Michael Wolfe Greenville SC

Adjunct Professor at Erskine College and Seminary

About Michael Wolfe Greenville SC

With more than 14 years of experience in community leadership, Michael Wolfe of Greenville, SC, has directed a number of projects for educational and religious institutions, providing professional management for nonprofit fundraising and development initiatives. Wolfe was an adjunct professor at Erskine College and Seminary for nearly a decade, and also led a variety of volunteer, fundraising, and community outreach programs in churches in Greenville, SC. From 2003 to 2010, Michael Wolfe also served as an area supervisor for volunteers for the Strong Communities initiative at Clemson University.

Passionate about serving his community, he is an active member of organizations such as Salkehatchie Summer Service and Habitat for Humanity. In his free time, he enjoys watercolor painting and writing, and is the author of several books and other publications, including In the World: History of the United Methodist Advocate, and The Abundant Life Prevails: History of Saint Helena Island. He holds a doctor of philosophy in the history of religion from the University of Virginia, and a bachelor of arts in religion and psychology from Wofford College.

Dr. Michael Wolfe's most recent book, "In the World, Not of the World: The Story of the United Methodist Advocate," tells the history of one of the nation's oldest newspapers. Through 175 years of coverage, the Advocate interacted with the social, political, and religious issues of the day and helped to shape the culture of the Southern United States. The book has won two history awards since its publication in the summer of 2012. Michael Wolfe has served in various roles of leadership in the United Methodist Church for over 30 years. Michael Wolfe has served in various roles of leadership in the United Methodist Church for over 30 years. He has led programs for children and youth in sports, art and drama. Wolfe launched and led countless community mission projects to aid low income families with housing needs.

Ki-Aikido Training Helps Children Build Empathetic Character

For more than 15 years, Michael Wolfe served as a pastor to congregations of the United Methodist Church in the cities of Jefferson and Greenville, SC. During that time, he played an active part in directing philanthropic initiatives like Strong Communities and Salkehatchie, which raised funds and performed home repairs to support families in need of assistance. Michael Wolfe also taught the kids class for four years at South Carolina Ki-Aikido dojo. The young students he trained learned not just physical mastery but self-control, composure, leadership, and poise.

Ki-aikido is a martial art that emphasizes calming techniques as well as an understanding of the impact one’s actions have on others. The principle that underpins all other aikido practices is referred to as aikido waza, a philosophy of non-dissension. Students of ki-aikido learn how to conduct their everyday lives in a peaceful manner by both subduing their own aggressive impulses and by acting as a calming influence on those they interact with. Rather than advocating the development of aikido’s martial techniques as a means of imposing oneself on others, the principle of aikido waza emphasizes the deflection of conflict and the avoidance of unnecessary confrontations by using one’s thoughts and ideas to dissolve apparent oppositions with others.

Ki breathing is one of the aikido techniques that follow from the central concept of aikido waza. Aikido students practice this focused breathing as a means of experiencing the innate connection between mind and body and between the individual and the greater world. Regular ki breathing exercises are a central component of ki-aikido and practitioners cultivate the technique to enhance their vital energy and heighten their receptivity to the calming sensation of empathic unity. Other core techniques of ki-aikido include ki meditation and ki therapy.

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