Here are the details of my forthcoming class:
Mystics of the Protestant, Reformed and Evangelical Traditions
Six Tuesday Evenings, April 6 through May 11, 2010
7:00 – 8:30 PM
First Christian Church of Atlanta
4532 LaVista Road
Tucker, GA 30084
Ours is an age of Spiritual renewal, and many Christians are sensing a call to a deeper life of devotion and conscious contact with God. Traditionally, the spiritual disciplines — and resulting experience — associated with such a hunger for the presence of God has been known as “mysticism.” This concept has met with resistance among many Protestants and Evangelicals because of its historical association with Catholicism. But in fact, many great and lesser-known Protestants have been mystics. In its best sense, mysticism is not contrary to the Gospel, but actually a way to live the Gospel more deeply, fully, and joyfully. This class will explore the writings and wisdom of some of the Protestant mystics and prayerfully consider how their teachings can be applied to the Christian life in our day.
For the purposes of this class, “Protestant” refers to any church with roots in, or after, the 16th century Reformation of northwestern Europe. The mystics we will study in this class come out of the Anglican, Quaker, Reformed, Methodist, Holiness, Presbyterian, and Evangelical traditions; including: George Fox, Jonathan Edwards, William Law, John Wesley, Phoebe Palmer, George MacDonald, Evelyn Underhill, T.S. Eliot, A. W. Tozer, and C.S. Lewis. We will also consider the question of “Is mysticism in the Bible?” and how mysticism (or spiritual practice) relates to the overall calling of Christian discipleship.
The class will meet on six Tuesday evenings, April 6 through May 11, from 7:00 – 8:30 PM, at First Christian Church of Atlanta, 4532 LaVista Road, Tucker, GA 30084. There is no required textbook for the class. Class is taught by Carl McColman, author of the forthcoming Big Book of Christian Mysticism and the Website of Unknowing Christian mysticism blog (www.anamchara.com). There is no set tuition for the class but an offering will be taken to cover expenses and to help support future spiritual development programming at First Christian Church.
For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Carl at mccolman @ anamchara.com.