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Prophetic Action: A Journey of Love – G190739

Workshop ID: G190739
Dates: July 21 - July 27
Price: $675.00 - $1,540.00

We live in times that call for hope and wisdom to help us face our pressing societal challenges. In this workshop, we will study Biblical wisdom in an intimate learning community, and together discover creative and wise ways to approach these challenges.

Our learning journey will include an examination of prophetic expression and prophetic action as found in the Hebrew Bible and in contemporary prophets like Martin Luther King, Martin Buber and bell hooks. Our study will culminate in a clear understanding of what is prophetic action today. We will also explore spiritual practices that support our capacity for prophetic action. We will also explore spiritual practices that support our capacity for prophetic action. The week will conclude with the celebration of Kabbalat Shabbat, the Jewish rituals for welcoming the Sabbath.

This workshop is based on Rabbi Ward-Lev’s book, The Liberating Path of the Hebrew Prophets: Then and Now.


Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$1,540.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath$1,465.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$1,195.00
Camping RV$835.00
Camping w/Electricity$795.00
Rio Arriba Commuter$675.00
Nahum Ward-Lev

Nahum Ward-Lev is a rabbi who has taught scripture at synagogues, churches, and retreat centers across the country, including Ghost Ranch. He is also the Scholar-In-Residence at Temple Beth Shalom, Santa Fe, NM.


Download and Print Welcome Letter: Ward-Lev – Prophetic Action

Prophetic Action: A Journey of Love

Instructor: Nahum Ward-Lev

Start Date: 7/21/19, End Date: 7/27/19

Check-In Begins at 3:00pm at the Welcome Center on 7/21/19. Dinner 5:30 – 6:30; Orientation 6:45 pm

Invitation: I invite you to join me on an intellectual and spiritual journey with the Hebrew prophets as our guides. Through text study, conversation, and experiential exercise, we will inquiry into the role of prophetic wisdom in societal transformation.Drawing insight from sacred Scriptures and contemporary prophets such as Martin Luther King and Abraham Heschel we will ask: What wisdom can we draw from the Hebrew prophets to guide our social action? How does the liberating energy flowing throughout creation support social justice endeavors? What practices cultivate our capacity to perceive the world through the eyes of God’s love and concern? How do we discern the prophetic action that we are called to engage? The material in this workshop is based on Nahum’s book, The liberating Path of the Hebrew Prophets: Then and Now.

Learning Outcomes: Students will understand the the ways in which the Hebrew Bible offers an alternative to imperial assumptions, values and social institutions.Students will have a greater perception of God’s creative and liberating Presence in the world. Students will enjoy a deep encounter with sacred texts. Students will explore viewing their lives as a liberation journey.

Course Schedule: In the mornings from 9 to noon we will study. Our learning will include close text study, conversation, creative exercises and time in nature. In the evenings from 7:00 to 8:15 we will gather for stories, songs and reflections on the morning’s learnings. These times together will give us the opportunity to become a sacred learning community.

Instructor Background: Rabbi Nahum Ward-Lev founded and leads Beit Midrash of Santa Fe, a Scripture-based, multi-faith learning community school. He has led workshops at retreat centers, synagogues, churches and seminaries across the United States, including Union Theological Seminary, Ghost Ranch, Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey and Stony Point Center. His teaching invites learners into an adventurous exploration that engages the body, heart and soul as well as the mind. He is an experienced spiritual director, accompanying people of many faiths. Nahum is the Scholar-in-Residence at Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM and a Fellow of the Rabbis Without Borders Initiative. He is the author of The liberating Path of the Hebrew Prophets: Then and Now.

Provided Materials: A spirit of adventure and a deep love for sacred texts. The ability to hold sacred learning space.

What to Bring: A Bible, Curiosity, A spirit of adventure, A love of life

FAQs: Q: Do I need to know Hebrew? A: No.

Q: Will this learning touch my heart and soul as well as mind? A: Yes

Testimonials: “Rabbi Nahum Ward-Lev has the rare gift of creating and holding sacred learning space. His personal presence is open, curious, accepting, and encouraging. All are equally invited to be learners and teachers. Rabbi Nahum’s ongoing study of prophets throughout time speaks powerfully to the questions, conflicts and issues of our age. One emerges from such a discussion feeling re-energized and hopeful.” Joy Rosenberg, Director of Education, Temple Beth Shalom.

Recommended Resources: Ward-Lev, Nahum The Liberating Path of the Hebrew Prophets: Then and Now.

Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate. Prices are presented for each of the types of lodging available for the workshop you select. Some art workshops will have an additional list of course materials and supplies that can be purchased or you will be asked to bring with you.
  • Note:  Some courses (especially studio courses and plein air painting courses) can carry an additional material list or expense.
All rates are Per Person, Double Occupancy unless otherwise specified. Single Occupancy: Single occupancy rooms may be reserved for an additional $50 per night when space is available. The fee will be charged when space is confirmed. Single occupancy lodging is generally not available during June and July. If you are a single person and do not specify a roommate, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to share your lodging space or you can request the single occupancy and be charged the supplement of an additional $50 per night (based on availability). For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar's Office at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1001 ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available SundayFriday8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.

Three ways to register:

  1. Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, 280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to:
  2. Register by telephone at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678, ext. 4155 or ext. 4121 — available Monday-Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. MST.
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