Clergy & Educators Online Course

The MPR Course for clergy and professional, Jewish educators begins on November 2, 2016. Why a clergy cohort?

Clergy Centric

Clergy and Professional Educators, of course, are significantly different than lay students of the MPR Course. Seminary graduates have much less need for mentoring in the prayer practices and already know the Siddur. And we recognize the time pressures and unpredictable schedules that characterize congregational life. The Clergy/Educator version of the MPR Course has been modified to take these factors into account.

The Course is presented in an “On Demand” format for access at your convenience. Lessons are posted at two-week intervals. Class discussion is conducted in the virtual classroom on discussion threads that look like a Facebook wall and through bi-weekly, live webinar sessions (screen share and conference call). The live class is for those who wish to deepen their experience of the material and prayer practices through discussion with Rabbi Comins and colleagues, and receive advice on how to teach the Course in their community. (The live classes are recorded for those who wish to watch/listen later.) 

All subject matter, however, is available “On Demand” on the website and participation in the webinar is not mandatory. This allows those who miss a class because of a funeral or conference to keep up, and enables those who simply do not want to take the time for a live class to study alongside those who want a more interactive experience.

Exploring the MPR Approach to Learning and Teaching Prayer

The online course is an excellent way to become acquainted with the curriculum before deciding to license and teach it in your community. (For this reason, the cost is heavily discounted.)


Pedagogically, it is helpful to try out the prayer practices before presenting them, and in general, your time as a student will help you understand the experience of your own students when teaching the Course.

Synagogue clergy and educators might also take the Course as a team to facilitate exploration and dialogue regarding the goals and possibilities of communal worship.

Course Syllabus

Introductory Lesson
When Prayer "Works," Mochin d'Gadlut
and Prayer as a Practice

01:  Yearning: Psalms and the Stirrings of the Heart
02:  The Life of Gratitude
03:  The Art of Blessing
04:  Creating Sacred Space with Response Blessings
05:  Mindfulness: Listen Before You Speak
06: Tradition! The Benefits of Liturgical Prayer
07: Shema 1: A Narrative Approach to Liturgy
08: Shema 2: Meaning and Interpretation

Bonus Lesson:  The Difficulty of Prayer

09. The Challenge of Personal Prayer
10. Cultivating Your Personal Prayer Voice
11: Teshuvah: Introspection for Change
12:  Discerning Divinity—Listening for a Response to Prayer
13:  Exploring the Amidah
14: The Amidah and Me
15: Coping with Illness and Loss
16: Mourning and Kaddish

Bonus Lesson: Bringing Our Bodies into Prayer

Sample Videos


Yearning



Prayer & Teshuvah



Why a Liturgy?


MPR Video Contributors

Rabbi Rachel Adler, PhD • Merri Lovinger Arian • Rabbi Bradley Artson • Rabbi Phyllis Berman • Rabbi Anne Brener, LCSW • Rabbi Stephen Cohen • Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove, PhD • Rabbi Getzel Davis • Rabbi Lavey Derby • Rabbi Elliot Dorff, PhD • Cantor Ellen Dreskin • Reb Mimi Feigelson • Rabbi Nancy Flam • Rabbi Karen Fox, DD • Tamar Frankiel, PhD •  Rabbi Laura Geller • Rabbi Shefa Gold • Rabbi Arthur Green, PhD • Rabbi Jill Hammer, PhD • Melila Hellner, PhD •  Rabbi Yoel Klein • Rabbi Myriam Klotz • Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell • Rabbi Richard N. Levy, DD • Rabbi Yael Levy • Rabbi Ebn Leader, PhD  •  Rabbi Natan Margalit, PhD • Jay Michaelson, PhD • Rabbi Rex Perlmeter • Rabbi Marcia Prager • Rabbi Or Rose, PhD • Rabbi Rami Shapiro • Rabbi Jonathan P. Slater • Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz • Rabbi Margot Stein • Linda Thal, PhD • Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg • Rabbi Dvora Weisberg, PhD • Rabbi David J. Wolpe





Learn About the Making Prayer Real Course

To learn more about the innovative MPR approach to teaching and learning prayer, see the MPR Story and FAQs page, the Pedagogy page, and Teachers’ Testimonials and Reference page.

Learn About the Making Prayer Real Course

To learn more about the innovative MPR approach to teaching and learning prayer, see the MPR Story and FAQs page, the Pedagogy page, and Teachers’ Testimonials and Reference page.