Aug. 15, 2003

Spirituality Of Tai Chi

DALLAS (SMU) -- SMU's Perkins School of Theology is sponsoring "Tai Chi: Spirituality in Motion," a six-week, 12 session course Sept. 15 -- Oct. 22.

Tai Chi is a health and defense system founded by a Taoist priest, Chang San-Feng. Movements emphasize postures aimed at developing inner self-control, self-defense and aiding spirituality.

Grandmaster J.K. Wong, the only person to hold this title outside of China, will conduct a special program on faith, spirituality and culture. Sifu J.K. Wong has more than 35-years of experience in Chinese martial arts. He is the U.S. master for the International Chin Woo Federation headquartered in Shanghai, China, and is founder and headmaster of the American Chin Woo center in Dallas. Sifu Wong is the sixth generation direct lineage holder of the Wu (Hao) Tai Chi system.

Classes will be complemented with lectures by Perkins faculty on theology and spirituality, as well as on history of religions. Participating professors include Ruben L.F. Habito and Harold J. Recinos. Habito is professor of world religions and spirituality at Perkins and is vice president of the Society for Buddhist Christian Studies. Recinos is professor of church and society at Perkins and an ordained United Methodist minister.

The cost for the 12-session course is $275. All classes will be from 6 -- 8 p.m. at Highland Park United Methodist Church, 3300 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75205. For further information, visit the Perkins School of Theology website: or call 214/768-2251.

Perkins School of Theology is one of five University-related official schools of theology of The United Methodist Church. The school was founded in 1911 by the Methodist Episcopal Church South, now The United Methodist Church. Degree programs include the Master of Church Ministry, Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Music, Master of Theological Studies, and Doctor of Ministry, as well as the Ph.D. in cooperation with SMU's Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.