Awakening in God’s Love: Exploring the Christian Spirituality of Evelyn Underhill
Saturday, February 19, 2011
8:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church
1790 LaVista Rd., Atlanta, GA 30329
Acclaimed as one of the greatest spiritual writers of the twentieth century, Evelyn Underhill recovered the rich heritage of Christian mysticism and interpreted it for ordinary people as the spiritual life — life lived from the center, where one is anchored in God.
In the year 2011, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of her pioneering work, Mysticism: The Study of the Nature and Development of Man’s Spiritual Consciousness. A writer and spiritual director, Evelyn Underhill was the first woman to offer a retreat in Canterbury Cathedral and the first to lecture at Oxford University. Honored as a saint in the Anglican communion, her prolific writing endures, giving inspiration to those who recognize the need for contemplative living.
“Evelyn Underhill: Forerunner of Contemporary Spirituality”
Keynote Speaker: Dana Greene
Evelyn Underhill reclaimed the Christian mystical tradition and translated it as the spiritual life for ordinary people. As such she was a precursor of the resurgence in contemplative practice today. Underhill is a woman for our times whose vocation was to proclaim to her contemporaries and to us: “there is a splendor burning in the heart of things.”
Historian and biographer, Dana Greene is and Underhill scholar, Dean Emerita of Oxford College of Emory University, and editor and author of seven books including Evelyn Underhill: Artist of the Infinite Life. She is a graduate of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, having served on its Board for many years, and she is currently president of the Evelyn Underhill Association (www.evelynunderhill.org), and writes for The National Catholic Reporter. Most recently, she served as executive director of the Aquinas Center of Theology at Emory University. Her other books on Underhill, Fragments from an Inner Life: The Notebooks of Evelyn Underhill and Evelyn Underhill: Modern Guide to the Ancient Quest for the Holy are out of print.
Guest Speakers will include:
Carl is the author of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, The Lion, the Mouse and the Dawn Treader and the “Website of Unknowing” blog about Christian spirituality and mysticism (www.anamchara.com). He is a graduate of the Shalem Institute’s Program for Contemplative Group Leaders and is a Lay Associate of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia.
Margaret B. Ingraham
Recipient of an Academy of American Poets Award, the 2006 Sam Ragan Prize, and several poetry Fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Margaret (Peggy) Ingraham is the author of This Holy Alphabet and a chapbook, Proper Words for Birds (number 65 in the New Women’s Voices series from Finishing Line Press). Her poetry appears regularly in a wide variety of national literary journals.
Schedule for the Day
8:30 a.m. Hospitality and check in
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
9:15 a.m. Keynote address, Dana Greene
10:20 a.m. Discussion groups
11:45 a.m. Lunch, with Margaret Ingraham
12:45 p.m. Plenary, Carl McColman
1:40 p.m. Discussion groups
2:30 p.m. Taize Service
Discussion Groups: Participants will be invited to choose two of four possible discussions on: Saints and Mystics, the Spiritual Life, Prayer and Cooperation with God.
Cost: $45 per person (includes lunch and materials)
REGISTER online, or by downloading and mailing in a registration form with your check. Checks may be made out to the Diocese of Atlanta – IMTE and mailed, with registration form, to Diocese of Atlanta – IMTE, 2744 Peachtree Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30305.
Presented by the Institute for Ministry and Theological Education in parnership with The Cathedral of St. Philip and St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church