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Intellectual and Spiritual Humility Institute

The Intellectual and Spiritual Humility Institute provides learning opportunities focused on bringing communities together in a polarized society, creating space for the respect and dignity of all people.


About the Institute

The Intellectual and Spiritual Humility Institute will lead the way in exploring factors that contribute to the discovery of human connection beyond divisive topics. The Institute seeks to serve our local community by:

  • creating spaces to experience the dignity of all people
  • nurturing respect for self and others, and
  • encouraging life-long commitment to change that is both personal and communal in vision

Transformative change and restored relationships are possible only through embodied humility: through the conviction that intelligent and good-hearted people can and do hold differing beliefs on significant issues, and that our human solidarity and relational connections transcend disagreements and require of us respect, compassion, and civility of discourse.

Resources We Offer

  • Community gatherings, lectures, and presentations for the general public
  • Online mini classes and certificates
  • Workshops and retreat facilitation
  • Curated community-building experiences
  • Consultation services for businesses, churches, and community organizations

Meet the Director

Rebecca Letterman Headshot

My name is Dr. Rebecca Letterman's, and I'm the Director of the Intellectual and Spiritual Humility Institute. Dr. Letterman began her formal Christian spiritual formation studies in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with Dr. Adrian van Kaam, founder of the field of Formative Spirituality, and his colleague Dr. Susan Muto. After completing an Advanced Certification Program in Formative Spirituality, Dr. Letterman served at the academy as an adjunct teacher in the program and recently coauthored with Dr. Muto a basic introduction to van Kaam's work. Dr. Letterman's vocation focuses on bridging formative faith traditions - whether across time or across cultures - in order to foster respect for diversity, while at the same time nurturing unity among Judeo-Christian faith communities that are seeking to live in vital relationship with God, one another, and the wider world.

Current Courses

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