The newest episode of our university podcast, ‘Mindful U at Naropa University,’ is out on iTunes, Stitcher, and Fireside now! We are excited to announce this week’s episode features Stephanie Yuhas, an alumnae and instructor teaching in the Religious Studies, Ecopsychology, and Divinity programs at Naropa.
“Many people are unaware of the interspiritual dimensions of what we offer here at Naropa – the multiple dimensions that we have here. And, a lot of what we’ve been researching and studying in the last few years is how millennials, and Gen Z in particular, approach spirituality. This term talked a lot about: “spiritual but not religious,” is only the tip of the iceberg. It actually becomes detrimental to look at it that way. If we broaden it out, we find it’s really about interspiritual dimensions. In terms of spirituality, what Wayne Teasdale talks about is an opening of dialogue and a sharing of wisdom among leaders and practitioners of different religious traditions, because people are no longer satisfied with a singular affiliation. People need to be aware of all the possibilities – and young people, in particular, are not willing to say, ‘I am only going down one path.’”
Stephanie Yuhas completed her PhD in religious studies at the University of Denver in 2012. Areas of expertise include philosophy, cultural theory, postcolonial studies, ethics, and social change. She has an M.A. from Vermont College in Ecological Psychology and a B.A. from Naropa University. Among the courses she has taught since 2007 for the Religious Studies M.A. and B.A. programs are Trends in Religious Studies, Research and Methodology, Philosophy of Religion, Religion in Human Experience, and the Capstone Seminar. Stephanie has taught in the the MATE program since 2011, offering Deep Ecology and her current course, Ecology: Concepts and Applications.