World Mysticism Interview Online

To help promote the class I teach on World Mysticism through Emory University’s Center for Lifelong Learning, I gave an interview about world mysticism with Max Arbes of Atlanta’s AM 1690. That interview is now available online:

Carl McColman talks about World Mysticism.

I especially like the jazzy theme music — Thomas Merton (whose love for jazz was legendary) would certainly have approved!

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  • Liadan

    Much too short, but still lovely to hear. Thank you.


  • Steve West

    Thank you so much for this. Your basic premise, that a mystic is one who finds a way into direct contact with God, is one I really resonate with. By that definition, there are certainly mystics in Hebrew and Christian scriptures. I have experienced, by grace, “mystical moments” along my journey, powerful moments when I felt a deep sense of oneness with God, often in the midst of intense struggle or searching. They were serendipitous and completely transformative. For me, they are a means of grace, gifts given me for a moment in time but for a meaning that transcends momentary time. It is not that I long for some kind of permanent and complete union with God while still on earth, nor is that even possible. But there are “thin places” along the journey of life and ministry that I relish.

  • judith collier

    Carl, some of us can’t find the library and the study of Julian, we haven’t gotten an e-mail forever. Is it us or something else?

  • Carl McColman

    Judith, are you referring to the CCEL group? That’s on hiatus while I’m writing. I hope to get back to it early next year.

  • judith collier

    Thanks, I must have missed a message.