News & Media

Official News From the Office of Communications

Skeen Featured in Baptist News Global for Innovative Approach to Spiritual Formation

Dr. Judy Skeen speaks at the Politics of the Human Spirit convocation at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. October 17, 2016. Dr. Judy Skeen speaks at the Politics of the Human Spirit convocation at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. October 17, 2016.

Professor of Religion Dr. Judy Skeen was recently the subject of a lengthy profile in Baptist News Global. The story highlighted Skeen’s personal and professional journey as well as her innovative approach to spiritual formation which frequently includes help from unusual partners: horses.

Fascinated by horses’ ability to read human emotions, Skeen created a First Year Seminar course years ago on the topic “Cross Species Communications: Through the Eyes of Other Creatures.” Subtitled “Learning about being human by encountering horses,” Skeen’s class allows students the opportunity to visit the professor’s Franklin, Tenn.-ranch where they interact with several horses on her seven-acre farm. The course was feature in the Fall 2013 issue of Belmont’s Circle Magazine (p. 18-19).

The Baptist News Global article goes into great depth on the inspiration behind Skeen’s work with horses in her classes as well as a spiritual director and retreat leader. The animals serve as partners in her quest to embrace stillness and presence. In the article Skeen notes, “I’ve spent a lifetime learning that being human isn’t the problem. The gift is becoming fully human. It pleases God when we live our lives fully. When I do the best I can to live fully, I’m automatically inviting others to become more alive.”

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

 

 

 

%d bloggers like this: