We're changing how we change.

  • Group Frameworks

    21st-century groups need new frameworks to build fair and inclusive communities. Prosocial Spirituality training helps groups reframe the way they cooperate with one another and collaborate with other groups.

  • Training Program

    This 8-week virtual training based on Elinor Ostrom's Nobel prize-winning design principles and Wayne Teasdale's Nine Elements of Universal Spirituality engages scientifically-derived methodologies grounded in contemplative practice.

  • Registration is Open

    Training for groups comprised of 3 to 10 members is currently being funded by the Templeton Religion Trust. Together, we will explore Prosocial Spirituality's guiding principles and develop ways to apply them to our everyday lives.

Is your group ready to evolve?

Let science and spirituality be your guide.

By strengthening the horizontal plane of social cohesion and deepening the vertical dimension of inner transformation, Prosocial Spirituality helps all types of groups adapt and thrive.

Cohorts are forming now.

If you'd like to explore how your group might benefit from Prosocial Spirituality's hybrid training program, contact Kate Sheehan Roach at kate@contemplativelife.org to begin the conversation.

  • Does your group want to develop a shared sense of purpose, embrace evolutionary change, and cultivate spiritual depth and maturity?

  • Are 3 to 10 members of your group available to attend 8 training sessions via Zoom, engage in daily spiritual practice, and contemplate weekly reflection questions?

  • Would your group like to become part of an ongoing community of Prosocial Spirituality alumni through the Prosocial World network?

Facilitators

co-facilitator

Diane Berke

Diane Berke is the founder of One Spirit Learning Alliance and One Spirit Interfaith Seminary. She holds advanced degrees in sociology, psychology, and therapeutic counseling, and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of New York. She has been on the faculty of Andrew Harvey’s Institute for Sacred Activism, a founding member of the Contemplative Alliance of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle, and is currently part of the core team of Transformation 365, an online initiative to support people in cultivating or deepening contemplative practices.

co-facilitator

Kate Sheehan Roach

Kate Sheehan Roach began her editorial career in the history division of Bedford Books of St. Martin’s Press after teaching history at secondary and college levels. She then served as founding editor of Contemplative Journal and, later, as managing editor of the Spirituality channel at Patheos.com. She now serves as Director of Content for ContemplativeLife.org and is a founding member of Transformation365.org. Kate is a certified Centering Prayer facilitator who serves on two national service teams for Contemplative Outreach, and she’s a member of the North America Leadership Council for the United Religions Initiative.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Session One: Orientation

    • Welcome & Materials to Download

    • ACCESS ZOOM LINK HERE

    • Syllabus

    • Course Commitments

    • Guidelines for Prosocial Gatherings

    • Spiritual Practices & Tools

    • Video introduction to the Collective ACT Matrix

    • Video introduction to the Personal ACT Matrix

    • PROSOCIAL SPIRITUALITY COMMUNITY

  • 2

    Session One Reflection Questions

    • W1 Session Check-Out (To Be Completed In-Class Together)

    • W1 Between-Sessions Questions (To Be Completed Before Next Session)

  • 3

    Session One Zoom Recordings

    • Session #1 video

    • Session #1 audio

    • Session #1 chat transcript & recording link

  • 4

    Session Two: Ethics, Solidarity, & Nonviolence

    • Zoom Link

    • Element #1: Ethical Living

    • Element #2: Solidarity with All

    • Element #3: Deep Nonviolence

    • In Class Process: Group Reflective Reading

    • Supplemental Resources for Session 2

  • 5

    Session Two Reflection Questions

    • W2 Session Check-Out (To Be Completed In-Class Together)

    • W2 Between-Sessions Questions (To Be Completed Before Next Session)

  • 6

    Session Two Zoom Recordings

    • Session #2 Video

    • Session #2 audio

    • Session #2 Chat Transcript & recording link

  • 7

    Session Three: Humility, Spiritual Practice, & Self-knowledge

    • Zoom Link

    • Element #4: Humility

    • Element #5: Daily Spiritual Practice

    • Element #6: Mature Self-Knowledge

    • Supplemental Resources

  • 8

    Session Three Reflection Questions

    • W3 Session Check-Out (To Be Completed In-Class Together)

    • W3 Between-Sessions Questions (To Be Completed Before Next Session)

  • 9

    Session Three Zoom Recordings

    • Session #3 video

    • Session #3 audio

    • Session #3 chat transcript and Zoom recording link

  • 10

    Session Four: Simplicity, Compassionate Action, & Prophetic Voice

    • Zoom Link

    • Element #7: Simplicity

    • Element #8: Selfless Service and Compassionate Action

    • Element #9: Embodying & Empowering the Prophetic Voice

  • 11

    Session Four Reflection Questions

    • W4 Session Check-Out (To Be Completed In-Class Together)

    • W4 Between-Sessions Questions (To Be Completed Before Next Session)

  • 12

    Session #4 Zoom Recordings

    • Session #4 video

    • Session #4 audio

    • Session #4 chat transcript

  • 13

    Session Five: Purpose, Identity, Fairness, & Inclusion

    • Zoom Link

    • Elinor Ostrom, David Sloan Wilson, and Prosocial's Core Design Principles

    • Core Design Principle #1: Shared Identity & Purpose

    • Core Design Principle #2: Fair Distribution of Contributions and Benefits

    • Core Design Principle #3: Fair and Inclusive Decision Making

  • 14

    Session #5 Zoom Recordings

    • Session #5 Zoom video

    • Session #5 audio recording

    • Session #5 chat transcript

  • 15

    Session Five Reflection Questions

    • W5 Session Check-Out (To Be Completed In-Class Together)

    • W5 Between-Sessions Questions (To Be Completed Before Next Session)

  • 16

    Session Six: Monitoring Goals, Feedback, and Conflict Resolution

    • Zoom Link

    • Core Design Principle #4: Monitoring Progress / Behaviors

    • Core Design Principle #5: Graduated Responding to Helpful & Unhelpful Behavior

    • Core Design Principle #6: Timely & Fair Conflict Resolution

  • 17

    Session 6 Zoom Recordings

    • Session #6 Zoom video recording

    • Session #6 Zoom audio recording

    • Session #6 Zoom chat transcript

  • 18

    Session Six Reflection Questions

    • W6 Session Check-Out (To Be Completed In-Class Together)

    • W6 Between-Sessions Questions (To Be Completed Before Next Session)

  • 19

    Session Seven: Group and Individual Autonomy & Interactions with Other Groups

    • Opening

    • Core Design Principle #7: Authority to Self Govern

    • Core Design Principle #8: Collaborative Relations with Other Groups

  • 20

    Session #7 Zoom recordings

    • Session #7 Zoom video

    • Session #7 Zoom audio

    • Session #7 chat transcript

  • 21

    Session Seven Reflection Questions

    • W7 Session Check-Out (To Be Completed In-Class Together)

    • W7 Between-Sessions Questions (To Be Completed Before Next Session)

  • 22

    Session Eight: Closing

    • Questions to Ponder

    • Inspiration for Session 8

  • 23

    Session Eight Zoom recordings

    • Session Eight Zoom video

    • Session Eight Zoom audio

    • Session Eight Zoom chat transcript

  • 24

    Session Eight Reflection Questions

    • W8 Session Check-Out (To Be Completed In-Class Together)

Watch Intro Video

Video

Currently enrolling groups of 3 to 10 members

funded by The Templeton Religion Trust