Ken Wilber Class through Evening at Emory

Registration is now open for the class I'll be teaching on the philosophy and spirituality of Ken Wilber, through Emory University's Center for Lifelong Learning here in Atlanta, starting on Thursday, July 21. To register, click here.Here's the write-up on the class, from the Evening at Emory website:A Brief History of Everything: An Introduction to Ken Wilber American philosopher Ken Wilber's writings combine eastern and western spirituality, psychology, biology, cultural theory, and other … [Read more...]

Why do Catholics become Protestant?

National Catholic Reporter has just posted a fascinating article looking at research by the Pew Research Center on why people leave the Catholic Church. This particular article focuses on those who leave Catholicism to enter a mainline Protestant or Evangelical Church. The research suggests that the common reasons believed by those who are ideologically liberal — or conservative — are not all that important. What is important? A sense of being spiritually nurtured.Read the article: The Hidden E … [Read more...]

“Of Gods and Men” DVD available for pre-order!

If Of Gods and Men, the luminous French movie about the monks killed during the civil war in Algeria, has not come to your city, or if you missed it, or if — like me — you consider this to be a "must own" film, then your wait is almost over. The North American release date for the DVD has been set for July 5. If you want to make sure you have it when it's released, you can now pre-order the DVD from Amazon.com.Not sure what the fuss is about? Watch the trailer or read my review. It's a bea … [Read more...]

Christian Mysticism Weekend at Oakhurst Baptist Church, Decatur, GA, April 15-16, 2011

If you live in or near Decatur Georgia (metro Atlanta), I hope you'll come to the Christian Mysticism Weekend at Oakhurst Baptist Church on April 15 and 16. Here's the write-up about the event that appears on Oakhurst's website: What is Christian Mysticism?  "Mysticism" is one of those words that confuses some people, alarms others, and intrigues still others. But what is it? Is there such a thing as Christian mysticism? Is it in the Bible? Can it be relevant to us today? How does … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

And here I must say a few words concerning certain things which some reckon as virtues, although they are nothing of the sort—I mean ecstasies, trances, rhapsodies, deific unions, extraordinary transformations, and the like, which are dwelt on in some books, and which promise to raise the soul to a purely intellectual contemplation, an altogether supernatural mental altitude, and a life of pre-eminent excellence. But I would have you see, my child, that these perfections are not virtues, … [Read more...]

A Book for All Time

I've posted the text of the talk I gave in February at the "Awakening in God's Love" conference to my website. This conference was sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta's Institute for Ministry and Theological Education. It was a celebration of the life and work of Anglican writer and contemplative Evelyn Underhill, marking the centennial of the publication of her book Mysticism: The Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness.In the morning at the conference, scholar Dana … [Read more...]

April 2 Quiet Day Postponed

We need to postpone the quiet day at Cedar Hill that was originally scheduled for April 2. As soon as the director of Cedar Hill and I  have a date lined up, I'll post it here. In the meantime, sorry for the inconvenience!If you'd like to see me sooner than the fall, I'll be at the Spirituality Conference at First Christian Church of Atlanta April 8-10, and at Oakhurst Baptist Church April 15-16. Perhaps I'll see you there. … [Read more...]


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