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Spirituality: Secular and Religious
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When: Friday, January 19
Where: National Cathedral School
3612 Woodley Rd NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20016
United States

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8:30-9:00 Registration 

9:00 - 10:00 Welcome and Opening Talk, "What is Spirituality" by Bob Mattingly, CSEE Director 

10:15-11:15 "Spirituality and Faculty Self-Care" by Amy Glenn

11:30- 12:30 "Practical Ways to Incorporate Spirituality into the School Community" -hands-on activities presented by National Cathedral School Chaplain Staff 

12:30-1:30 Lunch 

1:30 - 3:00 "Exploring Spirituality -The path of life-long learning" by Ralph Singh 

3:00 - 4:00 un-conference, time to break into groups with colleagues by shared topic of interest 


A bit more ... 

Bob Mattingly's talk: What is Spirituality

A brief overview looking at how spirituality has emerged in a variety of cultures throughout the ages. The need/ desire for spirituality has often by fulfilled by religion but can also be present without a belief in a divine source. A definition of spirituality will be given that can be used as a guide for deepening any independent school community -religious or secular. 


Amy Glenn's talk: Nourishing our Spiritual Lives: Reflections on Teacher Self Care

As teachers we know what it is like to give. We give a great deal of both our time and talent to our students. Ideally, this giving comes from a place of connection and compassion. Yet, there is a shadow side to the life of a teacher, too. We can give without replenishing our own well. We can give too much. Amy Wright Glenn shares stories from her own experience of teaching in the Religion and Philosophy Department at The Lawrenceville School for 11 years. She also draws upon her work as a birth doula and hospital chaplain in offering up reflections on teacher self care. Join Amy in reflecting upon the following essential questions: What does it mean to nourish our own spiritual lives? And how can we do so more mindfully?


Ralph Singh's talk: Exploring Spirituality – The Path of Life-Long Learning

Spirituality is not a section in a bookstore, nor some esoteric practice. Rather our lifelong pursuit of meaning, purpose, and Truth, with a capital T. We have forgotten that we are all spiritual beings locked in a material existence, and we need to nurture our inner voice, the spiritual connection which grounds us. While modern societies tend to push developing our bodies and minds, and push our children towards college and career, their worldly accomplishments, we have neglected to nurture their spiritual connection.

Much of the conflict, both internal and that we see around us, the drugs, the violence, the lack of ethics, are simply a symptom of our spiritual emptiness.

We are so concerned with our diet, that we have forgotten how to feed our soul. But how in the midst of a secular society - and respecting diverse traditions - can we speak to this core need and guide our students and those we touch?




Ralph Singh, Author, Educator, Storyteller, Community Builder, and founder and CEO of the Wisdom Thinkers Network.

Ralph has spent the last 45 years promoting spirituality and values in education and public life, and bringing people of diverse backgrounds together to find a shared narrative towards peace. He currently consults with education, community, and religious leaders to develop curricula and resources that foster an understanding of shared values in schools, using the teachings and wisdom stories from the world’s spiritual traditions and cultures, and link to service learning projects to help children change the story of our world.

Ralph has authored and edited five books, speaks regularly on diverse subjects related to spirituality and values in modern society, maintains a Huffington Post blog in addition to his own Exploring Spirituality blog, and contributes commentary and articles regularly to local media outlets. He is a graduate of The Gunnery, received his degree in Japanese Area Studies from the University of Rochester, and as the first foreign devotee of Baba Virsa Singh ji of Gobind Sadan, maintains a lifelong study/practice of prayer and meditation and spiritual traditions.


Amy Wright Glenn earned her MA in Religion and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Amy is a Kripalu Yoga teacher, Birthing Mama® Prenatal Yoga and Wellness Teacher Trainer, (CD)DONA birth doula, hospital chaplain, and founder of the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death. Amy is a regular contributor to PhillyVoice and author of Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula published in 2013. She is also the author of Holding Space: On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go available this fall through Parallax Press. Amy leads workshops and trainings both online and in person. In 2015, she created the “Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss” training. Hundreds of birth and mental health professionals around the world have studied with her.


Bob Mattingly is CSEE Executive Director. He has earned master degrees in Divinity, Theology, Education, and Philosophy.  Bob has studied spirituality given and led numerous retreats over the past 25 years in school communities and retreat house settings.  Before working in the association world Bob was a Head of School, Admissions Director, and teacher.  



Please note: hotel rates are subject to change as the event date nears. We recommend making reservations soon.

The Watergate Hotel - Washington   2.4 miles away   ($179.00 per night)

Omni Shoreham Hotel - Washington   1.07 miles away   ($149.00 per night)

The Morrison-Clarke   3.7 miles away    (~$110 per night)  
[Note: this is a beautiful and friendly hotel in D.C. that we like to recommend. It's very close to a Metro stop, but would require a taxi / Lyft / rental car to get to the school. Please inquire with Bob Mattingly about potentially carpooling:]



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