HIST 587/SPIR 587

Spiritual Friendship

This course is also offered as SPIR 587

Course Description

The Bible uses a number of images to represent friendship, including the beautiful picture of the knitting together of souls (1 Sam 18:1). This splendid image captures the essence of spiritual friendship: intimacy, loyalty, intentional connection, and a relationship undertaken in the presence of Christ.

Spiritual friendship is an ancient practice. While theological reflection on friendship is rare in our time, that has not always been the case. Join us as we trace historical shifts and patterns of friendship, examine the cultural background and theology of friendship, and consider differing expressions and experiences of spiritual friendship. Cultivate thoughtful, informed reflection on the actual living out of friendship in your life and community. Consider how our churches and communities could benefit from a more robust biblical and theological reflection on friendship, a better understanding of Christian friendship in history, and a reengagement with the practice of spiritual friendship today.

Dates May 22–May 26
Days & Times Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
Format Onsite/Online
Credit Hours 1–2
Audit Hours 1



Cindy Aalders

Library Director; Associate Professor of the History of Christianity

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There are no prerequisites for this course.

What I love about Regent is that it’s a place for people who have questions about their ordinary lives. Not just academic theological questions, but questions about what it means to live the good life or be faithful. Not just a space for heady conversations but a place to wrestle with faith and a place where they can belong.” — Vivian Lee (MATS student)