeys within, around, under, between, and through spiritual organizations. The process started in my teens, and I am perhaps also genetically ecumenical, coming from a multi-faith family. At risk of appearing entirely irreverent (or to the secular reader, irrelevant), I feel — as do most with far more authority than I have in such matters — that it is important to integrate one’s spirituality into one’s everyday life. I may not have found a place to permanently settle down, but I will use what adheres best to the collage of my life.

And who is so unimaginative as to have missed the close resemblance of the words collage and college, or university and unversity, for that matter? “Unversity” found its way to the cover of a course schedule at a college I worked at once. Take away the “i” and the whole venture crumbles; plus, lots of religions support the idea of self-effacement. All 50,000 copies of that school’s offerings… missing a “profreader.” And in 50-point type…

Here, revealed for the first time, are the top 10 spiritual concepts I have found most helpful to navigating adjunct life. And like all life, they are subject to abrupt and sudden change if necessary, like a well-qualified syllabus. Please note: These 10 tips are not to be construed as medical advice or as official doctrine of any spiritual organization.

Continued at: http://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2011/06/24/maria_shine_stewart_advice_the_spiritual_adjunct

  1. Maria Shine Stewart
    March 14, 2012 at 3:47 am

    Holly — I’m flattered that you posted this. I don’t know if you have checked out my regular column called “A Kinder Campus” under Career Advice tab

    at http://www.insidehighered.com/career-advice/kinder-campus

    It debuted in July 2011.

    Feel free to check out past topics and suggest future column ideas.


    • March 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      Maria, thank you for your note, I certainly will continue to check future columns! Holly

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