2013-14 Academic Symposium
April 8-9, 2014
What is the Next “American Dream”?
February Pre-Symposium Event
Living Wisely in Our Diverse United States
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 6:30 – 8:15 PM, Stayer Auditorium
Speaker: Dr. Gary J. Boelhower, professor of theology and religious studies at The College of St. Scholastic in Duluth, Minnesota. He is a consultant with a broad range of organizations on leadership and decision-making.
Dr. Boelhower will explore practical principles for listening to the wisdom of diverse voices.
The diverse religious traditions in America share a common vision for living wisely, for shaping an American dream that serves the rights of each and the good of all. Decision by decision we live out our dreams and create our reality. Decisions are our everyday opportunity to actualize our values and our calling, to bring a new American dream of justice and equality alive in organizations of every kind. Every important decision within our organizations has an impact on a diversity of stakeholders, rippling out into families, communities, nations and the ecosystem. Decisions are our everyday opportunity to do business with integrity, to inspire confidence, and to make our unique individual and organizational contribution to the world. In our desire to make the wisest possible decisions, we can gain practical insights from the spiritual wisdom traditions around the world.
Five principles for practical wisdom will be presented in this overview of wise decision-making based on the spiritual traditions that make up the diverse religious voices of America. The principles include 1. Respect all persons, 2. Appreciate the wholeness of being human, 3. Recognize the interconnectedness of all reality, 4. Value inner wisdom and personal experience, and 5. Attend to preservation and transformation. Each principle will be unpacked to demonstrate both procedures to deepen our methods for consideration and criteria or standards for wise choices.