For several thousand years Western religions have provided meaning for people’s lives and have answered the basic questions: How was the universe created? How do I participate in our world and find meaning? While millions of people continue to find answers in religions, increasing numbers are dissatisfied with mainline Christianity; nevertheless, multitudes of people consider themselves to be spiritual and yearn to know and practice a meaningful life. Despite the affluence of the United States and the West, however, many people are miserable and confused. The journalist Emily Esfahani Smith, after extensive research, has concluded that there are four pillars for a meaningful life: belonging, purpose, storytelling, and transcendence. In this class we will explore these pillars and the answers to these questions, drawing from our readings, personal experiences and preparations for class discussions. We will explore various ideas and practices of an emerging spirituality. The instructor will provide short, weekly writing assignments for inspiration and discussion.