Our teachers at School for A Course in Miracles know and we are grateful that we have something of enormous and universal value to offer. The Course has given all of us a way of thinking, seeing and acting that simultaneously benefits all beings. Our natural inclination is of “course” to share this.
Our Teachers’ Teachers
Our beloved teachers, Jesus and his Course, and Dr. Kenneth Wapnick, his dedicated helper, have taught us A Course in Miracles’ unique process of forgiveness. We are clear that without their help we would never have learned another way to see the world that brings peace to all. We want to follow their example by helping and sharing with others to gain the same perspective.
Jesus tells us, “I need devoted teachers who share my aim of healing the mind.” (T-4, I.13:7)
Teachers of God
The Course refers to everyone who learns its curriculum as “teachers of God”. The teacher of God is “anyone who chooses not to see others interests as separate from his own.” The first step, therefore, in a willing student’s education toward becoming a teacher of God is learning what it means to heal his mind of his belief in differences. This is no small accomplishment since as beginning students we don’t know that we have a mind, let alone how to learn to change it.
Our Teacher’s Qualifications
Together, our teachers have collectively accumulated over 120 years of study, application and teaching of the Course. We have spent hundreds of hours in teacher Kenneth Wapnick’s classrooms, and thousands of hours reading his books and listening to his teaching on CD’s and DVD’s. We are also skilled in classroom teaching and are devoted to helping others understand and apply the principles of the Course in daily living.
As one of the co-founders of the School for A Course in Miracles (formerly School of Reason). Christine co-mentored students in the school’s first Teacher Program, which concluded in June 2009. Chris was first introduced to A Course in Miracles in 1986. She read and studied it with a group for three years but only when she began studying Ken Wapnick’s material did she come to understand the Course’s metaphysics as non-dualistic, thereby coming to accept God as non-dualistic. Chris has been an A Course in Miracles teacher at the Rocky Mountain Miracle Center (RMMC) since 1999 and is currently a faculty member of the School for A Course in Miracles. As a dedicated life student of the Course, she continues her learning through leading a discussion group intended to help students become comfortable with its non-dualistic metaphysics and the two thought systems it presents. You can email Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tim Wise was first introduced to the Course by a friend in Baltimore, Maryland in 1985. In August 1991 he began attending Ken Wapnick’s seminars at Ken’s first foundation in Roscoe, New York. Since then he has gone to dozens of Ken’s seminars both in Roscoe and Temecula. He has attended more than 1500 Course meetings all over the states, and has facilitated Course study groups in seven states. Before the Foundation’s move from New York to California at the turn of the century, he owned and listened to (multiple times) all of the hundreds of the Foundation’s recordings up to that time.
In all his relationships, he believes the practice of forgiveness (as defined by the Course) is the mission in this life. He sees his life’s “work” as extending the teachings of the Course in all situations, sometimes verbally, but primarily by demonstrating them. This includes sharing his Course experiences at meetings and seminars, and learning from the experience of others. He sees the late Dr. Kenneth Wapnick as the number one teacher of the Course in his own life and worldwide.
For years he has also studied and applied the Enneagram system and has worked the 12 step recovery process. His growth in those areas has been, and continues to be, expanded and deepened by the application of the Course’s principles.
He initiated and manages the Ken Wapnick Memorial Library at the Rocky Mountain Miracle Center (RMMC). He helped start and was a facilitator in two SFACIM classes: the Thursday evening “Journey through the Workbook” class @ RMMC and the Sunday “Journey through the Text” class @ Montview Manor. He initiated and helped organize and taught at the last three SFACIM retreats in Colorado Springs and the two SFACIM retreats in Racine, Wisconsin (last year and just recently in September). He started and co-facilitates the Thursday morning online Course and Coffee Chat.
He is tremendously excited to be part of School for A Course in Miracles (SFACIM) and its mission of sharing the Course’s teachings with all those interested. In all of his many extensive travels, he considers the SFACIM to be one of the two best places on the planet to learn and understand the Course, the first being Ken Wapnick’s foundation in Temecula.
He is most easily reached by phone. Please leave a message at 720-391-9294.
Whitney Walpole was introduced to A Course in Miracles in 2005, and she took up committed study in 2010. Raised as a Christian Scientist, practiced in metaphysics, after studying a wide spectrum of spiritual teachings and participating in many personal transformation programs, Whitney found a home with the Course in Miracles. Early in her study Whitney was introduced to Ken Wapnick’s teachings on the Course, and immediately they had a profound influence on her understanding and practice. When Lyn Corona and Chris Dixon of the School of Reason offered the Course Immersion Program for ACIM students, Whitney jumped in with enthusiasm to learn more about forgiveness and how to be a teacher of God. Whitney now shares her love of the Course through the School for A Course in Miracles and is honored to continue her learning and practice of forgiveness with the fellow students around her.
Sue Wiggins heard about A Course in Miracles in 2010 and was continually intrigued by the quotes spoken from the book by various spiritual teachers that she listened to during a time of spiritual seeking in her life. It was in 2013 when she purchased a copy of the book for herself. Sue started to read a few pages off and on from A Course in Miracles for about three years and found the words to be poetic, gentle, and also having a spiritual depth to them. After these three years of only having a casual peek at A Course in Miracles, Sue decided to seek a further look into the book and started to read a portion of the text and a workbook lesson everyday. She discovered the School for A Course in Miracles after desiring to be a part of a study group after spending eight months in a daily individual study on her own. Sue was overjoyed to discover the offering of classes to help assist her in studying A Course in Miracles and took several classes, workshops, and Immersion classes.
Sue spent 17 years studying and teaching Christianity, and six years studying spiritual awakening through various teachers, as well as attending New Thought churches for a couple of years. It was upon studying A Course in Miracles that all of the previous studying came together and presented a spiritual path to Sue that spoke to her most completely and profoundly.
It is with great joy for Sue to share the Course’s message of the shift within us that is provided by forgiveness. The inner shift that takes us from our ego identification to our true identity within the heart of God is an exciting practice that Sue loves to share with others.
School for A Course in Miracles, Administration
- Lyn Corona, director
- Chris Dixon, partner
- Whitney Walpole, partner
- Tim Wise, partner
- Susan Wiggins, partner
- Linda Scamperino, treasurer
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Co-founder, graduate, and former SFACIM faculty member, Susan Dugan is a writer, student, and teacher of A Course in Miracles. Susan spent decades studying and pursuing a variety of spiritual paths before finding the Course and recognizing it as her way home. For Susan, the Course’s unique power lies in its practical application, particularly in our relationships. She teaches and writes to learn, receiving what she gives. Teaching and writing help her become more vigilant in practicing forgiveness; learning to smile at the ego’s antics while allowing the healing of our one mind and the dissolution of the dream of separate interests. She has written several books of personal essays about practicing forgiveness in daily life. These include Extraordinary Ordinary Forgiveness, Forgiveness Offers Everything I Want, and Forgiveness: The Key to Happiness.
To find out more about Susan’s approach to teaching and practicing the Course’s extraordinary forgiveness in an ordinary life, visit her blog, Forays in Forgiveness